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Pleasant Hill

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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. There are several different versions of the ancestry of Philemon Hawkins Sr., and I am relating one of them. Philemon Sr. had come 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 Warren (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. 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 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.



Originally part of Warren County, land now located near Middleburg, Vance County.


Date Constructed/ Founded

Late 1700’s, remodeled in 1850


Associated Surnames

Hawkins, Alston


Historical notes

Pleasant Hill was one of the largest plantation houses of its era, and has been included as part of the National Register for Historical Places since 1979.


Associated Slave Workplaces




Associated Free Persons

  • Philemon Hawkins Sr.
  • Philemon Hawkins Jr., son of Philemon Hawkins Sr. & Delia Warren
  • John Hawkins, son of Philemon Hawkins Sr. & Delia Warren
  • Leonard Henley Bullock, husband of Delia Hawkins, daughter of Philemon Hawkins Sr.
  • Ann Hunt Fuller Hawkins Marshall, daughter of John Hawkins & Sally Macon
  • Joseph H. Hawkins, son of John Hawkins & Sally Macon; married to Mary * Hardee Alston, daughter of Col. William Alston & Martha Hardy.



Associated Enslaved Persons


Slaves left by Philemon Hawkins Sr. in his 1801 will.

To son John Hawkins:

  • Frank, Sukey and child, Wordley
  • Little Moses.


To son Philemon:

  • Joe the miller, his wife Rhetta, and their children.


To grandson John D. Hawkins:

  • two Negro boys named Hopewell and Bud


To Lucy, wife of son Philemon:

  • two Negro girls named Sal & Rachell (children of Dorcas).


To granddaughter Priscilla Cotton:

  • a Negro girl between ages 12 – 15.


Slaves to be left at Plantation, supported at expense of Hawkins three sons:

  • Hannah
  • Jim
  • Doll
  • Robin
  • Moll
  • Nansey
  • Lucy


  • 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.


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.
  • Anderson
  • Little Sam
  • Old Sam, his wife Edy
  • Big Phil, his wife Louisa, child Nutty


Slaves to daughter Ann Little:

  • Mashoni
  • Sam, his wife Lid
  • Dillilah, her children Sinthy & Stephen
  • Tango
  • Kissey
  • Lillie, her daughter Nancy


Slaves to daughter Dillea Haywood:

  • Ned
  • Dilsey, her sons John & Tom
  • Little Mary
  • Hardy
  • Little Phil, wife Lotty
  • Sarah (Ben’s daughter)


Slaves to daughter Sarah Polk:

  • Punch, wife Mary, their children Eveline & Washington
  • Jerushee, child Aggy
  • Prisley
  • Morry
  • Abby
  • Sarah (Edy’s daughter)


Slaves to son John D. Hawkins:

  • Jesse, wife Penny, their daughter Betty
  • Old Gloster
  • Ambrous, wife Rody
  • Harriett
  • Moses
  • Derry, wife Liddy


Slaves to son Joseph W. Hawkins:

  • James, wife Edy, their 2 youngest children Little Matthew & Judy
  • Burton
  • Joe
  • Matthew (brother to Penny)
  • Smith Peter
  • Wagoner Harry


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
  • Demsey
  • Sandy
  • Little Gloster
  • 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:

  • Anthony
  • Willis


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:

  • Samson


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:

  • Ephrum
  • Ealer
  • Betty (bought from Henry Macon),and her children Hixey & Harry
  • Blacksmith Jacob & Patty Lane, to be later given to son John H. Hawkins



Research Leads and Plantation Records


  • Hawkins Family Papers 1738-1895, Collection number 322, at the Manuscripts Dept. of the Library of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Miscellaneous Information


  • Of special interest to researchers is the fact that Philemon Hawkins (1717-1801) freed several slaves over the years, in particular Matthew Hawkins, who remained in Warren Co. and left a sizable inheritance for his family in 1855. Matthew Hawkins (1783-1855) married Mahaly Mushaw, called "Moosher" in the Marriage record (1783 –abt 1862) on February 26, 1812 in Warren Co.; their children were Amy Hawkins (abt 1815-1845), who married Plummer Carter (1800-1863) (Children: Thomas M. Carter, Elizabeth Carter, Hawkins Wesley Carter, Matthew Carter); Woodley Hawkins, b.1820, married Margaret Blacknall (1826-1914) (Children: Matthew T., Thomas H., Nancy Mary, Jeremiah James Hawkins); Frank Hawkins (1821-1851), married Lucy Ann Ward, b. 1836; and Nancy Hawkins (1824 – abt 1910), married Henry Green, b. 1826 (Children: Lazerus, Mary, Matthew Green).




  • Will of Philemon Hawkins, probated Feb.1802, Will Book 11,Pg. 226
  • Will of Philemon Hawkins, probated Feb. 1833, Will Book 34,Pg.45
  • Will of John Hawkins, probated Aug. 1803, Will Book 12,Pg.106
  • Will of Joseph W. Hawkins, probated Aug. 1842, Will Book 38,Pg. 89
  • Philemon Hawkins Bible, Warren County USGenweb site
  • Philemon Hawkins of Chicahominy
  • Inventory of the Hawkins Family Papers 1738 -1895
  • Descendants of John Hawkins
  • My North Carolina Roots, Matthew Hawkins descendancy chart




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