William E. Hawxhurst, of Westbury, was born here in 1838, and is a son of Ephraim C. and Charity (Titus) Hawxhurst. He traces his ancestry back to Christopher Hawxhurst, a native of England, who crossed the ocean in 1665 and settled in what is now Locust Valley, Queens County, L.I., becoming one of the first settlers of the town of Oyster Bay, and in time one of its largest land owners. His children were William, Mary and Sampson. The maternal grandparents of our subject were Timothy and Margaret (Titus) Titus, both descendants of Edmund Titus, the first of that name who settled in Queens County. The family homestead, where our subject was born, became in 1832 the property of his father, who continued to reside there until his death, in 1859.

The boyhood days of the subject of this notice were passed on the home farm, in the cultivation of which he assisted. For a time he attended a private school in his neighborhood. When but a boy he took up the study of civil engineering and in it he was especially interested. Under his father, who was a civil engineer, he continued his studies until he had acquired a thorough knowledge of the work. At the death of his father the home place came into his possession, and afterward he engaged in its cultivation for a number of years, but finally abandoned agriculture in order that he might give his entire attention to surveying. However, he continued to reside on the farm, which was cultivated under his supervision.

For the past twenty-five years Mr. Hawxhurst has devoted almost his entire time to surveying. For ten years past he has also dealt quite extensively in real estate, conducting the sale of land purchased by wealthy residents who have recently located here. He was completed a fine map of Westbury, showing the original purchases and subsequent owners. His surveying has been principally in the towns of Oyster Bay, Hempstead and North Hempstead. He has laid out over one thousand acres in town lots and has opened roads and fixed boundary lines. In politics he is a Republican, and cast his first ballot for Abraham Lincoln. In 1885 he was appointed notary public and served five successive terms. He is a member of the Society of Friends.

In September, 1869, Mr. Hawxhurst married Miss Marianna Hicks. To them have been given six children, namely: Mary W., wife of Edward C. Tyson; Caroline, wife of Prof. Frederick Sharpless; Wallace, who is engaged in business with his father; Florence, Harold E. and Bertha. Mr. Hawxhurst has given his children good educational advantages. In 1895 he sold a portion of the home farm, on which was situated the old family dwelling, but this he moved to its present location and had it completely remodeled, putting in steam heating apparatus and other modern improvements that have made of it a commodious and comfortable residence.

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Queens County (Long Island) New York"
(Copyright 1896 by Chapman Publishing Company)

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