. Son of John HOVIOUS and Nancy MARTIN. Born in Knifley, KY on 11 Oct 1859. Married, on 20 Oct 1887, in Pulaski Cty IN, Sarah Elizabeth PREWITT, age 21.
Between 1883 and 1885 James Silas Hovious brought repeated legal actions against his brothers Leslie C. Hovious and Rezon D. Hovious. The latter two were already being sued by assorted other plaintiffs (Abe Bloch & Co., Bamberger Streng & Co., Bamberger Bloch & Co. and Bloom, Goldsmith, Tachau & Co.) and James sought to have his case consolidated with theirs. The cases apparently had to do with the failure of a business venture, the Phoenix Fire Insurance Co., led by Leslie and Rezon. It appears James had invested money in the venture. Rezon and Leslie were ordered to pay him just under $1,000. Sometime after this that both Rezon and Leslie moved elsewhere.
Leslie C. Hovious worked as a clerk and lived in Francesville, Indiana, as did his older brother Rezon. He died in October 1889, at the untimely age of 30. In the papers his widow filed for his estate, he is mentioned as having owned a fully furnished home and a lot on which he kept some animals, an estate worth the considerable sum of $468.45.
Louise Elizabeth HOVIOUS, born 5 Mar 1889, died 10 Nov 1980. Married Lee.
Sarah later married again, in 1896, to Jerry A. Clark. She died in Longmont, Colorado in the 1940s.
Research provided with the assistance of J.R. Onken of Winamac, IN, based on marriage records and estate documents. Thanks also to Joseph Melino, of San Jose, CA. For the lawsuit information: Adair County Circuit Court Orders, Microfilm FHL#831451.