Henry Hatfield

Henry was born July 13, 1850 in Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois.   He was the first child and only son of Abraham Hatfield and Mary Thompson.

When he was 17 his parents died, and by the 1870 census he was living with his Uncle Hugh Hatfield as a farmhand.

He married Mary Rittenhouse on March 4, 1872 in Rushville.  The Schuyler Citizen on March 5, 1872 read  “Married, on the 5th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, in Bainbridge township, by Rev. G. Garner, Henry Hatfield and Miss Mary Rittenhouse.”

In the March 28 1879  edition of the local paper, ” Mr. Henry Hatfield of Bainbridge township leaves, with his family, to take up residence in Furnace County, Nebraska.” (from Schuylerite)

He died January 30, 1937 in Buhl, Idaho.

Henry Hatfield

I suspect that this was taken around 1872, when Henry married Mary Rittenhouse, or in 1879 when Henry and Mary left Schuyler County for Furnace County, Nebraska, their initial destination, according to an article in the Schuylerite.

By the 1880 census, Henry and Mary were living in Norton County, Kansas, farming. For the 1885 Kansas state census, they were in Aldine, Norton County, Kansas.   Map of Henry’s Norton Kansas Land.

In 1900, in Harrison, Norton County Kansas, with everyone except Hiram and Eva. Will was already married to Blanche. 1905 Kansas Census, with Charles, Adda, Rosa, Sarah, Lois and 4 year old Harold, spelled “HERALD”    In 1910, still Harrison Township, but only with Sarah and Lois.    By this time,  son Will had gone to Buhl, Idaho.



Buhl Herald, Feb 4, 1937

Henry Hatfield, Sr., 86, died Saturday noon at his son’s  W.R. Hatfield. He had been a resident of Burl for 24 years.  he was preceded in death by his wife, about 3 years ago, and a daughter, Mrs. Barker of Gooding, passed away a few months ago.

Surviving are two sons, W.R. Hatfield and C.A. Hatfield of Buhl, and 3 daughters, Mrs. M.H. Beall of Chicago, Mrs. C.K. Neirer of Urbanna, Illinois and Mrs. F. Olmstead of Seattle.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Buhl Presbyterian church with M.M. Van Patten officiating.  Interment was made in Buhl Cemetary.

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