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Sarah Jane Sevier (Hawkins)

Birthplace: Frederick, Virginia
Death: Died in Nolichucky Fort, Washington, Tennessee, United States
Cause of death: complications of childbirth; being moved during Indian uprising
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Hawkins, Sr. and Sarah Hawkins
Wife of John 'Nolichucky Jack' Sevier, 1st Gov. of Tennessee
Mother of Joseph Sevier, II; Maj. James Sevier; Maj. John Sevier, Jr.; Elizabeth Clark; Sarah Hawkins Brown and 5 others
Sister of Joseph Hawkins, Jr; Rebecca Hawkins; Benjamin Hawkins; Rachel Merrick; Mary Hawkins and 1 other

Occupation: Frontiersman-Housewife-Storekeeper, Housewife, First wife of John Sevier
Managed by: Michelle Poull
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About Sarah Jane Sevier

Sarah married John Sevier at the age of 15, 1761 in Shendoah County, Virginia. Sarah died at the age of 33 soon after giving birth to their 10th child. She was a frontier woman of exceptional strength and never got to enjoy her husband's success as the 1st Governor of Tennessee.


  1. There is a marriage registration for John Sevier's marriage to Sarah Jane Hawkins, available at
  2. The memorial to Sarah Jane, put in place over at the Knoxville County Courthouse in Tennessee by one of her great-granddaughters, a Mrs. Hoss Headman, and the DAR, lists her parents as Joseph Hawkins and Sarah Marlin.
  3. Notable Southern Families, Volume IV suggests her death was January 1780, however, the newer Sevier Family History book published in 1961 by Cora Bales Sevier suggests it was either January or in the Spring 1780.
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Sarah Jane Sevier's Timeline

June 3, 1746
Frederick, Virginia
Age 14
Shenandoah County, VA, USA
March 17, 1763
Age 16
Rockingham County, VA, USA
October 25, 1764
Age 18
Rockingham County, VA, USA
June 20, 1766
Age 20
New Market, Frederick, Colony of Virginia, British American Colonies
Age 21
Frederick, Virginia, Colonial America
July 1770
Age 24
Shenandoah County, VA, USA
March 10, 1772
Age 25
Shenandoah, Virginia, Colonial America
December 25, 1773
Age 27
Watauga Settlement, Carter, North Carolina now TN, Colonial America
Age 28
Carter County, TN, USA