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Keith Guthrie

HATCH, GEORGE CLIFTON (1799–1872). George Clifton Hatch, early settler, was probably born in North Carolina, the son of Anthony and Susannah (Hazard) Hatch, on December 29, 1799. He married Mary Simmons in 1821 and in 1829 moved to Tennessee, where he served as county clerk of Dyer County. He traveled to Texas in the spring of 1836 with a letter of introduction to Gen. Sam Houston. Hatch served in Erastus (Deaf) Smith's forces at the battle of San Jacinto. He did not receive bounty or donation land but did receive a second-class certificate for 640 acres in the Refugio District. In 1841 the Hatch family, including from fourteen to twenty-six slaves, arrived in Texas and settled in Columbus, where they farmed 1,500 acres of cotton. In 1842 Hatch was in court in San Antonio when Gen. Adrián Woll took a number of Texans prisoner. While being held at Perote, Mexico, Hatch managed to escape and returned to Texas. In 1854 the Hatch family moved to San Patricio County, purchased land, and operated an extensive farm where they raised cattle and hogs. Census records show that fourteen slaves were listed under the name of Susan Mary Hatch in 1860.

Mary Hatch died in Goliad in 1863; the family had fled Ingleside because Union soldiers damaged their property. She is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. Four Hatch sons fought in the Confederacy, and after the Civil War George and his widowed daughter, Annie Hatch Byrne, went to British Honduras to avoid taking the loyalty oath to the Union. They returned to Ingleside about 1868 to resume farming and start vineyards, which were eventually developed by Hatch's son John into a successful wine business. On September 5, 1872, Hatch was murdered at Indian Point, near the site of present Portland, while returning from Corpus Christi to Ingleside in a buggy. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Corpus Christi.


Corpus Christi Nueces Valley, September 9, 1872. Mrs. Frank DeGarmo, Pathfinders of Texas, 1836–1846 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1951). John B. Dunn, Perilous Trails of Texas (Dallas: Southwest, 1932). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973). Louis Wiltz Kemp Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Joseph Milton Nance, trans. and ed., "Brigadier General Adrian Woll's Report of His Expedition into Texas in 1842," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 58 (April 1955). Benjamin F. Purl, comp., Republic of Texas Second Class Headrights, March 2, 1836-October 1, 1837, transcr. Alma Nettie Wilson Barnes (Houston, 1974). L. U. Spellmann, ed., "Letters of the `Dawson Men' From Perote Prison, Mexico, 1842–1843," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 38 (April 1935).

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