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William A. Hawkins, MP. of Tavistock

Also Known As: "William Hawkins", "William Hawkyns"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Devon, England
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Adm John Hawkins, Esq and Joan Hawkins
Husband of Joan Trelawny, Heiress of Brightorre
Father of Sir Capt. William Hawkins; V. Adm. Sir John Hawkins; 3 Daughters Hawkins and Sir John Hawkins
Brother of Henry Hawkins; Agnes Trelawny; Joan Hawkins and Margery Drake

Occupation: Shipowner, Captain, Merchant
Managed by: Ann Margrethe Nilsen
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About Capt. William Hawkyns, MP, of Tavistock

William Hawkins, son of John (1), was born at Plymouth England. William, besides being an officer in King Henry VII's (1485-1509), Navy, owned his own 200 ton boat which was named the Paul of Plymouth and owned a large amount of property there. He was a Receiver in Plymouth in 1527-28 and defended the Argosy against the French. He was Mayor of Plymouth in 1532-33 and again in 1538-39. William married Joan Trelawny, daughter of Roger Trelawny of Brightorre. They had two sons, William, and John (2).

Until the mid-1500's the name was spelled Hawkyns. --------------------

A branch of the Hawkinses of Nash Court probably settled in Plymouth during the fifteenth century. John Hawkins held lands in the town under the Corporation before 1480, and was dead by or before 1490, when his heirs held them. This was before the Hawkinses were at Tavistock. William Hawkins, son of John Hawkins (who had lived at Tavistock), and Joan, daughter of William Amadas, of Launceton, was born probably at Plymouth towards the end of the fifteenth century. He was an officer in the navy of King Henry VIII. Being one of the principal sea captains in the West of England, he obtained a high and just reputation for his skill and experience, and was held in great esteem and favour by the KING. He is thought to be the same Hawkins who in 1513 was master of the "Great Galley," one of the few Royal ships of that time.

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William was a sea Captain and owner of considerable property in Plymouth, where he was named Mayor in the 1530s and elected member of Parliament in 1539. He began his career as a merchant, exporting cloth and tin and importing salt, wines, sugar and pepper, olive oil from Europe. His first voyage was to Guinea for ivory and pepper and Brazil for wood in 1530. He made three famous voyages to Brazil, bringing a native KING to see Henry VIII (he died en route home). In 1544 he purchased the Manor of Sutton Valletort or Vawter, which remained in the family until 1637/8. "He was a man of his time, a rough, hard hitting, coarse tongued time."

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They were married 1553/4. Joan was the only child and heiress of RogerT relawny of Brightoore, son of John Trelaway and grandson of Sir JohnTre laway and Blanche Pownde.William was a sea Captain and owner of considerable property in Plymout h,where he was named Mayor in the 1530s and elected member of Parliamen t in1539. He began his career as a merchant, exporting cloth and tin an dimporting salt, wines, sugar and pepper, olive oil from Europe. His fi rstvoyage was to Guinea for ivory and pepper and Brazil for wood in 153 0. Hemade three famous voyages to Brazil, bringing a native King to see H enryVIII (he died en route home). In 1544 he purchased the Manor of Sut tonValletort or Vawter, which remained in the family until 1637/8. "He w as aman of his time, a rough, hard hitting, coarse tongued time."

Children:William, Ship owner and sea captain, m. (2) Joan Tothill, d. 10/7/1589.He laid the foundation of the Indian Empire and was Ambassador to theco urt of the great Mogul, 1608.

   John, see above

Sources:

  1. Media: Personal
     Abbrev: Hughey~Waggoner~Deboe family Pittsylvania, VA~David V. Hughey.fdb
     Title: Dave's Bohemian, Canadian, and Southern Kin; focus group--David V. Hughey
     Author: David V. Hughey
     Publication: caymanprof@yahoo.com
     Date: 17 Sep 2006
  2. Media: Gedcom
     Abbrev: 1701508~William de Cantilupe.ged
     Title: Descendants of Charlemagne; focus group--William de Cantilupe
     Author: David Blocher
     Publication: dblocher1@home.com
     Date: 1 Nov 2001 

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There are several books about the Hawkins family and their exploits. One is called 'Plymouth Armada Heroes: The Hawkins Family' by Mary W. S. Hawkins published in Plymouth, England, in 1888 and found in the State Library called Sutro in San Francisco, and on microfiche in the Carlsbad Genealogical Library. In her book Mary states that 'Plymouth was the home or birthplace, not of one distinguished sailor of the Hawkins family only, but of three generations in sucession, of men who were celebrated as naval heroes for a period of one hundred years, extending over the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and James I. For three generations they were the master spirits of Plymouth in its most illustrious days; its leading merchants, its bravest sailors, serving oft and well in the civic chair and in the House of Commons. For three generations they were in the van of English seamanship; founders of England's commerce in south and west and east: stout in fight, of quenchless spirit in adventure-a famly of merchants, statesmen, and heroes, to whom our county has no parallel.' In the several books there listed many exploits of the three generations. William was a man of considerable property in the town of Plymouth. He was Receiver of Plymouth in 1524-1525; and in the Corporation books is mentioned in 1527-28 when he and others manned the bulwarts to defend the argosy against the French. William owned a 200-ton ship called the Paul of Plymouth. He made his third voyage in 1532 and on his return was chosen Mayor of Plymough. He was again Mayor in 1538-9; In 1539 he was elected Burgess (member of Parliament) with James Horewell. In 1544 William purchased the Manor of Sutton Vallcort or Vawler which remained in the Hawkins family for 100 years.

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Capt. William Hawkyns, MP, of Tavistock's Timeline

1495
1495
Plymouth, Devonshire, England
1499
1499
Age 4
Plymouth, Devon, England
1530
1530
Age 35
Colne, Wiltshire, England
1532
November 12, 1532
Age 37
Plymouth, Devon, England
1532
Age 37
Plymouth, UK
1554
1554
Age 59
Devon, England
1554
Age 59
Plymouth, Devon, England
1997
January 25, 1997
Age 59
1999
July 8, 1999
Age 59
2000
January 12, 2000
Age 59