NELSON HAWLEY, residing in Garrison, was born in the town of Norfolk, Litchfield Co., Conn., in 1830. He is a son of Samuel and Amy (Atwater) Hawley, both natives of Connecticut. The family emigrated to Illinois in 1838, settling in the town of Hampshire, Kane County, where they lived until the death of his father, which occurred in 1847, when the widow came to Benton County to live with her son Nelson; her death took place in 1879.
Nelson Hawley came to this county in 1856, and settled on section 25, Monroe Township, where he bought eighty acres of land. He lived on this place until March, 1885, when he moved to the village of Garrison, where he now lives, engaged in operating the Garrison stone quarry and running the hotel.
He was married, Jan. 1, 1852, to Roana E. Thompson, a native of Vermont. They have eight children living — Virginia L., wife of J. W. Hoover, of Wright County, Iowa; Samuel R., now living in Monroe Township; Wilbur N.; Betsey A., wife of James Bridge, of Monroe Township; Lyman I., Linnie Belle, Hugh H. and Ray A.Mr. Hawley served as a member of the Board of Supervisors eleven years, and was Township Assessor thirteen, he is a member of the Universalist Church, of which body his wife is also a member. The hotel run by Mr. Hawley contains eleven rooms and is neatly fitted up for the accommodation of guests.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 228.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.