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Re: Research trip: Halifax County, NC

Hi Robin,
Yes, I'm still active in the Hawkins family research, but I've come a long way since my message posted in 2004. First of all, if your ancestor was Hilliard Hawkins, he was not part of the families that Wyche's book was about. I believe those were descended mostly from a Sary Hawkins, who was a former slave. Hilliard Hawkins and his family were not slaves, they were descended from a Hawkins line that had been free in Halifax since at least the early 1700's. His full name was William Hilliard Hawkins, born Nov.1833 Halifax Co.,NC, died btn 1910-1920 Halifax Co., the son of Ambrose Hawkins,b.1803 Halifax, and China Harwell, b.1794, died before 1850. These families were listed as "free colored" and "mulatto" in the various census records. Ambrose Hawkins was the son of Solomon Hawkins,b.abt.1780/d. Feb. 1847 Halifax and Fanny ____?, b.1785 (Fanny may have been surnamed "Richardson", not sure yet) Warren Co.,NC/d. btn 1850-1860 in Halifax Co.NC. China was first bound out in 1797 at age 3,the court records showing her as the daughter of Sally Harwell, who had to bound out all of her 3 illegitimate children by 1802. Following is a list of Ambrose & China's children:
Susan Hawkins, b. 1820 - married: Joseph Copeland
Frances Hawkins, b.1822 -married: Benjamin Copeland (my ancestors)
Lucy Hawkins, b.1823 - married: Charles Richardson
Harriet Hawkins, b.1826- married: Gardner Rudd
Hiram Hawkins, b. 1829 - married: Elizabeth Wiggins
Joseph Hawkins, b.1831 - married: Sally Ann Wiggins
William Hilliard Hawkins, b.1833- married: 1)Mary E.Hulin, 2)Malinda _____?
Tempy Hawkins, b.1835 -haven't located her yet, after 1850
Zedock Hawkins, b.1832- married: Rebecca Elizabeth Barnes

Hilliard's wife, Mary Hulin (dau/of Hilliard Hulin & Tabitha Locklear), died before 1894, and one of their children was:
George Tillman Hawkins, b. May 1859/d. April 12, 1940 Halifax, who married 1)Sarah A. ____?,b. July 1877; 2) Jane (Whitehead?),b.1874. I have most of this posted online at Rootsweb/, but still haven't applied some newer info, which is included above. You can take a look at it:

I have lots more HAWKINS info, so feel free to contact me again for further details if you wish to.


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