Benjamin Hawkins is found in many Beaufort County records. He lived in the Original Washington which was established in 1771 by James Bonner who inherited the land from his father Thomas Bonner. By 1776, James had laid off sixty lots which were sold by lottery. The first town commissioners were Henry Bonner, Robert Salter, John Cowper, and Joseph Blount. Born in the Revolution, Washington became a center of privateer activity. Such leading merchants as Richard Blackledge and John Gray Blount would fit out armed ships to cruise the Atlantic and prey on the shipping of Great Britain. The records contain numerous mention of the prizes taken by privateers arriving in Washington. In 1780, Benjamin Hawkins brought five hundred muskets to Washington from St. Eustatius where he had purchased them for the use of the Continental troops. Also, found in the Ship Captains' Names in Fowle's Journals & Ledgers, August 18, 1831 through March 30, 1833, is a Capt. Hawkins. (Washington and the Pamlico, by Loy and Worthy, Lois F262.B37 W3, 1976, page 2 & 244).
Benjamin is listed on the Beaufort County List of Taxables for the Year 1764 : "Hawkins, Benjamin & son 2 White Poles.
Will of Benjamin Hawkins, Beaufort County, Proven in 1784; "Weak in Body"; Wife Abiar Hawkins, Sons: William Hawkins (1 shilling serling), Wilibe Hawkins (1 shilling sterling), Benjamin Hawkins and Major Hawkins (Plantation and land I now live on to be equally divided between Benjamin and Major), Daughters: Abiar Tison (Tyson), Ann Jubes Hawkins (1 shilling sterling), Grandson: Stephen Hawkins (my gun); After wife dies all her property goes to son Benjamin, Major, and daughter Abiar Tison, and granddaughter Nancy Crafton; Executors: Wife Abiar Hawkins and son Major Hawkins; Signed October 4, 1784; Witnesses: Thomas Worsley, William Sexton, Mary Hawkins.
Will of Edward Travis, Beaufort Co., December 30, 1739. December Court 1740. Parish of St. Thomas. Sons: John, William, Thomas (land "where I now dwell in the fork of Goose Creek"). Daughter Mary Travis. To son, Thomas is bequeathed negroes. Executors: Simon Alderson and John Boyde. Witnesses: Jno. Boyde, Benjamin Hawkins, Robert Curtis. Clerk of Court: Roger Jones.
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