James was the first tavern keeper in the village of Victor, NY. Sometime before 1810, James got into a "domestic dispute" with his wife, Hannah, who ran to a neighbor, Joseph Perkins, for refuge. James then burned down his neighbor's barn in Victor, NY and was convicted in a trial and sentenced to 10 years at hard labor at Newgate Prison in New York City, where he died about 1815. His brother, Abner, testified against him at the trial.
"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:33WW-DQ5 : accessed 2 September 2019), entry for James /Hawley/; "Ralph Hall - Shirley Brand" file (2:2:2:MMD8-W1F), submitted 3 November 2013 by Ralph_L_Hall [identity withheld for privacy].
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