Name: Joseph HATCH
Given Name: Joseph
Birth: 3 Aug 1689 in Falmouth, Barnstable, MA 1
Death: 27 Apr 1750 in Falmouth, Barnstable, MA 1
Joseph was a man of great importance in New London, CT, where he and Mercy settled in 1714. He was active in politics and the military.
Change Date: 19 Nov 2000 at 00:00:00
Joseph's mother died in February, 1709/10, and Joseph, arriving at his majority that same year, soon set out to carve his fortune and establish a home of his own.
A new township was being laid out to the west of Mansfield, CT, which in October, 1711, received the name of Coventry. Mansfield was at this time ten years old, and was very happy to have sons of Cape Cod's first families among its proprietors.
The first entry in "The First Book of Records of Lands in ye Town of Coventry Anno 1710" concerns Joseph Hatch: "Know all men by Thes presents that peter mason of new London in the colony of conetticut have and doe by these presents fully freely and absolutely discharge and acquit joseph Hattch near covntry in the county of harford from all sutes actions Bills Bonds and accts whatoever from the begining of the world unto the day of the date hereof forever more amen. Signed and deed This 27th of Desember. Anno c Dome. Peter Mason"
Joseph bought land in Coventry from Ebenezer Sarlls on 21 Mar 1713 and from Peter mason on 23 Jul 1714. He purchased tracts of land in Coventry from Benjamin Janes, 24 Apr 1714, and from John Larybee on 4 Nov 1715 and 2 Jan 1720.
Joseph Hatch appears to be one of the first permanent settlers of Tolland, perhaps the first, as his son Joseph, born 12 Sep 1715, was by tradition the first male child born in that town. The exact date of the family's relocation to Tolland is not known. It is possible that no move was ever made as he had much property on the Coventry-Tolland boundary, and may have found himself on the Tolland side of the line when the survey deciding the boundary line of the two towns was made.
From the very earliest pages of the town records it is evident that Joseph Hatch was a man of great importance and was invaluable to the new town which he served efficiently as counselor and leader in a multitude of ways.
In October, 1722, the General Assembly approved Joseph Hatch as Lieutenant of the trainband in Tolland. This is the earliest date of any military organization in Tolland, and it may be concluded that Joseph Hatch was the commanding officer of Tolland's first company, to which he gave service for nearly thirteen years. He was later promoted to Captain.
On 3 Aug 1731 Joseph purchased a large tract of land in the township of Stafford (settled in 1719). On 14 Aug 1742 he purchased still more land in Stafford, CT.
Capt. Joseph Hatch did not confine his land transactions to CT, for on 2 Jan 1732/33 he purchased land in Massachusetts.
Joseph continued to add to his estates in Tolland and adjoining towns. On 9 Mar 1738/39 he bought 112 acres in Mansfield.
During the last decade of Capt. Joseph Hatch's life, noticeable among his purchases were two in 1741 and three in 1746: 17 Aug 1741, Gideon Rice of Tolland sold him a farm of 80 acres with house and barn. On 28 Oct 1741, Tideon Rice sold to Capt. Joseph another 80 acres "all the land I have bounded north on the land I lately sold to Captain Hatch, being the whole of my land." In 1746 Jabez Delano and Barnabas Delano sold him land. The third piece of property was sold by Jonathan Case "to my honored father Joseph Hatch of Tolland," the bounds of which "touch my dwelling house." The witnesses to this deed were John and Jonathan Lothrop. Jonathan Case married "Alse" Hatch, April 30, 1742.
THE WILL OF CAPT. JOSEPH HATCH:
"On the second Day of APril Anno Domini 1750. I Joseph Hatch of Tollen in ye County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut in new England. Being very sick
and Weak in Body, but of sound and disposing Mind and Memory, Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and commend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian Manner at ye Discretion of my Executrix. Hoping for a Part in ye Resurrection of the Just. And as touching such worldly Estate as God has been pleased to bles me with after my just Debts and Funeral Charges are paid I Give Devise and Dispose of the same in ye following Manner and Form.
Imprimis. I Give and Bequeath to my Dearly beloved Wife Rebecca whom I make and ordain Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament, my best riding Horse. I also Give to my Wife all my Moveable Estate both Within Doors and without and also all the Debts due to my Estate to her and her Heirs forever my Sd. wife paying all Lawfull Debts due from my Estate and also paying such Legacys as I shall hereafter mention to be paid out of my moveable Estate.
Item. I give to My sd. Wife the sole Improvements of my Houses and Lands During her Widowhood, it is also my Will that if my sd. Wife should Marry or be taken away by Death before my three youngest sons come of age to inherit what I shall hereafter give them that then my said Houses and Lands shall be improved for the bringing up or Profit of my three youngest sons to whom I give my Houses and Lands as followeth.
Item. I Give to my Son Lemuel Hatch the one third Part of all my Houses and Lands having respect to Quantity and Quality to Him and his Heirs forever.
Item. I Give to my son Ebenezer Hatch the one Third Part of all my Houses and Lands Having Respect to Quantity and Quality to Him and his Heirs forever.
Item. I Give to my Son Timothy Hatch the one Third Part of all my Houses and Lands to be equally divided having Respect to Quantity and Quality to Him and His Heirs forever, and this division of my Houses and Lands is to be made when my Youngest Son comes to the age of Twenty one years, and if either of these my sd. three youngest sons should Decease without issue. Then His Inheritance is to be equally divided between the other Two to be to them and their Heirs forever. Or if either or both the other Two should Die without Issue then his or their Inheritance herein equeathed to them shall be devided equally amongst all my children to be to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I Give to my Son Joseph Hatch one Small Bible I having already given Him his Portion in Lands.
Item. I Give to my Granddaughter Thankful Hatch one Small Bible having given to her Father Jonathan Hatch in his life time his Portion of my Estate.
Item. I Give to my Daughter Amey West the Sum of Ten Pounds in Money of the old Tenour and one small Bible to be paid to her two years after my Decease by my Executrix.
Item. I Give to my Daughter Elce Case the Sum of Ten Pounds in Money of the old Tenour and one small Bible to be paid to her two years after my Decease by my Executrix.
Item. I Give to my Daughter Mercy Shiverick one Small Bible she having had her Portion already.
I Give to my Daughter Lois Hatch Eighty Pounds Old Tenour Value in Moveables and one hundred and twenty Pounds in Money of sd. Old Tenour to be paid to her by my Executrix at her Marriage Day or in three years after my Deseace.
And I do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoke and Disanull all and every other Will. Ratifying this & no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.
Signed Sealed, published, Pronounced & Declared by Sd. Joseph Hatch as his last Will and Testament. Joseph Hatch in the presence of Samuel Palmer, Moses Swift Jr., Mary Swift.
Joseph died at Falmouth and was laid at rest in the Old Burying Ground. The inscription on his stone reads: "In Memory of Capt. Joseph Hatch, died April ye 27, 1750 in ye 62 year of his age." THere is no stone to indicate that either wife rests beside him.
Tradition affirms that he died while on a visit to Falmouth. His will, which was proved at Barnstable, MA, 8 May 1750 was probably made during or just prior to his last sickness.
Joyce Trotter's sources:
Thomas Hatch of Barnstable & Some of His Descendants by Charles Lathrop Pack
Record Book of the West Parish of Barnstable
Colonial Wars ancestor, p. 298
Records of the Lands in Town of Coventry, p. A
Land Records of Coventry, I, 80
Early History of Tolland by Waldo, pp.13,14
History of Tolland by Waldo, pp.9, 44
Town Meetings of Tolland, p. 61
Book of Town Votes, Tolland
Deeds. Willington, Connecticut, Vol. B, p. 14
Land Records, Stafford, Connecticut, I, 418
Worcester County, Massachusetts, Deeds, XVI, 463
Worcester County, Massachusetts, Common Pleas and Sessions, I,231
The Genealogy, History and Alliances of the American House of Delano, 1621 to 1899
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Father: Joseph HATCH b: 7 Mar 1653/1654 in Barnstable, Barnstable, MA
Mother: Amy ALLEN b: 14 Aug 1663 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA
Mercy DELANO b: 27 Oct 1686 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
13 Jan 1712/1713
in Tolland, Tolland, CT 2
- Amy HATCH b: 10 Oct 1713 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Joseph HATCH b: 12 Sep 1715 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Marcy HATCH b: 23 Aug 1717 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Jonathan HATCH b: 29 Sep 1718 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- HATCH b: 20 Aug 1721 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- HATCH b: 8 Aug 1722 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Lois HATCH b: 1727 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Alice HATCH b: 1730 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Lemuel HATCH b: 28 Feb 1734/1735 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Rebeckah HATCH b: 8 Jun 1737 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Ebenezer HATCH b: 21 Apr 1740 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Timothy HATCH b: 14 Aug 1741 in Tolland, Tolland, CT
- Title: Trotter, Joyce
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