Ship's Captain, commanded the "Griffin" in the fight against the Spanish Armada
Governor of Plymouth; Mayor (1567-8,1578-9, and 1587-80)
Hawkins, William (c.1519–1589), merchant and sea captain, was the elder of two sons of William Hawkins (b. before 1490, d. 1554/5), merchant and MP, and his wife, Joan, only child of Roger Trelawny, of Brightor, Cornwall, the older brother of John Hawkins.
His first wife, whose identity is unknown, Hawkins had a son, William Hawkins, and three daughters.
His second wife was Mary Halse, (daughter of John Halse by his second wife, Joan, daughter of William Tothill), he had four sons - Richard, Francis, Nicholas, and William, and three daughters-Frances, Mary, and Elizabeth.
His widow survived him and became the first wife of Sir Warwick Hele, of Wembury, Devon.
William Hawkins's three youngest sons were baptised at St. Andrew's Church, Plymouth, in 1582, 1584, and 1587. A daughter (Grace) was buried in 1582, and another daughter (Clare) was married there, in 1587, to Robert Michell.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with William by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: