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Two Citizens Who Lived Long Lives
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September 24 1936
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Very few people live as nearly a century as the subject of this article did.

Nancy A. Sutton was born in Brown County, Ohio, Oct 10, 1816, and died July 18, 1914. She was one of 11 children. In the family there were three pair of twins of which she was one twin.

Dec. 22 1839, she was married to James Hinds, who died in 1884. She went with her husband to Missouri in 1843, but came to Kinderhook in 1844, where she afterward resided.

Mrs. Hinds was the mother of 10 children. She had 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She was a member of the Baptist Church at Pleasant Hill. She was a true pioneer and loved to tell the younger generation of her experience of the early days.


William Brothwick, one of Pike County's early settlers, was born in Halifax, N. S., March 7th, 1832. Spent his early life in Nova Scotia on a farm, logging in the winter time. Went over in Maine and worked there in the lumber camps and helped drive the logs down the Kennebeck river in the spring when the ice thawed out. Says the men never had bad colds in the camps, but the first night in the hotel down on this coast, all hands had colds. He stayed in Maine until the spring of 1857, went back home and stayed until fall, took sail for Boston and then on west, coming through Pittsburgh and on through Chicago, which at that time was a much smaller place than now and mostly covered with hay stacks, then down to Hannibal and over to Hull and boarded in a house where the Depot now stands. There being only a few houses there at the time, took a contract cutting the timber from the right of way for Wabash R. R., from the Stone switch up to Bee Bee creek, and graded the road bed on that stretch using shovels and wheel barrows. He took another contract cutting west of Hull to the Sny and graded that road bed also, using for about the first time, the old fashioned flat scrapers on that job. There is still one of the old bottoms in existence, used in 1858.

While in Hull, he used to walk up to Kinderhook and attend church. He was a first dedication of the M. E. Church at Kinderhook. One dark night going home from church, he got lost and wandered around for some time before finding his way back. No railroad to follow then. He has been at each of the recent dedications of the church since that time.

He was married to Martha Likes, daughter of Wm. C. Likes and Bethana (Butler) Likes, April 24 1859, Easter Sunday, at the Likes farm east of Kinderhook, now owned by S. S. Gaines. There is only one man still living that was a small boy at the time of his marriage, Mr. T. Likes of Barry. There were eight children born of this marriage.

He farmed for several years. He lost all his crops in the flood of '69 on the land now owned by Otto Reinhardt. He then took a contract on the M. K. & T. R. R. from Stoutsville, Missouri, running out to Salt River. He spent about one year over there, moved back to Kinderhook, where his wife passed away in 1873, in the house where Neil MaCarrel now lives.

He was married to Isabelle Robertson in 1878. One son was born to this marriage. He lived at the Old Stone switch east of Kinderhook, until 1911. Then he resided in Elm Grove district until his death, 1933, being 101 years, 4 months and 1 day old. On his 75th birthday he started to Oregon and spent several months there so he had been across from Halifax, N. S. to Seattle, Washington. He enjoyed good health most of his life. All his brother and sisters lived up in the 90's. He was a Mason in Nova Scotia, but never got his demit for U. S. He was also a member of the I. O. O. F. for many years, which lodge gave a fine celebration on his 100th anniversary/. He was long a member of the M. E. Church at Kinderhook. He voted for James Buchanan in 1856, for President, while living in Maine and cast his last vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.

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