Edited by RAYMOND E.
Nebraska Historical Library, Lincoln, Nebraska
TABLE OF CONTENTS
"In accordance with your request made of me a short time since, to give you what information I could in regard to the Genealogy and Ancestry of our people, I take pleasure in submitting herewith what information I am in possession of, and also referring to as early dates as I can ---
"In 1775 Thos. Jefferson (who I believe was Governor of Virginia at that time) went to Italy for the purpose of examining and procuring the different kinds of fruits of that country with a view of cultivating them on his large possessions in Virginia -- It was his purpose also to secure and bring with him on his return, a man thoroughly acquainted with fruit culture in Italy, to take full charge of same on his domain in Virginia and upon recommendation of some of the leading horticulturists & Vinyardists [sic] of that country, he succeeded in engaging my Great Grand Father, Anthony Gianniny (pronounced Je-ne-ne-accent on second syllable) his wife my Great Grand Mother was Miss Mary Modena.
"My G. G. Father was to stay with Col. Jefferson four years, at the end of which time, Jefferson was to defray all his expenses home, in addition to his salary, provided he desired to go back, and if not he, Jefferson, was to give him 100 acres of land in this country.
"They then set out on their return to Virginia, arriving at Richmond in the spring of 1776, after three months boisterous voyage, my Grandmother being then 2 years old.
"My G. G. Father Gianniny remained with Jefferson five years as general manager of all Jefferson's farming and fruit business, and then went on his own farm that Jefferson gave him near Charlottesville, where he raised a family of 8 children as follows: - Catharine, Margaret, Nancy, Polly, Betsey, Nickolas, Frank and Lawrence. My Grandmother was the oldest of the family and married William Meeks* - Margaret
"My G. Father Meeks was an Englishman, but of American birth. He was a great mechanic - a natural genius - he was a practical millwright, carpenter, wagon and carriage maker, and blacksmith. He died in 1850 in Kanawha County, West Virginia., aged about 75. My Grandmother Meeks also died in Kanawha County, West Virginia, in 1856, aged about 82.
"My G. Mother Meeks was a great favorite, when a child, of Col. Jefferson, and lived in his family more than she did at her father's before her marriage. She secretly carried meals to him for nearly two weeks while he was in hiding while Lord Cornwallis with a squad of Brittishers [sic] were around his premises searching for him to make him a prisoner. She also kept him posted as to the movements of the Red Coats - but they never troubled her, nor anything about the premises. I have never been advised as to the date of the deaths of my G. G. Father and G. G. Mother Gianniny, but they died on their farm five miles from Charlottesville - county seat of Albemarle County. The place was called 'Blenheim.'
"My Grandmother Meeks was a noted singer. Her fame spread far and wide as a vocalist. Neighbors and others for many miles around would gather in companies and come to her house since my recollection of evenings to hear her sing. I have attended many of her singing entertainments. She was [a] perfect Nightengale. She was born April 28th, 1774, in Italy, in what was called 'States of the Church', but were Protestants. My Grandmother Meeks united with the Baptist Church when quite young, but my Grandfather Meeks, although a Christian gentleman, and a man of rare integrity, never united with any church until he became an old man, and then he was baptized into the Baptist Church.
"My G. mother Meeks bore seven children - viz: James, Isham, John, Richard, Susan, Eliza and William. James I never saw, having died before my time, Isham raised a family and died in Ohio - John died in Rockbridge County, West Virginia - Richard and Susan died in Kanawha County, West Virginia - Eliza (my mother) died at [sic] Sidney, Iowa - William died at Logansport, Ind. He was a presiding Elder in the Methodist church.
"My G. Father Hatton was an Englishman, born, raised and married in England, and then with his young wife, came to this country and settled in Nelson County, Virginia. There were born to them six children, viz: - William (my father), James, John, Jane, Mary and Richard. When Richard was about four years old, and my father about 16, their mother died, and in less than a year it was discovered that my G. Father was engaged to, and about to marry a young woman yet in her teens, so the children all interposed strong and determined objections to having a young girl for a stepmother, so the matter was compromised by the Father giving the farm, stock, tools, and all the household goods and everything as it then stood, together with quite a sum of money for each of the children, for the old man was independently wealthy - he then took his young wife and a large amount of money and went to Kentucky, where he settled and raised a large family of children - I believe twelve.
"The first children never saw their Father afterwards, and all this incident so upset and exasperated the children, that my Father declared he would, and did, change the name of Hatton, and always afterwards 'Hatten' instead of 'Hatton' as it was originally spelled, so my Father was alone responsible for changing 'o' to 'e' as the former was the original English way of spelling it, and is yet with all the old Hattons and in England.
"My G. G. Father Meeks came from England to this country when a young man and shortly afterwards married Miss Mollie West, daughter of John West of Hanover County, Virginia, who was an independently wealthy farmer, where he raised a family of seven children, my Grandfather William Meeks being the youngest of the family.
"I have compiled the foregoing from data given me by my mother in writing prior to her death in regard to our people on my mother's side, but regarding our ancestry of the Hatton's, I write from memory and recollections, as given me by my father as well as by my mother on the same line."
This copy was made by the editor from an old account book of James Richard Hatten, late of Sidney, Iowa, now the property of his daughter, Mrs. Cora (Hatten) Reeves, Hamburg, Iowa. The account preceding this record is dated May 13, 1859.
[p. 1] Father, William D. Hatten, Sen., was born
June the 17th, 1800.
Mother, Eliza C. Hatten, was born June the 5th, 1802.
William D. Hatten and Eliza, his wife, were married January the 3rd, 1824.*
Robert Lonsford Hatten, son of William and
Eliza Hatten, was born November the 1st, 1824.
Charles Spotswood Hatten was born May the 20th, 1826.
Thomas Henry Hatten was born January the 1st, 1828.
Mary Fraces [sic] Hatten was born March the 11th, 1830.
Edward Washington Hatten was born June the 30th, 1832.
William Dunbar Hatten, Jr., was born June the 18th, 1833.
James Richard Hatten was born March the 19th, 1836.
Matthew Houston Hatten was born July the 18th, 1838.
Benjamin Harrison Hatten was born November the 7th, 1840.
John Anthony Hatten was born February the 27th, 1842.
Thaddeus C. S. P. W. S. S. Hatten was born July the 24th, 1844.
Sebastian Cabot Hatten was born November the 7th, 1848.
[p. 2] James Richard Hatten and Ellen Stanton
were married on the 15th of September, 1858,
by the Rev. Franklin Jenkins.
William D. Hatten died March 16th, 1896.
Eliza C. Hatten died March 21st, 1876.
Father and mother of J. R. Hatten.
Margaret Stanton died February 1st, 1883.
Thomas Stanton died April 5, 1845.
Father and mother of Ellen Stanton.
[p. 3.] Margaret Stanton was born January the
4th, 1808. Ellen Hatten's mother.
Father, Thos. Stanton, was born 1797.
J. L. Stanton was born December 21st, 1827.
Susan Crowley, wife of J. L. Stanton, was born May 30, 1834.
[p. 4] Father, James R. Hatten, was born March
the 19th, 1836.
Mother, Ellen Hatten, was born June 14th, 1838.
James R. Hatten and Ellen, his wife, were married September 15th, 1858.
Susan Stanhope Hatten, daughter of James R. and Ellen Hatten, was born October the 3rd, 1859.
Margaret Frances Hatten was born February 3rd, 1861.
Eliza Cora Hatten was born October 7th, 1863.
Robert Franklin Hatten was born April 3rd, 1865.
Milton Stanton Hatten was born January 1st, 1867.
Verda Ellen Hatten and James Richard Hatten, Jun., were born July 6th, 1873.
[p. 5] Susan Stanhope Hatten, daughter of J. R.
and Ellen Hatten, died April the 6th, 1861.
Age: one year, six months and three days.
Margaret F. Hatten died Sunday, May 3rd, 1863.
James R. Hatten, Jr., died Thursday, October 6, 1882.
This enumeration was taken by George W. Hepburn, Deputy U. S. Marshall, who was sworn in July 29, 1856, by Isaac S. Hallock, Justice of the Peace. His oath as to the correctness of the returns was taken September 2, 1856.
[p. 1] A. Benjamin, b. in N. Y.
farmer; 1 m. 21 up.
Z. Jackson(a), b. in Pa., recorder; 4 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 member of family blind.
W. Phinny(b), b. in Pa., doctor; 2 m. 21 up.; 2 f. 16 up.; 2 f. und. 16.
Benjamin Perrin, b. in Pa., blacksmith; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
J. M. Tohy, b. in Ireland, farmer; 3 m. 21 up.; 2 m. 16 up.; 5 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 3 f. und. 16.
J. Blackwood (a), b. in 0., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 5 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
C. Edwards(c), b. in England, farmer; 3 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
L. Yeomans, b. in Tenn., farmer; 3 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.
E. Sullivan (a), b. in N. Y., carpenter; 6 m. 21 up.; 3 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
P C. Sullivan (a), b. in N. Y., brick maker; 6 m. 21 up.; 2 m. 16 up.; 5 m. und. 16; 1 f 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
P. Sprague, b. in Ohio, brick maker; 1 m. 21 up.; 3 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 2 f. und. 16.
L. Cachlin (a), b. in France, carpenter; 2 m. 21 up.; 6 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up; 1 f. und. 16.
H. Hitchcock, b. in N. Y., farmer; 2 m. 21 up.; 4 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
E. Bacon, b. in N. Y., carpenter; 1 m. 21 up.
[p. 4] James Craig (a), b. in N. Y.,
farmer; 3 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 1 m. und. 16; 2 f. 16 up.
E. H. Clark(f), b. in Ind., lawyer; 2 m. 21 up.; 2 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
I. S. Peterson, b. in 0., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 3 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
Samuel Peterson, b. in 0., mechanic; 1 m. 21 up.; 2 m. 16 up.
W. M. Peterson, b. in 0., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.
Mike Upton, b. in Ireland, farmer; 1 m. 21 up.
[p. 6] A. Plank, b. in 0., carpenter; 1
m. 21 up.
W. Cabbie, b. in Ind., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
J. M. Smith, b. in Ind., farmer; 1 m. 21 up; 1 f. und. 16.
J. Pate, b. in Va., farmer; 5 m. 21 up.; 3 m. 16 up; 1 m. und. 16; 1 f 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
L. A. Pate, b. in Ind., farmer; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 1 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
A. Medanihean, b. in 0., farmer; 2 in. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 2 m. und. 16; 2 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
H. Lochlin, b. in Vt., carpenter; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.
S. Ellis, b. in N. Y., carpenter; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up; 2 f. und. 16.
H. Quinby, b. in N. Y., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.
John Shoop, b. in N. Y., carpenter; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.
J. Wright, b. in Me., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.
C. Kinney, b. in N. H., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.
Samuel C. Hobbs(k), b. in N. H., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 1 f. 16 up.
A. S. Foss, b. in Me., machinist; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.
James M. Grant, b. in Me. machinist; 1 m. 21 up.
John Dunlap, b. in 0., farmer; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 2 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.
G. White, b. in Ill., mill Wright; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 1 in. und. 16; 3 f. 16 up.; 1 f und. 16.
A. Chrisbum, b. in 0., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.
P. Thorn, b. in Wis., miner; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 f. 16 up.
E. Pauler[?], b. in Me., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 2 f. 16 up.; 2 f. und. 16.
S. Boyle, b. in 0., farmer; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 1 in. und. 16.
T. C. Wadkins, b. in Pa., carpenter; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 1 in. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
E. Pitcher, b. in N. Y., farmer; 2 m. 21 up.
J. B. Miller, b. in N. Y., jeweler; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.
[p. 7] 0. W. Thomas, b. in N. Y., carpenter; 7 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 3 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
A. Dimmick, b. in Pa., surgeon; 1 m. 21 up.; 1 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.
J. Bois(a), b. in Pa., farmer; 1 m. 21 up.; 2 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 3 f. und. 16.
A. W. Phillips, b. in Pa., surveyor; 3 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.; 2 m. und. 16; 1 f. 16 up.; 1 f. und. 16.
0. M. Bidesawl, b. in Va., joiner; 2 m. 21 up.; 1 m. 16 up.
P. G. Cooper(a), b. in Ind., farmer; 9 m. 21 up.; 3 f. 16 up.