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Whereas: I, James Hawkins of the mannor of Moreland in the County of Philadelphia & Province of Pennsilvania a Yeoman do this eighteenth day of the second month In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred fifty five being but weak In body by reason of age and other infirmitys but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God therefor & calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that It Is appointed for all men once to die do make this my Last Will & Testament that is to say principally: First of All I recommend my Soul to God that gave It and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors herein after named: And as to touching such worldly goods herewith it hath pleased God to bless me In this Life I give devise and dispose of in the following manner & form:
First, my Will Is that my funeral charges be paid out of any effects & after that all my just and lawfull debts be likewise justly paid. Secondly, my Will Is & I do hereby give to my Beloved Wife, Mary Hawkins. my bed & furniture belonging to it & all my pewterware with my other household goods. Likewise. I give to my said wife One Cow and my Will is that my wife shall have during her natural life the use of the room or apartment of my house wherein we now live & also the keeping of the Cow on my plantation & a sufficient quantity of apples shall be allowed her out of my Orchard for her own use.
Thirdly, my Will is & I do hereby give my Executor herein after named full powers to sell and convey all & singular owned lands & tenement goods & chattels with the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appearing Excepting only what hath been herein before Willed and Bequeathed unto my said Wife & that my Executor do put the money arising from the sale of my sold affects out at interest & the Interest arising therefrom I give to my Wife towards her support during her natural life.
And my Will is that after my said Wife’s decease the money arising from the sale of my said effects, as aforesaid, be Divided Amoungst my Seven Children In the following Manner that Is to say:To my Son James Hawkins, Forty Pounds;
and to my Son, William Hawkins, Thirty Pounds;
and to my Son, John Hawkins, Twenty Pounds;
and to my Son, Joseph Hawkins, Twenty Pounds;
and to my Son, lsaac Hawkins, Twenty Pounds;
and to my Daughter, Mary Hawkins, Twenty Pounds;
and to my Daughter, Hannah Hilton. Twenty Pounds;
and the residue, if any, shall be equally divided amoungst my Seven Above Named Children.
Lastly, my Will Is & I do hereby appoint my Beloved Wife. Mary Hawkins & my Son, James Hawkins, to be my only & sole Executors of this my Last Will & Testament and I do hereby Utterly Revoke and Disannul all other Testaments, Wills, Legacies & Executors by me In anywise heretofore named, Willed and executed. Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament - for witness whereof I have here unto let my hand & Seal this Day & Year above written.
James (his) Hawkins( M )(mark)
Signed, Sealed, Published & Declared By the Said James Hawkins to be his Last Will & Testament In the Presence of us:Jacob RandallJohn George Gast John Woolman
Proved March 22,1755 by John George Gast & John Woolman, two of the Witnesses. Executors: Mary Hawkins & James Hawkins authorized March 29,1755 by Wm. Flumsted, Reg & Gent.
This will was provided by Phillip A. Hawkins, who supplies the following note dated 26 February 1998: The above is an optically scanned and corrected copy of page 12, from Hawkins Family Wilts Co., England to Tipton Co., IN, and Related Families, by Harold T. Hawkins, &169; 1989, Selby Publishing & Printing, Kokomo, Indiana 46902. It was my intention to not correct misspellings, and to maintain lines and punctuation unchanged. James parents were Jeffrey and Dorothy Mattock from Wiltshire England on the Welcome in 1682. Phil adds:
From files of Carl Hawkins: James Hawkins 1674 - 1755, wife Mary Elliott; James was the Great Great Great Great Grandfather of Jonas E. Hawkins.
In the name of God Amen I Joshua Hawkins of Greenville District and state and South Carolina being of sound mind & perfect memory do make and ordain this to be my last will & testament (viz) Impromise I give & bequeath my soul to Almighty God that first gave it me & my body to be decently buried at the discression of my executors herein mentioned.
Item. 1 I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Cook Hawkins my hole estate real and personal during her natural life.
Item. My will and desire is that at the death of my beloved wife that the whole of my movable est to be equally divided between my youngest son Pinkney Hawkins & my grandson Isahm Hawkins.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Pinkney Hawkins at the death of my beloved wife all my lands containing two hundred acres.
Item. Lastly I constitute & appoint my sons Eaton Hawkins & Pinkney Hawkins Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking & disannulling all former wills heretofore by me made in witness whereof I have herein to set my hand & seal the 16th day of May 1801.Joshua x Hawkins [his mark]
In presence of Tho. Edwards
Mary Ann Edwards
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Be it remembered that I, Eaton Hawkins of the state and District aforesaid, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say-
First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catharine Hawkins during her natural life, all my lands with the Appurtenances thereunto, also my stock of every descriphon, Plantation Utentials, household & kitchen furniture, and four Of my negroes, namely, Vina, Bailes and two Nancies, and at Her death it is my desire that all the aforementioned property Be equally divided among all my children then living.
Lastly I Do appoint my sons Jesse and Henry Hawkins Executors of this my Last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th January 1812.
signed, sealed, published, & declared by the above named Eaton Hawkins to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us
Benjamin Bridges [his mark]
William H. Threlkld
Eaton Hawkins [his mark]
Probated February 1812, 14th day. D. Goodlett, O. G. D.
In the name of God Amen I Fredrick Hawkins Being in a Low state of body but of sound memory and judgement this
being my last will and testament, I do here give and bequeath all my real and personal estate to my beloved
wife Mary Hawkins (my just debts being paid) as her dowry and portion, During her life and widowhood.
By Spartan Goodlett Eswr Ordinary for said District personally appeared John Bagerty before me in the court of Ordinary and being duly sworn doth say that he was called on by Fredrick Hawkins on the 24th June last to write his will and that he did write the above by his express directions and that the said deponent did read the writing to the said testator and that he approved of the same but being interrupted by some of the bystanders he never directed him to finish the will in due form & this deponent says that testator was of sound disposeing mind and memory to the best of his knowledge also came Pinkney Hawkins and made oath to the facts as above stated. Given under my hand and seal this 11th August 1820
Spartan Goodlett O. G. D.
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In the name of God Amen I Pinkney Hawkins of Greenville district in the aforeSaid do make and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others, and dispose of my property real and personal as follows.
First it is my will and desire that my executors hereinafter named do pay all my just debts.
Second it is my will and desire that my wife Polly Hawkins receive absolutely in fee all the right title and interest that I may have in the estate of her mother Elizabeth Rector Deceased and that my executors hereinafter named do pay her out of my estate the sum of sixty dollars and give her out of the same a horse worth sixty dollars.
Third I hereby giver unto my son Berry Hawkins a negro man named Emphry, in trust for the benefit of my daughter in law Maria Hawkins wife of my son Thomas and her children by her present Husband but is my wish that she have the possession of the same Boy Euphry during the life of her husband Thomas Hawkins but in No event to become liable for either his present or future debts And in the event of her surviving husband (present) then to retain Said boy Euphrey during her life or widowhood and upon the happening Of either event then to go to her surviving children.
4th I give unto my daughters Chloe Hawkins and Allinda Hawkins a negro girl named Susan and her two children Butler and Peter also a negro girl named Ann, together with their future increase also one hundred acres including the dwelling house and improvements of the Dozier tract whereon I now live tobe divided as my executors think best upon the marriage of either of them and in the event of the death of either of them without issue the portion at the time to go to my surviving children to share and share alike.
Fifth It is my will and desire that the balance of my estate Both real and personal be sold at my death by my executors and Equally divided between my children. Joseph Hawkins, Berry Hawkins, Perry Hawkins, Philip Hawkins, And Martha Gilreath and my Daughters Bestsy Harrison but it is my desire that the portion Alloted to my daughter Betsey Harrison remain in the hands of my Executors and under their control to be placed as soon after my Death as convenient into money at interest she to receive the interest during her life and then to go to the heirs of her body.
Lastly I hereby constiute and appoint my son Joseph Hawkins And Berry Hawkins and my friend A.B. Crook executors of This my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereinto set my hand and seal this 20th day of July A. D. 1849.Pinkney x Hawkins [his mark] (L S.)
Signed sealed and declared In the presence of H. G. Thompson, Reuban Sudieth, John Hawkins
the words "Martha Gilreath and " being first inserted between the 5th and 6th lines of the fifth item
Probated the 13th day of August 1849.
Be it remembered that I Jesse Hawkins of the District and state of aforesaid being weak in body but of sound and Perfect mine and memory do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first I direct that soon after my death that all my whole estate both real and personal be sold at publick auction by my executors on a credit of twelve months to the highest bidder I also direct that one forth of one acr. of my land and a sufficient quantity rock be reserved to wall in all graves on the said one forth of an acr. of land and that my son in law John Y. Walker if alive to have it done in good workmanlike manner, if dead my executor to select some other person to have it done. I also direct John H. Walker on whoever does the above work be paid out of the first moneys collected out of my estate with my debts and funeral expenses
and after it is disposed of I give and bequeath unto my beloved children and grandchildren all The balance of my estate to be disposed of as above directed to be divided equal shear and share alike after deducting that I have all ready paid one more then the other.
First I direct that my five daughters or their heirs executors Or administrators be paid fifty dollars more then my sons to make Them equal as they had no horse given them I also direct that four Hundred and fifty dollars be deducted from Elaina Ross part in conveyande of a tract of land that she has had more then the rest
and I do hereby appoint my trusty friend Mathew T. Hudson executor of This my last and testament hereby revoking all former wills by Me made and lastly my express will and desire is and I do hereby order and appoint that if any difference or dispute question or controversy shall arise or happen concerning any gift bequest or eithe mater or thing in this my will given and bequeathed expressed or contained be brought commenced or prosecuted for and concerning the same but the same shall be refired wholly to the award order an determination of my esteem neighbors Richard Ross and Jonathan Hammett with the same power of choosing an umpire on what the said Arbitrators or if an umpire be appointed what a majority of the said Arbitrators shall order direct or determine there in shall be binding And conclusive to and on all and every person and persons therein Concerned
in witness whereof I Jesse Hawkins the testator have to This my will written on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal This twenty six day of June 1848.
Jesse Hawkins (L.S.)
Presence of us who Have subscribed in the presence of each other
Probated the 10th day of May 1853.
Be it known unto all Christian People, whom these presents may concern, that I, James Hawkins, being of health in body, but calling to mind the uncertainties of this life, and being desirous of settling my affairs, whilst life and health permits do make, ordain, and constitute, my last Will and Testament, in the following manner:
First, I desire that my body be buried, in a plain, decent and Christian manner at the discretion of my beloved wife, Martha Hawkins, my funeral charges and just debts be paid and discharged with all convenient speed, after my decease.
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Martha Hawkins, ten pounds sterling a year during her life; and five hundred weight of flour, and three hundred weight of pork, and my gray mare called Jewel, and her choice of one of the cows, and likewise the household furniture, and a privilege of taking what fruit she wants for her own use off the place whereon I now live. After her decease what I have left to her it is my will that it be equally divided amongst my children.
Item 1. I give and demise unto my son Isaac Hawkins one tract of land containing one hundred acres which was granted to Jonathan Hawkins to have and to hold to him his Heirs and assigns, forever.
Item 2. I give and demise unto my sons Isaac and Nathan Hawkins a tract of land containing four hundred acres, which land was granted to Amos Tims in the year 1774. The said tract of land to be equally divided between them to have and to hold to them their heirs and assigns forever.
Item 3. I likewise give and demise unto my son John Hawkins two tracts of land; one tract of one hundred acres, and the other tract containing one hundred and eighty; both tracts adjoining the said John Hawkins land; to have and to hold to him, his Heirs and assigns forever.
Item 4 I give and demise unto my two sons Benjamin and Amos Hawkins a tract of land containing four hundred acres: adjoining the said Benjamin and Amos Hawkins land; to be equally divided between them, to have and to hold to them their Heirs and assigns forever.
Item 5. I give and demise unto my son William Hawkins a tract of land containing one hundred and eighty acres, lying and being on the branches of Cane Creek, joining land laid for George Strawn, to have and to hold to him his Heirs and assigns forever.
Item 6. I likewise give and demise unto my son James Hawkins the plantation whereon I now live and another tract of land adjoining to it containing one hundred and seventy acres, to have and to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item 7. I likewise give and demise unto my sons William and Amos Hawkins two thirds of a tract of one hundred acres on the north side of the Tygar River adjoining land granted to one Becks to have and hold to them their heirs assigns forever.
It is my will that all the lands mentioned in this Will, except the first hundred acres which was granted to Jonathan Hawkins, shall be valued and if any of my children shall have more than their share that they pay to such of my children as have not had their share; for it is my will that my estate may be equally divided amongst them. Share and share alike.
And it is my will that the ore hundred acres of land whereon the Mills are built, and the Mills and all the remainder of my estate, either goods, chattels, moneys or credits, be appraised by three men chosen by my Executors and equally divided between my seven sons, herein mentioned, except a legacy for my daughter Martha Cook of eighty pounds sterling to be reserved out of it. And it is my will that my beloved wife shall have the privilege of the dwelling house during her natural life.
It is my will that if any difference should arise between any of the legatees mentioned in this Will all differences shall be determined in a friendly way, by four honest men chosen by the Religious Meeting of the People called Quakers, and whoever will not stand to their judgment, shall receive no benefit by this Will.
And Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my sons, Isaac Hawkins and John Hawkins to be the Executors: of this my last will. Disannuling and revoking all other wills by me made, and confirming this, and this only to be my last Will and Testament. Witness my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of the Twelfth month, One Thousand Seven hundred and ninety.
James Hawkins, Sen.
Signed, Sealed, Published and Delivered by the said James Hawkins to be his last will and testament.
In presence of us - Thomas Cox
Isaac Hawkins and John Hawkins, Executors appointed by the decision of the aforesaid Will came into Open Court and was Qualified agreeable to Law.
This will was provided by Phillip A. Hawkins, who notes that this James was son of the writer of the first will above, and says James's marriage to Martha Hollowell was "approved 30 January 1740." These Hawkinses are Phil's own line.
Barbara Eberly has a website for the Cane Creek Monthly (Quaker) Meeting.
In the name of God amen - I Alexander Hawkins Senr of the county of Oglethorpe and State of Georgia being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, blessed by God for his extended mercies - But calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for men once to die; and as it has pleased God to bless me with some of this worlds treasures - Shall dispose of it in manner & form following viz -
Item I give & bequeath to my son Nicholas Hawkins one negro man slave, Will, exclusive of what I have already given him, which is in full of his legacy, or undivided moiety of my estate remaining undivided in my hands.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son John Hawkins one negro man slave named David; one negro man Dan, & one girl named Nell, all my blacksmith tools, & cooper tolls, and one waggon and gear, exclusive of what I have already given him, which is in full of his legacy, or the undivided moiety of my estate remaining undivided in my hands.
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Alexander Hawkins four negroes , (to wit) one negro man Phil, one boy, Joe, one white negro girl named Penelope, & one boy Guy. Exclusive of what I have already given him which is in full of his legacy, or the undivided moiety of my estate remaining undivided in my hands.
Item I lend to my beloved daughter Mary Legett one yellow negro girl named Beck during her natural life, & at her death to be equally divided between my three grandsons (her & her increase if any) Viz - James, John & William Braughton to them and their heirs forever -- exclusive of what I have given her already, which is in full of her legacy, or undivided moiety of my estate, remaining and undivided in my hands.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Waddle two dollars, in adition to what I have already given her, it being in full of her legacy.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Anna Freeman two dollars, it being in full of her legacy.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Susanah Freeman, two dollars, which is in full of her legacy.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Sarah Hardin, two dollars, which is in full of her legacy.
Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Lucy Patrick two dollars, it being in full of her legacy.
Item Lastly it is my will and desire, & I do hereby nominate and appoint, my two beloved sons Nicholas Hawkins and John Hawkins my whole & sole executors to this my last Will and testament, revoking all & all manner of will or wills by me heretofore made.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name, with my own hand & affixed my seal to this my lst will and testament. This eighteenth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & four.Alexander Hawkins
Witnesses: Jack Lumpkin, George Lumpkin
Recorded 16 January 1807. No note on probate.
This will was transcribed and kindly offered to this site by Sara Young of Hermiston, Oregon, firstname.lastname@example.org, who is following the Hawkins ancestors of her husband, and who would love to find some other researchers on this line. She and two others are stuck on the father of W. A. Hawkins I: John Thomas Hawkins of Buncombe Co, NC, who they believe was related to Alexander Hawkins.
In the name of God Amen. I Alexander Hawkins being of sound mind and memory, do make & declare this my last will & testament (viz)
Item 1st My desire is that all my just debts be paid.
Item 2nd I lend unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Hawkins all my estate both real and personal during her widowhood to raise & school my children on until the oldest one come of age of either of them marrys. When either of them marrys or comes of age, my desire is that my estate both real & personal should be equally divided between my wife & children, & in case of my wife's marrying again my desire is that my estate both real & personal and the increase thereof should be equally divided between her and my said children.
Item 3rd I do hereby nominate & appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth Hawkins executrix & my brother John Hawkins executor of this my last will & testament
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the twenty second day of October eighteen hundren & sixteen. Alexander Hawkins
Witnesses: Isaac Collier, Nathan Ellis, John W. Birdsong
Recorded in open court March 6 1822, witnessed by Isaac Collier and Nathan Ellis.
In the name of God Amen. I Ezariah Hawkins being in perfect health and of sound mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of my body do ordain and appoint this my last will and testament.
In the first place I will my body to the dust to be decently buried at the discretion of my after named Executors and my Soul into the hands of God who gave it and as to my worldly goods I dispose of them in the following manner.
I give to my son Asher Hawkins all my land lying on East Side of the South work road running with road to Doses old field thence running through the ould Field with the road leading to the meeting house to the head line with the house and plantation where I now live with a pass way from the South works landing to Fins Island and also one half of Fins Island with marsh opposite of his land.
I give unto my son Jonathan Hawkins all of my land lying on the West Side of the road before mentioned. Also one half of Fins Island with the marsh opposite of his land. If or purvided he pays over to my son Bazel Hawkins six hundred dollars if he doeth not see cause to pay the above mentioned sum of six hundreds to my son Bazel Hawkins I leave the land to be equally divided between them two Bazel Hawkins and Jonathan Hawkins.
It is my will and desire that all the remaining part of my property not before mentioned I leave to be sould at six months credit by my Executors and the amount arising from the sale I leave to be equally divided between my three daughters and two grandaughters Phebe Freshwater, Jemima Morrels and Kitty Hurt and my two grandaughters Elsey and Rosey Eslick to be equally divided amoung them with the exception that my grand daughters take but one fourth part and with this further exception that is my heirs do refuse to give up their several rights to twenty five acres of land which I deeded to my son Ezariah Hawkins now deceased then in that case It is my will and pleasure that If my heirs refuse to make a my son Asher Hawkins a right to twenty five acres of land where I now live each one refusing so to do shall pay the sum of one hundred dollars to Asher Hawkins to be paid to him by my Executors before the delivery of the property out of their hand.
And lastly I do ordain and appoint my three sons Asher, Bazel and Jonathan Hawkins Executors of this my last will and testament. In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this January the 24th day one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.
Ezariah Hawkins [seal]
Test: J. M. Provow
William H. Fass
State of North Carolina, Onslow County, Court of Pleas of Quarter Sessions, November Term 1829
Then was this Will of Ezariah Hawkins offered for Probate and the Execution thereof duly proved in open court by the oaths of J. M. Provow and William H. Fass the two subscribing witnesses and Bazel Hawkins one of the Executors therein named qualified thereto as Executor agreeable to law.Daniel Ambrose, clerk
I transcribed this will simply because I came across it while researching in NC.
In the name of God Amen. I Bazel Hawkins of the county of Onslow and state of North Carolina considering the uncertainty of human life do therefore while in a firm state of mind and sound recollection this eighteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred thirty six make and ordain this instrument to be my last will and testament.
I commend my soul to the goodness and mercy of Almighty God trusting to be raised to life eternal in the Resurrection through Jesus Christ, my body to be buried in a Christian like manner. My conjugal affections I leave to my beloved wife Catharine Hawkins, my parental affections to my dear children with a request for them to live soberly honestly and industriously ever loving each other as brethren of one family, looking also to God as their Heavenly Parent
and touching my worldly goods which it hath pleased God to bless me with, I dispose of in the following manner.
It is my wish and desire that as much of perishable property as my wife may think best to spare be sold at a credit of six months by my Executor and all of my just debts paid and in case at my demise there may be either cotton or turpentine that my Executor may dispose of either at private or publick sale as he thinks for the benefit of my Estate.
Item I devise to my son Edward L. Hawkins ten dollars out of the money arising from the sale of my property -- his heirs and assigns.
Item I devise to my daughter Sarah Davis ten dollars out of the money arising from the sale of my property -- her heirs and assigns.
The residue of money in hand of my Executor after paying my debts and the above legacies to be paid over to my wife Catharine or put on interest at her option subject to her call at any time for support of herself & family.
Item All of the residue of my property both real and personal not necessary to be sold I loan to my wife Catharine Hawkins during her natural life -- with the request that she keeps my two children Catharine Jane Hawkins & Mary Eliza Hawkins free from any charge whatever for board clothing schooling & phisicians bills.
Item At the demise of my wife Catharine Hawkins all of my estate herin loaned to my said wife to be equally divided between my two daughters Catherine Jane & Mary Eliza Hawkins their heirs & assigns -- and in case either should die without lawful issue of their bodies the surviving sister to have the whole of said estate. Should either of my daughters Catherine Jane or Mary Eliza marry during their mother's life she can give such part of the property to said daughter as she can conveniently spare.
Finally I constitute my son Edward L. Hawkins Executor to this my last Will revoking all others.
In testimony I the said Bazel Hawkins have hereunto to this instrument set my hand and affixed thereto my seal day & date first written.
Bazel Hawkins [seal]
Executed and performed by the Testator in presence of us: James Wade
In consequence of my son Edw. L. Hawkins refusing to act as Executor as above named, I do hereby constitute and appoint my brother Jonathan Hawkins Executor to this my last Will and Testament in lieu of my son Edward. In testimony of which I the said Bazel Hawkins have hereunto set my hand and affixed herto my seal this fifteenth of August 1836.
Bazel Hawkins [his mark] [seal]
November Term 1836 Jonathan Hawkins qualified in due form of law. Jasper Etheridge
State of North Carolina, Onslow County, Court of Pleas of Quarter Sessions, November Term 1836
Then was the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of Bazel Hawkins offered and admitted to Probate on the oath of Furnifold Pearce one of the subscribing witnesses here to and said paper writing ordered by said court to be recorded and filed as such last will & testament and Jonathan Hawkins the alternate Executor therein named appeared in open court and was duly qualified according to law and it was further ordered that letters testamentary be granted said Executor.Jasper Etheridge
As with the previous will, I transcribed this one simply because I had the opportunity to get a copy.
In the name of God, Amen, I Willis A. Hawkins of said county and State, being of advanced age and knowing that I must shortly depart this life, deem it right and proper that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind provider has blessed me. I therefore make this my last will and testament, hereby eschewing all others here before made by such.
Item: I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life. My soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for eternal salvation. through the merits and atonement of the blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Chtist, whose religion I have professed and as I ------------& enjoyed for 64 years.
2nd Item: I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executor hereafter appointed.
3rd Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandson Sion W. Hawkins the sum of $500 to be paid by my executor hereafter appointed out of any property or effects that------.
----------to belongings and the rest of my property I give and bequeath unto
my two live sons Sion B. and Willis A. and the heirs of Wm H. my deceased son.
This will was transcribed and kindly offered to this site by Sara Young of Hermiston, Oregon, who
remarks that Willis Alston previously lived in the Georgia counties of Morgan and Walton, and that the date of 1876 on this will had to be the date it was recorded, because he was still alive in 1880, when he was listed on the census in Sumter Co, GA. WAH is a direct line ancestor of Sara's husband. His son, Willis Alston Hawkins II, was a Georgia State Supreme Court Judge well known in Americus, GA. Judge Hawkins's son, Willis Alston Hawkins III, was Sara's husband's grandfather. She is still seeking more information on him, and willing to share her records; would love to find some other researchers on this line. She and two others are stuck on the father of W. A. Hawkins I: John Thomas Hawkins of Buncombe Co, NC, who they believe was related to Alexander Hawkins. Sara also provided the wills of Alexander Sr & Jr on this page.
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Know all men by these presents that I Asa Hawkins of the county of Scott and state of Missouri believing myself to be sound in mind at this time have saw proper to make this my last Will and testament and by these presents do hereby revoke and disanull and forever make void all other wills or legacies which I may in anywise heretofore have made.
In the first place, I will that my body should be decently buried in the grave yard near my present dwelling and that all funeral expenses be first paid, and
secondly for the distribution of my real estate I give and bequeath unto my wife Rhoda Hawkins the two tracts of land whereon I now reside and have part of both in cultivation being the North West quarter of the North West fractional quarter of Section 35 in township twenty nine north of range fourteen east, and the North East quarter of Section thirty four in same township and range to have and to hold by her my said wife with all and singular their appurtenances and improvements thereunto belonging or in any ways appertaining during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided amongst my four small children William Hawkins, Thomas Hawkins, Henry C. Hawkins and Alderena Hawkins heirs and children of my said wife Rhoday Hawkins and my daughter Harriet by my former wife, these five to be joint heirs to said landed estate at the death of my said wife, and furthermore I give and bequeath unto my two eldest sons Squire Hawkins and Asa Hawkins jointly all that forty acres of land known as the Moore place being the South West quarter of the South East quarter of Section twenty seven in the aforesaid township and range to have and to hold by them my said two eldest sons upon the following express conditions that at my death they shall be fully seized and possessed of said land to hold and enjoy the same but shall in no wise have power to sell or dispose of the same for the term of twenty years from my death, and should either or both die before the expiration of said twenty years leaving no natural heirs then in that event their interest shall descend equally to my first five children named and provided for first in this my last will and testament.
Now in regard to my personal property it is my will that my wife Rhoda Hawkins shall have all my horses, one yoke of oxen with the waggon plows and all farming utensils necessary for carrying on the farm, likewise all the grain meats and provisions required for the support of the family and farm, and also all the household and kitchen furniture except one bed bedstead and furniture which is known as belonging to my daughter Harriet Hawkins, which she is still to hold and enjoy as her own property
and furthermore knowing that I have a large surplus of hogs and cattle, more than will be of any use to my wife and family I design that all and everything which I have not specifically named in this instrument shall be sold as property usually is sold under administration and proceeds to go towards paying my just debts as fair as may be wanting and the balance equally divided amongst my legal heirs, my wife being considered as an equal heir
furthermore it is expressly understood that my wife shall have as many cows as is necessary for the support of the family and the remainder sold and also I do hereby provide that my executor shall sell and convey a certain land warrant granted to William Ellis my wife's father for military service, he shall have power to sell and dispose of said land warrant and apply the proceeds as provided for in the sale of my personal property and further as regards my daughter Harriet there is some other household furniture which is to be her own, which articles is known to be hers by her stepmother and for the purpose of carrying into effect this my last will and testament I hereby appoint my friend George Pettit as my legal executor to have full power to administer and carry into effect this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I herewith set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of February AD 1853.Asa Hawkins [his mark] [seal]
attest: Richard FenleyJohn Morris [his mark]
State of Missouri, County of Scott, County Court of Scott County March 19th 1853.
Be it remembered that Richard Fenley and John Morris the subscribed being witnesses to the written will, personally appeared before me Felix G. Allen clerk of said court, and being by me duly sworn deposes and says that they saw the written named testator Asa Hawkins.
Asa is the earliest of my Hawkinses in Missouri, and we have yet to identify his parents.
Know all men by these presents that I, Thomas Hawkins of the County of Scott, State of Missouri, being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this, my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following.
I give and bequest unto my beloved wife Clara Hawkins all of my Real Estate,
except 40 acres: SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Sec 4 in Township 28 Range 14 East which shall be divided equal between my two sons viz: Thomas E. Hawkins and William F. Hawkins at my death.
The balance of my real estate shall belong to my wife Clara Hawkins as long as she may live, never to be transfered, sold, mortgaged or
disposed of in any way whatever, by her or any one acting for her, and
at her death the above real estsate shall be equally divided between my nine children viz: Mrs. Emma New, Mrs. Fannie Edmons, Mrs. Delia Smith, Mrs. Bertie Taylor, Vergie M. Hawkins, Thomas E. Hawkins, Wm F. Hawkins, Ertie May Hawkins & Joe A. Hawkins.
I also give to my beloved daughter Ertie May Hawkins 1 cow & calf, 1 bed & bedstead and five dollars in money, or the value of the above in cash at my death, the above amount is given over and above the amount given my other daughters viz: Emma, Fannie, Delia & Bertie.
I give to my daughter Ertie the organ which is now in my home.
All of my farm machinery, wagons &c and all work and other stock such as cattle, hogs &c to remain unsold on the farm unless for immediate use of my family, except 2 young mares described as follows: 1 black three years old which I give to my son Thomas E. Hawkins and one 2 years old black which I give to Wm Hawkins. The one given to Thomas is named Daisy, and the one given to Wm is named Dollie; with the understanding that my son Joe is to have a colt from each of the above named mares, should they breed.
It is my will that none of the above named real estate shall be sold or disposed of to any one except to some of my children, and not as long as my wife shall live. Should any of the above named children sell to only to brothers or sisters as long as my wife shall live this will shall be void.
The 40 acres given to my son Tom and Will is not bound by the above disposition of the real estate.
I hereby empower my executors to spend a suitable amount for the purpose of erecting a monument at my grave. The said monument shall bear the inscription and emblems of the Masonic order.
And last I hereby constitute and appoint Thomas E. Hawkins administrator and A.L. Mills and Hugh T. Blacklege as assistant executors of this my last will and Testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me made, and satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 31st day of August A.D. 1907. Thomas Hawkins
Witnesses: G.W. Brundrett, A.L. Mills
Proved in Scott Co 6 Mar 1915.
Tom was my mother's maternal grandfather. My pages include sources and family group record for Thomas E. Hawkins and wife Clara Robinson Hawkins's family.