A HATCHER FAMILY BIBLE
John & Margaret
Owned in 1997
Emory G. Hatcher
HATCHER FAMILY BIBLE
This family bible is a King James I version. It was printed and published by M. Carey & Son of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1819. In my opinion, the first owners of the bible were John Hatcher, Junior, and his wife, Margaret (Lord) Hatcher. She was commonly known by the nickname Peggy~~~ At their deaths, they were residents of Crawford County, Georgia. John Hatcher, Junior, was the fourth child of Major John and Mary (Brady) Hatcher. At the time of their deaths, they were residents of Wilkinson County, Georgia. After the bible was acquired, either by gift or purchase, someone carefully entered the names and birth dates of all of the children of John and Peggy Hatcher. At the time of this entry, eleven of their children had been born. These names were entered in chronological order by date of birth. The last entry was Francis Narcisa Hatcher who was born 1 May 1831. With all of these entries being made at the same time, there is a strong possibility that the bible may have been acquired just after Francis' birth. Since these children were apparently the first to be entered, this certainly creates a presumption that the bible was first the property of John and Peggy Hatcher. Immediately following these entries, the names and birth dates of the two remaining children of John and Peggy Hatcher were entered in an entirely different handwriting. These thirteen children constituted all of their offspring. See page 678 and the comments following.
We find in the bible, at page 680, the birth and death dates of John and Peggy Hatcher. Also on this page are listed John's father and mother, Major John and Mary (Brady) Hatcher, along with their birth dates and date of their marriage. Only the year of birth was given for Mary. Following this information, the names and birth dates of the first four children born to Major John and Mary (Brady) Hatcher were shown. This included John, Junior, as he was their fourth child. Evidence clearly points to John and Peggy Hatcher being the first owners of this bible. The only piece of important vital statistical information that is missing, regarding their individual family, is the date of their own marriage
At some point following the death of John and Peggy Hatcher, the bible passed to their son Robert Hatcher, who married Abselia Elizabeth Burnett. This was a perfectly natural transition as Robert was the administrator of the estate of his father, and in all probability that of his mother. She died last, in the year 1854. This is predictably the year that Robert became owner of the bible.
Robert's ownership continued for many years. The names and birth dates of twelve of his known children are entered on the two loose pages found in the bible. The last name on the second loose page might possibly be another child of Robert. On page 677 are shown the names and marriage dates of five of his children. Two other names are listed on this page. A marriage date is shown for one person and not the other. Both of these females, Maryann and Anice Virginia Hatcher, might possibly be daughters of Robert.
Robert Hatcher's death on 4 May 1871 is recorded in the bible. His wife, Abselia Elizabeth (Burnett) Hatcher, died 16 August 1874. Her death is not listed. Sometime thereafter, the bible passed to Robert's twelfth child, Josephine Louisa Hatcher, who married Jack Causey.
The next owner of the bible was Elizabeth Mary Hancock who was commonly known as "Lizzie May." She was the daughter of Erastus Jerome and Martha Obedience (Hatcher) Hancock. Josephine Louisa Causey, known to her nieces and nephews as Aunt Josie, passed away 4 August 1950. Aunt Josie's children had no particular interest in the bible. Knowing of their cousin Lizzie May's keen interest in family genealogy, they offered it to her. She accepted it gladly. Lizzie May distinctly remembered their removing it from a shelf and handing it to her.
Lizzie May Hancock was a remarkable lady. She was intelligent, well educated and family oriented. It was from her that I learned much of the history of the chain of ownnership of the bible, and its contents, as I have related herein. She was a fountain of information on the Hatcher and Hancock families, as well as other families of Crawford County, Georgia. unfortunately, I was not privileged to learn about Lizzy May until early 1983 when I heard of her ownership of the bible. I first met her in Macon, Georgia, in September 1983. Although I communicated with her frequently thereafter, I never saw her again. She died 11 December 1986 at the age of 92.
Lizzie May left the bible to a niece, Charlotte Burnett Thrasher, of Macon, Georgia. It is still in her possession.
Charlotte is the daughter of Lizzie May's sister, Annie Maude Hancock, who married John Chester Burnett. Charlotte is a lover of family history so the bible is in good hands.
She has reviewed my analysis of the bible, and its probable chain of ownership, and is agreement with it. It is apparently believed by some Hatcher descendants that the first owner of this bible was Jeremiah B. Hatcher. In my opinion, this is erroneous. This Jeremiah was the first child of John and Peggy Hatcher. He was born 26 February 1813. His name appears on page 678.
Jeremiah B. Hatcher had four known children. The names and birth dates of the first two, William G. and Margaret A., are also entered on page 678, immediately following the name of John and Peggy Hatcher's last child, Francis Narcisa. Although Jeremiah had at least two more children, John and Robert Sanders, their names do not appear in the bible.
Jeremiah B. Hatcher was married twice. The names of his wives and the dates of their marriages do not appear in the bible. If the bible was ever owned by Jeremiah at all, he made very little use of it. He died circa 1881. His brother Robert died ten years earlier on 4 May 1871. Had the bible been in Jeremiah's possession at his death, surely it would have been left to one of his children and would presently be in the hands of one of his descendants. On the other hand, there appears to be a clear chain of ownership from John Hatcher, Junior, to Robert Hatcher and thence to his descendants.
There was another Jeremiah B. Hatcher that can quickly be eliminated as a possible owner of the bible. He was the first son of Major John and Mary (Brady) Hatcher. He was born on 20 September 1780. His name and birth date appear on page 678. He died in a hunting accident on 2 May 1806, before the bible was even printed.
The important point to remember is that the bible appears to have been in the caring hands of a descendant of John and Peggy Hatcher from the first day it was acquired. The exact identity of the first owner should in no way affect its authenticity.
ANALYSIS OF THE BIBLE
On my visit to Macon, Georgia, in September 1983, I obtained copies of the title page of the bible, and all pages in it that contained statistical information, from the owner, Lizzie May Hancock. There were six pages of the latter. Four were an integral part of the bible itself. They were numbered 677, 678, 679 and 680. The remainder were two loose pages that had been inserted in the bible.
Taking each of these pages, in order, I then proceeded to copy, in typewritten form, exactly what I saw in handwriting. I attempted to place each entry on the typewritten page in the same relative position that it occupied on the handwritten page. All errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, division of words, etc., were copied just as they appeared in the original. Even some of the given names were not spelled in the usually accepted version, for even that day and age, for example, Reubin for Reuben. Nevertheless, they were copied just as they appeared.
Immediately following this copying process, I wrote comments pertaining to the entries for every page. There are very few persons in the bible that have not been identified, and hopefully placed in the proper family. The results of my efforts are included herein. In genealogy1 in spite of the highest degree of care, errors seem to be inevitable. I welcome any input from any of the descendants of the persons listed in this bible.
|Maryann Hatcher was Married||Reubin S Hatcher Was Born ~~overt~ber 16th 1813|
|Sallie A E Hatcher was married September the 31 1870||Margaret Lord was bornd July 16 July 16 1791 (the first 16 was scratched out.)|
|John W Hatcher was married November the 29 1872|
|Caroline F C Hatcher was Married March the 11 1875|
|Charity A. S. Hatcher was Married Aug the 12th 1880|
|Nannie S. E. Hatcher was married February 27th 1881|
|Anice Virginia Hatcher was married on the 10th of August l887|
Comments On Entries:
All persons listed in the marriage column are most likely the children of Robert and Abselia Elizabeth (Burnett) Hatcher.
Robert was the son of John Hatcher, Jr., and Marqaret (Lord) Hatcher. Although Maryann's name is listed, no date of marriage is shown. Some of the names appearing here are repeated on the two loose pages found inserted in the bible, which contain the names and dates of birth of most of Robert Hatcher's children. Repeated names are Sallie A. E., who is probably Sarah A. E.; John ~ who is probably John m,; Caroline 1'. C.,
who is probably Caroline Amanda; Charitv A.; who is listed the same; and Nannie S. E., who is probably Nancy L. (if she is a child) and Anice Virqinia were probably born after the last child listed on the loose pages.
The Reubin S. Hatcher shown in the birth colunn is the first-born child of Robert Hatcher. It is believed the entry corrects the date of birth shown for Reubin on the fust page referred to supra.
Margaret Lord was the wife of John Hatcher, Jr.1 and her name appears again as Margaret Hatcher in the second entry, riqht column, page 680. This entry may have been intended to correct that entry, the dates being only one day apart.
Bob, Am not sure where the below section
belongs. Your comments
mention nine entries. I have only seven.
|Samuel B. Hatcher was borne 11th May 1848||Jas. C. Hatcher was borne 21 April 1853|
|Sarah A. E. Hatcher was borne 23 Feb. 1849||Martha 0. Hatcher was borne 16 Oct. 1854|
|John T. Hatcher was borne April 7, 1850||Caroline Amanda Hatcher was borne 10 May 1856|
|Nancy E. Hatcher was borne 29 Jan. 1852|
Comments on Entries:
All entries on this page are known to be the first nine
children of Robert Hatcher (son of John Hatcher, Junior) and
Abselia Elizabeth (Burnett) Hatcher.
|Jeremiah B. Hatcher was Born February 26th 1813||Francis Narcisa
Hatcher was born
May 1st 1831
|Nancy 3 Hatcher was
Born August 13th 1814
|Obedience 3 Hatcher was Born Jan 11th 1833 ***|
|Reuben S Hatcher
Born September 11th 1816
|James Hatcher was
Born October 19th 1835
|Robert Hatcher was Born November 20th 1818||William G Hatcher
Borned September 5th 1842
|Polly Hatcher was Born February 20th 1820||Jas Born November 5
1842 (this entire entry
was crossed out.)
|John Hatcher was Born December 3rd 1821||William (3. Hatcher was Born Septenber 5 1842|
|Amanda Hatcher was
Born June 15th 1823
|Margaret A Hatcher
Born January 14 1844
11th April 1825 **
Hatcher was Born
April 28th 1827
|****** Above I have 2 William G Hatchers. Duplicated???|
Born July 23 1829
|All persons listed
in the left column, and the first five persons listed in
the right column , constitute all of the known children
of John Hatcher Jr., and his spouse, Margaret (Lord)
Hatcher. However, there is one probable error in this
list. The first eleven entries were obvioulsy written by
the same person at the same time, and it is believed that
the writer mistakenly entered the name Henry Hatcher,
whereas the name should have been Mary Hatcher. There are
no records of which I am aware that reflect a son named
Henry. However, there was a daughter named Mary. This can
be proved through the probate proceedings of John
Hatcher's estate which are on file in the Probate Court,
Crawford County Courthouse, Knoxville, Georgia. John died
intestate 7 March 1849 and on 2 July 1849 his son Robert
was named administrator of the estate. On 13 October 1849
certain personal property was distributed to the widow
and several of the children, Mary being one of them.
Subsequent to this action, Mary married Winchester Watson
on 1 January 1852. When the final assets of the estate
were distributed, Mary was one of the heirs. Her husband
signed a receipt for her share on 15 November 1854. There
was no Henry mentioned in any of the proceedings. The
last two entries in the right column, William G. Hatcher
and Margaret A. Hatcher1 were the two eldest children of
Jeremiah B. and Rebecca (Dunn) Hatcher. Jeremiah B. was
the eldest son of John Hatcher, Junior, and Peggy (Lord)
|Mary H Hancock was Born October 1st 1836||Francis Narcisa Hatcher Departed this Life May 5th 1841|
|John H Hancock was Born April 9th 1838|
Mary H. Hancock and John H. Hancock were the eldest children of Jeremiah B. Hancock and Nancy (Hatcher) Hancock, who were married 20 September 1835. Jeremiah B. Hancock was the son of William Hancock and Nancy (Hatcher) Hancock, the latter being the daughter of Major John Hatcher and Mary (Brady) Hatcher. Jeremiah B. Hancock's wife, Nancy, was the daughter of John Hatcher, Junior, and Margaret (Lord) Hatcher.
Francis Narcisa Hatcher was one of the daughters of John Hatcher, Junior. She was only ten years old at death.
|John Hatcher Sr Was Bornd March 7th 1757||John Hatcher Departed this life March 7th 1849|
|Mary Hatcher Was Bornd 1763 Marryed Dec 30th 1779||Margaret Hatcher Departed this Life 25 Jan. 1854|
|Jeremiah B. Hatcher Was Bornd Sept.20th 1780||Robert Hatcher Departed this Life May the 4 1871|
|Nancy Hatcher Was Bornd Nov 4,1782||Benjamin L Hatcher Departed this Life Dec the 30 1870|
|Mary Hatcher Was Bornd Oct 26,1784||Reubin Sanders Hatcher Departed this Life September the 13 (?) 1846|
|John Hatcher Was Bornd May 7th 1786|
Born July the 17th 1791
The first entry refers to Major John Hatcher, Sr., who was the son of Robert and Ann (Sanders) Hatcher. He was born in that part of Lunenburg County, Virginia, that later became Mecklenburg County. The second entry, Mary Hatcher, was the wife of Major Hatcher. Her maiden name was Brady. The third entry is the date of their marriage, which most likely took place in Richmond County, Georgia. The remaining four persons in the left column are the first four children of this marriage, in the order of their birth. The first three entries in the right column refer to the death of John Hatcher, Jr., and the birth and death of his wife, Margaret (Lord) Hatcher. See further comments re Margaret on page 677. The fourth entry represents the Robert Hatcher who was the son of John Hatcher, Jr.. The parentaqe of Benjamin L. Hatcher, entry five, is not known at this time.
The last entry, Reubin Sanders Hatcher, is the first son of Robert Hatcher, just mentioned. See further comments re this Reubin at page 677.
|FIRST LOOSE PAGE FOUND
INSERTED IN THE BIBLE
Reubin S. Hatcher was borne 16th Oct. 1844.
Patience M. A. Hatcher was borne 4th May 1846.
Mary Hatcher Was Bornd 1763 Marryed Dec 30th 1779
Jeremiah B Hatcher Was Bornd Sept 20th 1780
Nancy Hatcher Was Bornd Nov 4 1782
Mary Hatcher was Bornd Oct 26 1784
John Hatcher Was Bornd May 7th 1786
Margaret Hatcher Was Born July the 17th 1791
Margaret Hatcher Departed this Life 25 Jan 1854
Robert Hatcher Departed this Life May the 4 1871
Benjamin L Hatcher Departed this Life Dec the 30 1870
Reubin Sanders Hatcher Departed this Life September the 13 1846
|SECOND LOOSE PAGE FOUND
INSERTED IN BIBLE
Robt. H. Hatcher was borne 28 May 1858
Charity A. S. Hatcher was borne 16 April 1860
Josephine Louisa Hatcher was born Jan. 26, 1862
___bell Hatcher (First part of name obscured.) 1864 - 1879
Comments On Entries:
This is a continuation of the previous page and the
first three entries are known to be children of Robert and Abselia Elizabeth (Burnett) Hatcher. It is believed that they had several more children, including the ___bell Hatcher above, whose name could be Idabell or Isabell. Other candidates are Maryann Hatcher, Anice Virginia Hatcher and William Lafayette Hatcher.
|HATCHER BIRTHS FROM
John Hatcher Sr. 7 Mar 1757
Mary (Brady) Hatcher 1763
Jeremiah B. Hatcher 20 Sep 1780
Nancy Hatcher 4 Nov 1782
Mary Hatcher 26 Oct 1784
John Hatcher Jr. 7 May 1786
Margaret (Lord) Hatcher 16 or 17 July 1791
Jeremiah B. Hatcher 26 Feb 1813
Nancy S. Hatcher 13 Aug 1814
Reuben S. Hatcher 11 Sep 1816
Robert Hatcher 20 Nov 1818
Polly Hatcher 20 Feb 1820
John Hatcher 3 Dec 1821
Amanda Hatcher 15 June 1823
Henry Hatcher 11 April 1825
Cicero Hatcher 28 April 1827
Elizabeth Hatcher 23 July 1829
Francis Narcisa Hatcher 1 May 1831
Obedience '3. Hatcher 11 Jan 1833 *****
James Hatcher 19 Oct 1835
William G. Hatcher 5 Sep 1842
Reubin j~. Hatcher 16 1~ov 1843 *****
Margaret A. Hatcher 14 Jan 1844
Reubin S. Hatcher 16 Oct 1844
Patience M. A. Hatcher 4 May 1846
Samuel B. Hatcher 11 May 1848
Sarah A. E. Hatcher 23 Feb 1849
John T. Hatcher 7 April 1850
Nancy D' Hatcher 29 Jan 1852 *****
James C. Hatcher 21 April 1853
Martha 0. Hatcher 16 Oct 1854
Caroline Amanda Hatcher 10 May 1856
Robert H. Hatcher 28 ~1ay 185~ *****
Charity A. E. Hatcher 16 April 1860
Josephine Louisa Hatcher 26 Jan 1862
---bell (Isabell or Idabell?) Hatcher 1864
Mary H. Hancock 1 Oct 1836
John H. Hancock 9 Apri1 1838
HATCHER MARRIAGES FROM BIBLE
John Hatcher, Sr., and Mary (Brady) Hatcher
m. 30 Dec 1779
Maryann Hatcher m. (No date given.)
Sallie A. E. (Sarah A. E. ?) Hatcher m. 31 Sep 1870
John ;~. (or T. ?) Hatcher m. 29 Nov 1872
Caroline F. C. (Caroline Amanda ?) Hatcher
m. 11 Mar 1875
Charity A. S. Hatcher m. 12 Aug 1880
Nannie S. E. (Nancy E. ?) Hatcher M. 27 Feb 1881
Anice Virginia Hatcher m. 10 Aug 1887
HATCHER DEATHS FROM BIBLE
Francis Narcisa Hatcher d. 5 May 1841
Reubin Sanders Hatcher d. 13 Sep 1846
John Hatcher d. 7 Mar 1849
Margaret Hatcher d. 25 Jan 1854
Benjamin L. Hatcher d. 30 Dec 1870
Robert Hatcher d. 4 May 1871
---bell (Isabell or Idabell ?) Hatcher d . 1879
Josephine Louisa Hatcher d. 4 Aug 1950