This gentleman is a practical farmer and stock-raiser of Savanna Township, located about one mile from the city of Savanna, where he has a homestead, consisting of 119 acres. He also owns 60 acres outside the city limits, a part of which he has laid off in city lots. He has lived in this township since 1865, and purchased the farm on which he now lives in November of that year. He came to this county from Marshall County, Indiana, where he settled in 1855, of which State he had been an early settler, having located in Henry County in the year 1830. That was then a new country, but he had improved a farm there previous to his removal to Illinois.
Our subject's father, Edward Hatfield, was a native of England, and when a child was brought by his parents to this country, just prior to the War of the Revolution. They settled in Virginia and the elder Hatfield thre participate din the struggle for independence, fighting ont he side of the Colonies. Edward Hatfield's paretns die din Virginia; in that State he wsa reared and was there married to Miss Lydia Long, who was born in Wales and had emigrated to this country with her parents, who were also early settlers in the Colony of Virginia. Her father took an active part in the Revolutionary War, fighting long and bravely in behalf of the rights of the Colonists, against the oppressions of Great Britain, and he and his good wife, lived to see the success of the cause for which he had periled his life, and bot died in the State which he had helped to make free.
Edward Hatfield and his wife began life as farmers, and shortly after their marriage removed to Licking COunty, Ohio, which was then on the frontier, and there they opened a farm in the wilderness, enduring the hardships and trials incident to the life of a pioneer. That country was then heavily timbered and the labor of making ahome in the dense forest was very arduous. This undoubtedly tended to shorten the life of the pioneer, as he died about the year 1826 or possibly in 1827, at the young age of less than 50 years. The mother was then left with nine children, five sons and four daughtes of whom our subject is the youngest. Her eldest son, Edward, Jr. had a few years before the death of his father, emigrated to Wayne County Indiana and thither the mother went with her family. Later she removed to Henry County, Indiana and there she died at the agoe of about three score years.
Our subject began life at a very early age, working on a farm when but ten years old, and worked out by the month from that time until after his marriage, which occurred in Henry County, Indiana, where he was united to Miss Catherine Warner, who was born in Rockingham County, Va., Nov. 8,1821. She was the daughter of David and Catherine (Ketner) Warner, the father being a native of Pennsylvania, from whence he had gone to Virginia, where he was married, his wife being a native of that state. Mr. and Mrs. Warner had a family of nine children, all born in Virginia. The entire family subsequently emigrated to Indiana in 1834, and located in Henry County, where the parents died, each being about sixty years of age at the time of death. Mrs. Hatfield was reared at home, and was by her parents carefully instructed in all the branches of domestic knowledge which the early pioneers found necessary to their comfort.
Our subject and his wife are the parents of nine children, and of this numerous family but two now survive. The seven deceased all died unmarried. Those now living are Frank, who is married to Miss Carrie P. Mills, and lives on a farm in Savanna Township, and John, who lives with his parents. Those deceased were Mary C., Perry, Sarah, Lizzie, Susan, David, and an unnamed infant.
Mr. Hatfield is a man who has become well known in this county and is highly respected for the many good qualities which he has always displayed. He has lived here for nearly a quarter of a century and has seen this county grow from a comparatively unsettled condition to its present prosperous state, and has materially assisted in its development. In politics he is a stanch Democrat of the old Jacksonian school."
Contributed by Lori Gilbert from Portraits & Biographical Pg 810