Henry Adolphus Hawkins

1786 - 1856

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded compensation probably as owner for two small claims in St Catherine Jamaica, and awarded as co-trustee of Robert James Hale with Elizabeth Hale or Hales the compensation for enslaved people on Content estate in St John Jamaica.

  1. Henry Adolphus Hawkins, son of Richard and Mary Neild Hawkins, baptised 27/01/1786 at St David's Exeter.

  2. It is probable that Hawkins was in Jamaica before Emancipation: he may be the Henry Hawkins who was surgeon of the St Andrews troop of the Surrey Regiment of Horse from 25/11/1814 until at least 1824.  

  3. Henry Adolphus Hawkins surgeon of Reading Berkshire, son of Richard Hawkins solicitor married Sarah Baker widow at St Mary Magdalene Woolwich 28/12/1837. Henry Mortimer Hawkins, baptised in Windsor in 1840. Daughter Eliza Niele Hawkins baptised 1843 in Marylebone (parents' abode 13 Acacia Road, St John's Wood). Son Knowling Charles baptised in Marylebone in 1847 (parents' abode 6 St Ann's Terrace, St John's Wood). In 1851 he was living at 6 Upper York Place, Marylebone, "surgeon not practising", age 61, born Exeter, with his wife Sarah, age 41, children Henry M, age 10, born Windsor, Eliza N, age 7, born Marylebone and Knowling C, age 3, born Marylebone, and two female servants.

  4. Will of Henry Adolphus Hawkins surgeon of Belsize Road  St John's Wood proved 29/11/1856. Burial of Henry Adolphus Hawkins All Souls Kensal Green 07/10/1856 aged 69.



T71/852 St Catherine claim nos. 525 and 526; T71/ 854 St John claim no. 259A & B (Content).

T71/1606 letter from H.A. Hawkins, Victoria Terrace, Exeter, Devon, dated 29/11/1835: asking about the compensation process. T71/1592 p. 242 letter to H.A. Hawkins, re timing.

T71/1593 p 399 16/02/1837 letter to Henry A Hawkins, High St, Bideford [Devon] [award to Henry Adolphus Hawkins and Elizabeth Hale as trustees for infant Robert James Hales], saying that there is now evidence that Martha R Swinhoe now decd was entitled to rent and profits until Robert James Hale was 21. Therefore, need to restructure trust, add trustee. T71/1606 letter from Robert James Hales [sic] 14/11/1836, 'having a claim on a gang of slaves in the parish of St John', property of his father R. Augustus Hale but since in the possession of Martha R Swinhoe: any information on claim? 15/12/1836 Robert James Hale from 1 Brownham Place Hotwells Bristol: are the trustees I named alright? Letter to R. J. Hale, 1 Brownham Place Hotwells Bristol: have you reached majority yet; no, you need trustees, Mrs Robert A. Hales plus one other. Letter T71/1594 p 16 15/03/1837 to Henry A Hawkins, Exeter [Devon] re this claim: seeking return of special award and reissue to 3 trustees.

  1. Findmypast.co.uk, Devon Baptisms [database online].

  2. Jamaica Almanac (1817 and 1824).

  3. Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; Findmypast.co.uk, England & Wales Births 1837-2006 [database online]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]; 1851 census online.

  4. PROB 11/2241; Ancestry.com, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online].

We are grateful to Peter Selley for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Sarah Baker
Henry Mortimer, Eliza Niele, Knowling Charles

Associated Claims (3)

£364 14s 4d
£19 10s 10d
£1,969 8s 3d
Awardee (Trustee)

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1834 [EA] - → Guardian
1827 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Addresses (5)

4 Chester Mews, Regents Park, London, Middlesex, London, England
Belsize Road, St John's Wood, London, Middlesex, London, England
High Street, Bideford, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England
St Anns Terrace, York Place, Marylebone, London, Middlesex, South-east England, England
Victoria Terrace, Exeter, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England