Though listed for years as
Alben, Sapper Hawkins appears on regimental rolls as Alfred. Provincial records back this up.
|As a Sapper Hawkins' Regimental Pay per Diem
would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s.
Received Crown Grant, April
29, 1870, for Lot 45, Group 2, New Westminster District, 150 acres. He
was a carpenter and bricklayer, in partnership with R. M. Rylatt until
Hawkins took up farming at Matsqui Prairie in 1874. In 1870 he laid the
foundations for Hastings Mill. Founder of Mount Lehman, former reeve of
Matsqui; at least 3 children, son Alfred named freeman of Mt Lehman, March
No wife's name is mentioned
in the BC Studies information (source of the above info) about the R.E.
but a search at the BC online archives suggests that her name was Agnes
BC Online Archives has a
Marriage Registry for an Albert Hawkins and an Agnes Anderson. Dec
19, 1878, in New Westminster, Reg. Number 1878-09-113211.
Furthermore, according to
records found at the BC online Archives, Alfred Hawkins died at age 66 on
May 25, 1903, in Mount Lehman (death reg number
1903-09-081109), and an Agnes
Hawkins died at the age of 76, in Matsqui, on Dec 5, 1932 (Reg. number
1932-09-468385). If these two are Hawkins and his unnamed wife, he
would have been 40 and she 22 in 1878, a not at all uncommon age
difference between a 19th century bride and groom.
Online Archives Call Number
HAWKINS, Alben, 1838- . Mt. Lehman; farmer.
Originals, 1871-1890, 1.5 cm; typescript, 1874-1880, 0.1 cm
Diary, 1874-1880 [typescript available]; letter from his
brother, Tottenham, England, 1879, containing family and
local news; I.O.O.F. receipts, 1871 and 1872; pay book,
1861-1863 and discharge certificate, 1863,
specification for piers at Hastings sawmill, bridge at
Matsqui, house at Sapperton.
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