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The Wandering Welsh: The Hatfield's of Haverfordwest Wales

Updated November 12, 2002

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This line of Hatfield's arrived in America in 1730 from Haverfordwest Wales. This was about 100 years after Thomas Hatfield the progenitur of the "Feuding Hatfields" had come here through Leyden Holland. While they may have (and probably were) been related in olde England, the lines are distinctly not to be confused in this country.

William 1 Hatfield was b 1702 in Wales his father is as yet unproven. He married Mary White of Wales who is listed in christening records as "a relative of William White." When they arrived, they had a Dau Elizabeth b 1727 Wales and one son Levi b 1730 Wales who later married Mary the dau of Levy Muncy (will in DE Will Records). Their first son in America was William 2 Hatfield b 1733 Murderkill 100, Kent Co DE. While there were other children the next provable son is Wheatly b 1741 in Kent co and listed as age 18 in FR and IN War records. It appears that there may have been a JOhn (killed Jan 1781 in the Rev WAr and a Thomas killed about the same time) and a James who married a Susan Manwarring.

My family lines come from William 2 b 1733 who married Mary White b 1754 in Westwell, Kent England. She was the dau of Richard and Elizabeth Pallemore/Paramore Whitel of Kent England.
Richard White's will and William 1733 are found in the Delaware Will ARchives and lines can be proven at this point.

William 2 and Mary had seven sons listed in the will: Levi b c 1770, William c 1772, Levin c 1774, Owen John, Jonathon,Wheatly, and Nathan/Nathaniel. Jonathon and Wheatly both married Tshudi girls. Owen John md Ann Lana dau of Robert McBride. Dau SArah md Owen Davis and appears in Montgomery Co OH will records as having as surety William and Owen Hatfield. Jonathon md Amy Archer dau of Judge Benjamin Archer and appears in county records of Rush and Allen Co IN records c. 1824.

Members of this family seem to have traveled virtually sraight WEst from DE. The furthest south I have found provable records for this family is a listing for Nathaniel 1787 in the Monongahela VA area and in Mason Co KY about 1790.

Thomas Hatfield (1791 Kent Co DE) who md Sarah Allen is a cousin to this line. He settled in Montgomery Co OH) His son John md Nancy the dau of Levi Hatfield and the material shows her to be "a distant cousing of her husband." This Thomas derives his lines from Thomas Hatfield of DE b about 1765 and who was a piper in the REv War.

I hope to share with others who are confused by the entangled family lines this surname presents. Robert Gaylor of Georgetown TX and Florence Olsen of Oregon are also researching lines for this explicit line and we have shared the results of our research.

The first place name of Hatfield that I have found is 589 AD in northern England. King Eadwine the founder of Edinborg Scotland was killed at the "Battle of Hatfield Chase" on t hat date. The next mention of a place name is Hatfield Cathedral the place of many treaty signings c 1200. Hatfield Village in Herefordshire England is listed in the Domesday Census taken by William the Conqueror in 1089 AD. Three men owning 2 hydes each were living there. They were Adam, Robert, and William of Hatfield. Surnames did not appear until about 1300 when they would have become Adam, Robert and William Hatfield.

Hope to hear from others interested in this project.

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