Monday, March 29, 2010
My large and prolific DENISON family married into many of the families in the "Mystic" or Stonington, New London, Connecticut area. In this case, the plot nearby to my Denison family is one of the surname HOXIE. As "neighbors" in this large garden cemetery called Elm Grove in Mystic, CT, I thought this well laid-out plot was one that my readers may enjoy viewing.
Soon, I discovered a fellow researcher who was willing to help me with puzzling out the CLIFT and HOXIE ancestors.That always motivates me to do research when I know somebody's family will benefit from my efforts.
Turning first, to Wheeler's History of Stonington, Connecticut, I find only one page devoted to this family. Wheeler gives the immigrant ancestor as Lodowick HAWKSIE, who came to Sandwich, Massachusetts probably soon after 1650, lived on the south side of Spring Hill. He married Mary PRESBURY, daughter of John, in June 1664.
As the Sandwich (MA) Vital Records to 1850 are not ones that are included online at NEHGS, I am going to have to reference other sources for this family. Working backwards from Harriet E. CLIFT's husband Benjamin Franklin HOXIE toward Lodowick and Mary (Presbury) HAWKSIE, we find several generations of folks who lived in Sandwich, MA.
Ancestry.com's message board system lists a book by Leslie Hoxie, "The Hoxie Family; Three Centuries In America" probably written in 1950. While I search for this, we will take a look at what Judge Wheeler lists for direct descendants to Benjamin Frankline HOXIE.
Lodowick HAWKSIE (#1) and Mary PRESBURY
Joseph HOXIE (#3) and Sarah TUCKER
Joseph HOXIE (#9) and Mary
Gideon HOXIE (#10) and Dorcas CONGDON
Lodowick HOXIE (#13) and Ruth ( probably TAYLOR)
their son Benjamin Franklin HOXIE married Harriet Elizabeth CLIFT
I did locate a HOXIE family Web site with this interesting information: "Lodowick’s name appears in the early records of Plymouth Colony and is variously spelled Hawkes, Hakse, Hackse, Hauksie, Hoxie, Hoxsie, Hox and Hawksie. The name lends itself well to spelling perversions, especially since early records typically went by how a name sounds, not to mention in that era a man spelled his name the way he pleased."