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Re: Research trip: Halifax County, NC

That's interesting that some of these names were in the Wyche book. I was actually in contact with hime a couple of years ago, but at the time I only had a couple of Hawkins names, and he didn't have anything on them. Since then, I've found lots more connections to the Hawkins, Frances Hawkins, born 1822 in Halifax Co., was my 3rd g-grandmother who married Benjamin Copeland also of Halifax, and they moved to Warren County and raised their family. Frances parents looks to be Ambrose Hawkins, born 1803, and China Harwell, born 1794, both Free Persons of Color from Halifax Co. I am familiar with the white Ambrose Hawkins you are referring to, I keep running into records with the name and it confuses the issue when I'm researching my Ambrose Hawkins. The white Ambrose also had a son by that name, who also lived in Halifax, but he was a lot younger than mine, and at least census records don't confuse the two. I might take a second look at the Hawkins book, because I have also done some research on my Ambrose's other children who lived in Halifax and Warren, too. It appears that anyone that lived in either county, had something to do with the families by the same name in the other county, which is why I have found so many connections between several groups of families I am researching. The only Hawkins family I am fairly confident didn't spring from the same line, but who may have intermarried later, are the descendants of Matthew Hawkins, born 1783 in Warren County. He was originally a slave of Philemon Hawkins, and was freed around 1800. His descendants seem to have stayed in Warren County where they married Greens and Carters, or moved to Granville and Franklin Counties.


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