"Hawkins, family moved to lower Caney in 1840s"

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Written by Herbert Fargo Clark II 
Great Great Grandson of John D. Hawkins, Jr. 
   The youngest son, of twelve children of Col. John Davis Hawkins of “Spring Grove” estate in Franklin County, N.C. and Jane Anderson Boyd of Boydton, Virginia. At the age of twenty three years James Boyd Hawkins married Ariella Alston of Halifax County, N. C. on 02 Feb. 1836 in Butterwood, N. C. 
   While still in North Carolina, James and wife Ariella “Ella” reared six children: Sally, Willis (married Leah T. Irwin, 03 Nov 1857 in Warren County, NC, and later served in the Caney Mounted Rifles of Matagorda County, and died in the War of Northern Aggression in 1863, buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC), Virginia, James Jr., John D., and Ella (died young). 
   The family moved to the banks of Caney Creek, near the coast, in Matagorda County, Texas in 1846. James bought a number of slaves with him from N. C. to work his new Sugar Plantation of 3,074 acres (originally part of Colonial Headright League of Land) purchased at prices from three to five dollars per acre. 

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