Saturday, July 04, 2015


I first published this list a few years back, but in honor of the 4th
of July I'm publishing it again. We know about Washington and
Knox and Lafayette, but we should never forget that it was the 
unknown citizens who served under them who fought and bled
to win us all our freedom. Some of them were my ancestors.

The italicized names are those whose Pension Files I've found.

Jonathan Barker Jr.
Was a Minuteman from Methuen Ma with the rank of Sergeant. He
was at Lexington and Concord with his sons Jonathan (see below)
and Samuel. Served in Captain Samuel Johnson's Company in
Colonel Titcomb's Regiment for 2 months in 1777 in Rhode Island
and then with Nathaniel Gage' Company in Colonel Jacob Gerrish's
guards from Dec 1777 until April 1778 guarding the captured
troops of General Burgoyne.

Jonathan Barker 3rd

Enlisted on 19 Apr 1775 in Continental Army, Capt. John Davis'
Company, Col. James Frye's Regiment, in the Massachusetts line
for 8 months in Cambridge, Ma. At the conclusion of the term, he
reenlisted for another 3 months in Capt John Allen's Company,
Colonel John Waldron's Regiment, General Sullivan's Brigade in
the New Hampshire Brigade at Charlestown, Ma. He then enlisted a
third time in June 1778 at Methuen, Ma., joining Captain Samuel
Carr's Company, Col. James Weston's Regiment, in General Lerned's
Brigade at White Plains, N.Y. and serving for another 9 months.

John Ames
Was a Minuteman under Capt. Asa Parker on April 19th, 1775. He
subsequently enlisted in the Continental Army under Captain Oliver
Parker, Col. William Prescott's Regiment and in the Brigade that
was commanded in turn by Generals Putnam, Lee, and Washington.
and served for 8 1/2 months.

Asa Barrows
 A member of the militia from Middleborough , Ma. (south of
Boston) in the Company of Captain Joshua Benson, in Colonel
Cotton's Regiment, and General William Heath's Brigade for
8 months during the siege of  Boston.  In December 1776 he
joined a militia Company  commanded by Captain Joshua
Perkins and marched to Barrington, R.I. and was stationed there
for 6 weeks. In July 1780 he again enlisted, this time in a militia
company commanded by Captain Perez Churchill that marched
to Tiverton, R.I.

Moses Coburn
 Moses Coburn got into the War late and by reason of being
"hired by a certain class of men in the then town of Dunstable
to go into the Continental Army in the summer of  1781." When
he reached Phillipsburgh in New York he was placed in Captain
Benjamin Pike's Company, in the Regiment of the Massachusetts
line commanded by Lt. Colonel Calvin Smith in which he served
for nearly two years until it was broken up. He then transferred to
the Company of Judah Alden in the Regiment commanded by
Colonel Sprouts until his discharge in 1783.

Samuel Haskell
Samuel served in Captain Joseph Elliott's Company in Colonel
William Turner's Regiment and then under Captain Hezekiah
Whitney in Colonel Josiah Whitney's Regiment.

Amos Hastings
Amos  responded to the Lexington Alarm as part of Captain
Richard Ayer's Company and Colonel William Johnson's Regiment.
He later served in Captain Timothy Eaton's Company in Colonel
Edward Wigglesworth's Regiment and was at the taking of  the
British General Burgoyne at Ticonderoga.

Elisha Houghton
Enlisted at Harvard Ma as a Private in May of 1777in the
Massachusetts militia and was at the Battles of Bunker Hill
and Stillwater. He then enlisted for three years in the infantry
company commanded by Captain  Joshua Brown in Colonel
Timothy Bigelow's 15th Regiment of the Massachusetts line.
and took part in the Battles of Monmouth and Newport and was
at Valley Forge. He twice was promoted to Sergeant and  twice
was busted down to the ranks.

Amos Upton
Responded to the Lexington Alarm and marched there from his
home in Reading. He later joined the militia company commanded
by Captain Asa Prince as an orderly sergeant and then enlisted
for eight months in the Continental Army under Colonel Mansfield
He was at the Battle of Bunker Hill and was discharged in October
of 1775.

John Griffith
Enlisted in 1781 as a Matross (he swabbed out the barrel of the
cannons after they fired, or so I've been told) in Captain William
Treadwell's Company  in Colonel John Crane's Artillery Regiment.

Reuben Packard
A Sergeant in Captain Josiah Hayden's Company in Colonel Bailey's
militia. They marched to Lexington at news of the Alarm. He also
responded several more times as a Minuteman for a total of nearly
8 months duty.

Jonathan Abbot
Served as a Sergeant in the Militia under Captain Henry Abbott
and responded to the Lexington Alarm

Samuel Stowe 

Minuteman from Sherborn, Ma. Served in Capt. Benjamin Bullard's
Company in Col. Asa Whitcomb's 5th Massachusetts Bay
Provincial Regiment

Besides those direct ancestors, these other relatives fought
in the Revolution:

Moses Barrows, brother to Asa Barrows.

Samuel, Jesse, and Benjamin Barker, sons of Jonathan Barker,
Jr. and brothers to Jonathan Barker 3rd.

James Swan, brother in law to Jonathan Barker 3rd.

Friday, July 03, 2015


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2015 WEEK 26: JOHN HAWKES 1690-1748 PT1

My ancestor John Hawkes' father Adam Hawkes had died in 1691, three years before his father's
death. Adam had been the oldest child of the first John Hawkes and would have been given a
large part of the estate if he hadn't preceded his father. Yet no mention is made of his widow
Elizabeth or their son John in the original agreement between the heirs settling their share of the
property. That matter was eventually taken care of in the following document from early the
next year. The town named "linn" is now Lynn, Ma.    

 Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)

I once again found a transcription by George Ernest Bowman in his "Hawkes Notes"
article in The Mayflower Descendant:

Know all men by these Presents that Wheras there is an agrement made & put in writing under the hands & Seals of the Several parsons Concerned in the Estate of mr John Hawkes bearing date ye 4th Septemb[er] 1694 as a full & final Settlement of the Estate of the Said John Hawkes late of linn decd That the Said John Hawkes decd had a Son named Adam; who decd before him Self: the Sd Adam leving a widow 8: one only Son: Now Know yee that we whose names are hereunto Subscribed doe by these presents for our Selves our Heires Executors admrs or assignes remise release and for ever quit claim unto Elizabeth Hawkes relict widow of the aforesaid Adam Hawkes &unto John Hawkes only Son of the Said Adam Hawkes their Heires Exrs admrs & assignes: A Certaine parcel of upland and meadow Containing about four Score acres be ye Same more or less Sittuate in ye towne Ship of linn in ye County of Essex bounded with Sawgust river to ye west with a white oak to the East from thence to a walnut tree: northward with the land of Dann Eaton To have & to hold . . . . In Witness wherof we have hereunto Set our hands & Seals the  8th Day of Aprill I695.

It is to be understood that the above Sd parcel of land is to be clear & free (to the abovesd Eli[zabeth] and John Hawkes) from any incumbrance of what nature or kind So ever without any discount or allowans of any debts or legaces or any other thing whatsoever the abovesd parcel of land being laid out by mr Jn° Hawkes Senr dec'd in his life time to his Son Adams Widow & her Son John as a clear & absolute Estate of Inheritance in fee Simple without any Incumbrance wt soever as aforesaid , in Witness wherof we have set our hands & Seals ye day & year afores'd.

Signed Sealed & Delivered 
in psence of us
Steph: Sewall
John Croade
John Hawke(Seal)
thomas haw(Sea1)
ffrancis hutchinson(seal)
Guardian to Ebenezer Hawkes

The Mayflower Descendant, 1620-1920: A Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History, Volumes 17      Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants., Boston, Ma. 1915 pp222-228

Monday, June 29, 2015

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2015 WEEK 25: ADAM HAWKES 1664-1691

Like many colonial New England families, the Hawkes used several given names over and over
through the generations. In my line of the family Adam and John were favorites. So I have two
Adams and two Johns alternating : Adam, John, Adam, John. My subject for this post is 8x great grandfather Adam Hawkes (the second Adam).

I've very little information on this Adam. I've a date of his birth on 12May 1664, and of his death
on 18Nov 1691, both events taking place in Lynn, Ma. Sometime around 1689 he married a woman whose first name was Elizabeth. From what I've read there is a dispute about whether her last name
was Pratt, and I have not been able so far to find a record of the marriage. Adam and Elizabeth's only child, my 7x great grandfather John Hawkes was born in Lynn on 10Apr 1690.

Adam died three years before his father John Hawkes, which meant that his part of John's
estate would be given to his young son, and provisions must be made for that and his guardian. I'll discuss that in the post about the younger John Hawkes for Week 26 of the Challenge. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015


I was able to find the Probate Files for my ancestor John Hawkes over on the American
Ancestors website, and George Ernest Bowman had transcribed it for his "Hawkes Notes"
article in The Mayflower Descendant. John had died without making out a will, so the family
reached an agreement on how to divide the estate. Once again I found that some of my
ancestors differed on how they spelled their family name, even when they were living in the
same house or town. There are several variations of the name Hawkes in this agreement:

Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)

[From original document] This Indenture Covenant and Agreement made Between The Widdow and The Surviving children of mr John Hauks deceas’d one with Another Respectively with Reference to The setlement of The Estate of Lands and moveables That The said m' John Hauks Dyed Seized off which setlement According To This Indenture we whose names Are subscribed Doe Bind ourselves our heirs Executors for ever by These presents to Rest satisfyed And Contented and Contented with, never for The future to Molest or disturb each other farther Then what Is here Agreed upon but That Reall And harty Love and peace may be maintained between us suitable to The neer Relation we stand In one to Another The principle motive In This Covenant and Indenture.

Impr. Agreed, and Consented unto That Sarah Hauks our Honourd Mother Have for her Annuall Maintainance six pounds In money, or whatever Else she may have occasion for to her satisfaction; to be paid by John & Thomas Hawks and Ebenezer Hauks when sd Ebenezer he comes to The Age of Twenty one years, and In The mean Time sd John to pay his proportion for him; The said Bretheren to Bear an Equall proportion In The sd payment : Allsoe The sd Widdow Sarah Hauks to have The bigest of The Lower Rooms In The Dwelling house wheir she now Resides together with The Bed and Bedsted and furniture In sd Room and Improovement of The Household stuff and provision for Meat and Drink comfortable Dyet During her Abode with her sons In said House to be provided By John Hauks The consideration of The sd six pounds together with The premises The said widdow Sarah Hauks Doth Accept of, and rest satisfyed 8r contented with.

It. Agreed and Consented unto, That Moses Hauks (In consideration of The Lands willed To him By his Grandfather Adam Hauks and out of The Love that he Beareth to his Bretheren and Relations) The said Moses Doth Accept off and for ever to Rest satisfyed with The said Lands willed to him, and which he now enjoyeth viz as m' John Hauks decean and said Moses Agreed said Trect of Land or Lands to be Bounded, all and every The sd Bounds to stand firm and good without any molestation of any of his Bretheren; As Allsoe The sd Moses Hauks to have a certain percell of Land which his father John Hauks Dyed Seized off, six Acres be It more or Less Adjoining to the Lands of Moses Hauks Neer his Dwelling house Bounded Norwardly by a Brook and soe on to his own Lands called by The name of The horse pastor; The sd Moses Is hereby Allsoe discharged from paying any debts due from The estate of his father John Hauks deceasd or any Legacies whatsoever . and the south Bounds of said six Acres by a white oak tre, & ym west to a Rock And soe on to a Red oak Tre And see To The Brook.

It Agreed and Consented That John Hauks son to John Hauks deaceasd Is to have The Dwelling house of his father deceasd together with one hundred Acres of Land And meddow Adjoining be It more or Less Butted and Bounded westerly upon the Land of mr Geffords Norwardly upon The Land of Adam Hauks deeeasd southwardly upon the Brook Adjoining to the Land of Moses Hauks Estwardly upon The Land of Moses Hawks & Lyn Comon.

It Agreed And Consented That Thomas Hauks have his divisionall part of Land one Hundred Acres be It more or Less Butted and Bounded Southward upon The Land of Moses Hauks by a Brook which Runs Through Dexters marsh Soe called, westerly upon the Land of Sd Moses and Said Brook Estward upon The marsh called Dexters Marsh . Norward upon The Land of Sd Moses . Hauks

Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)

Agreed And Consented unto By Ebenezer Hauks and his Guardian Francis Hutchinson That The sd Ebenezer doe Accept of his Divisionall part of Land for his portion out of his fathers estate one hundred Acres within The Bounds of his fathers farm deceas‘d Be It more or Less Butted and Bounded Eastwardly at a great Rock with an heap of Stones and from Thence by a line to The Bridge neer The old orchard, westward by The side of Thomas Hauks his orchard and from the corner of the orchard westward to a stake by The Brook which Adjoins to Moses Hauks his Land . Southward upon the Town Comon . Allsoe a certain percell of Land to be The Sd Ebenezers which John Hauks deces‘d exchanged with The Town of Lyn Lying on Saugust River Adjoining to The Land of Moses Hauks.

Agreed and consented to That Mercy Hauks Have for her portion forty pounds In or as silver mony to Be paid By John Thomas and Ebenezer each to pay an Equall proportion Ebenezer his proportion when he Arives at The year of Twenty and one and John and Thomas To pay Their proportions to Sd Mercy within The Complement of fewer years next Ensuing The date of These presents, The sd Bretheren paying The Sd sum of monys to their sister Mercy, She doth discharg The State of her father deceasd In reference to her claim of her portion.

And for The Tru performance of The premises according to all Tru Intents and purposes we The Above mentioned persons Respectively Concerned have hereto set our hands and Aflixed our seals This fourth Day of September Anno Domini . one Thousand Six hundred ninety and fower.

Furthermore its Agreed before ye Signing Sealing 8: acknowledgment hereof . That John Hawkes & Thomas Hawkes & ffrancis Huchison Guardian to Ebenezer Hawkes shall Pay all ye Just Debts of ye Said John Hawkes Deceasd Out of their part & portion & ye rest to be no wayes Chargeable for ye Same.

Sign’d Seald and deliverd In The presents of us
Hananiah Hutchisson
beniaman Larrabe
Benjamin Hutchisson

Sarah  (her mark) Hauks (seal)
Moses Hawks (Seal)
John hawkes (Seal)
thomas hawkes (Seal)
ffrancis Huchison Guardian & behalfe of Ebenezer Hawkes  (Seal)
Marke of Elizabeth Hawk guardian to her son Jno Hawkes

Sarah Hawkes Moses Hawkes John Hawkes Thomas Hawkes . & Marcy Hawkes all personaly appeared before me ye Subscriber Judge of ye probate of Wills &c in ye County of Essex & acknowledged This Instrument together wth what is anexed relating to ye payment of ye debts to be thier act & Deed . This 3rd Day of December I694.
Barth Gedney

The Mayflower Descendant, 1620-1920: A Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History, Volumes 17      Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants., Boston, Ma. 1915 pp222-228

Friday, June 26, 2015


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Thursday, June 25, 2015


My 9x great grandfather John Hawkes is one of the important (to me) ancestors on
my family tree because his marriage to second wife  Sarah Cushman is one of our family's
Mayflower connections. There is another family connection in that his first wife Rebecca
Maverick was sister to my 9x great grandmother Abigail (Maverick)Ward.

Here's information  on John's family from "Hawkes Notes", an article by George Ernest
Bowman in an issue of The Mayflower Descendent:

John Hawkes married, first, Rebecca Maverick3, a daughter of Moses and Remember2 (Allerton) Maverick. He married, for his second wife, Sarah Cushman3, a daughter of Elder Thomas and Mary2 (Allerton) Cushman. The two wives were own cousins, and granddaughters of Isaac1 Allerton of The Mayflower.

By the first wife, Rebecca, there was one child, Moses Hawkes, who married and had several children.

By the second wife, Sarah, there were four sons and four daughters; but three of the daughters died in childhood. The surviving children by this marriage were : Adam, John, Thomas, Mercy and Ebenezer, all of whom married and had children. -p222

The Mayflower Descendant, 1620-1920: A Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History, Volumes 17      Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants., Boston, Ma. 1915

My Dad is descended from Isaac Allerton through both his parents and the Hawkes connection
is through his mother Cora Berthella Barker:

Isaac Allerton & Mary Norris
Mary Allerton & Thomas Cushman
Sarah Cushman & Adam Hawkes
John Hawkes & Mary(Margery)Whitford
Eva Hawkes & John Bancroft         Eunice Hawkes & Jacob Walton
John Bancroft & Mary Walton
Sally(Sarah)Bancroft & Francis Upton
Hannah Upton & Cyrus Moore
Betsey Jane Moore & Amos Hastings Barker
Charlotte Lovenia Barker & Frank W Barker
Cora B, Barker & Floyd Earl Wesrt Sr
Floyd Earl West Jr and Anne Marie White. (my parents)

I've found John Hawkes' Probate File and we'll discuss that ncxt.

To be continued...