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 Jonathan Hatch, Sr

Jonathan Hatch, Sr

Death Dec 1710 (aged 82–83)
Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 5846925 · View Source
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Jonathan Hatch, Sr., one of the founders in 1660/1 of Succoneset, now the Town of Falmouth, Mass. He was the next door neighbor at Falmouth to another of that town's founders, Isaac Robinson, the writer's ancestor.

In some writings Jonathan Hatch, Sr. is claimed to have been b. Sept. 7, 1625 in England. That he was b. in England is not doubted. However, if Jonathan's existing gravestone, which was erected in 1991, truly replaced a former crumbing gravestone that had the same exact "aged" at death of 84, Jonathan died at the chronological age of 83, and Ætatis suæ (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 84. The Latin phrase Ætatis suæ is the basis of the language used on all North American gravestones well into the 1800s. It is 1 year more than a person's chronological age. Thus, Jonathan Hatch was b. not earlier than Dec. 1, 1626, not in the year 1625, to have been 83 years old at death. In addition, any primary record of Jonathan at birth in England would be a parish baptism record, and obviously he could not have been baptized before he was born. Absent apparent knowledge that Jonathan's gravestone existed at Falmouth, the "Great Migration Begins" estimated Jonathan was b. "say 1621." I have used a probable birth year of 1627 for this memorial based on the evidence provided by his gravestone.

In Charles Lathrop Pack's "Thomas Hatch of Barnstable..." (1930), Pack included the following comment:

• The late Edwin T. Hatch, M.D., of Denver, Colorado, after years of research leaves the following note: "I think the mother of Jonathan and Lydia Hatch was related to Isaac Robinson, son of Rev. John Robinson of Leyden..."

The foregoing refers to Jonathan Hatch and his sister Lydia (Hatch) Taylor. That their mother, purportedly named Grace, was related to Isaac Robinson is not remotely possible.

Jonathan died testate having written his will at Falmouth, Mass. Sept. 15, 1705; the will includes no mention of and left no provision for a living wife. He named dau. Mercy (Hatch) Rowley as sole executrix with administration granted to Mercy Jan. 4, 1710/11 [Barnstable County Prob. Recs.] According to his extant gravestone, he died in Dec. 1710, but the day is missing and his death is not otherwise found in the Falmouth vital records.

On Apr. 11, 1646 of record at Barnstable, Mass., Jonathan m. Sarah Rowley, dau. of Henry Rowley and Sarah Palmer, b. circa 1630 in England. When Sarah died is not of record, but she died prior to Sept. 15, 1705 when Jonathan wrote his will.

Jonathan Hatch and Sarah Rowley had eleven known children. The births of the first nine are recorded at Barnstable, Mass. and the last two at Falmouth:

• i. Mary Hatch, b. July 14, 1648 at Barnstable, was living on Sept. 15, 1705 when included in her father's will, which was witnessed by Mary's husband; m. bef. Sept. 1705 as his 2nd wife, William Weeks, Jr., s. of William, b. circa 1645. He d. Feb. 16, 1715/6 at Falmouth, Mass. No known children of the marriage. William Weeks, Jr. m. 1) Mar. 16, 1668/9, Mercy Robinson, dau. of Isaac Robinson and Margaret Hanford, bapt. July 4, 1647 at Barnstable. When both of William's two wives died is unknown, but Mercy (Robinson) Weeks was the mother of all of William's known children.

• ii. Thomas Hatch, b. Jan. 1, 1649/50 at Barnstable; m. July 22, 1679 at Barnstable, Abigail Codman. Eleven children of record at Falmouth, Mass.

• iii. Capt. Jonathan Hatch, Jr., b. May 17, 1652 at Barnstable; m. Dec. 4, 1676 at Falmouth, Abigail Weeks, the sister of William Weeks, Jr., the future husband of Jonathan's older sister Mary. Seven children of record at Falmouth.

• iv. Joseph Hatch, b. Mar. 7, 1652/3 at Barnstable, d. Feb. 16, 1735/6 at Falmouth (g.s., Æ 83); m. Dec. 7, 1683 at Chilmark (on Martha's Vineyard), Mass., Amy Allen, dau. of Capt. James Allen and Elizabeth Partridge, b. Aug. 14, 1663 at Sandwich, Mass. She d. Feb. 24, 1709/10 at Falmouth (g.s., Æ 47). Ten children of record at Falmouth. The children of this family are descendants of George Partridge and Sarah Tracy of Duxbury, Mass.; Sarah (Tracy) Partridge's father Stephen Tracy arrived at Plymouth in 1623 aboard the Little Ann.

• v. Benjamin Hatch, b. Sept. 7, 1655 at Barnstable, d. before Sept. 1736; m. 1) June 17, 1678, Mercy Hamblin, dau. of James, b. June 15, 1655 at Barnstable. She d. Mar. 6, 1682/3 at Falmouth. He m. 2) Mar. 16, 1682/3 purportedly at Falmouth, Alice Eddy, dau. of John Eddy and Hepzibah Daggett (q.v. Doggett) of Tisbury, Mass., b. May 3, 1659 at Edgartown, Mass. He m. 3) Feb. 13, 1711/12 at Barnstable, Experience Linnell, dau. of David Linnell and Hannah Shelly, and widow of Jabez Davis. She was b. in 1664 and d. at Barnstable Dec. 31, 1736. Fifteen children of the family; 3 by 1st wife Mercy and twelve by 2nd wife Alice.

• vi. Nathaniel Hatch, b. June 5, 1657 at Barnstable; purportedly m. at Boston, Mass. Oct. 9, 1681, Elizabeth Estes. No confirming records found.

• vii. Samuel Hatch, b. Oct. 11, 1659, d. prior to Aug. 8, 1718; m. Lydia Young. Six children of the family recorded at Falmouth.

• viii. Capt. and Dea. Moses Hatch, b. Mar. 4, 1662/3 at Falmouth, but recorded at Barnstable, d. May 20, 1747 at Falmouth; m. 1) May 9, 1686 prob. at Tisbury, Mass., Hepzibah Eddy, dau. of John Eddy and Hepzibah Daggett. He m. 2) Oct. 18, 1699 at Yarmouth, Mass., Elizabeth Thacher, dau. of Col. John Thacher and Rebecca Winslow, b. June 19, 1677 at Yarmouth, Mass. She d. May 18, 1710 at Falmouth. He m. 3) the widow Hannah Bangs, who d. May 13, 1739 at Falmouth. He m. 4) Mar. 12, 1739/40 at Falmouth, Patience Perry, who survived him. Eight children of the family; five by first wife Hepzibah Eddy, three by second wife Elizabeth Thacher. [Note: Elizabeth (Thacher) Hatch's mother, Rebecca (Winslow) Thacher, was the dau. of Josiah, the 10-year younger brother of Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow. Josiah was not a passenger of the Mayflower.]

• ix. Sarah Hatch, b. Mar. 21, 1664/5 at Falmouth, but recorded at Barnstable, d. July 8, 1732 purportedly at Sandwich, Mass.; m. Nathaniel Wing, s. of Stephen Wing and Oseah Dillingham. He d. November 1722 at Sandwich. Seven purported children of the family.

• x. Mercy Hatch, b. Apr. 27, 1665 at Falmouth, d. after Jan. 1710/11; m. circa 1690, Nathan Rowley, her 1st cousin, s. of Moses Rowley and Elizabeth Fuller, b. on an unknown date at Falmouth. He d. Jan. 6, 1741/2 at Sharon, Conn. Nine children of the family. The children of this family are Mayflower Descendants. Mercy (Hatch) Rowley's mother-in-law, Elizabeth (Fuller) Rowley, was the dau. of Dr. & Capt. Matthew Fuller, son of Mayflower passenger Edward Fuller.

• xi. Lydia Hatch, b. May 16, 1669 at Falmouth and d. there in her youth December 1, 1681.

Revised and edited 8/21/2015. Note added 11/7/2017 to viii. Moses Hatch.

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Jonathan Hatch
Died Dec. 1710
Aged 84 Years

Settler of Falmouth
Friend of Indians

Erected May 25, 1991

Based on the gravestone's inscription on the day Jonathan died he was 83 years old, and Ætatis suæ (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 84. The inference is that he was born AFTER Dec. 1, 1626.

  • Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
  • Originally Created by: Tom Cummings
  • Added: 15 Oct 2001
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