The American Revolution in North Carolina

James Hinton

Captain in the Wake County Regiment of Militia - 1775-1776
Major in the Wake County Regiment of Militia - 1776-1780
Lt. Colonel in the Wake County Regiment of Militia - 1780
Colonel in the Wake County Regiment of Militia - 1780

On 9/9/1775, James Hinton was commissioned as a Captain under Col. John Hinton, Sr. (his father) in the Wake County Regiment of Militia. Capt. James Hinton led his company at the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on 2/27/1776.

On 4/22/1776, James Hinton was commissioned as a Major under Col. John Hinton, Sr. (his father) in the Wake County Regiment of Militia.

In the 1Q of 1780, James Hinton was commissioned as a Lt. Colonel under Col. John Hinton, Jr. (his brother) in the Wake County Regiment of Militia. He was not with his brother during the Siege of Charleston, SC.

Col. John Hinton, Jr. was captured by the British at the Fall of Charleston, SC on 5/12/1780, but he and his regiment were soon thereafter paroled and sent home. Also soon thereafter, James Hinton was commissioned as a full Colonel over the Wake County Regiment of Militia, alongside Col. Michael Rogers, a position he only retained for a month or two until his brother could be exchanged and he returned to active duty.

From most evidence, James Hinton never returned to active duty after his brother, John Hinton, Jr. resumed command over the Wake County Regiment of Militia in late summer of 1780. However, since records are so incomplete, it is entirely possible that he performed some sort of military service until the end of the war.


James Hinton was elected to the NC House of Commons from Wake County in 1781, 1782, 1784, 1785, 1786, and 1788. He was elected to the NC State Senate from Wake County in 1793. James Hinton was born c. 1750 in Johnston County, the son of John Hinton, Sr. and Grizelle Kimbrough. James Hinton married Delilah Hunter in 1773, daughter of Theophilus Hunter of Wake County, and they had four sons and two daughters. He died on 6/12/1794 at his home - Silent Retreat - in Wake County, NC.

Click Here for a decent online biography of James Hinton provided by William S. Powell.



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