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William Davis Hawkins, Esquire
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  1. William Davis Hawkins, Esquire1764 - 1856
  • HWilliam Davis Hawkins, Esquire1764 - 1856
  • WAnn Unknown1770 - 1860
m. c1790
  1. Elizabeth Hawkins1791 - 1857
  2. Dr. Martin Luther Hawkins1795 - 1864
  3. William Hawkins, Jr.1797 - aft 1870
  4. Hosea Hawkins1800 - 1880
  5. Mary Ann Hawkins1800 - aft 1853
  6. Martha Hawkins1801 - 1886
  7. David Bell Hawkins1811 - 1864
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Name William Davis Hawkins, Esquire
Gender Male
Birth? c1764 pos Harford/Baltimore Cos, MD
Marriage c1790 Md Or Pato Ann Unknown
Death? 22 June 1856 Squaw Run, O'Hara Twp, Allegheny Co, PA92 Y
Occupation? Blacksmith, farmer, justice of the peace
Religion? Presbyterian
Burial? Pine Creek Cemetery, O'Hara Twp, Allegheny Co, PA

Introducing William Davis Hawkins of Maryland___

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William Davis Hawkins, Maryland Land Records

From an examination of Maryland land transactions, one learns that William Davis Hawkins took out a patent (patented certificate #750) for 107 acres in Harford Co, MD known as “Shoulder Bone” on 29 May 1792 from Robert Bryarly, trustee for Henry Bryarly as of 18 May 1789; this land transaction was returned on 28 Apr 1790 and executed and passed on 28 May 1790. A Patent, sometimes referred to as a First Title Deed, is a certificate issued by a government agency either foreign, federal, or state transferring land to an individual. In order to receive a patent a person had to pay cash for the land or furnish proof as to why the land should be granted to him. This patent is a deed.

Shoulder Bone

Reference: Patent Record Liber IC#H folio 40 1792 Shoulder Bone, 107 Acres; (Harford County Circuit Court Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats MSA S1592: (Patents, HA, Tract Index) Index by Reference)

Date: 1792; certificate in name of Robert Bryerly Liber IC#F folio 724 Description: Shoulder Bone, 107 Acres; Patent Developer/Owner: Hawkins, William Davis Robert Bryarly, Trustee for Henry Bryarly/Bryerly 18 May 1789 Returned - 28 Apr 1790 Executed and Passed - 28 May 1790 Reference: Patented Certificate 750 Date: 1792/05/29 Description: Shoulder Bone, William D. Hawkins, 107 Acres Storage Location: 01/25/05/15

My transcription of land transactions for the tract known as “Shoulder Bone”, which in modern times is located east of a small town called Madonna, Maryland, is as follows:

[Harford County Maryland Patent Record IC#C folio 484 Normunda with John A. Honore developer/owner, 475 acres, patent]

Harford County I hereby certify that I have surveyed and carefully laid out for Robert Bryarly trustee of Henry Bryarly (as per deed of Trust bearing date the ____ day of _____ seventeen hundred and eighty. (Reference there to wit appear) a tract or parcel of the Reserve Land in Harford County Beginning at three bounds white oak saplings standing on the West side of a short draught descending into the North Side of Little Creek the Beginning of a tract of Land called Normunda Granted to John A. Honore.

and when Normunda was Surveyed the said bounded saplings standing in the South forty seven degrees West two hundred forty perches line of a tract of Land called Joshua’s Forrest being the sixth line of said tract But a commission being since Granted to settle and bound the lines of Joshua’s Forrest agreeably to their original location. The said bounded saplings now stand about thirty perches in the North side of said Line and Running thence North thirty degrees West one hundred and three perches to a stone a boundary of Normunda aforesaid thence Northeast thirty four perches to a Stone a boundary of Matthew Conley’s Land there running with and bounding on said Land the thru following courses viz South eighty four degrees East forty perches to a Stone thence North thirty nine degrees East sixty perches to a Stone thence North thirty seven degrees West 28 perches and ½ to a stone a boundary of said conveyers land also a boundary of Thomas Poteet’s Land called Poteet’s Fields thence running with and boundary on said Poteet’s Land the four following courses viz South 80 degrees East 33 perches and a half to a bounded white oak thence North 66 degrees East 17 perches and three quarters to a bounded white oak standing on the West side of a hill thence North 12 degrees West 10 perches and a quarter to a stone a Boundary of said Poteet’s Land thence North 77 degrees East 17 perches to the seventh line of a tract of land called Myer’s Troubles Granted to Henry Myers thence with said line South 7 degrees East 91 perches and a half to a stone being the boundary of Myers Troubles aforesaid thence South 55 degrees West 8 perches to a stone by a branch thence South 25 degrees East 19 perches and a half to the sixth line of Joshua’s Forrest aforesaid thence running with said lines and bounding thereon as settled by commissioners South 44 degrees West 139 perches until it intersects a line drawn South 30 degrees East from the Beginning containing and laid out for 107 acres more or less to be held by the name of Shoulder Bone. May 18, 1789 Jas Calder

Lease Land included in this Survey Part of the Second Addition to Joshua’s Forrest Leased to William Amos the 17th August 1742 for 76 acres.

6 ½ acres from addition to Joshua’s Forrest + 100 ½ vacant land added = 107 acres this survey contains

Harford County The within named Robert Bryarley for kin consideration of full value and satisfaction to me in Han (?) paid For the use of the creditors of the within named Henry Bryarly Do hereby assign and make over all my right Title claims Interest to demand f in and to the within certificate to Richard Bryarly his heirs and assignees forever and desire that Grant may Issue accordingly Given Under my hand and seal this ___day of ____ 1790.

Seal

Whereas Henry Bryarly purchased of the part of the reserve lying in Harford County and afterwards took the benefit of the Insolvent Act when the subscribers were by the honorable then chancellors, appointed trustees to the estate of the said Henry Bryarly and added of trust was entrusted to me. And whereas affirming on the 18 May 1789 my name as trustee of the land patented as aforesaid by the name of Shoulder Bone accepted whereof hath been returned to the western shores land office containing 107 acres Now be it known by those present that I the ___ have of the powers in me vested by the _____ of ______ sold the said tract of land called Shoulder Bone unto William Davis Hawkins and do by these present assign sale transfer and make over the said tract unto the said William Davis Hawkins the said tract and request that a patent may be made to him this ________ for the ______ may have _____this 28 March 1792. Signed Robert Bryerly Witness Henry Whotcroft

MD LW&P 1792-1795, FHC film 0013125, page 216

“Normunda”, 465 ¼ acres, 19 July 1791, surveyed parcel of land called “ Normunda”, originally granted to John A. Honore, on  11 August 1788, for 475 acres. Land beginning at 3 bounded white oaks standing on the west side of a short draught leading into the north side of a little creek, the beginning of the original tract called “Normunda”, beginning of a tract also called “Shoulder Bone” to boundary of Mathew Cowley’s land called “Cowley’s Hall”, then to Robert Kirkwood’s land called “New Ark” to land of William Amos (116 acres) then to “John’s Lot” and “James Inlet” to end of first line of a tract called “Abbyforina” granted to James Madden, also boundary of the land “Amos’ Range” surveyed for William Amos of James then to “Joshua”s Choice” to “Joshua’s Forrest”.  Surveyed 13 June 1792 – granted 21 December 1792.

Harford County Circuit Court Land Records MSA CE 113-12 JLGM p162

William Davis Hawkins to John Anthony Honore Conveyance, Maryland

This Indenture Made this tenth day of December seventeen hundred and ninety three (10 December 1793) Between William Davis Hawkins of Harford County of the one part and John Anthony Honore of the same place of the other part witnessed that said William Davis Hawkins for and in consideration of Ten Pound specie to him in hand paid the receipt where of he doth acknowledge and for divers other valuable considerations him hereunto Having have granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell infeoff and convey unto the said John Anthony Honore his heirs and assigns fourteen acres and a half of land being part of a larger tract called Shoulder Bone hereafter mentioned viz beginning at three bounded white oak saplings the beginning of the whole tract and running thence north 55 degrees as East 100 perches to a bounded white oak sapling bounded hickory sapling south 60 degrees East 8 perches to the sixth line of a tract of land called Joshua’s Forrest then running with and bounding on said line South 44 degrees West 108 perches to the end of the south 44 degrees west line of Shoulder Bone and thence by a straight line to the beginning containing and laid for fourteen acres and a half more or less with the appurtenances to have and to hold the 14 acres and a half of land (14 1/2acres) heredictments and premises with the appurtrnances thereto belong to him the said John Anthony Honore his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behalf of him the said John Anthony Honore his heirs and assigns forever hereafter to have hold occupy possess and enjoy all the aforesaid land and premises above with and without any manner of let suit trouble denial or interruption of him the said William Davis Hawkins or any other person whatsoever claiming from by or under him in witness whereof he the said William Davis Hawkins has hereunto set his

P163 Hand and affixed his seal the day and year above written. /s/ William D. Hawkins

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Jesse Jarrett….N. Smith

Harford County Personally came before us the subscriber two of the justices of the said county William Davis Hawkins party to the within deed and acknowledge the written deed to be his set and deed and the lands hereby conveyed to be the property of the said John Anthony Honore and at the same time his wife being of full age secretly and apart examined out of the hearing of her said husband did acknowledge that she freely and voluntarily executed the same without force threats or compulsion of her said husband in witness thereof we have hereunto set our hands this tenth of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three. Jesse Jarred…N Smith

Received and Recorded the 7th January 1794 by John Kelbusson (?) Clerk of Court

(A note about John A. Honore) - See further note below John Anthony Honore b 6 Oct 1758 Paris, France; married Maria McMaken, 31 May 1787 Baltimore, MD (Maryland Marriages, 1778-1800, Page 1076 BA), children: Francis and Julia Honore; John died 11 July 1843, Louisville, KY; he appeared in the 1800 Harford Co, MD Federal Census (on same page as William D. Hawkins); in the 1820 Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY, p22; in the 1830 Louisville, Hopkins Co, KY p100; he came to Maryland in 1781.

Harford County Maryland Deeds JLG N p211-212, 19 Jan 1797

(P211) This Indenture made this nineteenth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven between William Davis Hawkins of Harford County and State of Maryland of the one part and John Anthony Honore of the same place of the other hand. Witnesseth that the said William Davis Hawkins for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred and thirty seven pounds ten shillings specie to him in hand paid by the said John Anthony Honore the receipt whereof the said William Davis Hawkins doth hereby confess and acknowledge to have received the said William Davis Hawkins hath granted bargained sold aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien and confirm unto the said John Anthony Honore his heirs and assigns for ever all that tract of land called Shoulder Bone beginning at a tree bounded white oak saplings standing on the west side of a short draught descending into the north side of Little Creek, the beginning of a tract of land called Normuda granted to John Anthony Honore and when Normuda was surveyed the said bounded saplings standing in the south forty seven degrees west 200 and 40 perches line of land called Joshua’s Forest being the sixth line of said tract but a commission being since granted to settle and bound the lines of Joshua’s Forrest agreeably to this original location the said bounded saplings mow stand about 30 perches on the north side of said line and running thence north 30 degrees west 103 perches to a stone a boundary of Normuda thence north east 34 perches to a stone a boundary of Mathew Cowley’s land, thence running with and boundary on said land the three following courses viz south 84 degrees east 40 perches to a stone thence north 39 degrees east 60 perches to a stone, thence north 37 degrees west 28 perches and a half to a stone a boundary of said Cowley’s land also a boundary of Thomas Potet Land called Petit’s Fields, thence running with and bounding on said Petit’s land the four following courses viz south 80 degrees east 33 perches and a half to a bounded white oak, thence north 66 degrees east 17 perches and 3 quarters to a bounded white oak, thence north 66 degrees east 17 perches and 3 quarters to a bounded white oak standing on the west side of a hill, thence north 12 degrees west 2 perches and a quarter to a stone a boundary of said Petit’s land thence north thence 27 degrees east 17 perches t the seventh line of tract of land called Myers Troubles granted to Henry Myers, thence with said line 7 degrees east 91 perches and a half o a stone and bounded red oak sapling at the end thereof of the stone being a boundary of Myers Troubles aforesaid south 55 degrees west 8 perches to a stone by a branch, thence south 25 degrees (P212) east 19 perches and a half to the sixth line of Joshua’s Forrest aforesaid thence running with said line and bounding thereon as settled by commissioners south 44 degrees west 139 perches until it intersects a line drawn south 30 degrees east from the beginning of this survey and thence by a straight line. The beginning containing and land for 107 acres more or less with appurtenances to have and to hold the 107 acres tract of land called Shoulder Bone. Then ____onto the __ with appurtenances _____ belonging to him the said John Anthony Honore his heir and assigns forever hereafter to have hold occupy profit and enjoy all the aforesaid land and promises above described without set suit trouble denial or interruption of him the said William Davis Hawkins or any other persons whatsoever claiming from by or under him. In witnesses thereof the said William Davis Hawkins hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above………. /s/ William D. Hawkins Witness in the presence of N. Smith Nicholas D. McComas

Received from John Anthony Honore the sum of 337 pounds 10 shillings specie it being this within consideration money given under my hand this 10th day of January 1797. Signed William D. Hawkins

Harford County SJ….Personally came before us the subscribers two of the Justices of the Peace for said county William Davis Hawkins party to the within Deed and acknowledged the within deed to be his act and deed and the ____thereby conveyed to be the property of the said John Anthony Honore, in witness where of we have hereunto set our hands this 19 day of January 1797….N. Smith, Nicholas D. McComas

Then came Ann Hawkins wife to the within William Davis Hawkins and being of full age secretly and apart examined out of the hearing of her said husband did acknowledge that she freely made over her right of dower of the within land and premises unto the said John Anthony Honore his heirs assigns without force fear threats or compulsion of her said husband. In witnesses we have hereunto set our hands this 19 Jan 1797…N. Smith, Nicholas D. McComas

Received and recorded 2 Mar 1797 and examined by John Lee Gibson, Clerk

Also note that this is the first document we have found that clearly shows Ann to be the wife of William Davis Hawkins, dated 19 January 1797.

Information about Descendent of John Anthony Honore

Historical Review of Chicago and Cook County and Selected Biography: A.N. Waterman ... Ed. and Author of Historical Review, Arba Nelson Waterman, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1908

Lockwood Honore great-grandson of John Anthony Honore

He is a member of the Loyal Legion and the Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations. He is a man of sterling character and has achieved an excellent reputation as a lawyer, a man and a citizen. Lockwood Honore, since 1903 judge of the circuit court of Cook county, comes of a family which holds a remarkable position in the material, professional and cultural development of the south and west. He is a son of Henry Hamilton and Eliza (Carr) Honore, being of French ancestry on the paternal side, and of English on the maternal. Jean Antoine Honore, the great-grandfather, was a native of Paris, France, born in 1755, and the descendant of an old and aristocratic family. This founder of the American branch was educated for the priesthood, but as he was an ardent democrat both by temperament and from intimate contact with Lafayette embarked for the United States as soon as he had attained his majority, bringing with him a considerable patrimony to Baltimore, Maryland, where he settled in 1781. Here he obtained prominence and deep respect, and in 1806 removed to Louisville, Kentucky, where he took a large part in the development of the pioneer commerce of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. He was proprietor of the first line of steamboats which plied between Louisville and New Orleans, and for many years was recognized as an energetic, able and enterprising citizen, marked for both practical ability and the pleasing, courtly bearing of his race. He died in Louisville in 1843, among his surviving children being Francis, who had been born in Baltimore in 1792. The latter spent his life as a country gentleman on his beautiful plantation near Louisville, and married Matilda Lockwood, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Captain Benjamin Lockwood, of the United States army. A child of this harmonious union is Henry H. Honore, father of the judge, who was born in Louisville, February 19, 1824. His early years were spent in acquiring a thorough education, and in home life upon his father's plantation, alternated by visits to his energetic grandfather in Louisville. After his marriage he engaged in the wholesale hardware business in Louisville, but the tales told by his maternal uncle, Captain Lockwood, who had visited Chicago in the early days of Fort Dearborn, so attracted him to the growing lake port that in 1855 he permanently located in this city. Here he has since remained, his investments in real estate having long since made him independent, and his continued interest in Chicago's parks and boulevards having greatly contributed to develop its unrivaled system. Lockwood Honore was one of six children, and was born in Chicago on the 7th of September, 1865. After passing through its public schools, he was prepared for college at Phillips Exeter Academy, and became a student at Harvard University. In 1888 he graduated from that institution with the degree of A.B., and later pursued a course at the Harvard Law School, from which he received the LL. B. in 1891 (also A. M.}. Mr. Honore at once engaged in the general practice of his profession in Chicago, and continued thus until elected to the circuit judgeship in 1901. His record at the bar and upon the bench has but added to the substantial credit and popularity of the family name. Judge Honore was married August 12, 1902, to Miss Beatrice Crosby, and one child, Bertha Honore, has been born to them. The family residence is at No. 68 Cedar street. Judge Honore is a member of the Chicago, University, South Shore Country, Saddle and Cycle, Chicago Golf and Iroquois clubs. He is the youngest member of the family which is so interwoven with the business and social annals of the city. Under the name of Honore Brothers, his three brothers conduct a large real estate business; his elder sister, Bertha, is the widely known and honored Mrs. Potter Palmer, while his younger sister, Ida, is the wife of Brigadier General Frederick D. Grant, grandson of the great commander and president, and himself high in military and diplomatic life.

William Davis Hawkins, Maryland Orphans Court Proceedings

Taken from The Abstracts of Orphans Court Proceedings 1778-1800 Harford County, Maryland, Henry Peden, Jr., 1990, one finds two entries concerning William Davis Hawkins.

April Court 1796 (p58)

Indenture, dated 3 Mar 1795 concerning Mordecai Meads being bound with the consent of his father James Meads, JR, to William Davis Hawkins to learn the blacksmith trade for a term of Nov 24, 1794 to Nov 24, 1797 at which time Mordecai Meads will be 21 if still living. Said apprentice shall obey his master’s lawful command and cause his master to suffer no damage during his apprenticeship, nor play cards or dice or any other unlawful game, not commit matrimony, nor frequent taverns, all houses or places of gambling, nor absent himself without his master’s permission, and in return the said Meads shall receive from the said Hawkins training in the blacksmith trade, two months of schooling in addition to that already received and sufficient meat, drink, clothing, lodging, and other necessaries. Signed by James Meads JR and William Davis Hawkins.

(A note about Mordecai Meads) Mordicai Meads and James Meads, both sons of James and Ann Meads, twins b 26 Dec 1752, of James Sr. son of Edward…on same page next to William and Ann Tayman and children, St. John Parish Records, p164

June Court 1799 (p69)

Hannah Burnett to answer complaint of William D. Hawkins (Case discharged with plaintiff paying the costs.)

From these entries one learns that William Davis Hawkins knew the blacksmith trade and was sufficiently skillful to take on an apprentice. It would also appear that William was a moral man of the times, requesting that no gambling, drinking, or other base activities be part of his apprentice’s life while in his service. As to the other case, William made a complaint against said Hannah Burnett and William either had failed to appear in court or had dropped the complaint; either way he paid the court costs.

William Davis Hawkins, Maryland Land Records

Expense

Backtracking one year from Inhabitants of Harford County Maryland 1791-1800, Henry C Peden, Jr., one finds this entry:Hawkins, William D., taxpayer, 1798 Deer Creek Upper Hd., 1 tract (194 acres) and 1 building, 799.31 valuation, no slaves (4th District). ( Ref. CI)

William D. Hawkins and wife Anne owned another tract of land in Maryland called Expense, which is located in Maryland six miles south of Fawn Grove, PA where the road crosses over a stream called Deer Creek. Both William and his father Robert sold their land on 13 Sept 1801 and moved West.

The following deed transcriptions verify the fact that William Davis Hawkins purchased the tract known as Expense in Harford County, containing 171 acres, for six pounds specie from William Smith and his wife Susannah; he then turned around a sold this same tract to Thomas Butter of Harford County for 700 pounds specie.

Harford County, Maryland Deeds MSA CE 113-15 JLG P p587

This indenture made this 13th day of September 1801 between William Davis Hawkins of Harford County and State of Maryland of the one part and Thomas Butler of the county and state aforesaid of the other part witness that the said William Davis Hawkins for the consideration of the sum of 700 pounds specie to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Butler the receipt where of the said William Davis Hawkins doth hereby acknowledge and hath given granted and sold conveyed aliened and confirmed unto by these presents doth give grant bargain and sell convey alien and confirm unto the said Thomas Butler and his heirs or assigns forever all that part of a tract of land called Expense lying and being in Harford County aforesaid containing 171 acres more or less comprehended and contained in the following courses said by William Davis Hawkins to bound and run to wit: Beginning at a bounded white oak on the east bank of Deer Creek the last boundary of the whole tract called Expense and running thence south 68 ¼ east 47 perches to a bounded white oak the beginning of the said whole tract it being also the beginning of a tract called Clermont then north 73 ¾ degrees east 132 perches to a stone marked W the last boundary of Clermont being the beginning of Thomas Montgomery part of Expense then north 30 ½ degrees west 128 perches to a stone marked TM and bounded white oak the last boundary of Thomas Montgomery part aforesaid and a boundary of the whole tract then bounding on and with the outlines of the whole tract the two following lines to wit northwest 62 perches north 20 perches to the beginning of James Montgomery’s part of Expense then north 67 degrees west 60 perches to a stone near the upper end of the Falling Mill Dam being a corner stone of James Rampley’s part of Expense then south 60 degrees

(P588) West 27 perches to a stone at the corner of the Falling Mill Dam aforesaid then south 31 degrees west 19 perches to a white oak tree then south 49 degrees east 5 perches to a stone at the edge of Deer Creek 12 perches below the mouth of the falling branch then running down and bounding on the water of Deer Creek aforesaid and on the outlines of the whole tract to the aforesaid place of beginning containing 171 acres more or less before as aforesaid to have and to hold the aforesaid parts of Expense described as aforesaid with all its appurtenances unto him the said Thomas Butler his heirs or assignees forever and the said William Davis Hawkins for himself his heirs executors and administrators further covenants and agrees with the said Thomas Butler his heirs or assignees to warrant and defend the aforesaid bargain and sold lands and premises with its appurtenances from all persons claiming through by or under him the said William Davis Hawkins and to make all further acts deeds or other instruments of writing for the better securing the aforesaid bargained and sold lands and premises with appurtenances unto the said Thomas Butler his heirs or assignees or that his or their or any of their attorneys shall reasonable advise devise or require. In witness where of the said William Davis Hawkins hath hereunto set his hand and seal this day and year first above written. Signed and sealed and delivered in the presence of Jno Pratt and Thos Ayres /s/ William D. Hawkins

Received of Thomas Butler the sum of 700 pounds specie being the full consideration money for the within bargained and sold land and premises this…. Wm D. Hawkins

On the 30 September 1801 personally appeared before us the subscribers for of the state of Maryland Justices of the Peace for Harford County the within named William Davis Hawkins and acknowledged the within instrument of writing to be his act and deeds and the within bargained and sold lands and premises to be the right and estate of the within named Thomas Butter his heirs or assigns forever according to the true contents and meaning of this same deed or instrument of writing in witness where of we have hereunto set our hands the day and year aforesaid at the same time came Ann Hawkins wife of the aforesaid William Davis Hawkins and being by us examined out of the herein of her husband agreeably to this act of assembly in such cases hereby made and

(P589) Provided release her right of dower unto the above named Thomas Butler his heirs or assigns in the above bargained and sold land and premises…acknowledged before Jno Street, Thos Ayres Received and recorded 12 day of January 1802 …Henry Dorsey JP

Note that William Davis Hawkins’ wife, Ann Hawkins, released her right of dower for the tract known as Expense on 30 Sept 1801.

Harford Court Land Records MSA CE 113-15 JLG P p589

This Indenture made the 25 July 1801 between William Smith of Harford County and the state of Maryland of the one part and William Davis Hawkins of the county and state aforesaid of the other part witnessed that the said William Smith for the consideration of the sum of 6 pounds specie to him in hands paid by the said William D. Hawkins the receipt where of the said William Smith doth hereby acknowledge and hath given granted bargained and sold convey and do aliened and confirmed and by these presents

(P590) Doth give and bargain and sell convey alien and confirm unto the said William D. Hawkins his heirs or assigns forever that part of a tract of land called Expense lying and being in Harford County aforesaid containing 171 acres more or less comprehended and contained in the following courses said by William D. Hawkins to bound and run to wit: beginning at a bounded white oak on the east bank of Deer Creek the last boundary of the whole tract called Expense and running thence south 68 degrees and ¼ east 47 perches to a bounded white oak the beginning of the said whole tract it being also the beginning of a tract called Clermont then north 73 ¾ degrees east 132 perches to a stone marked W the last boundary of Clermont being the beginning of Thomas Montgomery’s part of Expense then north then north 30 ½ degrees west 128 perches to a stone marked TM and bounded white oak the last boundary of Thomas Montgomery part aforesaid and a boundary of the whole tract then bounding on and with the outlines of the whole tract the two following lines to wit northwest 62 perches north 20 perches to the beginning of James Montgomery’s part of Expense then north 67 degrees west 60 perches to a stone near the upper end of the Falling Mill Dam being a corner stone of James Rampley’s part of Expense then south 60 degrees West 27 perches to a stone at the corner of the Falling Mill Dam aforesaid then south 31 degrees west 19 perches to a white oak tree then south 49 degrees east 5 perches to a stone at the edge of Deer Creek 12 perches below the mouth of the falling branch then running down and bounding on the water of Deer Creek aforesaid and on the outlines of the whole tract to the aforesaid place of beginning containing 171 acres more or less before as aforesaid to have and to hold the aforesaid part of Expense described as aforesaid with all its appurtenances unto him the said William D. Hawkins his heirs or assigns forever and the said William Smith for himself his heirs executors administrators further covenants and agrees with the said William D. Hawkins his heirs or assigns to warrant and defend the aforesaid bargained and sold land and premises with its appurtenances from any persons whatsoever claiming through by or under him the said William Smith and to make all further acts deeds other instruments of writing for the better securing the aforesaid bargained and sold lands and premises with the appurtenances unto the said William D. Hawkins his heirs or assigns that his or their or any of their councils shall reasonably advise devise or require in witness where of the said William Smith

(P591) Hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written /s/ William Smith

In presence of A. McComas, Jno Street Received of William Davis Hawkins the sum of 6 pounds specie it being the full consideration money for the within bargained and sold lands and premises this 25th day of July 1801 …William Smith Test Jno Street

On the 5th day of July 1801 Personally appeared before us the subscribers two of the state of Maryland Justices of Peace for Harford County the within named William Smith and acknowledged the within instrument of writing to be his act and deed and the within bargained and sold lands and premises to be the right and estate of the within named William Davis Hawkins his heirs and assigns forever according to the true intent and meaning of this same deed or instrument of writing In witnessed thereof we have hereunto set our hands the day and year aforesaid and at the same time came Susannah Smith the wife of the aforesaid William Smith and being by us examined out of the hearing of her husband agreeably to the act of assembly in such cases made and provided released her right of dower unto the above named William D. Hawkins his heirs and assignees in the above mentioned bargained and sold land and premises. Acknowledged before Jno Street

Received and recorded the 12th day of January 1802…A McComas

William Davis Hawkins and Family Moved to Western Pennsylvania

History of Lawrence Co, PA, 1877, p90

A man named Hawkins was the original settler of the farm afterwards owned by Andrew Elliott and now by William Curry of Pittsburgh. Hawkins must have been out previous to the year 1800. He made the first improvements on the place, sold it to Elliott, and left the country before 1812. Mr. Elliott located on the place on 2 May 1807 and in 1812 taught school in a log school-house which was built on his place. The original tract, as settled by Hawkins, consisted of 200 acres.

Pine Creek First Presbyterian Church

In 1801 William D. Hawkins, Esquire, came to Squaw Run and helped lay the foundation of Pine Creek First Presbyterian Church. He and Ann were sponsors for this church. Soon after his arrival religious services began to be held probably in his home or that of a nearby neighbor. At times this church is given the organizing date of 1805 or 1815, sometimes being known as Stockton’s Meeting House. In 1814 the log church was located on Kittanning Rd 1/2 mile NE of Sharpsburg across from the end of Squaw Run Road and Dorseyville Road, the site of the old cemetery. In 1838 the Sharpsburg Presbyterian Church split off from the Pine Creek Presbyterian Church.

Political Meetings

In 1805 William D. Hawkins lived in Deer Twp, Allegheny Co, PA. Sometime between 1806-1811 William D. Hawkins was part of an election committee representing Indiana Twp. In 1808 William Hawkins of Indiana Twp attended a political meeting in Pittsburgh to represent his township. In 1808 he was a resident of the original territory in Plum Twp, Allegheny Co, PA. Again bet 1806-1811 the ticket included William Hawkins, James, Powers, Elisha Brooks, BF Brewster, Elias Davis, and Chris Staley.

Possible Brother, Benjamin Hawkins

From records in the Allegheny Co, PA court files there is a curious entry as follows: p144 #623 Hawkins, Benjamin, deceased, by Nov 1810 -On petition of William D. Hawkins, brother of Benjamin Hawkins, who died several years ago, leaving a daughter Elizabeth, now about 12; that the widow married Jacob Lane, who being in embarrassed circumstances, his wife became deranged in her mind; the court appointed William D. Hawkins to be the guardian of Elizabeth Hawkins.

Allegheny Co, PA Marriages 1789-1808 from Original Notebook of Rudolph Stotler, JP, stated on 16 June 1803 Jacob Lane married Widow Hawkins. The People and Times of West Pennsylvania Taken From the Pittsburgh Gazette 1806-1811, Clara Duer, V3, p108 stated that “I hereby forewarn all persons from trusting my wife Martha Lane on my account as I am determined not to pay any of her debts after this date.” /s/ Jacob Lane, 6 May 1808.

Six Mile Island

From the Allegheny County, PA Land Records, Books 65 and 69, on 5 Jan 1815, William D. Hawkins had land surveyed and a warrant was made out to him for 1/2 of Six Mile Island. Warrants Register, Allegheny Co, PA – south and east, # of warrant 19 Name of warrantee William D. Hawkins

  • Description of warrant - Island
  • Quantity 12A
  • Date of Warrant 5 Jan 1815
  • Date of Return 29 Sept 1832
  • Acres Returned 25.62A
  • Name of patentee William D. Hawkins
  • Where recorded H32 p185
  • Where Survey Recorded C6 p95
  • Patent p149 for William D. Hawkins 25.62A began process as warrantee 5 Jan 1815 Allegheny Co, PA

Appellation of Esquire

The esquire appellation attached to William D. Hawkins’ name implies he was a lawyer or a legal representative of a governmental entity; it is likely that this refers to his being a Justice of the Peace for at least Indiana Twp, Allegheny Co, PA. The example I cite is from an indenture made on 21 Sept 1826; recorded 3 Oct 1826 - the parties in this land transaction in Allegheny Co, PA, 2H case number 33 p276, were Michael Linders of Indiana Twp and his wife of one part and Robert Beatty of the same place of the other part. This transaction was witnessed as Michael and wife Mary for $100 a tract of land being lot #1 in Cunningham’s District of Depreciation Land Patent to Joseph Jessup and he to Michael Linders. This indenture was signed by Michael Linders and his wife (her mark) in the presence of William D. Hawkins, JP for Allegheny Co, PA.

Membership in Presbyterian Synod

Minutes of Synod of Pittsburgh, online at Historic Pittsburgh, PA

  • 6 October 1815 - Membership of Synod Present - of Presbytery of Redstone - William D. Hawkins
  • 17 October 1826 - Membership of Synod Present - of Presbytery of Ohio - William D. Hawkins
  • 15 October 1829 - Membership of Synod Present - of Presbytery of Ohio - William D. Hawkins

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.

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References
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    Pine Creek Cemetery Records, Allegheny Co, PA, Diane Nichols, 1982

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    Probate of Allegheny Co, PA, Will Book 8 p340 case number 221

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    People and Times of Western Pennsylvania, Clara E. Duer, WPAGS, Apr 1985, V3p111, V5 p83, 92

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    Historical Sketch, History of Pine Creek Church (1815-1865)

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    Deeds, Allegheny Co, PA, Books 65, 69, 32 p185, 74 p316

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    History of Allegheny Co, PA, 1876, p158: "William Hawkins, Esq., was an early settler on Squaw Run where he died at the age of 95. His grandson, John R. Hawkins, still resides on a part of the old farm."

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    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

  9.   WDH is found in the following US Federal Census Records - 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1840, 1850. No discovery has been found for his location in 1830, but he should be in the Allegheny-Mercer Cos, PA area.
  10.   No obituaries have been found for Ann Hawkins. If someone has access to newspapers of Sharpsburg, Allegheny Co, PA, please contact me.