Martha Cooper Hawkins, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Martha Cooper Hawkins


My name is Martha Cooper Hawkins. The history of my family started (as far as I know) back when my Grandmother and Grandfather (on my mother's side) came from Germany. Their name was Caroline Jaeske and Henry Homfeld. Following their nuptials they took up residence on a farm in Porter Township, seven miles southwest of Valparaiso, in a log cabin Henry Homfeld had built. They were married in 1880. Later Grandfather built a house, barn and other buildings.

They lived across the field from Fred Smoke and his parents and brothers, and often visited with each other.

My grandparents had six children, all of whom are deceased. They were: Hermann Homfeld, Fred Homfeld, Albert Homfeld, (Matilda) Mrs. John Hamann, Meta Homfeld and Minnie Homfeld Cooper.

Grandfather Homfeld introduced alfalfa to the farmers in northern Indiana. He had learned about it while visiting relatives in Denver, Colorado.

My mother, Minnie Homfeld Cooper, married Roy B. Cooper. To this union were born five children: Philip W., David E., Mark E. (deceased), Forrest E., and myself.

I am now Mrs. Roland O. Hawkins. We have four children: Roland B., Nancy (Mrs. Richard E. Duell), Jean (Mrs. Gregory R. Elkins) and John J. (Jack) Hawkins, all of whom are married.

We have lived in and around Porter County for close to fifty years, and are farming now in Washington Township. We have 7 (almost 8) grandchildren.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 118-119

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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