Monday, June 29, 2015

Hawkins in Ireland

Jill Unwin's  Family Finder has come back with some Hawkins matches, but it is unclear at this time how the matches connect.  We do not know which DNA Group this Hawkins line is connected to as Jill's "Hawkins" connections are on a female side and so there is no one to do yDNA testing.  Here is some of Jill's information:

My father's Haplogroup is U.
I have my Autosomal DNA on FTDNA, kit number B60793 and on GEDMatch A015825.

My closest Hawkins ancestor is my father's great grandmother Frances Maria Hawkins who lived for some of her life in Mount Pleasant Avenue, Ranelagh (close to the house where my father lived as a boy). 

According to census records she had been born in 1828, Wexford, probably at  Ballycoursey, Enniscorthy the seat of the Hawkins family. 

At the time of her marriage to Ralph Robert Thornbury (in Dublin, 1846) Frances was a 'minor' and her father was given as Anthony (a Gentleman).  The couple had at least twelve children including my father's grandmother Jessie Marion Thornbury. Another  child, eldest son Dr Anthony William Thornbury Hawkins (born 1847 Pleasants Street) drowned in a boating incident in Australia at the age of 22.

Around the time of Frances's death in 1901 an article was placed in the Irish Times regarding her missing Will (dated 6 Aug 1891). It mentioned her properties consisting of an annuity arising from houses in Pleasants Street and rents from other property in Wexford. One relative cited was living at an unknown address in America. I have been unable to ascertain any other names associated with the Will (which I understand no longer exists).

Frances's grandfather (?) Sir Anthony Hawkins (an attorney) , was most likely born in Enniscorthy Castle, Wexford in 1775. 

Sir Anthony Hawkins married Anne Hagarty in 1807. They had at least three children (Anne, William and possibly Frances).
In 1798 the Hawkins families were heavily involved in the Vinegar Hill battles and suffered many losses, so I assume  that orphaned, surviving nephews and nieces may well have been reared by other family members.

Anthony also had several addresses in Dublin, including Camden Street, Henrietta Street, Hume Street. According to the General  Armoury,  he was granted arms at around the time of his marriage. 
Anthony had a nephew (probably William's son) Anthony John Hawkins (of Leopardstown and of London) who was married to Sarah Maguire or McGinn. Anthony John Hawkins also had a mistress (surname Browne) with whom he had three children and who after the death of Sarah his wife, Anthony brought up as his own. There is a marriage record for a Mary Browne and John Hawkins in 1850, St Mary's Enniscorthy. I also think he may have married Leticia Margaret Clarke.

As I have been unable to find a baptism record for my great x 2 grandmother, Frances Maria Hawkins, I am unsure whether her father is Anthony (b 1775 - 1867)), or Anthony John Hawkins (b 1807 - 1866). Anthony (Gentleman) is definitely given on her marriage record though. 
It seems most likely to me that Sir Anthony H is the son of John Hawkins (born 1748 - 1824) a tenant farmer in Mungoduff, Wicklow and his wife Elizabeth Emelia Bacon. 
Also that this John, was the son of John of  Brusseltown (1725) and Elizabeth Codd (Code) of Anghold. Some family emigrated to Ontario and to the USA. 
My best guess from here backwards is that bearing in mind the Hawkins were given vast lands, John, of Brusseltown may well have been a grandson of William ( Ulster King of Arms) and Elizabeth Mutlow. Still working on this theory though!

According to family lore, which does in my forty years of research look increasingly likely to hold water, our line goes back to Admiral Sir John Hawkins. It also includes countless notable names including author Anthony Hope Hawkins. Still with so many unsolved answers I'm hopeful that DNA will prove or deny these claims.

So ... to sum up, I think my line is likely to be:

Frances Maria 1846 +Thornbury. Anthony 1775 +Hagarty or Anthony John 1807 +Bacon.  John 1725 +Codd.  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Family Group #14

Dolores and I were chatting a bit when I realized that we have almost nothing on this site about family group #14.  And it is a family that is of great interest to me!  Dolores' Peter Hawkins was living very near my McKinsey family in Newberry County, SC circa the Revolutionary War.  (I just checked via the Dutch Fork Atlas and it looks to be literally walking distance)  In addition to that fact, Doloris' Peter Hawkins was married to Prudence Thomas.  Prudence is almost certainly connected to the Thomas family that I looked at for many years both in the Old Frederick County area of Virginia and then in both the Orange County, NC area and then in Newberry County, SC.

I have copied information from Dolores at some point:

PETER HAWKINS came to 96 before Rev War. He was born in Va, married there, and
settled in the Stoney Hills of Newberry district. Children were: Edward, JACOB, Peter,
William, Prudence Dennis, Elizabeth Rankin. He died about 1800-1802. Jacob married
Jane Hunter (was Jane Ganter) and had children, George, Peter, Eliza, Sallie Young. from


Looking through notes that I have about Peter I find:  

20 Oct 1795 Peter Hawkins swore an oath regarding set of titles transferred in 1774 from EDWARD THOMAS TO TIMOTHY THOMAS.  Recorded 2 Jan 1796

This note certainly collaborates the fact that Peter is married to the site of these two men, but it also reminds us that Peter was probably not Quaker as he would have affirmed rather than have sworn an oath if he were Quaker.  

Harriet Imrey sent the following to the Bush River mail list:  

The other person of interest would be Peter Hawkins, who petitioned for 150 acres "In South Carolina" on 2 Oct 1770.  He wasn't "with" anybody who settled where he did (Young's Fork of Bush River, Hilbern to west, McTeer to north, Israel Gaunt to east--latter tract purchased by Peter Hawkins so he was then adjacent to Edward and Timothy Thomas.  He had wife Prudence Thomas in tow by Oct 1770, their first child Jacob was born ~1770 (per 1850 Newberry census).  He needn't have brought Prudence with him from Lunenburg Co VA however--he could have met her after arriving in SC (e.g., in the household of Edward Thomas).  Peter Hawkins's brothers and cousins settled in Greenville and Spartanburgh, so his choice of location sounds like wife Prudence had some Bush River roots already.  His 1801 Newberry will is online at  He lists his two surviving daughters under their maiden names, but both were married by 1800 (even the will notes that they were living in different locations).  Prudence II (daughter of Peter and Prudence Thomas Hawkins) had married James Dennis; her sister Elizabeth Hawkins married John Rankin II, son of the John Rankin who'd arrived in 1767 with Edward and Nehemiah Thomas, and who'd sold his grant to Abel Thomas.  So who was the first Mrs. Rankin?  Abel Thomas named four primary heir-lines, including the children of his brothers Isaac and Timothy, those of his sister Prudence Thomas Hawkins, and the heirs of one "Elizabeth Rankin".  If he was trying to be systematic about that, sure sounds like the wife of John Rankin I must have been his sister Elizabeth Thomas!  (John Rankin II and wife Elizabeth Hawkins Rankin would have gotten a double portion, if first cousins who were nephew and niece, respectively, to Abel Thomas).  BTW, Peter and Prudence Thomas Hawkins named their second son Edward--from her side of the family, no doubt!

Children of Peter and Prudence Thomas Hawkins:

Jacob who married Jane Ganter
                     had children Peter, George, Eliza and Sallie Young 

Peter Watson Hawkins married Mary Devall and moved to Tennessee.  He took his sons Jacob and Simeon Peter with him.  But Jacob returned to SC and became a prominent Lutheran Divine.  He married Mary Harman and now (1892) lives in Orangeburg County. 

 Simeon Peter married Isabella Taylor.  The reason the Hawkins family may have moved to Tennessee might have to do with the will  of Isabella
Dominick Taylor's grandmother , Margaret Fellers Dominick, widow of Revolutionary soldier, Henry Dominick.  When Margaret died in 1844, she left her estate to her children, which was assumed to be her surviving children.   That meant that her grandchildren from deceased children such as Isabella Taylor Hawkins would not inherit anything.  Isabella Taylor Hawkins' mother was Elizabeth Dominick Taylor and she (Elizabeth) died in 1836.  At any rate, my understanding is that Simeon Peter and wife, Isabella, along with other grandchildren sued for their share of Margaret's estate.  They won their case but the losers may not have loved them.  They might  have moved on as land was cheaper in Dyer County, Tn.  I don't know what motivated them, but they do move on after 1844 and can be found in Tn census by 1850.  
         Here's what I have on Margaretha Fellers Dominick.  
2nd wife.  First wife was her younger sister, Agnes.  Margaret’s will caused problems in the family.
1841 taxation at $1.94; Henry Dominick son was $37.82
 Henry Dominick apparently never liked William W Taylor, and showed it in 
later actions.  When he gave land to his other sons-in-law, he refused to give land to William and 
went to considerable legal effort to set up Elizabeth to where she could own land and then gave 
the land to her.  (And yet when Isabella Taylor Hawkins' father dies in 1848, already a widower, his younger sons go to his sister, Isabella,  in Tennessee, become wards of Simeon Peter Hawkins, eventually marry two of his daughters, and will  join the Confederacy army from Tn and fight with Simeon Peter.  Simeon Peter died in 1863  in an Atlanta hospital and is listed in the Confederate Army.   

If this is confusing, here is the line.  Peter and Prudence Hawkins have son, Jacob who married Jane Ganter.  Jacob had son, Peter Watson Hawkins, who had son, Simeon Peter Hawkins, who married Isabella Taylor, who was daughter of William W Taylor and Elizabeth Dominick Taylor.  Elizabeth Dominick Taylor was daughter of Henry Dominick and Margaret Fellers.   

Remember that there is a tree of this family on the Hawkins DNA website:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Y-DNA: Why men with different surnames have a Y-DNA match

Ron Hawkins sent me a very interesting article to read that tells about why participants with differing surnames may have a yDNA match.

You can read the article for yourself at:

Ron went on to tell about his own experiences with his research on his wife's ancestors which is enlightening.  Here is the information that Ron sent:

The information above I found online.   I was curious about on how the exact and close matches in Y-DNA and different surnames occur. I ran across how this could have happened while doing my wife’s family tree at the same time I was working on mine. Her family roots trace back to Norway and had I not found her relatives over there I would not have made the connection on how surnames changed. In a matter of fact they changed numerous times back in the day.  The naming patterns quite sometime ago back in Norway was different then they are now. Now the surname stays the same but was not the case years ago. Let me explain, and here is an example.

In Norway and I assume it was in other countries as well in Europe most of the people lived on farmlands, and each farm had names as well. In tradition when a family had a farm the farm was first offered to the eldest child of the family, if they did not want to live there then it was offered to the next eldest child and so on which would then become the owner of the farm. Then the parents would move into the house to live out the remainder of their lives. Most of the farms had either 1 large house or 2 houses on the farm. As I stated earlier on the naming patterns I see how the surnames changed however the Y-DNA stayed the same. Back in time in some parts of Europe the naming pattern was quite different. If the eldest child or whoever took over the farm from their parents was a male the surname and Y-DNA would stay the same, however if the eldest child that took over the farm was female this is how the Y-DNA and surname changed because of the naming pattern back then. The naming pattern back then was a little confusing if you are doing research because of this.

For a example of what I mean is as follows. Let’s assume there was a father named Nils Rustad in Norway and his wife just gave birth to a son and they named him Tor. The child’s name would end up being Tor Nilson Rustad. Tor being his given name, his middle name Nilson, means son of Nils, and his last name comes from which farm they lived on, as I stated each farm had a farm name as well as most still do yet today. So if the next generation taking over a farm in the family was a female from the family even though her husband may have had a surname such as Kraby, when they started a family the children’s surname would end up becoming Rustad because they lived on the Rustad farm. A little confusing in doing genealogy work but hope this sheds some light to other Hawkins researchers out there. I believe this is the number one cause of Y-DNA and surname changes, followed by adoption, then followed by children born to un-wed mother’s who’s children took their mother’s surname and not the father’s.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Family Group #5

One of the newest participants in Family group #5 is a brother to Nancy Knighting.  Craig Kilby had sent me a synopsis of the family group that this participant represents which is of particular interest to me as I try to sort out the various Hawkins lines in the Culpeper/Orange County area of Virginia in the 1700's and 1800's.  Here is what Craig sent me when this participant first tested:

.....this participant will be representing descendants of Matthew Hawkins through his grandson Augustine Hawkins.  Matthew Hawkins is our brick wall. He was born ca 1740 and lived a long life, dying in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1820. He may have been a Quaker from Maryland but we really do not know that. His wife Hannah Maxwell did come from Quaker stock. 

We have presumed that his brother was the Benjamin Hawkins who died in Culpeper in 1793. The reason for this are the proximity of their homes and interrelationships between the families. There may have been a third brother, William, who is briefly in this same area before going to parts unknown. All of their earliest records are in the 1760s in Culpeper County. Before that we do not have anything firm. ....

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Family Group #5

Jeanne Bornfeld is the co-administrator for the Hawkins DNA FG#5.  She shared her family information with me today and gave me permission to post it on the blog site.  FG #5 is a very large group.  Go to the Hawkins DNA site for more information about other participants in this group:

Here is Jeanne's Hawkins line information:

John Hawkins, Mariner of New England, was probably born about 1600. From quotes of his statements given by an indentured woman, Elizabeth Frame, his choice of words and placement of them in his statements, make him sound Scot.  He is said to have been one of the first Quakers on North American soil.

He is found first in Massachusetts.  He immigrated into Maryland in 1651 from New England, as stated in immigration records (Gus Skordas). He died by 17 March 1675. His will was written 3 February 1670 at the home of William Richardson in Anne Arundell County, Maryland. At the time Wiliam Richardson, John Hawkins, Mariner of New England, and his witnesses, John Teage, Jr., Thomas Hooker, Joshua Shaller - were all Quakers. They all signed their names on the will, including the testator, John Hawkins.

The above information is from original documents.

A time line for John Hawkins, Mariner of New England, as he always identifies himself:
b ca 1600
1630-1632 - He is listed in Boston, No. 41, in the List of Church Members. At this time "we" were a church-state.)
1651 - He transported himself into the Province of Maryland
1653 - He assigned his rights to Giles Blake of 100 acres, confirmed 2 May 1653. On May 1653, Robert Burle, clerk stated that John Hawkins of New England, Mariner, transported himself to the Colony in 1651 and assigned his 100 acres to Giles Blake, by his attorney Nicholas Wyatt. (Nicholas Wyatt was a Quaker who had probably come to America to escape persecution. At a court in Lower Norfolk County VA in 1646, William Howell said he heard William Julian's man, Nicholas Wyatt, say that after Henry Marriott was free, he had three years to serve. Liber B f. 14, Portsmouth VA Court House. In 1653, he was attorney for John Hawkins, to whom an assignment of land had been given, which assignment had been lost. "I, Nicholas Wyatt, attorney for John Hawkins, renew the rights, 2 May 1653". Early Settlers, Liber A. B. H. f. 316, Annapolis, Maryland. Refusing to take Oath of Fidelity, Nicholas Wyatt was deprived of the right to sell land.) Maryland State Archives copy in Volume 2of "Once a Hoosier".
1657 - Early in the year he was in Manadose, Indonesia, per deposition of indentured servant.
1657 - December, deposition states John Hawkins, Mariner of New England was at the house of Rice Jones in Rappahannock, VA.
1658 - Litigation in Provincial Court in Maryland in Anne Arundel County, concerning indentured servant, Elizabeth Frame.
1658 - Planter's Delight, 600 acres was surveyed the 15th July 1658 for John Hawkins and Thomas Goldsmith on the west side of Chesepeake Bay respecting the mouth of the Sassafras River and now in the possession of the orphans of Coll. Wells.
1659- 100 acres surveyed 12 Nov 1659 for James Bonner on the north side of West River on the west side of Cedar creek. Possrs: 75 a John Hawkins, 75 a Samuel Galloway.
1659 - 1659 Cecilius Lord Baltimore grants to James Bonner, planter, 150 acres, 7 Feb 1659, a parcel called Great Bonnerston, north side of West River, north side of Cedar Creek, bounded by land now in possession of Jacob Duhattaway, on the north side by a swamp. On the back was assignment of the property by James Bonner to John Hawkins. Witnesses by Richard Talbot, Thomas Clarke. Patent and assignment recorded Nov 1661, John Hawkins, claimant of the land, requests the patent to be rerecorded. (Abstracts of Land Records of Anne Arundell County, MD.
1659 - Litigation concerning merchandise delivered to William Brenton in Rhode Island, who later became Governor.
1660 - Mary Hawkins arrived in Maryland
1663 - John Hawkins, AA Co.,states he assigns to William Coale, AA Co., a parcel of land already possessed by him named Great Bonnerston, north side of West River, north side of Cedar Creek. 150 acres, half of which is made over to William Coale. 11th day of April 1663. Witnessed by Obad Judkins, Francis Sandry. Copy of Original in "Once a Hoosier" Vol 2.
1663 - Daniel Jennifer made over to John Hawkins of New England Mariner...26 rights of land 8 Dec 1663
1663 - wrote down the last will of Richard Grimes while at sea approaching Manhattan, New York - from Provincial Maryland records.
1664 - Litigation in St. Mary's County, MD.
1665 - Litigation in St. Mary"s County, Maryland concerning his "barke" and freight with Raymond Stapleton on Long Island, New York.
1667- Pole Almanack neck surveyed 100 acres on 26 Oct 1667 for William Davis on the south side of of the Patapsco River belongs to the heirs of Rigby...
1667 - John Hawkins, Mariner, possessed Boleal Monack, which was later sold by his son, John Hawkins, Planter.
1670 - John Hawkins wrote his will at the house of William Richardson, Quaker, "being intended for a voidg (sic) for New England" he was not certain how long he had to live.
1675 - is dead by March.
1676 - Inventory of his estate.
His ch: John, Matthew, Joseph, Anne, Thomas, Augustine

There were descendants of this man in northern Baltimore County, Garrison Forest, St. Thomas Parish. Baltimore County extended to the present PA state line and beyond, re. Susquehanna River location relevance. William Penn took some of the land granted to Lord Baltimore.

Two Rebecca Hawkins
Rebecca Emerson/Emson was alive and well and distributing her husband's estate as Rebecca Hawkins at the same time as Rebecca Hawkins,( d/o Matthew Hawkins, s/o of John Hawkins, Mariner of New England), was alive and well as Rebecca Gain, w/o William Gain; Rebecca Boring, as wife of James Boring; and Rebecca Frazier, wife of John Frazier, whom she outlived.

These two Rebeccas were contemporaries of each other, not the same person. Rebecca (Hawkins) Boring as the widow of James Boring was called into court to tell where she buried James Boring's body and brought along her son, Nathan to testify. He referred to James Boring as his father in law, meaning his father according to the law when he was the husband of his mother, Rebecca.

Rebecca Hawkins m William Gain on 1 Aug 1727 at St. Paul's, Baltimore Co MD. Ch: Elizabeth, b 13 Jan 1727; John, b 16 Sept 1730.
Rebecca Hawkins m James Boring on 5 Aug 1734;d by 15 April 1738 when adm Bond was posted by Rebecca, with Charles Green and John Green; est admn 18 Oct 1741 by Rebecca, now wife of John Frazier, est again adm on 17 mar 1742.
Rebecca Hawkins m John Frazier ca 1739.  Ch: Ruth, b ca 1740, m John Osborne; Elizabeth, b ca 1742, m ---Brown; John b ca 1744.

Rebecca Hawkins, daughter of Matthew Hawkins, was b 1704, and was the mother of Nathan Hawkins. Nathan's YDNA matches her male line. She was orphaned at a young age and the raising of her left to Matthew's brothers, Joseph and Thomas. Thomas demurred and Joseph raised her.

I have found no records that any one of this family owned slaves. John Hawkins, Mariner of New England, had indentured servants. Matthew Hawkins, his son, married the Parrish sisters, whose father Edward's family had indentured servants, also. This information is from original litigation records.

Jeanne Bornefeld

Monday, February 2, 2015

Family Group #2

Much to the surprise of Melinda Pennington, the participant who agreed to test for her Kirkpatrick line matched Hawkins DNA group #2.
The paper trail is as follows:

Alexander Kirkpatrick b. 1670 Nithsdale, Scotland m. Unknown

James Kirkpatrick b. 1700-1715 in Scotland d. 9 May 1786 in Lockhart, Chester Co., SC, USA m. abt 1735 Mary Newton b. abt 1710 in Ireland d. 16 Sep 1769 in Lockhart, Chester Co., SC, USA

Francis Kirkpatrick b. abt 1735 in Ulster, Northern Ireland d. 28 Apr 1797 in Camden District, Chester Co., SC, USA m. abt 1760 Margaret Gilmer b. abt 1738 in Camden District, Chester Co., SC, USA d. 1798 in Chester Co., SC, USA

John Kirkpatrick b. 24 Apr 1786 in Camden District, Chester Co., SC, USA d. 19 Aug 1859 in Shelbyville, Franklin Co., IL, USA m. bef 1810 Probably Jackson, Madison Co., TN, USA Rebecca Singleton b. abt 1788 in Camden District, Chester Co., SC, USA d. 20 Dec 1810 in Jackson, Madison Co., TN, USA  Note:  Some researchers do not even show any information on the wife and show her as unidentified dying after having two children.

Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick b. 22 Feb 1810 in Jackson, Madison Co., TN, USA (some researchers have him born in Jackson Co., TN) d. 10 Sep 1876 in Lawrence, Lawrence Co., AR, USA m. Mar 1830 Perry Co., IL, USA Anna Barnett Woodrome b. 3 Mar 1814 in Bedford Co., TN, USA d. 1860-1861 in Hazel Grove P.O., Scott Twp., Lawrence Co., AR, USA

David D. Kirkpatrick b. abt 1841 in Reeds Creek, Lawrence Co., AR, USA d. Bef. Jul 1886 in Cedar Grove, Independence Co., AR, USA m. 27 Dec 1870 Independence Co., AR, USA Mariah L. Lawrence b. 1846 in Dallas Co., AR, USA d. 15 Sep 1927 in Batesville, Independence Co., AR, USA

Andrew Jackson Kirkpatrick b. 24 Nov 1868 in Independence Co., AR, USA d. 1 Mar 1907 in Wetumka, Hughes Co., OK, USA m. Ida Maud Cullins b. 5 Jul 1877 in Independence Co., AR, USA d. 24 Sep 1950 in Wetumka, Hughes Co., OK, USA

Opal Cullins "O.C." Kirkpatrick b. 21 Sep 1902 in San Augustine, San Augustine Co., TX, USA d. 25 May 1952 in Wanette, Pottawatomie Co., OK, USA m. 9 Dec 1922 Holdenville, Hughes Co., OK, USA Lillian May Adkins b. 31 Jul 1904 in Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX d. 29 Oct 1996 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK, USA
Living Kirkpatrick m: Living Carr
Kirkpatrick participant

Issues of adoption or infidelity:  We have a photo of Andrew Jackson Kirkpatrick b. 1868 and just by the looks of all descendants by this man, there is a resemblance and to me they seem to be legitimate. All of our ancestors were all middle children except for Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick, he and his twin sister (who died very young) were the only children of John Kirkpatrick and Rebecca Singleton.  I have not found a marriage record for John and Rebecca  and she seems to have died right after twins were born.  However in John's will years later, he mentions Edmund Kirkpatrick and calls him his son.  I feel that perhaps John was not Edmund's father but of course I cannot prove it.

You can contact Melinda at:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Family Group #15

The following comes from Ron Hawkins whose DNA results connect him with Family Group #15.  If you have questions or comments, Ron can be reached at:

Our Hawkins line starts off in England with Robert and Mary (perhaps Marie) leaving there in April of 1635 aboard the Elizabeth and Ann and arrives in Charlestown, Massachusetts in the month of May.

Robert and Mary had three sons, Joseph, Zachariah and Eleazer. The branch of Zachariah settled around Long Island and the branch Joseph settled in and around Derby, Connecticut. Not much of the line of Eleazer is known. Rumors on the internet say he may have ventured to the south somewhere, or perhaps may have died before starting any family at all. I am almost certain that Robert and Mary may have had some daughters, but I have not come across and records indicating that they had any. Alot of my information has been found in the Allen County Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where vast amounts of books are on shelves and numerous records on microfiche.

After the Revolutionary War our branch of the family migrated to the Cincinnati, Ohio area, later to Covington, Kentucky for awhile before they again migrated to the southern part of Indiana where they spent sometime before migrating north in Indiana just south of Wabash where they stayed for sometime. One of our ancestors in that area made his wealth as a teamster of oxen and yoke.

In our family history it talks the mansion that he built and in Somerset, Indiana. One winter during deer hunting season in Indiana, with nothing to do I decided to try and locate this so called mansion. Just before arriving in Somerset I passed a cemetery located north of Somerset and decided to stop in there for a look around after finding or trying to locate that mansion.

In the town of Somerset there were just a handful of houses and filling station and the local post office. I inquired at the filling station as to where Somerset actually was and told them I was doing genealogy work on my family. They explained to me that what I see now is actually the town of the new Somerset, the old town lies underwater as the Army Corps of Engineers years ago made a reservoir which hides the old town during the summer months. I left there and headed down to the water and to my amazement the water level was down and I was able to walk from where I parked and onto the river bottom eventually finding the foundations of buildings from the original Somerset. After spending sometime looking around I continued on my main objective to find that mansion.

As I said earlier the time frame was deer hunting season in Indiana and I came across two hunters and decided to stop and ask them if they possibly heard of the mansion that was built and owned by a Hawkins family. One of the men pointed and said do you see that brick house across the fields? That is it.

After stopping there and taking a couple of photographs I left and went back to that cemetery north of Somerset. When arriving there I noticed that this cemetery was made up of several small cemeteries and later discovered that when the reservoir was constructed they had to remove and re-interment the remains of those people to higher ground because the water of the reservoir would have covered them where they originally were laid to rest. In that new cemetery I found many of my distant relatives. Part of my line once again moved on and settled in Culver, Indiana also known as Lake Maxinkuckee. This is where my 4th great grandparents, Zadock and Jane (Cooper)  Hawkins are laid to rest, on the southeast corner of Lake Maxinkuckee and my 3rd great grandparents William and Telitha (Owens) Hawkins are buried about 10 miles from them just across the county line in another small cemetery.