The Other Nathan Hawkins

The Other Nathan Hawkins

My 5th great-grandfather, Nathan Hawkins, fled his newly-purchased homestead for Wayne County, Indiana during the War of 1812 with his wife and children, and he built a one-room log cabin on his brother-in-law's land that still stands today. Nathan built the oldest wagon in Wayne County, was "noted for his strength, tradition saying he could [...]

Wanted: Info on the Whereabouts of the Hawkins Wagon

Wanted: Info on the Whereabouts of the Hawkins Wagon

My 5th great-grandfather, Nathan Hawkins (b. 1782), is largely known for the log cabin he built in Richmond, Indiana to protect his family during the War of 1812; after the war, the Hawkins family donated the cabin to their local meeting house, and it was converted into a one-room schoolhouse that still stands today. Nathan [...]

Three Madonnas of the Trail

Three Madonnas of the Trail

In the late 1920s, the Daughters of the American Revolution commissioned the design, casting and placement of twelve memorials commemorating "the pioneer mothers of the covered wagon days." The monuments were designed by Arlene B. Nichols Moss who, inspired by a statue of Sacajawea in Portland, created plans for a series of ten-foot-tall statues of [...]