1840 Census. Harrison, Vigo Co IN
These marriages in Vigo Co could be some of the children of Amanda and Silas:
1850, Harrison Twp, Vigo Co IN
1850, Posey Twp, Clay Co, IN, Hh 108
There is a Land Patent to Francis M. Hoskins, assignee of John White, Fond du Lac Co, 21 Dec 1850, 40 acres, the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of S27, T16N, R18E.
I have never been able to find Amanda in 1850. However in 1860, she was living in Taycheedah, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin along with a couple of her siblings. She was living in the household of Peter A. Hoskins, probably a son of Amanda and Silas as there was a boy under five in the household in 1830. Obviously there were other children.
I found an Indiana marriage for Peter A. Hoskins to Lavina Pierce, Vigo Co IN, 20 April 1848. In 1850 they were already in Wisconsin.
Did he go to Kansas?
By 1880, granddaughter Amanda had married Albert A. Shockey.
In 1900, Amanda & Albert were in Wilson Co Kansas, with a large family.
Vigo County, Indiana Deed Records: Book 1, 1816-1821; Immogne B. Hannan Brown, 197?
Silas and his future brothers-in-law were very active in the Masons:
1830 Census, Vigo Co IN, p.75
List of persons who voted at an election in Harrison Township, held at the Vigo County Court House, Terre Haute, 1 Feb 1832, includes: Silas Hoskins, Curtiss Gilbert, Peter Allen (probably Sr because Peter Jr was not quite 21), Myron Allen, Henry Allen, Ira Allen.
Probate Court records of Vigo Co. Nov Term 1832. p.318 Administration on the estate of Robert B. Angevine deceased, granted to Silas Hoskins. This Administration involved several court suits for debts against the estate; the plaintiffs won in all cases. Angevine seems to have been either building a house or in the building trade. Named in the debt to Thomas Parson were costs for windows made, window framing, lumbert, etc. James Trabus sued for the cost of iron, nails. Reuben Newton sued for blacksmith items such as mending a chain, sharpening various tools, a iron wedge, a mattock, etc - but Angevine also had sold planking, weather boarding, etc. to Newton. Armistead Steward sued for $45 for lathing & plastering by the job. Brittain M. Harrison, brother-in-law of Silas Hoskins, must have been a grocer; his list of items included coffee, sugar, molasses, cheese, mackerel, rice, spices, eggs. Suits are listed in 1st Complete Probate Book, Nov 1832, p.225-228.
Probate "Complete Records, Book 1" Feb Term 1837. Final Settlement of the Agnevine estate. Henry Allen, Silas Hoskins, and Solomon Allen bought a number of items at the estate sale; B. M. Harrison purchased a clock. There was a sale of the land for debts. Wife was Rebecca; sons Edward & Robert. In Feb of 1835, the letter of administration granted Silas Hoskins was revoked & given to Henry Allen who filed his bond with John H. Watson security. Claims against the estate for debts were made by John H. Watson & Henry Allen, John Britton, Britton M. Harrison, Silas Hoskins. Henry Allen made final settlement Feb 24th, 1837.
Amanda Hoskins is listed as head of household in 1840, although a man of Silas's age still seems to be present. Had Silas died earlier that year? Or is he incompetent in some way? Or is this some sort of farm worker in the household? The administration of Angevine was passed on to Henry Allen in 1835 - no children are younger than age 5 in 1840.
Amanda ALLEN and Silas HOSKINS had the following children:
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