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At a Glance

Hannah Hawks was one of four children of John Stephens Hawks, a prominent lawyer of New Bern, NC and Washington, NC. She was the descendant of several prominent members of New Bern, NC society including John Hawks, the architect of Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC [1].


The information that Hannah attended the Burwell School in 1841 and 1842 is contained in a letter dated 7 November 1841 from Marcus Cicero Stephens formerly of New Bern, NC but at that time of Quincy, FL. He wrote to his granddaughter, Mary Anne Primrose , another Burwell School student:

"When I was at John's [John Stephens Hawks's] in Washington County, NC there was a daughter of his in pantalets that I called Ben to plague her. Ask her if she is the one. I mean John Hawks' daughter now in Hillsboro..."

Hannah was preceded to Hillsborough, NC by two relatives: her paternal aunt Phoebe Rice Hawks and her paternal uncle Francis Lister Hawks. Phoebe moved to Hillsborough, NC in 1822 after her marriage to Walker Anderson. Francis purchased the Ruffin-Roulhac House in Hillsborough, NC and settled there briefly with his first wife in 1825. Both uncle and aunt, however, had removed from the area by the time sixteen-year-old Hannah came to the Burwell School.

Hannah died at the age of eighty-three years old [1].

Biographical Data

Important Dates

Hannah Hawks was born in 1825. She died in 1908.

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  1. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).