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corresponding secretary and historian of new england historic-genealogical

Society; librarian emeritus of woburn Public Library; author

of "Cutter Family," "History of Arlington." etc.. etc.






Copyright 1912


Lewis Historical Publishing Company.



The immigrant ancestor of the
HATCH Hatch family of Buffalo, New

York, herein recorded, was a son
of Sir Walter Hatch, of England.

(i) William Hatch, the first of his name
in America, and one of the earliest settlers of
Scituate, Massachusetts, was born in Sand-
wich, Kent county, England, from which place
he emigrated to America before 1633. In the
course of a year or two he went back to Eng-
land for his family, and returned in March,
1635, in the ship "Hercules," with his wife
Jane, five children and six servants. He set-
tled in Scituate in Kent street in 1634, prior
to his return to England, and on arriving the
second time, with his family, resumed his resi-
dence there. He kept a store and was rated
a merchant of ability. He was a very active
and useful man in town and church, being
lieutenant of militia and the first ruling elder
of the Second Church of Scituate, which was
founded in 1644. He died November 6, 165 1.
Thomas Hatch, supposed to have been an
elder brother of William, lived first in Dor-
chester, but moved to Scituate, where he died
in 1646, leaving five children : Jonathan, Wil-
liam, Thomas, Alice and Hannah. Children of
William and Jane Hatch, all born in England :
Jane, married John Lovell ; Annie, married,
1648, Lieutenant James Torrey ; Walter, of
further mention; Hannah, married, 1648,
Samuel Utley ; William, died in Virginia,
about 1646, married Abigail Hewes, and had
Phoebe; Jeremiah, died in 1713, married, in
1657, Mary Hewes, and had fourteen children.
(II) Walter, eldest son of Elder William
and Jane Hatch, was born in England, in
1623 ; died in Scituate, Massachusetts, March,
1701. He is on the list of those capable of
bearing arms in 1643. He settled on a point -
of land in Scituate, southeast of the Second
Society's meeting house, and spent his life in
farming. He married (first) May 6, 1650,
Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Jane Hol-
brook, of Weymouth, who was mother of all
his children. He married (second) Mary
, of Marshfield, August 5, 1674. Chil-
dren, all born in Scituate : Hannah, born


March 13, 165 1 ; Samuel, December 22, 1653,
farmer and shipwright; Jane, March 7, 1656;
Antipas, October 26, 1658, died unmarried,
December 7, 1705; Bethia, March 31, 1661,
married, 1683, Michael Ford; John, July 8,
1664, died August, 1737; Israel, of further
mention ; Joseph, December 9, 1669.

(Ill) Israel, son of Walter and Elizabeth
(Holbrook) Hatch, was born in Scituate,
Massachusetts, March 25, 1667, died October,
1740. He married, July 27, 1699, Elizabeth
Hatch, a kinswoman. Children : Lydia, born
October 16, 1699; Israel (2), May 5, 1701,
married Mary Hatch, had Bethial Thomas,
born October 27, 1725 ; Elizabeth, January 22,
1704, married Samuel Oakman, of Marshfield,
January 6, 1725; David, of further mention;
Jonathan, October 28, 1709.

(IV) David, son of Israel and Elizabeth
Hatch, was born April 9, 1707. He married,
March 7, 1731, Elizabeth Chittenden. Chil-
dren : Zephaniah, of further mention ; David,
born May 2, 1735 ; Desire, January 24, 1740 ;
Thomas, May 20, 1743 ; Lucy, March 29, 1746;
Rachel, October 12, 1748.

(V) Zephaniah, eldest son of David and
Elizabeth (Chittenden) Hatch, was born in
Scituate, Massachusetts, March 18, 1732, and
died in Pembroke, Massachusetts, November
19, 181 5. He married there (second) May 7,
1771, Mary Vinal. (Published intentions of
marriage add a "Mrs." to her name. ) This
is no doubt a second wife. The vital records
of Scituate do not contain his death nor the
birth of any of his children, these being re-
corded at Pembroke, Massachusetts. Three of
his name, Zephaniah, served in the revolution,
from Pembroke, Massachusetts, the first two
in Captain Thomas Turner's company, in 1775,
three days, and again in 1777, one month and
three days. This is undoubtedly Zephaniah Sr.
in both cases. He enlisted again in 1778, in
Captain Ichabod Bonney's company, serving
two months and eleven days. (Massachusetts
Records). The third name is undoubtedly
Zephaniah (2), son of Zephaniah (1). He
also served from Pembroke, as sergeant of
Captain Freedom Chamberlain's company, in



1775, and served under several enlistments un-
til 1780. Children of first wife, name not
known : . Josiah, of further mention ; Deborah,
baptized May 3, 1761 ; Ruth, September 9,
1764; Sarah, October 12, 1766. Child of
second wife : Lucinda, baptized November 8,

(VI) Josiah, son of Zephaniah (1) and
Mary (Vinal) Hatch, was born 1754, in Pem-
broke, Massachusetts, and baptized September
18, 1759. He served in the revolution from
Pembroke, as a private in Captain Freedom
Chamberlain's company; marched March 5,

1776, served five days with the company when
it marched on the alarm of March 5, 1776, at
the time of taking Dorchester Heights ; also
in Captain John Turner's company, Colonel
Theophilus Cotton's regiment, marched Sep-
tember 28, 1777, service one month three days.
Family authorities say that he served as sur-
geon. He married, in Duxbury, Massachu-
setts, November 7, 1779, Elizabeth Weston,
and settled in Granville, Massachusetts.

(VII) Junius Hopkins, son of Josiah and
Elizabeth (Weston) Hatch, was born in Gran-
ville, Massachusetts, about 1795, died in Buf-
falo, New York, April 20, 1869. He obtained
a good education, and for several years taught
school. During these years he prepared for
the profession of law under the perceptorship
of Judge. William Van Ness and Ogden Ed-
wards. He was admitted to the bar, and in
1839 settled in Buffalo, New York, where he
engaged in the practice of his profession and
dealt in real estate, dealing extensively in
Michigan lands. He not only was instru-
mental in sending many settlers to that state,
but with his wife became pioneer settlers. They
settled near what is now St. Joseph, Michigan,
where he cleared a farm and founded a set-
tlement. While he was so engaged his wife,
who was an earnest missionary worker, opened
a mission school, the first in the state. After
enduring the perils and hardships of the pion-
eer and helping to create a state, he returned
to Buffalo, which he had always considered
his home, and passed his last days in that city
in the enjoyment of the wealth his pioneer
enterprise had brought him. He was a man
of great learning and energy. He took a
leader's part wherever he was, and always
commanded the respect of his fellows. He
was elected to the New York state assembly
and served with credit. He married, in 1835,
Sarah Catherine Mitchell, of New York City,

born 1815, died 1847. Children who grew to
maturity: 1. Junius Hopkins (2), born in
Monroe. Michigan, April 5, 1837 ; now a resi-
dent of Lansing, Michigan; married Anna
Robinson, and has Lottie, Elsie and Roger
Conant. 2. Edward N., born in New York
City, February 8, 1841 ; married, February 24,
1873, Mary Thayer. Children: William, Al-
bert, Rose and Conant. 3. Albert Gallatin, of
further mention. 4. William B., born Septem-
ber 2, 1845, died October 19, 1868; unmarried.
5. Grace B., born October 27, 1849 ; un-

(VIII) Albert Gallatin, son of Junius Hop-
kins and Sarah Catherine (Mitchell) Hatch,
was born in Buffalo, New York, February 21,
1842. His early education was obtained in
old public school No. 18. He finished his edu-
cation at Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating
from the high school. After leaving school
his father put him and his brother Edward N.
on the farm near St. Joseph, Michigan, think-
ing to give them a good start in life. He sent
them a large number of peach trees with which
to start their orchards, but the boys were hav-
ing a good time fishing and hunting, and left
the tree planting for another time. When a
year later their father visited the farm, instead
of a thriving orchard he found the trees in
the original bundles, lying on the ground. He
decided the boys were not intended for farmers
and all returned to Buffalo. Here Albert G.
secured a position in the Manufacturers and
Traders' Bank, which he filled for one year,
then became clerk in a leather and wool house,
where he remained for some time, and after
becoming thorough master of the business en-
gaged in the same line on his own account.
He formed a partnership with Hartwell
Bowen, and as Bowen & Hatch did a very
successful business for several years. The
death of Mr. Bowen dissolved the firm, Mr.
Hatch disposing of his interest. He then be-
gan dealing in real estate, and for many years
has been one of Buffalo's energetic and suc-
cessful operators. His greatest interest is per-'
haps in the pursuit of the study of archaeology,
and in the gathering of what is said to be the
finest private collection in existence. He is
an authority on this most valuable science that
supplies the material which neither history nor
present information can furnish, concerning
the relics of man and his industries, and the
classification and treatment of ancient remains
and records of every kind, historic or prehis-



toric of ancient places and customs. He has
devoted a great deal of time and money to
gathering his collection, which, as stated, is
considered by experts as one of the finest in
existence. In politics he is a Republican. He
married (first), 1866, Charlotte Spicer, who
died, leaving two children : Katherine, mar-
ried Baron Alexander Van Schroeder, of Ger-
many ; and Anna. He married (second), Jan-
uary 25, 1889, Kate M. Smith, of Orange,
New Jersey.

(The Holbrook Line).
Elizabeth Holbrook, wife of Walter Hatch
(see Hatch), was of English descent, perhaps
birth. Her father, Thomas Holbrook, born in
Brantry, England, came to America in 1635,
with his wife Jane and four children, two
more being born in America. He settled in
Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he became
a man of wealth and prominence. He was
one of the original grantees of Rehoboth, Mas-
sachusetts, but for not removing to his lands
there they were forfeited in 1645. He owned
lands in Scituate, Massachusetts, where his
sons, Captain William and Thomas (2) re-
moved in 1660. Captain William purchased
land in Conihassett and made permanent set-
tlement. Thomas, however, only remained un-
til after his marriage in Scituate to Deborah
Daman, then shortly after returned to Wey-
mouth. Thomas was selectman of Weymouth,
1645-46-51-54. He was elected representative
to the general court, 1649, and was one of the
committee to lay out the highway between
Weymouth and Dorchester. Thomas and Jane
Holbrook had three sons and three daughters,
as named in his will, which was probated
April 24, 1677, although made December 31,
1668. with codicil, five years later. His wife
Jane survived him. The will recites: "To
wife Jane all my estate during her life," (re-
questing sons John, William and Thomas to
be helpful to her) "as she is ancient and weak
of body." His property was afterward to be
divided between the three sons and "my three
daughters, Ann Reynolds, Elizabeth Hatch
and Jane Drake." Elizabeth married Walter
Hatch, who was of the second generation in
America, and progenitor of Albert Gallatin
Hatch, of the eighth generation.

On paternal lines this branch
STRINGER of the Stringer family de-
scends in comparatively re-
cent years from English forbears, while the

maternal line traces back to the earliest settle-
ment in New England and the early Pilgrims,
John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, of the
"Mayflower." George Alfred Stringer of Buf-
falo is a paternal grandson of John Stringer,
who was born, lived and died in Dartford,
county of Kent, England. He had six sons
that came to the United States : William, the
eldest, who went out to California in '49 in his
own vessel, settled in San Francisco, and died
there many years later ; Charles, a merchant
of Elmira, New York, whose family now re-
sides in New Jersey; Frederick, who settled
in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the clothing
business, married Miss Howell, a cousin of
Mrs. Jefferson Davis, wife of the President
of the Southern Confederacy ; Thomas, of St.
Louis, Missouri, later of Brooklyn, New York,
where he died; James, who located in New
York City, where in company with the Town-
sends formed the bookselling and publishing
hou^e of Stringer & Townsend, one of the first
bookstores in the city, and later published one
of the first editions of Cooper's Novels.

(II) George, son of John Stringer, was
born in Dartford, England, in 1809. He came
to the United States about 1830 and located
at Hartford, Connecticut, where he shortly
afterwards engaged in the mercantile business.
About 1859 he removed to Buffalo and en-
gaged in the manufacture of wrapping paper
and twine, being one of the pioneers in that
business in Buffalo. He took an active part
in the business life of Buffalo, and was well
know?; in church and town. For several years
he was vestryman of St. John's Episcopal
Church, and aided in the establishment and
operation of other institutions of his city. He
married Clarissa Alden Ellsworth of East
Windsor, Connecticut, a descendant of John
Alden, of the "Mayflower," Sergeant Joseph
Alden, a revolutionary soldier of Connecticut,
and of Lieutenant Solomon Ellsworth, also a
Connecticut revolutionary soldier. Children :
1. George A., of further mention. 2. Clara
Alden, deceased. 3. Emma Ellsworth, mar-
ried Nirum A. Lamphear, now of Los An-
geles, California. 4. John Edwards, married
a cousin, Clara Stringer, both deceased.

(III) George Alfred, son of George and
Clarissa Alden (Ellsworth) Stringer, was born
in Hartford, Connecticut, October 23, 1845.
About 1859 his parents removed to Buffalo,
New York, which has since been his home.
He prepared for college under private teach-



ers, but financial reasons turned him to a busi-
ness career. After a clerkship in an insurance
office, he became a member of the insurance
firm of Rounds, Hall & Company. Afterward
for about twenty-five years he was engaged
in the same business as senior partner of
Stringer & Cady. Since the dissolution of
that firm he has carried on an independent
business in loans, insurance and brokerage.
Since 1896 Mr. Stringer has been closely con-
nected with the work of the Buffalo Historical
Society, of which he is a trustee, serving six
year? on the board, and nine years as vice-
president. He is also a corresponding member
of the Rochester Historical Society, Rochester,
New York; Niagara Frontier Landmarks As-
sociation, for marking historical sites (execu-
tive committee and chairman financial commit-
tee) ; president, 1889-1902, 1904-1911, Society
of Colonial Wars ; now president of the Buf-
falo Chapter of that Society ; ex-president
Buffalo Chapter, Sons of the Revolution ; ex-
president Buffalo Chapter, Mayflower Society ;
for twenty years a member of the Grolier Club
of New York (now resigned) : Bibliophile
Society of Boston, and was one of fifteen
members selected to contribute to Volume V
of the superb edition of "Horace" issued in
1891 (Ode V, "To Augustus," with introduc-
tion) ; president Browning Society of Buffalo;
delegate to the "One Hundred Years Peace
Society" from the Society of Colonial Wars ;
Hakluyt Society of London; for past fifteen
years financial secretary Buffalo Society of
Artists, and member of University Club of
Buffalo. Mr. Stringer has published "Shakes-
peare's Draughts From the Living Water."
(privately printed 1883) ; "Leisure Moments
in Gough Square" (1888) ; and "The King
and the Cross" (1901). In 1904 Hobart Col-
lege conferred upon him the honorary degree
Master of Arts. For thirteen consecutive
years he was a vestryman of St. Paul's Epis-
copal Church of Buffalo. He married, in
Buffalo, April, 1869, Eliza Coe. daughter of
Hon. Jesse and Ann Eldridge Walker of Buf-
falo. Child : Geraldine May Alden.

Judge Jesse Walker, graduated from Mid-
dlebury College (Vermont) and after pur-
suing a course of legal study at Rochester,
New York, settled in Buffalo in 1835, where
he resided until his death, September, 1852.
For many years he gave almost undivided at-
tention to the duties of the office, master in
chancery, but at times was engaged in the ac-

tive practice of his profession. He was a man
of fine literary tastes, and acquired local
celebrity as a cultured, finished scholar. In
185 1 he was elected judge of Erie county,
being the second to hold that office. During
his term of service on the bench, so soon cut
short by death, he discharged the duties with
great satisfaction to the bar.

(The Ellsworth Line).

(I) Clarissa Alden Ellsworth Stringer was
a daughter of Stoddard and Clarrisa Alden
Ellsworth, and a lineal descendant of Josias
Ellsworth, of Windsor, Connecticut, son of
John, said to have been a descendant of Sir
John Ellsworth, of the time of Edward III.,
who resided in Cambridgeshire. England.
Josias Ellsworth was born in 1629. Hinnan
says he was in Connecticut in 1646. His name
first appears on Windsor, Connecticut, town
records, in connection with his marriage, No-
vember 16, 1654. to Elizabeth Holcomb. The
same year he bought a house and lot. In 1655
he bought the property later known as the
Chief Justice Ellsworth place. In 1664 he
was a juror; was made freeman, May 21,
1657 ; in 1676 he was a contributor to the Con-
necticut relief fund for the poor of other
colonies. He died August 20. 1689. aged sixty
years. His estate was valued at i655. His
widow, Elizabeth, died September 18, 1712.
She is mentioned as a member of the Windsor
church in 1666. Children: Josias (2), Eliza-
beth, Mary, Martha, Thomas. Jonathan, John,
of further mention; Job and Benjamin.

(II) Lieutenant John, son of Josias and
Elizabeth (Holcomb) Ellsworth, was baptized
October 15, 1671, and was killed by the fall
of a tree, October 26, 1720. He was the first
settler in the town of Ellington, where he
lived on the west side of Town street, nearly
opposite the old Ellsworth place on the west
side of the Connecticut river. He married,
December 9, 1696. Esther, daughter of Daniel
White, of Hartford. She died September 7,
1766. aged ninety-five years. Children: John
(2), of further mention ; Daniel, Esther, Anne,
Martha and Ann.

(III) Captain John (2), son, of Lieutenant
John (1) and Esther (White) Ellsworth, was
born November 7, 1697, died January 4. 1784.
He was a captain of militia, and served in the
Indian wars. He married, November 8, 1734,
Ann Edwards, born April 28. 1699. died April
11, 1790, aged within sixteen days of ninety-



one years, daughter of Rev. Timothy Edwards,
of East Windsor, Connecticut. Children: 1.
Captain John (3) ; from a journal kept by
him it appears he was on an expedition for
the governor on the Mississippi river in 1774-5
and for his services was granted a tract of
land where the city of Natchez now stands.
2. Solomon, of further mention. 3. Frederick.
4. Ann, married Colonel Lemuel Stoughton.

(IV) Lieutenant Solomon, son of Captain
John (2) and Ann (Edwards) Ellsworth, was
born April 30, 1737. He served in the revo-
lutionary war as a lieutenant of Captain
Lemuel Stoughton's company, of East Wind-
sor, Connecticut, militia, who marched on the
Lexington Alarm of April 19, 1775. He died
October 19, 1822, aged eighty-five years. He
married, December 27, 1758, Mary Moseley,
born December 8, 1737, died February 16,
1823, aged eighty-six years. Children : Mary,
Ann, Solomon, Elizabeth, Stoddard, of fur-
ther mention ; Abigail, Abner Moseley, John,
Marilda, Timothy, Timothy (2), Joseph and

(V) Stoddard, son of Lieutenant Solomon
and Mary (Moseley) Ellsworth, was born
April 14, 1767, died October 31, 1845, a & e d
seventy-eight years. He married (first) May
13, 1793, Anna, daughter of Colonel Lemuel
and Ann (Ellsworth) Stoughton. She was
born November 7, 1776, died May 24, 1806,
"a female infant buried in the same grave."
He married (second). May 21, 1807, Clarissa,
daughter of Captain Joseph and Lydia (Hyde )
Alden, "a lineal descendant of John Alden, of
Mayflower fame." She was born at Stratford,
Connecticut, August 12, 1785, died at New
Britain, Connecticut, March 7, 1881, aged
ninety-six years. Children of first marriage:
Ann, died in infancy; Stoddard (2), married
Aurelia Mather : Ann, died aged forty-one
years; Mary, died aged ten years; Selene (or
Selma) , unmarried ; Edwards, died in infancy ;
Edwards (2), died unmarried. Children of
second marriage: Clarissa Alden, of further
mention ; Lydia, married Dr. M. P. Orton ;
Sarah, married John W. Stoughton ; Cather-
ine, married Eli Horton ; Hannibal, died aged
eighteen years ; Mary E.. married John W.
Stoughton ; child, died at twenty months.

(VI) Clarissa Alden, daughter of Stoddard
and his second wife, Clarissa (Alden) Ells-
worth, was born April 1, 1808, died July 4,
1888. aged eighty years. She married, 1833,
George Stringer, of Buffalo (see Stringer).

(VII) George Alfred Stringer.
(The Alden Line).

(I) Clarissa Alden Ellsworth Stringer was a
granddaughter of Sergeant Joseph and Lydia
(Hyde) Alden, and a descendant on paternal
lines of John Alden, of the "Mayflower"; on
maternal lines, of William Hyde, of Norwich,
Connecticut. John Alden, believed to be of
English descent, was not a member of the
Puritan colony at Leyden, and does not seem
to have come with the "Mayflower" for re-
ligious reasons, for Governor Bradford says:
"John Alden was hired for a cooper at South
Hampton, where the ship victualed, and being
a hopeful yonge man was much desired, but
left to his own liking to go or stay when he
came here, but he stayed and married here."
Notwithstanding the prominence he attained in
Plymouth in his deeds of gift or sale, he in-
variably describes himself as "cooper," occa-
sionally as "yeoman," and once as "gentle-
man." He was educated above the average,
and tradition says he was "the tallest man
in the community." He was the youngest
signer of the "Compact," and was "the last
male survivor." He was born in 1599, died
September 12, 1687. He married, in the spring
of 1621 or 1622, Priscilla Molines (Mullins),
daughter of William. She is said to have been
about eighteen at the time of her marriage,
which was the second or third performed in
the colony. She does not again appear in the
records save as the mother of his eleven chil-
dren, until 1680. At the funeral of Governor
Josiah Winslow were present "the Venerable
John Alden, with Priscilla on his arm." He
held offices of the highest trust. No impor-
tant measure was proposed or any responsible
agency ordered in which he did not have a
part. He was deputy assistant, and from
1666 to 1687, first on the board of assistants,
and styled deputy governor. "On him devolved
the duty of presiding in the absence of the
governor, and on these occasions he ruled with
dignity and perseverance." He was often one
of the council of war, many times an arbitra-
tor, a surveyor of lands for the government,
and on several important occasions was au-
thorized to act as agent or attorney for the
colony. He was chosen treasurer in 1656,
holding that office three years. In those days
the salary of public officials was very small,
and refusal to serve was met with the penalty
of a fine. Constant devotion to the public



service so "reduced his estate" that the court
took notice of it, and, valuing him so highly,
felt they could not afford to lose him, and
took action, as is shown in the following rec-
ord : "In regard that Mr. Alden is low in his
estate and occationed to spend time at the
court on the countreys occations, and soe hath
done these many years, the court have allowed
him a small gratuity, the sum of ten pounds
to be payed him by the treasurer." He divided
his estate among his children before his death,
and spent his last days with his son Jonathan.

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