Timothy Ruggles Hawley (1771 - 1828)

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Birthplace: Hartford, Avon, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Jefferson, OH, USA
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About Timothy Ruggles Hawley

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Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co. 1893

Transcribed by Sharon Wick.

TIMOTHY R. HAWLEY came to Ohio in the spring of 1801, as surveyor for the Torringford Land Company, and surveyed the township of Morgan, also cut and cleared a road from Austinburg to Gustavus that year and returned to Connecticut late in the fall.

    In 1802, Mr. Hawley, with his family, left Farmington, Hartford county, Connecticut, on the 12th day of April; came on by way of Albany to Buffalo, New York, where he had to wait ten days for Dr. O. K. Hawley, D. M. Curtis and Erastus Allen to come down from Ohio with a small open boat after them.  He then left Buffalo, in the boat, with his wife and three children, and all of their goods; Dr. O. K. Hawley, his wife and one child and their goods; Chauncey Hawley in company. They coasted along the shore during the day and landed to pitch their tents at night. In about a week they arrived safely at Ashtabula creek, about nine o'clock at night on the first day of June, 1802. He sent their teams on through the woods to Ashtabula, thence he came to Austinburg, and about the first of July he moved with his family into Morgan, then an unbroken wilderness, where they were well accommodated with a good log cabin, built by Deacon Nathaniel Gillett, for their rudimentary habitation. It was well covered with elm bark and the floors laid with the same.
    His was the first family that moved into Morgan. Mr. Hawley planted two or three acres with potatoes, corn and pumpkins, and his family had to live through the next winter mostly on what he raised. The pumpkins and potatoes were boiled and eaten with milk; the corn was, some of it, ground at Mr. Humphrey's mill in Austinburg; some of it was pounded in a large wooden mortar, made by digging and burning a hollow place in a stump, and some of the cereal was boiled whole.
    In January, Mr. Hawley and Deacon Gillett went with a one-horse dray to Smithfield, now called Williamsfield, and purchased a barrel of pork at $25 per barrel and drew it home on the dray.
    He and his family were subjected to the usual hardships of the early settlers. He cleared up quite a farm in Morgan township.
    The Chippewa Indians were numerous and used to supply the inhabitants with bear meat, venison, elk, wild turkeys, etc.
    The next summer Captain Wright moved his family into Morgan; and in the fall Deacon Gillett and Mr. Hosea Wilcox moved in with their families, and the second and third winters the inhabitants lived in about the same style as that of the first.
    Timothy R. Hawley continued surveying for the first ten years, most of the time for the Torringford Company.
    Ashtabula county was founded June 7, 1807, from Trumbull and Geauga counties, and organized January 22, 1811.
    In 1811, Timothy R. Hawley was appointed County Clerk (the judges of the court-appointed the clerks at that time), and he then removed to Jefferson and held the office until 1828.
    Mr. Freithy put up a frame on the spot where the late Dr. Hawley's house now stands. Timothy R. Hawley bought the frame, enclosed but did not finish it, and kept a hotel there.
    In 1822 he built the present front of Dr. Hawley's late residence and lived there until his death, July 24, 1828, at the age of fifty-eight.
    He had a family of ten children, of whom only five arrived at the age of maturity. These were three sons: Thales Hawley, who died in 1831; Dr. Almore Hawley, and John Kent Hawley, who moved with his family to Brownholm, Ohio, where he resided many years and until his death; and two daughters, —Mrs. Sophia Stone, of Geneva, Ohio, and Mrs. Celia Dunn, of Quincy, Illinois, both deceased.

Almore Hawley, M. D., was born August 11, 1801, at Avon, near Hartford, Connecticut, and died November 3, 1876, at Keokuk, Iowa, while visiting relatives. He studied medicine under Dr. O. K. Hawley, his uncle, and graduated from the medical department of Yale College, in 1828, and became the first settled physician in Jefferson, Ohio, where he practiced during the remainder of his life.

    In 1802, before he was a year old, his parents removed from Connecticut to Morgan township, Ashtabula county, Ohio, settling about a mile from the present village of Rock Creek, and in 1811, his father having been appointed County Clerk, he removed to Jefferson, where he resided until his death.
    He was married to Miss Susan A. Dunn, of New Haven, Connecticut, who died in 1839; and afterward, in 1841, he married Miss Sophronia March, who survived him one year.
    Dr. Hawley was a leading member of the Episcopal Church; he led an active, busy life, always public-spirited and interested in the welfare and growth of the village.

Five children survived him: Adiliza H., who married A. D. Olds, now deceased; Adelbert K. Hawley; Cornelia S., now Mrs. Milo A. Loomis; Theodore E. Hawley, of Jefferson, Ohio; and Laura S., the wife of C. E. Udell, of St. Louis, Missouri.

Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) about Timothy Rugells Hawley Name: Timothy Rugells Hawley Gender: Male Birth Date: 29 Jun 1771 Birth Location: Farmington Parent Name: Rev. Rufus

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Timothy Ruggles Hawley's Timeline

1771
June 29, 1771
Hartford, Avon, Connecticut, United States
1791
1791
Age 19
1793
1793
Age 21
1798
September 15, 1798
Age 27
November 24, 1798
Age 27
Connecticut, United States
1801
August 11, 1801
Age 30
Avon, CT, USA
1804
July 7, 1804
Age 33
Connecticut, United States
1809
June, 1809
Age 37
1814
September, 1814
Age 43
1828
July 24, 1828
Age 57
Jefferson, OH, USA