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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hawkins family that has not been connected to DNA project

Here is what Wikipedia says about Elijah Craig:

    Elijah Craig (1738/1743 – May 18, 1808) was a Baptist preacher in Virginia, who became an educator and capitalist entrepreneur in the area of Virginia that later became the state of Kentucky. He has sometimes, although rather dubiously,[1][2][3][4] been credited with the invention of bourbon whiskey.

I was chatting with a lady about the family that I am going to describe below at a busy time of the year.  I will try to add to this story some of what we were talking about as I have time.

This Hawkins family is one for which I have an extensive data base.  However, I have no reason to believe yet that it will connect to my own Hawkins family line.  I have called this family the John and Mary Long Hawkins family.  However, I am almost certain that Mary's maiden name was NOT Long.  The lady mentioned in the above paragraph was encouraging me to give them a new and more accurate name.

This family was found in the Northern Neck of Virginia VERY early.  They are a very colorful family!  I will try to find links on-line to tell some of their stories.  However, this morning I am interested in telling just one of the stories.  And that is the fact that their grandson is said to have been the inventor of Bourbon.

I have never found a will for John Hawkins.  However, after his death, there are land transactions that I have used to sort out his children.  I believe that he and Mary had six children who lived to adulthood.  One of the daughters is Mary Hawkins born about 1716 in Prince William County, Virginia according to folklore that is found on the internet.  It may be well documented, but I have not done the research for myself.  Mary married Tolliver (Taliferro) Hawkins c. 1730 and this information is again from another researcher that I met in Florida.  Mary and Tolliver had a son also named Elijah Craig and it is Elijah who was a part of the Traveling Church that traveled from Culpepper County, Virginia to Kentucky looking for religious freedom after the Revolutionary War.

OK.....I have to add a correction to my above story.  I googled to make sure that Elijah was indeed a part of the traveling church and that is NOT accurate:

Toliver Craig, Sr. (born Taliaferro Craigc.1704—1795) was an 18th-century American frontiersman and militia officer. An early settler and landowner near present-day Lexington, Kentucky, he was one of the defenders of the early fort of Bryan Station during the American Revolutionary War. It was attacked by the British and Shawnee on August 15, 1782.
Craig and his family were early converts to the Baptist Church in the Colony of Virginia. His sons especially preached their religious views during the 1760s and 1770s. As a young man, his son Rev. Lewis Craig was a Baptist preacher jailed in Fredericksburg, Virginia for preaching without a license from the established Anglican Church, in a case considered important for religious freedom.[1]
Toliver and his sons Lewis and Joseph Craig led 400-600 members of their congregation as "The Travelling Church" into Kentucky in 1781. A younger son, Rev. Elijah Craig, worked with James Madison on state guarantees for religious freedom after the Revolutionary War before following his kin to Kentucky, where he became a successful preacher, educator, and businessman.
Toliver Craig, Jr., became an important landowner in Scott and Logan counties, Kentucky. He was elected as a representative to the Kentucky state legislature.
As far as I know, we do not yet have a DNA participant who has excellent paper trail to this family.  If anyone can correct me on this statement, I would be very happy.  I would pay for a participant myself who does have an excellent paper trail to this family if someone would find a man with Hawkins surname who would be willing to test and has the right paper trail!  Please e-mail me directly at if you have information to add to this post.

My husband and I visited this site probably ten years ago and took the photo at the top of this blog post along with others:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Family Group #15

January 2015 has been a big month for this family group!

The participants in this group who carry the Hawkins surname,  come from two branches.  One is the Kentucky branch  and the other comes from  New Brunswick, Canada.   
Two of the participants are sixth cousins, once removed.  Their common ancestor was Zadock Hawkins, Sr., who served in the American army during the Revolutionary War with his two sons William Wilmot Hawkins and Zadock Hawkins, Jr.

Zadock Hawkins, Sr., died in the war.
William Wilmot Hawkins deserted the American army and joined a Loyalist unit the very next day after his father's death.  Since Loyalists were not welcome after the war, William Wilmot Hawkins fled to New Brunswick when the Patriots proved to be victorious.  Lynn Garn found documents in the National Archives in Washington, DC, and the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick that provide the evidence of the desertion from the American army and subsequent joining of a Loyalist unit by William Wilmot Hawkins.

Zadock Hawkins, Jr., also deserted the American army during the Revolutionary war. He surfaced about 15 years later in Kentucky.  Lynn and Ron Hawkins  descend from this branch.

There are two other participants who carry the Hawkins surname and have DNA matches to the decedents of Zadock Hawkins, Sr.  One participant still lives in Great Britain and has no connections to any American ancestors that he know of.  The other has a non-working e-mail address and I have no information for his family.

The match between Ron Hawkins and the other participant whose research connects his line to Zadock is a he success for this group.  It validates many years of research proving the connection between the New Brunswick line and the Kentucky line.  I particularly enjoyed the story told by Lynn and Ron about the work that they did together to sort out these ancestors:

Paraphrased from an e-mail from Ron:  
Hi Marsha,
My research began with a pamphlet written in 1933. The title is: One Hundred and Fifty Years of the Hawkins Family 1783-1933 by Z.T. Hawkins. This pamphlet was only 33 pages.  I started my research where the pamphlet ended c.1933 and brought the research forward to c.1998. About 2 years later a distant cousin of mine, Lynn Garn joined in with me to work on the project.  A few years later a cousin in Canada, G. Christian Larsen also joined in. After years of work we finally published our book of 702 pages and named it the families of Zadock Hawkins. We found that our on-line update posts connected us with distant cousins who contacted us saying they were related to us and told us how. The book is in numerous libraries and also in Washington, D.C. So in short there are three co-authors of this book and if you do a search online you will find info about it.

Here is the link for a copy of the original pamphlet from the Family Search site:

I will add until I have more links that the final book has three authors:

Lynn E. Garn, Ronnie Eugene Hawkins, Sr., and G. Christian Larsen have done extensive research on descendants of Zadock Hawkins, Sr.

Here is a link for the research of these three authors: 



The DNA test results confirm the genealogical research that connects the Kentucky and New Brunswick branches of the family. The following article documents the genealogical evidence that Lynn E. Garn discovered that connects the two branches of the family:
The Family of Zadock and Lydia (Wilmot) Hawkins of Derby, Connecticut, by Lynn E. Garn, The American Genealogist, April, 2001, Vol. 76, pages 106-115.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Family Group #4

  The Hawkins Family Group-04 arrived in America in the fall of 1682 on the ship WELCOME. They accompanied Wm. Penn who was on his first trip to the new land granted him by the king of England. The ship departed London making a stop in the Down’s (Deal on the East coast of Kent) where our Jeffrey & Dorothy (Mattock) boarded. Jeffrey’s brother Roger, with his wife Sarah, were almost certainly aboard also. Jeffrey and Dorothy had been married in 1662 at All Saints in Norton Bavant near Warminster in Wiltshire (Jeffrey and Roger’s birthplace and parents are unknown.), and at some time took up the Quaker faith. They settled on a land grant from Penn in Bucks County near Philadelphia.

     The late Carl Henry Hawkins, 1906-1980, of Richmond, IN, is credited with much of the research on the early family. In his writings he opinionates that Jeffrey’s third son John, baptized circa 1675, and James are the same individual. At that time in England having a first and a middle name was not yet adopted, and having a name other than the baptismal name would not have met the legal standards. There is no hard data that I know of, that proves that James is Jeffery’s son. I am of the personal opinion that he is very possibly Roger and Sarah’s son. It is also my belief that Elizabeth and Suzanna, listed as the daughters of Jeffrey and Dorothy by McCracken in his Welcome Claimants Proved, Disproved & Doubtful, were really the daughters of Roger & Sarah.

     Jeffrey and Dorothy had three sons listed in Parish records, Daniel c. 1665, Roger c. 1670 and John c. 1675. Births, with daughters, listed in the All Saint Parish records were in 1664 through 1680. If they had a son James, he would have been born in late 1681 or 1682 prior to the October arrival of the Welcome.

     Our James married Mary Ellot/Elliott in 1705 at the Falls MM, and their sons were James, Joseph, John, Isaac, and William. Our research has turned up nothing on Joseph and John, and only a wee amount that might apply to Isaac and to William. All of our history is essentially related to James, the son of James that married Martha Hollowell at the Abington Pennsylvania Monthly Meeting 30 January 1740. James and Martha, with their family, migrated on to first Loudoun County, Virginia, and then on to Union County, South Carolina where they were members of the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting.

     James and Martha’s children, with the exception of Isaac that stayed in South Carolina, moved on in the early 1800s Quaker departure from the slave states to the Ohio Country, in the counties from Clinton and stretching to Wayne County, Indiana. Isaac’s son Jonathon had children that remained & migrated in the south.

     DNA testing has proven a southern line (SC > AL > NM) through George Dallas Hawkins, 1847 South Carolina – 1919 New Mexico, to an Elisha Hawkins, Union County, South Carolina, born circa 1800, that married Elizabeth Guthry. We have not established how Elisha connects to our line; maybe to one of our James’ brothers (Joseph, John, Isaac, or William) that we have never found any information on. DNA could help resolve the Elisha question. The problem is that our line is documented well enough that most Hawkins families do not feel any need to test. Consequently we have not had any descendants test from the lines of some of James’ sons. We need at least two different descendants in each line to test. Maybe you feel no particular interest in testing, but please consider that your participation would benefit all of us immensely. Consider it maybe as a beneficial donation. It is simple, not expensive, and can be very informative. You can test and join our project with the discount price at

     I wrote the HAWKINS Worldwide DNA Project newsletter for a number of years after starting the project in 2003. Almost every letter has something about our Hawkins Family Group-04 (Jeffery & Dorothy). Those 115 news letters are archived at

Outline Descendant Report for ?Geoffrey? Hawkins II
1 ?Geoffrey? Hawkins II b: England

......2 Roger Hawkins b: Abt. 1639, d: 02 Aug 1689

......   + Sarah _?_ d: 20 May 1687

.........3 Susannah Hawkins b: Abt. 1667

.........   + John Collins m: Bef. 01 Jul 1686, d: Bef. 11 Oct 1690

.........3 Elizabeth Hawkins b: Abt. 1668

.........   + William Darby m: Abt. 1689, d: Bef. 1706

............4 Deacon William Darby b: 1693 in Scotch Plains, NJ, d: 26 Feb 1775 in Scotch Plains, NJ

............   + Mary _?_ b: 1699, d: 14 Apr 1761

............4 Emhriam Darby b: 1697

............4 John Darby

............4 Benjamin Darby
……..3 ?James? b: 1681-2
.........   + Mary Ellot b: 1683

......2 Jeffery Hawkins b: Abt. 1633, d: Bef. 16 Jan 1712 in PA, USA

...... + Elizabeth Ellen Pierson b: Abt. 1630, m: 21 Sep 1687 in Middletown, PA, d: 30 Feb 1708/09 in PA

...... + Dorothy Mattock b: Abt. 01 Jan 1641 in Sutton-Veny, Wiltshire, England, m: 1662 in All Saints, Norton Bavant, Wiltshire, England, d: 1685 in PA, USA

.........3 Margaret Hawkins b: Abt. 06 Feb 1664 in Norton Bavant,Wiltshire, England

.........3 Daniel Hawkins b: Abt. 24 Dec 1665 in Norton Bavant,Wiltshire, England, d: Abt. Sep 1689 in PA

.........   + Ann

.........3 Jane Hawkins b: Abt. 13 Sep 1668 in Norton Bavant,Wiltshire, England

.........   + Thomas Coverdale

.........3 Jeffery Hawkins b: Abt. 18 Sep 1670 in Norton Bavant, Wiltshire, England, d: Aft. 01 Mar 1706

.........3 Anne Hawkins b: Abt. 24 Nov 1672 in Norton Bavant, Wiltshire, England, d: Abt. 24 Oct 1681 in Norton Bavant,Wiltshire, England

.........3 John Hawkins b: Abt. 12 Feb 1675 in Norton Bavant,Wiltshire, England

.........3 Roger Hawkins b: Abt. 14 Jul 1678 in Norton Bavant, Wiltshire, England, d: America

.........3 Sarah Hawkins b: Abt. 25 Jan 1680 in Norton Bavant,Wiltshire, England

.........3 James Hawkins b: Abt. Aug 1681 in England, d: 1755 in Philadelphia Co., PA

.........   + Mary Ellot b: 1683, m: 04 May 1705 in Falls Mtng., Buck Co., PA, d: Aft. 1755

............4 James Hawkins II b: Abt. 1715 in near Deleware River, PA, d: 1793 in Union Co., SC

............   + Martha Hollowell b: Abt. 29 Mar 1721, m: 30 Jan 1740 in Abington, PA, d: Union Co., SC

...............5 John Hawkins b: 1744 in Abington, PA, d: Feb 1816 in Wayne County, IN

............... + Mary Moore b: 1744, m: 1768 in Union County, South Carolina, d: 28 Jul 1826 in Wayne Co. IN

...............5 Isaac Hawkins b: Bef. 1746 in PA, d: 1813 in SC

...............   + Margaret Kenworthy b: Abt. 1747, m: 1767 in VA, d: 12 Oct 1796 in SC

...............5 Benjamin Hawkins b: 19 May 1747 in PA, d: 08 Jun 1815 in Butler Co., OH

............... + Martha Hollingsworth b: Craven Co., SC, m: 10 Oct 1771 in Craven Co., SC, d: Abt. 1797 in Cane Creek MM, Union Co., SC

...............   + Olive Smith b: 25 Nov 1758, m: 26 Sep 1799 in SC

...............5 Jonathan Hawkins b: Abt. 1749, d: Bef. 24 Dec 1790

...............5 Martha Hawkins b: Abt. 1751 in Abington, PA, d: 07 May 1835 in Probably Wainsville, OH

...............   + Eli Cook m: 12 Mar 1772 in Bush River MM, SC

...............5 Nathan Hawkins b: Abt. 1753, d: 1805 in Butler Co., OH

...............   + Ann Cook b: Abt. 1753, m: 08 Jul 1773 in Craven Co., SC (Bush River MM)

...............5 James Hawkins b: 23 Jan 1756 in Loudoun Co., VA, d: 24 Nov 1840 in Clinton Co., OH

............... + Sarah Wilson b: 10 May 1773 in SC, m: 07 Jun 1792 in Cane Creek MM, SC, d: 26 Mar 1871

...............5 Amos Hawkins b: 05 Nov 1757 in Loudoun Co., VA, d: 01 May 1844 in Wayne Co., IN

............... + Ann Comer b: 30 Dec 1763 in Orange Co., NC, m: 09 Jun 1791 in Cane Creek MM, Union Co., SC, d: 08 Apr 1853 in Wayne Co., IN, Whitewater MM

...............5 William Hawkins b: 1759 in Loudon Co., VA, d: Bef. 1805
 ............4 Joseph Hawkins

............4 John Hawkins

............4 Hannah Hawkins

............   + Peter Helton b: 1686, d: 1757 in Orange Co., NC

............4 Isaac Hawkins

............ + ?-Susannah Marple-? b: Abt. 1728 in Lower Dublin Twpp., Philadelphia Co., PA

............4 William Hawkins

............   + Martha _?_

...............5 Agnes Hawkins

...............5 Joshua Hawkins b: 25 Jul 1727 in PA, d: 16 May 1801 in SC

...............   + Sarah Cook b: 1730, m: 1750 in Chester Co., PA

...............5 Thomas Hawkins

...............   + Mary Howard

...............5 William Hawkins

...............   + Elizabeth

...............   + Elizabeth _?_

...............5 Martha Hawkins

...............5 John Hawkins

...............   + Karen Happuch

...............5 Mary Hawkins

...............5 Joseph Hawkins

...............   + Jenny _?_

...............5 Herbert Hawkins

...............   + Ann Drury

...............5 Martha Hawkins

...............5 Pinketham Hawkins

............4 Mary Hawkins