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 [...]

The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

Thomas Beals was born in 1719 in Chester County, Pennsylvania to John and Sarah (Bowater) Beals, two prominent Quakers whose ancestors, according to family legend, arrived in America with the William Penn. He married Sarah Antrim on September 12, 1741 in Monacacy, Maryland, and the couple had five sons and eight daughters: Mary (b. 1742); [...]

Hawkins Imprisoned for Refusal to Bear Arms

Hawkins Imprisoned for Refusal to Bear Arms

Last year, I went on a road trip to discover more about my Quaker roots; what I found was much more than I could have imagined. An initial search for my 4th great-grandmother, Sally Bond, led me to the Hawkins clan of Wayne County, Indiana, a prominent Quaker family with connections to the Welcome and [...]

The Bearded Bonds

The Bearded Bonds

This week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is "Bearded," and I immediately thought of the Bond family from Wayne County, Indiana. I've shared the family's story on the blog before: Sally (Hawkins) Bond, Betsy (Hawkins) Harold and Rebekah (Roberts) Hawkins were the matriarchs of the Bond and Hawkins families, each of them trekking thousands [...]