Biography of Edward Clinton Hawks


Hawks, Edward Clinton, Buffalo, is a lineal descendant of (1) Isaac Allerton, who was born in England in 1585, married Mary Norris at Leyden, Holland, in 1611, came to America in the Mayflower in 1620, and died at New Haven, Conn., in 1659. Mr. Aflerton was one of that immortal band of Pilgrims who, signing the compact, brought their principles of religion to the barren shores of New England. His daughter, (2) Sarah Allerton, born in Leyden, also came over in the Mayflower. She married Moses Maverick, of Plymouth, Mass., in 1637. Their daughter, (3) Rebecca, born in Marblehead, Mass., about 1639, was married there to John Hawks on June 3, 1658, and died at Lynn in 1659. He was born at Charlestown, Mass., in 1633, and died in Lynn August 5. 1694. (4) Moses Hawks (or Hawkes), their son, born at Lynn, November 29, 1659, died there January 1, 1708-9. May 10, 1698, he married Margaret Cogswell, who was born in Lynn September 6, 1675. Their son, (5) Moses Hawks (or Hawkes), born at Lynn March 4, 1699, was married there April 9, 1730, to Susannah Townsend. (6) Daniel Hawks, their son, was born at Lynn, October 20, 1749, married Rhoda Perham, and died at Richfield Springs, N. Y., May 8, 1831. Their son, (7) Thomas Hawks, born at Petersham. Mass., April 2, 1784, married Nancy Fitch at Richfield Springs June 23, 1811, and died at Columbia, N. Y., March 25. 1870; she was born at Pawlet, Vt., April 2, 1792, and died at Columbia July 24, 1863. (8) Thomas Sidney Hawks, their son, born in Columbia, Herkimer county, N. Y., June 25, 1816, came to Buffalo in 1840, married Hester Ann Layton July 20, 1843, and died here July 26, 1886. She was born at Talmadge, Ohio, February 22, 1815, and died in Buffalo April 26, 1872. They were the parents of (9) Edward Clinton Hawks, who was born in Buffalo, N. Y., July 26, 1846. Mr. Hawks was graduated from the Central High School in 1865, read law in the office of Sprague & Fillmore, and for seven years was their managing clerk, having charge of the real estate transactions of their client, the Erie County Savings Bank. He was admitted to the bar in 1869, and since 1871 has been in active and succesful practice. He was city attorney of Buffalo in 1880-81, was once tendered the nomination for congressman from this district, and has been Grand President of the State of the I. O. O. F. He is an able lawyer, a man widely respected and esteemed and largely interested in land and grain elevators, being one of the builders of the International Elevator at Black Rock. He has given much attention to the subject of good roads, upon which he has published several notable articles, and is an honorary member of the Art Students League, a member of the Merchants Exchange, and a fellow of the Buffalo Scciety of Artists. He was also a member of old Hespet Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., which sent thirty-seven of its sixty six members into public office. June 5, 1879, he married Amanda Smith, of Buffalo, a lineal descendant of Richard Smith, jr., the crown patentee of Smithtown, L. I. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hawks are members of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. Their children are Maurice Fitch and Hester.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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