"The experience of the Hoskins family in Illinois during the pioneer days was marked by many hardships and trials. At one time a band of robbers took away four head of horses, escaping with them to Kentucky. Mr. H. overtook the thieves, but could not satisfactorily prove that the animals belonged to him, and was obliged to relinquish his claim. This for the time crippled his farming operations, as he had no other horses left, and he went to work at twenty-five cents per day, cutting rails, until enabled to start again. Afterward he followed trading principally, and accumulated a fine property in Coles County owning at one time nearly 800 acres of land."
Residences & events:
Morgan Co, IL.
7/25/1828 Morgan Co, IL. Lowry certified that his sister Julia was "above the age of eighteen years" and eligible to marry John Rowland.
1835 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. That was the year of arrival per local history, 2 years behind the Whitley family and other relatives.
1840 Coles Co, IL. The census taker recorded Lowry at age 30-40 with a family consisting of 2 males age 5-10, 2 females under 5, 1 at 5-10, 1 at 10-15, and his wife at 30-40. Neighbors were Hoots, Whitley and Duncan relatives.
1850 Where was this family at census time? Lowry had a new wife and the children were not married yet.
NE Descendants said the family moved there but returned to IL.
7/24/1860 S Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. Farmer Lowry, 55, had a fair amount of property for the day, valued at $10,000/1400. Wife Maria was 48, and the family included John, 20, farm laborer, Lucinda, 18, domestic, Nancy, 17, also a domestic, Patsey, 14, Thomas, 12, William, 9, James Campbell, 16, another farm laborer, and Margaret Walker, 28, school teacher.lowry
7/8/1870 Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. At census time Lowry was a wealthy 65 year old farmer. His property totaled $15,700/2000. Wife Maria was 59 and in the household were William, 19, born OH, Ella Wilson, 31 and her 3 children, Thomas, 12, Maria, 9, and Solomon, 2. and 24 year old farm laborer, Isaac McFadden.
8/12/1870 Apparently the census was twice that year. Only a month later Lowry was listed as 56, a farmer with $15,400/2400 in property with wife Maria, 46, born OH, son William, 18, born IL, a farm laborer, and 23 year old Isaac McFadden, also a farm laborer. Daughter Ellen Wilson and the 3 children lived next door.
1880 N Okaw Twp. Back home again, he was a 76 year old widower living with daughter Lucinda and William Barker. He and both parents were born in VA.