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Hatch, William M., Captain (1801-1850) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Hatch, William M., Captain (1801-1850)

Historical Note:

Capt. William M. Hatch, son of Capt. Phillips H. Hatch (1753-1848) and Fanny McCaffrey (1759-1828), was born January 10, 1801 in Bristol, Maine. However, online genealogical sites such as “Rootsweb” give his birth date as January 6, 1800 while another document—an application for Sons of the American Revolution—sets his birth date o January 16, 1801. An 1800 birth date is consistent with Hatch’s notation in the journal that he was age 50, but we do not know if this list was written at the beginning or at the end of the voyage. 

He married Nancy Laughton (born 1806) on March 6, 1828 and the couple had twelve children:

1.    Emeline B. born 17 June 1829; married Charles Doolittle Sears; died 14 August 1870 at age 41.

2.    Margaret S. born 27 June 1831; married Francis Milliken; died 21 June 1896 Portland, Maine, at age 64.

3.    Mariah born April 7, 1833, died April 19, 1833.

4.    Nancy born 16 March 1834; married John Hurtle.

5.    Miller born 22 November 1835; died (Died at Sea).

6.    John born 18 June 1838; died (Died at Sea).

7.    Reuben born 10 February 1840; died (Died at Sea).

8.    Marjorie Ellin born 29 April 1841; married Lewis Younger; died 3 January 1912 La Rose, Illinois, at age 70.

9.    Helen born 1842, married husband unknown.

10.  Josiah born 16 May 1842.

11.  Sarah born 29 March 1844; married John Perkins 1862; married Samuel Wrightsman.

12.  Susan Jane born 4 April 1846.

13.  Charles Sears born 1 September 1848; died 13 April 1876 at age 27 (killed by a train in Canada).

There is very little known about Capt. Hatch’s life and vessels he may have commanded before his trip aboard the schooner Damariscove. He did not command Damariscove. Capt. Hatch’s health deteriorated during the voyage and six months after his arrival to San Francisco. He died in San Francisco. There are two different death months given for Capt. Hatch, October 1850 and December 1850.  He is buried at the Old Harrington Church in Bristol.

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