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The Hocker/Hawker Family

The following information was developed from numerous primary and secondary sources. Unfortunately, some of the secondary sources provide contradictory information. Based on the best information available at this time, this is how we see the Hawker generations unfolding from John Hocker and Elizabeth Wright to the marriages of their descendents - Elizabeth Hawker to Samuel Pruitt I in 1720 and, seventy years later, another Elizabeth Hawker to William Seal, Jr. in 1790.

John Hocker, whose family was of German or Swiss ancestry, was born in 1635 in Wales. In 1647 John Hocker emigrated from Wales to Northumberland Co., Va. While there is no conclusive evidence, it appears that John Hocker was kidnapped in Wales and sold to a ship's captain who was about to leave for Virginia. Some sources indicate that in 1659 he married Mary Greene who was born in 1637. This marriage would probably have taken place in St. Mary's Co., Md. It is not known what happened to Mary Greene, but in 1671 John Hocker married Elizabeth Wright in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., Md. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Wright and Barbara Wright who probably emigrated from Scotland. John and Elizabeth Hocker had the following children:

The Pruiett side of our family can trace its ancestry back to John Hocker through Robert Hocker/Hawker. The Parker side can trace its ancestry back to John Hocker through Nicholas Hocker/Hawker.

Amy Selby, who was born in 1679 in Prince George's Co., Md., was the daughter of William Selby, born in Maryland in 1656. Robert Hocker and Amy Selby were married in 1698 and had the following children:

Elizabeth Hawker married Samuel Pruitt I in Prince George's Co., Md. in 1720. For more on the Pruiett genealogy, go to Pruiett, Part 1.

Nicholas Hocker married Sophia Sim around 1710 in Anne Arundel Co., Md. One source indicates she was born in Maryland in 1690. Another says she was christened in Scotland on July 6, 1684. Nicholas Hocker and Sophia Sim had the following children:

The Hawker families lived in an area of Prince George's Co., Md. that first became part of Frederick County in 1748 and then Montgomery County in 1776. The 1733 List of Taxables taken by Charles Perry, constable for Rock Creek Hundred in Prince George's Co., Md. showed:

Samuel Pruitt 1
Nicholas Hawkes [Hawker] 2
   Philip Hawkes [Hawker]

Sophia Sim died before 1735 and Nicholas Hawker then married a daughter of Ambrose Cook in 1735; her first name is not known at this time. Nicholas Hawker and his new wife had the following child:

In 1759 Ambrose Cook Hawker married Lydia Butts, the daughter of Samuel Butts and Elizabeth Swearingen of Frederick Co., Md. In the late 1780s, the couple and their children moved to Pittsylvania Co., Va. They had the following children:

William Seal, Jr. was born in Pittsylvania Co., Va. in 1769, the son of William Seale. William Seal, Jr. and Elizabeth (Betsy) Hawker were married on Oct. 23, 1790 in Pittsylvania Co., Va. For more on the Seals genealogy, go to Seals, Part 1.

Ambrose Hawker, father of Elizabeth (Hawker) Seals, died in Pittsylvania Co., Va. in 1819. His will, dated 1812 was probated in 1819.

To son Ambrose my riding beast to fully enjoy. To my granddaughter Polly Butt one cow to fully enjoy. To my sons William and Phillip Hawker my tract of land where I now live - 140 acres to be equally divided between them. Also my stock of all kinds which has not been heretofore mentioned and all of my household and all the balance of my estate - what shall be left after etc., etc. and they must maintain their mother during her life. To the heirs of Duesella Butt, Pricilla Clark, Basil Hawker and unto Darcos Rice, Sarah Riddle, Mary Tompson, Elizabeth Seal, Anna Butt, Lydia Rice and Deborah Earp to each of them one shilling sterling.
Ambrose X Hawker

Samuel Butts, father of Lydia (Butts) Hawker, died on Sept. 6, 1786 in Montgomery Co., Md.

The sons of Ambrose and Lydia Hawker, Ambrose, William and Philip, continued to live in Pittsylvania Co., Va. The census records for 1820 and 1830 suggest that the three brothers lived quite close to each other.

1820 Census - Pittsylvania County [Census Record]
NameM(-10)M(16-26)M(26-45)M(45+)F(-10)F(10-16)F(16-26)F(26-45)F(45+)#Agr.
Philip Hawker1111
William Hawker112111
Ambrose Hawker1122212
1830 Census - Pittsylvania County [Census Record]
NameM(5-10)M(10-15)M(15-20)M(40-50)M(50-60)M(60-70)F(15-20)F(20-30)F(40-50)
Philip Hawker211
Ambrose Hawker122
William Hawker1111111

While the 1850 and 1860 censuses still show William and Philip Hawker living in Pittsylvania County, there is no record of Ambrose Hawker after 1840, suggesting that he had either moved or died sometime in the 1840s. Ambrose Hawker would have been 70 years old in 1850.

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