Gen Durant Hatch

Gen Durant Hatch

Death 27 Mar 1830 (aged 64)
New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, USA
Burial New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, USA
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Parents: Lemuel Lamb Hatch, Sr. & Mary Fonvielle.

Durant Hatch m. Elizabeth Norman ca 1783.

Durant Hatch m. Mary R West 15 June 1809, Craven Co., NC.

In March 1816, Durant was sued by John P. Daves

Durant resided in New Bern in 1820.

Durant Hatch m. Elizabeth West 5 June 1822, Craven Co., NC.
Their marriage was reported in the local newspaper:

"Saturday-June 15, 1822
Married in this town on Wednesday evening by Rev. R. S. MASON, Gen. Durant HATCH to Mrs. Elizabeth WEST."

Rev. Lemuel Durant Hatch was the son of General Durant Hatch & Elizabeth Norman Hatch. He was b. 10 July 1793, Brice's Creek, Craven Co., NC.

Lemuel Durant Hatch was the first pastor of the New Bern Presbyterian Church.

The Hatch family was wealthy & prominent. Among his well-known family ancestors were Lemuel Hatch, a member of the General Assembly of Deputies from Craven Co. of the Province of North Carolina which met in New Bern on 15 Aug. 1774 & was field officer for the county in 1775; and Edmund Hatch was in the Assembly at Hillsborough on 21 Aug. 1775.

Son Lemuel Durant Hatch graduated from the University of North Carolina in the Class of 1815. He studied at Princeton Theological Seminary 1816-1819. He was licensed to preach by Orange Presbytery 2 Oct. 1819; ordained 2 Sept. 1821; & installed as pastor of the New Bern church Sat. 22 June 1822.

Lemuel Durant Hatch m. Miss Martha Dixon 15 Jan. 1828 in Duplin Co., NC. Martha was the orphan daughter of Lewis Dixon & Catherine Hill Dixon and was living with Dr. Buck Dixon near Faison, a town on the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.

In 1833, he moved to Alabama and on 9 Oct. 1834 was dismissed to the South Alabama Presbytery. He was one of the original members of the New Presbytery of Tuscaloosa, organized in 1835.

He lived near Greensboro, Alabama until his death at Blount Springs, Alabama after a short illness on 7 Oct. 1866.

The above data re Rev. Lemuel Durant Hatch was excerpted from the book "History of the Presbyterian Church in New Bern."

Another son of Durant Hatch, Alfred Hatch, also moved to Alabama. His home which he built in 1856 is on the National Register of Historical Places, known as the "Hatch House".

General Durant Hatch served in the Senate of the General Assembly, representing Jones Co. during the years of 1800-1806. He also served in the same capacity in 1809 & 1811-12.

Durant Hatch is found in the 1790 Jones Co., New Bern Dist, NC census.

It is our melancholy duty to record the death of Gen. DURANT HATCH, who expired at his residence in this town, in the sixty-fifth year of his age, on Saturday morning last. This unpleasant task is much alleviated, by the reflection, that in announcing this regretted bereavement of his highly respectable family, we are allowed the opportunity or recording the virtues, and paying a respectful tribute of respect, to the memory of an invaluable citizen.

During our Revolutionary struggle, when oppression stifled the voice of our complaints, and remonstrance became the forerunner of increased disasters, General Hatch, then but a youth, shouldered his musket, to avenge our wrongs, and redress our grievances.

After the termination of that arduous struggle, he devoted himself with great success, to the peaceful and independent avocation, of an agriculturist. Acquiring thus an independence, which but few ever attain, he flattered himself with the pleasing delusion of spending in affluence and ease, a good old age, in the peaceful retirement of our town. Scarcely had he formed this determination, and become one of our citizens, before the ravages of disease prayed upon his system, and "laid him low in the dust."

In all the relations of life, the subject of this obituary notice sustained the character of an honest and sincere man. As a magistrate, he was firm and inflexible, as a citizen, useful and invaluable. Unaccustomed to truckle to power and influence, and firm and decided in character, his errors (for 'tis human to err) were not the voluntary offspring of a sycophantic disposition to please and flatter; but the mistaken apprehension, of an honest judgement.

He died in the communion of the Protestant Episcopal faith, with the bright assurance, that he would reach the haven of rest, where the weary "cease from their labours, and their works to follow them." On Sunday, his remains, attended by a large concourse of friends and citizens, were interred in the family burying ground, at his late residence on Brice's Creek.

(Obit published April 3, 1830 edition of the Newbern Spectator, and Literary Journal.)

Many thanks to Nathaniel Glasgow for providing this obit.

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To the Memory of
General Durant Hatch
who departed this life
March 27th 1830
Aged 65 yrs 5 mos 22 dys


In their memory
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