Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Reuben Hawkins

I have been talking to Brijit (the.blibit@gmail.com) this week of Halloween about her Hawkins family.  Both her paper trail and her genetic trail (autosomal) connect her to Reuben Hawkins who is found in Orange County, Virginia  before and during the Revolutionary War.  However, all of his family joins the mass exodus of the Virginia Hawkins families into Kentucky after the Revolution.  Reuben's wife, Rebecca Edwards Hawkins died in Franklin County, Kentucky 27 July 1840.  We are very lucky that Rebecca applied for a pension because of her husband's service in the Revolution and left a good amount of excellent information for those who came later about the family of this couple.  Reuben is said to have been in uniform when the couple married.  There is information in Milly Farmer's book (you can find her book Bits and Pieces on the main page of this blog....it is one of the top tabs) that says that Rebecca's father was making brandy (may have remembered the wrong spirit...but it was alcoholic) and didn't attend the wedding.  But I have long looked at this family and hoped to have a yDNA participant who would represent this Hawkins line.

I have included Reuben and Rebecca Edwards Hawkins in the John and Mary Long Hawkins line although I never was able to prove that indeed they were part of this family line.  The question remains to be sorted out if Hawkins DNA Family Group #1 will include this large and VERY interesting family or if they are a family of their own.  I do know that they all lived in the area of the Northern Neck and then pushed west into the frontier as it opened up in the early 1800s.  Frontier at that time being Orange, Culpeper, Spotsylvania .....Remember that I do not actually believe that Mary's maiden name is Long.  But people have connected John and Mary Long Hawkins for so many years to this family that I use it as an identifier still.

Brijit has been in touch with Bob Hawkins who also connects to this line.  She and I are talking about the possibility that Bob will be a participant in the yDNA project to represent this line.  For me, this would be a huge, important new piece of information that I have hoped for for a long time.  Both Brijit and Bob seem to have an excellent trail to Reuben and Rebecca Edwards Hawkins!

Here is information that Brijit has sent to me that I don't want to loose.  Brijit's information is in bigger, bolder font while my additions are in this font:

Reuben Hawkins who was married to Rebecca Edwards-- and yes, she did move on to live in Frankfort (Franklin County) KY with her children.  As for Reuben, there's some confusion as to whether or not he did as well.  I've seen conflicting information about whether or not he died in KY or VA, so I wonder if the one who died in VA might have been the other Reuben you mentioned, because the idea of him staying behind while the rest of his family moved to KY doesn't make sense.  

I would add here that Millie Farmer says: 

Reuben didn’t leave a will but his material possessions were listed in Orange Co. THe inventory was witnessed by James Hawkins and then it says by Reuben Hawkins . Exec with Thos Hawkins his security. 

My notes say that Reuben died in 1812.  So the Thos Hawkins named as security is a bit of a mystery to me....my own Thomas Hawkins is likely to have lived in Orange County, but he would have only have been 15.  You know, the gut feeling that comes into my head is that Reuben did not die in Orange County.  That his son, also named Reuben has come back to Orange County to settle his father's estate that he didn't sell before the move.  I wrote another blog post on my main genealogy blog that is of interest here:

You might like to know a few other things about Reuben and Rebecca that are really, really interesting:

1.  Thanks to Reuben I'm qualified to join the DAR, as he was a Revolutionary War soldier from Orange County, VA.  I haven't finished the process yet, but have started it.

2.  There is quite a bit of evidence that the family was Baptist and that this is why they moved to KY.  Rebecca's father, Uriah Edwards, and mother, Mildred (Head) Edwards, were Baptists.  Uriah was originally from Wales and I understand that there was a large population of Baptists from that country.  Either way, the Church of England was persecuting Baptists in Virginia at the time, forcing them to attend Anglican masses, taxing them, and jailing them.  It appears that Reuben Hawkins' father, William Hawkins, signed a petition for the Separation of Church and State-- a act of which I'm very proud.  If you'd like to read a more detailed account of this information, you can find it in my blog post here:  http://generationsofstories.com/2015/03/ancestors-seek-land-of-freedom/

3.  Rebecca's father, Uriah Edwards, did not approve of her marriage to Reuben and I found evidence pointing to the fact that he (Uriah) was still loyal to the British Crown, while Reuben, as you know, was a soldier in the American Revolution.  It turns out that Uriah may or may not have been directly connected to an enormous fortune in NY dedicated to the Edwards family by the British Crown.  You can learn more about that in this article I wrote: https://www.buzzfeed.com/brijitreed/the-legend-of-the-edwards-fortune-fact-or-fiction-1ytkn

4.  Evidence that I am indeed genetically related to Reuben and Rebecca (Edwards) Hawkins, and Uriah and Mildred (Head) Edwards has shown up on Ancestry through several cousin matches who share these same ancestors, so I know that I'm on the correct path.  Like me, Bob Hawkins is a descendant of Reuben and Rebecca, by way of their son, Moses Hawkins.  I am a descendant by way of their daughter, Emily H. Hawkins McKendrick.  Moses and Emily later left Kentucky and settled in Gibson County, TN-- Emily briefly, since her husband, William McKendrick died there.  She remarried and moved on again to Arkansas and later, Williamson County, IL, where she died.  I am descended through her daughter, Sarah Jane McKendrick, who returned to Frankfort, KY and eventually died there. The McKendrick line of my family has been a brick wall.

OK I have to point out that the fact that Reuben and Rebecca name a son Moses gives me pause for a minute.  All of the Hawkins/Bourne families have a son named Moses who is named in honor of Moses Hawkins (son of Benjamin and Sarah Willis Hawkins) who was killed at the battle of Germantown.  All of the Hawkins/Bourne group belong to Hawkins DNA family group #1.  And so I end this blog post with the same feeling I always do when I try to sort out the early Hawkins families.....I throw up my hands in confusion!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Family Group #5

Jo Qualls (joqualls@comcast.net) has shared with me information about her Tennessee Hawkins family.  Her first cousin  has done yDNA testing and his results match with Family Group #5.  His kit number is 474304.  Thus, Jo is able to assume that her Hawkins line is a match to FG #5.  And the good news is that indeed Jo believes that the paper trail for her Hawkins line connects her to John the Mariner.

 Also from Jo:

I’ve found many descendants of Joseph, d. 1844, and now with the DNA matches, I’m discovering more and more. I would love to participate and share information with anyone. Here is a link to ECHOS OF SPRING CREEK, published by Harold A. Hawkins, a descendant of James Hawkins, the 4th son of Augustine d. 1808. It’s the story of the Tennesee Hawkins family. A lot of the information in the book was given to Harold by Jeanne Bornefeld.  The book does have some mistakes in it, but it also gives a  good picture of the Tennessee Hawkins Family. Below is the link.  It’s a large book of over 750 pages, so give it some time to load.

Monday, September 19, 2016

DNA Guides for beginners

I am reading the Georgia Genealogical Society's Quarterly for Fall 2016 tonight and see that there is a recommendation for an on-line guide:


I am not reading it tonight.  Just noting it for future reference.  The same article suggests that if one prefers a print book, the National Genealogical Society is publishing:



Saturday, September 3, 2016

Family Group #1

I did not finish the post that I started about getting my head organized on the below participants.  However, I became interested in adding miscellaneous information about the Littleberry Hawkins men that I have collected over the years.  So if your interest is ONLY Littleberry Hawkins, skip to the name Littleberry Hawkins in BOLD letters below.  This is where I will begin to write the information that I have collected.  Please help me to organize it with your comments and editing suggestions sent to mosesm@earthlink.net

I have become confused with the addition of our new participants Bret Hawkins and Cherokeehawk Mike  Hawkins.  This post has the goal of getting my brain more organized about rewriting the overview for this family group to be more accurate.  I ask that all of the family groups give me ideas for their own overview to make each of them as accurate as possible.  And I ask that everyone who is a part of Family Group #1 help me edit this post so that I am back on track.

Bret Hawkins says about his earliest proven ancestor:

I have Joseph T. Hawkins 1810- 1868 in Warren County, TN as my absolute great great grandfather, but nothing positive from there on.  I think they came from VA to Kentucky before TN, but no proof as yet. 

Bret has been in touch with the wife of Julius Caesar Hawkins who is now deceased and she has added the following information:

My husband was a Hawkins, and he passed away in Feb. 2014.  I did get the DNA test on him several months before his death.  I will get my genie info out and see what I find.  The name you mentioned is not familiar to me.  My husband was Julius Caesar Hawkins III, his father was the Jr., and his grandfather was the first.  My husband was born 1931, his father I think in 1906.  The grandfather I will have to check.  As I remember great grandfather was Littleberry Hawkins.  I do know my husband was born in Missouri, and quite possibly his father......

From Dot I have the following that connects the Benjamin and Hannah Hawkins who lived on the land that is now a part of the Biltmore Estate to Littleberry Hawkins as well: 
We have been able to connect Benjamin and his brother, James, to William and Mary Littleberry of Bedford, VA and there is yet another William who travels down from Orange County,VA and seems to have been Ben's grandfather and was likely The Plasterer.  The story goes that Ben and James went on with their grandparents to NC and then the two of them later moved on with their families to Buncombe County. There are wills and other documents and "stories" that apparently verify all this and we hope to make a VA trip at some time in the future to get the data to verify all of this.  

Littleberry Hawkins

There is a Littleberry Hawkins connected with Dot's husband's Benjamin and Hannah Hawkins who lived on the land that is now part of the Biltmore Estate:

This group lived in Bedford County/Campbell County area of Virginia before their move to NC.

From Dot:  My husband was a descendant of Benjamin Hawkins (b1762) of Bencombe County, NC.   In Bedford County VA/ Campbell County (which ever came out of the other)  A William Hawkins died in 1793 and his will lists all of his sons and 1 daughter for sure with the possibility of a second one.  This William's wife was Mary (according to the will) and some say she was a Littleberry.  The curious thing is that William's sons names appear in Benjamin's family with 2 prominent uncommon names for Hawkins -- Robert and Littleberry.  This William of Bedford County was born c1735 +/-,  At the time of William's death Ben was already in Buncombe County, NC and married with 3 children,  Mary, John and William.   James Hawkins appears in B.C. at the same time as Ben and today's DNA has put one of James' descendants in Group 1.  This along with some court records has given some pretty good "proof" to one of my early ideas that James and Ben were brothers and came to Buncombe County at the same time.  James' name also appears in the above mentioned will second to Ben's. 

Then we have the below information about Littleberry/bury Hawkins from Janice:

Hi all
It looks like the match to Bret Hawkins, Betty's husband Julius Caesar Hawkins leads back to Virginia. The great grandfather Littlebury Hawkins was born about 1832 in Virginia but is out in Pike County, Missouri by 1853 at least. I see that a Benjamin Hawkins with wife Ailsie is also in Pike County MO by 1850 and he was born in Virginia about 1794.  There are a couple of other Hawkins in Pike that could possibly be connected to Littlebury but could not locate him in 1850.  He married first in 1853 in Pike County to Mary Jane Miller. 


Then I have the following that I have added to my slideshow on County Information:

Littleberry Hawkins married Jane Shearer, dt. James.  Richard W. Hicks Surety 18 June 1794 Campbell County marriage bonds found in Hinshaw Vol VI

OK.....this one is a surprise to me....I will start by giving you a link to an old article that I wrote for Phil Hawkins' newsletter before Phil talked me into taking over the Hawkins DNA project: 


Be sure to scroll down to the article that I wrote that will be under Hawkins family group #1.

When I was looking among my collected information I found that there is a Littleberry connected to Sarah Powell's family group as well.  Sarah has two Hawkins families in her lineage.  She has no participant for the family that we expect to connect with Family Group #1.  But her family was living in Bedford County in the right time period.

Kits #95267 and #11301 are Hawkins DNA group #1 matches.  Both believe that they descend from a couple named John and Winnie Hawkins.  John (b.1754) left a will in Henry County, Ky when he died in 1821. 

But here was the surprise.  I am pretty sure that I received the below from Julia Norton.

13.  Benjamin3 Hawkins (John2, Alexander1)12 was born Abt. 1779 in Virginia, and died in Breckenridge County, Kentucky.  He married Mary Polly Hewitt May 03, 1804 in Bedford County, Virginia13, daughter of John Hewitt and Mourning ?.  She was born April 29, 1786 in Virginia.

Children of Benjamin Hawkins and Mary Hewitt are:
         32                 i.     Eliza4 Hawkins, born March 01, 1808.
         33               ii.     Littleberry Hawkins, born 1809.
+       34              iii.     Charles Hawkins, born Abt. 1817 in Kentucky; died Abt. 1870.
+       35              iv.     Caleb Hawkins, born Abt. May 1820 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky; died April 25, 1907 in 2624 Aloha, Seattle, King County, Washington.

And then I found that Don Hill also has a Littlebury in his information.  Don's paper trail connects him back to William Hawkins b. circa 1708 in Essex County, Virginia.  His DNA results connect him to our Family Group #1.

Another or the same Littleberry:

General: Campbell Co Will Book I page 252
William Hawkins-
To my son William Hawkins- one third of my land, to be laid off to him at my palce.
To my son Joseph Hawkins- onethird of my land to be laid off to him at my place.
To my wife Mary Hawkins- the rest of my land and mansion house where I now live, during her life, and then to go to my son Littleberry Hawkins. Also, the rest of my stock and other property after my just debts are paid, during her life, and then to be equally divided among my 3 sons, William, Joseph, and Littleberry.
To my daughters Milly Hicks,-a lease of the place where she now lives, during her life, with liberty to clear from where the plantation now is, between the two branches, to the head of the branches.
Executors: My son Robert Hawkins, and my son Joseph Hawkins, and my wife Mary Hawkins.
Signed 10mar1793- William (X) Hawkins-Wit-Bartley Wiley, William Epperson, Mary (X) Pratt.
N.B. It is my will that Lucy Hawkins hould have a horse beast and a cow, when she is grown up.
N.B. It is also my desire to leave my 3 sons, viz, Benjamin Hawkins, James and Robert 5 shillings apiece.
Signed-William(X) Hawkins. Wit-Richard W.(X) Hawkins, Nancy (X) Hawkins.
At C Court of Dec 5, 1793, the will and codicils of William Hawkins deceased were proved by the oaths of witnesses Bartlet Wiley, William Epperson, Richard Hawkins and Nancy Hawkins, and OR. Executors Mary Hawkins and Joseph Hawkins were granted a certificate for obtaining probate; Bartlet Wiley, William Hawkins, and Robert Hawkins were their securities.  Robert Hawkins, the other Executor, in open court, refused to join in the probate.

General: In 1803 Littlebury Hawkins obtained 100 acres, on East head branch of Ivy Creek adjacent to Henry Davis, from Francis Gaddy.  Deed Bk 11-1142.
In 1812 Littlebury and Jane Ann (Shearer) Hawkins sold 50 acres of this to William Carter. Deed Bk 13-679.
In 1814 Littleberry purchased 205 acres from Benjamin Gaddy, on Flemmins Mountain, adjacent to John Mitchell and wife. Bk 14-146.
In 1816 Littleberry purchased, Benjamin Gaddy, 184 acres on Ivy Creek and Flemmins Mountain.  Bk 15-62.
In 1818 Littleberry and Jane Ann Shearer (Hawkins) sold 64 Acres, adjacent to Gaddy and Cobbs, to Bernard Rucker. Bk 15-402.
In 1825 Littleberry purchased , from Barnabas Little, 20 acres, adjucent to Scruggs and Fizer (Fisher?). Bk 19-287.
In 1843 Littleberry Hawkins Will1 listed Jenny as widow and division of Slaves. Bk 11-169.  Littleberry Hawkins will shows Land division, listing Jane Ann as widow.  Bk 11-243.
In 1847 Littleberry Hawkins Estate, sold to George K. Bruce, 180.5 Acres, on Ivy Creek (lot 2 of Estate). Bk 33-305.
1850 Census Bedford Co, VA, Northern Division Family # 49 List Jenny A. with no children or husband. Littleberry Hawkins Died in 1843.

I received this information from Elaine Campbell 20 July 2012.  It shows some connection between Green County, Ky and the Hawkins families in Bedford.  It is interesting that someone from Elaine's family also had land in Green County.  One thought pops up into my head after having heard from Julia Norton.  Is there a possibility that land was awarded for service in the War of 1812 for land in Green County, KY?  I'll try to look at that.

I looked very quickly and found that Kentucky is not mentioned on this website, but Missouri is one of the places where land was given for service. 


And here is a site that looks worth while to peruse.  And here is a link to specifics about Kentucky land


And here is a link to specifics about Kentucky land


Green County, KY  Deed Book 7 pages 308-310....9 july 1816 

Benjamin Gaddy and wife Susannah of Green County to Littleberry Hawkins of Bedford Virginia....selling 184 acres This is Virginia land recorded in Green County ...the Gaddy's are selling land that is in Bedford County, Virginia to Littleberry Hawkins.....but they are recording it in Green County, Kentucky.

Elaine's Joseph had land in Green County.  THe land is described as "to a Hawkins Corner"....or perhaps it was land given for Revolutionary war service?  Anyone help me on this?  Was Green County, KY an area that was used for land for service in either war?

Ok, here is a partial answer to my question:

Are Virginia veterans who applied for Revolutionary War bounty land warrants after 1792 listed on this database?
No. When Kentucky separated from Virginia on June 1, 1792, Revolutionary War warrants could no longer be used to obtain land in the Kentucky Military District unless the patent was already in the process of being issued. In 1795, the Kentucky Military District was closed, and the area was open for settlement under the South of Green River Patent Series. The only exceptions were the West of Tennessee River Military Patents, issued in the 1820s, authorized by Virginia Revolutionary War warrants that had been "issued" prior to the closure of the Military District.

I can not figure out for sure ....but it looks to me as if a part of what is now the southern part of Green County may have been part of this Military District.

It seems that the Green River cuts right through the middle of Green County.  I believe that Green River was the northern boundary of the Military District.  Thus the southern part of Green County may have been part of the lands given for military service in the Revolutionary War.  

But one of the interesting things I have learned this morning with my quick looking is that the reason for the big move to Missouri in the time period after the war of 1812 may have been for bounty land:

The following from Wikipedia:

On May 6, 1812, an act of Congress was passed 2 Stat. 729 which set aside bounty lands as payment to volunteer soldiers for the War against the British (War of 1812). The land was set aside in western territories that became part of the present states of ArkansasMichigan and Illinois.

However, lands in Missouri were later substituted for those in Michigan, due to a report by the surveyor-general of the United States, Edward Tiffin, which quite misleadingly described the land in Michigan that had been set aside for this purpose as undesirable. Other later acts of Congress, until 1855, continued to address the needs of soldiers wishing to redeem their bounty land warrants and efforts continued to try to provide suitable land area for these soldiers.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Family Group #1

Kathy King and I have chatted several times about her Hawkins line.  She and her dad both did Family Finder testing through FTDNA and joined out Hawkins DNA project as a result of that testing.  She is actively looking for a participant who will represent her Hawkins family.  We expect the results to connect to Family Group #1.  Here is some information about the connections that might help a potential participant know if he might be a candidate for Kathy's DNA participant:

[I am adding this in October 2016.  Byron Meads  represented Truman Glenn Hawkins who is Byron's father-in-law.  Truman Glenn's results came back a clear match to FG#1.  So Kathy and her father now know that indeed their Hawkins line is connected to the lines of the other Hawkins FG#1 participants. The Paper trail for Truman Glenn Hawkins connects him directly with Raleigh Hawkins]

The below is from Kathy:   I am looking for a direct male descendant of Raleigh Hawkins to yDNA test. 

Benjamin Hawkins was born in Virginia, maybe Pittsylvania County, now Henry County around 1756. Henry County, Virginia was created from Pittsylvania County in 1776. Some records have him confused with being born in North Carolina. Many online records have him incorrectly listed as the son of John Hawkins and Mary Wyatt Hawkins, from the Philemon Hawkins line from England. I believe from DNA testing and associated lines, my Benjamin Hawkins is in Hawkins #1, where as the Philemon line is in Hawkins #7. I am from his youngest son Raleigh Hawkins. 

Benjamin Hawkins and Mary “Molly” Taylor were married in Henry County, Virginia Oct 1, 1778. They had 6 male and 4 female children. These children filed a case in Chancery Court in McMinn County, TN after the death of Benjamin. 

(I have numbered the children below) 

3 May1831, Cause heard in Chancery Court. (1) James, (2) Benjamin, (3) William, (4) John, (5) Joseph, (6) Rolla, and (7)Polly Hawkins Daniel Newman and wife (8) Sally, formerly Hawkins, John Campbell and wife (9) Blanche late Hawkins, Greenville, William, Nancy and Polly Templeton, children of John Templeton, and wife (10) Nancy late Hawkins are complainants and heirs of Ben Hawkins, dec'd. Respondent is George McInturff. Grant issued to the heirs of Ben Hawkins for land in McMinn. Co., TN.

Land Dispute Case

Peter Mostellervs. C. Lafayette and IR. Rice and others Filed 16 July 1860:
File contains copy of will of Benjamin Hawkins and original deed 1843, A.R. Turk to Emanuel Haney and Adolphus P. McClatchey. Will of Benjamin Hawkins, 28 Dec., 1827; all estate to wife Mary and daughter Polly during their lifetime; wife to choose with whom she and Polly to live and that child to have half of all property; other half to be divided among all lawful children; to granddaughter Nancy Templeton, one bed and clothes, exec: sons James and Benjamin; witnesses, John Walker and Levin L. Ball File also contains original deed 1857 Adolphus P. McClatchey to Frank McKenzie, registered in Book L., page 458. In 1858 I.R. Rice of McMinn Co., but now of Ark. Mosteller of N.C. bought land on Spring Creek from the Rices who gave title bond and now he finds they did not have clear title to land which was conveyed by James Hawkins to William McKenzie and by him to the Rices. Land original belonged to Benjamin Hawkins who died in McMinn Co., 1827. Hawkins' widow Mary married a second time to old man Dodson, moved from the land to Eastanalle Creek, and she and daughter Polly have long since died. There remains the following children of Ben Hawkins: Benjamin, James, Joseph, Raliehg, John, William, and Sally afterwards Sally Newman, now ded'd leaving children. These heirs are all scattered over the western country. The land is Hawkins Mill Place. Mosteller is willing to pay if title is cleared. Rices say that James Hawkins had possession of the place for more than 20 years. Witnesss L.L. Ball age 66 (1860) deposes that the land originally belonged to George MicInturff; that daughter Polly was of unsound mind; that one of Ben Hawkins' daughters married John B. Campbell and the other married Daniel Newman; that Ben Hawkins had 6 sons, Ben who lived in Polk Co., and died there a few years ago leaving children, Joseph and William who went West, John and Raliegh who went to Alabama and James, that Daniel Newman died in McMinn Co., a few years ago and Mrs. Newman and the children went West; that most of the children had left when father died; that son James moved to near Columbus on Hiwassee River where he remained until he moved to Ark; that James never claimed to have full possession of land before he sold to McKenzie.

If there were other living children, they would have been named in this suit. Of all of the children,  I have only been able to find Raleigh who lives past 1870 to list both of his parents as being born in Virginia. I am not familiar enough with the other children at this time to know for sure if they live long enough to state on a Census where their parents were born. 

My direct ancestor is Raleigh Hawkins father of Nancy Hawkins Frost. It is believed that Raleigh was married to a Mary Graves (not documented, just family tales. There is a Graves family living in McMinn County, TN during the early 1800’s) before marrying Henrietta Beene. Raleigh is shown living in Dekalb County, Alabama as a widow as there is no adult female on the Census with him. On Henrietta Beene’s tombstone she is listed as being born in 1810 which would make her around 30 on the 1840 Census. I am not able to find Raleigh Hawkins as a head of household on a 1830 Census. 

Breakdown of 1840 Census R Hawkins, DeKalb County, Alabama


30 - 39 1 Raleigh
5-9 2 William C, John J
Under 5 1 James T


15-19 Perhaps a mistake and really Henrietta
10-14 2 Nancy (marries Henry Frost Aug 3, 1843 in Dekalb County), Mary
Under 5 1 Martha L. 

My ancestor is Nancy Hawkins who married Henry Frost in Dekalb County, Alabama Aug 3, 1843. They have 5 males and 3 females. They name their first born son Raleigh Cecil. I am from their youngest son John Jackson. 

My father and I have DNA tests on Ancestry and FTDNA, listed as William Dewey Frost and Katherine Frost respectively. 

 If any of this looks familiar to you and you have ideas for a potential participant, please get in touch with me via this blog site of contact Kathy directly:

Kathy King

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