Monday, July 28, 2014

Family Group #1 in Texas

In January 2011, Glenda Hayes sent me information to add to the Newsletter that Phil Hawkins wrote every month as the Hawkins DNA administrator.  I honestly can not remember if I ever managed to get the article to Phil.  I was in the middle of breast cancer treatments and many of the things that I hoped to get done just did not get done that year.  When Phil asked me to take over the job of administrator for the Hawkins DNA project with Family Tree DNA, the first thing that I told him (well..... after telling him that I would never be able to do as good of a job as he did) was that I could not maintain a once a month on-line publication.  Thus this blog was born to be my effort to put information "out there" for everyone interested in any of our Hawkins family lines.  So this post is an effort to get Glenda's information on-line for everyone to share.  Glenda is most unselfish in sharing!
I think that a copy of our correspondence in Jan 2011 is helpful in understanding her other information that I will post just after her e-mail below.


 I have attached information that I wrote about the children of William Hawkins (third child of Benjamin and Hannah  Chambers Hawkins) and Dorothy Jarrett who came to Texas.  It was an interesting research project.  Most databases only listed 3 children as moving to Texas, but I found a fourth. .......I

There is another group of Benjamin and Hannah's descendent in Texas.  They are in North Texas and Jim Norval Maloney has them very well documented. They descended from Benjamin's first child, Mary Polly Hawkins.  There was also Inez Hawkins Barnett's uncle Charles Martin Hawkins who came to VanZandt County.  He was a grandson of William and Dorothy Hawkins.  He stayed in Van Zandt County long enough to marry and be on the 1900 census.  He then moved to Parker County (1910), and then spent the rest of his life in Tarrant County (Ft.Worth) dying there in 1947. ......
Glenda Hayes

 The below information from Glenda was published in the  the VanZandt (Texas) County Gen. Society Quarterly in 2012. 

By Glenda Benge Hayes
            In October, 2008, Inez Hawkins Barnett wrote of one her ancestors, Charles Martin Hawkins, who came to Texas to visit his uncles in Van Zandt county.  She wrote that she wanted “to hear from her Texas cousins.”  I responded, but really only knew about my great-great-grandfather, William D. Hawkins.  I decided to find out more about the others.  I discovered that 4 of William (son of  Benjamin and Hannah Sarah) and Dorothy (Jarrett) Hawkin’s children, Joseph, William, Sophronia, and Lucinda, moved to East Texas between 1859 and 1900.
JOSEPH HAWKINS (1831-1902)
The first of William and Dorothy’s children to come to Texas was their third son Joseph Hawkins born November 8, 1831 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  Joseph, his parents, and siblings will move to Cherokee County, Georgia before the 1850 census.  His complete name is somewhat a mystery.  Most databases in North Carolina list him as Joseph W. Hawkins as does the 1859 Smith County, Texas will of one of his wife’s aunt, Mary Melton Daniel.  He is listed Joseph, Joe N, or J. N. on the 1860-1900 censuses.  His January 6, 1859 marriage license to Sarah E. Melton in Smith County, Texas lists him as J.N. Hawkins.  His tombstone and Confederate marker in Creagleville Cemetery, VanZandt County, Texas use the name Joseph N.B. Hawkins.  Why the change is unknown.  Why he came to Texas is unknown. His wife’s family, the Melton’s, had moved from Newton County in northern Georgia to Smith County, Texas sometime between 1846 and 1849.  It is known that his wife Sarah Melton lost her mother around 1850 in Texas.  Her father made a trip back to Northern Georgia sometime in the 1850’s where he remarried before returning to Smith County, Texas.  Perhaps Sarah met Joseph while visiting relatives in Georgia.  Some databases list Joseph as marrying a Sara E. Evans in Georgia in 1859.  I could not find documentation to support this.
Joseph and Sara Melton Hawkins lived the rest of their lives in the central part of East Texas within fifty miles of where they married.  On the 1860 census they are living near Troup, Smith County, Texas.  They are farming and their property is worth about $2000. They will have daughter Dorotha Ann in 1860.  The Civil War will start in April of 1861.  Records indicate that Joseph traveled back to Floyd County, Georgia and on August 1, 1862 enlisted in the Sardis Volunteers known officially as Company D of the 6th Georgia Regimental Calvary.  He will serve as a private.  The 6th saw action at Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Atlanta Campaign, the Savannah Campaign, finally surrendering with the Army of Tennessee in April of 1865.    The 1870 census indicates that Joseph, Sarah, and their 4 daughters are living near the town of Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas.  They are farmers with real property worth $400 and personal property worth $300.   The 1880 census indicates that they are still farmers in Van Zandt County.  They have 6 daughters and 2 sons living at home.  The oldest daughter Dorotha Ann lives 2 doors down with her husband Alex McCoy.  Nearby are two of Sarah Melton’s sisters and their families:  Eliza Melton Daniel and Margaret Melton Hulsey Giles.    By the time of the 1900 census, Joe and Sarah only have one son left at home, Joe born in 1881, but they are now taking care of their siblings.  Also living with them are two of Sarah’s sisters: Margaret Giles, and Mary Melton Bradford.  Sophronia Hawkins, Joe’s older sister from North Carolina is also living with them.  They are still farmers in Van Zandt County who own their land free of a mortgage.   Illness must have swept over their home in January of 1902.   Between January 14 and January 18, 1902, Joe and Sarah both will pass away.  THE FREE STATE ENTERPRISE said that Joe died from pneumonia, while the WILLS POINT CHRONICLE said typhoid fever.  The facts are that on January 14, 1902, Sarah E. Melton Hawkins passed away.  Joseph Hawkins will die on January 18.  The January 23, 1902 FREE STATE ENTERPRISE wrote the following about them:
“Uncle Joe Hawkins died at his home west of Grand Saline last Saturday
  about 4 o’clock.  …. His remains were laid to rest Sunday between three
  and four o’clock in the Creagleville Cemetery, with Masonic honors of which
  fraternity he was a member.  Uncle Joe was a good man, a splendid citizen,
  and lived a very active and industrious life.  It was only on Tuesday of last week
  when his beloved and devoted wife died.”
Joseph and Sarah Hawkins’ children were all born in Van Zandt County, Texas except Dorotha who was born in neighboring Smith County.  The following are their children:
1. Dorotha Ann, b. 18 June 1860 , d. 11 Nov 1940 TX, buried Southland Cemetery, Grand Prairie, TX,  married William Alex McCoy
2. Josephine Amanda, b. Feb 1863, d. 13 Dec 1938 TX,  buried Creagleville Cemetey (No marker),married Isaac Denson Daniel
3. Lura J., b. Apr 1966, d. unknown, married James Crews, lived in Oklahoma
4. Monte Delora, b. 6 Dec 1867, d. 29 April 1942 Okla, married Virgil Cofer
5. Nora Malenda, b. Nov 1870, d. 18 March 1947 TX, married Thomas Jasper Melton
6. Emma, b. 15 Dec 1872, d. 15 Dec 1968 TX, married George W. Porter
7. William Denson, b. 9 Feb 1877, d. 17 Jan 1938 TX, married Lenora High
8. John F, b. 16 Feb 1877, d. 25 Dec 1964 California, married May Whitton
9. Leora Geneva, b. April 1879, d. 20 April 1962 TX, buried Lamesa, TX, married (1) P.M. Hobbs, (2) Langley Sasser
10. Joseph Edward, b. 15 Sept 1881, d. 12 Aug 1962 TX, buried Haven of Memories Cemetery, VanZandt County, married Mrytle Ella White

WILLIAM D. HAWKINS (1829-1916)
The second child of William and Dorothy Hawkins to come to Texas was their second son William D. born 1 Aug 1829 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.   His full name is a mystery like his brother’s.  He is always listed as William D. or W.D. Hawkins.  Some databases list the “D” as Denson, but that was his nephew’s name.   Joseph N. and Sarah Melton Hawkins named their son William Denson Hawkins after his 2 grandfathers, William Hawkins and Denson Crow Melton.  There has yet to be found any documentation for what the “D” stands. 
William D will travel with his parents and most of his siblings to Georgia prior to the 1850.  There on Oct 22, 1857 he will marry Julia Ann Blackwell, the daughter of Jonathon and Susan Littlejohn Blackwell in Floyd County.  Julia was born in Georgia in 1838.  William and Julia’s first son Frank was born in 1859.  The Civil War begins in 1861.  William D. will enlist May 6, 1862 in Company F of Smith’s Legion Infantry Regiment but transferred to Company D of the 65th Georgia Infantry in March of 1863.  He rose to the rank of second sergeant according to War Department Records.  Company D was known as the “Freemen of Floyd County.”  According to his pension request (#19309) he fought in the Battle of Nashville, Chickamauga, and across northern Georgia.  It can be assumed that he was in proximity to his brother Joseph N. who also fought in these areas, but in the cavalry.  The 65th surrendered in Greensboro North Carolina in May of 1865.
Before the 1870 census, William D and Julia moved to Jefferson County, Alabama along with her parents and siblings.  The nearest post office is Elyton, Alabama.  William is a farmer whose real property is valued at $300 and whose personal property is valued at $200.  William and Julia have 4 children by this time. 
According to William’s pension application, he moved to Texas in 1876 settling in the Grand Saline area in Van Zandt County in 1877.  This is the same area where his brother Joseph N. lived with his family.  The 1880 census indicates that he is a famer with 7 children.  According to THE CIVILWAR VETERANS OF VAN ZANDT COUNTY, William D lived in the Lawrence Springs area and was for the 1888-89 school year one of the teachers in the local school.  The 1900 census indicates that William and Julia are still living in the same area.  Living with them is widowed daughter Mary and her son.  Nearby are sons William Jonathan and Joseph Pope and their families.
Julia Ann died in 1908.  William applied for his Civil War pension in August of 1910.  His application indicates that all his personal and real property total $870.  William D passed away in 1916.  They are both buried in Creagleville Cemetery along with other family members.
The following are the children of William D. and Julia Ann (Blackwell) Hawkins:
1. Henry Franklin, b. 6 Aug 1858 GA, d. 21 Oct 1922 Van Zandt County, TX, buried Creagleville Cemetery, married Mary Kate Jane Sloan
2. William Jonathan, b. 20 Dec 1865 Ala, d. 22 July 1947 Van Zandt County, TX, buried Creagleville Cemetery, married Donnie Kingston
3. Joseph Pope, b. 2 Feb 1868 in Ala, d. 23 Jan 1942 in Van Zandt County, TX, buried White Rose Cemetery, married Mrs. Sarah Frances Carrell Hulsey.  [These are my great-grandparents.]
4. James, b. about 1870 in Ala, d. unknown. [I think that he died before 1900.  He is living with his parents in Van Zandt County in 1880.  On the 1900 census, his mother Julia Ann stated that she had had 10 children and 6 were living.  All the others that lived to adulthood can be found on the 1900 census.]
5.  Stephen Arthur, b. 27 April 1872, Ala, d. 24 Nov 1954 in Van Zandt County, TX, buried Creagleville Cemetery, married Lou Ella (Eller) Carrell, a sister of Sarah Frances who married Joseph Pope Hawkins.  [Sarah Frances and Lou Ella’s parents were Thomas Jefferson Carrell and Missouri Z. Lamb.  They are also buried in Creagleville Cemetery near William D and Julia Ann Hawkins.]
6. Mary Julia, b. 1 July 1874 in Ala, d. 20 Feb 1934 in Nacogdoches, TX, buried Creagleville Cemetery, married (1) Andrew Hanson, (2)  Benjamin Franklin Gilbert
7. Olive Isabella (Ollie), b. 17 April 1879 TX, d. 25 Dec 1917, buried Creagleville Cemetery, Van Zandt County, married James Ira Bishop

SOPHRONIA HAWKINS (1827-aft 1900)
            Sophronia was the third child of William and Dorothy Jarrett.  She came to Texas sometime between 1880 and 1900.   Sophronia will never marry, but live with relatives all her life.  She was born in 1827 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.    They will move with their family to Georgia before the 1850 census.  The Federal Census indicates that she was living with her parents in 1850 (Cherokee County, GA), in 1860 (Floyd County, GA), and in 1870 (Gordon County, GA). 
Most sources agree that Dorothy Jarrett Hawkins died sometime after 1870 though no documentation has been provided beyond that she is not on the 1880 census. In October of 1874, William Hawkins died in Gordon County, Georgia.  Sophronia would have at sometime during the 1870-1880 decade needed to find another family with whom to live.  The 1880 census indicates that Sophronia and her younger widowed sister Lucinda are living together with Lucinda’s children in Gordon County.  We next find Sophronia on the 1900 census. The 1900 Census indicates that 73 year old Sophronia Hawkins is living with her brother Joseph N. Hawkins and his wife Sarah in the Creagleville Community of Van Zandt County near her other brother William D.  Also living with Joseph and Sarah are Sarah’s two widowed sisters, 71 year old Mary Melton Bradford and 56 year old Margaret Melton Giles.  We know from the newspaper article about his death that some kind of illness either typhoid or pneumonia was present in Joseph’s home during the month of January, 1902 because not only did he die, but his wife also passed away.  A search of census records, cemetery records, newspapers, etc. has not produced any documentation as to what happened to Sophronia after the 1900 census. Most data bases leave the death date vacant, but say that she is buried in Creagleville Cemetery.  There is no documentation to prove that, though it is the most logical place.  When and how did Sophronia move to Texas?  I believe that Sophronia moved to Texas when her sister Lucinda decided to move there, sometime after 1880, but more logically after 1890.
Lucinda was born in 1842 in North Carolina.  She was the ninth child of William and Dorothy Hawkins. She is on the 1850 and 1860 census as living with her parents and sibling.
            On Dec. 10, 1860 Lucinda will marry Elias James Pinckney Otts. He is a young man living in the same area who will serve as a private in Company A of the 8th Battalion of the Georgia Infantry.  Lucinda and Elias Otts will have a son Benjamin F. on Nov 1, 1861.  Elias Otts will die in 1863.  On Feb 2, 1868, Lucinda will marry James Perry Patman, a former Confederate soldier whose wife had died and left him with 5 children ages 10 to 20.  Lucinda and James Perry will have a son Thomas in 1869 and a daughter Lillian Jimmie in 1871.
            The 1870 census indicates that Lucinda and her new husband and family are living in Floyd County, Georgia.  According to one Patman family historian, James Perry Patman will die around 1870 and his children by his first wife will then move to Texas leaving Lucinda and her children in Georgia.   From census and marriage records, it appears that only 3 of the 5 Patman children moved.  William Albert (24), Cornelius (18) and Sarah Elizabeth (12) moved to Hopkins County, Texas sometime before 1871. They will settle in the Sulpher Springs area of Hopkins County which is about 40 miles northeast of Creagleville in Van Zandt County.  William Albert will marry Sarah Beville in Hopkins County in August of 1871. 
            At some point in the decade of the 1870’s, Lucinda moved back to Gordon County with her children Benjamin Ott, Thomas Patman, and Lillian Jimmie Patman.  It is not known if she moved in with her parents and sister or to a separate house, but the 1880 census indicates that Lucinda and her children and Sophronia are living in Gordon County together.  Are they living in the Hawkins’s Family home?  It is not possible to say from the census records.  Both women are listed as keeping house while 18 year old Benjamin Ott is listed as working on a farm.  It appears that Lucinda’s son Thomas Patman born in 1869 must have died sometime before 1880 since he is no longer listed.  Lucinda’s step-children in Texas are thriving.  In 1876, Cornelius Patman married Mollie McCorkle and Sarah Patman married Thomas McCorkle in Hopkins County.  Mollie and Thomas were the children of Logan H McCorkle and his first wife Martha Blount.  Two of Lucinda’s step-children, John Wylie and Josephus Patman are still living in Georgia in 1880.
            When did Sophronia and Lucinda move to Texas?  Definitive proof does not exist.  These are the facts.  Lucinda’s daughter Lillian married Henry Clay McCorkle in Hopkins County, Texas in 1894. Henry Clay was a son of Logan H McCorkle and his second wife Isabella Brown.  Did they meet when she visited Texas or when he visited Georgia?  The fact that they married in Hopkins County is a strong indication that Lucinda had moved before 1894 to join her step-children.  It appears Cornelius Patman died around 1892.  Maybe Lucinda and Lillian moved to Texas to help Cornelius’ widow Mollie with the children.  We do know that Lucinda’s oldest child, Benjamin F. Ott moved his family to Hopkins County around 1896.  His obituary and his wife’s both state that date.  We also know that the 1900 census indicates that the whole Patman/Ott family including John Wyie and Josephus Patman and their families are living in Texas, most of them in Hopkins County. 
The 1900 census indicates that Lucinda Hawkins Ott Patman is living in Hopkins County with her daughter Lillian McCorkle.  She has not been found on the 1910 census after an extensive search.  After 1900 nothing is known about her except what is written on her tombstone located in the Forest Academy Cemetery in Como, Hopkins County, Texas near her daughter’s burial site.  It reads “Mrs. L.C. Patman, Mother of Mrs. H. C. McCorkle, 1842-1911.” 
These are the children of Lucinda Hawkins Ott Patman.
1.  Benjamin Franklin Ott, b. 1861 GA, d. 1930 TX, buried Martin Springs Cemetery, Hopkins County, married (1) Lucy V.Goss, (2) Mary C. Owen
2. James Patman, b. 1869 GA, d. before 1880 GA
3. Lillian Jimmie Patman, b. 1871 GA, d. 1932 TX, married Henry Clay McCorkle

In conclusion, four of William and Dorothy Hawkins’ children moved to Texas from Georgia.  Joseph N. Hawkins moved before 1859 based on marriage, census, and legal records.  William D. Hawkins moved in 1876 based on his Confederate Pension Application.  As to when Sophronia and Lucinda moved, I believed they moved together sometime after the 1880 census and before 1894 or1896 since they were living together in 1880 in Georgia and Lucinda’s daughter married in  Hopkins County, Texas in 1894 and her son moved there in 1896.
I hope this information will be helpful to someone doing research on this branch of the Hawkins family. If anyone would like additional information please feel free to contact me at .

In a separate e-mail Glenda shared her Hawkins line:

 My line of Hawkins is the following:
1. Benjamin and Hannah  (Chambers) Hawkins --Buncombe County, NC
     2. William and Dorothy (Jarrett) Hawkins-- Buncombe County, NC, Cherokee County, GA in
          in 1850, Floyd County, GA in 1860, Gordon County, GA in 1870, died there before 1880
          3.  William D. and Julia (Blackwell) Hawkins-- Married Floyd County, GA in 1858, moved 
                toJefferson County, Ala around 1866, and moved to Van Zandt County, Texas in 1876.
                 William D. died in 1916 and Julia died in 1908 in VanZandt County, TX. 
                4.  Joseph Pope and Sarah (Carrell) Hawkins lived and died in Van Zandt County.
                     5.  Hattie Lorene Hawkins married Charles Tindell
                          6.  Charlsie Tindell married Edwin Benge

                                7.  Glenda Benge married Hugh Hayes

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hawkins DNA group #1 new match

It is always fun when we have a new match to our DNA group #1, but it is especially fun when the new match has a paper trail that makes sense with so many of our other participants!  And such is the case with Gardner P. Hawkins.  The genealogist who is associated with our participant is his son:  Gerry Hawkins.  Gerry has sent some new information that I will add here with my own notes interspersed.  I hope that others will help me edit and add to what Gerry and I are presenting.

The first thing that I noticed in Gerry's correspondence is the mention of Woodford County, Kentucky!  Woodford county brings back so many fond memories for me that I can not help but mention some of what I know and have saved before putting Gerry's information into the post.

Woodford is located very centrally in Kentucky.  The county adjoins both Fayette and Franklin Counties which are the counties in which Lexington and Frankfort lie respectively.

Note to me:  I will fill this in later with information about Woodford Reserve and the Hawkins family that lived nearby....perhaps some information about the Forks of the Elkhorn Church....perhaps some information about Gene's family who were living nearby in Anderson County....and some of the other Hawkins families and which counties they were living in in the time period.  I want to finish going through the newsletters to see if I can find the article about the Woodford County farm that was for sale.

However, now I am going to spend time adding information from Gerry Hawkins who is the genealogy person for kit #335863.  Gerry's  father is the participant:

I’ve just started digesting the information found here. It confirms and expands upon what I knew and suspected.
Our line goes through William Strother Hawkins (my paternal ggf) ~1816 (Woodford, KY) – 1869 (Mclean, IL). I believe WSH had at least one cousin with an identical name, making the next step difficult. Whoever William Strother Hawkins’ father was, he was one of a group of the Hawkins family of Orange County, VA.  .......
[My note:  My gut feeling is that William Strother Hawkins born 1816 in Woodford County, Ky was a grandson or gr-grandson of Moses and Susannah Strother Hawkins.  Moses and Susannah had four children before Moses was killed at the battle of Germantown.  I have documented their names personally from guardianship papers found in Orange County, Virginia.  They were William Strother (named after Susannah's father), Moses, Jr, Sarah Bailey (named after Susannah's mother) and Lucy (probably named after Moses's sister, Lucy)

My notes in my Hawkins/Bourne data base say:

The Register of the KY State Historical Society, Frankfort, KY says on page 133 that the compiler of the Railey-Randolph notes was a gr-grandchild of this couple.  I might want to look at these at some point. 
Capt. Moses Hawkins married Susannah Strother.
Children – Hawkins
1. William Strother; married Catherine Keith, born January 1, 1772
2. Lucy; married William George
3. Sarah Bailey; married James Thornton
4. Moses, Jr.; married Sarah Castleman

There is more information about descendents of these children in Millie Farmer's  book

Also from the Ky Register: "A few years after the marriage of Susannah and Thomas Coleman they with the four Hawkins children and Susannah's father, Wm Strother, of Orange and his second wife (with whom he had no children) came to Kentucky to live and settled on a large estate near Mortonsville, in Woodford Conty where they all lived and died.  When I was a boy I was shown the burying ground that was then in bad shape and it is doubtful if any marks remain to indicate the graves of each".  

My footnotes tell me that this last information comes from:  
Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky
Vol 16, No 46 pg 93, I viewed it online in Nov 2008 at:

William Strother Hawkins applied for a pension  as the only heir of Moses Hawkins.  John Sleet signs on the application.  This is the John Sleet that is an uncle to the John Hawkins children.  John Sleet lives in Garrard County but his will is in Madison County, Ky. (but Elaine says that his will is missing) ]
Some of this group are mentioned in books about the families of that area, including this fragment:
Benjamin Hawkins, the grandfather of Ann Reminta Hawkins, was born in Virginia in 1738, the
son of Benjamin Hawkins and Sarah Willis. He married Ann Bourne, the daughter of Andrew
Bourne, in 1764 in Fauquier County, Virginia. In 1789, Benjamin Hawkins together with his
brother, James Hawkins, departed Virginia and came to Kentucky after they sold their Orange
County, Virginia property to the husband of the widow of their brother, Captain Moses Hawkins
(killed at Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1777). Thomas Coleman, who bought the land in
Orange County, had married Capt. Hawkins’ widow, Susan (Strother) Hawkins in 1783. Later,
Moses Hawkins’ widow moved with her second husband from Virginia to Woodford County,
Kentucky and then to Franklin County, and there are numerous descendants of Moses Hawkins
living today in that area. Benjamin and James Hawkins witnessed the will of Moses Hawkins.
So I believe I am descended of Benjamin Hawkins (b. 1738 in VA), but possibly from James Hawkins, his brother, or Captain Moses Hawkins, the brother killed in the Revolution. The last seems likely because Moses married Susan Strother, whose father accompanied the Hawkins clan to Woodford to settle, and my ggf’s middle name was Strother. Also the book notes that many of Moses’ descendants continued to live in Woodford County, where my ggf was born.  Whichever brother we are from there is apparently another generation in between. Without better DNA it seems unlikely we’ll ever know for certain which brother I am descendant of.

[My Note:  In my Hawkins/Bourne data base, I have the children of William Strother Hawkins b. 1 June 1772 as:  William Strother, Isham Keith, Charlotte Ashmore,  Benjamin Dabney, Lucy, Moses, Susan, Katherine Keith, and James Keith.
My path is therefore Benjamin (b. ~1700) & Sarah Willis à [most likely] Moses (b. ~1740 in VA) & Susan Strother à  unknown à William Strother Hawkins (b. ~1816 in Woodford, KY) & Nancy [Brown?] à Gardner Perry Hawkins (b. 1861 Mclean County, IL) & Hallie Chapman (b. 1881? Orleans, NE) à Gardner Perry Hawkins (second) (b. 1921, Stanley, ID) & Eileen Harris (b. 1928, MO) à myself, Christopher’s mother, & 4 others. (My gf was nearly 60 when my dad was born, raising a few eyebrows, and he has a younger sister & brother). My gf was one of 13 siblings and we are just finding a few connections for the first time.
Phil posted a picture of himself which reminded me of my dad at an earlier age. Wonder if he is in this line also.
-Gerald Patrick Hawkins
Santa Clara, CA.
Here are pages 12, 13 and 15 of the Revolutionary War Pension Document associated with Moses Hawkins.  The only problem that I see, is that I am sure that Moses Hawkins, Sr. had two sons:  Moses, Jr and William Strother Hawkins.  My explanation which is only a guess from what I have read is that Moses, Jr. died relatively young.  After his death sources say that his wife and children moved to Missouri.  If this happened before 1832, William Strother Hawkins may have considered himself only son of Moses Hawkins, Sr since he was only son still living.  Here is what I found on Fold3:

AFTER I wrote the above I found the letter that was written by William Strother Hawkins himself in which he does NOT say only son...he says son and only heir  (page 8):


Friday, April 25, 2014

DNA Sale April 2014

Here is the information sent out by FTDNA on their sale this weekend.  Please be sure to read my information at the bottom of the add.  Contact me at if you have more questions. 

If you have reason to believe that you or your participant connects to the Hawkins Surname directly (that is participant has last name Hawkins or birth father who carries the Hawkins surname), please go to:

to order your kit.  This will automatically give you the discounted price for the 37 marker test as well as automatically joining you to our Hawkins DNA project.

This is an excellent sale as the 37-marker test will give you a good indication of to which of the Hawkins family groups you or your participant will connect at a good price.  You can always upgrade  the number of markers at a later time if you have need of more information.

Monday, February 10, 2014

DNA Family Group #6


This group has branches which match through DNA, but that we have not been able to connect genealogically. This Hawkins group is English. The branches that match are:

  • Martin Hawkins (1837-1893) was born in South Hampton, England and ultimately immigrated through New York City, NY to Illinois. Family legend has it that Martin Hawkins fell in love with an Irish girl named Hannah Sheehan. Martin's family would not approve the marriage and Martin gave her passage money to New York. He was in the English navy and was on a ship bound for New York. He jumped ship in New York and met up with Hannah and were wed. They came west headed for California but got as far Illinois when their first baby was born.
  • Stephen Hawkins was a “mariner” who was born in coastal NH in the late 1600s & died May 7, 1720 in Dover, NH. This line moved westward through Vermont and New York and ultimately to Michigan. Stephen has a son Stephen (b. 1718) who had a son name William (b. 1758). William homesteaded in VT in the 1790's. William's youngest child was Luther (b. 1805 Caledonia Co, VT). The tester’s great-great-grandfather, Luther Hawkins (d. c1883 Tuscola Co, MI) is believed to be this Luther (son of William). He appears in the Niagara Falls NY in the 1840 census and migrated to Michigan from New York just after the Civil War (1867 or so).
  • James Hawkins (b 1841) m. Fanny Clark. Their child Alfred John Hawkins (b 1864 London, England; d. 1902 Kent County, England); m June 30, 1885 Mary Ann Jameson in England) immigrated to Gibson City, IL in the US. Both became naturalized citizens on November 5th, 1892. They had five children in Gibson City: Ethel, Albert, Reuben (Vincent), Marian, and William. In 1896, Mary Ann , Ethel, Marian, and William returned to England. In 1897, Alfred, Albert, and Reuben returned to England. Back in England, Alfred worked as a house painter and he and Mary Ann had four more children: Gladys, Grace, Herbert, and Alfred Jr. Alfred Sr died of smallpox on March 31 1902. Sons William and Alfred Jr immigrated to Pasadena California and in 1915 sponsored their sister Gladys who also immigrated to California.
    Their son Reuben Vincent “Vic” Hawkins was born in Gibson City, IL but moved to Great Britain during the first World War and joined the Royal Navy, and then after the war settled in Canada (in Toronto, Ontario). His grandchildren currently live in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and Ontario, in small towns outside of Toronto. It's not clear when, and to where, Alfred and Mary Ann's other children emigrated (or whether they remained in England). Mary Ann spent her last years with her children in California and died in Los Angeles California on December 15, 1947.
  • Richard Hawkins – nothing known of this line other than descendants are in Australia.
  • Elijah Hawkins (bef 1774-1840) married to Elizabeth Scott (1782-1842) the daughter of Reuben Scott and Margaret Cope. He is buried in the Benjamin L. Perry Cemetery in Salt Rock, West Virginia. Some of his children ( traveled west and settled in Monroe County, Indiana. Some researchers believe Elijah is the son of Nicholas Hawkins (c1700-1754) and Elizabeth Long (c1704-1768). Nicholas is a descendant of Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), the privateer cousin of Sir Francis Drake. Other researchers disagree and believe their ancestors (in other groups of this project) are from this line. DNA has proven this Elijah line and the other lines are not related. It is not known which research is accurate.

At this point we need help to do the following:

We have two samples from descendants of Elijah's son Henry. We need to find a sample from another one of his sons, either John N. (b1809 & married Lucinda Holmes) or William (b. 1811 & married America Beleu). William had a son named George Eldridge Hawkins.
  • We need a fully proven descendant of Sir John Hawkins tested.
  • We also need to find another sample from another son of Stephen Hawkins.
  • We need a DNA sample from another son of James or Alfred should be tested.
  • Learn about the Richard Hawkins genealogy to determine what further steps should be taken.
  • We need to find the marriage license of Martin and Hannah, which might have their parent's names listed and the birthplace. If the death certificate and/or obit of the first one of them to die are found, they also may have parent information and/or birthplace information on them.

    The above information has been provided by Cherie Ohlsson who is the Hawkins DNA co-adminstrator responsible for DNA group #6.  If you have questions about this DNA group, contact Cherie at:

    Bob Hawkins ( had an interesting comment/question about possible family connections on the above lines.  Anyone have any thoughts on this?  (Harry Hawkins answered the question about which city Martin settled in on the next blog post....but the rest of the guess is something someone might want to pursue.

    Question/Comment: Does anyone know in which city in Illinois that Martin Hawkins settled?  I find it an interesting coincidence that Martin and my great-great grandfather (James Hawkins) were born within a few years of each other in England, and then James' son Alfred (my great-grandfather) moved from England to a very small town in Illinois (Gibson City).... usually new immigrants settle in large cities (like New York).  Perhaps Alfred had relatives (from Martin Hawkins' line) in Illinois, and that's why he chose to emigrate there?  Just an interesting thought......... it would link my line to the Martin Hawkins line.

Descendents of Martin Hawkins in Family Group #6

I loved this story because it is so romantic.  Harry Hawkins of group #6 shared it and I have edited it a bit, but present it as written:  (Harry still lives in the St. Louis area where Martin and Hannah stopped on their route west)
 Martin Hawkins was from England, born in South Hampton in 1837. 
I know from experience that facts get twisted. Family stories in a space of a few years get twisted and no longer resemble the facts. Therefore, take this with a grain of salt. 
Family legend has it that Martin Hawkins, who came from England, fell in love with an Irish girl named Hannah Sheehan. Martin's family would not approve the marriage and Martin gave her passage money to New York. He was in the English navy and was on a ship bound for New York. Martin jumped ship in New York and met up with Hannah and they were wed. They came west headed for California but got as far Illinois when the first child was born (Harry's great uncle George).  Hannah and Martin had seven children (she was Irish Catholic).  There were 5 boys and 2 girls. 1 boy died young but the other six had families and Martins descendants are numerous and spread all over the U.S.  One of his sons Daniel did eventually make it to California and there is fairly large contingent of Hawkins who belong to this line living there.  Harry has spoken to and met several of them. 
This Hawkins family has been successful. There are many Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, and just some down right good people.
Richard has gathered  good documentation to back up the story.   He has a ship's registry with Hannah Sheehan coming to New York. The ages and times match to support the story.
Hannah died young, age 37, 1878 and is buried in Staunton IL.   Martin died in 1893 age 58 and is buried in Taylorville Il.  He is in the Cemetery's record book, but they used a poor quality soap stone for grave stones and most are unreadable in the section he's buried in.
Hannah's stone is very readable.
Another story that Harry tells that is of great interest and could be followed up on for additional research in England is as follows:  My great uncle Tom Hawkins (one of Martin's sons) bragged about his uncle (Martins's brother) as having paricipated in the Boxer Rebellion. Harry shares some facts about the Boxer Rebellion that are quite interesting.
 Note:  The Boxer RebellionBoxer Uprising or Yihetuan Movement was a violent anti-foreign and anti-Christian movement which took place in China between 1899 and 1901.  For more information try Wikipedia:

The Boxer's,  a group of Chinese, laid seige to the western embassies, which were about 90 miles inland from the sea. A contingent was formed of various nations who had ships in the port to rescue the people in the embassies. An English officer was put in charge, and a Russian officer leading his group agreed to obey the orders of the the English officer. The crazy fact was that at the time of the Boxer rebellion, the English were at war with the Russians in the Crimea.  Hence a Russian officer accepted orders from and English officer at a time when their countries were at war. The contingent of various nations marched inland and successfully rescued the people in the Embassys.

Harry added the following information about his family line:

My great grandfather Martin Hawkins, lived in many towns in south central Illinois.. The coal industry was booming. The bulk of the immigrants were eastern european working in the coal mines. Martin was English and was able to read and understand blue prints and such. He was employed when mines were first built. Consequently he would move to a new mine location when one was started. I know that he was in Anna, Collinsville, Staunton, Carlinville, Bethalto and lastly Taylorville. He died in Taylorville and is buried there. I've not located his grave because the stones were of poor quality and inscriptions are hard to read. He is on the registry there. His wife who did about six years earlier was buried in Staunton. I only presume that in those days, unless you were relatively wealthy, they planted you where you died.

Martin's son, my grandfather William, whom I did have the pleasure of knowing for 10 years, was the president of the local United Mine Workers.  Thiis grandfather was a personal friend of Mother Jones and was involved in the Virden Riot as he was president of the local union at the time. My politics are conservative and independent. But at the time of the Virden Riot, Unions were fighting against crooked mine owners, paid off inspectors, unsafe working conditions, child labor, etc. I would have liked to be standing by his side.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Help in understanding DNA studies

Phil sent a URL to watch a very short and easy clip on the four kinds of DNA that are studied in our DNA projects.  Here is the URL if you are interested in watching this:

I thought that it might be helpful to add some other good places to bone up on the subject.  For me my favorite source of explanation were the two books by Brian Sykes.  Both books are easy reading and very entertaining.  When you finish you will have a much enhanced understanding of the DNA projects.

Adam's Curse: A Future without Men is about the yDNA.

The Seven Daughters of Eve is about the mitochondrial DNA:

The wikipedia article casts some doubt about the accounts that Brian Sykes tells of the seven clan mothers.  However, I found my own to fit very well with the story that Brian tells of Helena.  I am haplogroup H.  Helena is said to have lived in France in the area near where the pictures are found on the walls of the caves.  My maternal line was from Alsace Lorraine when one goes back as far as I have traced on the female line.  Certainly makes lots of sense to me.

I welcome others to send me good sources for educating ourselves on the DNA.  Certainly the site hosted by FTDNA has great can get to it by googling FTDNA.  Other ideas?