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JONATHAN HATCH. It is recorded that the first representatives of the name of Hatch in America were three brothers who came from England and settled in New London, Conn., Boston, Mass., and Nova Scotia, respectively.
Samuel Hatch, who located at New London, was a baker by trade. He had the following children: Samuel, Elijah, Peter, Joshua, Joseph, Daniel, Stephen, John, and three daughters.
Samuel Hatch, the son of Samuel the
settler, was born Sept. 26, 1738, and grew up in New London, where he learned
shoemaking. Several of his brothers served in the war of the Revolution,
and had he not been lame he, too, would have given his services to his country.
He married Naomi Phelps, a native of Lebanon, Conn., who bore him ten children:
Eleazer; Samuel; Asel; Joseph; Tryphenia and Salena, who died unmarried;
David; Jonathan; Naomi, who married Eleazer Fitch; and Elijah. The father
died April 30, 1815. The
Jonathan Hatch, son of Samuel (2) was
born Jan. 6, 1777, and died Oct. 5, 1833. He married Betsy Payne, and to
this union came: (1) Samuel Orville, born in Lebanon, Conn., June 2, 1809,
died June 13, 1877. He married Eunice T. Armstrong, and their children
were, E. Eliza; John O., born March 4, 1840, who died Sept. 25, 1885; Jonathan
A., who died at the age of thirty; Mary A., who died at the age of eighteen;
Henry C., born Dec. 2, 1846; Hattie A., wife of William C. Backus, of South
Windham; Adelia B., wife of
Jonathan Hatch, the father of these,
was a lifetime resident of Lebanon, Conn. His wife, Betsy Payne, was a
daughter of Capt. Stephen Payne, who was twice married, the second time
to a widow, a resident of Bolton, Conn. Mr. Hatch engaged in farming, and
also learned shoemaking of his father, but only followed that calling sufficiently
to supply the needs of his family. The home farm was a large one, and he
carried on farming extensively, having a team of horses and two yoke of
oxen, besides about ten head of other
Jonathan Hatch, whose name introduces
these lines, was born Oct. 21, 1817, in Lebanon, where he was educated in
the public schools. He was apprenticed to learn the trade of machinist
when but sixteen, and continued in that line until he was twenty-two, at
South Windham. Subsequently he was engaged in
Having always had a taste for mechanics, Mr. Hatch early displayed a genius for inventions, and has secured various patents for inventions, all of which have proved very valuable, and some of which have been transferred to the firm with which he has been connected for so many years. In August, 1889, he patented a machine for the manufacture of paper by a new process, which is especially valuable. His attention is still given to mechanical work and almost daily he can be found in his shop, busily employed.
Mr. Hatch was married in the town of
Franklin, New London Co., Conn., to Alma W. Armstrong, a daughter of John
and Lucinda (Tinney) Armstrong, of Franklin, Conn., and to this union were
born: Charles Winchester, who died young; Helen, wife of George Stiles,
one of the leading merchants of Willimantic; Mary, unmarried, at home;
George, for so many years superintendent for Smith, Winchester & Co.,
now postmaster at South Windham (he is unmarried); Walter, who was accidentally
shot at the age of
In politics, Mr. Hatch is a staunch Republican, although he did not endorse its first candidate, John C. Fremont, but voted for James Buchanan. He recollects very well when Andrew Jackson was elected, and his coming to Norwich to lay the corner stone of the Uncas monument. In addition to holding various local offices, Mr. Hatch has represented the town of Windham in the Legislature; he served as selectman five years, and as justice of the peace.
Having lived a life of industry and uprightness, which has been crowned with well deserved prosperity, Mr. Hatch enjoys the respect of a large circle of friends as well as the affection of his family, and none stands higher in the community, where for so many years he has made his home, than does this most excellent man.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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