By Rosalie Yoakam
John Hivling was born on July 14, 1779 in
When he was elected sheriff of
While serving as sheriff, Hivling bought a corner lot at
Hivling next bought a thousand acres outside of town and lived there for a short while. His property was north of present day
In 1815 Hivling entered the mercantile business when he bought out a storekeeper named
Hivling was an early supporter of the Little Miami Railroad locating in
When the Xenia Bank was organized, he was appointed President of the bank. It later became the State Bank of
Hivling was a charter member of the
Broadstone's History of Greene County, Ohio states, "He was interested in the first bank, …Little Miami Railroad, and in every feature of the life of
Robinson's says, "In all his business connections, in banking, in railroad management and in mercantile matter, he was noted for his clear practical good sense."
The Hivlings' had thirteen children, eleven girls and two boys. Oral history says that when the daughters married the parents gave them a cameo pin, a gold watch and chain, and a new house as wedding gifts.
John Hivling died on November 4, 1860 and is buried in