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ECHOES OF EFFINGHAM: Hinely family name won't be carried forward
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Left to right front row: Addie b. 1901 (Hodges), Alice b. 1903 (Freyermuth), Bruce b. 1905, Lulie b. 1897 (Zittrouer), Amy b. 1898 (Exley), Mother Julia Ellen A. Hinely holding Mamie b. 1906 (Morgan). Back row: Father J. Horace Hinely, Annie 1893 (Freyermuth), Hugh b. 1895, Judd b. 1892, Frank b. 1891, Harry b. 1887 and Emmitt b. 1889.

Joshua Horace Hinely (b. 1857, d. 1921), son of John Jacob and Salome Griner Hinely, married Julia Ellen Arnsdorff (b. 1864, d. 1935) on Nov. 18, 1886, daughter of James Edwin and Harriett M. Wilson Arnsdorff.  They had 12 children, six sons and six daughters.

My grandfather was Bruce Hinely. He married Mattie Lou Campbell, who came to Effingham County from Atlanta to teach. I have inherited their home, which is north of Springfield. The Hinely farm property was settled upon by his ancestors shortly after the Revolutionary War. 

Bruce stayed on the farm and took care of his mother for a decade and a half after his father passed away. Bruce’s only child to live to adulthood, Ellen, married Arthur Exley and he farmed the land after my grandfather retired. The property is leased and continues to produce crops annually. 

Most families with 12 siblings like the Horace Hinely family would have male descendants who have sons to carry the name forward.  This is not the case with this family. There are no male descendants and the family name will not be carried forward.

 That seems very sad.

This was written by Susan Exley from Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos or historical information to share contact her at 912-754-6681 or email