The Late Dr. John Milton Hawks

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Title

The Late Dr. John Milton Hawks

Alternative Title

Dr. John Milton Hawks

Subject

Edgewater (Fla.)
Port Orange (Fla.)
Doctors
Physicians--Florida
Abolitionists--Southern States

Description

A newspaper article about Dr. John Milton Hawks (1826-1910), the founder of Hawks Park (present-day Edgewater). The article was written by Captain Charles Henry Coe (1856-1954), author of Red Patriots: The Story of the Seminoles and a friend of Dr. Hawks. Dr. Hawks was born in Bradford, New Hampshire, on November 26, 1826. After teaching in New Hampshire, New York, and Georgia, Dr. Hawks eventually graduated from a medical college in Vermont. During the Civil War, Dr. Hawks and his wife, Dr. Esther Jane Hill Hawks (1833-1906), became involved in the abolition movement via the Freedman's Aid Society. Dr. Hawks was assigned to Hilton Head, South Carolina, where they assisted in forming an African-American regiment and served as its surgeon.

Following the war, Dr. Hawks, along with several Army officers, organized the Florida Land and Lumber Company and purchased land in Port Orange, Florida, north of Spruce Creek, for the purpose of establishing a freedmen's colony. Dr. Hawks remained and served as the town's first postmaster. Many of the South Carolinians who migrated here eventually left due to the area's poor soil. The company also attempted to establish a steam sawmill in Port Orange, but the project was ultimately abandoned. In 1865, Dr. Hawks also bought a Spanish land grant for property two miles south of New Smyrna, which the would later retire to and name Hawks Park. From 1866 to 1867, Dr. Hawks served as the Collector of Customs at Pensacola. In 1871, Governor Harrison Reed appointed Dr. Hawks the Superintendent of Schools for Volusia County. During that same year, Dr. Hawks compiled and published the Florida Gazetteer.Dr. Hawks died on April 2, 1910.

Creator

Coe, Charles Henry

Source

Original newspaper article: "The Late Dr. John Milton Hawks." The Daytona Beach Observer, August 30, 1941: Private Collection of Andrew M. Foster.

Publisher

The Daytona Beach Observer

Date Created

ca. 1941-08-30

Date Copyrighted

1941-08-30

Date Issued

1941-08-30

Contributor

Foster, Andrew M.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: "The Late Dr. John Milton Hawks." The Daytona Beach Observer, August 30, 1941.

Is Part Of

Captain Charles Henry Coe Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

306 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Bradford, New Hampshire
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Port Orange, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Hawks Park, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Charles Henry Coe and published by The Daytona Beach Observer.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Daytona Beach Observer and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Andrew M. Foster

External Reference

"Couple Shared Skills With Community: John And Esther Hawks Had Multiple Talents." The Daytona Beach Morning Journal, September 6, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=T4gwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UeAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1128%2C1823654.
"Dr John Milton Hawks." Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55772102.

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