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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Augustus Hawkins is a son of John Hawkins, a Revolutionary soldier, who was a native of Buncombe County, N. C., and when about sixteen years of age entered the army as a substitute under Gen. Washington, in which capacity he served two years, and then re-enlisted as his own representative, leaving the priceless inheritance to his children of being one of the purchasers of the freedom of this “glorious land” He located in Washington County, Mo., about 1790. He married Rebecca Kester, and to them were born the following children, viz.: Ruth, Elizabeth, Susan, Joseph, John, Austin H., Sophia, William, James, Nancy and Augustus. The mother died in 1830, and the father in 1840. Augustus, the youngest of the family, was born May 31, 1818; he was reared in Washington County, in which county he has followed the occupation of farming all his life, owning a good farm of 375 acres. He married Miss Elizabeth Pinson in 1841; she was born in Washington County in 1820. To their union were born thirteen children, of whom nine are living, viz.: Rebecca (now Mrs. Solomon B. Strong), Jane (the wife of F. E. McGready), Newton, Emily, Milton, Margaret (now Mrs. Z. F. Higginbotham), Iris, Mary (wife of Francis Long) and Elsine. Although a Union man Mr. Hawkins suffered severely during the war by those at whose hands he had a right to better treatment. As one of the oldest settlers and most enterprising farmers of Washington County, he commands the respect and esteem of a host of friends and acquaintances.

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