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Lavenia Hawkins (Downs)

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Lower Muscogee Creek, Indian Nation, Virginia, USA
Death: March 22, 1828 (46)
Crawford County, Georgia, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Isaac Downs and Nancy A. Downs
Wife of Senator Benjamin Hawkins, Colonel
Mother of Georgia A. Hawkins; Muscogee E. L. Kiser; Cherokee Lawshe (Hawkins); Mary Caroline Hawkins; James Madison Hawkins and 3 others

Managed by: John Ware Lawshe
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About Lavenia Hawkins

Lavinia Downs Hawkins- Wife of U.S. Senator, Benjamin Hawkins, Revolutionary Soldier

MEMORIAL ID 48034373

Notes; said by some to be of Ocmulgee Creek descent (though there is evidence she claimed she was white)

There is evidence in the Moravian Diaries that Lavinia indicated she was white (See her father's record). Suspicion that she was Creek has been voiced since shortly after her death, including comments such as "there is no truth to the rumor that she was an Indian."

However: " ... confirmation that Lavina Downs was Creek came from the Chehaws who showed Janice [Woods Windle] that the marriage of Hawkins and Downs is recorded in the official Marriages of the Muskogee." Lavinia Downs is thought by many family members to be of the Ocmulgee Creek Nation, and they insist she was first the wife of Chief Long Side of Tuckabatchie (Tookautchee). He was killed in a raid, and she was widowed with a young son, Silas.

Her son Silas is said to have been born in 1792 which conflicts with Lavinia's reported birthdate of 10 May 1781. The birthdate of her presumed son Silas Downs, however, would have come at age 10 or 11, if both birthdates are reported correctly.

If Lavinia was Creek, that fact was kept secret throughout the part of the family that remained in Water Valley, Mississippi after 1850. The part of the family that moved to San Marcos kept alive this secret. Her suspected Creek heritage is commemorated by the book "True Women" by Janice Woods Windle, which has been made into a mini-series (and slightly fictionalized by screen-writers). (Freeman)

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Lavenia Hawkins's Timeline

May 10, 1781
Virginia, USA
May 4, 1799
Age 17
Jones County, Georgia, USA
January 30, 1802
Age 20
Hawkinsville, Creek Nation, Georgia, USA
March 16, 1805
Age 23
Hawkinsville, Georgia, United States
June 10, 1807
Age 26
Georgia, USA
June 1809
Age 28
Jones County, Georgia, USA
Age 27
Georgia, USA
March 6, 1811
Age 29
July 12, 1813
Age 32
Georgia, USA