He was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the son of Daniel Hockin and Elizabeth Milnes, and educated at the Pictou Academy. In 1873, he married Jean, the daughter of Andrew McKinlay, former mayor of Halifax. Hockin served as a member of Pictou city council. After retiring from politics, he was a fisheries inspector. Hockin died in Pictou.
- The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1885 JA Gemmill
- A Directory of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1958, Public Archives of Nova Scotia (1958)
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