The surname Hawthorne was spelled in the early records in this country Hathorne, Hathorn, Harthan, Hauthorne and Hawthorn. The American family, including the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne, is descended from a family of Binfield, England, through the immigrant John, mentioned below. He had a brother Robert, who settled at Bray, Berkshire, England; a brother William, married Ann _____; came to this country in 1639; became a speaker of the house; major of colonial troops and was called "one of the most efficient and sagacious of the colonial leaders." His sister Elizabeth married Captain Richard Davenport.
(I) John Hawthorne, immigrant, was born in 1615 at Binfield. He came to this country in the ship "Transport" in 1635, and settled in Salem, Mass. He was a member of the Salem Church in 1637. He removed to Malden and was licensed to keep an ordinary there by the general court. In 1650 he located at Lynn. He deposed in 1665 that he was about forty-two years old. He died at Lynn, Feb. 10, 1677. His will, dated Oct. 19, 1676, was proved June 27, 1677, bequeathing to his wife Sarah, chldren Ebenezer, Priscilla Shore, and her daughter of the same name, Phebe, Mary, and Nathaniel.
He married Sarah Breed.
1. Sarah, baptized June 2, 1644, at Salem.
2. John, Oct. 1646.
3. Priscilla, baptized July 22, 1649; married Jonathan Shore.
4. William, Nov. 1651.
5. Mary, July, 1653.
6. Ebenezer, March 1656; mentioned below.
7. Child, March 6, 1663.
8. Phebe, March 22, 1664.
9. Nathaniel, about 1668.
(II) Ebenezer, son of John Hawthorne, was born in March, 1656, in Lynn, died about 1720. He married, Dec. 26, 1683, Esther Witt, at Lynn.
Children, born at Lynn:
1. Sarah, Oct. 26, 1684.
2. Mary, March 4, 1687.
3. John, May 1, 1688.
4. Samuel, April 17, 1691.
5. Mary, May 1, 1694.
6. Hepsibath, May 5, 1697.
7. Ebenezer, mentioned below.
(III) Ebenezer (2) son of Ebenezer (1) Hawthorne, was born at Lynn, July 7, 1705. He married (intention dated Oct. 11) 1730, Keziah Collins, of Salem, Mass.
Eleazer, Ebenezer, Collins, mentioned below.
(IV) Collins, son of Ebenezer (2) Hawthorne, was born about 1735-40. He settled in the adjacent town of Wilmington, Mass. He was in the revolution in the command of General Stark at the battles of Bennington and Saratoga. He settled in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
He married, Nov. 27, 1760, Sarah Deane.
Benjamin, born Dec. 13, 1761; mentioned below.
Keziah, Collins, Sally, Hepzibah, Rebecca, Olive, Samuel, Polly, Seth.
(V) Benjamin, son of Collins Hawthorne, was born at Wilmington, Dec. 13, 1761, died of spotted fever at Reading, Vermont, July 26, 1842. He was a soldier in the revolution and was stationed at West Point for a time. He came from Jaffrey, N.H., to Reading, Vt., in 1787 or earlier. He was a merchant, a partner in the firm of Bailey & Hawthorne. Later in life he had the farm lately owned by C. H. Cady..
He married, March 28, 1787, Rhoda Carlton, born April 14, 1769, died Dec. 11, 1850.
3. Collins, a farmer of Alden, New York.
5. Rhoda, married Jonathan Esterbrook and lived at Merilla, N.Y.
6. Candace, married Asa Newman, a farmer.
7. Alvah, mentioned below.
8. Laban, of Barnard, Vermont.
9. Henry C., a farmer of Woodstock, Vt.
10. Hial, a shoemaker of Troy, N.Y.
(VI) Alvah, son of Benjamin Hawthorne, was born at Reading, Vermont, Sept. 2, 1797, died at New Haven, Vermont, March 11, 1887. He was a farmer at New Haven.
He married Mandana Holly, who was born at New Haven.
George Palmer, mentioned below.
Francis, died in infancy.
(VII) George Palmer, son of Alvah Hawthorne, was born in New Haven, Vermont, Nov. 13, 1825, died there June 30, 1900. He was educated in the common schools, and from an early age followed farming through his active life. He was interested in town affairs and a Republican in politics. He held the office of selectman and other town offices. He was a deacon of the Congregational church at New Haven.
He married, Oct. 22, 1851, Almena Clark, born at Crown Point, N.Y., April 15, 1899, daughter of Abraham V. Clark.
Children, born at New Haven, Vt.:
1. Alvah, a fruit grower on the Isle of Pines, West Indies.
2. Frank Eugene, mentioned below.
3. Henry, lives in Burlington, Vermont.
4. Florence, lives on the homestead in New Haven.
5. Charles, a hardware merchant, Bristol, Vt.
6. Lucia, lives with her brother in Potsdam, New York.
(VIII) Professor Frank Eugene Hawthorne, son of George Palmer Hawthorne, was born at New Haven, Vermont, Dec. 12, 1853. He attended the public schools in his native town, the academy at New Haven, and studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston and with Leschetizky, Vienna, Austria. He began to teach music in Potsdam, N.Y. and later taught in Greenwich, Rhode Island.
In 1875 he accepted the position of instructor of music in the State Normal school at Potsdam, New York, and has held that position, teaching almost continuously to the present time. .
In religion he is a Presbyterian, in politics a Republican. He married, in 1884, Mabel Parker, of Potsdam, N.Y., daughter of Hon. Abraham X. and Mary J. (Wright) Parker. (See Parker VIII). His wife died in March, 1908. He has one son, Ernest Parker, born in Potsdam, May 17, 1888, now a student of music in Vienna.
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