Captain John Hathaway, 1733

(disputed father of John Hathaway) – for the time being, all the information listed here is research and possible leads, not conclusive information:


In some records, AKA “Captain Jack” 

May 17, 1733 – April 19, 1786

John Hathaway

Sex: M

Individual Information

Birth: Dec 10, 1753 – Freetown, Bristol Co., Massachusetts


Death: Mar 10, 1818 – Hudson, Columbia Co., New York


Cause of Death:


Events 1. , Mariner

2. Will, Jul 10, 1813 in Probated 15 Apr. 1818 Hudson, NY( D-444)


Father: Isaac Hathaway

Mother: Phoebe Bailey

Spouses and Children

1. *Sarah Conklng

Marriage: 1774 – Long Island, Queens Co., New York

Notes General:

Hathaway, Capt. John

Event: Lived in: 1787

Comments: Land record

Source: Calendar of the N.Y. Colonial Manuscripts indorsed Land Papers – Extrac

Publisher: Weed, Parsons & Co.

Publication Information: Albany, 1864

Page: 744 Province: New York

Hathaway, John

Event: Lived in: 1790

Place: Hudson County: Columbia

Source: 1790 Federal Census of New York State

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Publication Information: Washington, DC, 1908.

Page: 67 Province: New York

From Enon Hall website:

We probably hear from more descendants of “Captain John” (son of William Hathaway, brother of Lawson I on our family tree) than any other Hathaway, so I wanted to add this page dedicated to him.

John was not born at Enon Hall like is often said. (Enon Hall wasn’t purchased by the Hathaways until 1762.) At this point, we don’t even know if he ever lived here. Further research is needed.

“Hathaway’s of America” (1970) contains the following information about Captain John:

“He was stout, handsome, very active, well-proportioned, with beautiful shining black hair. Undaunted resolution, friend of American Revolution, commanded a militia company which served in Pennsylvania and New York during the war; called Capt. John. In 1772 he moved about 12-14 miles above Warrenton (Virginia) and built Hatherage, a long rather narrow stone house…When Hatherage was sold in 1837 the following reservation was made:

“It is expressly understood between the foregoing parties Hathaway and Kincheloe that the family Graveyard on the farm herein conveyed is reserved and excepted and shall be forever subject to the use and direction of the said Hathaway and heirs including the ground now enclosed for that purpose and not to exceed one fourth of an acre.”

“It is presumed that John and Sarah and two of their children are buried there.”

Capt. John descendant Donna Parsons visited Hatherage in 2001 and kindly shared these photos and comments.

John Hathaway house 1John Hathaway house 2

“This shot is the rear view of the wing you see on the far left side in the shots of the front of the house. This wing along with the center section of the house are original, built by Capt. John in 1772.”

John Dog grave
“You can imagine our excitement when we found this headstone! We were snapping pictures like crazy until the present owner informed us it was the grave of his dog, John… The gravesites of Capt. John, his wife, and two children are supposed to be in the meadow that you see from the front of the house. The owner says that in almost 60 years of farming and plowing that property he has never come across any gravesites. But they could have been plowed up a hundred years before he ever purchased the farm. Or… they could still be out there somewhere…”


Captain John Hathaway revolutionary war soldier
Source Citation
SAR Membership Number: 86937
Source Information U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.
Source Description
This database contains applications for membership in the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution approved between 1889 and 31 December 1970. These records can be an excellent source for names, dates, locations, and family relationships.
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Captain John Hathaway militaryCaptain John Hathaway will(Thanks to Brenda Konarske for sending this transcription of Capt. John’s will abstract, written just 6 days before his death. Source: Abstracts of Fauquier Co., Va Will, Inventories and Accounts, 1759 – 1800 By John K. Gott)

Date: 13 April 1786
Dau.: Elizabeth – in lieu of mine given to my brother James Hathaway which he assigned to her – one Negro Girl.
Wife: Sarah – the tract of land whereon I now live, all Negroes, horses, cattle and household furniture during her natural life.
Sons and Dau.: It is my Will and desire that if my wife Sarah Hathaway should die before my Sons Henry Lawson Hathaway & Francis Hathaway & dau. Sarepta receives their Education that they shall be educated: Lawson 3 years more than he has received; Francis five and Sarepta Two at the expense of my Estate.
Children: After decease of wife, real and personal property sold and equally divided between all my children Viz, Judtih Kamper, Sarah Bartlett, Elizabeth, John, Nancy, Susannah, Molly, Dolly, Peggy Lawson, Sarepta and Francis. Judith Kamper and Sarah Bartlett to have L12 less than the others.
Sons: John – the land which Simon Kenton was to locate for me which is 1100 acres lying near Big Sandy River.
Sons: Lawson and Francis – the tract of Land I bought of Powers and Davison lying on Tyger River in Harrison County – 561 acres – if my son John should not get the Land above mentioned that then he shall have an equal part of the tract of land I willed to my sons Lawson & Francis.
Exors: Wife, Sarah, Executrix & Son John Hathaway
Signed; John Hathaway
Wit: Josiah Fishback, Philip Fishback, William Metcalf
Proved: 25 September 1786 by o. of above Witnesses Sarah Hathaway and John Hathaway granted certificate to obtain probate.

Does anybody know of a [drawn or painted] portrait of Capt. John somewhere in the family? If so, we’d love to add a photo of it to this page!

Excerpts from Sketches of Hudson:

This Tax Book contains the value of each man’s estate, both real and personal, within the city of Hudson, to the best of our knowledge according to the usual way of Assessment.

Hudson, 27th May, 1797

Hathaway, John 500

In the year 1800, the city numbered 4048, including eighty-eight slaves, ranking third in the State in commerce, and fourth in manufactures.

Until the year 1807, all of the freighting and caiTjang of passengers was by sloops, of which there were several lines, owned by Hathaway, Coffin, Hogeboom, Edmonds, Folger, Hyatt, Yan Hoesen and others, all previous to 1800. Mr. Edmonds was a clerk to Col. Van Allen when the settlement was made, and succeeded him in his business after his death. Capt. John Hathaway advertised that his sloops had better accommodations than any other upon the river. In 1790, the Captain advertised that he would be pleased to have any body to whom he was iu debt, “call upon him and get their pay if they wished it.”

Under the lead of Capt. John Hathaway, the General and his men were supplied with wood, coffee and an abundance of the best of provisions. The lighted camps were visited by a large number of citizens, and upon the following morning Gen. Scott proceeded upon his way North, passing up Main street, himself the admiration of the hundreds crowding the sidewalks. Capt Hathaway was a generous hearted, public spirited man, at the same time extremely close and particular in all matters of business. He was an ardent supporter of the war of 1812, and gave largely iii various ways in aid of the soldiers.

Prominent among them… (tributes to many)…John Hathaway, “a worthy citizen and honest man,”—’Squire Worth, “a man of integrity, good sense, but excessively odd ; short, round-shouldered and redhaired! who once quarreled with an artist for making him look, in his portrait, he said, like a one-story house with the chimney on fire,”

The third religious society organized was the Methodist. On the 12th day of March, in the year 1790, leave was granted by the Proprietors, upon application of Samuel Wigton, to build a place of worship upon some one of the public lots owned by them and to be selected by him. Marshall Jenkins and Cotton Gelston were appointed a committee to wait upon and confer

with Mr. Wigton and give him his choice of land, not previously granted, “sufficient to accommodate him and his society.” They reported to the Proprietors that they had selected a lot on the South East Corner of Third and Diamond streets, “back of John Hathaway’s lot,” and were then empowered by the Proprietors to convey same to the society. How long previous to this

it had been established we cannot ascertain, but at that time it was small and occupied a building erected as a place of worship, afterwards used as a schoolhouse and owned by Mr. Wigton, situated upon the hill in Cherry Alley, running up from South Front Street.

After the grant of a lot to Mr. Wigton a small frame building was erected capable of accommodating two hundred persons, upon the site of their present parsonage, which they occupied until the erection, in the year 1825, of the building now occupied by the society of Friends. Their present Church edifice was erected in the year 1853.

Owing to the peculiar organization of the Methodist church, their minutes are wide-spread and we have been able to gather but few particulars concerning the society in this city ; and so frequent their change of ministers,

that it would be difficult to furnish their names. The society at present numbers, in communicants four hundred and thirteen, and in families about one hundred and twenty.


The Universalist society was organized in the year 1817. In the winter of the previous year, Capt. John Hathaway, who was one of the founders of the Presbyterian church in this city, requested Abner Kneeland, a Universalist minister of considerable rejnxtation. to visit Hudson and preacli. Capt. Hathaway personally invited a large number of families and individuals to hear him at the Court House, made all necessaiy arrangements for the meeting, bore all the expenses, and secured for Mr. Kneeland a large audience. The result of the meeting was the immediate organization of a society, and the taking of steps to build ajilace for worship. Capt. 1 fathaway gave to them a lot of land and contributed liberally to the erection of the building, which was comi)leted and occupied in the same year, 1817, being the building occupied by the soci-

ety at the present time. Until its completion they continued to worship in the City Hall. The records of the society being very incomplete, we have been able to gather few particulars concerning its early strength, but it immediately drew to its support a large number of influential citizens and maintained a leading position.

The cost of the first Presbyterian church, erected in 1790, was .-£865. We find the following individuals mentioned as subscribers to the building fund. Marshal Jenkins £100, Nathaniel Greene £40, Russell Kellogg £20, Samuel

Nichols £17, John Hathaway £16, and Elisha Jenkins £12. 

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