William John Hawley

25 November 1803–3 March 1881 (Age 77)
Fishkill, Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life Summary of William John

When William John Hawley was born on 25 November 1803, in Fishkill, Dutchess, New York, United States, his father, Charles Henry Hawley, was 36 and his mother, Mary Wooden, was 24. He married Elsa Ellis Smith on 3 February 1821, in Bayham, Middlesex, Canada West, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Battle Creek, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860. He died on 3 March 1881, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States.

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William John Hawley
Elsa Ellis Smith
Marriage: 3 February 1821
William Henry Hawley
Lydia Hawley
Elizabeth Hawley
George Washington Hawley
Anna Hawley
Cyrus Benjamin Edwin Hawley
Sarah J. Hawley
Asa Smith Hawley
Hannah Hawley
James Ephraim Hawley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 February 1821Bayham, Middlesex, Canada West, British Colonial America
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.
    1804 · The Twelfth Amendment
    Age 1
    With not having a very clear statement in the Constitution about Presidents and Vice Presidents, the Twelfth Amendment was Born. Before the Electoral College could cast two votes for those that they saw fit for President. This was changed to just one electoral vote for President and one electoral vote for Vice President. With the amount of people even allowed to vote, there was no way for there to be a tie during the elections.
    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 22
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from a lost place called Hawley in Sheffield (Yorkshire). The placename derives from Old Norse haugr ‘hill, burial mound’ + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Journey West

    William Fletcher grew up on the Indiana farm, learning to work along with his father and older brothers. He had an adventuresome pioneer spirit like his father, and so when quite young, he moved west …

    Sources (27)

    • William Hawley in entry for Sarah E Pearson, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Wm J Hawley, "United States Census, 1860"
    • William John Hawley in entry for Asa Smith Hawley, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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