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Fermine C. Andrews

At an early age he moved to Jay County, Indiana where he spent his boyhood days with his parents, on the farm, one mile north of Salamonia, now known as the Hinkle farm.  There with his two older brothers he worked and helped his mother, who was left a widow when the family was young.In 1861, the two older brothers enlisted in the Union army and at the age of sixteen he enlisted with the 81st "Ohio Volunteers" where he served until the close of the war.During the war he was under the command of General Sherman and was on the celebrated "March to the Sea."After the war he returned home taking up the work of helping his mother with the farm. Some few years ago he, with his brothers William and Allen, visited many of
the old battle fields of the South. On September 19, 1869, he was married to Nancy L. Harter, and to this union  were born two children, Evie, wife of George Bailey and Joseph E. both of  Salamonia.  The young wife and mother died in February, 1873. He then took up the practice of law.  In the year 1881, he was married to Clara A. Reed, of Union City, Indiana, and two children were born to them, Louise, wife of Miles Davis, and Gladys, wife of Harold Hanlin, both of Pennville, Indiana.  This union was severed by the death of the wife in February, 1921. He was again happily married in his old age, to Mrs. Anna Stevens, of Covington, Kentucky, who died October 27, 1924.He leaves to mourn, two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Harter, of Salamonia, and Mrs. B.F. Clark (Susan Mercene) of Pierce City Mo. and one brother, Allen Andrews of Hamilton, Ohio, eleven grandchildren, five stepchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was a Christian man, having united with the Church of Christ, at Salamonia, in the year 1870.
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