The family name is Hawpe. John was the oldest son of Rudolph Hawpe and Ellen Templeton. He married Susan M. Lawless and, in 1850, they were living in Arrow Rock, MO with her parents, Bird and Eliza Lawless. In the early to mid 1850's, John, Bird, and other members of the Lawless family moved to Tulare County. John (1875) and Susan (1878) are buried in the Visalia Cemetery along with Lawless relatives.