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Hila (Younkin) King Hawkins


Hila "Hiley" (Younkin) King Hawkins was born on Oct. 31, 1875 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA, the youngest of 11 children of Frederick J. and Delilah (Faidley) Younkin and 26 years younger than her eldest sibling.

Her first spouse was Lawrence "Edward" King ( ? -1895).

Their two children were Lawrence Clayton King (born 1894) and Alice Fern King (born 1896).

Tragedy struck when Edward was killed on Dec. 16, 1895. Details of his untimely death are not known. Hila was left alone to raise two very young children.

In 1898, Hila signed an affidavit in support of her sister Mary Ann Kane's petition for a divorce.

By 1900 Hila and the children lived under her mother's roof along with her brother George, sister Mary Ann and nephew George Washington Kane.

Then by 1910, she had married again to Robert Lee Hawkins ( ? - ? ). Robert was an Army veteran, having served in 1905-1906. They relocated to Arlington, VA, where he was employed as a teamster for the U.S. government. Daughter Alice was left behind with Hila's mother, while son Lawrence made the move to Virginia with his mother and stepfather. During World War I, Robert served as a sergeant.

Hila made her home in Arkansas in 1924 in De Queen, Sevier County. That year, she received a payment of $194.57 as an inheritance from her late mother. But her mental state deteriorated, and she was admitted to the Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Pulaski County, AR. She died on Oct. 12, 1930.

Robert rests in the Memphis National Cemetery in Tennessee.


~ Son Lawrence Clayton King ~

Son Lawrence Clayton King (1894-1967) was born in 1894.

He was a private in the Army in World War I, and lived with his mother and step-father in 1920.

By 1930 , he was also hospitalized in the Veterans Administration hospital, near Little Rock.

He remained there through 1940, and died in 1967 at the age of 72. He is buried in Little Rock National Cemetery.


~ Daughter Alice Fern (King) McCarthy ~

Daughter Alice Fern King (1896- ? ) was born in about 1896, after the death of her father.

By 1930, she was living with her aunt Mary Ann Younkin Kane Corbett, and Mary Ann’s son, George Kane, in Atlanta, where she worked as a sales clerk.

She was briefly married to John Joe McCarthy, Sr. ( ? - ? ), and had a son, John Joe McCarthy Jr.

She was divorced by 1930.

Alice died in 1986, and is buried in Arlington Memorial Park in Fulton County, GA.

Son John Joe McCarthy, Jr. (1921-1978) was born in 1921. He served in World War II, and is buried near his mother.


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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff, the late Donna (Younkin) Logan and Linda Marker.