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William Davis Hawkins, Wife Ann, and Children
William D. Hawkins married Ann (surname unknown) sometime by 1790, presumably in either PA or MD. Maryland marriage records as well as those of York Co, PA have been searched but nothing has been found to date. Ann’s tombstone states, “Our Mother, Ann, wife of William D. Hawkins, Esquire, died December 29, 1860, aged 80 years 82 days.”
Hawkins, Ann; wf of Wm1860 80 yrs 82 days Hawkins, William D. Esquire1856 92 yrs.
Several Possibilities in 1790 US Federal Census Records
William Hawkins and his family were enumerated in the following federal census records:
If as we believe, William D. Hawkins was the son of Robert and Martha Davis Hawkins, then as a young man, married, and starting a family he may have lived close to his father Robert Hawkins, who is known to have lived in Fawn Twp, York Co, PA. 1790 Chanceford, Fawn Twp, York Co, PA Federal Census Robert Hawkins 2-0-0-0-1 William Hakins 1-1-2-0-0-0
If as we believe, William D. Hawkins was from either Harford or Baltimore Cos, MD, the only William Hawkins found in Baltimore was this one: 1790 Baltimore Co, MD Federal Census William Hawkins 8-6-5-0-1
If as we believe, William D. Hawkins was the son of Robert and Martha Davis Hawkins, then as a young man, married, and starting a family he may have lived with his father, Robert Hawkins, who is known to have lived in Harford Co, MD. 1790 Harford Co, MD Federal Census Robert Hawkins 2-0-2-0-1
1800 Harford Co, MD Federal Census -2nd District
Fourth District of Maryland William D. Hawkins
1810 Federal Census, Indiana Twp, Allegheny Co, PA, p312
Shows him as resident with his family: William D Hawkins 22101/3012 0, which translates into the following:
1820 Indiana Twp, Washington Co, PA Federal Census, Roll: M33_97, p218,
One finds the William Hawkins family enumerated as: William Hawkins 010312/01111210201, which translates to mean the following:
Payment from City of Pittsburgh
Executive Order of Minutes of General Assembly of Pennsylvania (online @footnote.com)
six cents the amount certified by the Accountant officers to be due under the provisions of an Act of the General Assembly of the third day of March, 1818, in the following proportions, yiz.
authorised by an Act of the General Assembly of the 27th of January, 1819, and the supplements thereto eleven thousand dollars, being the balance of the instalment made payable to him by the said Acts of Assembly, between the first day of December 1821.
Monday July 7th 1823.
A Warrant was this day signed by the Governor, authorising the State Treasurer to pay to Alexander Johnston Junr Esqr of the City of Ptttsburg, or to his order, two hundred and sixty dollars and twenty one cents, being the amount certified by the accountant officers to be due under the provisions of an Act of the General Assembly of the third day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighteen to William D. Hawkins, Joseph M. Trueman, John McCoulray and William Hartupee all of the same place for work done at, and materials furnished by them for the State penitentiary now building near the City of Plttsburg.
1840 Indiana Twp, Allegheny Co, PA Federal Census p161
The William Hawkins family was enumerated as: William T. Hawkins 0000110001/200101101 showing 9 people; this translates to mean:
One should note that Ann Hawkins should be in her 70’s and there is a female who was listed between 80 and 90 years of age. Since we know virtually nothing about Ann, this could be her mother or since we do not have a death date for William’s mother, Martha Davis Hawkins, this could be her.
1850 Indiana Twp, Allegheny Co, PA Federal Census, 13 Sept 1850 p67, h/h 192/192
Hawkins, William D 85 MD farmer
This is the only federal census where both William and Ann are shown as husband and wife. This is the only federal census where Ann is listed by name.
Representation as Justice of the Peace in Allegheny County
Publication Title: Pennsylvania Archives Series: Series 9 Volume: III Chapter: Executive Minutes of Governor Thomas McKean 1799-1808 P2425 Collection Title: Pennsylvania Archives GOVERNOR THOMAS MeKEAN 2425 several Legislature for their co-operation in procuring said amendment. Attest Martin Post Clerk In Council, November 6th 1807. Read and concurred Attest R. C. Mallary, Secretary (A true Copy) Attest Tli. Leverett, Secretary of State. The Governor this day appointed and Commissioned the foflowing Gentlemen to be justices of the peace for the dist ricts and Counties annexed to their names respectively Vize Alexander Russel, & Henry Hoke, for the district No 1 In the C of Adams George Williams, for the district No 8 in the County of Allegheny. Wm D. Hawkins, for district No 12 in Allegheny County.
Purchase of Six Mile Island
RG-17 Records of the Land Office WARRANT REGISTERS, 1733-1957. [series #17.88] Allegheny Co, PA – South and east of the Ohio River p170 -#19 (warrant) island 12 5 Jan 1815/29 Sept 1832 25.62A William D. Hawkins (patentee) H 32-185-G or C 6-95
On 29 Sept 1832 he bought 34 acres on Six Mile Island (Upper and Lower Guyasuta Island) according to Allegheny Co, PA Deed Book 32 (patent) p185. This land was later expanded when they purchased the other half of the island from Nancy Brawdy according to Book 74 p316. On 10 Nov 1840 William and Anne sold the island known as Six Mile to George Ettle (1/2 of Six Mile) of 25 acres 62 perches for $500. Eittle owned land oppose the island’s lot part of #12.
courses and distances beginning at a post
The list of Philadelphia County "Old rights" (p. 3-53) is continued from Pennsylvania Archives, 3d ser., v. 2, published, 1894, under title: Minutes of the Board of property and other references to lands in Pennsylvania -Old Rights, Proprietary Rights, Virginia Entries, and Soldiers Entitled to….William Henry Egle, 1896 p473 - 5 December – William D. Hawkins, valuation Ret’d Oct’r 1809 applies for an island in the river Allegheny called “Guy Island” containing about 12 acres situated in Allegheny County, 6 miles above Pittsburgh
Charitable Works and Labor
Great Fire at Pittsburgh on 10 Apr 1845 - people rallied to make donations: William D. Hawkins contributed 1 bag flour, 2 pieces bacon through the Allegheny Relief Association to help 500 families
William had $10,000 in real estate value in 1850. In 1851 he owned a gristmill along Squaw Run Creek, which is far back from the river in one of the narrow, rolling valleys of what is now Fox Chapel Boro, previously part of O’Hara Twp. The creek flows into the Allegheny River at a point between Blawnox and Aspinwall. The area in which the gristmill was located is now one of the wealthiest suburbs of Pittsburgh, with a country club, private school, and the homes of several millionaires.
Pine Creek Presbyterian Church
The residence of William D. Hawkins burned c1863 and the early records of Pine Creek Church, such as the names of the charter members, also burned as they were stored on his property. His grandson, John R. Hawkins, lived on the farm at one time. The Hawkins family members were charter members of that church. He was an elder and founder of Pine Creek Presbyterian Church. William D. Hawkins was a man of great energy and piety. He possessed great mechanical abilities. He lived along Squaw Run until his death.
Will of William Davis Hawkins
On 10 May 1853 William D. Hawkins signed his will and on 17 May 1853 the will was delivered to the court. On 22 June 1856 William died and his will was probated on 1 July 1856.
Allegheny Co, PA Probate p340 #221 - William D. Hawkins of Indiana Twp, and mentioned:
The following is a faithful transcription of this document:
Transcribed from Allegheny Co, PA Will Book 8 p340 case record #221: In the name of God, Amen, I William Hawkins of Allegheny County and state of Pennsylvania being of sound mind and memory but weak in body do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, and first I assign my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently interred in a manner suitable to my circumstances and as to such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of the same as follows:
/s/ William D. Hawkins
Sealed and delivered of us who have subscribed in presence of each other…JG Comstock, Samuel Lewis, Francis Stroud. On 1 July 1856 JG Comstock and Francis Stroud brought the will to court to JH Bost Register, State of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County.
One learns that he lived on Lot 21 Cunningham’s District, Indiana Twp at the time of making his will on 17 May 1853. Ann lived on property after his demise and was to have use of household goods and furniture. Daughter Elizabeth Hawkins was single in 1853 and was to receive $60 per year after the mother’s decease (Dec 1860) and to be paid off in monthly installments of $5 from profit of Lot 21. Son Hosea and heirs and son David and heirs received 230 acres with mill houses, etc from Lot 21. Son Martin L. received $20 plus 112 acres in Mercer Co, PA known as donation tract #736 of which he already had the deed. Son William and heirs were to receive the residue of Lot 736 plus $20. Daughter Martha Jones and heirs of her body were to receive a 4 square lot of 15 acres off SW corner of Lot 21. Daughter Mary Ann Stroud now Potts to receive $200 in 2 payments, one if possible then and the other in 2 years time; she had children. There was a father-in-law and a grandfather to possibly have inherited something and this was to be equally divided among the heirs. Ann, Martin, and Hosea were all executors.
Since Mercer Co, PA land is part of donation tract possibly William or his father or grandfather served in Rev War. The date of his land purchase of 1832 is the year Revolutionary Soldiers were granted compensation for their services either in the form of a pension or lump sum of money. As I stated earlier this could mean that William did participate in the Revolution or that his father Robert was a Revolutionary Soldier. William’s maternal grandfather, William Davis, died before the Revolution began and his paternal grandfather, Thomas Hawkins, died after the Revolution, but so far we have not found any records to corroborate that Thomas Hawkins played a part in the Revolution. So if the donation tract was compensation for Revolutionary War service, it would have to be from either service from William or his father Robert.
Obituary of William D. Hawkins, Esquire
Genealogical Abstracts of The Presbyterian Banner and The Presbyterian Banner and Advocate, V1-208, 18 Sept 1852-20 Sept 1856 inclusive, Paul K. Heckthorn, May 1999, p152
Issue 23 Aug 1856
Died on 24th July at Ohio Twp, Allegheny Co, PA, William D. Hawkins, Esq. at age 92. A member of Pine Creek Church since 1802. He was survived by his sons and daughters.
William was laid to rest in the old Pine Creek Cemetery, which was established c1816, and is located in Fox Chapel Borough at the 3-way intersection of Dorseyville Road, Squaw Run Road and Poplar Drive. At one time it was called Robinson Cemetery for the school that was located next to it. The former church thereon was known locally as Point View Chapel.