Mary LeMaster Hatfield

The woman on the right is Mary Lemaster, who married Charles Hatfield in 1822.  The photo is her as an old woman, probably taken in the late 1880s.  In the whole photo she is sitting with husband Charles who died in 1889.  This is a published photo of them in a Schuyler County History Compilation.

The woman on the left is a little younger woman,  taken from a small tintype of her with a younger girl.  It is in my family collection but unmarked.   It could even be from another side of the family unrelated to any Hatfield.   But it seems to look a little like  MARY.  What do you think?  Below is the whole photo at about the size of the tintype.

Mary Lemaster was born 29 December 1805 in Henry County, Kentucky.  Her parents were Abraham LeMaster (22 June 1777  Maryland- 12 April 1848 Rushville, Illinois) and  Orpha Erwin  (11 March 1784 VA – 21 May 1846, Bainbridge, Schuyler Co., Illinois)  She was the second of nine children and the oldest daughter.


This is the home of Mary’s parents in Bainbridge.  They came to Schuyler County in 1826.


Mary’s Obituary:

OBITUARY – Grand-Ma Hatfield
Grand-Ma Hatfield died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm J. Dodds, in Bainbridge township, on last Friday, aged 88 years, 3 months and 7 days. She was a native of Kentucky, but had lived many years in this state.
She was the mother of ten children, five of whom are living. Her live was exemplary. She was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over forty years. She died in full assurance of an abundant entrance in heaven. She selected the text which had been used at her husband’s funeral (Rev 14:13) for her own, and the writer conducted the services in the presence of a large and sympathizing audience. Though a very disagreeable day, the neighbors and friends joined in a cavalcade numbering over fifty vehicles and accompanied the remains to their final resting place in the Gillett cemetery.
(died 1894) M G Sweeney.
Taken from “The Schuylerite”, Volume Two, Number Three, Page 121, Fall 1973.

Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.


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