He was baptised 30 May 1813 at South Wingfield (framework knitter) a son of George Hawksley and Sarah, formerly Turner.
He married Elizabeth, (Walker) who was buried 22 November 1863 at South Wingfield, aged 42.
In 1841 he was at home with his parents aged 28 and a stockinger.
In 1851, at Grey Stock Street, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, he was aged 37, a pot maker and born at South Wingfield. His wife was Elizabeth aged 28 and their children were Mary Ann aged 7 and William aged 3, all born at Sheffield.
In 1861, in Church Lane, South Wingfield, William was aged 43, a colliery labourer and born in South Wingfield. His wife was Elizabeth aged 38, domestic duties, and their children were Mary Ann aged 17, domestic duties, and William aged 12 a colliery lad, all born at Sheffield.
He seems to have married again, to Ann. In the Freebmd indexes there is an Ann Taylor who married Joseph Wheatcroft in the Belper district in the March quarter 1849, suggesting that Wiliam Taylor (see below) was probably illegitimate. A Joseph Wheatcroft’s death was registered in the Belper district in the June quarter 1851 and an Ann Wheatcroft was married to William Hawksley in the September quarter 1865.
In 1871, at Church Lane, South Wingfield, William was aged 56, a colliery labourer born at South Wingfield. His wife was Ann aged 55 and born at Crich. His step children were William Wheatcroft aged 27 a coal miner born at Crich and Ann Wheatcroft aged 20 a cotton factory hand also born at Crich. There was a lodger, John Kay aged 26 a coal miner, born at Ashton, Lancs.
In 1881, at Church Lane, South Wingfield, William Hawksley was aged 68, a labourer at coal wharf and born at South Wingfield. His wife was Ann, aged 65 and born at Crich and there was also a stepson, William Taylor, unmarried and aged 37, who was therefore born about 1844 at Loud Ham, Notts, a colliery labourer.
William Hawksley was buried 13 September 1882 at South Wingfield, aged 70.
In 1891 at Church Lane, South Wingfield, Ann Hawksley was a widow aged 75 and born at Crich and her son was William Taylor, single, aged 47, a bricklayer’s labourer born at Lowdham.
Ann Hawksley was buried 9 April 1892 at South Wingfield, aged 76 (giving a year of birth about 1815).
William and Elizabeth's children were:
Mary Ann Hawksley, born about 1844 at Sheffield.
William Hawksley, born about 1848 at Sheffield.
In 1861 he was at home with his parents aged 12.
In 1871 he has not yet been found.
He married Mary Owen in the Wakefield district in the September quarter 1873.
In 1881, at Newton village, Stanley cum Wrenthorpe, William was aged 30, a coal miner, born at Sheffield. Mary his wife was aged 29 and born at Huntingdon and their children were Elisha aged 6, Arthur aged 4 and Walter aged 2, all born at Stanley cum Wrenthorpe. There was also a lodger, James Downs, aged 45 a coal winder and engine worker born at Beverley.
In 1891 at Newton, Stanley cum Wrenthorpe, William was aged 42, a coalminer born at Sheffield. His wife, Mary, was aged 39 and born at Huntingdonshire. Their children were Ellis aged 16 a coalminer, Arthur aged 14 a coalminer, Fanny aged 8, Tom aged 6, Mary Ann aged 3 and Jane aged 1 al born at Stanley, Wakefield.
In 1901 at Newton, Wrenthorpe, William was aged 52 a coal hewer born at Sheffield. His wife, Mary, was aged 49 and born at Fenstanton, Huntingdon. Their children were Arthur aged 24 a coal hewer, Fanny aged 18 a worsted spiner, Tom aged 16 a farm labourer, Mary A. aged 13, Jane aged 11, Hannah aged 9 and Ernest aged 5, all born at Newton, Yorks.
In 1911, in 4 rooms at Burnley’s Buildings, Leeds Road, Newton, Wakefield, William was aged 62 a retired coal miner (coal face) and his wife was Mary aged 59. He had transposed their birth places: Fenstanton, Huntingdon for William and Sheffield for Mary. They had been married for 38 years and had had 12 children 5 of whom had died. Tom his son was aged 26 and married to Beatrice aged 23. They had been married for 1 year and had had 1 child. Beatrice was born at Wakefield. Their child was probably Thomas aged 1 (William’s grandson) who had been born at Newton. William’s other children were Jane aged 21 a cloth weaver, Hannah aged 19, also a cloth weaver and Ernest aged 15 a labourer in lamp room (above ground). All were born at Newton.
Their children were
Elisha Hawksley, born about 1875 at Stanley cum Wrenthorpe.
Arthur Hawksley, born about 1877 at Stanley cum Wrenthorpe.
Walter Hawksley, born about 1879 at Stanley cum Wrenthorpe.
Fanny Hawksley, born about 1882 at Stanley, Wakefield.
Tom Hawksley, born about 1884 at Stanley, Wakefield.
Mary Ann Hawksley, born about 1887 at Stanley, Wakefield.
Jane Hawksley, born about 1890 at Stanley, Wakefield.
Hannah Hawksley, born about 1891 at Newton, Yorks.
Ernest Hawksley, born about 1895 at Newton, Yorks.
Posted October 2016