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Below is a family biography included in The History of Warrick County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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 W. OSKINS, a prosperous farmer of Pigeon Township, is a native Hoosier, born in Spencer County July 27, 1844, the eldest of nine children born to Jacob B. and Hannah (Roberts) Oskins, who were married in the same county where our subject was born. The father died September 10, 1872, but his widow yet survives him. John W. was raised on a farm, securing only a fair schooling. August 12, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Ninety-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was an active participant in the battles of Resaca, Kingston, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville, at the latter place receiving a severe wound. He was discharged by reason of disability at Evansville, Ind., June 8, 1865, and returning home has since turned his attention to farming. September 1, 1867, he wedded Miss Lucinda Jones, who was born May 5, 1846, a daughter of R. and M. (McCoy) Jones, and to them two children have been born: Everett, born August 17, 1868, and Natallie, born April 21, 1870. Mr. and Mrs. Oskins are among the township’s best people, and by economy and industry have accumulated valuable property, including a farm of 238 1/2 acres. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Oskins belongs to the G. A. R. and is a Republican. Although in a strong Democratic township, he has been elected Trustee, and as such has given his constituents no cause to regret the support they gave him.

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This family biography is one of 274 biographies included in The History of Warrick County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Warrick County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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