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 [...]

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 [...]