We've crossed paths in our Tower's research before. Since the first 'chat' we had, I've found info that confirms my Jane Towers m. Samuel Hawkins and their children. Jane is my 3xgr grandmother. I also have a picture of Jane Towers Hawkins.
ROBERT TOWERS was born June 03, 1769 in Kirkton, Bothkennar, Sterlingshire, Scotland, and died WFT Est. 1830-1862.He married (1) ANN (TOWERS) in Tower Hill, St. David Parish, Charlotte Co. New Brunswick.
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Marriage: Tower Hill, St. David Parish, Charlotte Co. New Brunswick
Children of ROBERT TOWERS and ANN (TOWERS) are:
i.SUSANNAH TOWER, b. Abt. 1817; d. WFT Est. 1818-1911.
ii.WILLIAM TOWER, b. May 1817, Tower Hill, St. David Parish, Charlotte Co., NB; d. April 11, 1895, Tower Hill, St. David Parish, Charlotte Co., NB.
iii.HARRIET TOWER, b. Abt. 1818;
iv.ELIZABETH TOWERS, b. Abt. 1819
v.ROBERT TOWERS, b. Abt. March 1821; d. May 21, 1891, Calais, Maine.
vi.GEORGE TOWERS, b. Abt. 1823, Tower Hill, St. David Parish, Charlotte Co., NB; d. St George, New Brunswick.
vii.JANE TOWERS, b. May 17, 1824, St. David Parish, Charlotte Co, NB; d. April 21, 1904, Wesley, Maine.
viii.EDWARD TOWERS, b. Abt. 1829.
ix.JOHN TOWER, b. March 1830; d. November 01, 1890, Saint David(Tower HIll) Charlotte County, NB, Canada.
JANE TOWERS (ROBERT1) was born May 17, 1824 in St. David Parish, Charlotte Co, NB, and died April 21, 1904 in Wesley, Maine.She married SAMUEL MELVILLE HAWKINS July 04, 1847 in Wesley, Maine, son of UNKNOWN HAWKINS and JANE PLITER.He was born February 28, 1824 in Machias, Maine, and died December 13, 1902 in Wesley, Maine.
Notes for JANE TOWERS:
AFN: 15KD-7SX)Jane Tower LDS number
Notes for SAMUEL MELVILLE HAWKINS:
Sources include LDS, and Ivan Hawkins of Machias, Maine (letter dated March 10, 2000)
The birth date listed by LDS was incorrect as they had Samuel born after the children.I contacted the person who supposedly submitted the LDS information and supposed submitter Dorothy Whaley said she didn't submit it, so this was a dead-end.
According to LDS records, Hawkins and Jane Pliter are listed as Samuel Sr.'s parents.I have a small lead on this, but nothing definite to confirm Hawkins and Pliter. However, a Sarah Pliter or Titer/Titur is listed in the census record with Samuel Sr's household.
The following was given by Ivan Hawkins, grandson of Samuel Hawkins Jr.
Maine (letter dated March 10, 2000)
"First of all, it is not clear where Samuel Sr., B 1824 originally came from, possibly from the Machias area.It is believed that he might have been taken in and raised by a family, which as a common practice at that time.Possibly the Blakes, which could explain the close friendships of the family.
As for Jane Towers b. 1824, sometime during the 1840's, two sisters by the name Towers came from Towers Hill, Charlotte Co., New Brunswick and settled in Wesley.One sister, who's name I don't remember, possibly Mary, married a Gray.The other sister, Jane, married Samuel Hawkins.
Samuel and Jane had several children.Mercy, I don't have much information on.Laura b. 1851 d. 1873 at age 22 years.Hanna B, I have some information, but need more research on.Clarance, b. 1859 d. 1891 at age 33 yrs.
As the story has been told to me, which I may not be fully correct on, William, Frederich, Moses and Samuel Jr. all went west in and around the late 1890's or early 1890's.Moses settled in Southern Maine in the Town of Wells.Samuel Jr. stayed with him for awhile.
Frederick and William traveled to Minnesota logging and farming.One brother stayed in that area and one traveled to California logging.Not much about them is known after that.
(NOTE: I have since found information that William Albert Hawkins died July 24, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota and is buried beside his wife there, and Fredrich H. Hawkins died March 03, 1952 in Glendora, CA. Fred is buried beside his wife in Goodhue, Minnesota)
Samuel Melville Hawkins Jr., who liked to be called Mel, stayed with Moses in Wells for awhile.He wrote his father and told him if he could find a place for him to live, to buy it for him because he was moving back to Wesley.
In 1893, Mel bought the so called Rollins lot from Blake.Its quite possible Blake sold the house because he traveled west lumbering.
(NOTE: A lot of the residents of Wesley and Crawford Maine travelled to Minnesota to do lumbering. Family stories still talk about it, and there are extensive documents telling of the nearly 1/3 of the town that went west.)
In June 1893, Mel married Idora Day b. 1873 d. 1950.They have 9 children; Mina (Mira?) Bella b. 1894, Clarence Melville b. 1896, Thatcher Bert b. 1897, Edna May b. 1899 died 1916 at age 16 of pneumonia, Chester Elihse (sp?)b 1901 d. 1912 age 11 of blood poison, Effie Maude b. 1903, Georgia Anna b. 1906, Mildred Angeline b. 1907 ? and Wesley Milton b. 1917."
Marriage Notes for JANE TOWERS and SAMUEL HAWKINS:
2. Samuel Melville HAWKINS - Ancestral File
Gender: M Marriage: 4 Jul 1847 Wesley, Washington, Maine (LDS)
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Marriage: July 04, 1847, Wesley, Maine