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William "The Elder" Hatch, "The Immigrant"

Birthplace: Ashford, Wye, Sandwich, Kent, England
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hatch I of Sellinge and Anne or Ann Hatch
Husband of Jane King
Father of Elizabeth Andrews; William Hatch; Jeremiah Hatch; John Hatch; Walter Hatch and 5 others
Brother of John Hatch; Thomas Hatch, Sr.; Judith Osborne; Elizabeth Stockbridge; Mary Hatch and 4 others

Occupation: Woolen draper and merchant
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About "Elder" William Hatch

Elder William Hatch of Ashford, Wye, and Sandwich, co. Kent, and of Scituate in the Plymouth Colony, woollen draper and merchant, was born about 1598, died at Scituate 6 Nov. 1651.

Parents: William Hatch and Anne ?. [Pedigree: William, William, Thomas, John the Younger, Thomas, Thomas, John.]


  1. probably married first to ____;
  2. secondly, probably at Thanington, near Canterbury, co. Kent by licence of 9 Jul 1624, to JANE YOUNG of Thanington, born about 1596, who married secondly, at Scituate, 31 Mar. 1652, Elder Thomas King of Scituate (who succeeded William Hatch in the office of elder), and died at Scituate 8 Oct. 1653. Her parentage has not yet been discovered, but it is likely that Edward Young of Thanington, husbandman, one of the bondsment on the marriage licence, was her kinsman, perhaps her brother.

Child, probably by first wife:

  1. Walter, b. probably abt. 1623; d. 24 May 1699; m. (1) at Scituate, 6 May 1650 Elizabeth Holbrook, b. in England abt. 1634, d. after 1669, dau of Thomas and Jane of Weymouth, Mass; m. (2) at Marshfield Mary Stable. (This surname is given on the authority of Israel H. Hatch of Marshfield, Mass. Most writers on this family state that in the marriage record the surname of the wife has been obliterated. In Register, vol. 6, p. 348, the record from the town books of Marshfield appears, in abbreviated form, as "Walter Hatch and ___ __stable m. 5 Aug. 1674.") Chldren by first wife, b. at Scituate: 1. Hannah, b. 3 Mar. 1651/2. 2. Samuel, b. 22 Dec. 1653. 3. Jane, b. 7 Mar. 1655/6. 4. Antipas, b. 26 Oct. 1658. 5. Bethiah, b. 31 Mar. 1661. 6. John, b. 8 July 1664. 7. Israel, b. 25 Mar. 1667; m. his second cousin, Elizabeth Hatch (10,ii,6). 8. Joseph, b. 9 Dec. 1669.

Children of William Hatch and Jane his second wife:

  1. John, bapt. at Wye, co. Kent, 7 Aug. 1625; emigrated with parents to New England in Mar. 1634/5; living at Scituate in Sug. 1643, when he is named among those able to bear arms; d. before 5 Nov. 1651, as he is not mentioned in his father's will.
  2. Anne, bapt. at Wye, co. Kent, 3 Dec. 1626; emigrated with her parents to New England in Mar. 1634/5; m. (1) at Scituate, 2 Nov. 1643, Lieut. James Torrey of Scituate, who d. at Scituate 6 July 1665; probably m. (2) at Marshfield, 3 Apr 1677, John Phillips. Children by first husband, b. at Scituate: 1. James, b. 3 Sept. 1644. 2. William, b. 15 Mar. 1646/7; probably d. young. 3. Joseph, b. 18 Mar 1648/9. 4. Damaris, b. 26 Oct. 1651. 5. Jonathan, b. 20 Sept. 1654. 6. Mary, b. 14 Feb 1656/7. 7. Josiah, b. 28 Jan. 1658/9. 8. Sarah, b. 9 Feb. 1660/1. 9. Joanna, b. 4 May 1663. 10. Bethia, b. 19 July 1665.
  3. A son, newborn, bur. at Wye, co. Kent, 31 July 1628.
  4. William, bapt. at Wye, co. Kent, 9 Aug. 1629; emigrated with his parents to New England in Mar. 1634/5; d. in Virginia, being on a journey to that Colony, between 13 Sept. 1653, the date of his will, and 1656, when his will was proved; m. at Scituate, abt. 1652, Abigail Hewes, dau. of John "the Welchman." She m. (2) 14 Oct. 1658 John King of Weymouth. At his father's death William Hatch beccame the owner of the house on Kent St., Scituate, which descended from him to his daughter Phebe. One 18 July 1677 the latter, being then of Boston and a spinster, sold this house and 20 acres of land to Jeremiah Hatch (10,ii) of Scituate, who was her first cousin once removed and also her uncle by marriage, having married Mary Hewes, her mother's sister. Children: 1. Lydia, b. at Scituate 28 Apr. 1653; d. there 2 May 1653. 2. Phebe, bapt. at Scituate 19 Mar. 1653/4.
  5. Jane, bapt. at Wye, co. Kent, 19 June 1631; emigrated with her parents to New England in Mar. 1634/5; m. John Lovell, b. in England in 1627, s. of Robert and Elizabeth of Weymouth, Mass. Children: 1. John, b. before 5 Nov. 1651, when he is mentioned in the will of his grandfather, Elder William Hatch; d. young. 2. Elizabeth, d. at Weymouth 21 Jan. 1656/7. 3. Phebe, b. at Weymouth 19 Feb. 1655/6. 4. John, b. at Weymouth 8 May 1658. 5. Elizabeth, b. at Weymouth 28 Oct 1660. 6. James, b. at Weymouth 23 Oct. 1662. 7. William, b. at Weymouth 24 Feb 1664/5. 8. Andrew, b. at Weymouth 28 June 1668. 9. Jane, b. at Weymouth 20 July 1670.
  6. Andrew, bapt. at Wye, co. Kent, 3 Nov 1633; bur. there 6 Nov. 1633.


Retrieved 8/5/2008

William of Scituate may have come to America as early as 1633, but, if so, he went home, and in 1635, brought, in the "Hercules," from Sandwich in Kent, England, his wife Jane, five children, and six servants as is shown in History of Sandwich, England.

William was the first ruling Elder of the 2nd church founded in 1644 for Wm. Witherell, after long agitations, following the removal of Lothrop to Barnstable. (Source: Savage Genealogical Dictionary).


About 1634 William Hatch and his family removed from Wye to Sandwich, co. Kent, The statement that he was at Scituate in the Plymouth Colony in 1633 is incorrect, and is due to the assumption that the date after the names of the assistants in the records applied to all the names following.

He embarked for America for the first time in Mar. 1634/5, sailing from Sandwich in the ship Hercules with his wife Jane, five children, and six servants. In the same ship. sailed his cousin, Lydia (Huckstep) Tilden (7,i,7), with her husband, Nathaniel Tilden, and their children.

William Hatch and his family settled at Scituate, where he built a house on Kent Street and was admitted freeman on 5 Jan. 1635/6. He returned to England, but came back to New England in Apr. 1638, in the ship Castle. It is probable that his brother Thomas (10) with his wife and children and his sister Elizabeth Soan (12) with her son William came with him on this voyage.

In 1643 William Hatch was chosen the first ruling elder of the Second Church of Scituate, and in August of that year he with his sons Walter and John appears on the list of those in Scituate able to bear arms (that is, they were between 16 and 60 years of age. In the same year also he was lieutenant of the trainband.

He settled in the part of Scituate called "The Two Miles," which was joined to Marshfield in 1788; and the house which he bilt there is still standing and is the residence of Israel H. Hatch, his descendant. A will of Walter Hatch, dated 3 Mar. 1681/2 and signed 4 Mar. 1681/2, was never proved; for after this will was made his son Anitpas became of unsound mind, and his father made a new will, providing for the maintenance of Anitpas but leaving to his brothers the land formerly intended for him. This second will was proved.



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"Elder" William Hatch's Timeline

Ashford, Wye, Sandwich, Kent, England
Kent, England, United Kingdom
Age 12
England, United Kingdom
November 6, 1624
Age 26
Thanington, near Canterbury, Kent Co., England
Age 26
Of, Wye, Kent, England
August 7, 1625
Age 27
Wye, Kent, England
August 7, 1625
Age 27
Wye Parish, Tenterden, Kent, ENG
Age 27
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, USA
Age 28
Wye, Kent, England
Age 30
Wye, Kent, England