John Hawkins

John Hawkins[1]

Male 1861 - 1892  (31 years)

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  • Name John Hawkins 
    Born 30 Jan 1861  Devonport, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Aug 1892  St. Vincents Institution, St. Louis,Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried 7 Aug 1892  Bellefontaine Cem, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3  Hall Family | This line begins with John Hawkins 1861 - 1892 born Devonport, Devon, England., This line begins with John Hawkins 1861 - 1892 born Devonport, Devon, England.
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2004 

    Father James Hawkins,   b. Abt 1815, Devonport, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1884, St Louis, St Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Mother Jane Robinson,   b. Apr 1819, Edinburgh, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1902, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 21 Jul 1844  Devonport, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lilly Minerva Coghill,   b. Abt 1869, St Louis, St Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1935, El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1889  of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
    +1. Edgar James Hall, Sr,   b. 6 Nov 1889, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1955, San Diego,San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    John Hawkins 1879
    John Hawkins 1879
    Picture drawn by John Hawkins about 1879.
    Picture drawn by John Hawkins about 1879.
    This picture was in a sketch book belonging to John Hawkins. The note in the sketch book says Plymouth School of Art 1879.

    Documents
    Marrage Application of John Hawkins and Lilly M. Coghill
    Marrage Application of John Hawkins and Lilly M. Coghill
    Marriage License of John Hawkins and Lilly M. Coghill
    Marriage License of John Hawkins and Lilly M. Coghill

    Histories
    The Story of James Hawkins
    The Story of James Hawkins

  • Notes 
    • An interview with James Oscar Hall: "My father's name was Edgar James hall. The Hall name is an adopted name. His real father was John Hawkins from London, england. John Hawkins came to the United States to a World's Fair. It has geen said it was a World's Fair in chicago, Illinois. I don't know the date but he was a representative of the country of England as an artist. He was also known to be a portrait artist and made cartoons. He also was a concert violinist. we have a sketch book of his that shows he went to the Plymouth School of "Art in Plymouth, England around 1879. This book is in the possessiion of Vicki Holmes. It was during this time that he met my grandmother and they got married. After they were married my grandfather sent for his mother in London and had her come to the United States and live with them. My grandfather only lived a few years of their marriage. My fahter barely remembered his father. John Hawkins died of a tumor of the brain. After his death my grandmother remarried a man by the name of James Truett hall whom I as named after. I don't know when the adoption took place but my father was older in his early teens. It was said to be for business reason."
      "John hawkins had a brother who emigrated to Australia about the same time John Hawkins came to the United States. He started out as a sheep herder who, as the years went by became one of the biggest sheep owners in the land of Australia. He died in Australia but I don't know when. He was suppose to have left all of his holdings to my grandmother, Lilly May and my father, Edgar James but the government had a hard time find them. When they finally found my grandmother, the state limitations had gone by or something to that effect. The state took over his property so they lost out on that.



      Several more years go by and John is born in January 30,1861. John is only 2 months old in the 1861 census. They are living at 63 Tavistock Street in Stoke Dameral.

      John attends the Plymouth School of Art in 1879. The school has existed in Plymouth since 1851 or earlier. Many of the records were lost in the fires that damaged the city during the blitzes of the Second World War. John exhibited his artwork at the Royal Academy of Exhibitors in London. He had two paintings exhibited there. One painting on display was "Portrait of a Lady." The Royal Academy has exhibitions twice a year when "artists" of varying degrees of ability exhibit their work for sale. 1879 predates the issue of the first illustrated catalogues by ten years. Beyond this the Academy has no additional information about John Hawkins. He was living at 5, Walpole Street, Chelsea.In 1881 John is back home and is the only child at home. There is no mention of occupation for James or John. They are living at 50 Clowance St.

      John decides to come to the United States. The story passed down in the family is that John came to the United States to represent England in the Worlds Fair but no proof of this has been found. He appears in St Louis, Missouri before April 1, 1881 living at 1825 Olive. The City Directory lists his occupation as artist boards. In 1882 John is living at the same address and his occupation is engraver. In 1883 his occupation is listed as artist boards.

      In 1884 John sends for his parents in England to join him in St. Louis. James is now 69 and Jane is 63. James and Jane live at 2025 Obear Ave while John is living on south side of Breman Ave near the river. (This is probably the same address as his parents.) In 1885 John is listed as an artist living at 4331 N 20t Ave. His mother is living with him and in the directory she is listed as widow of James. James and his mother continue to live together during 1886 and 1887 at the same residence. John has been working in litho and as a draughtsman. In 1888 they moved to 4329 N 20th residence and John is listed as an artist. John and his mother move to 2000 John Ave.

      John has met Lillie M. Coghill who has been living at 2005 Obear Ave. This is not far from the location John's parents lived when they first came to St. Louis. John and Lillie are married 12 February 1889 by R. M. Higgins, Pastor of Hyde Park Congregational Church. Lillie is 20 years old and her father, James C. Coghill's, signature is on her marriage application. Her mother has passed away before this. John is 28 years old and living at 2000 John Ave.. Later in the year, on 6 Nov 1889 a son, Edgar James Hawkins, is born. Later in 1889 they move to 2007 Obear Ave, which is close to Lillie’s parents home of 2005 Obear Ave. John’s occupation, is traveler. In the year 2000, the 2000 John Ave residence was found to be torn down but the 2025 Obear location still exists where John and his parents lived.
      In 1890 John is listed in the city directory as an artist. In 1891 John and his family including his mother move to 4131 N Grand but in 1892 they move to 3205A Harper. John dies in August and is buried 7 August 1892 in the Coghill family plot at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

      John decides to come to the United States. The story passed down in the family is that John came to the United States to represent England in the Worlds Fair but no proof of this has been found. He appears in St Louis, Missouri before April 1, 1881 living at 1825 Olive. The City Directory lists his occupation as artist boards. In 1882 John is living at the same address and his occupation is engraver. In 1883 his occupation is listed as artist boards.

      In 1884 John sends for his parents in England to join him in St. Louis. James is now 69 and Jane is 63. James and Jane live at 2025 Obear Ave while John is living on south side of Breman Ave near the river. (This is probably the same address as his parents.) In 1885 John is listed as an artist living at 4331 N 20t Ave. His mother is living with him and in the directory she is listed as widow of James. James and his mother continue to live together during 1886 and 1887 at the same residence. John has been working in litho and as a draughtsman. In 1888 they moved to 4329 N 20th residence and John is listed as an artist. John and his mother move to 2000 John Ave.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] City of St.Louis,State of Missouri, Dept of Health and Hospitals, (Birth Certicate), Cert 10178, 16 Aug 1976.
      The birth certificate of Edgar James Hawkins shows John Hawkins and Lilly M as parents.

    2. [S4] General Register Office, 1861 Birth Ceritificate for John Hawkins, (Stoke Dameral, Devon, England), #PAS 805798/2001., BXBZ 303342, 3 Sep 2001.

    3. [S3] Probate Court of Grant County, New Mexico, (In the Matter of the Adoption of Edgar James Hawkins), No 185/Book 6/pages 520-523.
      For the adoption of Edgar James Hawkins to James T. Hall, it states John Hawkins, his father died in 1902.

    4. [S165] City of St. Louis Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certified Copy of death of John Hawkins, Certificate No 5731.

    5. [S129] Plymouth Marriages CD, Marriage of James Hawkins and Jane Robinson, (Stoke, Devonport, England).

    6. [S21] by R. W. Higgins, City of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, Original marriage license and certificate for John Hawkins & Miss Lillie M. Coghill, 12 Feb 1889, (License and certificate in possession of Janice Hartman, 7695 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura, CA., 93004), #30629., Book 36, Page 621.
      James C. Coghill signed on the marriage Certificate