Joseph E. Hiner
Submitted by: Mary Rohrer Dexter (3gr Niece)
Joseph Eli Hiner was born around 1895. Joseph Hiner served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1920.
Story of Service
Joseph Eli Hiner grew up in the same small town in Indiana in which he had been born. He was the third child of Asa Hiner, and Asa’s second wife, Georgia Wilson. Joe, who was born in 1895, was named after his grandfather whose father John had emigrated from Germany in 1770.
John Hiner had settled in Virginia and married a woman named Magdalena, whose grandfather had emigrated from Switzerland. John and Magdalena had twelve children. They named their fifth child John. He was born in Virginia in 1781.
The younger John had served in the Virginia Militia. His wife’s name was Rachel. His occupation was both that of a blacksmith and a farmer. The family were devout Methodists.
John and Rachel migrated with their children to Miami County, Indiana in 1836. One of their children was named Joseph. After arriving in Indiana, Joseph married a woman named Minerva Thomas. Joseph and Minerva had six children. They named their third child Asa. Joseph and Minerva were married 22 years when Joseph died after being thrown from a horse.
Joseph Eli enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April of 1917, shortly before his country declared war.