Benjamin Hawkins


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Benjamin Hawkins 1

  • Born: 15 Aug 1754, Bute Co. (now Vance Co.), NC
  • Marriage (1): Lavinia Downs on 9 Jan 1812 in Ft. Hawkins, Jones, GA
  • Died: 6 Jun 1816, Creek Agency near Roberta, Crawford, GA at age 61
  • Buried: Creek Agency, GA

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Indian Agent for all Tribes south of the Ohio River. Senator from North Carolina. Well published, well-traveled, and many encyclopedia articles. Married when he thought he was on his deathbed, in order to make his children "legitimate." Then he survived for a couple of more years, and had another daughter.

The wife of a William McIntosh was Eliza Grierson (b c 1799, of Carroll Co., GA) who was said to have been raised by the family of Benjamin Hawkins. Several references exist in family histories of the "half-breed children of Benjamin Hawkins," with names other than those recorded in his will.

From: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1999:
a Delegate and a Senator from North Carolina; born in what was then [once] Granville, later Bute, and now Warren County, N.C., August 15, 1754; attended the county schools; student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) when the Revolutionary War began; acquired a knowledge of French, and, at the request of General George Washington, left school and was appointed to the General's staff as his interpreter; member, State house of commons 1778-1779, 1784; chosen by the North Carolina legislature in 1780 to procure arms and munitions of war to defend the State; Member of the Continental Congress 1781-1783 and 1787; appointed by Congress to negotiate treaties with the Creek and Cherokee Indians in 1785; delegate to the State constitutional convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in November 1789; elected to the United States Senate and served from November 27, 1789, to March 3, 1795; appointed Indian agent for all the tribes south of the Ohio River by President Washington in 1796 and held the office until his death in Crawford County, Ga., on June 6, 1818; interment on a plantation near Roberta, Crawford County, overlooking the Flint River.

Benjamin Hawkins' will dated Jan. 9, 1812, and probated Sept. 2, 1816 names his wife Lavinia Downs and a son Madison, daughters Georgia, Muskogee, Cherokee, Carolina, Virginia and a nephew William Hawkins of N. C. as beneficiaries. The will was witnessed by: Christian Lumbough, Thomas M. Ellis, and John Jameson.

Will of Benjamin Hawkins

"By this my last will and testament, I give all my lands and Negroes and property of every description to my wife, Lavinia Hawkins and our daughters, Georgia, Muscogee, Cherokee, Carolina and Virginia, and our son Madison, and William Hawkins, my nephew of North Carolina to be divided in eight equal parts to their heirs forever. If my wife finds or chooses to stay here, she can do so with the property, or if she should move into Georgia or any State to settle, she has full power to do so, to purchase a settlement for her convenience and accommodation for her children as her judgment may direct. I appoint my wife Lavinia Hawkins executrix and my nephew William Hawkins Executor of this my last will and testament given under my hand at the Creek Agency Spring this ninth day of January, one thousand eight hundred and twelve.
Christian Limbough
Thomas M. Ellis
John Jameson
Signed: Benjamin Hawkins

Georgia, Jones County, Personally appeared in open court John Jameson one of the witnesses to the within will, who being duly sworn saith that he saw the testator, Benjamin Hawkins sign the same and saw the other witnesses, Christian Lumbough, Thomas M. Ellis signed in the presence of each other and the testator was in sound mind and memory. Sworn in open court September 2, 1816.
Test. A. ClarkJohn Jameson

This will is recorded in Will Book B, page 1 in the Courthouse in Gray, Jones County, Georgia.


1. Has No Children Georgiana Hawkins b: 4 MAY 1799 in GA
2. Has Children Muscogee Hawkins b: 30 JAN 1802 in GA
3. Has Children Cherokee Hawkins b: 16 MAR 1805 in GA
4. Has No Children Mary Caroline Hawkins b: 10 JUN 1807 in GA
5. Has Children James Madison Hawkins b: 1809 in GA
6. Has Children Virginia Hawkins b: 6 MAR 1811 in GA
7. Has Children Jeffersonia E. Hawkins b: 12 JUL 1813 in GA


Benjamin married Lavinia Downs on 9 Jan 1812 in Ft. Hawkins, Jones, GA. (Lavinia Downs was born on 10 May 1781 in Maryland, USA and died on 22 Mar 1828 in Crawford Co., GA.)



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