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James E. HIBBEN

Male 1844 - Aft 1906  (> 63 years)


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  • Name James E. HIBBEN 
    Birth 13 Jun 1842  Lexington, Fayette County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 13 Jan 1844  Lexington, Fayette County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1906 
    Notes 

    • (1) "The Pioneer Hibben Family of Pennsylvania" <http://hibbengenealogy.org>:

      Descendants of William W. Hibben and Aurelia F. Glascock

      Generation No. 4.2

      James E. Hibben 1842 [or 1844] - Aft. 1906

      James was born in Lexington, Kentucky on June 13, 1842 or 1844. Both years are stated in his pension application of 1906. The US Census 1860 records that he was 14 and the Civil War Military enrollment record on March 26, 1864 lists his age as 19, so the 1844 date is probably correct. When requested to provide proof of his age to the pension office, he replied:

      "I cannot furnish any bible record. It having been destroyed with the burning of our residence years ago. My sister and brother state I was born June 13, 1844, which would make me past 62 years of age." This statement is corroborated by a passage written by Paxton Pattison Hibben about Reverend Henry Ward Beecher. "When the house of his Methodist colleague, Rev. W. W. Hibben, burned down [1847], he helped carry water like any fireman."

      James, who was only 5' 4" tall, weighing 138 pounds, joined Company F, 21st Regiment, Indiana, later reorganized as the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery, and was sent south to join in the battle which culminated with the capture of Mobile, Alabama on April 12, 1865. He was mustered out January 10, 1866 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and returned to Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He then lived in several other places, including Newport, Kentucky and Connersville, Bedford and Indianapolis, Indiana. On September 30, 1876 the Bedford Star reported:

      ["]Jim Hibben, a young man who used to reside in Bedford, about 1864 and 1865, is in jail in Louisville on a charge of larceny. He had but a short time previous to his arrest been pardoned out of the Northern Indiana State Prison, where he was sent from Indianapolis for forgery. His father was at one time a Presbyterian [Methodist] minister in Bedford, and was respected by the whole community as a very worthy man.["]

      It is possible that James was incarcerated in the Northern Indiana State Prison as early as October 1871. At that time his father, writing under the 'nom de plume' of JEFFERSON, attacked the standards, conditions and results of the imprisonment of youths in three articles. The first followed the great Chicago fire and the other two a few weeks later after visiting the prison and perhaps, his son James. It would appear that James followed the life path dreaded by his father.

      ["]The system of sending green boys to the State prisons for their first offenses and degrading them on their first entrance with striped garments, and then hired out to be worked by men who care no more for them than if they were abject slaves, will make just such characters as were found to be incendiaries at the Chicago fire. Ruined in principle, such young men become desperate and care for nothing.

      ["]We have always been astonished in visiting State Prisons to see how many of the unfortunates are what might be called mere boys. Ignorant of life's great lessons, they are here through some moral blunder, which, perhaps at the time of it commission, they did not dream would ever issue on their incarceration in a State Prison. . . .Though 'guilty, my lord,' as perhaps most of them have been of the charges preferred against them, we can not but feel sad over their cases, for we know that necessity often makes villains, where a little timely humanity would have saved a soul from death and hid a multitude of sins. We do not ask what these poor fellows have all done, or how guilty they are, but we do ask why so much juvenile humanity is forced by the process of penal law into such a school of reform? The comment is certainly a poor one upon both family government and educated civilization, and the result, as we here see it, shows that our system of moral policy is to say the best of it, but of doubtful utility, as far as humanity and personal elevations are concerned.["]

      On June 17, 1874, in Southport, Indiana, James married Cora Bentley. They had a son, Bertie, born April 25, 1875. He died December 6, 1880 and was buried in the Southport Cemetery, Southport, Indiana. "Bertie son of Cora Hibben died Dec. 6, 1880 Aged 5Y 7M 21D." Cora and James had been divorced on January 12, 1880 in Marion County, Indiana. A divorce (the second) was granted to Cora B. Hibben from James E. Hibben, for drunkenness on application of Martha. Forgery, larceny, and divorce most likely were symptoms of emotional dysfunction precipitated by the stress of his Civil War duties.

      James' application for a pension was held up as he had initiated, but not completed a previous application in about 1890. When he reapplied in 1906 he was an inmate of the National Military Home in Grant County, Indiana. A pension certificate was not issued, perhaps because of his death. Documentation of the date of his death has not been found.

      (2) James E. HIBBEN and Cora BENTLEY were married to, and divorced from, each other twice.
    Person ID I26137  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father William W. HIBBEN,   b. 24 Aug 1811, Uniontown, Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1881, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Aurelia F. GLASCOCK,   b. 24 Apr 1813, Winchester, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1885, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 2 Aug 1832  Highland County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11413  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cora BENTLEY,   b. Abt 1857, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 Sep 1874  Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Divorced 12 Jan 1880  Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bertie HIBBEN,   b. 25 Apr 1875, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1880, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F11412  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Indiana Marriages,1780-1992: Groom's Name: James E. S. Hibben Groom's Birth Date: Groom's Birthplace: Groom's Age: Bride's Name: Cora Bentley Bride's Birth Date: Bride's Birthplace: Bride's Age: Marriage Date: 09 Sep 1874 Marriage Place: Marion Co., Indiana Groom's Father's Name: Groom's Mother's Name: Bride's Father's Name: Bride's Mother's Name: Groom's Race: Groom's Marital Status: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: Bride's Marital Status: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01682-3 System Origin: Indiana-EASy Source Film Number: 499372 Reference Number: IND MAR REC p151#2.