Joseph Franklin Hatt was born on 27 March 1828 in Hamilton County, Ohio to Joseph VanDoran Hatt and Eliza Compton Hatt.
Siblings in his family were Maria, Jacob Compton, John, Sarah Hankins, Abram T., Sarah Jane (Selby and Compton), Benijah Stout, George Washington, and Reuben Compton (died in the Civil War.) This family is noted for using surnames of family and friends for their children's names.
Joseph Franklin Hatt married Cynthia Ann McKinsey on 30 November 1845 in Montgomery County, Indiana. Cynthia Ann McKinsey was the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Spray McKinsey.
Children born of their union were Sarah E., William Albert (my great-great-grandfather), Maria J. (Hunt), Naomi Ann, and Charles Reuben.
Joseph's wife died 28 August 1898, and in her obituary Joseph is listed as being deceased, but he did not die until 1904. He was listed on the 1900 Census with his granddaughter, Ida Hatt Stevens. He married his second wife Melvina Lueina Foustina Richards (White), in 1900.
Joseph Franklin Hatt was a veteran of the Civil War where he fought in the Union Army. He died on 27 June 1904 in Yeddo, Fountain County, Indiana and is buried in the Sixteen Graveyard at Tangier, Parke County, Indiana. His grave is marked by a military tombstone.
Sarah Jane Hatt Compton
Benijah S. Hatt
George Washington Hatt
Reuben Compton Hatt
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