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Daughters of the American Revolution. Sarah Hawkins Chapter


Sarah Hawkins was born in 1746 in Virginia, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Marlin Hawkins. She became the first wife of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier. She was his childhood sweetheart and married him at a young age. Sarah stood by John through his travels and early settlement in East Tennessee, the family finally living in Washington County. She helped forge a home for themselves and their ten children. During a Cherokee raid in 1780, the whole family headed for the blockade built by John for such instances. Sarah, being weak after recently delivering her tenth child, passed away shortly afterwards and was buried in an unmarked grave to prevent desecration.

A Daughter of the American Revolution chapter was organized in 1935 with members primarily from the Elizabethton and Erwin, Tenn., area. The members chose Sarah Hawkins Sevier as their guide for her bravery and integrity during the American Revolution on the Tennessee frontier and named the chapter in her honor. The chapter focused not only on helping get Sarah’s name and legend known in the face of opposition from others who supported John’s second wife, Catherine, but also in preserving and promoting the history of upper East Tennessee as well as the nation during the formative era. Members sponsored lectures and other activities to ensure this early history was not forgotten.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Daughters of the American Revolution-Sarah Hawkins Chapter Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-552
Arrangement The collection is arranged into two series as follows: Series 1, Administrative Files, 1944-1964, and Series 2, Scrapbooks, 1943-1998.

Material in each series is arranged in chronological order. An oversized newspaper found loose in the scrapbook collection has been removed and housed in a map folder and filed in the map cabinet by accession number.