The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.
Nathan Hawkins was born on November 16, 1722 in Baltimore, Maryland.
On February 14, 1744 Nathan married Ruth Cole, in Baltimore.
Aaron Hawkins (1750, married Susannah Roles),
Joseph Hawkins (1753, married Esther Davis),
Nathan Hawkins, Jr. (1756, married Molly (Mary) Gray),
Nicholas Hawkins (1758, married Nancy (Jane) Gray),
John Hawkins (1760, married Betsey (Nancy) Gray),
Rebecca Hawkins (1764, married John Crockett),
Wilson Hawkins (1762),
Rachael (Ruth) Hawkins (1766, married Jonathan Webb),
Mary Elizabeth Hawkins (1768, married David Lewis).
In 1777 the family was in Sullivan County, Tennessee when Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas and Aaron signed the petition of Holsten Men.
Nathan died in Sullivan County, Tennessee in 1785.
East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.