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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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John Hawken, farmer of Equality Township, Miller Co., Mo., was born in Lancaster County, Penn., May 20, 1839, and is the son of David and Susan (Wiker) Hawken, natives of Pennsylvania. The parents first immigrated to Ohio, where they remained until 1856, and then came through by wagon to Missouri. The father was a black smith by trade, and followed this occupation the principal part of his life. He located in Equality Township, just where he now lives, and at first ran a mill for a number of years, but later carried on his trade. He bought a large tract of land, which he improved, and which comprises his now large and well-cultivated farm. The mother is deceased. To their union were born eight children, six now living; Hannah, resides in Arkansas; Mary A., in Miller County; Samuel, John, Nancy (deceased), Matilda and Lewis. John Hawken grew to manhood in Ohio, received his education in that State, and came to Missouri with his parents in 1856. He was reared to farm life, and this occupation he has since followed. In 1861 he enlisted in Company G, Eighth Missouri Regiment, and served until the close of the war. He was in several hard skirmishes, and was mustered out at Springfield, Mo. In 1862 he married Miss Ann Hayes, a native of Indiana, and to them were born five children: Martha J., wife of James Clark; Nancy A., wife of Arthur E. Small; Samuel P., Emma E. and William C. In 1866 Mr. Hawken bought the place where he now lives, and has made nearly all its improvements. He and wife are members of the Christian Church, and are much respected citizens.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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