Thomas Hawksley was born in Kingston upon Hull in June 1857. On the census for 1881 and 1891 it states he was a labourer on the docks. Hull used to be a fishing port and many men worked on the docks in those days.
On the 10th of September 1882 Thomas married Mary Elizabeth Tharratt, known as Lizzie. Lizzie was born in 1862 in Kingston upon Hull and was one of 8 children. Before getting married Lizzie worked from home as stated on the 1881 census. Lizzie & Thomas married at St Peters Church in the Drypool area of Hull.they had one child, Hannah Jane, My Nanna.
St Peter's Church, Drypool Green 19th century headstones set against a brick wall in the old churchyard on the site of St. Peter's Church, near the junction of St Peter Street and Great Union Street, Hull. The church (now gone) is also known on early maps of Hull as Drypool Church and Drypool Green Church, and appears on G W Bacon's 1906 map for Kelly's Directories Ltd. It is marked by the symbol for a church with a tower on the 1940s OS New Popular Edition map. The churchyard nowadays is a small grassy refuge in the busy industrial area around the Citadel Trading Park.