John F. Hineline, son of Hugh B. and Rebecca (Lattig) Hineline, was born in Fremont, Ohio, April 7, 1855. His parents were both natives of Easton, Pa., where his father engaged in merchandising until the spring of 1854, when he removed to a farm at Fremont, Ohio, and resided there until his death in 1871. His wife survived until 1891. They were the parents of fourteen children, nine of whom are still living, as follows: Anna, wife of Jacob Ruth, of Fremont, O.; C. M., whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Elizabeth, widow of Charles Richards, resides in Fremont, O.; William H., resides in Fremont, O.; Alinda, widow of John Furry, lives in Woodville, O.; Thaddeus, lives in Lansin.-, Mich.; Emma, widow of John Speller, lives in Fremont, O.; Sarah, widow of John B. Cole, resides in Fremont, O.; John F., our subject; those deceased are Jacob, Able, Simon, Hugh, and Augustus.
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Mr. Hineline received his education in the common schools finishing at the Western Reserve Normal at Milan, Ohio. In 1874, when nineteen years of age, he came west locating in Freeport, and taught in the neighboring country schools in winter, and worked at the carpenter’s trade in summer, until 1892, when he abandoned teaching and devoted his time to his trade. He is well known throughout the county, having taught in six different townships. In 1891, he built the home where he now resides.
Mr. Hineline was united in marriage with Miss Emma Piersol June 5, 1879. She was the daughter of Capt. J. J. and Elizabeth (Lattig) Piersol. Capt. Piersol is ex-sheriff of this county and now resides in Chicago with his daughter, Mrs. Haws. Mrs. Hineline was born in Cedarville in 1857. Her union with Mr. Hineline has been blest with six children: Hugh B., who was with Co. L, 6 Regiment Ill. Vol. Inf., in the late war with Spain; Owen E.; Marian; Edna; Francis and Rebecca Elizabeth, who died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Hineline are members of the First Baptist church of Freeport. Mr. Hineline is a member of the Masonic Lodge, and also belongs to the Knights of Maccabees, an insurance organization. In politics he is a republican, and cast his first vote for Rutherford B. Hayes in whom he felt a personal interest, having attended school with three of his sons at Fremont, Ohio. Mr. Hineline’s home is in West Freeport where his sons are engaged in gardening.