The Rev. George Beall Hinkle and his twin sister Elizabeth, were born 25 December 1828 the fifth and sixth children of Jesse H. and Mary Ann Folck Hinkle, in Pleasant Grove, Allegany County, Maryland. He was raised on a farm four miles east of Cumberland, Maryland. At the age of twenty he was converted at a camp meeting. In 1853 he crossed the plains to California and engaged in gold mining for a while.
In 1860, along with fourteen other hardy young men, Rev. George was admitted to the California Conference of the Methodist Church. He then spent the next thirty five years of his life in the service of the church. His life was not an easy one. He was a circuit riding preacher being assigned to a new territory every year or two. He often had no horse and walked the long miles between his congregations. His territories were all in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and north western Nevada. His assignments took him from Clover Creek, Mt. Shasta, Diamond Springs, Dutch Flat, Bodie, Bridgeport and Coleville in California to Reno, Humboldt, Elko, Aurora, and Genoa in Nevada. He was undaunted in his travels and his ministerial work. It is stated in his biography that he was often responsible for "... quarrying the stone for the foundations and shaping the timbers for the framework with his own hands, erecting parsonages doing much of the work and often furnishing most of the money..."
On 20 May 1869, at the age of 41, he married Priscilla C. Brown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were married in Carson City, Nevada. On 16 July 1872 their only child, George Toreson Hinkle, was born in Nevada.
In 1897 he finally took retirement and eventually resided in Sacramento. He died 7 July 1913 just 3 days after his twin sister died in New York. His son had died in 1912 and Priscilla out lived him by a year. All three are buried in the Pioneer section of Sacramento's East Lawn Memorial Park. A simple brass plaque marks their final resting spot.