Person:William Hathorne (4)

Major William Hathorne
m. Bef 1606
  1. Major William HathorneAbt 1607 - 1681
  2. Anne Hathorne1608 -
  3. Joane Hathorne1611 - 1649
  4. Elizabeth Hathorne1614 - 1678
  5. Robert Hathorne1618 - Bet 1689/90 & 1691/92
  6. John Hathorne1621 - 1676
  7. Nathaniel Hathorne1623 - 1672
  8. Gilbert Hathorne1626 - 1640
  9. Edmund Hathorne1628/29 - Bet & 1652
  • HMajor William HathorneAbt 1607 - 1681
  • WAnn Unknown
m. Bef 1634
  1. Eleazer Hathorne1637 - Bef 1679/80
  2. John Hathorne1641 - 1717
  3. Anna Hathorne1643 - Abt 1712
  4. Elizabeth Hathorne1649 -
  5. William Hathorne - 1679
Facts and Events
Name Major William Hathorne
Alt Name William Hawthorne
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1607 Binfield, Berkshire, England
Marriage Bef 1634 to Ann Unknown
Death[1] Apr 1681 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q8011011?



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William Hathorne (–1681) was a widely influential man in early New England. He arrived on the ship Arbella.

Hathorne is also the first American ancestor of the distinguished author Nathaniel Hawthorne (who added the "w" to the spelling of his last name).


William Hathorne, the great-great-great-grandfather of Nathaniel Hawthorne, was a Puritan and the first of the family to emigrate from England, first settling in Dorchester, Massachusetts before moving to Salem. There he became an important member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and held many political positions including magistrate and judge, becoming infamous for his harsh sentencing.[3]

His numerous offices included Assistant at Massachusetts Bay, 1662-79; Deputy to the Massachusetts Bay General Court for Dorchester many times between 1635 and 1661; and Speaker of the House various times between 1644 and 1661.[4]


In his will, dated 17 February 1670/80 and proved 28 June 1681, "William Hathorne of Salem" bequeathed to "the two sons of my son Eleazer Hathorne late deceased viz: William & Samuel £40 apiece, & to his daughter Abigaile, £20" to be paid by "my son John Hathorne" out of his share of the estate "to the sons payable at the age of one & tw enty years & the daughter at eighteen years or marriage"; to "my son John Hathorne, all my housing & land, orchard & appurtenances lying in Salem"; "whereas I had formerly given to my son William (late deceased) in his lifetime three hundred and twenty acres of land lying near Groaten with two adventures at sea, I do by this my last will ... confirm the same & my will is that Sarah his wife, my daughter-in-law, shall have & hold the same"; "for the other part of my farm at Groaten, Jervice Helwyes my grandchild I give it to him and his heirs ... provided he come over out of Urop to enjoy it, if not, then I give it to my daughter Sarah Coaker's two eldest sons, by her husband Coaker, that are now living"; "I give to all the rest of my grandchildren 10s. apiece"; "I do give unto Ann my dear wife, all my moveable estate," she to be sole executrix; "my son John Hathorne & my son-in-law Israell Porter" overseers.[5]

The inventory of the estate of "Maj. William Hathorne, Esq.," was taken 10 June 1681 and totalled £754 3s., including £452 in real estate: "his dwelling house with the outhousing, orchard & land adjoining ... containing of upland & meadow about sixty acres," £450; and "a small parcel of land for a warehouse at the burying point," £2. His inventory also showed "3 guns, 3 old pistols, rapier & cutlass." [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 William Hathorne, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    ORIGIN: Bray, Berkshire MIGRATION: 1633 FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester REMOVES: Salem 1637
    BIRTH: Probably Bray, Berkshire, about 1606 (deposed 2 December 1658 aged "about fifty-one years" [ EQC 2:128]; deposed 1 November 1670 aged sixty-three years [ EQC 4:317]), son of William and Sarah (_____) Hathorne of Binfield, Berkshire [ NEHGR 67:257].
    DEATH: Salem April 1681 [ Sewall 49].
    MARRIAGE: By 1634 Ann _____. She survived him

  2.   William Hathorne, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  3. Nathaniel Hawthorne in Wikipedia, citing Miller, Edwin Haviland (1991). Salem Is My Dwelling Place: A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.
  4. Great Migration Begins
  5. GMB, citing The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1635-1681 3:423
  6. GMB, citing The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1635-1681 3:423-24
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