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James Liswell Hawks Clapp (b. January 01, 1848, d. date unknown)James Liswell Hawks Clapp (son of George Pickering Clapp and Mary A. Hawks)682 was born January 01, 1848 in Boston, MA682, and died date unknown.
Notes for James Liswell Hawks Clapp:
The following is from Adam Hawkes of Saugus, Mass. 1605-1672, pp. 292-295.This appears to refer to another James Liswell Hawkes Clapp, however, as this one seems to be the grandson of Joseph Hawks, Sr.
A James Liswell Hawkes has long been thought to have been the son of Jospeh and Hannah Liswell Hawkes who married in 1805, however he was an adult in 1818 when he bought property in Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts.He later sold this property to Joseph Hawkes in 1828 and is said to have left the country.He was a brick layer of Boston in 1831.In 1870 he was supposed deceased as he had not been heard from in over 20 years.
The deeds include the following information:Jeremiah Dyar to James L. Hawkes.Know all men by these presents that I, Jeremiah Dyar of Lancaster, in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, in consideration of $360 paid me by James Liswell Hawkes of Harvard in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth aforesaid, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell and convey unto the said James, his heirs and assigns forever, a certain part of dwelling hosue, a small barn and land adjoining the same as they are occupied and improved by the Reverend Abisha Lamson, situated in that part of Harvard called Still River, a little northerly of the Baptist Meeting House, reference being had to a deed given to me of said premises by Robert Dawes dated the 25th day of July in the year of our Lord 1802 as the bounds of said premises will appear, to have and to hold the same to the said James Liswell Hawkes, his heirs and assigns to his and their use and behoof forever with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging and I do covenant with the said James, his heirs and assigns that I am lawfully seized in fee of the premises, that they are free of all encumbrances, that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said James, that I will covenant and defend the same to the said James, his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons, in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal thgether with Sukey, wife of the said Jeremiah in token of her relinquishing her right of dower in the said premises this 28th day of November in the year of our Lord 1818.Witnesses: Lydia Parker and Susan W. Dyar.Worcester County Deed Book 213, p. 323.
Then on 18 January 1828, Worcester County Deed Book 259, p. 294, James Liswell Hawkes, mason, late of harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts and now of Boston to Joseph Hawkes of Boston, mason, as follows:Know all men by these presents that I James Liswell Hawkes, late of Harvard in the County of Worcester but now of the city of Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, mason, in consideration of $360 paid by Joseph Hawkes of said city of Boston, mason, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do hereby give and grant, sell and convey unto the said Joseph hawkes, his heirs and assigns, a certain part of the dwelling house, the small barn with the land under and adjoining the same situted in that part of the town of Harvard aforesaid called Still River, a little northerly of the Baptist Meeting House, being the same premises which were conveyed to me by Jeremiah Dyar by deed dated the 28th day of November Anno Domini 1818 and recorded in Worcester Register of Deeds, Book 213, p. 323, etc., etc.In witness whereof I the said James Liswell Hawkes have hereunto set my hand this 18th day of January in the year of our Lord 1828.James L. Hawks (no e) and a seal, witnessed by T.W. Andrews andWilliam Parker, Suffolk County, 18 January 1828.then the above James Liswell Hawkes acknowledges the above instrument to be his free act and so forth.
Of additional note is the birth of a child, James Liswell Hawkes Clapp, on 1 January 1848 as follows:From Branches and Twigs, newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Vermont, April 1979, p. 11, contains a Bible record of Nancy Motley, born 1782, married (2) Zebulon Clapp in 1807.The first child of Nancy and Zebulon was George Pickering Clapp, born 2 December 1808 and he married Mary A. Hawks of Boston.Among their children is the said James Liswell Hawks Clapp, born 1848.James Liswell Hawks Clapp is also listed p. 120 the Clapp Memorial also in the index of the Clapp Memorial is a listing for Marilla Clapp. Records of the Adam Hawkes family show that John and Hannah James Hawkes had a son Benjamin W. (see #62 i) who married Polly Ballard and they had Thomas Ballard Hawkes, born 1809 Lancaster, who married Marilla Clapp "of South Hampton" intentions 5 December 1835 (Templeton, Massachusetts VR).
The connection between Joseph and James Liswell Hawks remains unsolved and needs futher investigation. He was probably born about 1792.Three alternatives present themselves:was he a younger brother of Joseph?Census records appear to rule this out.Was Joseph married earlier, and James L. a son by a first marriage?There is not enough difference between their ages for this to be a possibility if presumed ages are correct.Did Hannah Lilswell have a brother who lived with her family and took the name of Hawks?An extensive search of the Liswell family of Boston has not yet sustantiated this theory.A review of Boston vital records, Massachusetts census records, etc. indicates that Hannah was of the fourth generation of the family in Boston and that her father, James, served in the Revolutionary Army.No James, son of James yet found.