|Death: ||Feb. 23, 1944|
Cecelia Maud Hatfield was born in Cleveland OH in 1875. She was known as Maud in her younger days, but used Cecelia later. Her parents were Deming Niles Hatfield and Adelia (Gay) Hatfield. The book: "Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary" (Page 386) by Mary Sayre Haverstock, Jeannette Mahoney Vance, Brian L. Meggitt, Jeffrey Weidman, Oberlin College. Father Deming Hatfield was a photographer at one time in Cleveland and could have been the photographer of the hand-tinted photo included here. It would seem to date around 1900, considering the dress she is wearing. Her mother, Adelia (Gay) Hatfield was apparently a well-known and accomplished musician in the Cleveland area as well. Her siblings were Charles Folsom Hatfield and Albert Deming Hatfield. An extensive bio of Charles can be found at "Centennial History of Missouri: (the Center State) One Hundred ..., Volume 5" by Walter Barlow Stevens. Cecelia's name is listed in that bio and her many musical accomplishments are noted there as well. Charles F. Hatfield died in St. Louis, MO; brother Albert D. Hatfield lived his entire life in the Cleveland area.
Although I am not related, I was given this beautiful photograph by my now-deceased aunt, Muriel Dahlin Cooksey (Memorial #89808228), who lived in Miles City, Custer County, MT. Miss Hatfield ran the "Progressive School of Music" in Miles City in the 20's and 30's. Both my aunt and my mother took lessons from her and were accomplished pianists. My aunt cleaned Miss Hatfield's house in exchange for piano lessons. She told me more than once that Miss Hatfield had left Miles City for Colville WA to enter a convent. It is my belief that, although she is shown as 'Sister' Hatfield on her tombstone, she may have been only a novice. She would have been in her 50's when she entered. My aunt said she was not at all happy there, but apparently she stayed until her death, regardless. My aunt said she was a 'very nice woman' and she obviously liked my aunt enough to give her the photograph, as well as a beautifully hand-decorated and painted plate full of fudge once.
I would very much have liked to find Miss Hatfield in censuses after 1880, when the entire family appears in Cleveland. Between then and the 1930 US Census for Miles City, Custer, MT, I have not been able to pinpoint her movement towards Montana.
If anyone can prove to me that they are directly related, I would consider giving this photo to a family member.
Bio by contributor Jeanne S
Lady Of The Valley Cemetery
Created by: mwg48
Record added: Jul 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27991686
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Miss Hatfield, this memorial is written for you by the niece of one of your favorite piano students, Muriel Dahlin. She did love you!|
Added: Oct. 1, 2012