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