Middleburg, Vance County, North Carolina
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|PLANTATION NAME:||PLEASANT HILL, a.k.a. RIVENOAK, or HAWKINS HOUSE|
|ASSOCIATED LINK(s):||Pleasant Hill Plantation in Ridgeway|
|ORIGINAL OWNER:||Philemon Hawkins (1752-1833)|
|BUILT:||probably in the 1770's|
Pleasant Hill, of Warren County, North Carolina, also known as Rivenoak, was built for Philemon Hawkins Jr., also known as the third, (1752-1833) and his wife, Lucy Davis (1759-1807), who were married on August 31, 1775. Philemon had served in the Revolutionary War and settled down in Warren County to raise a family on lands inherited from his father, Philemon Hawkins (1717-1801), who also left large tracts of land to his children and grandchildren upon his death. Philemon Sr. had come to NC around 1736 to what was then old Edgecombe County, later to become Granville County, with his mother, Ann Eleanor Howard Hawkins (1694-1742) and his step-father. Ann had been the widow of Philemon Hawkins (1690-1725) who had died in Charles City County, Virginia, whom she had married in England in 1714, with both of them emigrating to Virginia shortly after their marriage. After settling in North Carolina along Six Pound Creek, Philemon Hawkins Sr. married Delia Martin (1721-1794) in 1743, and together they raised 7 children: Delia, John, Philemon, Benjamin, Frances, Joseph, and Anne Hawkins. The area of North Carolina where the Hawkins settled later became Bute County, which became Warren County in 1779. Still later, the part of Warren County that Pleasant Hill stands on went to Vance County when that County was formed in 1881. The Hawkins families were prosperous planters, who also had many businesses including sawmills, banking, machinery and phosphate manufacturing, as well as the fact that they held many offices in the State and Federal government, and indeed, one of Philemon and Lucy’s sons, William Hawkins (1777-1819), served as Governor for the State of North Carolina from 1811-1814. Pleasant Hill stayed in the Hawkins family until 1853, when it was sold to John Clark of New Bern, NC. Clark did some renovations, and then sold the property to James Robinson Carroll in 1856. It was the Carroll Family who renamed the house, Rivenoak.
This plantation is not to be confused with another one in Ridgeway, Warren County, also called Pleasant Hill. That plantation was built in 1790 by Col. Benjamin Hawkins(1754-1818), who was also a son of Philemon Hawkins & Delia Martin.
Inventory of the property of Colo. PHIL HAWKINS SEN'R, Deceased. Recorded
Aug 26, 1802:
JACK, freed by the will
[LITTLE BOB now in possession of Joseph Hawkins, this whole line crossed out]
LITTLE MOSES now in the possession of John Hawkins Sen'r
MATTHEW freed by the will
Slaves at Sandy Creek:
DORCAS, SALL, RACHAEL & LEWIS now in the hands of COL. JOHN HAWKINS.
In the Inventory above aluded to there was a Negro by the name of Little Bob whose name was erased it ought to be reinstated and which I shall give in another inventory for the possession of Jos. Hawkins.
Phil Hawkins one of the Executors of Phil Hawkins dec'd, came into Court and for an Inventory of the Estate of the Testator which came to his hands before Feb. 7, Warren Court last he refers to an Inventory of said Estate by him then returned as Administrator pendente lite.
Phil Hawks Extr
Aug 26th 1802
Slaves left by PHILEMON HAWKINS SR. in his 1801 will.
To son JOHN HAWKINS:
SUKEY and child, WOODLEY
To son PHILEMON HAWKINS:
JOE the miller, his wife RHETTA, and their children.
To grandson JOHN D. HAWKINS:
two boys named HOPEWELL and BUD
To LUCY, wife of son PHILEMON:
two girls named SAL & RACHELL (children of DORCAS).
To granddaughter PRISCILLA COTTON:
a Slave girl between ages 12 – 15.
Slaves to be left at Plantation, supported at expense of HAWKINS three sons:
Emancipation of slaves OLD HARRY, and OLD JACK.
Emancipation of slaves MATTHEW and AMY; MATTHEW also to be given 250 acres of land, plus sundry supplies.
(Note by DW: Matthew & Amy were freed in Warren Co. Court Session, Nov. 1800, on Nov. 24, 1800; They were given the names of Matthew Hawkins [1783-1855] & Amy Honesty, who was probably his mother. Matthew became a fairly prosperous farmer, with a sizeable estate, which upon his death, was divided between his widow, Mahaly Mushaw-Hawkins[1783-1862]; 2 surviving children, Woodley & Nancy; and his 4 grandchildren, from his deceased daughter Amy [1815-1845], Thomas, Elizabeth, Hawkins W., & Matthew Carter. See further info: Matthew Hawkins in My NC Roots)
PHILEMON HAWKINS JR. died in 1833 and left the following in his will.
To daughter ELINOR HAYWOOD:
BEN, his daughter FRANKY, and her child JINNY.
OLD SAM, his wife EDY
BIG PHIL, his wife LOUISA, child NUTTY
Slaves to daughter ANN LITTLE:
SAM,his wife LID
DILLILAH, her children SINTHY & STEPHEN
LILLIE, her daughter NANCY
Slaves to daughter DILLEA HAYWOOD:
DILSEY, her sons JOHN & TOM
LITTLE PHIL, wife LOTTY
SARAH (BEN's daughter)
Slaves to daughter SARAH POLK:
PUNCH, wife MARY, their children EVELINE & WASHINGTON
JERUSHEE, child AGGY
SARAH (EDY’s daughter)
Slaves to son JOHN D. HAWKINS:
JESSE, wife PENNY, their daughter BETTY
AMBROUS, wife RODY
DERRY, wife LIDDY
Slaves to son JOSEPH W. HAWKINS:
JAMES, wife EDY, their 2 youngest children, LITTLE MATTHEW & JUDY
MATTHEW (brother to PENNY)
Slaves to son JOHN D. HAWKINS in trust for son BENJAMIN T. HAWKINS:
GEOREM(probably should be GEORGE), wife MILLEY, their 2 youngest children AMEY & DICEY
LUCY, her grandchild LUCY
Slaves to granddaughter EMILY NUTALL (daughter of son WILLIAM HAWKINS):
TILDA (daughter of JESSE)
Slaves to granddaughter LUCY COLEMAN (daughter of son WILLIAM):
MARTHA daughter of JAMES)
Slaves to granddaughter MATILDA (daughter of son WILLIAM):
PHILLIS (daughter of JAMES)
Slaves to granddaughter CELESTIA (daughter of son WILLIAM):
PINNY (daughter of JESSE)
Slaves to granddaughter MARY JEANE(daughter of son WILLIAM):
LUCINDA (daughter of SILLER)
Slaves to granddaughter HENRIETTA (daughter of son WILLIAM):
LIDDY (daughter of MILLEY)
To be freed, but since the law does not allow, 2 sons to help set them up in trade:
JOHN HAWKINS (1745-1803)the son of PHILEMON HAWKINS SR.(d.1801) left the
following slaves in his will-
To daughter ANN HUNT FULLER MARSHALL:
BETTY (daughter of BETTY)
To son BENJAMIN HAWKINS:
To daughter DELLY MARTIN GREEN:
SUCKEY, her child BETTY
AMEY (daughter of MOLLY)
To son JOSEPH HAWKINS:
CADWALLADER (son of BETTY)
To wife SALLY MACON HAWKINS:
BETTY(bought from HENRY MACON),and her children HIXEY & HARRY
Blacksmith JACOB & PATTY LANE, to be later given to son JOHN H. HAWKINS
JOHN HAWKINS, dec'd, 1803; Division of Slaves in Warren Co, NC, Feb
& Estate of JOSEPH H. HAWKINS (bef 1788-1827) son of JOHN HAWKINS
(1745-1803)& SARAH MACON:
Ordered Executors to Sell
JOSEPH HAWKINS, Warren County Estate 1829
To AUGUSTUS ALSTON and his wife MARY HELLEN formerly MARY
To ARTHUR MACON and his wife MARTHA HARDY formerly MARTHA
To the other three children of Col. JOSEPH HAWKINS, the balance of the Slaves held in common:
CALLOWAY & Child MARTHA ANN
MINDER & Child STARLING
MOLLY & Child MARTHA HELLEN
LIZZIE & Child WESLEY
ADELINE & Child LILA
MARIA JOHNSTON & her child ANN ELIZA
|See further distribution of Slaves, Will and Estate of Joseph Hawkins,1827|
Philemon Hawkins Family Bible, 1 & 2 ; The Hawkins Family Papers 1738-1895
|MISCELLANEOUS:||National Register of Historic Places; Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, Library of Congress ; Descendants of Philemon Hawkins website; Will of Philemon Hawkins, 1801; Estate of Philemon Hawkins Sr.,Warren Co.1802; Will of Philemon Hawkins Jr., 1833; Will & Estate of John Hawkins, 1803, Warren Co. WB12, Pg.106; Will & Estate of Joseph Hawkins-1827|
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