Monday, May 30, 2016

Hawksley - another ongoing mystery

Brick walls seem to be my major focus this year and one I've been hammering at for about 20 years now is John Goodwin Hawksley. A visit to NEHGS in 2008 helped me find an unexpected letter in their manuscript collection, which gave me at least one of John's parents. It put together the following family tree:

Mr. Hawksley ("an Englishman") and Mary Goodwin (daughter of "a Goodwin and a Workman"; her father was a loyalist from New Jersey who fled to Saint John, New Brunswick) had:

1. John Goodwin Hawksley, born 8 February 1810, Fredericton, York, New Brunswick, Canada. Married Lucy Thomas Lilley on 29 March 1842 in Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine, and had 13 children. Died 21 September 1893 in Mars Hill, Aroostook County, Maine.

2. Mary Hawksley, born about 1812. Married Robert Chambers Nichols on 14 February 1833 in Fredericton, York, New Brunswick, Canada, and had at least 1 child. No records found after the death of her son in 1837.

3. Sarah Brown Hawksley, born about 1814. Married John Wellington Adams on 23 December 1831 in Fredericton, York, New Brunswick, Canada, and had 5 children. Died sometime in December of 1840 or in 1841.

4. Margaret Elizabeth Hawksley, born 23 May 1816 in Fredericton, York, New Brunswick, Canada. Married Isaac Benjamin Adams on 3 October 1833 in Prince William, York, New Brunswick, Canada and had 9 children. Died 11 September 1889 in Forest City, York, New Brunswick, Canada.

Mary (Goodwin) Hawksley married William Madigan on 14 October 1824 in Fredericton, which means Mr. Hawksley either died or went missing between 1816 and 1824. Mary (Goodwin) (Hawksley) Madigan died May of 1868 in Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine. 

I wrote to the Town of Hodgdon in hopes of obtaining a death record for Mary, however they did not have one. In their reply, they told me many of their records for that time are missing, so Mary Goodwin's loyalist father and Workman mother remain a mystery.

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick have many digitized records, including vital statistics from 1800 onward. However, I have found nothing on the births of the 4 Hawksley children.

There seems to be plenty of information about the Hawksley and Adams families after their moves to Maine, as well as other Goodwin loyalists, but not the ones I seek. I hope someday to find the answer...


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