John Darkins SMITH
Note: John was a school teacher
!Source;Birth Date from Ancestor File
Facts about this person:
Record Change January 31, 2001
Facts about this person:
Record Change January 25, 2001
NOTE: Christopher was a clock maker and member of the Guild of Steelsmiths and
Anna Catherina BECKER
NOTE: Johannes was admitted about 1638 to the Guild of Hammersmith s and
Smelterers as a Reidtmeister (middleman), dealer in iron products and
see below for notes on Pickney Hawkins and also Hartwell Woodruff
Bio of Thomas Hawkins - Conecuh/Lowndes/Butler Co.'s, AL
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Thomas Hawkins was born January 10, 1751 on the waters of the Nottaway River in Virginia. He
served in the Revolutionary War while living in Union District, South Carolina. He served for
several years in Cpt Brandon's Reg't and fought at King's Mountain, Battles at Fish Dam Ford;
Broad River; Blackstock Hill; Eutaw; Ninety-Six; and Cowpens. He seems to have been well
involved in the war; was in the Cavalry and served as a Lieutenant, but never actually
officially was made that rank. In 1784, he received a warrant for 287 1/2 acres of land in
Washington County, GA. During the War of 1812, they were in the Twiggs Co, GA area, and had
arrived in Conecuh Co, AL by 1820. A letter from a grandchild says that he lived to be 104
years old, and was of Scotch-Irish descent. Thomas died October 5, 1849 in Lowndes County,
Alabama. His grave has not been located.
Much of the information about Thomas comes from his Revolutionary Pension application, which
was filed when living in Conecuh County in 1831. Susannah Burgamy (married William Burgamy),
of Washington Co., GA , believed to be his sister, signed an affidavit. His son, John, stated
in this application that his mother and father had married about 1790 and that she died about
1803. The children living at the time of his death were: Fanny Hawkins Beckham; John Hawkins;
Calvin Hawkins; Stephen Hawkins; Wiley Hawkins; and William Hawkins. If there were other
children, their names are not known. Sometime between filing the application and his death,
Thomas remarried to a woman named Sarah. His will was filed in Lowndes County on April 4, 1849
with Wiley Hawkins serving as administator, and left all of his estate to her. It is not known
if these two women are the only wives of Thomas Hawkins. He apparently didn't marry the mother
of the children until he was about age forty. He could have had an earlier wife and children,
and/or a wife between the two known wives.
The children as living in 1834 and named in Thomas' pension application all lived in southern
Alabama, with the possible exception of Fanny Beckham. A brief summary of each follows.
Fanny Hawkins, born about 1790. She married Daniel Beckham January 10, 1808 in Baldwin Co, GA.
John Hawkins was born about 1798 in GA, and died 5 JAN 1853/54, age 56 years and is buried at
The Brady Cemetery, Monroe Co., near Drewry, AL. Although John does not list a wife in 1850,
apparently he remarried between then and the time of his death, as he left a widow, Elizabeth,
who was remarried by the time his estate was settled in 1856 and was Elizabeth Dees. John left
14 negro slaves as part of his estate. His estate settlement list the following heirs: Elizabeth
Dees, "formerly widow of John Hawkins"; then married to Joel Deese agreed to receive a child's
part of the estate; Permelia Ellen Pugh (married Robert J. Pugh), Nancy Brantley (married
Orrin Brantley), Melinda Self (married Thomas Self), Emily Pierce (wife of Henry Pearce),
William Hawkins (married Caroline McClammy), John Hawkins (married Mary Brooks), Thomas Hawkins
(married Georgia A. Byrd), Bartlet Hawkins, Pickney H. Hawkins, Floyd N. Hawkins. Five children
Calvin Hawkins, born about 1800; found in the 1818 Twiggs County, GA Tax List; Henry Co, AL in
1830 (with four males, five females and four slaves listed). Calvin married Nancy Powell in
1837 in Henry County. He's in 1850 Henry Co with wife Anna, who he married within the year and
child Dicy, age six.
Stephen Hawkins, born about 1793 in Georgia; died March 18, 1875 in Manningham, Butler Co.,
Alabama. He married (1) Mary Etheridge Abt. 1810 probably in Georgia; (2) Mrs. Bullock Abt.
1865; (3) Mary H. Manning September 26, 1868 in Lowndes County, Alabama.
According to War of 1812 Pension Application filed by Mary H. Hawkins, his third wife, Stephen
enlisted in Twiggs Co, GA on May 1, 1812, and was at Ft. George during the war. (Thomas, Wiley
and William Hawkins also served.) Stephen lived in Lowndes Co at least from 1830 to 1870.
Stephen Hawkins' will was probated in 1876 in Lowndes County and named the following children:
John Hawkins (married Tericy Whittle), Thomas Hawkins' estate (married Martha Adams), Stephen
M. Hawkins (married Sarah Whittle), William Hawkins (married Elizabeth Adams), Henry Hawkins
(married 1st Nancy Fortner; 2nd Martha D. Shanks; 3rd Anna Eliza Shanks), Sarah (married James
M. Acreman), Eliza (married 1st John Adams; 2nd Warren M. Williams), Martha Jane (married
James Henry Holladay), Mary Ann (married John Z. Adams), and Fanny (married Nathan F.Holladay).
Wiley Hawkins, born about 1800 in GA; died 1860 in Butler Co., AL. Wiley and William are said
to have been twins. Wiley's first wife was named Sarah, and his second wife was Phoeba Ann
Stewart. His estate settlement lists his ownership of the Warsaw Steam Mill, four miles west
of Mt. Willing, in Lowndes County. He also owned 1,400 acres of land in Butler County, as well
as 750 acres in Lowndes County where the Warsaw Steam Mill was situated. Children of his first
marriage included: Allen Hawkins, Nancy C. Hawkins (married A. J. Wilson), Frances Hawkins
(married Hartwell Woodruff); Thomas W. Hawkins; Jefferson Hawkins; William Hawkins; Elizabeth
Hawkins; Mary Ann Hawkins; and Louisa Eliza Hawkins. Children of his second marriage were:
Watkins Hawkins and Emma Hawkins.
William Hawkins, born January 01, 1800 in GA and died 1860 in Butler County. His first wife is
unknown, and his second wife was Anna Shanks, daughter of Robert Shanks. Children of his first
marriage included: William H. Hawkins; Mary Ann Hawkins (married Lafayette Alfred Adkins);
Vincent Thomas Hawkins, and Rebecca Hawkins (married Asa B. Sartin). Children of his second
marriage were: Melinda Hawkins (married Jesse Hobby); James Hawkins; Hamilton Hawkins; Robert
Hawkins; Emilin Hawkins; Joseph Lafayette Hawkins; Mathew Hawkins; Winfred Hawkins; Francis
Hawkins, and George Hawkins.
History of Woodruff: Early Days
The area that would one day become Woodruff was home to many of the early European settlers that came to the upstate of South Carolina. The years before and after the American Revolution saw a great influx of settlers to the area. The early settlers were drawn to the area by the plentiful land that could be used for farming. A few miles to the north east can be found the historical Walnut Grove plantation. This model farm house with separate kitchen is typical of the early farms found throughout the county during the early years.
The basis for the town of Woodruff can be traced to Thomas and Mary Woodruff, who moved into Spartanburg county from Yadkin Valley, NC soon after the end of the American Revolution. The first community began around the Church of Christ which formed in 1787 on what was then called Jamey’s Creek, now known as Jimmie Creek.
The area grew around the familiar theme of religion and location. The crossroads of Old Georgia road and Buncombe road were a logical place for a community to start, as stores sprang up to supply the needs of the local farmers. A true sign of being more than a wide spot in the road was the establishment of a post office in what would become Woodruff in 1824. The community had steady growth, and was incorporated into the town of Woodruff in 1868. The town was named for Thomas Woodruff by some of his descendants who had a large part in the creation of the town.
The next big boost to Woodruff was the coming of the railroad in 1885. Woodruff Cotton Mills ushered textiles into the Woodruff area around 1900. Like much of the upstate, textiles would play an important part in the for next half century. Some the town was plumbed for water and sewer service in 1915. In 1929, the same year that heralded in the Great Depression, the Workman Memorial Hospital was founded, dramatically improving health care in the Woodruff area. In the years since the Second World War, Woodruff has remained true to its agricultural roots while staying in step with technology as it heads into the 21st century.