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    Generation #1 - William Madison Hatcher

    William Madison Hatcher

    Born 1613 (no exact date known) in England

    Died on or before April 1st, 1680 in Henrico County, va.

    Buried ????

    Marion ULN born in England, 1616-1646

    William Married Marion

    [She did not travel with him to VA. Evidence indicates she arrived later bringing the children. Many of these families educated their children in England prior to their coming to America, or sent them to England if they were born in America.]

    They had the following children:

    1) Edward Hatcher Sr.

    2) William Hatcher Jr.

    3) Henry Hatcher Sr.

    4) Jane Hatcher

    5) Benjamin Hatcher

    6) Susannah Hatcher

    1635, William immigrated to VA aboard the ship Abigail. He paid passage for 3 others, [Often assumed to be his wife and 2 sons. In June 1999 the Jamestown Society accepted the thesis of Jerry Proudfit of Atlanta, GA, that William was not married when he arrived in this country. His argument was based on the fact that had William arrived with a wife and child, Edward, who some believed to have been born in England c1633; William would have claimed an additional 100 acres for importing his wife and child. He did not do this; and no wife relinquished her dowry for these early land grants.]

    6/1/1636, William patented 200 acres “upon Appomattuck River”. (S) C&P, 1934, PB1, P41.
    7/10/1637, William patented 850 acres “upon Appamattock Riv.”. (S) C&P, 1934, PB1, P59. [Part of patent was for the transportation of 7 persons to the colony.]
    ~1637, Marion arrived in VA with son Edward. [If the birth order of the children and their dates are correct.]
    5/29/1638, William patented 150 acres “Apamattuck River Nly. Upon the first Cr. By the wading place”. (S) C&P, 1934, PB1, P89. [The patent was for the transportation of 3 persons to the colony. By 1650 William had deserted this patent.]
    1644-1646, William a member of the House of Burgesses. (S) Hening’s Statutes at Large, V1, P283.
    1646, Marion died in Varina, Henrico Co., VA.

    1649-1652, William a member of the House of Burgesses.
    11/1654, William censured by the House for speaking disrespectfully of the Speaker, Col. Edward Hill, calling him a devil. “… the said William Hatcher, upon his knees, make an humble acknowledgment of his offence.” (S) Hening’s Statutes at Large, V1, P387.
    1654–1659: William a member of the House of Burgesses.
    1658, at Newport on Rhode Island Mr. Robt. Potter acted for Mr William Breuton, merchant and Mathew Burne of Boston to sell a ship or Barq for 300 pounds lawful money of England to George Potter, Wm. Hatcher and Henry Randolph all right in the vessel Blackbird. The ship was apparently used by his grandson Thomas Burton Jr for merchant trade with Boston. (S) Mrs. Glenn M Turnell in a letter to “The Stovall Journal”, 1993. Thomas, according to a letter by his wife, probably died on the ship at sea. William leaves Thomas Burton Jr items in his will.
    10/30/1673, William Hatcher in a land settlement with the orphans of William Hutchenson. (S) Journals of VA, P357.
    1674, William, 227 acres, Henrico Co. (S) B6, P529.
    2/22/1676, William’s will written in Henrico Co., VA. (S) Family notes.
    3/15/1676, William fined 10,000 pounds of tabacco [after considering his age it was reduced to 8000 pounds of dressed pork] by the House of Burgesses for participation in Bacon’s Rebellion and “uttering divers mutinous words”. (S) Chesterfield, An Old VA Co., by Lutz, PP54-5.
    8/1/1676, William gives his age as 63. (S) Henrico Co. Records, P27.
    1677, William bought land from Daniel Price. (S) AP&P, 1956, P273.
    1677, in a deposition William gives his age as 63.
    6/1679, “Mr. William Hatcher” – 5 tithables in Henrico Co.
    3/1680 William died in Henrico Co., VA.
    4/1/1680 William’s will probated.
    4/1/1680, Edward Hatcher, son of William Hatcher, of Varina Parish, Henrico Co., dec’d, to Benjamin Hatcher, son of said William Hatcher, for sake of quiet and peaceable settlement of estate left by their father and to avoid future suits and quarrels, confer each to the other 1/2 of personal estate left by their father. Edward grants to Benjamin 200 acres of land at Varina, lately in occupation of said William, and one tract called “Pigg in the Bole” in same county, near land of Thomas Holmes, 100 acres; also one tract called “Turkey Island”, 150 acres. Benjamin confirms to Edward a tract known as “Necke of Land”, 400 acres; also one plantation between Gilbert Elam and Henry Lound, 250 acres, lately in occupation of Thomas Wood.
    (S) Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, V1, Publ. 1915.


    Civil War Monument at Petersburg, VA. Dedicated to the Union soldiers of Pennsylvania who died in battles in and around Petersburg, including the Battles of Hatcher's Run in Dinwiddie County.


    Hatcher Island as seen from Henricus Park. The bridge on the right is the Varina-Enon Bridge, a part of Interstate 295. (The Varina area is also believed to have Hatcher connections). Another bridge, not seen here, leads to the Island and is the one Jeff Hatcher would like to cross someday. This is in the Dutch Gap area, seen below as it was in 1864 on the map of Henrico & Chesterfield counties.


    Historical marker at Hatcher's Run.

    Another marker contributed by Jon W Hatcher

    If you haven't read an account of this battle on the Hatcher website or if you haven't taken much of an interest in Civil War history, you might think that this is a battle in which one of our Hatcher ancestors disgraced both himself and the good Hatcher name by running away from the fight. Or you might think that this Hatcher was a hero similar to Paul Revere, running for a mile or two to warn that the Yankees were coming, thus preparing the Rebel troops to repell Yankee attacks. If so, you would be wrong either way because the Run in question has nothing to do with the fast forward movement of anyone's feet.

    This Run is simply a small, fast-flowing stream. And two battles did actually take place near this stream, in an area which was part of a 37-mile long line of Confederate fortifications strategically placed to protect supply routes to Petersburg. In late 1864 the Hatcher's Run area of Dinwiddie County, about 15 miles west of Petersburg, guarded the only railroad and wagon roads that still brought supplies into Petersburg, And the Confederate Capital at Richmond was dependent on Petersburg, about 20 miles to the south, for all of its supplies. (Davis, 182-184)

    The first Federal attack was in October 1864 and the second was in February 1865. Both attacks failed, but a third one in late March 1865, just a bit south of the Run at Five Forks crossroads, was a decisive victory for the North and was a preamble to the Fall of Richmond and the end of the war.
    (Foote, 573, 783-786, 864-875)(Furgurson, 292, 297-298, 315-316)

    So, those were the Battles of Hatcher's Run even though some historians may think of one battle only. We know that the name Hatcher's Run has little meaning for most historians except as the site of significant Civil War military action.

    But for us genealoggers, it's part of an area called Hatcher's Run Plantation that must have something to do with Hatcher family history. But what it is, we don\'t know yet. We're waiting for our intrepid explorer Jeff Hatcher to further inform us. But I must hasten to add that if there are any of you out there in Hatcher cyberspace who already know about it, we'd be delighted to have you serve as an informant to the entire Hatcher List. Stay tuned.

    Jeff Hatcher at Hatcher's Run, 1 1/2 miles north of Five Forks on Hwy 628. There was some fighting at this spot. For the exact location, see the map below.



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