Samuel Hawthorne was born in the
County of Armaugh, Ireland, March 18, 1820, and came to
America in 1850. He remained in Tompkins County, N.Y.,
until the fall of 1850, when he removed to Boone County,
Ill., and four years later located in Sperry Township,
Clayton County, Ia., this being in the fall of 1854. He
had previously purchased land in this township, and he at
once engaged in farming, following that occupation some
twenty years. Since 1874 he has been engaged in selling
agricultural implements. He was married in his native
country in 1845, to Mary A. Henry. They have six children
- James, Agnes, William John, Mary Ann, now Mrs. W. B.
Harriman; Sarah, now Mrs. Wm. Probert, and Cynthis, now
Mrs. M. L. Blake. The first three were born in Ireland,
the remainder in the United States. Mr. and Mrs.
Hawthorne are members of the United Presbyterian church.
In his political views he is independent.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1097
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