Capt. John Hawes

Is your surname Hawes?

Research the Hawes family

Capt. John Hawes's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John Hawes

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Hawes, Jr. and Eleanor Hawes
Husband of Desire Hawes and Sarah Hawes
Father of Elizabeth Daggett; Mary Bacon; Edmund Hawes; John Hawes; Dea. Joseph Hawes and 9 others

Occupation: cutler
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Capt. John Hawes

John Hawes was born in Duxbury, MA before 1640. He, like his father, was a cutler. Because he was not treated as a minor (under 21 years of age) on March 5, 1660 when he was put on trial in Plymouth, MA court for the murder of his friend Joseph Rogers, he was probably born between 1635 and 1640. Joseph Robers, Jr. of Eastham, MA lived in Duxbury, had a friendly wre stling match with John Hawes in Eastham on 25 December, 1640, which resulted in an injury tha t caused the death of Robers. John was acquitted at the trial of March 5, 1660.

John was married to Desire Howland Gorham just 7 months later in Barnstable, MA 07 Oct 1661 . Desire, the daughter of Captain John and Desire (Howland) Gorham, was born in Plymouth, M A April 2, 1644. She died in Yarmouth, MA 30 June 1700. Her mother, Desire (Howland) Gorham , was the daughter of John Howland who came from England on the Mayflower in 1620.

On 31 October 1682, John was appointed an Ensign of the Yarmouth military company. About 170 0 he became captain of the company and was called that thereafter. John was the Barnstable t own treasurer from 1695 to 1698. He was chosen a representative in the Legislature at Boston , MA in 1697 and 1698. He died in Barnstable 11 November 1701, from the effect of having hi s leg amputated. The record does not indicate whether or not it was because of an accident o r disease.

John's will was dated 15 October 1701 and proved 19 November 1701. His estate consisted of 5 75 pounds and 11 pence.

Will of John Hawes

In the nameof God Amen the fifteenth day of October 1701 In the thirteenth year of the Reig h of William the third by the Grace of God King of England etc. I, John hawes of the Town o f Yarmouth in the County of Barnestable In New England being by the hand of god brought ver y low and weake in body but of good and perfect memory thanks be to god and knowing the under tainty of this Life on Earth do make this my Last will and Testament. In manner and forme fo llowing Revoaking anulling and by these presents making void all Wills by me formerly made an d declare and appoint this my Last Will and Testament and first I committ my soule to god hop ing for the ful and free pardon of my sins by the death and merits of jesus Christ my only Re deemer and my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buryed in such decent and Chri stian manner as my executors hereafter named shall be thought meet and convenient and for th e setteing of my temporallestate and all such Lands goods chattels and debts as it hath pleas ed god to bestow upon me I do order and give & dispose In manner and form following that is t o say first I will that all these debts and dutys that I owe in Right or conscience to my per son whatsoever shall be and will be truly paid by my execuitors hereafter named?

Itm I give and bequeaty unto my son Isaac all my dwelling house and brn together with one ac re of Land where and upon which the sd houseing stand and so to be set forth as may be most e onvenient thereto To have and to hold unto him the sd Isaac his heirs and assigns forever Exc epting and Reserving to my two unmarried daughters desire and experience lyberty to dwell i n the eastmost end of my dwelling house and to have the benefitt of the chimney for firing s o much as is needfull for them to enjoy it so long as they have need att the discression of m y overseers hereafter named and it is my will that my sd son Isaac do peaceably allow them t o enjoy the same.

It. I do give and bequeth to my son Ebeneazer eight acres of my land at the west side next t o John Hallets foure acres thereof to be laid forth below the highway and it shall extend fro m the fences next to the highway north to the creek yt bounds my meadow next to Major Thacher s and the other foure acres he shall have laid out to him of my land above the sd highway an d that shall Run from the fence next the sd waye to ye head of my last creek and he shal an d may drye and make the fother he cutts of the same upon the drying ground on the knowles s o that he use or make use of but one thrid part thereof which sd land meadow and premises sha ll be to him my sd son Ebenezer his heirs assigns To have and To hold forever.

It I give and bequeath and give unto my two sons Joseph and Isaac all the rest of my land an d meadow to be equally divided betwixt them that is to say Joseph shall have halfe of my lan d and meadow except what is disposed as above sd. To have and to hold for him and his heir s and assigns forever and Isaac shall havethe other halfe of my land and meadow except as afo resd To have and to hold to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

It I do give and bequeath unto my daughter desire my second best bed bolster and other furnit ure thereto belonging

It I do give and bequeath unto my Daughter Experience one good cow.

It I do give to my son Joseph my long gun or fowling piece and my other two guns. I give tom y sonEbenezer and the other to my son Isaac and my gold ring I give to my son Joseph and my a ne.

I do give to my daughter Mary Bacon my small gold ring.

I give and bequeath to my two sons John and Benjamin and my foure daughters Elizabeth Dogget t and Mary Bacon Desire and Experience all the Rest of my movable estate all my Debts and fun erall charges being first paid out of it both within doors and without all what nature kind o r Quality soever it is to be equally divided each one of them a like share or part thereof, a s also such debts are due and owing to me from any person whatsoever shall also be divided a s above sd

Lastly I do nominate ordaine and appoint my two sons Joseph and Isaac Joynt executors to thi s my last Will and testament I also Request and loving brothers Major John Goreham and John T hacher Esq. to be overseers to see the true execution of the Will. In Witness whereof I hav e Heeunto Sett my hand and sealethe day and year above written.

Signed sealed and declare John Hawes (seale)

In presence of us Witnesses

John Thacher

Peter Thacher

Josiah Thacher

The inventory of his estate totaled 629 pounds, 8 shilling and 4 pence, including debts due , of which 300 pounds was real estate, 41 pounds for 2 Negro girls and 4 pounds for an India n boy. Livestock was valued at 95 pounds, 26 shilling and 6 pence, consisting of 6 oxen, 1 5 cows, 29 young cattle and half a yearling plus 2 horses, 1 mare and 8 swine.


IMMIGRANT - Some references spell his last name "Haws."

"He is not treated as a minor in his trial March 5, 1660-1. He had been wrestling with a friend and caused an injury that proved fatal two days later. John gave himself up to the authorities and was tried by a jury consisting of men who were nearly all from Plymouth or the region north of it. 'These brought in a verdict wherin they expressed that they found that the said John Hawes was not guilty, and soe according to law hee was cleared in the open Court and released.' (3 Plymouth Colony Records, 205) Hawes says, 'That he suffered no discredit on account of the sad affair is shown not only by his subsequent career, but by the fact that seven months after his trial he married a daughter of Capt. John Gorham, of Barnstable.'... John performed many of the civic duties that his father had done: juryman, constable, receiver of excise, surveyor of highways, and so on. "In 1680 he was one of four men who for four or five pounds a whale (according to circumstances), to be paid in blubber or oil, were 'to look out for and secure the town all such whales as by God's providence shall be cast up in their several bounds,' his territory being the western part of the town." He was appointed ensign of Yarmouth's military Company and by 1700 was Captain. The town records show that he was a member of a committee to choose a schoolmaster in 1693. He was a representative in the Legislature at Boston in 1698." (Bonnie Hubbard)

Notes from John Howland of the Mayflower, Vol. 1: John Hawes was a cutler. He served as a representative to the General Court for two years, starting in 1696 [Charles F. Swift, History of Old Yarmouth (1884), 247]. According to Col. John Gorham's Wast Book," Capt. John Hawes of Yarmouth, "having his Leg Cut of Dyed with it." [Mayflower Descendant, 2:207] In his will dated October 15, 1701, probated November 19, 1701, John Hawes of Yarmouth gave his son, Isaac, his house and barn, except that two unmarried daughters, Desire and Experience, were to have liberty to dwell in the east end of the house. He also mentioned his other sons, Ebenezer, Joseph, John and Benjamin, and his married daughters, Mary Bacon and Elizabeth Doggett. Sons Joseph and Isaac were appointed executors. Witnesses were John, Peter and Josiah Thacher. The inventory, taken November 25, 1701 amounted to L629-8-4. Major John Gorham and John Thacher, Esq., were named overseers of the will. [Barnstable Co. Probate 2:124, 126, 134 (Capt. John Hawes).]

Died after having his leg amputated. IMMIGRANT - Some references spell his last name "Haws." 

He was married to Desire GORHAM on 7 Oct 1661 in Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA.


view all 27

Capt. John Hawes's Timeline

Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
October 5, 1662
Age 27
Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
June 10, 1664
Age 29
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
May 2, 1669
Age 34
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
May 14, 1671
Age 36
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
July 16, 1673
Age 38
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
May 20, 1675
Age 40
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
March 24, 1678
Age 43
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
March 9, 1679
Age 44
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony