J. S. Hawkins

          J. S. HAWKINS, deceased, was born in Shelby County, Ind., in 1829.  His early days were spent on a farm. He received a common school education.  Soon after he became of age he married Miss Sarah Hogue, of this county.  She was born in 1852, and is a daughter of  Elizabeth [sic] and Sarah (Holden) Hogue. Mr. Hawkins began dealing in grain at Shelby, in 1865, and also merchandising in the county with John Edwards. He continued in business at Shelby, until 1876, when he gave exclusive attention to farming. He reared a family of eight children, five to manhood and womanhood:  George W.,  Thomas E.,  Tina, wife of  Mr. W. Brant;  Lina, wife of  Emmet Deacon.   Mr. Hawkins died in 1883, aged fifty-four and his wife in February, 1875, aged forty-three. He was a man of great public enterprise and good to the poor.  George W. Hawkins was reared in this township. He was born September 30, 1856, and was the eldest son of  J. S. Hawkins. He took charge of the home farm when but thirteen years old, where he has always lived. He was married September 30, 1880, to Miss  Jennie Rosencrans, of this county, born March 16, 1809, daughter of  J. W. Rosencrans. They had one son, Wilson S., born July 6, 1884. Mr. Hawkins now owns eighty acres of the old farm, where he gives his entire attention to farming. He is a member of the Democratic party and a good citizen.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, page 788.
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