Austin L. Hines, an old resident and farmer of Lake County, is the son of Sandy and Polly (Ashburn) Hines. His father was born in 1802 in Missouri and his mother in Kentucky in 1806. When young, Sandy Hines went to Kentucky, where he married Miss Ashburn and shortly after returned to Missouri, where he lived until 1851, then came to what is now Lake County. They had three sons and three daughters. Mr. Hines was a democrat, and by occupation a farmer. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Hines was a Methodist, but finally joined her husband’s church. Mr. Hines lost everything during the war. His wife died in 1868. He had been married previous to his union with Miss Ashburn, to Sarah Daniel, by whom he had two children. He died in 1879; his ancestors on his father’s side were Scotch Irish.
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Austin Hines was born August 18, 1838, in Fulton, Kentucky; was raised and educated at home, remaining with his parents until thirty five years of age; then without money he came to Lake County, and bought a farm of 142 acres. Though then a dense forest, it is now one of the best farms in the county. In 1877 he married Shaby Wilson, born January 23, 1854, in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. They have two children, Thomas C. and Fay A. Mrs. Hines is an old school Presbyterian. In 1861 he enlisted in Company. E, Fifteenth Tennessee Infantry and during four years’ hard service was never taken prisoner, and wounded but twice, once at Shiloh and once at Chickamauga; the last wound disabling him for further service. After the war he resumed farming and has been quite successful. Mr. Hines has been a resident of Lake County for thirty five years.