Wayne County West Virginia Biography of Joseph F. HATTEN


         Joseph F. HATTEN, while a resident of Lawrence county, Kentucky, where he was born October 15, 1837, is a son of Jonah and Sarah (Smith) Hatten, both born in what is now Wayne county, West Virginia, and whose parents were among the first settlers in the area. Joseph F.'s father, born in April 1811, died in 1839, and his mother was born July 21, 1815. Samuel Hatten, grandfather of Joseph F., emigrated from Loudoun county, Virginia, in company with a brother, Jonah, and they were the first settlers (1796) at Round Bottom in what would become Wayne County. Samuel Hatten held a captain's commission in the 1812 war and took part in the battle of Mackinaw. He died in 1857, more than 70 years of age. The great-grandfather of Joseph F., a native of England, became one of the colonists of America, fought for Independence under Washington, and was present at Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown. After the close of the 1812 war he emigrated from Loudoun county to join his sons in Wayne county and died here many years after, at the age of 111 years.

         In the war between the States, Joseph F. Hatten served 60 days as captain of Company D, 68th Kentucky Militia. On April 22, 1860, he married Mary H. Fanin. She was born May 1, 1838, and died July 22, 1873. Their children were: Isaac R. Lee, born June 29, 1861, died July 9, 1872; Jonah Socrates, born April 15, 1863, died January 13, 1872; Sonora Belle, born September 16, 1865; Mary Emma, October 17, 1867; Joseph Bascom, October 17, 1867; Sophia Edith, July 14, 1870, died March 3, 1871; Charles Donelson, June 22, 1813, died August 5th following. In Johnson county, Kentucky, April 15, 1874, the Rev. John Martin joined in wedlock Joseph F. Hatten and Mary J. Wheeler, and to them two daughters have been given: Pheraba Elizabeth, born June 20, 1875; Sarah Margaret, born March 7, 1880. Mary J., daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth A. (Hager) Wheeler, was born in Johnson county, Kentucky, January 13, 1851. Her father was born in that county in 1817, and her mother in Amherst county, Virginia. Joseph F. Hatten has a large farm and is extensively engaged in merchandising, keeping a full stock of dry goods and drugs. He is also dealing in grain and is one of the most enterprising men of business of his community, as well as one in whom all have confidence. For the past 20 years he has been postmaster at Buchanan, Kentucky, and is still the efficient incumbent of the office.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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