Hatfield of Hatfields and McCoys Genealogy

Hatfield Generations from Family Trees on Ancestry:

Beda De Hatfield, b 1139 in East Hatfield, Essex, England d 1172 in England

Beda's son:
Walter De Hatfield, b 1169 in East Hatfield, Essex, England, d 1202 in England

Walter's son:
Walter De Hatfield, b 1199 in England d 1232 in England

Walter's son:
Ewen De Hatfield, b 1229 in England, d 1262 in England

Ewen's son:
Walter De Est Hatfield, b 1259 in England, d England

Walter's son:
Walter De Hatfield, b 1289 in Hatfield, Essex, England, d England

Walter's son:
Stephen De Hatfield, b 1319 in Hatfield, Yorkshire, England, d 1360 in England,
m Agnes De Seeton, b 1319 in England

Stephen and Agnes' son:
William DeHatfield b 1349 in East Hatfield, Essex, England
d 1402 in East Hatfield, Yorkshire, England m Margaret Staunton b 1349, d 1381
(William and Margaret De Hatfield were my
18th great-grandparents)

William and Margaret's son:
Thomas DeHatfield, b 1379 in Newnham, Oxfordshire, England, d 1412 in England
m Margaret Reresby b 1379, d 1381

Thomas and Margaret's son:
Sir Stephen DeHatfield, b 1409 in Oxfordshire, England, d 1442
m Isabel Russell b 1409 in Kingston Russel, England, d 1441 in England

Stephen and Isabel's son:
Laurence Hatfield, b 1439 d 1472 m Agnes Marshall b 1439 d 1471

Laurence and Ann's son:
Thomas Hetfelde, b 1469 in Willoughby, Lincolnshire, England d 1502,
m Ann Mallet b 1465, d 1501

Thomas and Ann's son:
Sir Henry Hatfield, born in 1490, died in 1547.

John William Hetfelde, b 1539 in Yorkshire, England d 1547 in England
m Anne Hercye b 1499 in Grove, Nottingham, England, d England
 (Note: John Hetfelde, b 1539 in Hatfield, Hetfelde, Yorkshire, England, d 9 March 1597 in
Span, Johnson, GA, America, OR Nimba Liberia...Liberia was at one time a very rich resource area. He could have been working for a Royal Trading Company selling wool or directly transferring gold for goods. Georgia was settled with refugees from England that were allowed to come out of the debtor prisons officially in 1733, but possibly some came before this date.)

John and Anne's son #1:
Bernard Hatfield, born 1563, died 1603

John and Anne's son #2:
John Hatfield, b 26 Feb 1564 in Yorkshire, England,
died 9 Mar1597
(?) in American West (?) m Elizabeth Bright b 1580

John Hatfield and Elizabeth Bright's son:
Thomas Hatfield, b 4 March 1620 in Almonbury, Yorkshire, England d 1698 in Amsterdam, Holland, m Anne Hemptem Cox b Englefield, Berkshire, England 1612, d 1710 in Germany age 98

NOTE: Thomas Hatfield, born 4 MAR 1620 in Almondbury, Yorkshire, England, was a religious dissenter and to escape persecution fled to Leyden, Holland, with the Dr. John Robinson (Robertson) congregation. He married Anne Hemptem or HAMPTON Cox, born 14 MAR 1612 in Englefield, Berkshire, England. She was the widow of Valentine Oocxs (Cox) and they were married in about 1635 . Matthias (Matt, Mathew) Hatfield (also Heatfield, Hitchfield, Hitfield, and Hetfield on the colonial records), said to be the son of Thomas (see below) was born about 1620 and appears in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in about 1660. He married Maria (Mary) Moylen (Melen), a lady of Dutch descent, on 25 AUG 1664, New Haven Co., NJ. They had the following children: (Colonel) Isaac Hatfield, born in 1667at Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ. Isaac married Sarah Price; Cornelius Hatfield on 9 JUN 1669 in New York City, NY Co. and he married Sarah ? in 1691, at Elizabethtown, Union Co., NJ; Rachel Hatfield, born 3 OCT 1675 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ, d. probably young; Elizabeth Hatfield, born 1673 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ; Mary Hatfield, born 1674 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ; Abraham Hatfield, born 8 JUN 1670 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ, and married Phoebe Ogden, children were: Mattias, Joseph, Jacob, and Abraham, Jr., b. ca. 1695, d. 1745, who married Margaret Winans, who had Joseph Hatfield, 1740, d. 8/29/1832. He married Rachel Smith, b. 1759 or 1760, d. 5/19/1855.

Thomas Hatfield and Anna Hemtem (Hampton) Cox are believed to have both sons, Thomas and Matthias. There are no records to uphold this assumption, but they both came from Holland where there was only one registered Hatfield, being Thomas Hatfield.

There is also Alice Ebel b 16 Oct 1650 in US, died 1700 in Elizabeth, Middlesex, NJ m Thomas Hatfield jr b 1671, m in Dutch Church, NY.

John and Anne's son:
Bernard Hatfield, born 1563, died 1603

Bernard Hatfield's son:
Thomas Hetfield 1602-1698

Thomas Hetfield's son:
Matthias Hatfield 1640-1687

Thomas and Anne's son,
Matthias Hatfield, b 25 Aug1640 in Danzig Germany or Leyden, Holland, d 13 Dec 1687 in Elizabethtown, Essex, NJ, m Maria or Mariken Melijin Moylen b 1637 in Holland, d 1699 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co, NJ
(They m in New Haven, CT 26 Aug 1664)

Matthias and Maria or Mariken's son:
Abraham Hatfield, b  8 June1670 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co, NJ, d 17 July 1706 in Trenton NJ, m Phoebe Ogden b 1674 in Elizabeth, Union, NJ, d 1720 in Elizabeth, Union, NJ
NOTE: Ogden was originally Okeden from Holland, which makes sense, since my Hatfield, Winans, and other family surnames came from Holland or had Dutch connections going back at least to the 1500's. It seems that many of these families were religious dissenters
Hatfields and Ogdens- were English Puritans (not Quakers) who first moved to Leyden/Leiden Holland, lived there for several years, then came here to the New World.
Matthias Hatfield was a member of the New Haven Colony ( and then apparently left with a group and founded Newark, New Jersey a short time later (,_New_Jersey).

Some went to Holland for a generation or two because of its relatively liberal attitudes toward freedom of religion - and opinion. You may know that in the 1600's much of Europe, and England, were having constant wars. Local warlords and nobles were always trying to "press" able-bodied men into military service whether they wanted to serve or not. Some were conscientious objectors who had to go to a place like Holland.

Abraham and Phoebe's son:
Abraham George Goff Hatfield, b 1695 in Essex Co, NJ,
died 1745 in NJ
Abraham George married Margaret Winas, she b 1695 in Russell VA, d 9/7/1745 in Borough Elizabeth, Essex, NJ

Abraham George and Margaret's son:
Abraham George Goff 1715-1795

Abraham George Goff Hatfield's son:
Joseph Hatfield, b June 1740 VA, d Aug 1832 TN
m Elizabeth Vance, she b 1735 in Isle of Wight Co, VA,
d 1778 or 1779 in Washington, Russell, VA.    

Joseph Hatfield b 1740 d 1832 m Eliz Deliz Vance b 1745 d 1778
(Our ancestor as well as William Anderson Hatfield's "Devil Anse"

Joseph and Elizabeth had several children, including:
Ephriam, b 1765 in VA and  Ale, b 1778 in VA, d 1841 Greene Co IN
(Devil Anse's dad and our Ale are brothers)
William Anderson "Devil Anse" b 1839    < Cousins>   Ale,  Wayne Co, Ky
(Devil Anse and our Ale Jr are 1st cousins)

 Ale had a son:                  
 George Washington Hatfield, b 1812 TN, died 1884, Greene Co IN

George had a son:              
Jeremiah b 1843 in Greene Co IN,
died 1929 Owensburg, IN

Jeremiah's daughter:
 Laura Hatfield, born 1870,  m Oliver P Rush
Laura died 1927
Laura and Oliver Rush's son:
 Wayne Rush m Maye White

Wayne and Maye's daughter:
Clara Virginia
                              Chris, Kev, John
                                                     Emma, Elliott, Oliver


Hatfield Genealogy and Information and photos I have from our family:

Ale Hatfield, photo in Hatfield Museum in Owensburg IN
Picture donated by Wesley Ratliff

Ale and Elizabeth had a son, George Washington Hatfield:

George Washington Hatfield, b 1/16/1812 in Fentress Co, TN, d 5/21/1884 Greene Co IN
m Elizabeth Snider, aka Snyder, b 5/9/1811, daughter of Christopher Snyder and Frances in 1832? in Greene Co IN. She died 9/6/1885 and is buried at Dishman Cemetery.
He was a gunsmith and farmer. "Wash, as he was known, is buried in a field on property that belonged to him. . I took the photos of his grave with Grandpa Wayne Rush and my son, Chris, in 1978. The grave is located in Section 23, Jackson Twp, in the northeast corner of the section, south off County Road 500S, 1-1/2 miles east of Sexson Spring (on George W.'s property]. It's a very isolated spot, a single grave with stone that has survived the years well.

george washington hatfield grave       wayne rush chris grooms at g w hatfield grave


It is said that either John Johnson or Mark Dugger was the first permanent settler in the township, while some accounts show that the Bestirs were the first. James Beaty settled in the township in 1821, according to his son, John Beaty, who was born on the old place in 1830. The county has had no
better family. Among the first settlers were the above and John Ferrell, John Stone and Robert Kizzee; also, a little later William, Lank and David Hudson, Raleigh Hopper, Isaac Copeland, old Isaac Bledsoe, Thomas Kizzee, Jacob, Willoughby and Isaac Lewis, and Joseph and William Hatfield were in the township among the very first. The Lewises were in as early as 1818. They settled on Plummer Creek. Armstead Hatfield, Emanuel Hatfield, James Corbin, John Brown, father of, Noah Brown, and many others, came in later. By 1825, there were about twenty-five families in the township. There were two principal settlements—one on Plummer Creek, and one on Indian Creek.


At the time of the first settlement, Indians and the larger varieties of wild animals were abundant. In the grottos and caves along the creeks could be found bears, panthers and wolves. Hundreds of deer roamed the woods or cropped the rich verdure of the glades. It was thought nothing to see a bear or kill a deer, and the poorest hunters could do the latter. The Hatfields—several of them were famous hunters. They were men of great strength—several of them being, as was customary in that day, quasi-professional fighters. Terrific fights occurred between men simply to settle which was the better man, after which neighborly relations were resumed. A great fighter hearing of another would otter go miles to "try him." Several of the Hatfields and others were of this class—that is, while they did not seek an encounter they would not avoid one, and were always ready. Emanuel Hatfield was one of the most noted hunters of his day. He had come from the wild, mountainous region of East Tennessee, and from infancy had been familiar with-the rifle, and had heard endless tales of adventure with wild animals. He was a noted turkey hunter before he was twelve years old, and when he was fourteen had an adventure which established his reputation: Son for personal courage. At that age, he went out early one morning to kill a wild turkey for breakfast. He passed along the edge of a ravine where the stony cliff descended almost perpendicularly to the bed of the small stream which lay below, and uttered the turkey call several times, waiting to listen between each call. At last he heard an answer, when he called again, and a large turkey flew down near him, which he shot and hung in a tree to keep from any stray animal that might happen along, while he continued on, thinking he had time to kill another. As be passed along the edge of the almost perpendicular cliff, he suddenly noticed that in one place all the small bushes had been broken off near the ground and had disappeared, while on the edge of the cliff the stone had been scratched by some sharp object. Though a boy, young Hatfield did not need to be told that these marks were "bear signs." Upon going to the edge, He saw several strong roots projecting about three feet below, at one side of which there seemed to be a cavity extending back under him. He reached down and struck his rifle on the roots, and a fierce growl was heard in the cave, which caused him to draw back rather hastily. There was no mistake now; a bear was in the cave. The boy deliberated a moment, and then resolved, if possible, to kill the animal. He prepared his rifle so there would be no flash in the pan, and then used various devices to bring the bear out far enough to get a shot at it. At last by shouting and throwing objects down, he enraged it so that its head appeared and it began to clamber out, growling
wickedly and showing two rows of long white teeth. The boy cocked his rifle and stepping to the edge waited until the bear's head had come within easy reach, when he suddenly pushed the muzzle forward against the side of its head and pulled the trigger. The gun barrel, closed at both ends, recoiled so heavily that it felled young Hatfield to the ground, but the bear fell back dead on the lower edge of the. cave. After recovering himself, the boy, to make sure of his shot, cautiously descended to the bear and with his knife cut out its eyes. He then went home and secured assistance. The animal was rolled over the cliff and dragged home with horses. It was one of the largest of its species and weighed almost 600 pounds. On another occasion, the two boys, Emanuel and Armstead, when they were only about fifteen or sixteen years old, were out hunting in the mountains of Tennessee, when their dogs off some distance encountered an animal under or near a cliff, which they treed. The boys hurried forward and saw a big "painter" in the branches of a tree. Emanuel fired at the beast, which only received an ugly wound, and it instantly scaled down the tree like a cat and bounded off, but was seized by the two or three dogs and partly held. Emanuel had no time to load his gun, and Armstead could not shoot for fear of killing the dogs. Emanuel drew his knife and ran up to save his dogs, calling for Armstead to follow, but the latter exclaimed "I'll be danged if I'll go any closer," and stood where he was, but near. The panther and the dogs were fighting terribly, scattering the leaves in every direction, and the latter were being mangled badly by the fangs and claws of the former. Emanuel ran up and struck at it several times with his knife, but the blade, owing to the slanting strokes and the activity of the beast, was bent almost double and rendered worthless. He ran back and seized his brother's gun and returning at full speed, quickly placed the muzzle to the panther's head and blew out its brains, just as it was in the act of tearing the life out of one of the dogs. The panther measured nearly twelve feet from tip to tip.


The Church of Christ was first organized near John Lamb's in March, 1843, and met there and at the. Copeland Schoolhouse alternately. The early members were John Nantz and wife, A. Geddes and wife, William Magill and wife, M. Davis, A. Cook and wife, John Cook, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Nancy Ferguson, Jane Sexson, Nancy Fuller, Rebecca Hudson, Sarah Fuller, Elizabeth Brown, Sarah Brown, Sabra Floyd, A. B. Ferguson and wife, James Beaty and wife, John Beaty, Sr., James Sloan and wife, John W. Ferguson and wife and others. James Beaty, James Sloan, Sr., and J. W. Ferguson were the first Elders. A. B. Ferguson and A. Cook were the first Deacons. After a number of years, the congregation was divided into two—the Bethel and the White Oak. OE the last named, James Beaty, E. Short, L. Carr and J. W. Ferguson were the Elders, and H. Lowder and A. Short, the Deacons. Among the pastors have been John Nant,z, J. W. Ferguson, J. M. Mathes, Joseph Saddler, Morris Trimble, J. B. Hayward, Washington Short, Newton Short, Milton Short and Joseph Wilson; and since 1864, Trimble, Hubbard, Blankenship, Butler, Mathes, Evans, Chrisler, Treat, Franklin, Elmore, McKee, and Mr. Littell at present. The removal to town was in 1864. The church was brought at that time from about a mile east of town, where it had stood since he forties, and put up again where it now stands The Baptist Church was built in town not far from 1848. The class :bad been organized before. Among the early members were Armstead, Washington and Mordecai Hatfield, William Jackson and wife, Polly, Silbern Owens and wife, Kiah Owen, C. D. Giles, Frank George, Josiah Records, Joseph Leonard and others. The church was burned four years ago at the big fire, when about a dozen buildings went up in smoke, at a loss of about $12,000. The Methodists at first met in the Baptist Church, but about five years ago built a church which cost about $1,200. Among the members were Samuel Hitchcock, Samuel Wollem, Israel Call, Mrs. Hill, Daniel Fultz and others.

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George Washington Hatfield and Elizabeth Hatfield has a son:
Jeremiah Hatfield

Jeremiah Hatfield m Matilda Lamb.

Jeremiah Hatfield Family Indiana  hatfield genealogy

Jeremiah "Jerry" Hatfield and Family - he lost his arm in the Civil War.

Matilda Lamb Hatfield

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The Masonic Lodge was organized about the year 1865.  The following were charter members: Ale Hatfield, The membership reached about sixty. A building was erected, which burned down. Trouble arose, and the charter was surrendered and the lodge went down in 1881. The Odd Fellows organized a lodge in April, 1879, with Jerry Hatfield as a member.

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