The Hawkins children who died were the children of Charles Hawkins (1802-1835) & Mary Scobell of Colyton, Devon, EN.Mary was widowed in 1835 with 5 young children she couldn't care for.Her brothers William & John Scobell were emigrating to Ontario, Canada and offered to take four of her children and care for them.Sophia Hawkins, William, George & Richard Hawkins all drowned with their uncles William and John on the Colbourne shipwreck.Here's some paperwork on the application of the the Hawkins children emigration.
Folio 486. Letter from Charles Bond, Clerk to the Guardians of the Axminster Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Commission, headed parish of Colyton, 'Emigration'.' He reports that he has been requested by the Axminster guardians, to inform the Commission that the board has been told that two brothers named Scobell in the parish of Colyton have decided to emigrate to Canada and intend to settle there. As their sister, Mary Hawkins, a pauper, is widowed with three children, these two men are willing to take their two nephews and their niece with them and Bond therefore wishes to apply for the sanction of the Commission for the uncles to do this, and also for the authority to raise a sum of money to defray the costs of emigration, either from the parish rates or by borrowing, using the rates as security. Bond would be glad if the Commission could reply 'within a post or two'. Paper Number: 4580/B/1838. Poor Law Union Number 76. Counties: Devon and Dorset.
Folios 493-494. A form headed 'A List and Description of the Persons desirous of Emigrating from the Parish of Colyton in the County of Devon', containing the names of three children, William Hawkins, seven and a half, Richard Hawkins, four and a half, and Sophia Hawkins, 11½,who are emigrating to Canada. The latter is described as having 'very weak eyesight'. These are children of a widowed mother, [who is declared to have received £10 10s 3d of parish relief in the last year]. The children are being taken under the 'immediate care and protection' of their uncles, William and John Scobell, 'resident there', with the consent of their mother. The Commission would recommend one or both of the uncles to contract with the parish to convey the children to Canada. Annotated: 'six copies'. Paper Number: 5051/B/1838. Poor Law Union Number 76. Counties: Devon and Dorset.
A few more things I found while searching for the ship. These are from 3 different web sites. Very few names here though.
A melancholy loss of life occurred in the ship wreck of a fine new vessel, the "Colborne," from London, at Port Daniel, Bay of Chaleurs, in the month of October last, on which occasion forty-two persons, many of them most respectable emigrants, met a watery grave. The cause of this disaster was the misconduct of the captain, who was totally unfit for his responsible situation.
Just east of Port Daniel the Trail leads past St. Philip’s Anglican Church (1912) in the nearby village of l’Anse au Gascons, where victims of a famous 19th-century shipwreck lie buried. In 1838 the British merchant brig Colborne, bound for Quebec and Montreal, was driven onto rocks near Mackerel Point and sunk, drowning 43 crew and passengers. It’s said that many Gaspé fortunes were founded on its salvaged treasure of wine, spirits, silver, silk and money.
In 1838 a ship called "Lady Colbourne" was wrecked off the Gaspe coast shores and many blame her for the sightings of the Phanthom. The "Lady Coulbourne" was out of England and carried gold, spices, wine, silver etc..it carried little over 50 people and there were very few survivors (7 only). It carried people such as James Elliot Hudson (he survived along with the eldest daughter), Lady Hudson (her body was washed up on the shores of Caraquet) and their 11 children, W.M.Walker, Joseph Jones Ackinson (Acteson) (also a survivor) and many others .
Two Centuries of settlement of the Gaspé Coast by English Speaking People ...
by David J. McDougall, Concordia University
"A three master called the "Colbourne" was wrecked at Anse au Gascons near Port Daniel in 1838 and out of 47 people on board (including several children) only 12 survived. This vessel was many miles off course when it was wrecked on the shore of the Baie des Chaleurs because it should have been in the Gulf of St. Lawrence."
"Treasure trove in Gaspé and the Baie des chaleurs"
TREASURE TROVE IN GASPE AND THE BAIE DES CHALEURS BY MARGARET GRANT MACWH1RTER THIRD EDITION FULLY ILLUSTRATED QUEBEC: THE TELEGRAPH PRINTING Co. 1919 Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2009 with funding from Ontario Council of University Libraries