Happy Fourth of July

The Hawley Society wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July

It seems fitting to share the below hymn at this time.    For the dedication of the new memorial for Joseph Hawley (1603-1690) by the Society of the Hawley Family on 12 September 1924.   The following is a transcript from the event.

Unveiled in the Congregational Cemetery, Stratford, Connecticut, on September 12, 1924 at twelve noon.  Dedicatory Exercises on the Grounds.  Procession led by President of the Society, Mr Raymond Hawley, enter the Mary Silliman Gateway and proceed to grave.    Sing Anthem “America”.    Invocation by Rev George W Judson of Stratford.  Brief address “Our Ancestor” by the General Secretary.   Unveiling of the Memorial Tablet by Mr Samuel B Hawley while the following hymn was sung to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”:

The Hawleys came from overseas where once they held a place

Among the bravest and the best of the good, old Saxon race.

They fought with Dane and Norman too, when chivalry was young,

The name goes marching on


Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

His truth is marching on!

They helped to fell the forests and to till the virgin soil

They sowed the land with freedom and they reaped the fruits of toil.

The good, old name of Hawley on the scroll of fame appears,

While the name goes marching on


They lived in old New England and they kept their honor bright,

These pioneers of Stratford town who toiled and fought and died.

These men whose names are sacred, these women brave and true

Kept the name still marching on


Of all the nation’s heroes, the men who do the most

Are those who do their duty and among this mighty host.

The name of Hawley shineth forth in letters of pure gold,

For the name is marching on.


~Circulated by Elsie Hawley Platt, author of The House of Hawley
with thanks to Sally Atwell Williams for the transcript