Thomas Sunderland Hawkins (1829-1903) was born in Birmingham, England to Job Hawkins (1797-1872) and Hepsibah Sunderland (1803-1849). In 1848 he joined the LDS Church and in 1850 he married Harriet Jones. They immigrated to America in 1852 and arrived in Salt Lake City the day before plural marriage was publically announced. He eventually entered into plural marriage, marrying two other wives. In 1871, his first wife, Harriet, sued ffor divorce and charged him with adultery with his other wives. He was fined and convicted to three years hard labor but served only six months. In 1880 Thomas moved his two other wives to Arizona. In 1885 he helped found Colonia Jaurez. Thomas was the father of twenty-two children. Descendants live throughout the western United States.