G. W. Trotter, Revolutionary War Journal, Martin Hawkins
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MARTIN HAWKINS (1747-1820)

Wagon and Forage Master 1775-1776

Virginia State Troops


Martin Hawkins, son of John and Mary Langford Hawkins of Hanover County, Virginia, was born there in 1747. Martin is listed in the "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution" as being a wagon and forage master for Virginia state troops in 1775-1776. Details of his association with the Virginia Committee of Safety are listed in the book, Revolutionary Virginia, The Road to Independence.

Martin was the second of eight children born to John and Mary Hawkins.

Martin was first married to Mary Thompson in 1791 in Virginia. They had seven children, John T., Mary, Thomas L., Dr. Parry, Sarah, Samuel, and Eliza Hawkins.

They moved from Virginia and settled in Kentucky at the mouth of the Kentucky River in a town called Port William, now Carrollton, in Garrard County.

Martin was known as "the sturgeon rider." The story goes that Martin was fishing in the James River, and having caught a large sturgeon and having him near shore, Martin jumped into the water and thrust his hands into his gills to land him, but the fish closed his gills on Martin's hands and made for the deep water, where for some time there was a lively struggle. Finally Martin landed the fish on the opposite shore.

General John Parker Hawkins, in his book "Hawkins Family and Connections", relates the story and says, "I have heard this story all my life as the wonderful performance of a relative."

About 1797 Martin married Margaret D. McNair, a native of Scotland who had been born in 1768 in Philadelphia. She was the daughter of Robert McNair and Christiana Young McNair of Philadelphia.

Martin and Margaret had four children, one son and three daughters. They were Robert McNair Hawkins, born May 1,1798; Christiana McNair Hawkins, born November 17,1800; Margaret McNair Hawkins, born November 6,1803,and Lucy Jane Hawkins, born October 9, 1808. Christiana is an ancient grandmother of the compiler of this journal.

The first deed recorded in Gallatin County, which had been established in 1798, was that of Martin Hawkins and wife to John Foster for lot #39 in Port William for $16.66.

Martin Hawkins died of pneumonia at the age of 73 on July 10,1820, while on a visit to a friend in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He was the ancient grandfather of the compiler of this journal.

Introductory Notes Thomas Wright Richard Shipp Shipp Nephews Martin Hawkins
John Hawkins John Hazard Martin Hazard John Hogshead William Hogshead
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