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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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George W. Hawkins, the subject of this sketch, is one of the oldest citizens of Franklin County, Mo., and at present is superintendent of the county farm. He was born in St. Louis County, Mo., December 24, 1819; son of William and Nancy (Walton) Hawkins. The father was born in Halifax County, Va., in 1777, and went to North Carolina with his parents when twelve years of age. He removed to Missouri in 1812, and settled near where the town of Labaddie is now standing, on what is known as the old Hawkins farm. At that time there were but few settlers in Franklin County, and the Indians were numerous. He was a farmer, and followed that occupation until his death, in 1843. The mother was born in North Carolina in 1787, and died April 7, 1863. They were married in North Carolina, and to them were born eight sons and four daughters, of whom only two are now living. The other surviving child, besides our subject, is his elder brother, James W., who was born in 1817, and is now a resident of Franklin County, Mo. George W. was reared on the farm, in St. Louis County, and attended the neighborhood schools. At the age of twenty-one he removed to Franklin County, and located near South Point. March 29, 1840, he married Miss Mary Ann Kelso, a native of Kentucky. Eleven children were the result of this union, nine of whom are now living. In 1854 Mr. Hawkins was elected judge of the county court at a time when the probate business was transacted in the county court. He served for four years as judge, and then retired to his farm and continued tilling the soil until 1876, when he was appointed superintendent of the county farm, and has had charge of that institution up to the present.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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