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  • ID: I114752322
  • Name: John Archard HATCHETT
  • Given Name: John Archard
  • Surname: Hatchett
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 Jan 1798 in Nottoway, Lunenburg Co., VA
  • Death: 1864 in Near Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, just after the battle
  • Note:
    "John Archard Hatchitt lived from 1837 to 1861 on his Thousand Acre Farm, about five miles from Henderson, KY." [Note by daughter Cornelia in letter to Furman Lester, 1929]

    1850 US census, Kentucky, Henderson Co., District 1, 6 Sep:
    John A. Hatchett, 52, Farmer, $2800, b:VA
    Narcissa W., F, 45, b:VA
    Mariana B., 18, b:KY
    Virginia J., 15, b:KY
    John A. E., 11, b:KY [later known as Edwin A.]
    Cornelia J., 8, b:KY

    1860 US Census, Kentucky, Henderson, Henderson, Division 2:
    Hatchett,John A 62 M Farmer VA
    Narsissa W. 55 F VA
    Edwin A. 21 M Overseeing KY
    Cornelia N. 18 F KY
    Mary A. Carter 28 F Teacher VA
    Real estate $7800, personal $15,000

    1860 Slave Schedules: Slaveowner John A. Hatchett, Division 2, Henderson County, Kentucky: 18 slaves.

    1870 US census: wife Narcissa and daughter Cornelia boarding in home of son-in-law John Dillard Collins.

    A letter from Mrs. Cornelia Hatchitt Meadows (Aunt Nez) to great-nephew Furman Lester, dated 24 Jan 1929, describes her father John in some detail: John was known as Captain Hatchitt. "He was a great reader and, having slaves to work on his farm, he had time to read. Eldest son James had a college education at Center College and afterward studied law under Gov. Lowell. Did not like law and later studied medicine. ... When a youth, Pa was a clerk in a store in Virginia. As a young man he was captain of the Militia. The title of Captain clung to him, he was known as Captain Hatchitt. After moving to Ky. he was elected Sheriff of Henderson County. ... firm believer in the Bible ...Although he thought the Bible justified slavery, and the Constitution of the U.S. recognized it, yet he hated it, and said 'The masters are more to be pitied than the slaves, for they inherited the slaves and did not know what to do with them." He was kind to his slaves. I never knew him to whip one, and none ever ran away, which was very common, except two who were taken in part payment for the farm just before we went South. ... ... This brings us to 1860, the presidential campaign. We moved south in 1861. We were two years in Arkansas. Bro. (John) Dillard Collins had a hospital in Pine Bluff. Your grandfather entered that service [must be a brother of Cornelia]. Finally the Federals made such inroads into Arkansas tht he moved the hospital to Keachi, LA. Pa had bought a farm, but they thought it best for him, Ma and myself to go to LA, which we did and went to Pleasant Hill, about 40 miles nearer new Orleans. This was about March 1864. In April, General Dick Taylor began his retreat towards Texas. ...with several women I stood on a slight eminence and his infantry passes, four abreat, in close ranks, and I could see them forming in line a mile away. ... next day about night the Federals under General Banks entered the town. ...The next day they fought at Pleasant Hill. The Yankees retreated silently in the night, leaving the wounded on the field. Next day Pa hired a negro man and went over the field and made tents of their blankets to protect them from the sun. A wounded soldier told the Federal general to "thank the old man, for they would have died from the heat if it had not been for the little tents". This was told by Brother, who came through, looking for us. That was the last thing Pa did." [Thus, he died in 1864].

    Name "John Archard Hatchitt" is given by daughter Cornelia; "Avohard" appears to be misreading of handwritten "Archard", with "vo" for "rc". Use of "Hatchitt" less common than "Hatchett".
    Variant: John Archer Hatchett, b: Amelia Co., VA, 12 Jan 1798.
    Variant: John Archer Hatchett (
    Variant: John Archibald Hatchett ( (The Family History of John W. Pritchett))

    1840 US census, KY, Henderson Co., Unknown Townships (image 33/78
    John A. Hatchett
    White males: 1 (<5), 1 (15-20), 1 (40-50)
    White females: 1 (<5), 1 (5-10), 1 (10-15), 1 (30-40)
    Slave males: 3 (<10), 2 (10-24), 2 (24-36)
    Slave females: 7 (<10), 4 (10-24), 2 (24-36), 1 (36-55)
    Total of 28 in household, including 20 slaves.

    1880 census lists wife Narcissa Hatchitt (in household of son-in-law Harvey Meadows) as being widowed.

    [LDS] b: Nottoway, VA.

    Father: Abraham HATCHETT b: 2 Feb 1752 or 1753 in Richmond, Amelia Co., VA
    Mother: Mary FARLEY b: 30 Jan 1761 in Nottaway, VA

    Marriage 1 Narcissa Williams JEFFRESS b: 1805 in Virginia
    • Married: 29 Oct 1822 in Lunenburg Co., VA
    1. Has No Children Marianna HATCHETT b: 1832 in Henderson Co., KY
    2. Has Children Virginia HATCHETT b: 1835 in Virginia
    3. Has Children Elvira Jane (duplicate) HATCHETT b: 11 Mar 1827 in Henderson Co., KY
    4. Has No Children Edwin A. HATCHETT b: 1839 in Henderson Co., KY
    5. Has Children Cornelia J. HATCHETT b: Sep 1841 in Henderson Co., KY
    6. Has Children James G. HATCHETT b: 10 Aug 1824 in Lunenburg Co., VA
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