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  • ID: I4293
  • Name: Matthew HAWKINS
  • Surname: Hawkins
  • Given Name: Matthew
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1783 in Warren County,North Carolina 1 2 3
  • Death: ABT Dec 1855 in Warren County,North Carolina 4 5 6
  • _UID: 25A2D9C5B43E574881B7CBD9823AF05EDCB1
  • Note:
    MATTHEW HAWKINS lived in the Sandy Creek District of Warren County according to the 1830 census records. He was a former slave of PHILEMON HAWKINS, d. abt 1802, who was freed at HAWKINS request. The details can be read in the attached information in this file. I believe that MATTHEW's mother was the slave who was given the name of AMY HONESTY, who was freed at the same time as he; he likely named his own daughter, AMY, after her.

    According to the 1850 Warren County, North Carolina Mortality Schedule, there was from this household, a BETSY HAWKINS, Mulatto, age 40, b. abt 1810, who died in July 1849 of Bilious Fever; there is no indication whether or not she was married.
    Also, MINS GUY married a THENY HAWKINS in 1825 Warren County, ARCHIBALD EVANS was the bondsman. MINS & THENY HAWKINS GUY appear to have been the parents of MATTHEW GUY, b. abt 1823, could THENY HAWKINS have been a daughter of MATTHEW HAWKINS? The problem is that, since MATTHEW HAWKINS was married in 1812, it was not likely that he would have had a daughter old enough to marry by 1825. MINS GUY apparently lived in Granville, and later Wake County, by 1860, however, none of the records I've found in those locations indicate a wife named THENY, or PARTHENIA, which was likely the proper name for her.
    There was a WILLIAM HAWKINS, age 14 (b. 1836) in the 1850 Census living with MATTHEW HAWKINS family, and currently, I have no idea who he was since he was never mentioned in any of the family records nor was there a child his age listed in the 1840 Census. It is possible that he could have been a son of BETSY HAWKINS (b. 1810) who had died in 1849, but it seems strange that he wasn't mentioned as a grandchild, or anything else, in MATTHEW's will in 1855, unless he died before that time. Of interest, is that MATTHEW is listed as owning a 17 year old male slave in 1850, it could be that was who WILLIAM was despite the slight discrepancy in age, with the Census taker incorrectly listing him as a free member of the household. There is also a possibility that the person was listed with the incorrect surname, and he may not have been a HAWKINS at all, I just don't know. For now, I am just keeping him in these notes, perhaps something will turn up or someone else can identify him at some future point in time.
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  • Change Date: 10 Oct 2016 at 16:23:49

    Marriage 1 Mahaly MUSHAW b: 1783 in Franklin County,North Carolina
    • Married: 26 Feb 1812 in Warren County,North Carolina 9
    1. Has No Children Betsy HAWKINS b: 1810 in Warren County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children Amy HAWKINS b: ABT 1815 in Warren County,North Carolina
    3. Has Children Woodley HAWKINS b: 1820 in Warren County,North Carolina
    4. Has No Children Frank HAWKINS b: 1821 in Warren County,North Carolina
    5. Has Children Nancy HAWKINS b: Mar 1824 in Warren County,North Carolina

    1. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1830 Warren County,North Carolina Image 9 & 10:.
      3 - M = 10 1 - F = 10
      1 - M = 10 - 24 2 - F = 10 - 24
      1 - M = 36 - 55 1 - F = 36 - 55.
    2. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1840 Warren County,North Carolina,Image 25:.
      4 - M = 10 - 24 1 - F = 10 - 24
      1 - M = 55 - 100 1 - F = 24 - 36
      1 - F = 36 - 55.
    3. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1850 Warren County,North Carolina,Warrenton,Image 1, #285/285:.
      MATTHEW HAWKINS - 67 - MU - FARMER - /489 - NC
      ABNEY HAWKINS - 67 - MU - NC
      NANCY HAWKINS - 26 - MU - NC
      WILLIAM HAWKINS - 14 - MU - NC
      THOMAS CARTER - 10 - MU - NC
      BETSY CARTER - 9 - MU - NC
      HAWK CARTER - 7 - MU - NC
      MATTHEW CARTER - 5 - MU - NC.

      1 -Male -Black = Age 17.
    4. Title: Abstracts of Wills, Warren County, North Carolina
      Publication: GoldenWest Marketing Genealogy,5812 Temple City Blvd,Temple City,CA 91780-2112
      Page: 1845-1902, #275
      Note: MATTHEW HAWKINS - 17 Dec 1855 - Feb Ct. 1856 Original -WB 49/12:
      "...being in feeble health..."
      Daughter NANCY - horse. All other property is to be used to support my wife MAHALY, my son WOODLY, daughter NANCY, and my four grandchildren THOMAS CARTER, ELIZABETH CARTER, HAWKINS CARTER, and MATTHEW CARTER. Nothing is to be sold as long as my wife lives. At my wife's death, my property is to be divided into parts, one for my son WOODLY, another for my daughter NANCY, and and the third for my four said grandchildren
    5. Title: Records of Estates, Warren County,North Carolina, 1852 -1868. Estates found in court records, Vol. IV
      Publication: GoldenWest Mktg. Genealogy, 5812 Temple City Blvd.,Temple City,CA 91780-2112, 800-445-8925,
      Page: Entry # 239 -
      Note: MATTHEW HAWKINS - Will proved on oaths of EDWIN D. DRAKE and L.Y.CHRISTMAS, Feb. Ct. 1856

      MATTHEW HAWKINS -Accounts ordered examined with WILLIAM and JOHN WATSON, exrs., Feb. Ct. 1858.

      #650 -
      MATTHEW HAWKINS - Accounts ordered examined with WILLIAM WATSON and JOHN WATSON, exs. Feb. Ct. 1863
    6. Title: Transcribed Wills or Estate Records
      Page: (by Deloris Williams)
      Note: Warren County Will Book 49, Page 12

      MATTHEW HAWKINS - February Court 1856

      I MATTHEW HAWKINS of the County of Warren and state of North Carolina, Knowing that all men must die, and being in feeble health but sound in mind and of disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament, to wit,
      1st. My will and desire is that all of my property of every description (except one sorrel horse name Ponie which I give to my daughter NANCY) shall remain as it is for the benefit and support of my beloved wife MAHALY, my son WOODLY daughter NANCY and my four grand children THOMAS CARTER, ELIZABETH CARTER, HAWKINS CARTER, and MATTHEW CARTER. My will and desire is that nothing shall be sold or disposed of in any way, (except it be a surplus raised on the plantation) so long as my beloved wife MAHALY shall live; after the death of my wife MAHALY; my will and desire is that my property of every description shall be divided into three equal parts, one third I give to my son WOODLY, one to my daughter NANCY, and one third to be equally divided between my four grand children, THOMAS CARTER, ELIZABETH CARTER, HAWKINS CARTER and MATTHEW CARTER. I appoint WILLIAM WATSON JR. and JOHN WATSON my Lawful Exr. this 17th December in the year of Our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and fifty five,

      MATTHEW HAWKINS ("X" his mark)


      Warren County February Court 1856.
      This paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of MATTHEW HAWKINS, was exhibited for probate in open court and the execution thereof by the said MATTHEW HAWKINS, was duly proved by the oath and examination of EDWIN D. DRAKE and L. Y. CHRISTMAS the subscribing witnesses thereto. & on motion the same was admitted to probate and ordered to be Recorded, Test

      JNO WHITE, Clk

      Estate of Matthew Hawkins

      Feb. 22, 1858
      JNO & WM. WATSON Exrs. To amt due as per returns made this day.
      Dr [debit]

      Feb. 23, 1863
      To int. on $962.73 to date

      Feb. 23, 1863
      To Amt. Rec'd for 1 horse sold H. GREEN

      [Total] $1311.55
      Feb. 23, 1863
      To amt due to Estate by Executors

      Agreeable to an order to us directed from Feb'y Term of Warren County Court 1863 we have examined the above account of JOHN & WM. WATSON Executors of MATTHEW HAWKINS F.M.C.* dec'd & the same we find supported by proper vouchers. And after allowing 5 just Commissioners on $552.51 amt of receipts & disbursements the balance in the hands of the Executors this day due to the Estate is One Thousand & Eighty dollars & twenty three cents. All of which is respectfully submitted.


      Account Current of Estate
      February Court 1858
      Recorded Pursuant to order Page 192
      JNO. W. WHITE, Clk

      Account Current of Estate
      February Term 1863
      Recorded Page 122

      [Among entries in the Accounts are following]

      A check on White, Davis & Hardy, Feb. 1856; amounts pad to J. S. JONES of Petersburg.
      A Bond on M. T. HAWKINS for $317.70, Dec. 1855.

      Division of the Land of MATTHEW HAWKINS, dec'd
      February Term 1863
      Recorded Page 208, Book 47

      Surveyed the MATTHEW HAWKINS tract of land for a division finding it to contain 150 acres. It was ordered by THOMAS G. PLUMMER, HENRY B. HUNTER & LOUIS WATSON Com's. to be divided into the following tracts. No. 1 or House tract to contain 45 acres. No. 2 or Middle tract to contain 55 acres and No. 3 or the Lower tract to contain 50 acres.
      Boundaries of the house tract No. 1 begins at a small dogwood on the s. side of a small branch and run S 48 1/2 W 190 pole to the Shaker[?] road entering the road 8 feet S. E. of a Willow Oak then down the road towards Warrenton to a persimmon DRAKEs Corner on the N. side of Hill road, then the bottom to the head of a branch and along said branch to the begining.
      Boundaries of the Middle tract, No. 2, begins at a small dogwood on the S. side of a small branch and RUN s. 48 1/2 W 190 pole to the Shaker road entering said road 8 feet S. E. OF A Willow oak, thence along said rad to the ford of Phibby's Creek, then down Phibby's Creek to about 8 feet of a Poplar marked on the E. side of said Creek, then due E. 96 pole 15 links to DRAKE's line then due S. 3 pole to a small branch and up the branch to the begining.
      Boundaries of the lower tract No. 3, Begin at a stake in DRAKE's line 3 pole 5 links N. of a small branch & run due N. 48 pole 20 links to DRAKE's corner in JONES' line, then S.87 1/2 W. 44 pole to a corner stone, then due N. 132 pole to Phebys Creek, then up the meanders of Phebys Creek to 8 feet south of a poplar marked standing on the E side of said Creek then due E 96 pole 15 links to the begining.


      In obedient to and order to us directed, we the Commissioners have divided, and allotted the lands of MATTHEW HAWKINS dec'd, according to the within survey. Lot No. 1 or House tract, containing 45 acres to NANCY GREEN, wife of HENRY GREEN, Lot No. 2 or Middle tract containing 55 acres to the CARTER children, as follows, to THOMAS CARTER, one fourth, to ELIZABETH CARTER, one fourth, HAWKINS CARTER, one fourth and one fourth to MATTHEW CARTER. Lot No. 3 or lower tract containing 50 acres to WOODLEY HAWKINS. All of which is respectfully submitted.
      H. B. HUNTER

    7. Title: Warren County,North Carolina Minutes to the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Volume IV, 1797-1800
      Author: Ginger L. Christmas-Beattie
      Publication: Ancestral Tracks, P.O. Box 64,Forest Grove,Oregon 97116-0064
      Page: (Page 126)
      Note: NOVEMBER COURT 1800,
      Page 14 - Monday - November 24th
      On hearing the petition of Philemon Hawkins praying that two Negroes, the one by the name of Amy and the other by the name of Matthew, may be liberated for reasons in said petition set forth, it appearing to the Court that the said Negroes, for the said reason in the said petition set forth, ought to be liberated and emancipated, it is therefore considered by the Court that the said Negroes in the petition mentioned shall from this time be free and emancipated agreeable to the prayers of the petitioner, and that the said Negro Amy shall hereafter be known by the name of AMY HONESTY, and that the said Negro Matthew shall hereafter be known by the name of MATTHEW HAWKINS, agreeable to the prayers of the petition.
    8. Title: Other--
      Page: "In Full Force and Virtue: North Carolina Emancipation Records 1713-1860"
      Note: by, William L. Byrd III - (Heritage Books Inc.) - Page 281
      Chapter 25, Warren County Records, Box #1, Folder 6A-
      (exerpt from will, Codicil)
      I PHILEMON HAWKINS SENIOR of the County of Warren and State of North Carolina do make and ordain this to be a Codicil to my last Wil and Testament bearing date the Twenty Second Day of July 1801. Whereas my Boy MATTHEW has discovered an honest disposition in making Known to me many Circumstances relative to the Deeds of Gift which were obtained from me by fraud and imposition by my Grand Son PHILEMON, son of JOHN, and Negro AMY is very attentive to me in my sickness, It is my Desire that my Executors should do all in their Power to procure his Emancipation, provided the Order for his Emancipation made by Warren County Court should be set aside and provided he should continue to behave himself well and there is no obstruction in the Way Towards the recovery of my Deeds from my Grand Son PHILEMON Son of JOHN and others, I hereby give and bequeath to him two hundred and fifty acres of Land on the South Side of Ballards Tract including Howells improvement, one feather Bed and furniture; my bay Horse Saddle and Bridle, one hundred Pounds Virga. Currency, Two Cows and Calves, four Saws and pight, and fifty Barrels of Corn. This Legacy to be void if he should hold the property contained in a Deed of Gift which it is alledged I have made to him at or about the Time it is alledged I made a Deed to my Grand Son PHILEMON Son of JOHN It being my intention that he shall not Possess both this Legacy and the property contained in the said Deed.
      In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and affixed my Seal this Twenty Second Day of July Anno Dom. 1801.
      PHIL. HAWKINS (Seal)

      Signed, Sealed and declared to be his Codicil to his Will in presence of us
      W. GILLIAM
      Warren County - February Court 1802.

      This last Will and Testament of Philemon Hawkins dec'd together with the Codicil hereto was proved by the Oaths of James Vaughan and William Gilliam Subscribing Witnessses hereto and ordered to be recorded, whereupon John & Philemon Hawkins Executors named in Said Will qualified according and Letters Testamentary granted them.
      I William Green Clerk of Warren County Court do hereby certify that the foregoing Will and the Codicil to said Will are correct Copies from the Records in my office.
      WM. GREEN, C.W. CT.
      October 26, 1815
    9. Title: Marriage Index or License
      Note: Groom: Matthew Hawkins
      Bride: Aley Moosher
      Bond Date: 26 Feb 1812
      Bond #: 000161198
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 ImageNum: 005645
      County: Warren
      Record #: 01 114
      Bondsman: Frederick Parum
      Witness: Wm Green, Clerk of Court
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