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...

Monday, June 22, 2015


I found the images for Adam Hawkes' Probate File on the American Ancestor website. They
include the estate inventory:

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 found this transcription in The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1665-1674 (Google eBook):

Estate Of Adam Hawkes Of Lynn.
Inventory of the estate of Mr. Adam Hawks taken Mar. 18, 1671-2 by Thomas Newhall and Jeremiah Sweyen: in wearing Aparill, 5li. 17s.; a bedsteed, fetherbed, 2 fether pilows, Flock bed, on blanket, sheetts, curtins, vallenc and one Imbroadered coverlid, 14li.; bedsteed and beding belonging to it, 7li. 10s.; trundell bed and beding belonging to it, 2li. 10s.; one other bed and bedsteed, 3li.; bras and pewter, 3li. 14s.; Iron potts and kettells, .one pare of Andirons, — pare of trambrells. tow par of pott hoks, one cast backe, on friing pan, one pare of stilliards, one spitt, 5li. 7s.; tow croscut saws, one sith, one sikell, thre Axces, to par of Hoks, one Axtre pin, on sledg and ould Iron, Hi. 11s.; tow muskits, tow small ffowlling pes, tow Rest heads, 3li. 15s.; thre swords, one wachbill, on ould belt, one pistell and one Drum, 2li. 13s.; one Table, six Joyn stools, 2li. 2s.; one Cubbard, one Joynd chear, one chest, 2li. 8s.; Table cloths, napkins, tow snapsaks, Hi. 7s.; a bible and other Books, Hi.; one press, tow small tables, tow chairs, 2li. 8s.; a pare of banddilars, milk vesells, sivs, 14s.; a peas of black cloth, Hi. 6s.; cart wheells, plow and yoks, chayns, clevis and pin, beatell, tow weges, one forke and part of a cart Roop, 5li. 18s.; fouer oxcen, 21li.; seven cows with tow sucking calfs, 24li. 10s.; one tow yearling and tow yearlings, 4li. 5s.; tow Horses and tow mares, 17li.; sixten swyn one with another, 9li.; sadell and pillion, 15s.; loking glass and baskett, 7s.; tobakow and ould caske, 18s.; The Dwelling Hows and barne, 120li.; about nyn Hundred of boards, a stoke of bees, 2li. 16s.; five hundred and ffivty akers of land, 550li.; fouer Akers of upland, 2li.; total, 817li. 11s.; credit to the Estatt, 1Li. 15s.; Debts from the Esstat, 46li. 14s. -p254-255
The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1665-1674 (Google eBook)
Essex Institute,  Salem Ma, 1917

The file also contained a document as to how the estate was to be divided between Adam's

And here's an abstraction of that: 

Administration on the estate of Adam Haukes of Lynn was granted to John Hauks of Lynn, and certain articles of agreement were allowed. He was to give to his mother Mrs. Sarah Hauks, nine score acres of upland in Lynn, not joining to the farm, eight acres of medow in the great meadow, and one third of all the moveables; to Sarah Hauks, her daughter, four score and ten pounds, to be paid five pounds every two years until forty pounds is paid, and the fifty pounds at age or marriage; if she should die before said time to be paid to the widow, Sarah Hauks, all to be paid in corn or cattle; to Moses Hauks, son of John Hauks by Rebeckah Hauks, daughter of Mr. Moses Mavericke, as a legacy from his grandfather, Mr. Adam Hauks, one half of that farm in Lynn which the said Hauks lived and died upon, only for the housing, to pay the value thereof if he pleases, at age, and if he should die before, the estate to go to his father John Hauks and his children; to Mr. William Cogswell for his wife, four score and ten pounds, to be paid ten pounds yearly, in corn, cattle or goods; to Frances Huchisson, twenty pound, in corn, cattle or goods, to be made in two payments within two years; to Samuell Huchisson, Thomas Huchisson, Edward Huchisson and Elizabeth Hart, five pounds each, within twelve months time, in corn or cattle; all the residue to John Hauks.
Signed Mar. 27, 1672, by Sarah (her x mark) Hauks, Francis Hutchinson, Moses Mavericke, John Hauks, William Cogswell.

Approved and allowed Mar. 26, 1672 in Ipswich court.
 Essex County Probate Files, Docket 12,899.
The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1665-1674 (Google eBook)
Essex Institute,  Salem Ma, 1917

Sarah (Hooper) Hawkes went on to marry Thomas Wardwell in 1673. She, her husband, and daughters Sarah Hawkes and Mercy Wardwell were accused of witchcraft in 1692. Thomas
Wardwell was hung, but Sarah and the daughters were eventually released.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


In honor of Father's Day I'm posting pictures of some of the fathers on my family tree. From the Wests:

My Dad, Floyd E West, Jr.


Great grandfather Philip J. West, Cousin Stanley & Grandfather Floyd E West, Sr.

2x great grandfather Jonathan P.West & wife Louisa Almata (Richardson)West
3x Great grandfather John Cutter West
Some of the maternal grandfather's from Dad's family:

2x great grandfather Asa F Ellingwood & wife Florilla (Dunham)Ellingwood.

2x Great grandfather Amos Hastings Barker & wife Betsy Jane (Moore) Barker.
3x Great grandfather Philip Richardson

And the only picture I have from Mom's side of the family:
Great grandfather John McFarland & wife Annie (Kelley)McFarland.

Happy Fathers' Day!