Joshua Melvin Hawkins

1822–1878 (Age 56)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of Joshua Melvin

When Joshua Melvin Hawkins was born on 8 September 1822, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Henry Hawkins, was 27 and his mother, Sarah 'Sally' Gilbert, was 27. He married Nancy Coffey on 20 November 1855, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in North Carolina, United States in 1870. He died on 30 November 1878, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joshua Melvin Hawkins
Nancy Coffey
Marriage: 20 November 1855
Calvin Henry Hawkins
Delia Hawkins
George W Hawkins
Larkin Luther Hawkins
John Kelly Hawkins

Spouse and Children

20 November 1855
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States


    Calvin Henry Hawkins


    Delia Hawkins


    George W Hawkins




Parents and Siblings

    Henry Hawkins


    Sarah 'Sally' Gilbert





    John Leroy Hawkins


    Gabriel Hawkins


    Martha Patsy Hawkins


    Jesse D. Hawkins


World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · Trail of Tears

Age 8

In the 1830's, President Jackson called for all the Native Americans to be forced off their own land. As the Cherokee were forced out of North Carolina many of them hid in the mountains of North Carolina.

Age 24

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Hawkin, a diminutive of Hawk 1 with the Anglo-Norman French hypocoristic suffix -in.2 English: in the case of one family (see note below), this is a variant of Hawkinge, a habitational name from a place in Kent, so called from Old English Hafocing ‘hawk place’.3 Irish: sometimes used as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó hEacháin ( see Haughn ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • J M Hawkins, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Joshua Hawkins in household of Sarah Hawkins, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Joshua M Hawkins, "United States Census, 1870"

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