James Hawkings



Son of Samuel Hawkings and Ann Hayward, father of Albert Hawkings and husband of Mary Jane Burdett Poole

James was born on 28th April 1840 at 6 Thorp Street, in the Parish of St Thomas, Birmingham, the son of Samuel Hawkings and Ann Hayward. James was baptised on 11th September 1842 at St Thomas’ Church, Birmingham

James appears in the 1861 Census, aged 20, living with his father, Samuel, and sister, Mary, at 47 Wrentham Street, Birmingham.  Samuel was a builder aged 58 and born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire c.1803. Mary, born in Birmingham in 1849, was aged. 23 and neither she nor James were working.

James married Mary Jane Burdett Poole at the Parish Church of St Martin, Birmingham, on 3rd February 1862.  James was of “full age” and Mary “minor”. Mary the daughter of Richard Poole, a cabinet maker, and Mary Brearley Burdett.

In 1871, when their daughter, Susannah, was born, the family were living at 180 Cheapside, Aston, Warwickshire.

According to the 1881 Census, James  was aged 40 and a bricklayer. Mary, also born in Birmingham, was aged 36 and born in 1844.  They then lived at 76 Moseley Street, Aston. The children present in the house were:

Edward James Hawkings aged 17, a bricklayer. In the 1891 Census, Edward, aged 27, still a bricklayer, is married to Emma, aged 24, with the following children at home:

Sydney E Hawkings aged 2

Alfred Hawkings aged 4 months

George Hawkings aged 11, scholar

Susannah Hawkings aged 8, scholar

Ada Hawkings aged 6, scholar, born in early 1875 in Aston (Aston March 1875 6d 301)

Arthur Hawkings aged 4

According to the 1891 Census, James and “Jane” were still living in Aston and James was still a Bricklayer, then aged 50, while Jane was aged 46. The Children then present in the house were:

Samuel Hawkings aged 22, cycle maker

George Hawkings aged 21, bricklayer

Susannah Hawkings aged 19, warehouse girl

Ada Hawkings aged 16, paper box maker

Arthur Hawkings aged 14, horse hair maker

Alice Hawkings aged 11, scholar

Albert Hawkings aged 6, scholar

William Hawkings aged 1 and born in early 1890 in Aston (Aston June 1890 6d 214)

Details of all children provided by Arthur Ellis and from other sources are as follows:

Edward James Hawkings baptised on 12th July 1863 Edward married Emma Worrall in early 1886 in Birmingham (Birmingham March 1886 6d 68) and they had 2 children:

Sydney Hawkings who married and had a daughter, Betty Hawkings who also married

Doris Hawkings who married Tom Savage and had 2 daughters – Margaret Savage, who married Alex ?  and had three children, Wendy, Ian and one other; and Audrey

Ann Hawkings married Charles Goodwin and they had 4 children:

Florence Goodwin

Edith Goodwin, who married William Cotterill and they had a son, Jack Cotterill, who married Hilda Allen and had son Alan Cotterill

Lillian Goodwin, who married Edward Worrell

Bertram Goodwin, who married Doris Higgitt and they had a daughter, Betty

Ronald Goodwin, who married Eva Weller and they had a daughter, Margaret

Samuel Hawkings married Gertrude Bacon in early 1894 in Kings Norton (Kings Norton March 1894 6c 623)

George Hawkings born c.1870 and married Sarah Jenkins

Susannah  Hawkings born on 1st November 1871. She married Donato Muschialli on 5th August 1899 at Christ Church, Sparkbrook. Susannah’s  brother, Arthur, and sister, Alice, were witnesses at the wedding.  Donato was a cabinet worker of 15 Main Street, Birmingham, born on 7th November 1874 in Highgate Street, Aston, the son of Donato and Agnes Stoll; father Donato, cabinet maker and looking glass maker, died on 7th November 1928 and was buried in the family grave, Witton Cemetery, Birmingham. The Muschialli family came from a little village in the Abano Valley in an area of Europe called Lario. (now Lombardy in Northern Italy) Some left the village during the period of the Convention of Vienna in 1815 and travelled to Liverpool and Birmingham in England.

According to the 1901 Census, the family were living at 45 Arter Street, Birmingham.  Donato was a File and Frame Maker, aged 21 and Susannah was aged 27?.  They had on daughter, May, who at the time of the Census was 4 months old.

 Susannah and Donato had 3 children:

May Muschialli born on 13th May 1900 and buried on 11th July 1918

Ivy Muschialli born on 18th May 1906 and buried on 28th November 1979

Norman Muschialli born on 3rd February 1911 and buried on 6th July 1978

Donato was buried on 30th April 1955 and Susannah, who died on 10th January 1963 at 43 Wyche Avenue, Kings Heath, Birmingham, aged 91, was buried on 14th January 1963.

All family members are buried in the family grave – City of Birmingham Brandwood Cemetery, Section C1D  Plot No. 837

Ada Hawkings born early 1875 and married George Geeb and they had 2 daughters:

Margaret Geeb, who married Jack Adams and had a daughter, Jill Adams, who married Peter John ? – they moved to Perth, Western Australia

Lilian Geeb

Arthur Hawkings born c.1877 and married Rebecca Sleigh and they had a daughter, Marjorie Hawkings, who married J. Gilbert Turner, a school master and clergyman – he married and baptised a number of members of the Hawkings family.

Alice Hawkings born c.1880 and married Thomas Harris and they had 6 children:

Robert Harris who married Pamela Otterwell and they had  son, Robert Harris

Joy Harris who married Leonard Young and had a daughter, Sheila Young

Elsie Harris who married Patrick Murphy and had 4 children; Patricia Murphy, John Murphy, Michael Murphy and Edward Murphy.

Reginald Harris who married Grace Maddocks and had 3 children; Adrian Harris, Kenneth Harris and Valerie  Harris

Arnold Edward Harris, who married Edna Blakeley

Albert Harris who married Joyce Turner and had a daughter, Brenda Harris

Albert Hawkings born on 26th January 1885 – see Albert Hawkings details

William Hawkings born early 1890 married Daisy ? and had 2 children; James Hawkings and George Hawkings

James was living at 2 Kingsley Place, Erasmus Road, Birmingham at the time of the marriage of his daughter, Susannah, in 1899 and his occupation was that of a builder.

According to the 1901 Census, James, aged 60, was living at with his wife, Mary J, aged 56, at 95 Riverbank, Aston , Birmingham. James’ occupation was listed as a house builder.  At home were:

Ada Hawkings aged 26, single and a Paper Box Maker

Arthur Hawkings aged 24, single and a bricklayer labourer

Alice Hawkings aged 21, single and a vest stitcher working at home

Albert Hawkings aged 16, a bricklayer labourer

Willie Hawkings aged 11     

Mary committed suicide, by hanging, on 26th March 1919 “while of unsound mind”, at the age of 64.  She was still living at 155 Broad Street.  An Inquest was held the day of her death and the Coroner for Birmingham, Isaac Bradley, issued the death certificate.

James died on 8th December 1924, aged 84 and a retired builder. He was then living at 110 Larches Street, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, although he died at I.B. Raddle Barn Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham. The informant was his son, Albert, then living at 179 Station Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham.

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