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Hawkes family (Corning, N.Y.)



  • Existence: 1845 (date of birth of T. G. Hawkes) - 1972 (date of death of Penrose Hawkes) - 1972


The Hawkes family refers to the Corning, New York family that founded and ran a highly successful glass gutting company from 1880 to 1962. The family patriarch was T.G. (Thomas Gibbons) Hawkes (1845-1913), who married Charlotte Bissell (1853-1913) in 1876. Three children were born to T.G. and Charlotte Hawkes: Samuel, Charlotte Jane, and Alice Luella.

Samuel Hawkes married Sarah Lewis (b. 1882) in 1901 and took over the company after T. G. Hawkes's death in 1913. Samuel and Sarah Lewis Hawkes had two children who survived to adulthood: Sarah H. Hawkes (b. 1903) and Kathryn (b. 1910).

Penrose Hawkes, a nephew of T.G. Hawkes, emigated from Ireland in 1916 and worked in the family business his entire career. After Samuel Hawkes's retirement in the 1940s, Bradley Lindsley managed the firm with assistance from vice president Penrose Hawkes. Under their direction, the firm declined and was ultimately liquidated in 1962. Ten years later, Penrose Hawkes died.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

T.G. Hawkes & Co. Records

Identifier: MS-0063
Scope and Contents

These records document a highly successful glass cutting firm in Corning, New York and the three generations of the Hawkes family that owned and operated the firm. The records are divided into three series:

Series 01: Corporate Records, 1880-1976

Series 02: Family and Personal Papers, 1880-1977

Series 03: Artifacts and Artwork, Circa 1880-1920

Dates: 1880-1977