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Matthias M. Hatfield, I

Also Known As: "Hetfield"
Birthplace: Leiden, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Elizabeth Town, Essex, New Jersey
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Hatfield, I; Thomas Hatfield, I and Anna Hampton Cox
Husband of Mariken Melijn Hatfield
Father of Cornelius Hatfield, Colonel; Isaac Hatfield, I; Abraham George Hatfield, Sr.; Mary Hatfield; Rachel Hatfield and 3 others
Brother of William Hatfield; Joseph Hatfield and Thomas Hatfield, Jr.

Occupation: Boatman, weaver, coroner, small claims court judge
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About Matthias M. Hatfield, I

Parents: Thomas Hatfield (1602 - 1698) and Anna Hentem Cox (1612 - ).

Matthias was born in Holland, of Scots Irish descent,, and was a member of the New Haven Colony. Mathias first appeared in New Haven, CT in 1660 where he took the Oath of Fidelity. He subsequently moved to the area of the present day Elizabethtown, NJ in 1665, and took the same oath there. (Possible alternate b. & d. information: 1635 Lienden, Gelderland, Netherlands - 12/13/1687 Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ. Needs further research).

Spouse: Mariken/Maria Melijn/Melyn (1637 - 1694). Matthias Hatfield and his widow bride were married in a double wedding with her sister Susanna (who married Jan Winans).

Children of Matthais & Mariken/Maria (Melijn/Melyn) Hatfield: Issac (1667 - 1709); Cornelius (1669 - 1718); Abraham (1670 - 1706); Mary (Hatfield) Miller (1673 - 1740); and Elizabeth (Hatfield) Laulon (1675 - 1705). A total of 11 children are thought to have been born to this union.

Slight differences in the b. &/or d. dates of 2 of the children of Matthais & Meriken/Maria Hatfield, as listed on his Find A Grave memorial: Mary (Hatfield) Miller (1673 - 1742); and Elizabeth (Hatfield) Laulon (1675 - 1725).

Matthias Hatfield, along with brothers-in-law Jacob Melyn and Jan, was one of the original "Associates" who founded and settled Elizabethtown, New Jersey about 1664 - 1665..Matthias was a weaver.

Cornelius, Abraham, and Rachel were Baptized in N.Y. Dutch Reformed Church.

Matthias bought the most pretentious house in Elizabethtown, NJ at the foot of Pearl Street and the Elizabeth River. This Hatfield house played an important part in the Colonial Wars, for under the trees in front of the house were held The Indian Councils and Treaties of Peace. December 5, 1673 Matthias Hatfield bought this stone house on Pearl Street at the corner of Hatfield, from Lubberson; it remained in the family for 241 years, until 1914. The property, from the stone house, extended to the Elizabeth River where he had tanneries. He gave land for the Presbyterian Church and burial ground (which is now the center of town. Alexander Hamilton used to walk there learning his lessons while attending school at Barbers.) Matthias was one of the leading men in town, was a wealthy man, and greatly respected. Matthias Hatfield sat in the Justices Court as a chosen Freeholder. He was also a Justice, a High Sheriff, and a Collector for the County. He also sat in the Justices Court as a chosen freeholder.

Matthias Hatfield's Will, dated April 19, 1684 was Proved December 13, 1687; it is in the N.J. Archives XXI, pg. 114. Wife and Children are spoken of, but not by name. Witnesses George Ross, Humphrey Spinning.

Originally buried in the Old Burying Grounds (Newark, Essex Co., NJ), Matthais was reinterred at Fairmount Cemetery (Newark, Essex Co., NJ) in a mass crypt in the 1890's, when the Old Burying Grounds became defunct.


"Descendants of Matthias Hatfield", by Abraham Hatfield.

Find A Grave Memorial # 57095721.

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Matthias M. Hatfield, I's Timeline

August 25, 1640
Leiden, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
August 26, 1644
Age 4
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
June 9, 1665
Age 24
New York, New York, NY, USA
Age 24
Age 26
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
June 8, 1670
Age 29
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey
Age 29
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
Age 32
Elizabeth, NJ
October 3, 1674
Age 34
New York, New York, New York
Age 34
Elizabethtown, New Jersey