In a book on the Ruble family I found this section about the Gosney and Hawkins families. Didn’t see many connections in
my quick run through the Gosney and Hawkins bulletin boards,but won’t feel right if I don’t share.I may have done a lot of typing to get this info to you, but the real thanks
go to Jack P. Rubel who did all the research and wrote the book I am citing.Hope some of you can use the info. Linda in Phoenix
It is believed that the Gosney family fled from France to the British Isles with other Huguenot families, after the Edict of Nantes (a decree which guaranteed equal right to
all religious denominations) was revoked in 1685 by Louis XIV.(Linda’s history note:The Huguenots were in an area known as the Palatine.When the Palatine was under German
control, they had much more safety and freedom.When control was ceded to France, the problems became so severe that most of them fled to Britain and America)It is also
thought that the Gosneys came to America from Scotland, and settled in what is now Culpeper County Virginia.Some of them were in New Jersey as early as 1720.
William Gosney, born probably in Scotland, was in Virginia before July 30, 1742, when he patented 400 acres “at the head waters of the Mattapony River, formerly in the county
of Spotsylvania but now in the County of Orange, on the north branch of the Mattapony … In 1746 William Gosney and his wife Mary sold this land grant which was then in Orange
County”.(Georgia Gosney Wisda:GOSNEY FAMILY RECORDS 1740-1940, page 7)
Military records of Frederick County, Virginia, 1755-1761, show that William made his will on February 7, 1767, in Culpeper County, Virginia, leaving to his wife Mary the whole of his estate during her lifetime. After her death it was to be divided equally among their children.Mary Gosney and Presley Thornton were named executors.The will was probated on September 17, 1767 and the inventory was filed in court on October 15, 1767.It included two head of cattle, one spinning wheel, three pewter pots, a parcel of books, one small looking glass, one side saddle, one bridle and saddle, one negro boy bob, one negro wench Amey, and one negro wench Suey.
Issue of William Gosney and his wife Mary:
1. Betty Gosney
2. Richard Gosney
3. Mary Gosney
4. Temperance Gosney, probably died before 1767; her three children are mentioned in her father’s will.
5. Henry Gosney, married (1) Mary Jane Shelton, and (2) Jane Catlett.
Issue of first marriage:
a.Mary Gosney, married William Davis on September 12, 1770 in Louisa County, Virginia.
b.Henry Gosney, lived in Ohio and Marshall Counties in West Virginia
c.Frederick Gosney, went to Campbell County, Kentucky in 1795
d.John Gosney, lived in Ohio and Marshall Counties, West Virginia
e.William Gosney, went to Kentucky in 1795; he was a Baptist minister.
f.Benjamin Gosney, went to Kentucky in 1795
g.Elizabeth Gosney, married a Caldwell
Issue of second marriage:
h.Molly Gosney, married Fisher Mitchell
i.Nimrod Gosney, went to Kentucky with his brothers in 1795
j.Peter Gosney also went to Kentucky and later to Missouri
k. James Gosney, went to Kentucky
l.Harry Gosney, went to Kentucky
m.Polly Gosney, no info on Polly
6. Jean (or John) Gosney
7. William Gosney, see below
William Gosney Jr. was born ca 1735 in Virginia, and died in 1799 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.He married Elizabeth Hawkins, daughter of John Hawkins and Elizabeth Ellis.
William and his brother Henry received a grant of 384 acres in Frederick County, Virginia, from Lord Fairfax, on July 3,
1777.William was a soldier in the Revolution and was wounded at the battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777. On August 3, 1780, he took the oath as captain, Frederick
County Militia, at a meeting of the county court.He was with Colonel Holmes’s regiment. (Records in the Virginia State Library, Order Book 17, 1778-1781, page 365)
In 1783, William Gosney was still living in Frederick County, shown in a family of five whites and six blacks.
On September 28, 1784, William and his wife Elizabeth signed their names “Gossney” on a land deed in Spotsylvania County,land sold to Peter Montague.Two other deeds dated 1784 are recorded, signed by them and other heirs of Elizabeth’s father, John Hawkins (see Hawkins info included after info on Gosneys). William was guardian of his wife’s sisters,
Agnes and Anne Hawkins. By the year 1799, William was in Bourbon County, Kentucky,
shown with a family of nine children.After William’s death, Benjamin Hailey, who had married Agnes Hawkins, was appointed guardian of the children.At a court held in
September 1799, four of the children were described as orphans, and four as “infant orphans”.Robert Collins (Elizabeth’s step-father) and Thomas Jones (a brother in
law0 were named as sureties.
Issue of William Gosney and Elizabeth Hawkins Gosney:
1. John Gosney, said to have been of age in 1799 when his father died
2. Nancy Gosney, born in Virginia, married on 10-2-1804 in Clark County, Kentucky, Hezekiah Lyon
3. Polly Gosney
4. Fielding Gosney
5. Agnes Gosney
6. William Gosney
7. James Gosney
8. Sally Gosney, born 1785 in Virginia, married Asa Chapman,
3-11-1801 in Clark County Kentucky
9. Richard Gosney, married 6-18-1804 in Clark County KY to Genney Lackey.
The earliest known ancestor of this family was Alice, who married a Wade and lived in North Carolina, where her will dated April 25, 1701 is recorded.Her grandson John Hawkins was named executor.The will mentions her daughter Elizabeth and seven grandchildren.It is believed that
Alice Wade had two daughters; one married a Hawkins and had three sons – John, Thomas and James – and a daughter Elizabeth Hawkins.Alice Wade’s other daughter Elizabeth
(Linda’s note: two daughters named Elizabeth? Guess so.) who died in 1764 married John Long (died 1752) of Essex and Spotsylvania Counties, VA, and had sons James and Thomas
Long and daughters Mary and Elizabeth Long.Elizabeth Long,not mentioned in her grandmother’s will, could have been born after 1701. (Dorothy Wulfeck; HAWKINS FAMILY OF VIRGINIA, THE CAROLINAS, AND KENTUCKY, page 46)
John Long lived in St George’s Parish, Spotsylvania Co., Virginia.His will, dated January 31 1750 and probated on July 7 1752, names his wife as executrix, and mentions his
daughter Elizabeth Hawkins and grandchildren John and Elizabeth Hawkins. (Records of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Will Book B, page 116)The will of Elizabeth Long, dated in March 1760 and probated on December 4, 1764 names son-in-law Nicholas Hawkins Sr. as executor; it also names grandchildren John Hawkins, Nicholas Hawkins Jr., Elizabeth, Mary, Nanny and Sarah (Will Book D, page 166)
Nicholas Hawkins Sr. who married Elizabeth Long was a planter, and lived in St. George’s parish, Spotsylvania Co., VA.He and a John Hawkins were buying land there as early
as 1722.He may have descended from a Nicholas Hawkins who was transported to Virginia by John Magnor in July, 1650.
Nicholas Hawkins died in Spotsylvania County on February 15, 1754.His will, probated on May 7, 1754, mentions sons John, Thomas, Nicholas and Alexander, and daughters Cate and Ann; also grandson Hawkins Casel.His wife Elizabeth and son John were named executors (Will Book B, page 198)
Elizabeth Hawkins was still living on September 28, 1768 when she deeded property to her daughter Ann.
Issue of Nicholas Hawkins Sr. and Elizabeth Long Hawkins:
1. Nathan Hawkins, born ca 1716, married Ann Hayden and/or Frances _____ .They went to Madison County, Kentucky,where his will was probated on November 4, 1794.Issue:
Elizabeth, Lovel, nicholas, Nancy and Nathan.
2. James Hawkins, born ca 1722
3. Thomas Hawkins
4. Nicholas Hawkins Jr., who married as his second wife the daughter of Francis Simpson. On November 5, 1745 his father deeded to him a negro and one hundred acres on the north-east side of Germanna Road
5. Ann Hawkins, married James Pritchett.On November 5 1745, her father deeded her fifteen acres of land in St. George’s parish, Spotsylvania County, and a negro. (Recorded
April 1, 1746, Deed Book D)
6. Alexander Hawkins, married Mary _____ and went to Georgia.
7. Cate or Catherine Hawkins, married Randle Mcdonald.
8. John Hawkins – see below
9. Another daughter, who married a man named Casel and had a son Hawkins Casel.
John Hawkins, born ca 1732, son of Nicholas and Elizabeth Long Hawkins, died intestate before April 2, 1764. He married ca 1758 in Spotsylvania County, Elizabeth Ellis,
daughter of William ellis and his wife Elizabeth of Gloucester and Spotsylvania Counties, Virginia.William Ellis enlisted in the Virginia Line, Continental Army on
December 6, 1778 and served for three years. His will is recorded in Spotsylvania County.
After the death of John Hawkins, his wife Elizabeth was appointed administratrix of his estate. (Will Book D; $2,000 administration bond, April 2, 1764)She was left with four
young daughters, Catherine, Elizabeth, Ann, and Agnes, and Robert Chew was appointed guardian on December 7, 1767. Later, William Gosney married Elizabeth Hawkins and became
guardian of the younger girls, Ann and Agnes Hawkins.
At the time of his daughter’s marriage to John Hawkins,William Ellis gave his son-in-law a young negro girl named Millie.After John Hawkins’ death, it seems that William Ellis did not wish Millie to be included in the estate appraisal, but Elizabeth argued that since Millie belonged
to John, she should be considered part of his estate.The following deposition was made by John’s brother, Nathan Hawkins, in regard to a court suit over the slave:
“William told John that for marrying his daughter he would buy and give him (John) two good negroes and that he should have equal share with his other children at his death.
After they were married, two negro girls came to the door,and Mr. Ellis informed John that he might have his choice. Mrs. Ellis answered No, she would not part with eigher of
the girls; she intended one for a milmaid and one for a washmaid, but that he might have Millie, a young girl. John, after some conversation, said it was very little odds
which of the girls he had; although she was the smalles, she would grow up.Upon which, Mr. Ellis gave John Hawkins the girl, and about four days later, Millie was moved to John Hawkins’ and there remained until after the decease of said Hawkins….” (Records of Madison County, Kentucky,Deed Book A, page 82)
It appears that William Ellis finally agreed, and hired Millie with the other negroes for the benefit of his fatherless grandchildren.
Issue of John Hawkins and Elizabeth Ellis:
1. Catherine Hawkins
2. Elizabeth Hawkins, married William Gosney Jr.
3. Ann Hawkins, married Thomas Jones
4. Agnes Hawkins, married Benjamin hailey as his first wife.They moved from Frederick County, Virginia, to Kentucky, with the Jones and Gosney families and Robert Collins.
Note:Elizabeth Ellis Hawkins married before September 25,1772, Robert Collins