Hawkins, Alexander-Oglethorpe County, GA-Will 18 Aug 1804 In the name of God amen - I Alexander Hawkins, Senr of the county of Oglethorpe and State of Georgia being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory,... as it has pleased God to bless me with some of this worlds treasures - Shall dispose of it in manner & form following viz I give & bequeath to my son Nicholas Hawkins one negro man slave, WILL, I give and bequeath to my beloved son John Hawkins one negro man slave named DAVID, one negro man DAN, & one girl named NELL, all my blacksmith tools, & cooper tolls, and one waggon and gear, I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Alexander Hawkins four negroes, (to wit) one negro man PHIL, one boy, JOE, one white negro girl named PENELOPE, & one boy GUY I lend to my beloved daughter Mary Legett one yellow negro girl named BECK during her natural life, & at her death to be equally divided between my three grandsons (her & her increase if any) Viz - James, John & William Braughton to them and their heirs forever In Testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name, with my own hand & affixed my seal to this my lst will and testament. This eighteenth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & four. Alexander Hawkins
I've decided to finally make a serious effort to find out how my family got stuck with the last name of the man who began English involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.
I'm fairly certain I'm not going to like the answers.
And once I know, I think I'm going to ditch the wretched thing once and for all.