In the 1900 US Federal Census for Heralds Prairie, White, Illinois, 53-year-old Indiana-born farmer Michael and his 47-year-old Indiana-born wife Florence A [Rhoads] Hockersmith have been married 32 years and have had eight children, only seven are living. The four children living with them are 26-year-old Indiana-born Rozette [sic], 18-year-old Indiana-born Michael, 14-year-old Illinois-born Lillie and 11-year-old Illinois-born Jessie [sic Jesse]. Also in this household is their 6-year-old Illinois-born grandson Arthur Achley [sic Ackley] son of their daughter Lydia C Hockersmith Ackley. Jessie has attended school 5 months of the past year and Arthur has attended school for two months. Michael is farming land he owns, free of mortgage. Everyone's parents were born in Indiana, except Arthur. His father was born in Illinois and his mother in Indiana.