William Hatch

Male 1598 - 1651


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  • Name  William Hatch  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born  1598  Ashford, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Ashford, Wye, Sandwich, Kent, England"
    Gender  Male 
    Died  6 Nov 1651  Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I21890  alger
    Last Modified  21 Nov 2012 

    Father  William Hatch,   b. 9 Dec 1563,   d. 27 Dec 1611 
    Mother  Anne Tilden,   b. 5 Nov 1570, Tenterden, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1630, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Jul 1587  Tenterden, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Saint Mildred's Church
    Family ID  F8138  Group Sheet

    Family  Jane Young,   b. 1602, Tenterden, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1653, Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  9 Jul 1624  Canterbury, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Canterbury, Plymouth, Kent, England"
    Children 
     1. John Hatch,   b. Est 1625
     2. Anne Hatch,   b. 3 Dec 1626, Wye, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1691
     3. Hannah Hatch,   b. 1627, Wye, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Hatch,   b. 1628, Wye, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 3 Jul 1628
     5. William Hatch,   b. 9 Aug 1629, Wye, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Jeremiah Hatch,   b. 1630, Wye, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1712
     7. Jane Hatch,   b. 19 Jan 1631, Wye, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Andrew Hatch,   b. Est 1633,   d. 6 Nov 1633
    Last Modified  5 Mar 2010 
    Family ID  F8137  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • As William Hatch of Ashford, Kent, England, woolen draper, bachelor, about 25, he was licensed to marry Jane Young of Thannington, maiden, about 27, on 9 Jul 1624. Although the license calls him bachelor, this was undoubtedly Hatch's second marriage as his son Walter was 16 or older in 1643.

      William Hatch moved almost immediately after his marriage to Wye, where he was still living in 1633, but when he sailed for New England he was a resident of the Kentish port of Sandwich. On 17 Mar 1634/5, Thomas Gardener, Vicar of St. Mary's in Sandwich. gave him the necessary certificate of conformity so that he and his family were able to embark on the "Hercules". Traveling with William Hatch and his wife Jane were five children and seven servants.

      With many of their fellow passengers, the Hatch family settled in Scituate, Massachusetts, where William Hatch built a house on Kent Street. He was made a freeman of the Plymouth Colony on 5 Jan 1636. Leaving his family in its new home, William Hatch returned to England - probably to settle his affairs there - and in returning to New England on the "Castle" in 1638 he was accompanied by his brother Thomas and his sister Elizabeth Soan and their families.

      William Hatch was a juror in the 1638 trial of Arthur Peach, Thomas Jackson and Richard Stinnings for the murder of an Indian. In 1642 he was on the committee to provide forces for a possible ward with the Indians and in 1643 he and his sons were on the list of Scituate men able to bear arms, with William Hatch being elected lieutenant "for trayneing their men in the art of war."

      He was chosen as the first Ruling Elder of the Second Church of Scituate in 1643. On 5 Mar 1644, the court held that his servant "Hercules", presumably a Negro, had completed his term of service and should be freed.

      His land holdings included a grant of an island of 20 acres on the south side of North River, called the old island or Hatch's Island and which he sold to Joseph Tilden in 1649.

      William Hatch made his will on 5 Nov 1651 and it was proved 3 Jun 1652. The inventory was for 95 pounds.

      In some respects William Hatch seemed to reflect the norm of the middle stratum of the early immigrants (becoming a freeman and serving in several offices), there is also a stream of other notices that tell a different story about him. He would be sued successfully by plaintiffs to recover debt, for encroachment upon the lands of others, and for inaccuracies in his accounts with his partners.

      Anderson comments: "Very few men were so frequently recorded in so many forms of disagreeable behavior....His peers and neighbors clearly valued his skills and abilities highly enough to set aside his apparent antisocial behavior, but he may have been skating very close to the edge.....Hatch apparently missed no opportunity to take a strong position on any issue, be he right or wrong."

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu

  • Sources 
    1. [S89] Web sites - electronic file cabinet, GEDCOM of rshdsh database from rootsweb.com - 14 Aug 2004 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S87] Alger files - Hall, Horace Adair, Horace Adair Hall, Family group record for William Hatch and Mrs. Ann Hatch - undated (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S87] Alger files - Hall, Horace Adair, Horace Adair Hall, Family group record for William Hatch and Jane Young - undated (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S87] Alger files - Hall, Horace Adair, Horace Adair Hall, Family group record for John Lovell and Jane Hatch - undated (Reliability: 3).


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