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John Hawkins (abt. 1634 - bef. 1675)

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John Hawkins
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Anne Arundel County, Province of Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Oct 2010 | Last significant change: 23 Jan 2019
03:02: P Kreutzer edited the Biography for John Hawkins (abt.1634-bef.1675). [Thank P for this]
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It is very difficult to determine the background and the arrival date of John Hawkins to the Maryland Colony because the name is such a common one. An index of early settlers lists seven men named John Hawkins as early immigrants between 1651 and 1679. He is most likely the John Hawkins listed as a mariner of New England who was in Maryland by 1651 since his will mentions a trip to New England. [1]. At the time of his death there were at least three other men with the same name living in the colony, one in Kent County, one in St. Mary's and the other in Cecil County.[2] Previous entries for his biography assigning him definite parents in England have been removed for this reason.

John Hawkins was definitely living in Anne Arundel County by 1663 when he signed the following legal document:

" Know all men by these presents that I John Hawkins of the County of Ann Arundell in the Province of Maryland for and in consideration of valuable sattisfaction allready received do assign & make over from me, my heirs or assigns to Wm. Cole of the same place his heirs or assigns all my right, title and interest of a parcel of land allready possessed by him called by the name of Great Bonnerstone lying on the West side of Chesapeake Bay . . . for 150 acres . . . as witness my hand this eleventh day of the second month called April 1663. Jno. Hawkins."[3]

John Hawkins also claimed land in Anne Arundel in 1668 when he registered his patent for a 100 acre tract he named Bole Almonack. This land was located on the south side of the Patapsco River and sold by his eldest son, John Hawkins in 1684. The land was then located in Baltimore County due to boundary change. [4]

John Hawkins was likely a follower of the Society of Friends since the two men mentioned to oversee his will were members of the Society. One son and one daughter of John and Mary Hawkins can also be determined from Society records: Thos. Hawkins, son of Jno. & Mary, of AA Co. married 5th month 30th day 1704 Eliza Giles daughter of Rich'd & Marg't Arndell at Wm. Richardson; Chas. Gosidge, of Balto. Co. son of Jno. & Ann Gosidge of Kingdom of Eng. decd. married 12th month 15th day, 1690 Ann Hawkings, dau. Jno. & Mary Hawkins of AA Co.[5]

Three more boys of John & Mary Hawkins can be determined from land records and the wills of the brothers filed in Baltimore County. They were Augustine, Joseph & Matthew.[6]

John Hawkins & his wife Mary were the parents of:

Augustine b. 5 NOV 1663
John b. abt 1665
Joseph b. abt 1668
Thomas b. abt 1670
Ann b. abt 1672


John Hawkins wrote his will in 1670 when he was planning a trip to New England. He was deceased by the 17th of March 1675 when the will was presented to the Probate Court.

John Hawkins of the County of Anarundell in the Province of Maryland, being in perfect health and memory, lett the God of my life be praised for the same, and being intended a voyage for New England and not knowing how the Lord will be pleased to dispose of this vesell, I do therefore make this my last will and testament in manner and form following renouncing and by these presents making void, all and every will formerly by me made, Imprimis I bequeath my soul unto the Lord as unto a faithfull creator as well knowing that what is of the earth must to the earth return, but that heavenlly part the spiritt to God that gave it with all the faithfull in the light and truth of our God with confidence of full assurance of that heavenly eternall and forever Blessed Rest which is prepared for all his chosen called and faithfull through the earth and my body I surrender to the earth from whence it came. After all my just debts are satisfied I do freely give and bequeath unto my deare and well beloved wife Mary Hawkins all and singular my whole estate both personal and reall, moveables and immoveables yea all that may properly appeare to be myn by bills, writings or any other ways, either in this Province, or elsewhere. Constituting and ordaining my said wife my whole and sole executor to doe what with the same, as she shall judge convienent. I request my deare and well beloved friends, Thomas Hooker of Anarundell County and William Richardson of the same County to aide and assist my deare wife in proving this my will and to the true intent and meaning hereof I have sett my hand and seale the twenty-third day of Februrary anno domini 1670. John Hawkins

Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us— John Teage Jun., Thomas Hooker, Joshua Shaller.

And on the back of the said will was thus written viz. By vertue of ye hon. Com. for the probate of the within mentioned will, I have called before me Alice Garland, who from her oath saith that she heard the winthin mentioned Jno. Hawkins say that he would not alter his will but what will she the deponent knoweth not. Jurat Co —?— March 17th 1675 at the house of Willm Richarson in the County of Anarundell. Thomas Taylor[7]

An inventory of John Hawkins' estate was taken in Anne Arundel County on 8 JUN 1676. The inventory contains a large quantity of livestock in the form of cows and pigs. He also had some larger pieces of furniture in the form of 3 featherbeds, 4 leather chairs, 2 chests, 1 table and 2 small trunks. There are no books listed, but surprising items include a tablecloth and 4 napkins. The value of the estate is given as 11,185 pounds of tobacco and was taken by Walter Carr and Robert Franklin. [8]


  1. Maryland Patents ABH/316 from Skordas
  2. Name search of Archives of Maryland online
  3. Anne Arundel County Land Records WH 4/16
  4. Maryland Land Patents Liber 11/193 & Baltimore County Land Records Liber RM HS 103
  5. Wright, F. Edward. Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend, 2002. Print.
  6. Barnes, Robert W. Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1989. Print.
  7. Maryland Colonial Wills Liber 5/6
  8. Maryland Colonial Inventories & Accounts Liber 2/159


John is believed to have moved to Anne Arundel Co., MD in 1658. J.D. Warfield in 'Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties' says John Hawkins, through his attorney, Nicholas Wyatt, assigned unto Giles Blake one hundred acres, due him for transporting himself into the province. John Hawkins' will written 3rd Feb., 1670; Filed 17th Mar., 1676. Wife Mary, execx. and sole legatee of estate, real and personal. Jno. Teague, Thos. Hooker, Josh. Shaller. In 1675 he inherited from father-in-law - Seth Foster - 1,000 acres called 'Tulley's Delight' on the Chester River.

Some researchers have claimed Seth Foster of Great Choptank Island, TA Co. who died leaving a will dated 2 Dec 1674 and proved 12 Mar 1674/5. Was the father-in-law of John Hawkins. A careful reading of this will (which can be found here indicates that Seth Foster had a step-son named John Hawkins. His will mentions two daughters: one is a married woman named Elizabeth Lowe, the other is called his youngest daughter Sarah. The phrasing of his legacy of the plantation is worded:

I give and bequeath to my son-in-law John Hawkins the plantation lying in the Chester River currently called Tulley's Delight containing one thousand acres or there abouts all houses, edifices, buildings, orchards, gardens and all privileges and appurtenances whatsover to him and his heirs to be begotten of his body forever, and likewise to have household goods out of my presonal estate in the amount of ten pounds sterling and to have the stock, hogs and cattle at the aforesaid plantation in Chester except his mother's thirds. Source: Maryland Colonial Wills Liber 2 folio 348

The phrase "his mother's thirds" indicates that this John Hawkins was the stepson of Seth Foster. The will names his son-in-law Vincent Lowe to be overseer of the estate which indicates the John Hawkins mentioned was likely under the age of 21 in 1674 when the will was written. The John Hawkins mentioned in the will of Seth Foster written in December 1674 cannot have any connection to the John Hawkins who died in Anne Arundel County before March 1675.

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On 29 Dec 2018 at 19:19 GMT Seely (Kenny) Foley wrote:

Mary Foster should be removed as the spouse of John Hawkings. See research of Seth Foster's will under notes.

On 27 Dec 2018 at 15:54 GMT Janne (Shoults) Gorman wrote:

"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 December 2018), entry for Thomas Hawkins, cites sources; "Gurney Potter ADDED Nov 2018" file (2:2:2:MM6V-BYJ), submitted 28 November 2018 by DonnaPotterPhillips

On 26 Dec 2018 at 20:41 GMT Janne (Shoults) Gorman wrote:

On 13 Aug 2018 at 19:35 GMT Chuck Riley wrote:

I agree with everything you claim except that he was born in England. Can you point me to that source.

Thanks Chuck

On 10 Aug 2018 at 15:09 GMT Seely (Kenny) Foley wrote:

The primary sources are marked in the sources section with numbers. I live in MD and looked them all up myself at the Maryland Archives. Most are land deeds, wills and inventories. The secondary sources are books with authors.

On 9 Aug 2018 at 17:46 GMT Chuck Riley wrote:

What is the primary source for this John Hawkins?

On 9 Aug 2018 at 01:03 GMT Chuck Riley wrote:

You’re right, I have no primary evidence. My comment was simply a comment about my opinion that what we do know seems to fit this John better. Your opinion is just valid. I am, admittedly new to this web site, and possibly need to learn protocol. Thank you for commenting on my observation.

On 2 Aug 2018 at 13:57 GMT Seely (Kenny) Foley wrote:

Why do you think this John Hawkins when all sources presented are in AA County is John Joseph of PG Co. Do you have any primary sources? As stated at the beginning of the profile, there are many men with this name in early MD.

On 31 Jul 2018 at 19:08 GMT Chuck Riley wrote:

To me this appears to be John Joseph Hawkins b:1637 Prince George, Baltimore, Maryland - d:17 March 1676. His wife was Mary Warner 1640-1685.

On 13 May 2017 at 15:06 GMT Seely (Kenny) Foley wrote:

Hawkins-328 and Hawkins-228 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, but one has no dates

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