"Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois"
By John M. Gresham
Compiled by John M. Gresham
Published by Press of Wilson, Humphreys & Co., 1900
Samuel Hawkins, a member of one of the earliest settled in Douglas County families and a soldier in the Civil War was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, October 12, 1836 and is a son of John Hawkins who was born in Loudonn County, Virginia. his mother, who was Margaret Cassady, was also born in Virginia. In October, 1851 Samuel's father, with a family of several sons, came and settled in what is now Douglas county, two miles and a half southwest of Newman. After he had located his children urged him to enter a large body of land which he could have done a one dollar and twenty-five cents an acre, but it was his opinion at that time that the prairie land would never be settled and consequently he did not do so. But later on he bought a farm of seventy-two acres along the Brushy Fork timber, where he resided until his death, November 10, 1880.
Samuel Hawkins remained on a farm in Ohio until he arrived in Douglas county with his father. He has been twice married the first time on October 23, 1858 to Miss Elizabeth, a daughter of Robert Hopkins, who emigrated from Pickaway county, Ohio and settled in Newman township before the Hawkins family, and by this marriage he has two children living: W. S. and Mrs. Mary E. Bushy. His first wife died August 12, 1866. In 1870 he wedded Miss Elizabeth, daughter of William Hopkins, who was a brother of Robert., and was among the pioneer settler in what is no known as the Hopkins and Hawkins neighborhood. Mrs. Hawkins is a grand daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Winkler, who came to this county in a very early day. Both died in 1836, and were among the very earliest buried in the Albin Cemetery. Mr. Hawkins by his second wife has two children: Eva B. wife of Harrison Hawkins, and Luther B., unmarried.
On July 30, 1862, our subject volunteered in the Seventy-ninth Illinois, and became a corporal in Company E., W. A. Lowe's company. Mr. Lowe was an old and prominent early settler in Newman township and for him the Newman Grand Army post was named, before the end of the war he became lieutenant-colonel. Mr. Hawkins was at the battle of Chickamauga, but was captured the first day of the fight and was sent to Richmond and later to Danville. He is a member of the grand Army of the Republic of the Masonic fraternity, and the Wesley Chapel Methodist church. He owns eighty acres of land and is one of the substantial and highly respected citizens of Newman township. [Submitted by Source #44]
Owen E. Jones is one of the leading merchants of Murdock since 1893, and the second son of Abram Jones, was born in Murdock township, January 31, 1862. After leaving the common schools, he took a course at the Commerical college at Terre Haute, IN in 1897. In 1800 Mr. Jones took in as a partner Percy Welliver, and the firm is doing a thriving business. In 1894 our subject was married to Miss Nora B. Dever, of Murdock, Illinois. Mr. Jones is a member of the Modern woodmen; he and his wife are members of the Methodist church; he is classed as one of the progressive and successful business men of the county.
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James A. Kincaid has through is own individual effort and unaided by friends become one of the most successful farmers and stock raisers in Newman township. He was born of humble but honorable parentage in Marion County, West Virginia, August 22, 1853 and is a son of Alpheus M. and Sarah (Johnson) Kincaid, who in about 1865 emigrated from their West Virginia home and settled on a farm near the village of Chrisman, where they resided on a rented farm for three years, when they removed to Newman township. Alpheus M. Kincaid has been dead for over thirty years, and his wife died March 9, 1900. John Kincaid (grandfather) was born in Rolan county, Ireland, and entered land in West Virginia. Barnett Johnson was born in New England, and also entered land in West Virginia.
James A. Kincaid, by hard work and good management, has achieved a success far above the average farmer. He owns eighty acres of valuable and well improved land and has only recently erected a fine residence at a cost of over three thousand dollars. In 1874 he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline F. Anderson, a daughter of Elijah Anderson, who was one of the pioneers of the Brushy Fork neighborhood, having migrated from Indiana. He was born in Posey county, Indiana, and married in Vermilion county, that state, to Sarah S. James. His death occurred some eight years ago, and he and his wife are buried at Albin cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid have four children living; Sarah, Nora V., Rosa Lee, Caroline Elizabeth, and James A. A son, Moses Ewen, died September 12, 1876. Mr. Kincaid is a member of the Modern Woodmen, and is well and favorably known as an intelligent and up-to-date farmer. [Submitted by Source #44]