I think we're all related. I have the Hovanders u mentioned in my file, but haven't found the connecting relative. Who were Hawleys parents? Jons Christian Hovander (my records show that he changed his name to Persson) settled in the Kansas area. He was my GGG uncle. Is it possible u are descended from him? I have no info on his children, if any. His wife (?) was Hannh C Bengtsson.
Hovander is such a rare name. I'm sure if we dig we can find the connection.