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John Houston Hankins

John Houston Hankins was the son of Albert Hankins and Isabella Jane Goodloe. He was born 1857 in Hopkins Co KY and died in 1938, in his home on Maple Street, Providence, Webster Co KY.

John H. Hankins was married to Mattie Clements, who died in Providence in 1945. After the death of John H. Hankins, Mattie married Henry Shade.

John H. Hankins was Sheriff of Hopkins County ca. 1900. He and his family resided in the Stoney Point area of Hopkins Co. and after his election as sheriff they lived in Madisonville; he later moved to Providence and lived on South Broadway, before moving to Maple Street.

John H. Hankins owned and operated a grist mill in Providence called "Top Flour" and was said to have owned a movie theater there.

John Houston Hankins' family had a unique military history. His father, Albert Hankins, was killed in the Battle of Hopkinsville in 1865, fighting for the Confederate Army, while a son, Thomas, was in the Spanish American War and settled in the Philippine Islands afterwards; another son, Goldie Hankins, was a veteran of WWI.

The 1938 obituary of John H. Hankins and the 1945 obituary of Mattie H. Shade are online at the Webster County Message Board.

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Submitted by Rick Thorpe
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