ELISHA HAWES, a retired contractor builder of North Stoughton , was born in this town, April 19, 1814, son of John and Eunice ( Worthington ) Hawes. His father was born in Stoughton in 1785, and his mother in Canton , Mass., in 1790. His paternal grandparents, Elisha and Sarah (Wentworth) Hawes, of Canton , had a family of six children; namely, Samuel, Elijah, Enos, John, Ruth, and Rebecca. Grandfather Hawes followed agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1796, and was caused by an accident.

John Hawes, son of the elder Elisha, was engaged in farming and teaming during his active period, and was an able and industrious man. He died December 10, 1877, at the advanced age of ninety-two years; and his wife, who lived to the age of ninety years, died December 14, 1880 . Both were members of the Baptist church. They reared seven children as follows: Alpheus , William, Elisha, Mather E., Abigail, Elijah, and Emery. Alpheus Hawes, who is no longer living, married for his first wife Lucy J. Stephenson, of Ohio , and for his second, Jane Tucker, of Canton , Mass. William, who was a shoe manufacturer, married Charlotte Hawes, of Stoughton, the two being now deceased. Mather E., who married Laura Bond, of Vermont, was originally a shoe manufacturer, was afterward a schoolmaster, still later a Universalist minister, and for a time was engaged in the real estate business in Boston. For several years he was connected with the Boston post-office, and he is now residing in that city. Abigail is the widow of Charles Upham, late of Canton, and is now residing in Los Angeles, Cal. Elijah, who married Jane Wadsworth, of Vermont, was formerly a shoe manufacturer, and went to California. Emery, who was in early life engaged in shoe manufacturing, is now a merchant and Postmaster at North Stoughton . His first wife was Lucy A. Wentworth, of Canton; and his present wife was formerly Mrs. Emeline Packard Snell, of Brockton.

Elisha Hawes was educated in the common schools of Stoughton ; and at the age of eighteen he went to Roxbury, where he learned the carpenter's trade. Four years later he re­turned to his native town, and, starting upon his own account as a contractor and builder, was actively engaged in that business for sixty years, during which time he erected many dwelling houses and other buildings in this village. He retired in 1896, but is still a strong and active man, possessing the agility of a much younger person.

Mr. Hawes has been three times married. His first wife, with whom he was united on January 24, 1837, was Hannah A. Tucker of Roxbury, who died December 25, 1853. His second wife, Mrs. Eunice P. Glover, widow of Elijah Glover, of Stoughton , died March 26, 1891 ; and on November 12 of the same year he married Mrs. Susan H. Bailey, a daughter of Daniel and Susan (Fowler) Herring. Her father was born in Dedham ; and her mother was born in Dorchester , Mass. Daniel Herring resided in Dedham , and followed the trade of mason in connection with farming. His wife died in 1851, and he died in 1853. Mrs. Hawes's first husband, Calvin C. Bailey, a native of Vermont , who was engaged in the express business, died February 15, 1876 .

By his first marriage Mr. Hawes became the father of seven children; namely, Lucy Ann, Marsena B., Ellen Mary, Alvah T., Hannah A., Allah, and Elisha SLucy Ann Hawes married John T. Farrington, of Milton , and is now residing in Iowa , where her husband is a prosperous farmer. She has six children - John M., Lucy Ella, Lizzie Lee, Marsena, Elisha, and Charles H.  Marsena B. Hawes died July 7, 1864 , while serving in the Civil War. Ellen Mary is the wife of Charles W. Cook, formerly of Milton , and now a farmer in Berkley , Mass. Her children are: Arthur B., Charles, Beulah, Lizzie A., and Samuel H. Alvah T. is a carpenter in Boston . He married Alice Davenport, and she died leaving two children - Silas G. and Jennie, Hannah A. married J. Henry Farrington a farmer of Milton , and her children are: Emily, Fred M., Mary A., Frank H., Lucy A., Ellen R., Dora, and Evelyn. Allah Hawes died November 1, 1852 . Elisha S., who is following the carpenter's trade in North Stoughton, married Hattie Lothrop, of Avon, Mass., and has four children - George M., Mildred, Bertha, and an infant deceased. By his second union Mr. Hawes had one child, Alla, who married H. Addison, of Nova Scotia , and died November 20, 1884 .

Politically, Mr. Hawes is a Republican, but has never sought for or held office. He is connected with Rising Star Lodge, F. & A. M., and the Sons of Temperance. He is a member of the Universalist church, and served upon the Parish Committee for several years.


Source: Biographical Review - Volume XXV - Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Norfolk County Massachusetts. (Boston, Mass., Biographical Review Publishing Co., 1898), pgs. 40-43.


                                                   Back to Main Page at www.StoughtonHistory.com