|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1819|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1864|
My great, great grandfather Oliver Atwater Hatch:
Oliver Atwater Hatch was born on September 1, 1819 to Anson and Mary Moore Hatch in Mesopotamia, Trumbull County, Ohio. He was the fourth of eleven children.
In August 1841, Oliver married Catherine Lepper. They had four (perhaps five) children; Charles O. (killed in the Civil War), Ellen L.; Allison John (my great grandfather); Atwater "Beck"; and possibly a child named Sabra.
In 1849 or 1850, Oliver had joined the California Gold Rush and relocated to the gold fields. By 1863, he moved to Virginia City, Nevada and helped incorporate two mining companies: the Palo Alto Gold and Silver Mining Company and the Tecumseh Gold and Silver Mining Company.
In October 1864, Oliver joined the 1st Nevada Volunteers - Cavalry, D Company, at Virginia City. By then, he had been a miner in the California gold fields, a carpenter, and a tinsmith. He died of pneumonia in the Storey County Hospital 3 weeks after his enlistment.
He might have been buried near Virginia City or he might have been one of those soldiers buried at the Fort Churchill, Nevada Cemetery. Researchers disagree. Fort Churchill was garrisoned only during the 1860s, before it was abandoned. Virginia City cemeteries were obviously closer than the fort.
In 1885, the 40 or so soldiers who were buried at the fort were exhumed and their remains were transferred to what was to become the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City, Nevada. At the time, the soldiers' wooden grave markers had rotted and were not identifiable. Therefore, when the remains were re-buried at Lone Mountain the graves were marked with headstones that simply read "U.S. Soldier".
Historians researched the burials and learned that about 31 soldiers died while in service to the fort. Some perished due to engagements with the Indians and some from disease. Oliver Hatch was among that group. They came to the conclusion that those 31 (plus about 10 more) were likely buried at Fort Churchill and their remains were those that were later relocated. However, definite proof is not available.
Anson Hatch (1792 - 1870)
Mary Moore Hatch (1795 - 1864)
Catherine Lepper Hatch Faust (1818 - 1908)*
Allison John Hatch (1848 - 1920)*
Lone Mountain Cemetery
Created by: Charles Hatch
Record added: May 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70599139
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