18. Zadock3 HAWKINS (Zadock2 HAWKINS, Zadock1 HAWKINS) was
born on 26 Sep 1782 in Connecticut, USA. The evidence and explication for placing
Zadock as the son of Zadock Hawkins and the grandson of another Zadock Hawkins
appears in an article on page 106 of the April 2001 issue of The American Genealogist.
His birth year is based on his age at death on his grave marker. He may actually
have been born as much as two years earlier because he was reported to be 70
years old on the 1850 U.S. Census. However, 1782 has become the accepted birth
year for him and will be used if for no other reason than to avoid confusion
with other Zadock Hawkinses.
Although the family tradition was that he was born in England, we must conclude
that he was born in Connecticut. This conclusion is also explained in the article
in The American Genealogist in 2001.
He died on 26 Feb 1859 in Union Twp., Marshall Co., Indiana, most likely.
Many of the initial records on him were provided by Dr. Hawkins in his book on
the Hawkins Family, written about 1933. When reporting the possible descent of
Zadock Hawkins from Sir John Hawkins, Dr. Hawkins' use of, "so it is claimed,"
and, "Be that as it may," in the following record from his book clearly
indicates he was reporting a tradition and was not claiming it to be a fact.
He was correct to report the tradition, for these traditions are frequently the
clues that lead to new genealogical discoveries. However, in this case there
is overwhelming evidence that Sir John Hawkins was not an ancestor of Zadock
(1782) Hawkins, at least not through a direct line of men with surname Hawkins.
Dr. Hawkins reported as follows:
On September 26, 1782, there was born, somewhere in
England, a boy baby, a direct descendant, so it is claimed, of Sir John Hawkins,
a buccaneer, who with his followers, defeated a bunch of pirates in the Spanish
mentioned in the will of his mother-in-law, Martha Cooper.
Be this as it may [Dr. Hawkins' use of "so it is claimed,"
and, "Be this as it may," clearly indicate he was passing on tradition
and not established fact.] this little boy grew to manhood and emigrated
perhaps for adventures sake, perhaps on account of religious persecutions, to
America, the land of the free, where all peoples were permitted to worship God
according to the dictates of their own conscience.
He first located in Connecticut and later in Cincinnati, Ohio. One night in Cincinnati,
he put up at a little house or tavern in a part of the city known as "Over
the Rhine," or what was really just across the canal from the rest of the
city. He was conducted to a bed in the loft, just one story up, and during the
night was awakened by low voices in the room below. Being an inquisitive nature,
he cautiously slipped out of bed, placed his ear near a small opening in the
floor and overheard two men plotting to kill him, take what money he had and
throw him into the canal.
More cautious now then ever, he put on his clothing, carefully raised the window
and let himself to the ground, making a safe get-away. Had he not done this there
would be no reunion of the Hawkins family today, as that little boy, now grown
to manhood, was our own Grandfather Zadock Hawkins, and it is but fitting that
his youngest grandson and namesake should prepare this little memorial.
Grandfather Hawkins married Jane (maiden name unknown) probably in Cincinnati
and to them five sons, Elisha, Ezra Eleazer, William, Zadock, and Elijah and
four daughters, Cena, Malinda, Denica, Mary Jane Hawkins were born.
Leaving Cincinnati, they moved across the Ohio River to Covington, Kentucky,
the birthplace of William and Denica. Later they moved to a place near Lake Maxinkuckee,
Indiana, where they spent the remainder of their lives.
Grandfather Hawkins died February 26, 1859 at the age of 76 years and 5 months
and Grandmother Jane Hawkins died September 26, 1855 at the age of 68 years,
1 month and 29 days, both being buried in the Lawson Graveyard about 1 mile east
of the south end of Lake Maxinkuckee. But little is known of the life of the
son, Zadock Hawkins, Jr., but in the Lawson Graveyard, not far from the resting
place of Grandfather Hawkins there is a tombstone whereon is inscribed these
words---"Sarah, wife of Z. Hawkins, died April 6, 1857---Aged 42 years"
and it is presumed she was his wife.
He was married to Jane COOPER (daughter of William COOPER
and Martha) on 19 Jun 1805 in Pendleton Co., Kentucky, USA.
The family of Zadock HAWKINS appeared on the 1810 U.S. Census in Pendleton Co.,
Kentucky where they had two daughters under 10 years of age and an extra male
age 16-26 and an extra female over 45 years of age. The extra female was probably
Zadock's mother or a grandmother. The extra male was probably a younger brother.
Zadock's family appeared on the 1830 and 1840 censuses in Bartholomew Co., Indiana.
In 1840 they lived in German Twp. Quite possibly his son Zadock and wife Sarah
were living with him in that census because his son had married by that time
and does not appear separately in the census. However, a man, woman and young
children that are the right ages appear in the household in addition to Zadock
Sr. and Jane. Zadock and wife Jane also appeared on the 1850 U.S. Census in Richland
Twp., Fulton Co., Indiana. Jane COOPER was born on
28 Jul 1787 in Virginia. She died on 26 Sep 1855 in Union Twp., Marshall Co.,
Indiana, most likely. Zadock HAWKINS and Jane COOPER had the following children:
Denica "Denicy"4 HAWKINS.
Lucenia "Cena"4 HAWKINS.
Ezra Eleazer4 HAWKINS.
William W.4 HAWKINS.
Mary Jane4 HAWKINS.
Elijah F.4 HAWKINS.