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* The Orrin Benjamin Hawley Family of Woodbury, Connecticut*

Updated July 5, 2012

Orrin Benjamin Hawley was born October 2, 1826 in Redding,Connecticut, the son of Harry Benjamin Hawley and died September 9, 1900 in New Haven, Connecticut. Orrin married Lucy Sands in November of 1847 in Woodbury,Connecticut. Orrin was to marry again, this time to Mary Ann Jackson (the daughter of Lot Jackson and Julia Phillips. They were married on December 23, 1852 in Woodbury,Connecticut. Mary Ann Jackson was born October 22, 1830 in Woodbury, Connecticut, and died February 24, 1909 in New Haven, Connecticut. on October 2,1826. The birth certificate does not list his mother. Orrin and Mary had
17 children:


(1)Andrew Benjamin Hawley, b. August 18, 1865, Redding, Connecticut; d. December 28, 1943, New Haven, Connecticut.

(2) Aaron Hawley,

(3) Fanny Hawley,

(4) Hayes Hawley,

(5) Will Hawley,

(6) Mary A. Hawley, b. February 23, 1855, Woodbury, Connecticut; d. July 26, 1918, New Haven, Connecticut,

(7) Isabelle Hawley,

(8) Ella Hawley, b. Woodbury, Connecticut; d. January 14, 1932, New Haven, Connecticut,

(9) John Hawley,

(10)Hobart Hawley,

(11)Lizzy Hawley,

(12)Richard T. Hawley, b. May 1862; d. May 18, 1913, New Haven, Connecticut,

(13)Charlie Hawley, b. Woodbury, Connecticut; m. LOUISE; b. June 20, 1898, Trinidad; d. November 1980,

(14)Joseph Hawley, b. January 1877,

(15)Harriet Hawley,

(16)Orrin Hawley Jr.

(17)Belle Hawley

Both Orrin and Mary are buried at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.

Orrin and his brother Aaron enlisted in the 29th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Colored) and fought in the Civil War. My brother, Lester and I have been doing research on our family and are proud to recognize Orrin as a member of the 29th Regiment. Orrin enlisted in the 29th Connecticut Infantry Regiment (Colored)on December 14, 1863 along with his brother Aaron. The 29th Connecticut Infantry was organized at Fair Haven and mustered in 8 March 1864.

We have learned that George Freeman, husband of Mary Freeman, was a member of the 29th Regiment, also. In addition, Charles Powers, husband of Ella Hawley, may have been a member of this famous regiment. Also a soldier in the Civil War was Samuel Carpenter Weeks, a member of the 14th Rhode Island Regiment.

We have a self-imposed mission of reuniting the descendants of Orrin's children.

Regarding Harry Benjamin Hawley, we have learned that Harry was born on Dec 1, 1875 of a Negro Woman, A slave for life. There also was another child, Peter. Now we are assuming that William Hawley was the father of Harry. This is a fantastic discovery. Once we can determine this slave woman's country of origin, we can begin our journey to Africa. I have donated my DNA to and have learned that I have African blood from the sub Saharan part of Africa. Perhaps this blood is from William Hawley.

This has been a very rewarding and exciting adventure. I have met so many new family members and made so many new friendships. Family is a wonderful thing and we should treasure it. We have met so many new "cousins" and are thrilled to meet these new family members. We are searching for descendants and hope to include all members of Orrin's Family.

Note: I have been in touch with several younger family members through FACEBOOK and am delighted to welcome them. We recently made a breakthough to descendants of my Uncle Lester Leonard Hawley of San Francisco, California. Welcome aboard, California Hawleys!! Another Flash!! I have been in touch with Belle Hawley's descendants and obtained great deal of information from Dakota Curry. We welcome the Curry Family to our Family Tree.


Charles Benjamin Hawley Sr.

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United States

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    This photograph is of the author of this web page. Mr. Hawley is a member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, B Company, Washington, D.C. A Living Historian, he likes to feel that he is reliving history in his ancestor's name.

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