83rd Annual Reunion

83rd Annual Reunion

October 2-5, 2013

Northampton, Massachusetts

We are very excited to return to the East Coast this year as we get to know more about some of the descendants of Thomas Hawley, thought to be Joseph’s brother.

Thomas Hawley was killed in a conflict with Native Americans at Sudbury.   The conflict is known as King Philip’s War.     We will focus on the fascinating life of his grandson, Lt Joseph Hawley (Hawley Record #6207), born 1682.    He lived in a time filled with significant religious reformation, known as The Great Awakening.    His nephew, Jonathan Edwards led the movement.

Susan Stinson, local historian, is publishing a new historical novel, Spider in a Tree, and we will attend the book signing and lecture for the launch.   We are very pleased that Miss Stinson will also be our tour guide and guest speaker.    She said,

I’m not a genealogist, but I can tell you some fascinating things about Rebekah, Joseph and Elisha Hawley of Northampton in the mid-eighteenth century.  Rebekah Hawley was sister to the mother of the famous theologian Jonathan Edwards, and the cemetery tour follows the story of Edwards in Northampton through of the graves of local residents, which includes the Hawleys and many others related to them or important to them in other ways.  It’s a dramatic story with lots of historical importance.  The cemetery is a beautiful place with many wonderful 18th century stones that are a pleasure to explore for their own sake.

We are planning to visit the Historic Northampton museum, the renowned gardens of Smith College and a trip to Historic Deerfield.

Spend a day in old New England. Visit Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th-century English settlement in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings. See Yankee ingenuity at work in demonstrations of colonial-era trades. And explore our world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork. It’s a celebration of New England heritage.

We expect to finish finalizing the negotiations with the hotel and venues within a few days.   It is not too early to book your flights if you will be flying.       Although Spring has barely arrived, we are already looking forward to seeing you in the fall.


  • April 22, 2013 - 11:59 am

    Ed Hawley - Michael, I’ll be letting everyone I know in on this first release information!! Thanks, EDReplyCancel

  • April 28, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    Tom Pieragostini - Have to mention Gideon Hawley who graduated from Yale in 1749. He was licensed to preach in May 1750. In 1752, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, he accepted a position with the Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Indians, under the supervision of Jonathan Edwards who was a preacher to the whites and the Housatonic Indians in Stockbridge. Hawley taught Mohawk, Oneida, and Tuscarora Indians there, with Edwards occasionally visiting to give advice.ReplyCancel

    • May 4, 2013 - 8:43 pm

      admin - Tom, thank you for your comment about Gideon Hawley. He indeed led an interesting life. There are some fascinating writings about him.


  • May 1, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    Mel Johnson - My name is Mel Johnson, author of the award winning “Polygamy on the Pedernales: Lyman Wight’s Mormon Villages in Antebellum Texas, 1845-1858″(2006) in which the families of the Pierce Hawley clan have prominence. I am currently working on a biography on John Pierce Hawley. Those of you who are members of JWHA, MHA, ETHA, and WTHA may have read some of my articles.

    If any of you have any comments, suggestions, or materials for inclusion in Vol I, which ends with John and George and their families conversion to the RLDS and move to Iowa, please do not hesitate to contact me at melvincjohnson@gmail.com.ReplyCancel

    • May 4, 2013 - 8:46 pm

      admin - Mel,
      Thank you for your comment. We are very interested in hearing more about your upcoming biography on John Pierce Hawley. I will forward your comment to Trudy Hawley, our volunteer genealogist as she may have some information for you.


  • May 10, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    Jennifer Hawley Silver - I came across your site when I started to research my family. Although I don’t believe we are from the same Hawley line was hoping you could verify that or guide me in the right direction. I know my grandfather was Edward Leo Hawley, he was born 1/13/08 and died May 1981. I found research that was done by Dan Hawley which I believe maybe my Hawley line. I have tried to contact him but the e-mail did go through. Any support or direction you can give will be great.ReplyCancel

    • May 13, 2013 - 11:42 pm

      admin - Jennifer, I forwarded your comment to Trudy Hawley, our genealogist. She is the best person to assist you!


  • May 16, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Lynn Porsche - Hello, I’m Lynn Porsche. I am trying desperately to get into the DAR without any luck so far. I cannot prove that Generation 5 is connected to generation 6 of my lineage. Of the CT Hawleys’ that is: (Wm?) Abel Hawley (father) is connected to his son, Abel Wheeler Hawley. We need viable and documented proof — either in the form of a baptismal certificate; bible; death certificate state/federal census record. We have run into brick walls all the way. Help!! Thank you, Lynn PorscheReplyCancel

    • June 3, 2013 - 3:55 pm

      admin - Lynn, I apologize for taking so long to respond! Somehow I missed seeing the comment. I have forwarded your request to our volunteer genealogist. I hope that she is able to assist you. THE HAWLEY RECORD, published in 1890 indicates that Abel Wheeler Hawley was the son of William Abel Hawley, as you mention. The reference is on page 48. If it would be helpful, I can scan the page and email it to you.


  • June 2, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Sally Atwell Williams - Hi Michael,
    The Hawley Newsletter was wonderful. I just finished reading it cover to cover online. You, and those who have helped you, have done a wonderful job. Congratulations.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to come to the Reunion, even though it is in my neck of the woods, so to speak. I have had other plans for some time. And I love Northhampton. As I mentioned to Trudy and to you, I think, I am quite sure that Thomas Hawley is buried in the historic section of the Wayland Cemetery, as during that time, Wayland was a part of Sudbury, MA. I alredy have walked Sudbury’s historic cemetery looking for his headstone, but after consulting the Sudbury Clerk’s office, where they found no mention of him as buried there, the Clerk suggested I check with the Wayland records. Unfortunately I have not so.

    Have a wonderful summer, and once again Kudoes for a great online newsletter.


    • June 3, 2013 - 3:48 pm

      admin - Sally, so glad you enjoyed the newsletter. You will be missed in Northampton. I will try to find Thomas for you!