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Wait Hatch
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Birth: Apr. 27, 1732
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: 1807
Washington County
New York, USA

Wait HATCH Married Mary LEWIS on 20 NOV 1755 in Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Wait HATCH was born in Falmouth, MA on April/August 27, 1732. ma. He married Mary Lewis, daughter of Daniel LEWIS and Elizabeth GIFFORD, in Falmouth in Nov. 1755. About 1769-70 they relocated, perhaps to Kent or Sharon, CT and then to Lee, MA before 1779, which was the year his son Edward was born.

The following is contributed by Spencer E. SMITH, a descendant: Wait HATCH was a Seaman. When he was about 18 years of age his father died and Mathew ROWLEY was appointed his guardian till he should become of age. It is probable Mr. Rowley was a kinsman of his and was engaged in the Sea-faring business and that is how Wait became a seaman. He followed the sea till the outbreak of the Revolutionary War when the British Warships destroyed the Maritime business of the Colonists and caused so much distrss in the seaboard towns of New England that many of the inhabitants moved to the interior. In 1775 Wait HATCH moved to the town of Lee, in the western part of Massachusetts. The country there was new at that time. The first settlement of the town was made only 15 years previously. Among the 45 signers to a petition for the incorporation of the town dated Jan. 6, 1774 was a Samuel Hatch. This man may have been Wait HATCH's brother, Samuel, and for this reason Wait moved to this town. Early in Jan. 1776, it fell to the lot of Wait HATCH and others of Lee, Massachusetts to go as recruits to the American Army before Quebec, Canada. His son, Lewis, begged the privilege of going in his stead and was allowed to do so. He lived in the town of Lee, about 24 or 25 years and probably followed the business of farming. About 1799 or 1800 he and his wife, Mary, moved to the town of Granville, Washington Co., New York to live with their son Lewis, who had bought a farm and moved there some years before. Here he died in 1806-7. His widow died there about 1822. Source: "Genealogy and History of the HATCH family"

In "The HATCH Family - Early Families of Washington County New York - Thomas HATCH of Barnstable, Massachusetts" by Azuba Ruth HATCH, page 14... "Wait was brought up in Falmouth and was just seventeen, not yet of age, when his father died. Matthew ROWLEY was appointed his guardian. As we have already seen, the ROWLEYs and the HATCHes were closely related. The name Matthew suggests to me that he was probably a grandson of Moses ROWLEY who married Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew FULLER."

"Wait became a seaman which somehow seems to mean more than just being a sailor. Around Barnstable and Falmouth there were still few roads and most commerce and travel were by water. It is likely he was in the maritime business with relatives there in Falmouth. It was a profitable business until a few years before the Revolution when the British began to harass the trade, boarding ships and confiscating both ships and cargo. At the time of the Revolutionary War they were raiding the towns along the shore for food, taking crops and cattle. Wait and others saw what was coming and left just before the hostilities began. Wait took his family to Lee, a newly opened area in western Massachusetts. Other Hatches and Cape Cod families bought land and settled there - one street bearing the name of Cape Street."

"I have often wondered how it was that several HATCH and other families from Cape Cod settled in the town of Lee in that far western section of Massachusetts. [Charles Lathrop] Pack discovered in the town history (p. 135) that the town grew up on a large tract of land which had been granted to the Glassworks Company in 1755. Then in 1769 and 1771 Pelatiah West and Joseph HATCH of Tolland, Connecticut, purchased nineteen twentyfourths of that tract of over 1500 acres. I believe that this Joseph HATCH can be identified as a grandson of Capt. Joseph (3.4) and was perhaps Joseph III (5.9), son of Capt. Joseph Jr. Certainly this line of Hatches bought up land in many other new areas."

"All family records indicate that Wait, along with other Lee men, was called for service in early 1776 for the Quebec campaign and that son Lewis begged to go in his father's place and did. So far thought no official record has been found. After the war, Wait petitioned the Town of Lee for reimbursement for clothing furnished the soldiers. This makes him an eligible ancestor for DAR membership."

"In Lee, Wait was a farmer and he took part in town affairs. At the annual town meeting 30 march 1778 (p.12), he was one of eight men chosen as surveyors of highways. At the town meeting on 23 Nov. 1784 he was chosen as one of the hogreaves (p.32). Their duty was to impound stray hogs. Many of the animals either roamed loose or were herded in common pastures necessitating a method of identification. "For Waight HATCH. Mark for his Creatures is a slit in the end of the Wright Ear and a Cut the underside the same," (p. 125). When a man left town the mark was passed on to another. Son-in-law Oliver HATCH took the mark of Elijah DODGE (p.126) and son Lewis took that of David KELLOGG, and when Lewis left town it was passed on to Moses INGERSOLL - "Lewis gone out of town" (pp.125 & 127).

"Wait married and lived in Falmouth for several years and the first three children were born and baptised there. If there were more children the records have been lost. Edward, their last child was born after they moved to Lee. The Lee town records also contain the birth and death dates for daughter Rebecca (p.159), and the birth of son Edward as 11 June 1776 (p.159). There has been confusion about Edward's birth date. There is also a record that all four children of Wait had been baptised (p.251)."

"The last record for Wait in the Lee town records (pp.318/19) pertains to a Petition for a day of Mourning for George Washington to be held on 24th of June 1800. Among the signatures to the petition are those of Wait, Samuel, and Malatiah HATCH, and of Peter WILCOCKE, the step-father of Lewis's wife Mary Davis HATCH. These signatures are reproduced in the printed records and Wait's is there but it is so very small and hard to locate that it would not reproduce well."

"Much later, shortly after 1800, Wait and Mary went to live with Lewis in South Granville, New York. As we would look at it today it was hardly for the reason of old age for both were still in their sixties. Perhaps Wait was not well for he died about seven years later." Source: The HATCH Family - Early Families of Washington County New York - Thomas HATCH of Barnstable, Massachusetts by Azuba Ruth HATCH.

WAIT HATCH was born Apr 27, 1732 in Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, and died 1807 in Granville, Washington Co, NY. He married MARY LEWIS Nov 20, 1755 in Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, daughter of DANIEL LEWIS and ELIZABETH GIFFORD. She was born Jan 21, 1732 in probably Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, and died 1822 in South Granville, Washington Co, NY.
Note: WAIT HATCH lived in Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass. abt. 1769. About 1780 he lived in Lee, Mass. Matthew Rowley of Falmouth was appointed his guardian after Edward's death, when Wait was just 17 years old. Matthew was probably the grandson of Moses and Elizabeth (Fuller) Rowley. Occ: Seaman.

Children of WAIT HATCH and MARY LEWIS are:

i. REBECCA6 HATCH, b. Sep 01, 1756, Falmouth, Barnstable Co, Mass; d. May 18, 1788, Lee, Berkshire Co, Mass.

ii. LEWIS HATCH, b. Dec 31, 1757, Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony; d. Dec 03, 1847, South Granville, Washington Co, NY. MEMORIAL

iii. PRISCILLA HATCH, b. abt. May 22, 1768, Falmouth, Barnstable Co, Mass; d. bef. 1801 - 1809, Genoa, Cayuga Co, NY.

iv. EDWARD HATCH, b. Jun 11, 1779, Lee, Mass; d. Feb 20, 1858, Cortland, Washington Co, NY.

Family links: 
  Edward Hatch (1702 - 1750)
  Rebecca Weeks Hatch (1707 - 1733)
  Mary Lewis Hatch (1732 - 1822)
  Lewis Hatch (1757 - 1847)*
  Abigail Hatch Hatch (1727 - 1800)*
  Wait Hatch (1732 - 1807)
  Edward Hatch (1741 - 1822)**
*Calculated relationship
Falmouth Old Burying Ground
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA
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Record added: Aug 15, 2012
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