Sheldon Hawkins, Sr. was born in Ireland. He was first married to Margaret Peterson (daughter of Christian "Christopher" Peterson and his second wife Sarah McNutt). Margaret Peterson was born Jan. 3, 1807 in Fredericksburgh Twp., Lennox County, Midland District, Upper Canada. She married Sheldon Hawkins about 1837. Margaret died in late December 1845 in Picton. Margaret Peterson was then name on her land petition for free land grant as a daughter of a Loyalist. She was sometimes commonly called Maggie or Martha.
Sheldon Hawkins, Sr., then married Mary Van Alstyne in 1846. She was the daughter of Cornelius Vanalstyne & Rachel Dunham.
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