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.
[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)Hi,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. .......
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, theson of Benjamin Hawkins and Sarah Willis. He married Ann Bourne, the daughter of AndrewBourne, in 1764 in Fauquier County, Virginia. In 1789, Benjamin Hawkins together with hisbrother, James Hawkins, departed Virginia and came to Kentucky after they sold their OrangeCounty, 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 inOrange 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 Hawkinsliving 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.
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: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 HawkinsSanta Clara, CA.
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.
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.
Note: The Boxer Rebellion, Boxer 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: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.
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.