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

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.

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