An American Family History

Susannah Powers Hinds

Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1749 and dissolved in 1938. It was renamed from Quabbin in 1754 .

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

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Susannah Powers Hinds was born on April 16, 1750 in Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Jeremiah Powers and Hannah Fiske.

She married Joseph Hinds on December 27, 1766 in Greenwich. Joseph was born on January 17, 1743 and was the son of Nehemiah and Sarah Hinds. Susannah's brother Thomas Powers married Joseph's sister, Mary Hinds.

Their children included:
Susan Hinds (1767, married William Powers),
Reuben Hinds (1768),
John Hinds (1774), and
Bessie Hinds (1777).

Their daughter Susan married her cousin, Isaac Powers’, son William. Susannah died in Little Lakes, Warren, Herkimer County, New York.

Joseph married Elizabeth Scott and had three more children;
Mary Anna Hinds (1782),
Nehemiah Hinds (1784) and
Joseph Hinds (1789).

Joseph Hinds participated in Shays' Rebellion. On December 5, 1786 the rebels held an organizational meeting. The most prominent members of the committee of seventeen captains of the military districts, were Shays, Luke Day, and Joseph Hinds of Greenwich. A petition was sent to the governor, demanding the release of prisoners, a new indemnity act, and the adjournment of all courts until after the May elections.

On January 19, 1787 a warrant was issued by Governor Bowdoin, addressed to the sheriff of Hampshire county, for the apprehension of Joseph Hinds of Greenwich.

After living in Greenwich they moved to Rutland, Vermont. After Elizabeth died, Joseph went back to Greenwich and then returned to Rutland where he died in 1799. According to the History and Genealogy of the Hinds Family, some family members said that he died and was buried in Warren, New York.

Children of Jeremiah Powers
and Hannah Fiske
  • Hannah Powers White
  • Captain Jeremiah Powers, II
  • Eunice Powers Bridges
  • Captain Isaac Powers
  • Aaron Powers
  • Esther Powers Gibbs
  • Elizabeth Powers Davis Griswold
  • Nathan Powers
  • Susannah Powers Hinds
  • Colonel Thomas Powers
  • In the 17th century jails were used as places to hold people accused of crimes until they were brought to trial, but not as places of punishment. A debtor could be held in jail until he paid his debts and political dissidents were also jailed. Punishments included execution, maiming, public humiliation and monetary fines.

    During Shays' Rebellion the rebels were mostly farmers angered by excessive debt and taxes. Failure to repay debts could resulted in imprisonment in debtor's prison or the state claiming property.

    In 1662 Hampshire County, Massachusetts was formed from the western section of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Parts of the original county became Hampden, Franklin, Berkshire and Worcester Counties.


    Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

    Joseph Hinds, son of Nehemiah and Sarah Hinds (Hopestill, John, James1), born Jan. 17, 1743, and died in Warren, N. Y., (possibly, Rutland, Vt.,) in 1799;

    married (first) in Greenwich, Mass, Susannah Powers, daughter of Jeremiah and Hannah (Fiske) Powers, of Greenwich. They were published in Greenwich, Dec. 27, 1766. She died in Little Lakes, N. Y., and is buried there.

    He married (second) Elizabeth Scott.

    He lived in Greenwich, Mass., and from there went to Springfield, N. Y., thence to Little Lakes, N. Y., which is in the town of Warren, Herkimer Co. After the death of his first wife, he returned to Greenwich, and from there went to Rutland, Vt. His grandson, who resides in Berlin, N. Y., says that after the death of his wife, Captain Joseph Hinds returned to Greenwich, and from there went to Rutland, where he died. Other members of the family say he died and was buried in Warren, N. Y.

    Children, by first wife, born in Greenwich:
    i. Susan
    ii. Reuben, b. July 2, 1768.
    iii. John, b. 1773/4-
    iv. Bessie, b. Dec. 17, 1777.

    Children, by second wife, born in Greenwich:
    v. Mary Anna, b. May 7, 1782.
    vi. Nehemiah, b. Oct. 31, 1784.
    vii. Joseph, b. Jan. 17, 1789.

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