Are you aware of whether there are still Hawkins family in or around the area where they lived? Yes, there still is.
Do you have any knowledge of who the other brothers may be? No, but I suspect Monica Myers Lambrecht wife of William Lambrecht in St. Paul. might know. She visited Ireland and tracked down a cousin. The Myers are Hawkins descendants as well. She used to have a web page for the Hawkins, McLaughlins, Fables.... but I cannot seem to find it know,
Have you any idea what port of entry Lawrence may have come through? That I do not know, I was hoping you did.
How are you related to the Hawkins? I have over 4000 descendants for Lawrence Hawkins Cecelia Joyce.
According to Lawrence Hawkins, a wonderful Irish gentleman who currently resides on a farm in Kileenadeema, there were seven Hawkins brothers, six of which emigrated to America. Lawrence himself is descended from the one brother who remained in Ireland. My 3rd great grandfather, Lawrence Hawkins, was one of the six brothers to leave Ireland during the famine. Lawrence Hawkins says that our ancestors, Lawrence and Cecelia, were evicted from their home because their rent was late. However, he said the rent had not yet come due. Supposedly, the landlord wanted them off the land and conspired with the local sheriff and parish priest to have them evicted. Since the rent wasn't yet due, the sheriff had to have been "in on it" in order to draw up an eviction notice. Then, the story goes, he gave the papers to the parish priest who was the one who served the family with the notice of eviction. The family then moved into a nearby shed until they gathered enough money to pay for their passage to America.
In the writings of S.N. Hawkins, the youngest son of Lawrence and Cecelia and my 3rd great uncle, the first members of the family to emigrate would be the eldest son, John, and the second eldest daughter, Bridget. We know they settled in Meriden, County, CT. This is probably where other members of the Hawkins family settled. Then, on 3 May 1849, Lawrence, Cecelia, and three of their sons, Thomas, Patrick, and Michael, would sail from Galway to the Port of New York aboard the M. Mellon. They would settle with John and Bridget in Connecticut. Later, on 26 November 1849, Winnifred Hawkins would bring Peter and Stephen. They would sail from Liverpool to New York aboard the Wm. H. Harbeck. Nearly a year later, Larry (Lawrence) and Martin would sail on the John Henry from Liverpool on 1 November 1850. Listed next to Larry and Martin is Bridget Joyce, age 45, and her daughter, Bridget, age 15. Bridget Joyce could be related to Cecelia (sister-in-law?) and brought her nephews over with her.
We know from S.N. Hawkins' writings that the family stayed in Meriden, CT, for a few years where some of their children would marry, then, in 1852, moved to Fitchburg, Dane County, WI (just south of Madison). Here the family lived in the Irish Lane Settlement for a couple of years. Fitchburg is where the Hawkins family met the McLaughlins and the Kinneys. Members of these families would later marry into the Hawkins family. James K. McLaughlin, along with his cousin, James McLaughlin Sr., would move with the Hawkins family to the St. Croix Valley. A branch of the Kinney family would follow later in the 1860s.
Early in 1855, Cecelia died. Later that year, Mary Hawkins Shields, and her family, would join up with her father and siblings. The family was expanding and in need of more land. They headed NW to St. Croix County, arriving in the St. Croix Valley on 4 June 1855. The story, as told by S.N. Hawkins, goes as follows:
On a bright summer morning, June 4th 1855, an emigrant train consisting of eight covered wagons, drawn by sixteen yoke of oxen, followed by a drove of cows and young cattle, might be seen emerging from the dense forest which skirted the eastern boundary line of the St. Croix Valley (known at that time as "The Big Woods"), and wending their way over the desolate and trackless prairie they halted and pitched their tents close by a bubbling spring, only a short distance from the East Fork of the Kinnickinnick River, and at a place afterwards named Pleasant Valley, but which, for many years, was commonly known as the "Hawkins Settlement."