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Joan Alford (Hawkins)

Also Known As: "Joanna"
Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Ashill, Somersetshire, England
Death: May 27, 1636 (38-46)
Whitstaunton, Somersetshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Father Hawkins and Mother Hawkins
Wife of Thomas Thomas Alford
Mother of Benedictus Alford; William Alford; Joan (Joanna) Fowler; Alexander Alvord and (son) ALVORD
Sister of Elizabeth Hawkins; Johane Pinney; Robert Hawkins; William Hawkins; Mary Hawkins and 2 others

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About Joan Alford

Thomas ALFORD and Joan Hawkins

  • WIFE: [F2241]. Joan (Joanna, or Jean) HAWKINS.
    • Born in 1594, of Ashill, Somerset, England;
    • daughter of John HAWKINS [F4482] and Joan [F4483].
    • She married Thomas ALFORD [F2240] on (11-S1)(18) MAY 1618 in Whitstaunton, Sommerset, England.

Samuel Morgan Alvord's Genealogy of 1908 shows a diagram on page 18 listing Joan Hawkins as the mother of Alexander Alvord. Yet other sources have questioned whether she was Alexander's mother. In 1992 during a visit to the Latter-Day Saint's Genealogy Library in Salt Lake City, I {Barret-S2} came upon a film listing Thomas Alford ( b. abt 1593 or 1595) as Alexander's father and Joan Hoskins as his mother. Since then I have found other listings to support the possibility that Joan Hoskins was the wife of Thomas. Joanna Alvord b. 08 Dec 1622 at Whitestaunton is listed as having Thomas Alvord as her father and Joan Hoskins as her mother. Joan Hoskins is also listed in another source as the spouse of Thomas Alford. Could it be that Joan Hawkins and Joan Hoskins were the same person? Or that Joan Hoskins was Alexander's mother? {S2}.

John Hoskins is listed as being a Baron in Herfordshire. If Joan Hoskins was John's sister, she would have been an appropriate bride for Thomas Alvord of Whitestaunton as they were people of education and means. {S2}.

Xpoer - Christopher Hoskins (c. 19 June 1568 in Bruton) is listed as the father of John Hoskins, (b. 1590 Hereford), William (c. 10 Feb 1593 Bruton), Joan ( c.16 March 1595 Bruton), Andrew ( c 14 April 1599 Bruton), Elizabeth (c. 28 Feb 1604 Bruton), and Anne (c. 11 May 1606 Bruton). {S2}.

William Hodgekins/Hoskins' spouse was Ann Winthrop. Could this be a link to the Winthrop Fleet? The Mary & John was within the bounds of the territory of the company headed by Winthrop and was in contact with him. {S2}.

Joan's death date is listed as 1636. Her husband predeceased her. It is possible she knew she was dying by the year 1630 when the Mary & John sailed for New England. At this time orphans and widows did not have the protection of the Crown. Could it be that rather that leave her three children orphaned in England she chose to have them travel to the new world with their uncle? {S2}.

In the Alvord genealogy there is a photo of a court roll kept at Whitestaunton Manor which states that "King Charles' Troopers were there at the date given 1649." One could assume that King James I also made use of Whitestaunton, and from the scandalous goings-on at that court it is possible Joan wanted to make sure her children were removed from the situation even if it meant she might never see them again. Or she may have felt she would recover and join them later in New England. {S2}.

The Ship Passenger Lists by Carl Boyer lists John Hoskins; 1630 with three relatives. Banks: The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 Source #1064 lists John Hoskins (4). The three relatives could have been the three Alvord children. The four could have been the children and someone to care for them. Or it could include his son Thomas as well as the three children. {S2}.

  • She died 27 May 1636 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, Eng and was buried 1636.

CHILDREN of Thomas ALFORD [F2240] and Joan HAWKINS [F2241]:

  • 1. [F1120]. Alexander ALFORD. Born 10 OCT 1627 at Bridgeport, Dorset, England.
    • Christened 15 OCT 1627.
    • He changed the name to Alvord after his arrival in America, and so were his descendants known.
    • He married Mary VORE [F1121] on 29 OCT 1646 at Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut.
    • He died 3 (OCT-S1) (NOV) 1687 at Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
  • Benedict ALFORD was born about 1599. He died 23 Apr 1618.
  • Joan ALFORD was born about 1601.
  • Benedict (Benedicus) ALFORD. Born about 1618 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England. Christened in 1621 in Somerset, England. Benedictus married Jane (Joan) NEWTON on 26 Nov 1640 in Windsor, HARTFORD, Connecticut. He died 23 Apr 1683 in Windsor, HARTFORD, Connecticut and was buried Apr 1683.
  • Joan (Joanna) ALFORD. Born 8 Dec 1622 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, Eng and was christened 8 Dec 1622 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England. Joan married Ambrose FOWLER on 6 May 1646 in New England. This marriage is the first record of her in New England. She died 22 May 1684 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts and was buried May 1684.

SOURCES: • [S1]. TOWNSEND-CORSON GENEALOGY. • [S2]. Penelope Alvord Barrott research. New Zealand, 2001. QUOTES as sources: Samuel Morgan Alvord's Genealogy of 1908 Ancestry of John Barber White by Almira Larkin White, 1913 p. 243 Alexander Alvord - Thomas Alford father Joan Hoskins mother - (LDS Film - Input 822923 Batch 7328815) Joanna Alvord - Thomas Alvord/Joan Hoskins parents b. 08 Dec 1622 Whitestaunton (LDS Batch #7328815 Serial Sheet 88) Joan Hoskins listed as the spouse of Thomas Alford Abt. 1593 Whitestaunton, Somerset, England (LDS Batch number F802111, Sheet 11, Source Call No. 1260815 - Stiles "Windsor Ct. Film GS 54740. ) Banks: The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 Source #1064 CSL F67.B21 01949262 LC Card # 30017289 Hoskins John (4) "Origin undetermined. Freeman 18 May 1621 (M.C.R.I.366) Removed to Windsor (Pope). Plus various web sites, microfiche from Whangarei N.Z., and books from Hartford Ct, Windsor Ct, Salt Lake City, Utah


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Joan Alford's Timeline

Ashill, Somersetshire, England
Age 10
St. Andrews-Plymouth, Devon, England, Great Britain
September 22, 1607
Age 13
Age 25
Whitestaunton, Sommerset, England
Age 26
in England
December 8, 1622
Age 28
Whitestaunton, Sommerset, England
Age 30
October 15, 1627
Age 33
Whitestaunton, Sommerset, England
May 27, 1636
Age 42
Whitstaunton, Somersetshire, England