William Hawkins

Beyond Frank Hallam’s Row, Adeline recalls that “at the bottom of Queen Street, you went over a little footbridge into the field, now a road, and I think it is called Queen Street Drive.
“Against England’s Field**, afterwards Albert Street, Mr William Hawkins bought some land and built two cottages, one he reserved for his stock of fireplaces, etc., the other he lived in.”

** England’s Fields were also known as Long Crofts, stretching from Queen Street to Derby Road. On the map below (of the late 19th Century) they would be located along the west side of what was later Albert Street (where the Foundry works and the row of houses can be seen). Frank Hallam’s Row is the group of houses on the south side of Queen Street


As Edwin Trueman notes (Trueman 1) William Hawkins was the son of Samuel (and Ann (nee Smith)). His father’s ancestors “came out of Staffordshire, and worked as engineers at the erection of Morley Park Ironworks (near Heage), which fell into disuse about seven years ago” (i.e. about 1880).

Two views of Morley Park Iron furnaces, last working about 1874

William’s mother was “a daughter of … Thomas Smith .. of Shottle”.
Though his father lived for many years at Duffield, William Hawkins was born in December 1829 at Hyson Green, Nottingham — “to which place his father had removed”and was later apprenticed to an iron founder at West Hallam.
After this he travelled to various parts of the country and on the 1851 census was employed as a moulder at Netherthorpe, Sheffield where he married Ann Gregory in that year, on August 11th.

(Ann was possibly the illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Gregory, born in West Hallam in 1829, and on the 1851 census, was employed as a house servant for Joseph Oakes, retired merchant of Glossop Road in Sheffield).
Their daughter Eliza was born at Oldham, Lancashire about 1853.

“Mr. Hawkins started his foundry in the old building opposite the Nag’s Head”
This would place it just south of Weaver Row, opposite the Raynes house, later to be the home of baker Amos Beardsley and family.

A Facebook post by Julian Jasper Mellor (April 1st 2022)


From the Derby Mercury March 24th 1858

Then “he transferred his foundry business from South Street to Queen Street.”

The letterhead of William’s business correspondence indicates that his firm was established in 1853 as does the cast iron plate (above left). It is evidence of a relative short-lived partnership between William Hawkins and James Josiah Ward. Very shortly after, in 1854 they moved into the Rutland Foundry premises at the (then) bottom of Queen Street. The partnership was terminated on March 17th 1858. When living in Mundy Street with his family, James Ward died in June 1861. William Hawkins, of course, then became a very prosperous Ilkeston ironfounder.

In February 1879 William read a paper on ‘Bees and their habits’ to the Church Mutual Improvement Society.
“The essayist proceeded with much care and minuteness to particularise the habits of the bee in collecting honey, in storing it, in making cells, and rearing the young bees, in their various stages of egg, grub, chrysalis, and fully developed insect”. (IP)
Questions and discussion followed.

In January 1881, about 4pm, an alarming occurrence at the Rutland Iron Factory:
“It appears that a quantity of metal, to be used for casting, was being melted in a cupola on the works, when suddenly the material which had been used to block up the opening where the cupola is cleaned out was blown away with a tremendous report, which startled the whole neighbourhood. Molten metal flew in all directions, and a large number of the window panes were smashed, but, fortunately, none of the men suffered serious injury. People living close by rushed out in time to see a cloud of steam and dust arise, and in a few minutes a large number of people assembled at the works. The report was heard at a considerable distance, and the utmost anxiety was manifested until it was known that the workmen had escaped injury”. (NG)

In December 1881 William was voted onto the Local Board by the existing members to replace Samuel Streets Potter of the Park who was departing for America. (The latter died of fever at Fort Collins, Colorado, less than four months later, aged 29).

William resigned from the Board in February 1883 after being accused by fellow Board member Charles Mitchell of accepting contracts of work for the Board whilst still being a Board member, contrary to the Public Health Act 1875. As a result on this contravention William was due to appear at Derby Nil Prius Court but was offered a ‘get-out clause’… his penalty of £50 would be withdrawn if he agreed to resign and pay the full costs of both sides. He did and it was.

(At the same time and in the same court plumber and glazier Henry Clay senior was accused by the same person of the same offence, though there was not the same reaction — see The Mundy Arms).

September 1888: — Tenders for improving the heating system at Granby Girls’ School were laid before the School Board and the tender of Mr. William Hawkins, of Ilkeston, who offered to do the work for £25 10s, was accepted.(Nottingham Journal  Sept. 7th)


The children of William and Ann Hawkins

“There were four sons, William, Jacob, Herbert and Charlie, and two girls, Eliza and Annie”… writes Adeline.
In fact there were at least eight children in the family …. Eliza, William, Jacob, Ann, Samuel 1, Samuel 2, Isaac and Charles Smith. All the surviving children — and grandchildren — were mentioned in the Will of William Hawkins (dated 1919) which you can find below.

Eliza married Ilkeston-born iron moulder Herbert Rigley on April 6th, 1874 and from Queen Street moved to settle in Graham Street in the 1880’s. Herbert died at Number 38 on  June 7th, 1906, aged 54, while Eliza died at the same address on June 13th, 1919, aged 65
The Rigley couple had several children … Sarah Ann, who married coalminer Alan Bostock, son of Rutland Street grocer Thomas and Ann (nee Smith) in 1903; William Hawkins Rigley; John Thomas Rigley; Herbert Rigley; George Henry Rigley; Samuel Charles Rigley; Lily Rigley who married Ernest Booth in 1923, and Maud Lizzie Rigley who married Arthur Cyril Marriott in 1918.

Eldest son William junior, born in 1855 in Ilkeston, worked for his father as a clerk.
In 1881 he left for Elmer U.S.A. where, according to the Pioneer (1939) he was “an early pioneer in Texas” and “was killed under mysterious circumstances”. The Derby Mercury (1885) reported that he had become the owner of a cotton gin and in October of that year a wayward bale of cotton stuck William and knocked him to the ground, fatally fracturing his skull against a rock.

Jacob was a gunsmith, trading in South Street where “his premises with their stuffed birds, antique swords and other curiosities, to say nothing of the iron chest containing gelignite and several other kinds of explosives, was a rendezvous for a number of well-known townsmen”.
His first wife, whom he married on Christmas Day 1883, was Catherine Wilkinson, daughter of Little Hallam cottager Isaac and Elizabeth (nee Straw), who died at their home – 24 Kingsway – in December 1916.
Jacob’s second wife was Margaret Elizabeth Hoyes. They were married in October 1922.

Celia Renshaw spotted the fundamental mistake in this article !!

Belper News 1 May 1936
DEATH OF MR W HAWKINS – A well-known Belper man, Mr William Hawkins, aged 78, “Starbuck House” Blackbrook, died on Saturday after four months’ illness. Mr Hawkins was, before his retirement, an engineer and gunsmith at Ilkeston and he still carried on a gunsmith’s business at Belper. He was a well-known marksman with the rifle. The funeral took place at Hazelwood Churchyard on Wednesday, after a service in the church, conducted by the Rev F L Sargent. The mourners were: Mrs. Hawkins, Messrs J T and H Hoyes, Mrs Bostock, Messrs T and H Bostock, Mrs Booth, Mrs Marriott and Mr G Wrigley…. As Celia points out, this was actually Jacob Hawkins.

Ann was born in 1859 and by 1911 was living, unmarried, at 20 Hobson’s Drive, with Ann Hawkins, another spinster and 12 years her senior. This was her first cousin, the only child of John Hawkins and Frances Maria (nee Kendrick). Ann Hawkins (daughter of Wiilliam) married Henry Rowley in 1912.

Samuel 1 and 2 were born in 1862 and 1864, both dying in infancy.

Isaac (not Herbert) was employed at his father’s works when on Christmas Eve 1894 he married Staveley-born Elizabeth Marian Williamson, daughter of engineer Henry Edward and Julia Anne (nee Taylor).
Less than a year later Isaac was mourning the death of his wife, following complications resulting from the birth of their daughter Catherine Williamson Hawkins.
Three years later he remarried to widow Fanny Hammond (nee Harwood).
On the day prior to Christmas Eve of 1899 Isaac and Fanny arrived in New York, having sailed from Liverpool a week earlier on board the ‘Campania’. With them was their daughter May who had been born in Ilkeston in July. Also in their party were Hettie Hawkins, aged 14, Ernest aged 11, William aged 8, Bessie aged 7, and Miriam aged 5.
Isaac’s immigration papers show that he was going to join his brother Charles who had been in the USA for four years.
His first job was in a Montreal rolling mill, and later was employed by Massey Harrison & Co., the largest makers of farm implements in the country. He then moved on to work for the National Manufacturing Co. at Pembroke, another maker of farm equipment.
By 1901 Isaac, Fanny and children had made their home in Toronto, Canada and by 1911 – and with several additional children — were in North Bay where Isaac was still working as an iron moulder and where he “helped to extend the railway towards the north”. (IP 1939)
Two of the ‘additional children’ — Lily and Joseph Charles — were married at North Bay in 1926 and 1927 respectively when (uncle?) Charles Smith Hawkins was a witness at both marriages.

In 1935 Isaac made a surprise return to Derbyshire (see below)

Charles Smith was described by the Pioneer (1939) as “a keen member of the South Notts. Hussars” who served with the Bushveld Carabiniers in the South Africa War, after which he travelled extensively.


In May 1897 William was having a ‘clear-out’ at the Rutland Foundry and Works and advertised the fact to all colliery owners, brickmakers, builders and farmers in the area. They could hurry along to his clearance sale on May 25th and put their hands on fire grates, fly wheels, pulleys, boilers, steam pipes, force pumps, palisading, a couple of small clay mill rollers, reapers, mowers, steel girders, head stones, window sills, cement, sanitary pipes, carts, and a cart mare (very quiet and a good worker) … etc., etc. All at knock down prices.

In October 1898 the local press was advertising William’s business for sale by auction. It was described as his freehold works and all its machinery, established in 1854, plus four freehold dwelling houses in Albert Street -numbers 16, 17, 18 and 19.

From the Nottingham Daily Express October 26th, 1898

On this occasion neither the works nor the houses were sold.

The Pioneer (1939) reported that William sold his works in June 1899 to the Rutland Foundry & Works Co..
He and his wife left their home at Elm Villa in Stanley Street/Stanton Road and retired to Shottle “where on his mother’s side his family held rent receipts of holdings for over 300 years”.
By the 1901 census they were living at Blackbrook, Milford, close to Shottle. However William’s wife Ann died at the home of daughter Ann at 20 Hobson’s Drive, Ilkeston, on October 19th, 1901, aged 72.
Two years later William remarried, to Emily Jane Whitehead and the 1911 Census shows them at Starbuck House in Blackwood. Emily Jane was perhaps the illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Ward, and her birth was registered as such, at the begining of 1861 at Wandsworth. On May 23rd, 1863 her mother married George Whitehead at Battersea, London, and Emily Jane then adopted the surname of Whitehead. On the 1861 census however, she is with her grandparents, Thomas and Mary Ward, at Mendip Road in Battersea.

On both the 1911 and 1921 censuses, William and his second wife are living at Starbuck House in Holly House Lane, Milford near Belper. On the latter census, with them is Ann Hawkins, niece of William and the daughter of his brother John and Frances Maria (nee Kendrick). (Ann died in 1939)

William Hawkins died on November 6th, 1921 at Starbuck House, and his body was returned to Ilkeston where it was buried in Park Cemetery (plot 5251).


At this point I would like to thank Celia Renshaw for donating her splendid research on the life of William Hawkins after he left Ilkeston in the mid-1890s. Much of the content below, including the transcript of William’s will, is the work of Celia and her friend.

The Will and Testament of William Hawkins (1829-1921)

Celia Renshaw and Keri-Lynn Kendall, researchers of Starbuck families in the UK and USA, have told us that William Hawkins died at Star Buck House on 6 December 1921, leaving a Will, proved 20 February 1922, conferring lifetime support for his widow (much younger second wife Emily Jane) and bequests to sons Jacob, Isaac and Charles Smith Hawkins, daughter Ann Rowley and the children of his late daughter Eliza Rigley. William built the house in or about 1895, in the remote rural location of Shottle near Belper, Derbyshire, where his mother’s Smith families had lived and farmed for generations”.

Starbuck House stands at the end of Holly House Lane, a track off Longwalls Lane, Blackbrook, in area 37 (on the map c 1900)

Celia writes …”From Tudor times until the 1950s, Shottle Park and its neighbour Postern were owned by the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire. Their immense archives are held at the famous Chatsworth House, so we can hope for more information to be found there one day about William Hawkins and his Star Buck House”.
Contact: Celia Renshaw’s blog: https://morgansite.wordpress.com/category/starbucks/.


Will of William HAWKINS of Star Buck House, Blackbrook near Belper, Derbyshire
Written: 17 Nov 1919: Proved: At Derby, 20 Feb 1922
Received from National Probate Registry online & verbatim transcribed by Celia Renshaw, 6 Dec 2022 [Blog: www.morgansite.wordpress.com]
BE IT KNOWN that William HAWKINS of Star Buck House, Blackbrook, near Belper, in the County of Derby who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at Blackbrook aforesaid within the District of the County of Derby, died on the 6th day of November 1921 at Blackbrook aforesaid AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last will and Testament of the said deceased was proved and registered in the District Probate Registry of His Majesty’s High Court of Justice at Derby and that administration of all the estate which by law devolves to and vests in the person representative of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to Emily Jane HAWKINS, of No. 190 Kedleston Road, Derby, Widow, Relict of the deceased and Joseph Percy Radford PYM of Belper aforesaid, Solicitor, the Executors named in the said Will.
Dated the 20 th day of February 1922.
Gross value of Estate … £4,528 6s 1d
Net value of Personal Estate … £3,372 18s 1d
Extracted by Pym & Pym, Solicitors, Belper
Stamped by High Court of Justice, District Registrar

This is the last Will and Testament of me William HAWKINS of Star Buck House, Blackbrook near Belper in the County of Derby Retired Iron Founder. I appoint my dear wife Emily Jane HAWKINS and Joseph Percy Radford PYM of Belper aforesaid (in margin: Executors) (hereinafter called my Trustees) to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will.
I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate unto my trustees their heirs executors and administrators and assigns upon trust that my trustees shall sell call in and convert into money the same or such part thereof as shall not consist of money and shall with and out of the moneys produced by such sale calling in and conversion and with and all of any ready money pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and shall invest the residue of the said moneys in any of the investments hereby authorised with power for my Trustees from time to time in their absolute discretion to vary such investments, And to pay the annual income of such investments to my wife during her life if she shall so long continue my widow. And from and after her death or marriage again as to the capital and income of the same investments Upon trust as to one equal fifth part thereof for my son Jacob HAWKINS absolutely, As to one other equal fifth part thereof for my son Isaac HAWKINS absolutely, As to one other equal fifth part thereof for my son Charles Smith HAWKINS absolutely, As to one other equal fifth part thereof for my daughter Ann ROWLEY absolutely and as to the remaining equal fifth part thereof unto and equally between the children of my late daughter Eliza RIGLEY deceased namely Sarah BOSTOCK, William RIGLEY, John RIGLEY, Herbert RIGLEY, George RIGLEY, Samuel RIGLEY, Lily RIGLEY and Maud MARRIOTT absolutely.
I declare that notwithstanding the trust for hereinbefore contained my Trustees shall permit my wife (if she so desires) to have the use and occupation of the messuage or dwellinghouse with the offices, gardens, orchards, pleasure grounds and two fields of land adjoining situate near Blackbrook aforesaid and known as Star Buck House which at the date of this my Will are in my own occupation (together with the use and enjoyment therein of the furniture, pictures, prints, musical instruments, plate, linen, china, glass and other household effects which shall be in or about the same at my death) as her residence so long as she shall think fit to reside therein and shall continue my widow, she keeping the same insured against fire to the full value thereof in the name of my Trustees and also keeping the same in good repair and condition reasonable wear and tear excepted and also paying the taxes and other outgoings affecting the said messuage and premises, And I direct that the trust for sale of the last mentioned premises and the furniture and household effects therein as before mentioned shall be suspended until the right of my said wife to the use and occupation thereof shall determine, And I further direct that my Trustees shall cause an inventory to be taken of the chattels comprised in my said dwelling house and two copies to be made thereof and signed by my wife and my Trustees before the delivery of such chattels to her one of such copies to be delivered to her and the other to be kept by my Trustees.
I declare that my Trustees may postpone the sale and conversion of my real estate for so long as they shall in their uncontrolled discretion think proper and my Trustees may notwithstanding anything hereinbefore contained at their discretion retain or continue all or any part of my personal estate in the state or upon the investment in or upon which the same shall be at the time of my death however doubtful or hazardous or limited the description or nature of the property or the investment may be and I direct that the income of such of the premises as shall remain unconverted shall from my death be applied as if the same were income arising from investment of the proceeds of sale thereof.
I declare that my Trustees may invest any moneys in their hands in or upon any of the public stocks or funds or government securities of the United Kingdom or India or any colony (which expression shall mean any British Colony or Dependency or any province or state thereof having a separate local legislature) or any securities the interest on which shall be guaranteed by Parliament or upon freehold copyhold leasehold or chattel real securities in Great Britain but not in Ireland such leaseholds or chattels real having not less than sixty years to run at the time of such investment being made or in the Stock of the Bank of England or the Bank of Ireland or Metropolitan Stock or London County Stock or —-? upon the debentures, debenture stock or guaranteed or preference or ordinary stock or shares of any railway or other company a fixed or minimum rate of interest or dividend on which is guaranteed (whether absolutely or otherwise) by the Government of India or in or upon the debentures or debenture or rent charge, stock of any railway canal dock harbour gas water or other Company incorporated by Special Act of the Imperial Parliament or of the legislature of any Colony or by royal charter or in or upon the guaranteed or preference stock or shares of any such company as aforesaid which shall have paid dividends upon its ordinary capital at the rate of at least 3 per cent for at least five years prior to the time of investment or in or upon the stocks bonds debentures or securities of any municipality county or district council public body or local authority in the United Kingdom or in or upon any other stocks funds or securities for the time being authorised by law for the investment of trust funds but not in any securities to bearer.
I declare that no trustee of this my Will shall be liable for any loss not attributable (a) to his own dishonesty or (b) To the wilful commission by him of an act known by him to be a breach of trust and in particular he shall not be bound to take any proceedings against a co-trustee for any breach or alleged breach of trust committed by such co-trustee. And it being my desire that the said Joseph Percy Radford PYM who is my Solicitor shall continue to act as such in all matters relating to my property and affairs and shall make the usual professional charges I direct that he shall notwithstanding his acceptance of the office of trustee and executor of my Will and his acting in the execution thereof be entitled to make the same professional charges and to receive the same pecuniary emoluments and remuneration for all business done by him and all attendances time and trouble given or bestowed by him in or about the execution of the trust and powers of my Will or the management and administration of my trust estate real or personal as if he not being himself a trustee or executor of my Will were employed by the Trustees and Executors thereof as their Solicitor and he shall be intitled to retain out of my trust moneys or to be allowed and to receive from his co-trustee (if any) out of the same moneys the full amount of such charges any rule of equity to the contrary notwithstanding nevertheless without prejudice to the right or competency of the said Joseph Percy Radford PYM to exercise the authority control judgment and discretion of a trustee of my Will.
I declare that in this my Will where the context so requires or admits the expression “my Trustees” shall include the trustees or trustee for the time being hereof.
Lastly I revoke all testamentary instruments by me at any time made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, In witness whereof I have to this my Will contained on this and the two preceding sheets of paper set my hand this seventeenth day of November One thousand nine hundred and nineteen.
Signed by the said Testator and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:

Richard E Allen, Belper (Surgeon)
A Winifred M Farrell, 14 Madeley Street, Derby, Shorthand Typist
Probate: On the 20th day of February 1922 Probate of this Will was granted at Derby to Emily Jane HAWKINS and Joseph Percy Radford PYM the Executors. I certify this to be a true copy (stamped)

Starbuck House for sale 1913-1924.

It seems that several years before his death, William was trying to sell his Blackbrook property. As he was still living there in 1921 …. well ?

Derbys Advertiser & Journal, 20 Jun 1913
Preliminary Announcement: BLACKBROOK, BELPER. Sale of Freehold Small Holding, comprising: Star Buck House, with six acres of grass land, at the Railway Hotel, Belper, on Monday July 14 th at 7. Full particulars in due course. Messrs Pym & Pym, Solicitors, Belper.

Derbys Advertiser & Journal, 27 and 28 June 1913
BLACKBROOK, BELPER: Attractive Small Holding, to be sold by Auction, by Messrs. J & W Heathcote, At the Railway Hotel, Belper, on Monday 14 th July at 7:- All that valuable and desirable small country residence known as “STARBUCK HOUSE”, as now and for 20 years past in the occupation of the owner, Mr W Hawkins. The house contains: Entrance Passage, two Front Sitting Rooms, Kitchen, Dairy, 4 bedrooms (one having fitted bath), 2 Attics, Wash-house &c. The Outbuildings include 2-stall Stable, Chop-house, Cow-house, Cart Hovel, Coalhouse, Workshop, 2 Lofts, Yard, &c; pretty Garden in terraces, Kitchen Garden, Orchard, and two enclosures of grass land, being numbered 24 and 26 on Derbyshire Sheet XXXIX 16 of the Ordnance Survey, the whole containing an area of 4a 3r 26p or thereabouts. For full particulars and orders to view, apply to the Auctioneers, or to Messrs Pym & Pym, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Belper
Note: when this same announcement was placed on the same dates in the Belper News and Derbyshire Times, the house was named as “Starr Buck House”.

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal 4 Jul 1913
FORTHCOMING PROPERTY SALES: Messrs J and W Heathcote announce the sale at the Railway Hotel, Belper, on July 14, of a small holding comprising Starbuck House,
Blackbrook, Belper, with two enclosures of grass land. 

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal 11 and 12 July 1913
FORTHCOMING PROPERTY SALES. Messrs J and W Heathcote announce the sale at the Railway Hotel, Belper on July 14 of a small holding comprising Starbuck House, Blackbrook, Belper, with two enclosures of grass land.

And then, subsequent to his death ….

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal, 16 December 1921
DOUDNEY & FORD: “STARBUCK HOUSE”, Blackbrook, Belper. Doudney & Ford are favoured with instructions from the Executors of Wm Hawkins, deceased, to sell by auction without reserve on the premises as above on Wednesday December 21 st 1921…. [long list of household and outside stuff]

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal, 30 December 1921
Messrs Doudney & Ford, in January, will sell a dwelling-house known as “Ye Starbuck House,” Blackbrook, with five acres of grass land as well as a freehold cottage and large garden at Shottle.

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31 Dec 1921, and 13, 14 and 22 Jan 1922 JANUARY 24 TH 1922
at the Railway Hotel, Belper: LOT 1 – (Re Wm. Hawkins, Decd) – Freehold Detached RESIDENCE known as “Starbuck House” and 3 Pieces of LAND adjoining, total area 5 Acres. With Possession on completion…

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal, 4 October 1924
STARBUCK HOUSE, BLACKBROOK, NEAR BELPER. With Possession on Completion. A substantially built freehold Country Residence together with two fields of grass land, containing 4a 2r 33p or thereabouts, to be sold by Auction by John Wilkinson & Fisher, at The Railway Hotel, Belper on Wednesday next, October 15 th 1924 at 7pm.
For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers, or H L Jackson Esq, Solicitor, Ilkeston.

Derby Daily Telegraph, 16 Oct 1924
PROPERTY SALE AT BELPER: Messrs John Wilkinson and Fisher offered for sale by auction on Wednesday night, at the Railway Hotel, Belper, a substantially built freehold residence, known as “Starbuck House”, Blackbrook, together with two fields of old turf, comprising about five acres. There was a good attendance. Bidding commenced at £650, the property being withdrawn at £1,075. The auctioneers will be pleased to treat with anyone privately for the property at their office, 1 Derwent Street, Derby.

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal 2 May 1930
EGGS FOR SITTING: For sale, Turkey Eggs, Large Bronze, 15s per dozen; also Turkey Hens, laying – Hawkins, Starbuck House, Blackbrook, Belper
Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal, 18 April 1932
EGGS FOR SITTING: For Sale, Turkey Eggs. Large Bronze. 15s per dozen; also Turkey Hens, laying – Hawkins, Starbuck House, Blackbrook, Belper.

Repeated efforts to sell the property failed. By 1939 the widow of William’s son Jacob — Margaret Elizabeth Hawkins (nee Hoyes) — was resident at Starbuck House, implying that the house remained in Hawkins family hands, after the auctions.


The Rutland Foundry in Albert Street, just prior to its demolition in 1966/67 (?) (courtesy of Jim Beardsley’s collection)

The Hawkins in Ontario.

S. Hawkins — great grandchild of Isaac and Fanny Hawkins — has commented from Ontario about the Hawkins family and asks for confirmation/clarification of  some of the details.

(The full remarks, which I have edited here and to which I have made additions, can be seen in the Comments section, here)

This is the information that my mother’s cousin gathered and shared with us. My mom remembers her aunts and uncles listed here. My grandfather worked on the railroad here in Ontario. If this information is inaccurate I would welcome any corrections.

Isaac Joseph Hawkins- born:07 mar 1865, Ilkeston.  d:Burlington Ont. Can./ Kate Wilkinson (b:approx.1859 Ilkeston.d:Approx 1896 Ilkeston) (married approx, 1895, Ilkeston)
Daugh. Catherine Hawkins b: 1896 Ilkeston, (married 1922) to Patrick O’keefe. Brooklyn NY
Catherine had one son. Partick Wm. O’keefe b: 1924 NY

I believe that Isaac Hawkins was born on March 3rd 1866 and married Elizabeth Marian Williamson at St. Mary’s Church, Ilkeston on December 24th 1895. He was aged 29, an engineer, son of engineer William. She was aged 25, daughter of engineer Henry Edward, The witnesses were Samuel Edward Williamson and Mary Ann Williamson.
Elizabeth Marian (aka Marian Elizabeth) died on November 2nd, 1895, aged 25, at Elm Villa in Stanton Road, Ilkeston, a few days after giving birth to daughter Cathleen Williamson Hawkins.

Isaac then married ‘widow’ Fanny Hammond at St. Wilfrid’s Church in West Hallam. He was aged 32, a mechanic, and she was aged 33, daughter of ‘Jesse Westerby’, a baker. The witnesses were William and Harriet Hartshorn.

The couple then had a daughter May Hawkins, born at 9 Hobson’s Drive, Ilkeston, on July 30th, 1899.

It could be that Isaac’s daughter by his first marriage, Cathleen (Catherine) was on the 1901 census as the adopted daughter of Isaac and Ruth Wilkinson at Little Hallam, Ilkeston. Isaac Wilkinson was the brother of Cathleen’s aunt Catherine Hawkins (nee Wilkinson).

This brings us on the Isaac Hawkins’ elder brother Jacob who married Catherine Wilkinson on December 25th 1883 at St. Mary’s Church, Ilkeston. He was aged 26, an iron founder, son of  iron founder William. She was aged 24 the daughter of labourer Isaac. (Her birth date was Dember 11th, 1859)  The marriage witnesses were William Wilkinson and Ann Hawkins.

Jacob and Catherine, and their subsequent children, then appear on the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census. With them on the 1911 census is their niece Cathleen Williamson Hawkins.

Catherine Hawkins died on December 5th 1915, aged 56, at the family home of 56 Kingsway, Ilkeston. By that time her husband Jacob was a motor cycle agent, and her eldest son Samuel George had moved to live in Clayton Bridge, Manchester.

Jacob then married Margaret Elizabeth Hoyes on October 25th, 1922 at All Saints’ Church in Kirk Hallam near Ilkeston. He was aged 65, a cycle engineer of 24 Kingsway, and she was a spinster, aged 60, of the Croft, Kirk Hallam, daughter of John (dec) a corn merchant. The witnesses were Hugh Gervan Dalgleish, Katherine Dalgleish and M.C. White.

(All these ‘Isaacs’ and ‘Catherines’ don’t make the details easy to understand).

Isaac (married 08/Oct/1898, Church of St. Wilfred in West Hallam, Derbyshire ) Fanny Harwood-b:21/jan/1865 Lambeth, Surrey,d: 16/Oct 1925 North Bay Ont.

Dau: Mae Isobel Hawkins b: 30/july/1899 Ilkeston. d: 28/mar/1971 Paris Ont.
Son: John(Jack) Smith Hawkins b: 16/apr/1901 Toronto Ont. d: 10/oct/1949 North Bay Ont.
Son: Joseph Charles Hawkins b: 28/oct/1902 Pembroke Ont. d: 11/sept/1987 North Bay Ont
Dau: Lilly Hawkins d:18/mar/1904 Pembroke Ont. d: 20/aug/1982 North Bay Ont.
Son: Charles Smith Hawkins b:06/may1906 Pembroke Ont. d: 16/july/1984 St. Catherines Ont. (my grandfather)
Dau: Rose Isobel Hawkins b: 17/oct/1910 North Bay Ont. d:31/dec/2001 British Columbia Can.

Isaac makes a return to Derbyshire: 1935

(courtesy of Celia Renshaw)


Belper News, 27 Sep 1935

The most surprised and probably the happiest man in Belper one day last week was Mr Jacob Hawkins, the 78-years-old resident of Starbuck House, Blackbrook. The cause was the unexpected arrival of his brother, Mr Isaac Hawkins, whom he had not seen since he left for Canada, 35 years ago. Mr Isaac Hawkins, who is aged 70, retired from work some two years ago, and has returned to England to spend a holiday of two or three months’ duration.
Mr Jacob Hawkins, relating the meeting to our Belper representative, said he was attending to the fowls in the yard of his home when a taxicab pulled up at the gate, and he took a casual glance to see who his visitor was.
“You can imagine my surprise when I saw my brother get out,” he said. “He had not let us know he was coming, and I could hardly believe the evidence of my eyes.”
“No, I had not told my brother I was coming over,” corroborated Mr Isaac. “I thought I would give him a surprise – and I succeeded all right,” he added with a chuckle.
The two brothers were born at Ilkeston, where their father, the late Mr W Hawkins, was the proprietor of the first foundry in the town, through which both of them worked their way. The foundry made castings of all kinds and of various types of machinery. About 40 years ago the late Mr Hawkins built the house at Blackbrook now owned by Mr Jacob Hawkins and lived there until his death at the age of 92. Both of the brothers have had Belper associations since boyhood, when they used to spend holidays with a relative, the late Mr John Smith, of Watergates Farm.

The 1935 article tells us a little more about Isaac.
He travelled extensively around Canada and the United States, but from about 1915 he was settled in North Bay, Ontario, where his first job was at an iron foundry (where else ??!!). Then for a short time he was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway for nine months before moving on. Immediately before retirement he had been in the service of the Temeskaming and Northern Ontario Railway Commission, working as a tool room and machinist attendant. And as a retiree he had his pension and a free pass to travel wherever he liked on the Commission’s railway.
Isaac enjoyed fishing and moose shooting, and his home at North Bay, close by the famous Trout Lake, gave him great opportunities to indulge in those interests. In season and with a licence, it was an area where there were almost no restrictions about where one could go and hunt.
At that time Isaac had 11 children and 29 grandchildren.

Isaac’s brother Jacob was hoping to visit Canada in the following year but I don’t think he made it. He died in April 1936.

The article also suggests that Starbuck House was first built in or about 1895. This might be the land in question, document ref D216/£S/1/3/66 (1895, 23 July) Building & accommodation land in Blackbrook near Belper, Auctioneer Mr John CHEETHAM at the Lion Hotel, Belper. [In D216 Noel Wheatcroft & Son of Matlock auctioneers (1852-1919) Sale catalogues.]


A neighbour of William was Fred Flint, tailor