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Audrey DeCamp Hoffman (#46783896)
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Bio Photo I am now a ninety one year old mother, grandmother, gr-grandmother, and recently a gr-gr-grandmother. On my 80th birthday my grandkids were ask to share what they remember about grandma. Because I realized they didn't know much about their ancestors, I decided to write down what I remembered of the stories that were told to me as I was growing up. That lead me to contact the Sequoia Genealogical Society.

Volunteers taught me how to find more than 100 years of local family history from the Tulare City Libraries Genealogical Collection.

One volunteer, a retired school teacher taught me, fourth grade style, how to search the Internet on the computer. That year my daughter and grand children gave me a computer for Christmas, and I was off and flying and now I added Find a Grave to my activities.

Seen on another contributor's profile. I couldn't agree more.

We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe.

When you visit one of my memorials please leave a flower. I appreciate it when you say what relation, if any, to a person.

Because of my age I would like to transfer some of my memorials. For many of them, I am not a direct descendant, and I prefer to transfer to direct descendants. There are a few occasions where I will make an exception. I will not make any transfers unless you leave a flower and a note.

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Elizabeth Hawkins Pope and Humphrey Pope
Thank you for your reply.

Do you by chance have a copy of the Baptism record of Elizabeth Hawkins?

While I would absolutely love to believe that I descend from Sir Richard Hawkins, I hesitate to make any conclusion without being absolutely certain.

There is a Richard Hawkins that imported a woman by the name of Katherine Willoughby, who he may have married as records list a wife by the name of Katherine but her maiden name has never been proven.

There was at least one other Richard Hawkins in Virginia, but who has been disproven of possibly being her father.

Elizabeth Hawkins remarried twice after the death of Humphrey Pope.

They claim that Elizabeth Hawkins was born about 1655, when the Richard Hawkins they list would have been 27 years old, according to records.

Elizabeth then married Humphrey Pope circa 1672/3 before the birth of their first child. That would mean that Elizabeth was married and having children by the age of 18, which seems about right.

Humphrey Pope was transported by Major John Washington and Thomas Pope, when we was between eight and twelve years old in 1661.

Many claim that Humphrey was born in Bristol, England, which would make sense if he was of kin to Thomas, John or Michael Pope, who if I am not mistaken, owned the Whitson Court Sugar House in Bristol, England.

It is known that John Pope went to visit Major John Washington in Virginia, so they definitely knew each other.

Nathaniel Pope is said to be related to that Pope line, which could prove the missing link between Nathaniel and Humphrey that has always been suspected but never confirmed.

I have no proof that Humphrey was actually born in Bristol, however.

If Elizabeth Hawkins was born in 1635 as the Baptism record you have proves, why did Humphrey marry a woman that was 10 to 15 years older than himself? That seems rather unusual.

It would also mean that Elizabeth Hawkins gave birth to her first child at the age of 37.

There is a will that proves that Elizabeth's father was named Richard Hawkins but no documentation is able to prove which Richard Hawkins was her father.

I have also been unable to locate a baptism or other record that proves the age of Elizabeth Hawkins and thus have no conclusive proof of where her, or her father, Richard Hawkins, were born.

Do you by chance know when your Elizabeth Hawkins arrived in Virginia or how she got here from England?

It is still possible that Elizabeth Hawkins, daughter of Sir Richard Hawkins, was the wife of Humphrey Pope but there does not seem to be enough to say conclusively either way.

Did Sir Richard Hawkins leave a will? Perhaps an examination of what became of his land holdings would solve the mystery once and for all.

Added by Ancestor Hunter on Mar 22, 2015 2:55 AM
Julia Ruhling, #57064952
Thank you for adding a photograph of her (and her husband?) to her memorial!
Added by Tangent on Mar 21, 2015 11:42 AM
B.J. Waters
Lydia Packwood
Thank you for adding the cute photo of her as a little girl!

Added by B.J. Waters on Mar 19, 2015 5:03 PM
Patricia Mechling
Chief Richard Fields, Jr.
There is no picture extant of Chief Richard Fields.
This is perhaps his grandson, also Richard, who was active in Cherokee politics.
Added by Patricia Mechling on Mar 18, 2015 12:41 PM
Todd Whitesides
Knollys Family
Thank you, Audrey.
Added by Todd Whitesides on Mar 17, 2015 10:28 AM
Robert Rudy Benham
Robert Rudy Benham was my maternal great uncle, brother to Joseph Milton Benham. I was so surprised to find his photo and marker and would like permission to add it to his place in my Family Tree Maker program. I already have the newspaper clipping. Ione
Added by odiorne on Mar 12, 2015 5:03 PM
Raylene Lapierre Lehnhoff
RE: Hi Raylene
You're welcome, it was a pleasure to help.
Added by Raylene Lapierre Lehnhoff on Mar 12, 2015 2:48 PM
Loyal Limb
RE: Thank you Loyal Limb
Your are most welcome. Happy Valley Memorial Cemetery is a beautiful place and the helpful staff making taking pictures there a joy.
Added by Loyal Limb on Mar 12, 2015 7:05 AM
MandieRae (Swonger)
it was my pleasure
If you need any more please let me know, I am glad to help.
Added by MandieRae (Swonger) on Mar 10, 2015 8:20 PM
Linda H Swindell
David Dodson Transfer
Thank you for the transfer. I will take good care of it.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Mar 07, 2015 5:00 PM
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