Joseph Hawley

Joseph Hawley (1603 - 1690)

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Captain Joseph Hawley
Born in Parwich, Derbyshire Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Stratford Fairfield Connecticutmap
Profile last modified 25 Jun 2019 | Created 13 Sep 2010
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Joseph Hawley migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Project protected by the Puritan Great Migration project because of known false parents in the literature and on the internet.



"The Hawley Society has conducted extensive research here as well as England and has no located no substantial evidence as to Joseph’s parentage. DNA evidence does not yet connect the Hawleys in North America with those living in Great Britain".[1]

He is often said to have arrived in New England by 1629 or 1630 though the record of this seems uncertain.[citation needed] He is then presumed to be the same Joseph Hawley who appears in Stratford Connecticut in 1650, though this may not be true.


Joseph Hawley was Deputy for Stratford several times from May of 1658 through June of 1687; commissioner for Stratford from 1682 - 1687, 1689 - 1691.[2]



Husband: Joseph Hawley
Wife: Katherine Birdsey
Child: Samuel Hawley was born about 1648.
Child: Joseph Hawley was born January 9, 1649.
Child: Elizabeth Hawley was born January 26, 1651 and died May 10, 1676 at Saybrook. Married Capt. John Chapman June 7, 1670.
Child: Ebenezer Hawley was born September 17, 1654.
Child: Hannah Hawley was born May 26, 1657. She married (1) Josiah Nichols on December 13, 1678. (2) John Wlcott of Windsor on June 22, 1692. (3) _____ Porter after 1713. She was still living in 1726.
Child: Ephraim Hawley was born August 7, 1659.
Child: John Hawley was born June 14, 1661.
Child: Mary Hawley was born July 16, 1663 and died September 9, 1731. She married John Coe on December 20, 1682.

Will, Inventory

The will of Joseph Hawley, yeoman was dated September 17, 1689. It was noted that he was sometimes Justice of the Peace. Bequeathed to his wife Katharine, sons Samuel, Ephraim, John; Samuel's son Joseph; grand children John and Joseph Chapman at Saybrook; daughters Hannah Nichols and Mary Coe; Mr. Israel Chauncey. The Inventory of his possessions was on June 4, 1690.[2]

Research Notes

From "Families of Old Fairfield" by Jacobus[2]

  1. Ephriam Booth called him "uncle" in his will. 1683.
  2. His sister Hannah married (1) John Ufford of Milford. divorced. married (2) Capt. John Beard.
  3. His brother may have been Thomas of Roxbury whose daughter Dorothy, bap. June 20, 1658, married John Booth of Stratford.
  4. Grandchildren (from will) were John & Joseph Chapman at Saybrook,


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Families of Old Fairfield
  • "History of the Hawley Family"
  • Search for Joseph Hawley Parentage. page 1 - 6.

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On 25 Aug 2018 at 22:21 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Sandy, I see the father, Samuel Hawley-85 is back, and he is creating a bright RED corrections report.

Any objections to disconnecting? There should be appropriate notes left on both profiles, so reattachment doesn't reoccur.

Also, PMs please see g2g here:

Please respond, thanks. I think Tim Treadwell would appreciate it.

On 21 Mar 2018 at 02:24 GMT Kelly (Monson) Louthan wrote:

Didn't want to mess with ya'lls work so thought I would share these here and ya'll can use them where and if you wish :)

On 5 Oct 2017 at 09:36 GMT James Carr wrote:

Hawley-2376 and Hawley-33 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate

On 1 Sep 2017 at 21:12 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Thank you, Sandy.

I too hope that this is only an interim thing and that further research by genealogists will reveal parents.

On 28 Aug 2017 at 01:59 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

OK, removed parents, though this may be only an interim move if more documentation can be found. Appears to be a link to the Booth family that warrants research.

On 26 Aug 2017 at 22:56 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:


On the basis on the notation in the biography, and on the new source: "Search for Joseph Hawley Parentage," I believe the parents of Joseph Hawley should be detached. Please see this g2g question and answer:

Any comments? Do the PMs of this profile wish to detach parents? If not, I will do so. Any disagreements? Please post. Thank you.

On 26 Aug 2017 at 18:38 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Hawley-294 and Hawley-33 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same wife, same death date and location. same person. please kindly merge. thank you.

On 28 Sep 2016 at 17:32 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Is there a reason why the narrative is so scant when there are so many sources?

My memory doesn't always serve me well, but it seems I recall that this biography was more extensive at one time.

Information lost in a merge? Or what? Anyone know? He is my 9th great grandfather, so I have an interest, even though I am not a PM.

Hope to hear from a PM. Thanks.

Cheryl (Aldrich-908) Skordahl

On 27 Feb 2015 at 06:04 GMT Gerrie (Schneider) Bartholomew wrote:

Hawley-1038 and Hawley-33 appear to represent the same person because: These appear to be duplicates

On 21 Mar 2014 at 18:43 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Should the father be Joseph Hawley-114, not Samuel Hawley-85 as shown?

Joseph is 11 degrees from T S Eliot, 14 degrees from Walter Howe and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.