Hutchins, Samuel, and Freelove Flower

Samuel Hutchins: Surveyor, Pioneer, Farmer, War of 1812 Veteran
Birth: August 30, 1777, Bolton, Tolland County, Connecticut
Death: April 23 or 24, 1865, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio

Military Service: Samuel Hutchins served as a private in Captain Asa Hutchins' Company, 3rd (Hayes') Regiment, Ohio Militia, from August 24 to November 11, 1812. Asa Hutchins and Samuel Hutchins were brothers. Capt. Hutchins' company contained many men from Vienna Township, including another Hutchins brother, Gurden.[1]

Freelove Flower Hutchins: Pioneer
Birth: December 8, 1785, Connecticut
Death: June 15, 1834, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio

Published Biographies
From an article on Sullivan Hutchins in History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches (Cleveland, Ohio: H. Z. Williams & Bros., 1882), Volume 2, pp. 285-286:

SULLIVAN HUTCHINS is the second son of Hiram and Eliza (Lane) Hutchins, and grandson of Samuel Hutchins, who was one of the pioneers of Vienna township. Samuel Hutchins was born in Bolton, Connecticut, August 30, 1777, and was raised by Colonel Holmes, the original proprietor of Vienna and Hartford townships, in Hartland, Connecticut. He came to Vienna with Uriah [Uriel] Holmes, Jr., and his company of surveyors in 1798, and for his assistance in surveying Mr. Holmes gave him his choice of a farm in Vienna, which farm was located in lot four in that township. He married Miss Freelove Flower in January, 1803. They are said to have been the first couple married in Vienna. She and her half sister were the first white women to arrive at this new settlement. The teams with which the family came not being able on account of bad roads to proceed farther than Youngstown, they continued the journey on foot alone through the unbroken wilderness to Vienna settlement to procure assistance, and, strange to say, arrived safely and were received with great astonishment and pleasure.

Samuel and Freelove Hutchins’ children were: Hiram, born March 24, 1804, who married Eliza Lane; Aurora Amoret, wife of Richard Treat; Mary Amney, wife of Augustus Fuller; John, married Rhoda Andrews and was Representative in Congress from 1859 to 1863; Serena, wife of Augustus M. Reed; Urial [Uriel] H., married Emily Bennett; Lucia, wife of L. Cotton, who died and she again married Norman Andrews; and Betsey, wife of Larman B. Lane, who went as missionary to Siam.

Hiram and Eliza (Lane) Hutchins first settled in Vienna and afterwards removed to Vernon. Their children who lived to maturity were: Sullivan, Lovisa, John L., and Elmer.

Sullivan Hutchins was born in Vienna February 26, 1834, and married, first, Hannah Akins, of Vernon, April 6, 1859. She died April 7, 1875, and left one child, Hiram Howard, born August 10, 1874, died August 8, 1875. Mr. Hutchins was again married, to Martha Bushnell, of Johnson, Ohio, May 10, 1876. They have Grace Adel, born June 18, 1877. Mr. Hutchins is the only descendant of Samuel Hutchins bearing the name residing in Trumbull County.

From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 1, pp. 591-592:

Samuel Hutchins, a lad brought up by [Uriel] Holmes, had helped Dennis Clark Palmer survey the township, and for his services, was given one hundred acres of land. He chose what is now known as “Payne’s Corners,” and this farm was probably the first to which any man had a deed, in Vienna. His marriage to Freelove Flower was in January, 1803. Their children were: Hiram, who married Eliza Lane; Amoretta (Mrs. Richard Treat); Mary (Mrs. Augustus Fuller); John married Rhoda Andrews; Serena (Mrs. Augustus Reid); Lucia, who was first Mrs. Cotton and then Mrs. Andrews; and Betsey, Mrs. L. B. Lane. The latter was a missionary to Siam. These children, most of them, were identified with the early history of Trumbull County. Hiram’s daughter, Lovisa, married S. W. Strain, and he has been a route agent for fifty years. He is greatly respected. His youngest son, Charles, is the leading dressmaker of Trumbull County. Urial, undoubtedly named for Urial Holmes, who had been a father to Samuel Hutchins, married Emily Bennett, of the Bennett family of Hartford. One of her sisters was the second wife to Samuel Quinby, the other was Mrs. Calvin Sutliff. John early moved to Warren, was a lawyer, became interested in politics, local and state, and was a member of the national house of representatives from 1859-63. He had a number of children, Mary, the oldest being a leader, socially, in her girlhood days; Horace, who became associated with Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company when a young man, and is now exceedingly wealthy; John C., who was a lawyer in Warren, then moved to Cleveland, where he practice law, became judge of the court, postmaster of the city, and now is an attorney in good practice.


[1] Adjutant General of Ohio, Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812 (Columbus, Ohio: Press of the Edward T. Miller Co., 1916).