Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

James Hindman (1741-1830)
MSA SC 3520-652


James Hindman was born on June 20, 1741, in Dorchester County, a third generation descendent of a prominent Eastern Shore family. James became the second member of his family to serve as Treasurer of the Eastern Shore succeeding his brother William. He was the eldest son of Jacob Hindman (by 1713-1766), a legislator, and his wife Mary (Trippe) Hindman (?-1782). By 1744, the Hindmans were residing in Talbot County. James spent some time at sea before returning to Maryland by 1774 and marrying Marian Anderson. Marian died in 1788, and in March of 1797 James married Elizabeth Hamilton.

Hindman was a planter who owned land in Dorchester, Talbot and Queen Anne's counties. By 1793 he was selling much of his Eastern Shore property and purchasing lots in Baltimore City and County. He was also a merchant and owned a brewery on Philpotts Point, Baltimore City, from 1802-1818.

James Hindman served during the Revolution as a captain, Fourth Independent Company, Talbot County Militia, January 1776; he was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the Fifth Maryland Regiment, December 1776, and was called colonel by 1778.

His public service career extended over a period of about 42 years. He was a member of the Executive Council, 1777, 1778, and 1786; a member of the House of Delegates from Talbot County, 1780-1784; and the Treasurer of the Eastern Shore from 1777 until 1778 when he resigned. Hindman was also a member of the Talbot County Committee of Observation in 1775; a Deputy Assistant Commissary of Purchase for the Army, 1778-1780; a justice of Queen Anne's County, 1788 to at least 1800; and a justice of Baltimore County from 1814 to at least 1817.

James Hindman died on February 18, 1830, in Baltimore City. His accounts showed that he had extensive stockholdings with shares in several banks and road companies, over $10,000 in U.S. government stock, and $3,700 in city corporate stock. It is doubtful that James had children by either marriage as his estate was left to his nieces and nephews

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