Philemon Hawkins

about 1720–after 6 May 1779 (Age 59)
Virginia, British Colonial America

The Life of Philemon

When Philemon Hawkins was born about 1720, in Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, John Hawkins, was 40 and his mother, Mary Long, was 37. He married Sarah Susannah Smith about 1739, in Virginia, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died after 6 May 1779, in Spotsylvania, Virginia, British Colonial America, at the age of 59, and was buried in Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States.

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Philemon Hawkins
Sarah Susannah Smith
Marriage: about 1739
Frances "Frankey" Hawkins
John Davis Hawkins
Capt. Philemon Hawkins
Lucy Hawkins

Spouse and Children

about 1739
Virginia, British Colonial America


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World Events (3)

1758 · Mount Vernon

Age 38

Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of George Washington. It started off as 2,000 acres and was later expanded to 8,000 acres. The house itself started off as a six room building then got extended to twenty-one rooms.

Age 55

"Patrick Henry made his ""Give me Liberty or Give me Death"" speech in Richmond Virginia."

Age 56

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

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)

  • Spotsylvania county, 1721-1800..., edited by William Armstrong Crozier, (1905), p. 361: Sarah Hawkins and her son Philemon sold 300 acres
  • Hawkins of Virginia, the Carolinas and Kentucky : court records, queries, brief lineages, genealogical notes, by Dorothy F. Wulfeck, (1962), p. 4-5: Land transactions between Hawkins siblings
  • Spotsylvania county, 1721-1800..., edited by William Armstrong Crozier, (1905), p. 174: Mary Hawkins Cragg sold her portion of inherited land to brother Joseph Hawkins

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