Channing Britain Hawkins

#683, (1914 - 1970)
FatherLeonard Carl Hawkins1 (1888 - 1970)
MotherEleanor Mary Bonnycastle1 (1889 - 1968)
Relationship3rd great-grandson of John Bonnycastle


Mary Frances Lee
  • Carell Hawkins2
  • Kathleen Hawkins2
  • Sheila Hawkins2

Life Events

Note.Channing's first name is the surname of his maternal great grandmother and Leonard and Mary in a burst of patriotic fervour added the name Briton in case they lost the war there would always be a "Briton". Some sources use the spelling Briton and some Britain [the birth certificate is not yet available from BC archives to check]. 
BirthChanning Britain Hawkins was born on 11 Jun 1914 in Chilliwack, British Columbia.1
Channing with his mother Mary
(Subject) Photograph2
Channing, his mother Mary Bonnycastle Hawkins & grandmother Sarah Oliver Bonnycastle
Channing Hawkins with his grandfather Charles
(Subject) Photographcirca 19183
George & Margaret Bonnycastle
Len & Mary Hawkins
and their children
probably taken spring or summer 1921
(with Parents) 1921 CensusChanning appeared on the 1921 Census of Vancouver, British Columbia with his parents. He was 6 years old and born in BC.4 
(Subject) Photograph2
The Hawkins Family in 1927
Len, Ian, George, Channing, Mary, Michael
(Heir) WillHe was named an heir in the will of Sarah Bonnycastle dated 1 Jun 1928. One hundred dollars each year for ten years, out of the payments of the farm sale were to be placed in a Bank of Montreal savings account. At the end of ten years, Channing was to be paid the principal and accumulated interest.5
(Mentioned) NewspaperGeorge and Channing Hawkins were mentioned in the Vancouver Sun story about the 21st birthday party of their cousins Frances and Jocelyn on 4 Jan 1936.6 
MarriageChanning Britain Hawkins married Mary Frances Lee, daughter of James Thomas Lee and Flora Margaret Price.1
Channing & Mary Hawkins
(Mentioned) ObituaryHe was mentioned in Eleanor Mary Hawkins's 1968 obituary as son Channing of Vancouver.7 
(Mentioned) ObituaryHe was mentioned in Leonard Carl Hawkins's 1970 obituary as son Channing of Vancouver.8 
DeathChanning died on 22 Dec 1970 in Richmond General Hospital, Richmond, British Columbia.
Information from death certificate: Channing Briton Hawkins, in Richmond 7 days, in BC 56 years; usual residence 4552 Clinton Street, Burnaby; married to Mary Lee, born June [sic] 11 1914 in Chilliwack, age 56, has worked 15 years as retail department manager.
Father Leonard Karl Hawkins born Brighton England, mother Eleanor May Bonnycastle born Canada
Informant was son-in-law R.P. Goldney of Burnaby. Burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby.1 
BurialHe was buried on 30 Dec 1970 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, British Columbia.1 
Last Edited18 Apr 2014


  1. Death certificate of Channing Briton Hawkins, died 22 December 1970, registered 22 December 1970 in the Province of British Columbia, Certificate #70-09-017084.
  2. E-mails from Carell Goldney to J Kolthammer, beginning November 2008.
  3. Letters from Georgia Rickson, Vancouver, to J Kolthammer, dated early 1990s.
  4. Online image of the 1921 Census for Canada, viewed at British Columbia, Vancouver South, Sub-District 35, Page 2.
  5. Will of Sarah Oliver Bonnycastle of Chilliwack, 1 June 1928, proved in the Chilliwack Supreme Court, 1931 (British Columbia Archives, File #B8/1931).
  6. The Vancouver Sun, Frances and Jocelyn Bonnycastle's 21st birthday party, 4 Jan 1936. Image viewed at Google news archives.
  7. Obituary of Eleanor Mary Hawkins in unknown newspaper, 5 January 1968.
  8. Obituary of Leonard K. Hawkins in Edmonton Journal, 6 July 1970.