“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
HINES – JOHN SAMUEL HINES, for the past decade a resident of Avalon, in the interests of which he takes an active and leading part, was born on Chestnut Street, Lawrenceville, now Forty-second Street, Pittsburgh, May 3, 1853, son of WILLIAM and HANNAH (SPEER) HINES.
WILLIAM HINES, whose father was a native of Germany and died in Philadelphia, Pa., was born in Philadelphia, reared and educated there, and at the age of eighteen years came to Pittsburgh and engaged in the teaming business, having contracts to haul oil, which proved an exceedingly profitable enterprise, and during the last ten years of his active career conducted an express business, running from Lawrenceville to Pittsburgh.He married HANNAH SPEER, born in Deer Creek, now Harnerville, Pa., daughter of WILLIAM SPEER, and sister of __SPEER, proprietor of the SPEER Plow Works.WILLIAM SPEER was born in Germany, came to this country in early life, before his marriage, locating on Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, where he followed the occupation of farming, served as constable and was active in community affairs.He died at Deer Creek, now Harnerville.Children of MR. and MRS. HINES: JOHN SAMUEL, ANNA MARY, deceased; WILLIAM ABRAHAM; NICHOLAS, deceased.
JOHN SAMUEL HINES attended Hill school, Pittsburgh, where he acquired an education which prepared him for the activities of life.His first position was as clerk for the firm of Pearson and Ollerberger, grocers, and after dissolving his connection with them he learned the trade of brick laying, and later became a labor foreman at the Lucy Furnace, and Mr. Scott, the steel man, was once on his pay role.He served in the capacity of labor foreman for a period of eight years, during which time he gained the good will of those under his control by reason of his fair treatment and impartiality.He then returned to the laying of brick, accepting a position as foreman, and has so continued to the present time, following the same policy as heretofore.He has been a resident of Avalon since June, 1904, and he is a member and regular attendant of the services of the Methodist Episcopal church.
MR. HINES married (first), 1875, ALICE SCHAFFER; no children.He married (second), 1894, CARRIE E. WOODRUFF; no children.