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 Elizabeth <I>Haight</I> Hatch

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Elizabeth Haight Hatch

  • Birth 24 Apr 1772 Dutchess County, New York, USA
  • Death 15 Dec 1847 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
  • Plot 278
  • Memorial ID 19459705

Daughter of Caleb Haight and Elizabeth Allen

Spouse of Jeremiah Hatch
Children: Mariah, Hezakiah, Josephus, Jeremiah Jr., and Abram Chase

Elizabeth Haight was born April 24, 1772, in Dutchess County, N.Y., to Caleb Haight and Elizabeth Allen.
Elizabeth was well versed in the Holy Bible and many said it was an open book to her. She married Jeremiah Hatch, a neighbor from Dutchess County, on Nov. 23, 1789, in Ferrisburg, Addison County, Vermont. Elizabeth was 17 and Jeremiah was 23 at the time. Jeremiah had received 1,200 acres of farmland in Addison County for service in the Revolutionary War, and this is where he and Elizabeth made their first home.
Immediately behind their house was the Green Mountains, made famous by Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. In front of the house ran the New Haven River, a small stream having its source in the mountains.
Elizabeth and Jeremiah had four children in this area from 1790 to 1794, but each one died at birth. Finally in 1795 the couple adopted a daughter and named her Mariah. Four healthy sons were born after this from 1798 to 1805. They were Hezekiah, Josephus, Jeremiah Jr., and Abram Chase. Abram was a brilliant man with a strong future in politics and religion, but he died unexpectedly at age 24 in 1829. His death was deeply mourned by Elizabeth.
The lives of the Hatches changed drastically when missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came into the area. By 1840 all of the Hatches in the area were baptized except Jeremiah Jr.
"When my grandmother (Elizabeth Haight) was baptized, she was a cripple and had gone on crutches for 13 years," Lorenzo Hill Hatch said. "When she came up out of the water she was healed and never used her crutches again."
Elizabeth was 68 when she was baptized and her husband was 74. Despite their old age, they sold their farmland in Vermont in 1842 and traveled 1,500 miles with their married children to Nauvoo, Ill., to gather with the Latter-day Saints.
Jeremiah built a two-story red brick house in Nauvoo near the Temple site. Elizabeth hoped to stay in this house a long time, but persecution against the Latter-day Saints increased until they were forced to leave the city and head farther west.
On Jan. 21, 1846, one week before leaving Nauvoo, Elizabeth and her husband received their endowments in the nearly-completed Nauvoo Temple. The couple's marriage was sealed for time and all eternity at a spot near Winter's Quarters, Neb., in December of 1847. A few days later at this same camp, Elizabeth died on Dec. 15, 1847, when she was 75.
A monument at Winter's Quarters today depicts this time of great suffering. Elizabeth's name is included on a plaque with about 600 other fatalities. Jeremiah died later in Nebraska before reaching Utah.

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  • Created by: Burnt Almond Fudge
  • Added: 20 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19459705
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Haight Hatch (24 Apr 1772–15 Dec 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19459705, citing Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Burnt Almond Fudge (contributor 46857451) .