Mar 1781 — Westchester County
According to the affadavit in his Rev. War Pension File - Jotham Hawks enlisted in March 1781.
He stated he was born in June 1764,that a record of his age in the Family Bible at his dwelling house in Andes [Delaware County, NY] where he resides and has resided for about 16 years last past [his affidavit dated 9 October 1832]
According to his Service Records [Muster Roll] he was age 17, a farmer born in White Plains.
Jotham Hawks is my 3rd great grandfather and DAR Revolutionary War Ancestor.
I would certainly like to find that Bible.
Jotham married 1st Hannah (maiden name unknown) - she died abt. 1812 - he married second Mary "Polly" Canfield.
From Mary Hawks application for a Widows Pension included in Jotham's Rev. War Pension File dated 11 February 1854. . . .
that she was married to her
said late husband said Jotham Hawkes on the 29th day of July 1827 in
Stamford in said county by the Reverend William Cummings, a regular preacher
of the gospel who is now deceased, that no certificate of said marriage was
made out by said clergyman, that the following is a true copy of the Record
of said marriage in the large old family bible of her said late husband and
she believes said Record was made soon after said marriage and in on the
blank leaf of said Bible entitled "Family Record" Marriages" on which other
marriages in her husbands family are recorded - viz
"Jotham Hawks was married July 29th 1827 to Miss Polly Canfield of the town
of Stamford Delaware County to his second wife" that her name before her said
marriage was Mary Canfield but that she was ordinarily called Polly Canfield,
that her husband the aforesaid Jotham Hawkes died on the 14th day of December
1851 in said Colchester Delaware County NY, that she has not since been married
but has ever since remained and still is his widow, that she was not married to him
prior to the second of January Eighteen hundred but at the time above stated & she further
declares that she is now a widow.
Affidavit in same Pension File by Abigail Seacord
State of New York
Delaware County SS
Town of Andes - I Abigail Seacord of said town being sworn depose & say that I was present at the Marriage of Mary Hawkes with Jotham Hawkes & saw them married which took place in Stamford in said county on the 29th day of July 1827 by one Elder William Cummings who is now dead he gave a certificate as I am informed I have been acquainted with the parties untill his discease & further deponent saith not.
Abigail Secord [her signature]
Sworn and subscribed
before me this 1st day of February 1854
Daniel Hawks justice of the peace
[This Daniel - Justice of the Peace is most likely Jotham's son - Son Daniel married Sarah Hamilton, she had previously been married to an Unk. Ackerly. Daniel and Sarah had a son also named Daniel who m. Eva Myers. Daniel and Eva Myers Hawks moved to the State of Washington around the turn of the 19th century. Daniel and Eva are buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle, Kings County, State of Washington.
Between Jotham's service in the Revolution and his Death in Delaware County, NY, he resided in the Town of Philips, Dutchess County. This part of Dutchess County became Putnam County in 1812. It is in this area where many of Jotham's descendants by his sons Jotham and Caleb resided well into the early 1900's.
Known children of Jotham and his first wife Hannah:
REBECCA HAWKS m. JACOB CRONK
CALEB HAWKS m. ANNA BARTON
JOTHAM HAWKS M. CATHERINE BARTON
EBEN HAWKS m.1 POLLY BUSH m.2 MARTHA AUSTIN
MARY HAWKS m. ADDISON COLUMBUS SPENCER
DANIEL HAWKS m. SARAH M. HAMILTON ACKERLY