Biography of Jonathan C. Hawes
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Hawes, Jonathan Capen, retired mariner, is the son of Levi and Azubah (Capen) Hawes, natives of Stoughton, Mass., who settled in New Bedford in 1817 and bought land on Tarkiln Hill, where Levi died in April, 1880, aged eighty nine. His wife died in 1879, aged eighty eight. Levi Hawes was born in 1792 and served as a minuteman in the war of 1812. Jonathan C. Hawes was born in New Bedford on the 6th of May, 1826, received a common school education, and when thirteen began, learning the trade of sailmaker with William T. Cook. When sixteen he shipped on the whaler Roman, Capt. Alexander Barker. He continued in the whaling business from 1842 to 1860, being a master mariner about fourteen years. He then retired, and under the name of the Acushnet Saw Mill Company has since conducted a saw mill at Acushnet, in New Bedford, where he also resides. Captain Hawes is a chapter Mason, holding membership in Star of the East Lodge, and was a member of the City Council one year and of the Board of Aldermen one year. He is also a member and trustee of the First Congregational Church of Acushnet. His first wife, Jerusha Blake of Stoughton, died at sea, leaving one son, Frederick B., of New Bedford. His second wife, Mrs. Sylvia Tucker Leonard of Dartmouth. died in 1876, leaving three Sons by her first husband. He married, third, Mary W., daughter of Noah and Hannah Davis of Fall River, and they have two daughters living.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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