Randolph County, Indiana
upright manhood and progressive citizenship, John Hawkins, long one of
Randolph county's active agriculturists has been an influential factor not only
in the material welfare of his community but also the moral welfare of the same.
He is one of the gallant boys in blue," having fought for his countryís
honor in its hours of direst need in the great rebellion of the sixties. He
comes of an old and highly esteemed Hoosier family, the genealogy of which is
traceable to the earliest period in the history of this section of the Middle
West, the Hawkinses having braved the wilds of the same a decade before
the commonwealth was organized, for it was over a century ago that our
subject's grandfather established his log cabin home in the wilderness here,
amid wild beasts and scarcely less wild men, this country still being the
undisputed domain of the Indians.
was born near Richmond, Indiana, September 18, 1836 and is thus past
seventy-seven years of age. He is a son of Nathan and Sarah Hawkins. Nathan
Hawkins was born in Wayne county, Indiana, April 15, 1808, and was a son of
John and Lydia (Comer) Hawkins, who emigrated to Indiana in 1806. John
Hawkins entered three hundred and twenty acres of land in Wayne county, and
began the development of a farm. He also engaged in the saw mill business, and
there he prospered and was a prominent man among the first settlers. His death
occurred in 1859, at the age of eighty-two years. He at one time owned a large
tract of land which he divided up among his children. He was a member of the
Society of Friends, was an Abolitionist, afterwards a Whig and later a
Republican. His children were Tamar, Sarah, Nathan and John.
was reared in the usual manner of pioneer farmer lads and like his father
followed agricultural pursuits in connection with the operation of a saw mill.
He was successful in a business way, and the last years of his life were spent
in retirement in the city of Richmond, where his death occurred July 14, 1890.
He was married in 1829 to Sarah Wright, who was born in Wayne county,
this state, in 1811, and was a daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Hoover)
Wright, natives of North Carolina. The family numbered ten children, named
as follows: William established his home on a farm in Illinois; Eliza,
who married Daniel Comer, is deceased; Lydia married C.
Terpening of Arkansas; John, of this review, was next in order of
birth; Henry became a leading citizen of Lynn, this county; Eli
is deceased; Jennie married J. Burgoyne; Allen remained in
Randolph county; Charles is deceased; George became a citizen of
Richmond, Indiana. The mother of the above named children died October 10,
1867, and in 1873, Nathan Hawkins married Minnie Long, by whom he
had two children, Belle, who married O. Quigg, of Lynn, Indiana;
and Omer, of Richmond. The second wife died in 1884. Nathan Hawkins
became owner of two hundred and fifty acres of land in this county and other
valuable property. Politically, he was a Republican and he was a member of the
Society of Friends.
grew up in his native community on his fatherís farm, and he received a meager
education in the old-time schools. He enlisted in January, 1862 in Company I,
Fifty-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in which he saw much hard service and
proved to be a faithful defender of the Union. He fought in the great battles
of Shiloh. Stone River, Missionary Ridge and Chattanooga. In the last named
battle he was wounded in the right arm and side and in the left breast by
bullets and on top of the left foot by a shell. He was in the hospital two
months, and was honorably discharged from the service in September, 1864. He
returned home and took up general farming and stock raising in which he was
very successful and which he followed until he retired from active life in
1901. He lived many years in Darke county, Ohio where he still owns a fine farm
of one hundred and sixty acres, and he also owns forty acres in Randolph
is a Republican. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Religiously,
he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. He has filled all the offices in
the Grand Army of the Republic.
Mr. Hawkins was married in January, 1865, to Martha Jessup,
whose death occurred May 3, 1913. She was a woman of beautiful Christian
character and proved to be a most faithful helpmeet. Five children were born to
our subject and wife, named as follows: William H., of Bradford, Ohio; Sarah
B. is at home; Charles N. lives on the home farm; John E.
lives at Ashtabula, Ohio; and Oliver N. who lives in Lynn, this county.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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