THE HATFIELD FAMILY OF CAMPBELL COUNTY
Reprinted with Permission from Dallas Bogan.
surname dictionary says that the name "Hatfield" is of English
derivation, and is one that comes from the various places in England.
Davis Hatfield, progenitor
of the Hatfield family of Stinking Creek, was either born in Virginia
or Tennessee, sometime between 1797 and 1802. He may have possibly been
raised in Campbell County, Tennessee, although he first appears on the
1823 tax list. Davis's wife was Mary Pauley daughter of Revolutionary
War soldier William Pauley and his wife, Margaret Munsey. The Pauleys
removed from Southwest Virginia to Campbell County in 1807, so Mary
was very possibly born in Virginia and moved to Tennessee as a small
Davis and Mary's wedding took place around
1823, they having eight children. Their oldest child, Calvin Jerome
Hatfield, was born about 1824. In sequence, the other children are listed
as Obedience (Biddy), Margaret, Andrew, James, Joseph, Francis (Frankie),
Mary Pauley Hatfield died sometime between
the birth of Elizabeth and 1838. Davis Hatfield married for a second
time on Oct. 4, 1838, to Elizabeth Walden. This couple appears in the
1840, 1850 and 1860 Campbell County census.
Davis purchased a substantial amount of
land in the Stinking Creek area of Campbell County. He was constantly
in debt, however, he managed to acquire a 5,000 acre-tract of land on
Stinking Creek from the State of Tennessee in August 1837, amounting
to eight square miles of land. The property passed across Stinking Creek
and over the top of Pine Mountain where I-75 passes today. The property
line was adjacent to land owned by Jo. H. Delap, Jesse Bryant, and Isaac
Bryant. The property today is known as the Hatfield-Bryant deed.
Davis Hatfield, in 1841, posted a 5,100
acre tract as collateral against a $216 debt which was due. Evidently
he paid the debt for the 1849 tax roll shows him as owning precisely
5,100 acres. Very shortly after he commenced selling off portions of
his land to family members and others.
The Hatfield children, during the 1840s
and 1850s, married and began their own families. During the 1850s and
1860s the family was very close. With the exception of Frankie and John
Davis, all of Davis Hatfield's children lived close to him.
The 1850 census displayed a chronological
order for the children.
First to marry was Obedience (Biddy) who
married, on November 26, 1844, to James B. Tackett. Their children were
Margaret, Joseph, Lucy, Andrew, Elisabeth, Ewell and Lawrence.
The oldest child, Calvin, married 14 year
old Candia Bryant on April 29, 1845. Candia died sometime between 1856
and 1860. Their children were Alafore, who married Alvis K. Powers;
Nancy B., who married Sylvester Davidson; Davis Wesley, who married
Nancy Jane (Fields) Crabtree and Emma (Fields) Crabtree. The other children
were Jasper, Mary and Samuel Greer Hatfield.
On January 19, 1846, Margaret married
Samuel Baker. They had seven children: Joseph P., Davis H., Calvin D.,
Mary J., Elisabeth, Hamilton and Cynthia.
Second son Andrew Hatfield married Mary
(Polly) Hatfield on May 31, 1847. Their children included Davis, Obedience,
Samuel and James.
Next, 14 year old Elizabeth Hatfield married
Isaac Bryant, who already had several children of his own. They were
married March 21, 1850.
Son James Hatfield wed Nancy Broyles on
May 1, 1851. Their children were Aaron, Calvin, Joseph and George.
Daughter Frankie Hatfield married John
Davis on Jan. 29, 1853.
The 1860s began to see a dismantling of
the family. This event could possibly have been due to the Civil War
(1861-1865), or the death of the family progenitor, Davis Hatfield,
who died circa 1865. After his death, Davis Hatfield's estate was sold
to George Broyles to settle his debts.
By 1860, Calvin's wife Candia had died.
Also, Margaret's husband Samuel Baker died. James Hatfield had died
by 1870. During this year Calvin had moved to Scott County, Virginia,
and five of his oldest children were spread across Scott and Smyth counties.
The 1870 census finds that Davis's widow,
Elizabeth, was still living in Campbell County. Margaret Hatfield Baker
was still living in the vicinity with her children. James Hatfield had
died and his wife was still living in Campbell County with their children.
Andrew and his family remained on their Stinking Creek land at this
time, but was soon to sell his property in 1873.
At this time, part of the land from the
Hatfield-Bryant deed, including the Hatfield cemetery, is in the hands
of George Reynolds, a second great-grandson of George Broyles. George
Reynolds states that when he was a young child, his elderly aunt, who
knew the Hatfield family, told him that only Hatfields and Bryants were
buried in the cemetery. It is a relative possibility that Davis and
Mary Pauley Hatfield are both buried there. Other possibilities of burials
could be Candia Bryant, Calvin Hatfield's wife. Other clan members may
also be interred there.
is much indebted to Mike Curtis of North Carolina for submitting this