Transcribed from the book "History of Warrick County" by Goodspeed, Chicago: Goodspeed Bros., 1885, p. 227, submitted by Judy.
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 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 as been elected
Trustee, and as such has given his constituents no cause to regret the
support they gave him.
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