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Generation No. 1
1. IRA1 REGAN was born 1606 in County Cork, Ireland.
Child of IRA REGAN is:
2. i. DANIEL2 REGAN, b. 1626, County Cork, Ireland; d. 1687, Surry County, Virginia.
Generation No. 2
2. DANIEL2 REGAN(IRA1) was born 1626 in County Cork, Ireland, and died 1687 in Surry County, Virginia. He married ELIZABETH WILSON.
Notes for DANIEL REGAN:
Daniell Regan, Sr., son of Ira Regan and ???, was born in Cork, Ireland circa 1626. Daniel l died in 1687 in Surry County, VA, at 61 years of age. Daniell married Elizabeth W. ??? Wilson? 1660. Elizabeth was born circa 1635. Elizabeth died after 1726/7 in Surry County, VA. Order Book, 1671 to 1691. , Surry County, VA, in custody of Surry Court House, Surry, VA. page 133. 17 Feb., 1676/7. Complaint being made to this Court that one Elizabeth Regan, the wife of Daniell Regan hath several times and in several places fomented many malignant and rebellious words tending to sedition, do hereby order that Samuell Judkins, Constable or his He adborough do forthwith carry the said Regan to the Common Whipping Place, and give her ten lashes on her bare back, well laid on. Book 3, Surry County, Va, in custody of Surry Court House, Surry, VA. Page 16. 6 Oct., 1687. Francis Regan and his mother, Elizabeth Regan appeared in Court and swore that the Inventory of The Daniell Regan Estate was correct. John Moring, John Watkins, Samuell Thompson. Daniell immigrated. Destination: America. Daniell's occupation: Farmer. Daniell's will was probated in Surry County, VA, 18 Jul., 1687. Notes on Reg an surname - The name is spelled in many forms: Regan, Riggin, Rigen, Rigin, Rigan, Reggon , Ragan, Reagan, O'Reagain, O'Reagaine, O'Regone, and O'Regan. Irish Names and Surnames by W oulfe. O'Reagain, O'Reagaine, O'Regone, O'Regan, Regan, descendants of Raegan - the name of two distinct families - one seated in ancient Meath, the other in Thomond (One of the four tribes of Tara.). Before the Anglo-Norman invasion they were Lords of South Breagh in Meath and north of present County of Dublin - took leading part in wars against the Danes. The O'Regans were disposed soon after Anglo-Norman invasion and dispersed through out Ireland . Families in Ireland - Irish Pedigrees by O'Hart. Page 16, Chief Regan of Queen's County , Ireland. Prince O'Regan of Meath County, Ireland. O'Regan of Cook County, Ireland. Page 21 , most important families in Ireland beginning 17th century - O'Regan, Queens County. Arm s - O'Regan, Or a chevron ermine between 3 dolphines azure. Reference: Linda Crader - Daniell Regan was from Ireland of Counties Meath & Dublin and was from one of four tribes of Tara . Notes on Daniell Regan - He lived in Surry County, VA - known dates: 1666 to 1687. He probably could not write - Will was not signed, only a scribble was recorded. 14 May 1666. Patent Book #5, page 522,641?, Surry County, VA, in custody of Surry Court House, Surry, VA. The Patent reads as follows: 14 May 1666. Governor William Berkeley grants John Rogers, 200 acres in Surry County. Begins on South side of Cyprus Swamp, South-South West along Daniell Regan's land, North West over said Swamp, North North-East upon a Reedy branch issuing out o f said Swamp and along same to the beginning.23 APR 1667. Early Virginia Families along the James River, Volume III, James City - Surry County, 929.3755, in custody of Virginia Beac h Central Library. Virginia Beach, VA. Page 91. from Patent Book #6, page 23. Also in Boo k I, 1652 to 1672, Surry, VA, page 17. 23 April, 1667 Daniell Regan, 200 acres, Surry County , VA, Begins opposite to land of Colonel Jordan, to Cypress Swamp for trans. of four pers. 4 JUL., 1667. Elizabeth T. Davis, Surry County Records, 929.375556, in custody of Virginia B each Central Library, Virginia Beach, VA. Page 61. from Book I, 1652 to 1672, page 299. 4 July, 1667. Francis Sorsby and wife Katherine acknowledge debts to Daniell Regan and Richard Welbeck. 24 JUL., 1667. Book I, 1652 to 1671, Surry County, VA, in custody of Surry Court Ho use, Surry, VA. Page 286. 24 July, 1667. Francis Sowerby complained of unlawful behavior of Daniell Regan and his wife Elizabeth towards his himself and his wife, with scandalous words, vile and wicked
Child of DANIEL REGAN and ELIZABETH WILSON is:
3. i. FRANCIS3 REGAN, b. 1662, Isle of Wight Virginia or Ireland; d. 1727, Surry County, Virginia.
Generation No. 3
3. FRANCIS3 REGAN(DANIEL2, IRA1) was born 1662 in Isle of Wight Virginia or Ireland, and died 1727 in Surry County, Virginia. He married JANE GROSS.
Notes for FRANCIS REGAN:
Francis Regan, Sr. was born in Isle of Wight, VA or Ireland 1662. Francis died 1727 in Surry County, VA, at 65 years of age. His body was interred 1727 in Surry County, VA. He married Jane Gross 1690 in Isle of Wight Co, VA. Jane was born circa 1662 in VA. Jane was the daughter of Richard Gross and Jane Wilson. Jane died after 1726/7 in Surry County, VA. Problem - Jane Gross was a widow in 1696. She could not be married to Francis Regan who died in 17 27. Deed Book, Isle of Wight, VA 9 Feb., 1696. Know all men by these presents that I Jane Regan also Jane Gross, widow, ye daughter and sole heiress of ye within named Richard Gross d o hereby (for the consideration of five thousand pounds of tobacco in hand as part of ye satisfaction for this land, as also for diverse other considerations me thereunto moving) assign and make over all my right title and interest in ye land and appteures in this patent conveyed to Nicholas Casey and to his heirs and assigns forever, as witness my hand and seal this 9th day of Feb., 1696. Jane Regan (seal) Test George Nosworthy James Tullagh Richard Wilkinson, Jr. Richard Reynolds Acknowledged in open Court held for ye Isle of Wight County y e 9th day of Feb., 1696 by Jane Regan as her act and deed and recorded by order of 9th of June 98. Fra. Chapman Clerk Court. C. Torrence, The Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, in custody of Virginia Beach Central Library, Virginia Beach, VA. Isle of Wight County Records. Deed Book 4, page 16. 25 May, 1730 Francis Regan, [Jr.] of Isle of Wight County, and Jane [Gross] Regan of Surry County, widow of Francis Regan, [Sr.] deceased, and mother of Francis Regan [Jr.] of Isle of Wight to William Ham of Isle of Wight, May 25, 1730, land adjacent to Thomas Smith. Francis's occupation: Planter. Francis's will was probated 16 Aug 1727. 6 OCT ., 1687. Book 3,Surry County, Va, in custody of Surry Court House, Surry, VA. Page 16. 6 Oct ., 1687. Francis Regan and his mother, Elizabeth Regan appeared in Court and swore that the Inventory of The Daniell Regan Estate was correct. John Moring, John Watkins, Samuell Thompson. 24 OCT., 1687. Virginia Colonial Militia, Volume II. 24 Oct., 1687. Militia in 1687 . At a meeting of his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of Surry, October 19, 1 687 .... In obedience to an ordinance of Council dated October ye 24th 1687 requiring that t he Colonels and Justices of every county do take an account of all the ablest free holders and inhabitants ... that are qualified in estate ... to find and maintain a man and horse to be listed in a troop for that county ... to be listed per foot ... This Court considered the capacities and abilities ... do most humbly present his Excellency the following persons for horse and foot ... For foot: Francis Regan Deeds, Wills, Book 3, 1684 - 1687, Surry County, Va., page 247. date? after 1687 Francis Regan, son of Daniel, for 7000 lbs.. tobacco paid by William Gray for 50 acres granted William Thompson who sold to Daniel Regan, who willed it to Francis Regan, his son. 6 SEP., 1692. Deeds, Wills, Book 3, 1684 - 1687, Surry County, Va. Page 275. 6 Sep., 1692. John Higgs and wife Eleanor, to Francis Regan, 50 acres part of land granted to Joseph Wall. 4 JUL., 1693. Deeds, Wills, Book 3, 1684 - 1687, Surry County, Va. Page 312. 4 July, 1693. Francis Regan and wife Jane, Southard Parish, Planter, sold to William Ward, 200 acres up Parsons Branch, adjacent John Williams and Christopher Bly. (2000 lbs. tobacco). Marriages of Isle of Wight County, VA, 1628 to 1800, 929.375554 , in custody of Virginia Beach Main Library. Page 39. From Deed Book I, Isle of Wight County, VA, page 226 and Great Book, Isle of Wight County, VA, page 534. 1696 [wife is mentioned in 1693. Check, could mean 1690?] Francis Regan of Surry County and Jane Gross, daughter of Richard
Child of FRANCIS REGAN and JANE GROSS is:
4. i. JOSEPH4 REGAN, b. 1690, Isle of Wight, Virginia; d. 1727, Bertie County, North Carolina.
Generation No. 4
4. JOSEPH4 REGAN(FRANCIS3, DANIEL2, IRA1) was born 1690 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, and died 1727 in Bertie County, North Carolina. He married ELIZABETH GAD 1704 in Bertie County, North Carolina.
Notes for JOSEPH REGAN:
Joseph Regan, Sr. was born in Isle of Wight, VA circa 1690. Joseph died 1727 in Bertie Count y, NC, at 37 years of age. His body was interred 1727. Joseph married Elizabeth Gad circa 1704. Elizabeth was born circa 1685. Elizabeth was the daughter of ? Gad? and ? ?. Elizabeth died after 1726/7 in Bertie County, NC. Her body was interred after 1726/7 in Bertie Coun ty, NC. Joseph's will was probated in Bertie County, NC, Aug., 1727. 8 JUL., 1724. Volume 2 , Isle of Wight County Court House, Isle of Wight, VA Page 271. 8 July, 1724. Joseph Regan , 100 acres N.L. Isle of Wight County, VA, south side of main Blackwater Swamp. 19 MAR., 172 5/6. Will Book 7, Surry County, VA, in custody of Surry Court House, Surry, VA. Page 748. 1 9 Mar., 1725/6. Joseph Regan, is mentioned in his father's, Francis Regan, Sr., Will. See Fr ancis Regan, Sr. [Indv. #19]. 2 APR., 1727. J. Byran Grimes, Abstract of North Carolina Will s, Raleigh, NC, UNC.195. Page 310, 1910. 2 Apr., 1727. Will abstract mentions that Joseph Reggons [Joseph Regan, Sr.] had a son Joseph daughters Martha, Mary, Hannah, Olive Reggons an d a Son-in-Law John Weeb. This means either Martha, Mary, or Hannah married a John Weeb. [Need to check.] Wife Elizabeth. Witnesses William Boldin, Daniell Reggons, Thomas Reggons. Joseph is mentioned in Francis Regan's Will ( father).
Child of JOSEPH REGAN and ELIZABETH GAD is:
5. i. JOSEPH5 REGAN , SR, b. 1709, Surry County, Virginia; d. 1783, Bladen County, North Carolina.
Generation No. 5
5. JOSEPH5 REGAN , SR(JOSEPH4, FRANCIS3, DANIEL2, IRA1) was born 1709 in Surry County, Virginia, and died 1783 in Bladen County, North Carolina. He married ANNA 1735 in in North Carolina.
Notes for JOSEPH REGAN , SR:
Joseph Regan, Jr. was born in Surry County, VA circa 1709. Joseph died 1783 in Bladen County , NC, at 74 years of age. His body was interred 1783 in Bladen County, NC. Joseph married Anne ? 'Anna' circa 1735 in NC. Anna was born circa 1715. Anna died circa 1796 in Robeson County, NC. Her body was interred 1796 in Robeson County, NC. Register of Deeds office, Bladen County, NC, Deed Book 19. Page 583. 6 Mar. 1784. A Deed of Gift to their "loving mother, widow" Anna Regan is recorded from Ralph, John, and Richard Regan. The Deed reads as follows : _______________________________________________________Deed of Gift to Mother, Anna Regan From Sons Ralph, John and Richard To all to whom these presents shall come, we Ralph Regan , John Regan, and Richard Regan, do send Greeting. Know ye that we the said Ralph Regan, John Regan, and Richard Regan of the Parish of St. Martins in the County of Bladen, Planters , for and in consideration of the love, goodwill and affection which we have and do bear towards our loving Mother, Anna Regan, of the same Parish and County, widow, have given and granted and do by these presents freely give and grant unto the said Anna Regan, or during the space of her life or widowhood, a certain tract of land whereon she now lives, containing 150 acres, it being one half of a 300 acre survey for Joseph Regan with all the hereditaments thereunto belonging in the Parish aforesaid, of which the signing of these presents, w e have delivered her, the said Anna Regan, in full possession of the said tract of land wit h all of the hereditaments thereunto belonging. To have and to hold during the term of her life, or widowhood. In witness whereof we have hereunto put our hands and seal, the 6th day of March, 1784. Ralph Regan (seal) John Regan (seal) Richard Regan (seal) X his mark Sign ed, sealed and delivered in the presence of William Moore, and John Cain. May Term, 1784. This Deed was proved in open Court and ordered to be registered. John White, County Clerk. 17 84 Tax List of Bladen County, NC. 1784. Tax List has Anne Regan owning 150 acres. _________ ________________________________________________See Captain Ralph Regan [Record #26] Censu s of NC, Fayette District, Robeson County. 1790. Anna Regan2 Free White Females. [Anna, ? ] 4 slaves. [Sam, Lucy, ?, ?] _________________________________________________________Las t Will and Testament of Anna Regan Will Book I, Clerk of Court Office, Robeson County, NC. Pa ge 44. 22 Sept. 1796. Will is recorded. Will mentions: Sons: Richard Regan, John Regan. Granddaughters: Olive Powers, Nancy Regan, Martha Regan, Oliva Ezzell, Sarah Hawthorn, Nancy Andress, Elizabeth Regan, Nancy Regan, Mary Regan, Nancy Andress (daughter of Joseph and Nancy Andress) Grandsons: Spann Regan, William Regan, John Regan, Ralph Regan. The Executors we re John Regan, son, and William Regan, grandson. Testators were John Cain and Oliva Cain. _ __________________________________________________________Joseph's occupation: Planter. 26 N ov., 1736. par Register of Deeds Office, Bladen County, NC. Joseph Regan bought land in Bla den County, NC near "The Great Swamp", or "Big Swamp as it is called today. par 3 Dec., 1753 . par Register of Deeds Office, Bladen County, NC, Deed Book 19. Page 566. William Cain, Sr . of Bladen County sold Joseph Regan, Jr. 200 acres on the Southside of the Great Swamp. Th e indenture reads as follows: This indenture made the 3rd day of December in the year of ou r Lord, 1753, between William Cain, Planter, of the County of Bladen in the Province of North Carolina and Olive [Olive Regan (Cain), sister of Joseph Regan, Jr.] his wife of the on e part and Joseph Regan, Planter of the County and Providence aforesaid. Witnesseth that the said William Cain for and in consideration of the sum of Ten Pounds Proclamation money to hi
Child of JOSEPH REGAN and ANNA is:
6. i. RICHARD6 REGAN, b. 1744; d. 1857, Washington County, Georgia.
Generation No. 6
6. RICHARD6 REGAN(JOSEPH5, JOSEPH4, FRANCIS3, DANIEL2, IRA1) was born 1744, and died 1857 in Washington County, Georgia. He married CATHARINE.
Notes for RICHARD REGAN:
Lt. Richard Regan was born in NC circa 1744. Richard died after 1796 in Washington Co., GA . His body was interred in Washington Co., GA. He married Catherine ??? circa 1770 in Bladen County, NC. Richard was employed. 4 JAN., 1773. NC Will Book I, Clerk of Court's Office, B laden County, NC. Page 578. 4 Jan., 1773. Joseph Regan's Will states that Richard Regan is t o receive one third of all Joseph Regan's land. See Joseph Regan, Jr.26 NOV., 1756. Nash Odom, Family History, 1971. Page 34. In the division of his father's, Joseph Regan, estate Richard Regan received 300 acres of land on Middle Swamp, NC surveyed for Joseph Regan on Nov . 26, 1756. FEB., 1778. Old Books B and M, 1775 to 1821, Register of Deeds, Bladen County , NC, page 77. Feb., 1778. This book mentions a land grant from the State of North Carolina to Richard Regan. Nash Odom, Family History, 1971. Page 34. 1780? Richard Regan appears several times in the records as an officer in the Militia of NC from the Wilmington District . Roster of Soldiers from NC in the American Revolution, 1984. 1780-1782. Richard Regan, N C Revolution Army Accounts, Volume V, Comptroller's Office Vouchers, account#4376, Wilmington District. 1781. 1781 Tax List, Bladen County, NC. 1781 Tax List classifies Richard Regan as Exempt. See Joseph Regan, Jr.7 NOV., 1784. Nash Odom, Family History, 1971. Page 34 . 7 Nov., 1784. Richard Regan received a grant of land. 1784. 1784 Tax List of Bladen Count y, NC 1784 Tax List has Richard Regan owning 950 acres. See Captain Ralph Regan.1790. Census of NC, Fayette District, Robeson County. 1790. Richard Regan 1 Free White Males of 16. [Ri chard] 1 Free White Male under 16. [?] 5 Free White Females. [Olivia, Sarah, Mary, ?, ?] 7 s laves.]22 SEP., 1796. Will Book I, Clerk of Court Office, Robeson County, NC. Page 44. 22 Sept. 1796. Richard Regan is mentioned in his mother's, Anne ?, Will. See Anne ? 1800. 180 0 Census of Robeson County, NC. 1800. Richard Regan is not listed in the 1800 Census. Richard Regan left Robeson County, NC about 1798 and went to Washington County, GA.
Child of RICHARD REGAN and CATHARINE is:
7. i. SARAH7 REGAN, b. February 10, 1779, Robeson, N.C; d. December 25, 1857, Wilcox, Al.
Generation No. 7
7. SARAH7 REGAN(RICHARD6, JOSEPH5, JOSEPH4, FRANCIS3, DANIEL2, IRA1) was born February 10, 1779 in Robeson, N.C, and died December 25, 1857 in Wilcox, Al. She married JOSHUA HAWTHORNE August 15, 1793, son of JOHN (SR) HAWTHORNE.
Notes for SARAH REGAN:
Sarah Regan was born 10 Feb 1777. Sarah died 23 Dec 1857 in Wilcox County, AL, at 80 years o f age. Her body was interred in Belleville Co., AL. She married Joshua Hawthorn 15 Aug 1793 . Joshua was born 15 Jan 1776. Joshua was the son of John Hawthorn, Sr. and ? ?. Joshua died 19 Nov 1836 at 60 years of age. His body was interred November 1836
Notes for JOSHUA HAWTHORNE:
1 AUTH lived in Ga. til 1817 moved to Conecuh Co.
1 AGNC Lived near Belleville
1 DEST 1854 moved to Pine Apple, Ala.
1 MEDI Democrat, Baptist deacon
History of Conecuh:
Shortly after Mr. Autrey's removal to Conecuh, there came from North Carolina three gentlemen whose names were Thomas Mendenhall, Eli Mendenhall, and Reuben Hart. The first of these established himself at the spot now known as the Old Savage Place, on the road running from Bellville to Evergreen. Mr. Hart located very near the present residence of Dr. L. Shaw. Early in 1817, the population of Bellville, which then boasted of the name of "The Ponds," from the lakes which existed near, was increased by the emigration of Joshua Hawthorne from Wilkinson County, Georgia, to South Alabama. He pitched his family tent in the virgin forests near the home of the late Henry Stanley surrounded by no other elements of civilization than those already named.
As each emigrant would take up his abode in this land of teeming beauty, he would cast bout hi m for the most favorable location, and one best suited to the interests of his future residence. In order to fix the title of what was then known as the Emigrant's Claim, the early pioneers would select the tract or district best suited to their tastes and would proceed to indicate their title to permanent tenure by girding a few trees, with impressions cut in the bark, an d by laying somewhere upon land desired, the first four logs of a building. This was a monument of posession, and was sacredly respected by the early settlers. The man who would dare disregard this asserted claim, was branded a rascal outright, and incurred the loss of public confidence and esteem.
History of Twiggs County lists John Hawthorne as a Revolutionary Soldier who accepted a land grant in Georgia. Joshua Hawthorn is listed as a private who was ordered to the frontier of Twiggs County for the protection of the inhabitants and for the erection of a fort called Telfair (9 August-13 September, 1813).
Conecuh did not become a separately organized county until January,1818. Prior to this time it was embraced within the limits of Monroe county, which then embraced an extensive tract o f territory, extending from east to west, from the Chattahoochee to the Alabama. But after the organization of Conecuh into a county, it was bounded on the west by Clarke Montgomery counties, on the west of Clarke and Mobile, on the east by Georgia, and on the south by Florida--then a Spanish province. Richard Warren became the first representative of the county in the Territorial Legislature, which met then at St. Stephens in Washington county. Ransom Dean (brother -in-law to Col. J. R. Hawthorne), was the first sheriff, and by virtue of his office, was tax assessor and collector, as well. Joel (the father of Rev. David Lee), was the first justice of the peace appointed in Conecuh. He was appointed by Gov. William Bibb.
For a long time after the settlement of this portion of Alabama, the inhabitants had to adopt for their highways the beaten trails of the Red Man, which threaded the forests in all directions, and led through the dense cane that skirted the streams at the only points where it could be penetrated, and where the streams themselves could be forded. To form some estimate of t he density of these brakes, which prevailed with uniform inpenetrableness along the banks of all streams alike, the present inhabitant of Conecuh has only to be told the following anecdote: On one occasion a gentleman living near Burnt Corn, Captain Hayes, accompanied by his young friend, Jere Austill--afterwards celebrated because of his connection with the famous Canoe Fight--was traveling in lower Conecuh, exploring the fertile lands which lie long Murder Creek. Returning after nightfall, they attempted to cross Bellville branch, just where the road now crosses between the village and the house of James Straughn, and became entangled in the glade of cane. After wading through the mud for some time, and finding no relief, in their perplexity they set up a yell of distress, which was promptly answered by Joshua Hawthorne, who hastened to their relief with several negro men, bearing lighted torches, and extricated them.
Children of SARAH REGAN and JOSHUA HAWTHORNE are:
i. JOSHUA R.8 HAWTHORNE.
ii. THOMAS JEFFERSON HAWTHORNE.
iii. GEORGE WASHINGTON HAWTHORNE.
iv. JAMES MADISON HAWTHORNE.
v. SARAH HAWTHORNE.
vi. MARTHA HAWTHORNE.
vii. POLLY HAWTHORNE.
viii. CATHERINE HAWTHORNE.
ix. KEDAR HAWTHORNE, b. January 1797; m. MARTHA BAGGETT.
x. JOSEPH RICHARD HAWTHORNE, b. March 08, 1805, Robinson County, N.C.; d. Pine Apple (Belvile), Wilcox County, Alabama; m. (1) PATIENCE ELIZABETH KING; m. (2) HARRIET HERBERT , MOBILE; m. (3) SARAH C. KING.
Notes for JOSEPH RICHARD HAWTHORNE:
1 AUTH moved to Conecuh County, Alabama
1 AGNC moved to Pine Apple, Wilcox County, Alabama
1 DEST deacon, member of Baptist Church
Will of J.R. Hawthorne
State of Alabama
County of Wilcox In the name of God--AMEN
I, Joseph R. Hawthorne, knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, and being old and weak of body, but of mind and memory perfectly sound, do make this my last will and testament.
First of all I commit and commend my soul to God, who gave it, and my body to the dust from whence it was taken.
In consideration of the fact that my two daughters Cassie E. Hawthorne and Laura W. Powell have remained with me, and done, as I believe, all in their power to protect and promote my interest and cheer, and comfort me in my declining years, I give and bequeath to my two said daughters Cassie E. Hawthorne and Laura W. Powell, my homestead, consisting of my residence and 80 acres of land. The said 80 acres of land consisting of the 40 acres of land on which my said residence and the buildings connected therewith are located, and the other 40, being the 40 acres lying immediately north of, and being adjoining to the first named 40,being the same 40 on wh ich the Baptist Church is located, together with all my household furniture of every description, and my buggy or carriage I may have on hand at the time of my decease. To have, to hold t o use; to control the said residence, furniture and lands as to them may seem best, so long a s they remain single and in the occupation of the same. But if either of them should marry, move off of or in any way abandon said premises the rights hereinbefore given shall be forfeited as to the one so marrying or leaving, and immediately vest in the one remaining, who shall exercise them exclusively and solely. But if both of them should marry, move off, or abandon th e said premises then and in that event the said premises and effects shall be rented out for fifteen consecutive years from the date of my decease, and the annual proceeds thereof be annually and equally divided among my heirs. But unless for the causes hereinbefore enumerated my two said daughters are not to be disturbed in their possession, use and control of said premise s as long as they may live. But if both of my said two daughters should die, at the expiration of the aforesaid period of fifteen years, then the property both real and personal aforesaid should pass to my executors and be sold and the proceeds thereof be equally divided among m y heirs. But until that period of event my homestead shall remain and be kept in the family for the comfort of my children.
I give to my daughter-in-law Hannah J. Hawthorne, widow of my son Joshua R. Hawthorne, for th e use and comfort of herself and her children, the offspring of my said son, the house she no w occupies and the lands hereinbefore described, with the garden and yard attached thereto, the privilege of taking from the timber on said lands firewood for home consumption, and for repairs for said premises, also the privilege of clearing around said residence four or five acre s of said land. But no more. To have, to hold to use and control the same until the youngest of her said children, the offspring of the said Joshua R. Hawthorne, shall become fifteen year o f age. But if before the period named shall have arrived, she remarries or moves off or abandons said premises, she forfeits all the rights hereinbefore bequeathed and the said premises shall at once pass to my said executors and be rented out, and theproceeds thereof, as fast as t hey accrue to be applied to my debts, if any, or be equally and annually divided among my heir s.
If my daughter Annie E. Crinn should desire to build and live on the lands hereinbefore described, I give her the right to do so. She and her two said sisters, Cassie and Laura agreeing a s to the particular piece of said lands she shall locate on and the extent of her possession . I give her the use, possession and control of the same as long as she remains a widow and resides thereon. But if she should marry or abandon or move of said premises as she forfeits he r rights to the same unless she and her two said sisters Cassie and Laura should agree otherwise. But her two said sisters must pay her a fair value for any improvements she may put on said premises and interest on her money so invested. If either of my two daughters Emma Ramsey o r Sarah Harris, should become widows, and desire to build and live on the lands hereinbefore described, I give them the right to do so, with the rights and privileges, and on the same conditions to do so, with the rights and privileges, and on the same conditions as are given and prescribed in the case of my daughter Annie Crinn.
It is my desire that all my honest debts & property, other than thathereinbefore named and bequeathed, shall be sold and the proceeds thereo fbe applied to the payment of my honest debts . If the proceeds thereof does not pay them, then my executors will sell off my real estate what may be necessary for that purpose.
After setting apart the property hereinbefore bequeathed to my daughter Cassie and Laura and paying off all of my honest debts, my executors will lay off my real estate into parcels as nearly equal as possible and my heirs draw for them. The lands given to my two said daughters are not to be included in parceling, but my two said daughters are entitled to and must have an equal share in the drawing.
If my son, J. R. Hawthorne should desire to build and live on my hereinbefore described home stead lands, I give him the right to do on the same terms and conditions as in the case of Annie E. Crinn. In the case of any improvements being made on said lands and afterwards abandoned said improvements will be rented out by my executors, and the rents annually and equally divide d among my heirs.
It is my will that my estate shall be administered outside of the Probatecourt, and that th e costs of administration shall be equally dividedamong my heirs any and all other legitimat e costs of winding up myestate, shall be so assessed and paid first.
I nominate and appoint my daughters Cassie E. Hawthorne and Annie E.Crinn and my friend Josep h E. McWilliams as my executors, without bondand with full powers to execute the provisions o f this my Last Will andTestament. J.R. Hawthorne.
From History of Conecuh:
J. Richard Hawthorne is a native of Robinson County, North Carolina, where he was born March 8 th 1805. Five years later, his father removed with his family to Wilkinson County, Georgia. He re the family resided until 1817, when they removed to Conecuh County. The first place of permanent residence was near the home of the late Henry Stanley, now in the beautiful little village of Bellville. Here was pitched the family tent when Richard was a bright boy of twelve summers. At the time of the settlement of this locality it was known at the time of the settlement of this locality it was known as "The Ponds"--a name derived from the extensive lakes which l ay to the east of the community. Highly gifted with native powers, mental and physical, Mr. Hawthorne's influence was felt as he advanced toward Hawthorne's influence was felt as he advanced toward the period of manhood's perfect mould. He was equal to the hardships incident to a frontier section, and from straitened circumstances he rose to the possession of considerable wealth. In 1837Mr. Hawthorne was the nominee of his (the Democratic) party, against a very formidable opponent, Jeptha V. Perryman. And though he belonged to the minority party of the county , his popularity came well nigh securing for him the laurels of the contest. For when the ballots were counted he came within seven votes of victory. No man who has ever lived in Conecuh exerted a broader or more wholesome influence, than did J. Richard Hawthorne. His zeal in all matters relating to the public weal was proverbial. He occupied several positions of public trus t before hisremoval to another section. In 1854 he removed to Pine Apple, Wilcox County. Her e his influence was not inactive, and soon public appreciation summoned him to active usefulness. He was sent to represent the county in two terms of the legislature, and has been frequent ly called upon to acting matters requiring calm and dispassionate consideration. He has reared a large and respectable family, and accumulated considerable property. He still lives to wield a godly influence in the promotion of the general good. Generous, hospitable as a prince, warm-hearted and public spirited, and above all, a devout Christian gentleman, his usefulness is destined to be commensurate with his days.
...Nullification struggle, it was destined to be followed within a few years, by a discussion , the excitement of which, if it did not equal the intensity of the former, it exceeded it i n general interest. This was the discussion of the great Bank question. A subject so important , and of such popular interest, touched all classes of persons alike. In the midst of the stern ness displayed by President Jackson, which unpoised the financial system of the whole country , producing a serious crash in 1837, Thomas H. Benton, Senator from Missouri, urged the adoption of a gold and silver currency, as the true remedy for the embarrassments of the times. This financial question drew the line of demarcation very broadly andclearly between the two existing dominant parties--the Whigs and Democrats--the former of whom opposed the measure suggested and advocated with so much power by M. Benton, while the latter, with heartiness, adopted them. The two parties became very pronounced in the enunciation of their respective views. This period witnessed the first political contest, upon clearly defined party issues, that was ever had in the county of Conecuh. True, divergent views had been held by her people prior to this time, and minor differences had been expressed in a feeble way; but now excitement ran high , and the respective parties rallied and drilled their forces for a hot contest at the ballot box. They selected their candidates for the Legislature the Democratic nominee being J.Richard Hawthorne, and that of the Whig Party being Jeptha V. Perryman. Because of his enthusiastic advocacy of hard money principles, Mr. Hawthorne won from his opponents the sobriquet of "The Benton Mint Drop Boy." After a thorough and exciting canvass of the county, the election resulted in the choice of Mr. Perrymen by just seven votes. This election, for a time put a quiet us upon the county, the Whigs being exhilarant over their victory, while the Democrats were enc ouraged to renew the contest, by the fact that they came so near of success. At this period o f the county's history, public attention was diverted to a more serious question than that which agitated the people at their homes--this was the outbreak of hostilities on the part of the Indians. The policy of the government of removing them from their old abodes, which was instituted in 1832, had met with resistance almost everywhere. Both along the Chattahoochee and i n Florida, there were hostile demonstrations. A call was made for troops, and in response, Captain Bell of Bellville, raised a company and went to Georgia. Of those who were members of that company, the names of none can be secured, except those of Absalom Autrey, Pinckney Straughn , and Madison Crosby.
Conecuh did not become a separately organized county until January, 1818.Prior to this time i t was embraced within the limits of Monroe County, which then embraced an extensive tract of territory, extending from east to west, from the Chattahoochee to the Alabama. But after the organization of Conecuh into a county, it was bounded on the north by Monroe and Montgomery counties, on the west by Clarke and Mobile, on the east by Georgia, and on the south by Florida--then a Spanish province. Richard Warren became the first representative of the county in the Territorial Legislature, which met then at St. Stephens in Washington County. Ransom Dean (brother -in-law to Col. J.R. Hawthorne), was the first sheriff and by virtue of his office, was tax assessor and collector, as well. Joel Lee (father of Rev. David Lee), was the first justice of the peace appointed in
History of Pine Apple, Wilcox County, Alabama, p. 79.
The Hawthorne family was a true pioneer family in Pine Apple. In fact, the Reverend Kadar Hawthorne organized the Friendship Baptist Church in1825 and the nearby Fellowship Baptist Church in Mount Moriah in 1828. We believe, based on early observation, that Reverend Hawthorne don ated the land for the church and the cemetery across the road. A relative, Colonel J.R. Hawthor ne, donated land to former black slaves in 1869. It became known as the Arkedelphia Baptist Church. Kadar Hawthorne's son, Boardman, was ordained in the Friendship Baptist Church, and for may years served with distinction as pastor of the Brooklyn, New York, Baptist Church.
The Hawthorne family was related to the Crum, Ramsey, McCreary and Stallworth families. They w ere prominent in their social, professional, and civic activities. Ada Sue Hawthorne and her niece Gladys, were belles of the 1900 01929 era. Ada Sue married Dr. J.O. Tucker, Pine Apple's beloved dentist for many years. This couple entertained the college crowd along with their older friends from Pine Apple, Greenville, Monroeville, and Camden for many years.
"Miss" Ada Sue was widely traveled and her parties would rival those of the large cities. Dr . Tucker and Miss Ada Sue used extensive lighting on their beautiful grounds during the Christ mas holidays. The young adults always caroled here each Christmas as they began their tradition of caroling the aged and the infirm of the town. Caroling to "Miss" Ada Sue and Dr. Tucker was an expression of joy and thanks for the generosity of this fine couple. "Miss" Ada Sue's brother, Walter, was a debonair visitor as was her nephew, Dr. Julian Hawthorne. Julian Hawthorne received his medical education both in the U.S. and abroad. He became a well-known obstetrician in Rye, New York, a Westchester suburb of New York City near Greenwich, Connecticut. A member of the exclusive Westchester Country Club as well as several yacht clubs of Long Island Sound, Julian never forgot his Pine Apple roots. He restored theHawthorne mansion to its former glory, restocked it with perhaps the mostbeautiful antiques in that part of the state, and vis ited it often afterhis sister, Gladys Hawthorne Whitaker, made it her home. He loved to hunt and often brought his friends from the Rye area down to hunt where he hosted game dinners. Although a Roman Catholic, he contributed generously to the Friendship Baptist Church begun by on e of his ancestors in 1825.
The Hawthorne family in so many ways left their stamp on their beloved community.
Hawthorne House, a beautiful southern antebellum mansion, was built by Colonel Joseph Richard Hawthorne in 1852. The house is constructed of heart pine and it rests on 56 foot long sill s of hand hewn pine logs. The mansion's facade is graced by square columns, a lower portico an d balcony of identical proportions and entrance ways using three large doors, on the first floor the doors are flanked by full size windows and adorned with a graceful fanlight which was imported from England. The lower floor plan consisted of a wide central hall dividing four large rooms; the parlor and dining room connected by broad sliding doors. Colonel Hawthorne owned large plantations in Conecuh and Wilcox counties. He was born in 1805 and died in 1889. He was married three times, his first two marriages were to the King sisters in Mobile, Alabama an d his third marriage was to Mrs. Herbert, a widow and guardian of her two grandsons, John Herbert and Rollin Kelly. The two boys lived at Hawthorne House during their childhood. Rollin die d at an early age. John Herbert left at17 years of age to attend West Point. When the War Between the States broke out, he left West Point to join the Confederate Army and became the South 's youngest General. He was killed at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, at the age of 24.
The house and property was out of the Hawthorne family for a number of years
In 1935, Mrs. Gladys Hawthorne Whitaker and her brother, Dr. Julian Hawthorne, a noted New York physician, retrieved ownership of the property, restoring the house and grounds to their original beauty. Mrs. Marie Bankhead Owens, director of the State's Archives and History Departmen t requested that it be made a historic shrine in 1947. Mrs. Whitaker died on November 25, 198 0 and the house is now owned by Dr. and Mrs. Edward Childs of Mobile, Alabama.
short biography of Joseph Richard Hawthorne (above) is included in the History of Conecuh (County, Alabama). His family settled first in Bellville where they pitched the family tent when Richard was twelve. He was the nominee of the Democratic Party in 1837, then the minority party. He came within seven votes of victory. In 1854 he moved to Pine Apple, Wilcox county . "Here his influence was not inactive and soon public appreciation summoned him to active usefulness. He was sent to represent the county in two terms of the Legislature..." Hawthorn e was such an advocate of hard money (gold and silver currency) he won from the opposition the nickname of "The Benton Mint Drop Boy." The fervent national debate continued.
"He has reared a large and respectable family, and accumulated considerable property..." "Generous, hospitable as a prince, warm-hearted and public-spirited, and above all, a devout Christian gentleman, his usefulness is destined to be commensurate with his days."
J. Richard Hawthorne was one of the largest landowners in Wilcox County before the War.
This branch of the Hawthorne family originates in Berks Bray, England as did the New England Hawthornes, made famous because of their role in the Salem Witch Trials. The origins of the New England Hawthornes is related in The Hawthornes written by Vernon Loggins and published by Greenwood Press, New York, 1968. LDS files mention a Robert as one of the children of an ancestor of the New England branch. One might presume a relationship to the common ancestor who established the inn at the foot of Hawthorne Hill on the ancient road between London and Oxford . The sign of the inn known as the Woodman showed a green-coated forester, axeraised about t o chop into the trunk of a great gray oak. Nathaniel Hawthorne related the oral tradition o f the legend of recovered Roman treasure by the humble innkeeper and ancestor of these Hawthornes in "An Old Woman's Tale".
Letter from: Richmond, Virginia, February 4, 1902
J. R. Hawthorne, Pineapple, Wilcox County, Alabama
Dear Cousin Dick:-
It is probable that the land you refer to belongs to the heirs of Nathaniel Hawthorne who die d near Orange Lake, Florida more than fifty years ago. Some of his family lived in the same vicinity until the beginning of the war. They went into the army and served in Texas. These facts I learned from the Hawthorne family now living at Hawthorne, Florida. They are very distant relatives of ours. Uncle Nathaniel and my father were in the U. S. service in 1817. They fought the Indians in Florida. I think Uncle Nathaniel was also in the army during the War of1 812. My father received a land warrant which i think my brother, General Hawthorne, located i n Texas and afterwards sold the claim. It may be that Uncle Nat's warrant was located also i n Texas and that the lands have never been sold. This is all the light that I can throw upon the problem.
Do not think that I have ceased to be interested in my kinsfolk in Wilcox. It would be a great pleasure to me if you would write me occasionally about them. I am longing for an opportunity to make you a visit. Write me about Cousin Sue, your children, Cassie and Emma and Laura, and about Old Friendship Church. Some of the sweetest memories of my life cluster about the site on which it stands.
Owned famous Hawthorne home in Pine Apple AL built in 1852