John Hawthorn was born in Ireland in 1790, and came to the United States in 1811, locating first in Pennsylvania. Came to St. Marys in 1824, where he resided the remainder of his life. He was engaged in boating between St. Marys and Fort Wayne for a number of years. He was an esteemed member of the Masonic fraternity. He raised a family of ten children, six of whom survive. In the death of Mr. Hawthorn, which occurred January, 1871, the poor lost a friend, as he was ever sympathetic and liberal.


From "History of Auglaize County, Ohio, with the Indian History of Wapakoneta, and the First Settlement of the County", Robert Sutton, Publishers, Wapakoneta, 1880