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  • ID: I17886
  • Name: William Amadas Hawkins of the Royal Navy
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BEF 1490 in Plymouth, Devon, England 1
  • _ELEC: 1532 Plymouth, Devon, England
  • _FOOT: Fred Lager, Date of Import: Aug 13, 2007. 2
  • Death: At sea 1554 1
  • Name: Wiliam Hawkins 3
  • _FOOT: Fred Lager, Date of Import: Aug 13, 2007. 2 4
  • Name: William Amadas Hawkins 5 6 1
  • Birth: AFT 1490 in Plymouth, Devon, England 7
  • Birth: ABT 1509 4
  • Death: possibly at Sea BET 1553 AND 1554 8
  • Death: 1555 4
  • Note:
    [Fred Lager.ged]

    A branch of the Hawkins?s of Nash Court probably settled in Plymouth during the fifteenth century. John Hawkins held lands in the town under the Corporation before 1480, and was dead by or before 1490, when his heirs held them. This was before the Hawkins?s were at Tavistock. William Hawkins, son of John Hawkins (who had lived at Tavistock), and Joan, daughter of William Amadas, of Launceston, was born probably at Plymouth towards the end of the fifteenth century. He was an officer in the navy of King Henry VIII. Being one of the principal sea captains in the West of England, he obtained a high and just reputation for his skill and experience, and was held in great esteem and favour by the King. He is thought to be the same Hawkins who in 1513 was master of the 'Great Galley', one of the few Royal ships of that time.
    (Plymouth Armada Heroes).

    From the late 1520s, the rise of Plymouth was the work of the remarkable Hawkins family, initially 'Old Master' William Hawkins, 'much esteemed' by Henry VIII, who had married a Cornishwoman, Joan Trelawney. This William Hawkins (b.1495-d.1553/1554, son of John Hawkins and Joan Amydas), became discontented with ordinary voyages to Europe, and in 1528 made the first of his three voyages to Guinea and Brazil with Paul of Plymouth, 250 tons. His ships were all equipped, manned and victualled from Plymouth. ( Ref: Brendon, Great Navigators and Discoverers, pp. 120ff). 'Old Master' William Hawkins sailed again in 1530, 1531, 1532 with Paul to the coasts of Brazil and Guinea, 'to sell to the Indians'. Or, as Hakluyt put it, by 1530 . . . 'the Worshipful Master William Hawkins of Plymouth, father of Sir John Hawkins, knight, late Treasurer of Her Majesty's Navy, in the years 1530 and 1532 . . . [voyages] in the course of which he touched at the river of Sestos upon the coast of Guinea where he trafficked with the negroes and took of them elephants' teeth and other commodities which the place yieldeth'. 'William Hawkins reaches Brazil', in Hakluyt's Voyages. Some material here is adapted with author's permission from sections of the Winter family history, The Golden Falcon, a website book sometimes using research from Spanish archives,
    ( Ref: Wendy Florence Winter Garcia, with index page given as
    (website moves URL):

    As yet another website notes, the English began trading with Guinea in the reign of Henry VIII when John Hawkins' father, William Hawkins (d.1554), Receiver or Treasurer to the Corporation of Plymouth (1524-5), and Collector of the Subsidy for Devon, traded with La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Portugal and Spain, exporting tin and cloth and importing Rochelle salt, Bordeaux wine, sugar, pepper, olive oil and soap from Spain and Portugal. He also dealt in Newfoundland fish. Hawkins had Spanish connections and was allowed to trade with the Americas, Hispaniola and Mexico under the Spanish flag as early as 1526, even serving the Spanish government under Charles V. He also traded with the Portuguese colony of Brazil where Thomas Cromwell was involved in the trade in brazilwood (from which a red dye for cloth was extracted), sailing there three times, calling at Guinea on his way. In 1530 he traded with Africa near the Sestos river in Upper Guinea for malaguette pepper (called "grains of Paradise").

    Further material here is adapted with the author's permission from sections of the Winter family history, The Golden Falcon, a website book by Wendy Florence Winter Garcia, with index page given as (URL has changed): On the Hawkins family, see website (broken link?): Hawkins' ships, bound for the West Indies, were laden with cloth for the Canaries, which was exchanged for kid skins and orchel, orchella, orchil, orchilla or archil, a dye obtained from the lichen Rocella. Other cargoes consisted of wheat, wine, sugar, drugs, "dragon's blood" (a resin from the Canarian dragon-tree Dracaena Draco of the genus Lillaceae, used as a varnish). The islands were a rendezvous for merchants as well as pirates.


    [David V. Hughey.ged]

    They were married 1553/4. Joan was the only child and heiress of Roger Trelawny of Brightoore, son of John Trelaway and grandson of Sir John Trelaway and Blanche Pownde. William was a sea Captain and owner of considerable property in Plymouth, where he was named Mayor in the 1530s and elected member of Parliament in1539. He began his career as a merchant, exporting cloth and tin and importing salt, wines, sugar and pepper, olive oil from Europe. His first voyage was to Guinea for ivory and pepper and Brazil for wood in 1530. He made three famous voyages to Brazil, bringing a native King to see Henry VIII (he died en route home). In 1544 he purchased the Manor of Sutton Valletort or Vawter, which remained in the family until 1637/8. "He was a man of his time, a rough, hard hitting, coarse tongued time."
    Children: William, Ship owner and sea captain, m. (2) Joan Tothill, d. 10/7/1589. He laid the foundation of the Indian Empire and was Ambassador to the court of the great Mogul, 1608.
    John, see above



    Father: John Hawkins Esquire b: BEF 1465 in Tavistock, Devon, England
    Mother: Joan Amadas b: ABT 1470 in Devonshire, England

    Marriage 1 Joan Towne Trelawney b: ABT 1500 in Launceston, Cornwall, England
    • Married: BEF 1519 2
    1. Has Children William Amadas Hawkins b: BEF 1530 in Kent, England
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth Hawkins b: 1530 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
    3. Has Children John Hawkins Sir Admiral b: 1532 in Plymouth, Devon, England

    1. Title: David V Hughey
        Name: RootsWeb's WorldConnect

      Dave's Bohemian, Canadian, and Southern Kin

      Text: Date of Import: Apr 18, 2008
    2. Title: Fred Lager
        Name: RootsWeb's WorldConnect

      Text: Date of Import: Aug 13, 2007
    3. Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Title: Pedigree Resource File CD-Rom
      Publication: Name: Intellectual Reserve, Inc; Location: Salt Lake City, UT; Date: 2001;
        Name: Family History Library, SLC

      Page: Disc #22 Pin #299852
    4. Author: Sharon K Bearce
      Title: Our Royal Ancestors
        Name: RootsWeb's WorldConnect

      Source Medium: Internet

      Our Royal Ancestors

      Text: Date of Import: Jun 19, 2007
    5. Author: David V. Hughey
      Title: Dave's Bohemian, Canadian, and Southern Kin; focus group
    6. Author: David Blocher
      Title: Descendants of Charlemagne; focus group--William de Cantilupe
    7. Title: Ancestral File (TM)
      Publication: Name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Date: June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998;
        Name: Family History Library, SLC


      Page: S2CK-90
      Text: suggests that William was born as late as 1506 (?)
    8. Title: Mark Freeman
        Name: RootsWeb's WorldConnect

      Mostly Southern:
      Page: Mostly Southern: Mark Freeman, 12 December 2004 -
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