Biography of Peter S. Hawes
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Hawes, Peter S., was a native of Kinderhook, Columbia county, and early in his business life was a manufacturer of wadding at Niverville in that county, and also in the grocery business at Kinderhook and Albany several years. At Albany he met with reverses and decided to go on the canal with a boat, in connection with which occupation Mr. Hawes came to Albion in 1862, where he afterwards made his home. He started a grocery business, continued it until 1874, then went to Somerset county, Md., thence to Elmira. still later to Poughkeepsie, and finally to Lockport. In 1883 Mr. Hawes again opened a grocery in Albion, remained two years and retired, thence went to Lockport where he died at the age of seventy two. His wife, Caroline Van Alstyne, died in Albion in 1864. Their children were: Sarah J., wife of Joseph Snyder; Hiram; of Albion; Margaret A., wife of Julian T. Du Quette; and William of Albion. Hiram was born in Cohoes, January 14, 1838. Until he was about seventeen he lived on the farm, and for the next three years was engaged on the Erie Canal. He came with his father to Albion in 1862 and was with him in his various business enterprises. He went into business with his father in 1863, and was later associated with his brother William under the firm name of Hawes Brothers, grocers and bakers, in Albion. Afterwards the business was divided, William taking the bakery and Hiram the grocery, with which each has ever since been engaged. In Poughkeepsie, Hiram married Catharine A. Hess. In politics Mr. Hawes is a strong Republican. He is an active member of the M. E. Church.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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