Ebenezer & John Hatch, Mexico, NY


Many thanks to Esther Rancier for sharing her information on the Hatch family. Esther is researching in Richland and Mexico the Soul/Soule, Brace and Daniel P. Smith families, and would appreciate hearing from anyone researching these surnames.   Esther Rancier at: erase@pacbell.net

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 In the Maple View Cemetery there is a marker for Eben R. HatchRevolutionary War Veteran.”  He died in 1838, age 72.  His death was reported in the Oswego Palladium newspaper on 27 September 1838, in an article which also mentioned his Revolutionary service.  Most records refer to him as a Revolutionary soldier.

Apparently, it was unknown to the local residents that when Eben applied for a war pension, he was denied.  He was told, according to the American Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions, “He was only twelve years of age at the date of his alleged service.”

So it remains problematical if he served at all.  In the matter of the War of 1812, an Ebenezer Hatch served with Parkhurst’s Battalion, a group at the Battle of Sackett’s Harbor.
Men of this outfit were largely from Mexico, Oswego Co., NY.  However, he would have been 49 years of age in 1814.  It is possible that the man who did fight, was his nephew Ebenezer Hatch, then 27 years old., a person who never was counted in any census.

The older Ebenezer’s name only appeared in the 1830 census although he had lived in Mexico likely from ca. 1807.  His wife Bernice, was named in Eben’s will.  She became the mother of Isaac, Laura, Jennifer(?) and another daughter, who married a Watson.   Gerniece's date of death remains unclear, but she may have been buried in an unmarked grave at the Maple View Cemetery, Mexico, NY.  

Eben’s will, dated 25 September 1838, was proved in the Oswego Co. Surrogate Court on 29 July 1839.  It said in part: “In the name of God, Amen, I, Ebenezer Hatch of the Town of Mexico, in the County of Oswego, State of New York, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory for which I bless God, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following: that is to say, I will that all such debt and as I have, justly owe, at the time of my decease and any funeral charges and expenses be first paid by my Executor, hereinafter named.  And as to my real and personal estate, I distribute to Polly Selleck the sum of one dollar.  Second, I give and bequeath unto my daughter G. Jennifer(?) Gasper the sum of one dollar. Third, I give and bequeath unto the children of my late daughter, Kaura Virgil, deceased, the sum of one dollar to be equally divided between them.  Fourth, I give and bequeath unto my grandson, Henry H. Watson the sum of twenty dollars to be paid within five years from the time of my demise.  Fifth, I give and bequeath the residue in my estate both real and personal to my son, Isaac Hatch in trust for the maintenance & support of my beloved wife, Berniece whose … maintenance and support ….
 “Lastly, I, nominate, constitute and support my son, Isaac Hatch, sole Executor of my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

 “…I have herewith set my hand and seal this twenty-fifth day of September the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty-eight.  Ebenezer Hatch”    

By about 1807, four Hatch families arrived in Oswego County.  They were Baranbas, John and Lyman who were all noted in the 1820 Mexico census.  Only Ebenezer missed the enumeration.   Information on the families of each was hard to locate and was very incomplete.  Lyman removed by 1830 to New Haven, NY.  Barnabas moved to Parish by 1830, but returned to Mexico by 1840. This biographical sketch does not cover the life of either Barnabas or Lyman.  It had not been possible to establish their relationship to Ebenezer or John. 

However, the likelihood of John and Ebenezer being brothers, can be speculated.  John left no will, but he was married to Sarah.  Some family researchers believe her maiden name was Fuller, which could point to her being a Mayflower descendant.  She was 79 in the 1850 Mexico census, born in CT.  She resided with her daughter, Emily and her husband, Horace North, the clockmaker.  John Hatch, from CT, died in the 1840’s.  He came from CT, the son of John Hatch, Sr.   This line of Hatches were seafaring men of New England stock.  John Hatch Sr. was reputed to be a sea captain.  Many Hatches lived in the New London County area of CT, yet the precise connection for this part of the family, still needs further research.  For example, Preston, CT had several John Hatch families.  

John took his family from a life of marine interests and became a farmer in Mexico, NY.   He owned lot 116, in Mexico where he reared a large family of children whose names remain partially unknown. The indenture for the purchase of lot 116 was recorded in the Oswego County Deeds, v. B, p. 171-172.  The purchase was made on 15 August 1815.  George Scriba’s lawyer sold fifty acres from the south end of lot 116 for $300.  At that time Oswego County had not been formed.  The lots was described as being in Mexico, County of Oneida.  Neither John nor Sarah received tombstones to identify their graves.  John left few records behind, except for the deed and his service in the War of 1812 with Parkhurst’s New York Militia.  With his son, Ebenezer, he likely fought at Sackett’s Harbor.  

The most telling records on John were provided through his oldest son, Ebenezer born in CT during 1785 who married Cynthia Greene, also of CT.  Ebenezer and his family left Mexico ca. 1818/20.  they traveled with several children, joining a colony going to Ohio.  The Hatches loaded all they owned on a raft in the Ohio River.  They slowly floated to the vicinity of Madison or Elizabethtown, IN where they settled for two or three years.  (Family accounts vary.)  Using teams to transport them, they went overland, settling in Silver Creek Township, Greene Co., O in 1823.  Later, Ebenezer bought 40 acres of heavy timber to which he added over the years.

Cynthia became the mother of four sons and eight daughters, only one of whom died young.  However, not all were identified.  The known names were (8): Charles, Stephen, Ebenezer, Orange S., Eliza, Emma, Cynthia (Maria) and Lucinda.  
Cynthia died on 11 June 1845 on the homestead.  She had been born in 1783.  Ebenezer married again, before 1850.  His new wife was, Violet Barber born in WV.  She never had children.  She died 12 March 1914 in Jamestown, Oh.  
In the 1850 census for Xenia, Oh., the following two Hatch families were given:

Hatch, Stephen  35 grocery keeper IN
 Phebe [sic] E 26   O
 Martha E      18    O
 W C              6    O
 John C           4    O
 D A               2    O

Hatch, Ebenezer  35 brick maker O
 Lydia                  35   O
 Malinda               16   O
 Samuell              12   O
 John S                 8    O
 Melisa [sic] J       14   O
 Sarah A              13   O
 Cyntha [sic] M      8    O

Irving, with his father and step-mother, Orange S. was 25 years old.  He was helping his father on the homestead in 1850.  After his father’s death on 2 January 1874, he inherited the place.

The daughters made good marriages., save Lucinda who in 1850 worked as a servant in the home of her stepmother’s family., the Barkers.  By 1890 she still apparently had not married.  Eliza wed _____ Chapman of Richmond, IN.  Emma wed James Tuttle.  They appeared in the 1840 Xenia census, but by 1880 they resided in Atlanta, IL.  James was then 72; Emma, 70.    Emma had been born in NY (probably Mexico).  Also living in 1880 Atlanta, was Cynthia (Maria) Myers, age 53.  She was a widow living with her children: Elmer Myers, 19; Mary Myers, 19; and Orange Myers, 17.
By 1880, Stephen, Phebe [sic] and their younger children, removed to Atlanta, IL.  Their children still at home were Marrion [sic], 21, and Lue E., 15, both born in IL.  Stephen’s son, W C or William C., 37, lived in Waynesville, IL, with his wife, Loretta, 24, and son Wm. A., 6.

Ebenezer and his wife, Lydia, continued in1880 living in Xenia.  Orange Hatch who wed Clara Thomas, born on 28 June 1837 in Amsterdam, Jefferson Co., O.  Their children were: John, Emma, Minnie, and Charles.  By 1880 only Minnie, 13, and Charles, 4, were at home.  However, also in the household were Orange’s stepmother Violet Hatch, 68, and Elizabeth Thomas, 81, his  mother-in-law.  Later, Minnie became Mrs. George Oldham of Xenia.  Emma wed Allen T. Sutton, a farmer at Silver Creek.  Son, John, died at age 4.  All in all, Orange and Clara had ten children of whom only six survived past 1905.
Violet (Barber) Hatch, living to 1914, recorded most of the above data on John, Ebenezer and Orange S. Hatch.  It was her version of each man’s life that made its way into local history books.  That her memory became imperfect with age was likely.  She always mentioned Mrs. Myers as Maria, while census records called her Cynthia.  She appeared to have no memory at all on some of the children.  She never referred to her husband, Ebenezer’s, War of 1812 stint. Possibly, he was not the one who served after all.

As for John’s other children who remained in Mexico, probably only two can be tracked.  The 1820 Mexico census taken after the departure of Ebenezer showed three younger sons and two daughters still at home.  John himself was cited as over 45 years of age.  

In 1850, daughter Emily (Hatch) North, age 40, whose husband, Horace North, age 60, provided housing for her widowed mother, Sarah (Fuller) Hatch, age 79.  There were also two children in the household: Hellen, [sic] age 3, born in Canada, and Julia Bess, age 1, born in NY.  

Also in 1850 Mexico, was a likely son, Jarvis Hatch whose age varied in each census.  His wife, was Hannah Schemerhorn from Schoharie, NY, the daughter of Peter and Maria (Miller) Schemerhorn.  They were enumerated as follows:

Hatch, James [sic]  42 farmer $1800  NY
            Hannah                                  NY
            Lester S      17                       NY
            Mary S        15                       NY
            Minor W       9                        NY
            Justice [sic]  7                        NY
            Fralene [sic] W 5                    NY

By 1860 the enumeration looked thusly:
Hatch, Jarvis  50 farmer $1410        NY
           Hannah  49                            NY
           Lester    27 master carpenter  NY
           Mary      27                            NY
           Minor     20                            NY
           Ferline [sic]  15                            NY

The 1870 Mexico census expended to cover two Hatch households:
Hatch, Jarvis            64  NY $3500 farmer
          Hannah         59   NY
          Curtiss          27   NY
             Hillgate, John   8   NY

While two houses away –
Drake, Ezra     71                $2600  NY
Hatch, Lester   37    farmer             NY
          Mary     27                           NY
          Clinton   4                            NY
          Frank     2                           NY
Drake, Luther  20    day laborer      NY

It would seem that Lester wed Mary Drake.  In the Civil War, Lester S. enlisted as a private on 3 September 1864 at the age of 31, in Co. H, 185th NY Inf Regt. He was discharged in Elmira, NY, on 6 July 1865.  
By the 1880 Mexico census, the Hatch households were as follows:
Hatch, Jarvus [sic]   72   NY
"          Hannah        69   NY

In another household:

Hatch, Justin C. *   36   NY
           Eva F.          30   NY
          Mirtis [sic] E.  7   NY
          Mary E.          2   NY
          Justin Curtiss*

Jarvis and much of his family were buried in the Colosse Cemetery, Mexico, NY.  Their graves with markers are as follows:

Hatch, Jarvis 1807-1886
Hatch, Hannah S. 1810-1893
Hatch, Alice M. 1851-1860
Hatch, Henry 1838-1839
Hatch, Lester Stephen 1832-1886
Hatch, Morgiana E. 1832-1848
Hatch, William Miner 1846-1886
Wife of William Minor Hatch:
Hatch, Dora Clark d. 1875, age 35

In the 1920 Mexico census, Justin C. Hatch still resided on his farm at age 77, with his wife, Evaline F., age 70.  They lived between George Beley and Henry C. LeClair from the then closed French Lutheran Church begun by their forebears from France.  Eva, age 79, in the 1830 Mexico census, lived with her daughter ,Myrtis (Hatch) House, age 57.  Myrtis had wed Frederick W. House, age 61., who was the head of household. 

Returning to the matter of Ebenezer Hatch’s 1838 will, the text of which was included at the beginning of this biographical sketch.  It names only one male heir: Isaac Hatch who married Harriet ______.  Isaac died in 1856, age 57.  He was buried in the Maple View Cemetery.  Harriet and Isaac’s two-year old daughter, Sarah, died in 1828.  The child was buried in the Maple View Cemetery.  This burial ground is stunning in the fall as the Maple trees turn scarlet and orange.  This part of Oswego County each year is ablaze in color probably looking much as Isaac and even Ebenezer originally viewed it.  
Isaac’s sister, Laura, married Abram Virgil.  Laura died in 1829 at age 36.  Abram died in 1840, age 52.  They were both buried in the Maple View Cemetery.  They had four (?) children.

To date it has not been possible to locate more on the other two daughters.  The handwriting of the will remains difficult to decipher.  

Another record on Isaac, was his enumeration in the 1850 Mexico census which appeared as follows:

 Hatch, Isaac 50 hotelkeeper $1000 NY
            Harriet 57 wife                    NY
            Henry  57 other                   "
            Eunice [sic] 86 other           MA

The identity of Eunice remains uncertain.  She might be the mother of Harriet as Harriet stated in the 1880 census that she was born in MA.  Henry, probably was not a Hatch, but a relative of Harriet and/or Eunice.  

There is evidence that Isaac and Harriet had a surviving child called. Laura.  The 1850 Williamstown census give the following:

 Hough, James 32 innkeeper  NY
             Laura  30 wife          MA
             Sarah  11 daughter   NY
             Albert   8 son             “
             Loretta 7 daughter     “
             Henry   2  son            “
             James  3  son            “
In the 1880 Williamstown census, Harriet at 82, lived with Laura, a 60-year old widow.  The two women ran a boarding house.       
Even though to date it has not been possible to obtain accurate documentation about John Hatch, Sr., the sea captain.  It may be that this line for the possible brothers, Ebenezer and John, Jr. was derived from Thomas Hatch of Barnstable, MA, an immigrant from England whose descendants spread across America. 


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