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John (Hawkes) Hawks (abt. 1613 - bef. 1662)

John Hawks formerly Hawkes aka Hakes
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1642 (to about 30 Jun 1662) in Windsor, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 49 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Aug 2009 | Last significant change: 15 May 2023
09:29: Melissa McLaughlin edited the data for John (Hawkes) Hawks (abt.1613-bef.1662). (Adding sources. ) [Thank Melissa for this]
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John (Hawkes) Hawks migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

No reliable sources have been found to show that John Hawkes was a son of John Hawkes and Mary Cowper, and they have been detached as parents.


John Hawkes was born about 1613 based on the date he was admitted a Freeman. His parents and origins are unknown. He came to New England about 1634 and was first of Dorchester, Massachusetts, removing to Windsor, Connecticut in 1635. [1]


  • 1634: September 3: Made a Freeman at Dorchester. [1]
  • 1640: John Hawkes was listed among the Founders of Windsor, Connecticut. [2]
  • 1640/1: February February 4: In the Windsor land inventory, John was noted to have 4 parcels including his home lot with 8 acres, meadow, upland, and swamp. [1]
  • 1648/9: March 1: Served on the Connecticut petit jury. [1]
  • 1649/50: February 6: Chosen as tax collection. [1]
  • 1660: Removed to Hadley, Massachusetts. [1]


John's wife Elizabeth's maiden name is unknown. They were married by 1643. [1]

John was buried at Hadley, Massachusetts on June 30, 1662. [1]

After his death his widow Elizabeth married second, Robert Hindsdale. [1] [3]


  1. John Jr. born or baptized at Windsor on August 13, 1643: married first, Martha Baldwin at Hadley on December 26, 1667; married second, Allis Alice at Deerfield on November 20, 1696. [1]
  2. Nathaniel born or baptized on February 16, 1645/6; no further record. [1]
  3. Elizabeth born or baptized on January 10, 1646/7; married first Joseph Gillet at Hadley on November 24, 1663; married second Nathaniel Dickinson at Hatfield on December 16, 1680. [1]
  4. Anna born or baptized on October 1, 1648; married Thomas Hastings on NOvember 10, 1672. [1]
  5. Isaac born on August 11, 1650; died by drowning on June 22, 1659. [1]
  6. Mary born on May 23, 1652; married first, Experience Hindsdale, son of her step-father Robert on Ocotober 10, 1672; married second, John Evans at Hatfield in July 1677. [1]
  7. Joanna born on February 8, 1653/4; married William Arms at Hatfield on November 21, 1677. [1]
  8. Eleazer born on December 20, 1655; married Judith Smead at Deerfield on April 30, 1689. [1]
  9. Sarah born on September 29, 1657; married first Philip Mattoon at Springfield on September 10, 1677; married second Daniel Belden. [1]
  10. Gershom bornon April 12, 1659; married Elizabeth Pratt by 1691. [1]
  11. ___ born at Windsor ___; no further record. [1]


John died intestate and an inventory was presented to the court on March 31, 1663. With the agreement of his widow Elizabeth the following settlement was made:

  • son John to receive 1/3 of the home lot, 1/3 of the lands in Hadley and a young horse at age 22
  • daughter Elizabeth - L20 on the day of her marriage
  • son Eleazer -L20 at age 21
  • son Gershom L20 at age 21
  • next four daughters- L15 at age 21 [1]

On September 28, 1669, Robert and Elizabeth Hinsdale, the mother of the above children, indicated to the court their desire to set the housing and lands in Hadley of John Hawkes, deceased, except those given to John Hawkes Jr., as security for the children's portions above as the previous court in 1663 had not provided security. [1]

On September 27, 1681, widow Elizabeth Hinsdale, administrator for her late husband John Hawkes estate, presented the court with a petition indicating the children had been paid their portions, and that further, she had returned to Hadley to live. Her request was to have sons Eleazer and Gershom who 'are yet unmarried,' improve the remainder of the whole estate to provide her maintenance during her life, and at her death, the court 'appoint those lands' to Eleazer and Gershom. [1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 Anderson, Robert C. John Hawkes in Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003, p. 257-61 (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)
  2. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Glastonbury, Connecticut, Volume 16, 1983, p. 196 (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)
  3. Williams, Alicia Crane. Thomas Dibble (m. 1637) in: Early New England Families, 1641-1700. (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013

See also:

  • Savage, Gen. Dictionary, Vol. II, pg. 381
  • John Hawks (1613-1662) on Find A Grave: Memorial #14220492 Retrieved Burns-5616 23:13, 23 January 2018 (EST). memorial erectedHenry 1989 by his descendants
  • Hinsdale Genealogy
  • Early New England Families, 1641-1700. (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.) (Subscription required)
  • Hinman, R. R. -"Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, (1846)".
  • Judd, Sylvester-"History of Hadley, (1905)".
  • Savage, James-"Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, (1860)".
  • Sheldon, George-"History of Deerfield, Massachusetts," Vol. II (1896).
  • Stiles, Henry R., M.D.-"Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Windsor (1891)".
  • Burke, Bernard, 1814-1892, Burke's American families with British ancestry : the lineages of 1,600 families of British origin now resident in the United States of America, Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1975, p. 2734.

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Anyone object to disconnecting these parents. Anderson says Unknown origins. John of Hingham didn't have a son John as far as we know
posted by Anne B
Hi Anne B. and all,

We are two year post.

John is PPP. Are we ready to sever the attached parents.

While the link no longer functions, there is already a note on the profile, "See this site for a discussion of the probability of John Hawkes being a son of John Hawkes and Mary Cowper. DO NOT MERGE INTO JOHN HAWKES MARRIED TO MARY COWPER."

posted by GeneJ X
Yes. They should be detached. Let’s add links in this profile to their profiles and we can sever the relationships
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Do you have a reliable source for that birth date & place, Bill? Anderson's Great Migration does not supply it, but if you have found a recently published article that gives it, I'm sure we'd love to hear.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I have him born on Jan 26 1613, is anyone else showing that, in Hingham, Norfolk England?
posted by Bill Wakefield
John Hawkes m. Mary Cowper 27 Jan 1612/3 so I suspect the date you have is based somehow on that date. However, this John's origins are unknown and he needs to be disconnected from these parents, who were probably not his.
posted by Anne B
Hawkes-1096 and Hawkes-1 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by Whitney Rapp
Hawkes-169 and Hawkes-1 do not represent the same person because: Wrong
posted by [Living Franklin]
Hawkes-169 and Hawkes-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same person
posted by [Living Franklin]