William H. Hawley (1842-1906), Carpenter-Architect

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Fremont, Nebraska, 1871-1884

William H. Hawley was born in England on January 3, 1842 to William and Hannah Hawley.[2][3] He immigrated to Quebec in 1863 and worked in carpentry, then moved to New Jersey three years later.[3] He lived awhile in Delaware before coming to Fremont in 1871.[3] Hawley was a contractor involved in the building of several landmarks in the city.[3] In 1880, Hawley became a farmer.[3]

Hawley married Anna Leather in 1865, a union which yielded five children before Anna died in 1874.[3] Three years after Anna's death, Hawley married Alma Thompson.[2][3] They had seven children together.[3] Hawley died January 13, 1906.[3]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Educational & Professional Associations

1863-1866: engaged in carpentry trade, Quebec, Canada.[3]

1866-____: carpenter, Bary and Patterson, New Jersey.[3]

____-1871: carpenter, Wilmington, Delaware.[3]

1871-1880: builder, Fremont, Nebraska.[2][3]

1984: farmer, Fremont, Nebraska.[3]

Buildings & Projects

Hoy Brothers Octagon Barn (1884), Fremont vicinity, Nebraska.[1][a]


a. Newspaper credits him as “architect and builder” of the barn.[1]


1. Fremont Herald (February 28, 1884), 4.

2. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “W. H. Hawley,” Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

3. “Old Settler Dies,” Fremont Evening Tribune (January 13, 1906), 6:1.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “William H. Hawley (1842-1906), Carpenter-Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 15, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, January 17, 2021.

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