Originally published in from Michican Pioneer Collection 1879–1880 Vol. 3, p. 637
216 West Michigan Avenue.
“Deaths of pioneer settlers of Washtenaw 1877–1880:
Abiel Hawkins died in Ypsilanti, February 8, 1878, aged eighty-one years. He came to Detroit in the summer of 1818, remained there a few months and returned to western New York, and remained there until 1834, when he again returned to Michigan, and settled in Ypsilanti in 1835, and for the most part of the time until his death was the proprietor of the Ypsilanti house, afterwards called the Hawkins House.”
Stage Coach line (Detroit to Tecumseh via Ypsilanti) employed Abiel Hawkins as manager. He was also Post Master under Polk but resigned because it conflicted with his duties as a mail delivery contractor. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.
Abiel Hawkins b. Dec. 10, 1797, Williamston, Mass.
d. Feb. 8, 1878, Ypsilanti, MI
m. 1822 to Sophronia, daughter of Stephin and Lydia
Children: Frederick W. b. 1834
Walter H. b. 1825, Batavia, N.Y. (May 3rd)
Harriet b. Feb. 3, 1837