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 [...]

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 [...]

Photos Through the Generations

Photos Through the Generations

I've scanned dozens and dozens of boxes of family photos over the years--most of which belong to my grandfather, an only child and the last member of our Kuznicki line--but I've never paused to consider how many photos I have for each line of my family tree. Randy Seaver--the writer and genealogist behind Genea-Musings--asks us [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]