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122. Amanda ALLEN was born on 13 November 1807 in New York.35 She died on 21 February 1866 at the age of 58 in [prob] Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.35

1840 Census. Harrison, Vigo Co IN
Amanda Hoskins [Census in her name although there appears to be an adult male in the household]
1m 5-10, 2m 10-15, 1m 40-50. 1f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 1f 30-40 [Amanda]

These marriages in Vigo Co could be some of the children of Amanda and Silas:
Clarissa Hoskins married Andrew Newcomb, 25 Jun 1848 [married by Myron H. Allen, JP]
Eliza Hoskins married William Mars, 22 Jun 1848, E. M. Knapp, minister
Martha Jane Hoskins married Artemus Gilbert, 3 Oct 1848, T.W. Denmon, B.P.
The 1850 census suggests that Martha, born in KY was probably a child of Joseph Hoskins formerly of Shelby Co KY. Clarissa & Eliza both born in Indiana - they both gave their age as 21 in 1850. Eliza ends up in Wisconsin with Amanda.

1850, Harrison Twp, Vigo Co IN
William Mars, 24, cooper, b. IN, Eliza, 21, b. IN. Francis, male, age 11 months
Same twp - Hh 747
Andrew Newcomb, age 22, wool carder, b. VA
Clarra, age 21, b. IN

1850, Posey Twp, Clay Co, IN, Hh 108
Artemus Gilbert, age 40, b. KY
Martha J., age 27, b. KY
female, months is blotted out - could be zero, b. IN

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.
1860 Census Hh 885
Peter A. Hoskins, age 35 [born abt 1825], Farmer, b. IN
Luvina, age 36, b. IN.
Amanda, age 4 months, born Wisconsin
Amanda Hoskins, age 52, b. New York.

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.
Taycheedah, Fond du Lac, Hh 493
Peter A. Hoskins, age 26, Plasterer, b. IN. Lavinia age 26, b. IN.

Did he go to Kansas?
1870 Census. Osage, Allen Co, Kansas. Hh 10
Peter A. Hoskins, age 44, farmer, b. IN
Lorina, age 45, b. IN
Amanda, age 10, b. Wisconsin

By 1880, granddaughter Amanda had married Albert A. Shockey.
1880 Census. Osage Twp, Allen Co, Kansas Hh42
Albert A. Schockey, age 21, b. IL, parents b. IL
Amanda, age 20, wife, b. Wis. parents b. IN
Cora, age 7/12, b. October in KS

In 1900, Amanda & Albert were in Wilson Co Kansas, with a large family.

Amanda ALLEN and Silas HOSKINS were married on 14 March 1825 in Vigo County, Indiana.35,106 Silas HOSKINS48,107 was born between 1790 and 1800.

Vigo County, Indiana Deed Records: Book 1, 1816-1821; Immogne B. Hannan Brown, 197?
[deeds are from assorted deed books, arranged by date of deed, not recording date]
7 February 1818; Bk 1, p.66 From Silas Hopkins of Niagara Co, NY to William Merritt of Niagara Co, NY. (no wife signed) Sec 23, twp 11, R 9
Note: The county history book indicates this may have been a deed of mortgage.
After finding the above deed abstract, I checked Niagara Co NY and found in Lewiston a Silas. His surname was indexed as Hopkins, and it does appear that was the name - other Hopkins families were there. Silas had male child under age 10, but he is over 45 as is a spouse. I suspect he is the Silas Hopkins in the above deed, not Silas Hoskins and he never came to Vigo Co.

Silas and his future brothers-in-law were very active in the Masons:
90 Years of Masonry, Terre Haute Lodge No. 19; By Curtis Gilbert 1911
12-6-1821 – Silas Hoskins passed to the degree of Fellowcraft (2nd)
1-23-1822 – Silas Hoskins raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason (3rd)
12-26-1822 – Silas Hoskins Elected to the office of Junior Deacon
12-11-1823 – Silas Hoskins Elected to the office of Senior Deacon
12-20-1825 – Henry Allen initiated to the degree of Entered Apprentice (1st)
Note that this was the first son of a member that petitioned TH Lodge No. 19
2-1826 – (Exact date not yet found) Henry Allen initiated to the Degree of Entered
Apprentice (1st)
2-16-1826 – Henry Allen Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason (3rd)
4-20-1826 – Ira Allen raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason (3rd)
9-8-1827 – Silas Hoskins and one other placed on a committee for find a location for a
“Masonic Hall” in Terre Haute (no relation to current structure)
5-9-1828 – Henry Allen elected to the office of Worshipful Master of TH Lodge No. 19

1830 Census, Vigo Co IN, p.75
Silas Hoskins, 1m -5, 1m 5-10, 1m 30-40. 2f -5, 1f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 1f 20-30.
Amanda Allen Hoskins was age 23 in 1830. It appears that she was possibly a second wife for Silas who was several years older; since they married in 1825, most of the children in the household could not be hers - possibly only three, two females, one male were under age five. The female who was age 10-15, is of the right age to be Mary Rowena Hoskins, wife of Amanda's brother, Peter B.

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.
Vigo Co, p.384
Amanda Hoskins.
1m 5-10, 2m 10-15, 1m 40-50. 1f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 1f 30-40 [Amanda]

Amanda ALLEN and Silas HOSKINS had the following children:



Peter Allen HOSKINS.



Clarissa HOSKINS.



Amy Eliza HOSKINS.