Joshua Melvin Hawkins

Brief Life History of Joshua Melvin

When Joshua Melvin Hawkins was born on 8 September 1822, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Henry Hawkins, was 28 and his mother, Sarah 'Sally' Gilbert, was 28. He married Nancy Coffey on 20 November 1855, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. 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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Joshua Melvin Hawkins
Nancy Coffey
Marriage: 20 November 1855
Calvin Henry Hawkins
Delia C Hawkins
Margaret Hawkins
George W Hawkins
Jesse L Hawkins
Larkin Luther Hawkins
John Kelly Hawkins
Sarah Elizabeth Hawkins

Sources (23)

  • J M Hawkins, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Melvin Hawkins, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Melvin Hawkins in entry for John Kelley Hawkins, "North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000"

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

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

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.


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

Name Meaning

English: variant of Hawkin , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

English: habitational name, with excrescent -s, from Hawkinge (Kent). The placename derives from the Old English personal name Heafoc or Old English heafoc ‘hawk’ + the placename forming suffix -ing. This name has been assimilated to the patronymic surname in Devon from Sir John Hawkyns (1532–95), victor against the Spanish Armada (1588), who was a member of the Devon family of Hawkins, a branch of a Kentish family from the village of Hawkinge. They held land in Plymouth as long ago as 1480.

Irish: variant of Haughn .

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

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