Monday, May 16, 2016

Family Group #4

The below is submitted by Phil Hawkins:

                                             The Jeffery Hawkins’s in 1692 America

Of the one hundred immigrants the Welcome brought to the wilderness west of the Delaware, the heads of families were generally persons of standing and intelligence. About one-half of all who arrived with Penn settled in Bucks County, and their descendants are found here to this day, many of them bearing the same names and some living on the ancestral homesteads.

I am not aware that a plat of our Hawkins’s early holdings exists, and I have not seen any description of the properties by anyone. I believe that the information offered here locates it on the west side of Morrisville, PA, across from Trenton, NJ.

It is 5 miles across the top of Falls Twp. per Google Earth. A likely projection of the Hawkins properties as described could be From the Delaware along the North Falls County line, using the “jogs,” Woods 1.42 mi + 590 acres, Hawkins 1.54 mi + 550 acres, Kirkbride .89 mi. +500 acres, and Lucas 1.18 mi +322 acres. The Hawkins’s 550 acres would require an area of .859% of a 640 acre square mile. A rectangle with a side 1.54 mi., and containing 640 acres would require the squared side to be .654 mi. A Hawkins rectangle requires that side to be 86% or .558 mi. 

p102 ~ Bucks County, at the September term, 1692, appointed a jury, and directed them to meet at the Neshaminy meeting-house, in Middletown, the 27th to divide the county into townships. They reported at the December term, dividing the settled portions into five townships, viz : Makefield, Falls, Buckingham, now Bristol, Salem, now Bensalem, and Middletown, giving the metes and bounds.

The following is the text of the report: "The uppermost township being called Makefield to begin at the uppermost plantations and along the river to the uppermost part of John Wood's land, and by the lands formerly belonging to the Hawkinses and Joseph Kirkbride and widow Lucas' land, and so along as near as may be in a straight line to -- in Joshua Hoops' land.
"The township at the falls being called — is to begin at Pennsbury and so up the river to the upper side of John Woods' land, and then to take in the Hawkinses, Joseph Kirkbride and widow Lucas' lands, and so the land along that creek, continuing the same until it takes in the land of John Rowland and Edward Pearson, and so to continue till it come with Pennsbury upper land, then along Pennsbury to the place of beginning. Then Pennsbury as its laid out.
p103 ~ It will be noticed that the report of the jury to lay out these townships leaves the name of Falls, blank, a matter to be determined in the future. But the location gave it the name it bears; and for years it was as often called "the township at the Falls." as Falls township. We doubt whether its original limits have been curtailed, and its generous area, fourteen thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight acres, is probably the same now as when first organized.
Of the original settlers, in Falls, several of them were there before the country came into Penn's possession.

The Names of original settlers: Joshua Hoops, John Palmer, John Collins, William and Charles Biles, William Darke, John Hayecock, John Wheeler, Jonathan Witscard, John Parrons, Andrew Elland, William Beaks, William Venable, John Luff, Jeffrey Hawkins, Ann Millcornb, James Hill, John and Thomas Rowland, Thomas Atkinson, Thomas Wolf, Ralph Smith, John Wood, Daniel Brindsly, John Acreman, Joshua Bore, Robert Lucas., Gilbert Wheeler,
Samuel Darke, Daniel Gardner, Lyonel Britton, George Brown, James Harrison and George Heathcote.
pp 193-194 ~ Within a few years after the settlement of the province, great trouble and inconvenience were found in the transfer of real estate, by reason of the discrepancy between the quantity called for in the warrant, and that returned in the survey. To remedy the difficulty, the commissioners of property ordered a re-survey of all the lands taken up, and a warrant was issued to John Cutler12 surveyor of Bucks county, August 11th, 1702. In the warrant he was directed to re- survey only the lands of Bristol and Falls township,

Falls [Twp.], Jeffrey Hawkins 555, Joseph Wood 590, and Robert Lucas 322 acres; Makefield [Twp.] ......

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Howkins (NOT Hawkins)

Our newest member of the Hawkins Surname DNA project at this date is Alan Howkins.  We welcome both Alan and the administrator for his kit, Rick Howkins.

Here is what Rick wrote in explanation of the results of Alan's test:

Howkins is an English surname which, unlike Hawkins, is derived from the given name Hugh.  Its literal meaning is "son of Hughkyn, i.e. Little Hugh."  Howkins is mainly found in the English Midland counties of Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.  Despite being a separate name from Hawkins, members of the Howkins family are often called or have had their name changed to the much more common Hawkins.  

The most prominent Howkins family was found in Brownsover (near Rugby), Warwickshire in the 17th century.  An early settler in Connecticut, Anthony Howkins (1617-1674), was likely a member of this family.  (Although Anthony wrote his name as Howkins, he is usually found in reference books or on the Internet as Anthony Hawkins.)  

Three members of the Howkins family have taken Y-DNA tests.  All three are from families originating in Northamptonshire, England.  Two (one of whom, Alan Howkins of Australia, is a member of the Hawkins DNA project: kit number 442649) tested as R-M269.  The third tested as being in a very rare subgroup of R1a (R-F2935), and is therefore unrelated to the other two.

Phil Hawkins noticed a possible relationship between Alan Howkins' results and Hawkins Family Groups 6 or 14.  However, since Alan only took the Y-12 test, it is hoped that he will upgrade to at least Y-37 test, so as to refine his placement in the project. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hawkins DNA Newsletter

For ten years (2003-2013) Phil Hawkins published on the internet a Newsletter for our Hawkins DNA group.  I found myself wanting to share an article that I wrote for the Newsletter with someone with whom I was chatting.  But looking at the list was a bit overwhelming.  I have no clue which year I wrote it.  So this blog post is a place to put titles with a link so that we can link to various articles that may be of interest to anyone. Below is my list of some of the articles written about FG#1.  If you have a few minutes, read some of the articles and send me the name of the article and the link to the newsletter in which it is found.

FG #1 articles in Hawkins DNA Newsletter:

Gene Hawkins and Marsha Hawkins Moses with mini reunion at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon Ohio

Glass and Cullen surnames that match with our FG#1

Hawkins in Bedford County, Virginia

Friday, January 1, 2016

Autosomal DNA

I just had a question asked by a member of the Hawkins DNA group who does not carry Hawkins as his surname.  That means that his yDNA test would not give him information on his Hawkins line.  So the test that he took was the autosomal test which FTDNA calls Family Finder.

The Hawkins DNA website that Phil Hawkins maintains does not even try to cover those of us who have done autosomal DNA testing.  The Family Finder is just too hard to organize in a way that makes sense.  Each of us who have done the Family Finder have hundreds of matches who can be as close as parent/child or as far as very distant cousin.  One can not tell without a great deal of looking which line the match might be on as it can be on either one's mother's or one's father's side.  Thus the surname is not simple to figure.

However, I told this man that I would try to add a post today that would have links to some places to read about autosomal testing and interpreting the results.

If you are a total beginner or want a refresher, here is a link to a video that explains very simply what autosomes actually are:

I think that a good place to start is the following link:

This site could keep us all busy for months!

Here is another link that is a bit more advanced:

Here is the link to the FTDNA site where they explain what you can expect to find from autosomal testing:

And then a link to the learning center at FTDNA that explains the three kinds of tests that they offer:

Then next are two links to blog posts on this site that I have written in the past:

I next tried to add the Ancestry DNA site's information.  They are having a special New Year's price for $79 and I impulsively bought it.  I am interested in seeing what tools they have with their results.  Now I can't seem to get to their help .....I just keep getting the confirmation for my kit....try googling ancestry DNA  for yourself to see what information they have for you.

I am not sure that this blog post is that helpful.....I just looked and here is a list of videos for those of us who prefer video to reading:

autosomal DNA

And last but not least, is gedmatch.  This is a volunteer site to which one uploads one's autosomal DNA results from any of the companies in order to have available matches from all of the companies....not just the company that one chooses to use for the test.

Here is the legal Genealogist's blog (Judy Russell is GREAT!)  about Gedmatch:

Here is a link to help understand this site:

I have heard Diahan Southward in person and she is excellent.  Here are links for her upcoming Free seminars:

And here is a link to some videos that are already available:

I think that I almost forgot Jim Bartlett:

OK....I need to get started on interpretation of some of the matches that I have available for the six FF participants (including myself) that I have paid for over the past few years.  Good luck to all of you!  I hope to find that one or more of you are matches to one of my children's lines.

Renate Sanders has commented on this post with excellent additions to the information that I posted above.  Please click on the word comments just below to continue to read more information about DNA and interpreting autosomal DNA testing from Renate!  There is also a comment made by Betsy sure to click on the comments below to see more information!

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.