Shelby County Indiana
William Hawkins is a native of Shelby County, Ind., and was born October 3, 1836. He is the eldest son of John and Mary (Lee) Hawkins, of Virginia. His early life was spent on the farm, and his education was such as his circumstances permitted him to acquire at the public schools. He removed into Monroe County in the year 1853, where he learned the plasterer's trade, and lived five years. In 1859, he married Ally E. Laymon, who bore him three children: John M., who died at the age of eighteen years; David A. and Sarah Ellen. His wife died in 1867, and Mr. H. has since been a widower. In 1860, he went to Daviess County, and farmed the two following years, returning to Monroe County, where he lived several years; spent one year in Illinois, and finally settling down in Clay Township, Owen County, in the year 1876, where up to the fall of 1883 he has been engaged in the milling business. He owns a saw mill, the "Big Raccoon," and is giving it his
entire attention. He also owns a forty-acre farm upon which he lives, and which he is improving. He inherited a small amount from the estate of his father; the rest of his worldly goods has been earned by the sweat of his brow. He is the representative mill man of Clay Township, a Democrat in politics, and a worthy citizen and neighbor.
Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and biographical, Charles Blanchard, Editor. Chicago, F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1884, page 937.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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