Hawley Society Announces 2014 Reunion
October 9-11, 2014
The Society of the Hawley Family hosts its annual meeting and reunion in the fall season, usually October. It provides members and non-members alike the opportunity to meet, compare notes, learn more about the fascinating history of our family and visit great places! This year we have decided to visit Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
Barrington and its surrounding areas have a rich history dating back to the Blackhawk War of 1832. We discussed Aaron Hawley and the Blackhawk War in a previous issue. Until that time, the area that now includes Barrington had for centuries been the home to tribes of Pottawatomi and Mascouten Indians. Late that year, under the terms of a treaty signed by Chief Blackhawk, the migration of the Indians across the Mississippi River began, thus opening up vast tracts of land along the Fox River to early settlers who began moving to the area in 1834.
Pioneers who traveled from Troy, New York, by way of the newly renamed City of Chicago, settled in what would later become Cuba Township in Lake County. Other settlers, primarily from Vermont, upper New York State, and Massachusetts, settled in what is now Cook County. Their settlement was originally called Miller Grove but was later renamed Barrington Center. Among the settlers from Massachusetts were brothers, Philip and Zebina Hawley, of Amherst, great great grandsons of Capt Joseph Hawley and Lydia Marshall. We learned about this generation of Massachusetts Hawleys at the 2013 Reunion in Northampton.
We plan to visit Hawley House, the only building in Barrington on the National Register of Historic Places, Evergreen Cemetery, the final resting place of dozens of Hawleys and explore local culture. The Barrington Historical Society and Museum houses extensive genealogical records and memorabilia. For those so inclined, it is said the fishing at Hawley Lake is outstanding!
We are considering side trips into nearby Chicago. Stay tuned as we continue to develop our plans. We hope to see you in Barrington.