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Matthew Hawke (1610 - 1684)

Matthew Hawke
Born in Cambridgeshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 21 Apr 1638 in Ipswich, Suffolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 74 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 May 2009 | Last significant change: 3 Mar 2023
23:40: S (Hill) Willson edited the marriage between Margaret (Nellson) Hawke (abt.1618-1684) and Matthew Hawke (1610-1684). (marked marriage date uncertain; this is the date of the marriage license) [Thank S for this]
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Matthew Hawke migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Matthew Hawke. Born in 1610 in England. Matthew died on 11 Dec 1684 in Hingham, MA. Buried in Old burying ground, Hingham.

“Matthew, from Cambridge, England, embarked at London with his wife Margaret and servant John Fearing in the ship Diligent of Ipswich, for New England, and arrived on the 10th of Aug. 1638. Mrs. Margaret Hawke died at Hingham 18 March, 1683-84. Matthew died 11 Dec. 1684, as his gravestone says, 74 years. Will made Sept. 24 1684. Freeman May 18, 1642; was the third town clerk of Hingham; selectman 1663; also school-master 1679-1683. Resided on Main Street, Hingham Centre.”[1]

Matthew Hawke may have been of the John Hawke family of Hingham, Norfolk. A John Hawke had sons Stephen baptized there 4 Dec 1602 and Adam 26 Jan 1605. Also a John Hawke married there 27 Jan 1612 Mary Cowper. It is unclear, however, if Matthew was a member of this family. It is also sometimes said that the John Hawks who died 30 Jun 1662 at Hadley, MA, and Adam Hawkes who died 13 Mar 1672 at Lynn, MA, were also of this family.


  1. Elizabeth Hawke (ca 1639-4 Nov 1713)
  2. Sarah Hawke (ca 1641-9 Mar 1678/9)
  3. Bethia Hawke (ca 1643-)
  4. Mary Hawke (ca 1646-17 Jul 1714)
  5. Capt. James Hawke (ca 1649-27 Nov 1715)
  6. Deborah Hawke (ca 1651-15 May 1711)
  7. Hannah Hawke (ca 1655-4 Apr 1737)[1]

Research Note

The Great Migration Directory lists the following suggested sources: NEHGR 15:27, 121:11; HiBOP 78; SPR Case #1390; Hingham Hist 2:294-5 Key to Anderson Sources.


  1. 1.0 1.1 History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts (The Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1893): Vol II, p.294
  • Little, G. T., Burrage, H. S., & Stubbs, A. R. (1990). Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine. West Jordan, Utah: Stemmon Pub.
  • "Daniel Cushing's Record", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.). Reference Volume 15 (1861), page 27 via $American Ancestors - Immigration and initial residence information

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Removed the alleged father .see previous G2G question.
posted by Anne B
Hawkes-94 and Hawke-2 appear to represent the same person because: Please complete the merge. Hawkes-94 was an orphan profile which I just adopted. His profile is a legacy with almost no information other than his birth in 1610 to mother Margaret (Bolitho) Hawkes. I have detached him from Margaret.
posted by David (E) Ebel
Qualifies for a Great Migration badge please...
posted by Renee Malloy Esq
Hawke-2 and Hawke-58 appear to represent the same person because: Required for merge of daughter Elizabeth
posted by Mark Ryan
Hawkes-169 and Hawke-2 appear to represent the same person because: Dates match, spouse match, loc match
posted by Robert Richards
Hawkes-169 and Hawke-2 appear to represent the same person because: Same Matthew
posted by [Living Franklin]
Hawke-2 and Hawke-21 appear to represent the same person because: Same stats
posted by Robert Richards

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