Evidence that he came in 1857 is confirmed in information found in Church financial records. He arrived in New York on 1 January 1857 via the ship The Columbia. The 1870 census shows a Richard Hawkins in Salt Lake City (3rd Ward) and again in 1880 (11th Ward) with a wife and daughter. The Utah burials database records that a Richard Hawkins died on 5 February 1897 in Salt Lake City. Further research is needed to determine if all these records are for the same individual.