Sunday, January 15, 2012

William Hinds At Province Island

The following notation
M. R. dated Province Island Barracks  October 23, 1812, present.  Died June 25/13, See Pension Case (Book 668) 
was found with William Hinds' entry at Ancestry, U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1941.

Where was Province Island Barracks and what was its history?

Province Island Barracks was mentioned once in the History of Mifflin County [Pennsylvania].

In the 1820 census, it was grouped between Kingsessing Twp. and Fort Mifflin:
Pennsylvania (1820 census): Philadelphia County (Outside of Philadelphia City) Pt. 1. Includes Kingsessing Twp.; Province Island Barracks; Fort Mifflin; ...FHL US/CAN Census Area [ 181414 ]
The Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania explained some of its history:

Governor Printz, to secure the Minquas trade, built Fort Manaiung (or Manayunk) on Province Island at Kinsessing, thus controlling the kill or creek near the mouth of the Schuylkill by which the Indians reached the Delaware.

Also found in the Annals...:

The name of the island went from Fisher Island to Province Island to State Island.  Penrose Ferry bridge crosses from the eastern shore of the Schuylkill to the western shore of Province Island.

Province Island was near Fort Mifflin according to a site listing Pennsylvania Frontier Forts.

From the Pennsylvania magazine, information about Fort Mifflin and Province Island during the Revolutionary War:

William Hinds was my ancestor; husband of Elizabeth Acklin and father of Ann (Hinds) Rice.

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