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Hankins - Theodore

Source: 1913 A. W. Bowen History of Montgomery County, Indiana p 996

Among the enterprising citizens of New Ross, Montgomery  County, who have forged to the front through sheer persistency  and the application of sound business principles is Theodore  HANKINS, one of the best known undertakers of Walnut and  surrounding townships. He is a man who believes in assisting in  furthering the general interests of his vicinity while laboring  for his own advancement and, having dealt honorably with his  fellow men he has won their good will and respect. Mr. Hankins  was born in Hamilton Co, OH March 8, 1858. He is a son of John L  and Orpha HANCOCK Hankins, the former a native of Pa. and later  of Ky. John L. Hankins came to Montgomery Co Aug 16, 1865 and  settled in Ripley Twp, established a good home and there he and  his wife spent the rest of the earthly days and reared their  family of 8 Children: Angeline; Sarah Jane; Caroline; Albert;  Theodore (our subject); Alexander; Victoria and Ada Austing both  deceased.

John L. Hankins became an influential man in his township and  he filled the office of Justice of the Peace for a period of 25  years, his long retention in the same being sufficient evidence  of his high standing in the community of the universal trust  reposed in him, of his sane and fair decisions and impartiality.  He had also been a Justice of the Peace in Ohio before he came  here, and was also a constable in his native state.
His death occured Jan 9, 1899 at age 80. His widow survived  until 1905, dying at age 73.

Theodore HANKINS grew to manhood on  the home farm and there he assisted with the general work when a  boy. He received his education in the common schools of  Montgomery Co, then worked at the barber business for a period of  25 years, becoming one of the most skillful and popular tonsorial  artists in this part of the County. During 12 years of that  period he also did some business as an undertaker, and he farmed  for six years. He spent 3 years in Pittsburg (sic) and Waynetown,  and also spent some time in several other places.

He started a barber shop at New Ross, Walnut Twp in 1888 and  remained there until 1890. On Sept 1st of that year, he turned  his attention exclusively to the undertaking business in which he  is still active having thus been continuously engaged at the town  of New Ross for nearly 23 years. He is well equipped in every  respect for insuring high grade and prompt service and he  understands every phase of the undertaking business.
He has been very successful and has built up quite an  extensive and satisfactory business. Mr. Hankins married Sept 8,  1889 to Rose E. MORRISON who was born Jan 12, 1863. She is a  daughter of Thomas E. and Nancy ROUTH Morrison, the father a  native of Tenn and mother of Butler Co, OH. They were early  settlers of Montgomery County, Indiana and here Mrs. Hankins was  born, reared and educated in the common schools. She is one of a  family of 6, four sons and two daughters.

Three children have been born to our subject and wife: Harold,  died Dec 25, 1891; Hazel, born Oct 14, 1893; Everitt, born Dec 19, 1903  is at home.

Fraternally, Mr. Hankins is a member of the Independent Order  of Odd Fellows at New Ross. He is a Democrat and religiously  belongs to the Christian Disciples Church. The wife of Mr.  Hankins passed away on May 15, 1911 at the age of 48, three  months and 27 days. Thomas E. Morrison and wife mentioned above,  the following children were born: Mary E b. Aug 3, 1845; John b.  Dec 22, 1847; Marion b. March 14, 1850; Jesse A, July 9, 1853;  James E July 7, 1857; Rose E. who married Mr. Hankins was born Jan  12, 1863. Nancy Routh, mentioned above was born in Butler Co, Ohio  April 29, 1823.  Thomas Morrison was born Jan 6, 1821. They were married Oct 30,  1844. The death of Mr. Morrison occurred Aug 21, 1887; his wife's  on Jan 6, 1910. Marion Morrison d. Oct 15, 1888. The Morrison  children were all born in Montgomery County. - typed by kbz
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