Not everything is on the Internet – Arthur R Hatfield (1865-1931)

Ordering certificates ’cause not everything is on the Internet

Wall with gate.
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Use permitted under (CC BY-SA 2.0).
One of the big genealogical research problems relates to making the jump between 1900 and 1880.  Without the 1890 Census, it can often be difficult to make the leap and it seems like a wall that needs to be overcome.  Sometimes there is a gate that takes you past the wall, sometimes the gate is locked. Such is the case with my Hatfield project.
Arthur R Hatfield was born in May 1865 in Indiana.[i] The Census indicates that both his parents were born in Indiana as well and that is all we know. No parents’ names, or anything else.
Arthur married Rebecca Leona Crawford on 29 Mar 1893 in Holt County, Missouri.[ii] Leona, as she was known, was born in Holt County. The couple lived in Holt County through the births of their first two sons Clyde Raymond Hatfield (1894-1959) and Guy C. Hatfield (1875-1964.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to use census or other records available on-line to determine his parents. That means back to the not-on-line resources. First, we’ll order a death certificate from Nebraska and see if that yields any information.  Next, we try to order a marriage certificate from Missouri and see if that yields any information.  Either way, we are off the internet using “old school” methods. Here is what I think I know about Arthur Hatfield.
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RH12 – Arthur R Hatfield (1865-1931) 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 7

Arthur R Hatfield was born in May 1865 in Indiana[iii]. He died in 1931[iv]. When he was 27, he married Rebecca Leona Crawford, daughter of Charles Crawford and Margaret Rebecca Collins, on 29 Mar 1893 in Holt, Missouri, USA[v].
Wakefield, Dixon County, Nebraska
Image by Arkan, (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
via Wikipedia Commons
Arthur R Hatfield was enumerated, in the 1900 Census, being in Wakefield, Dixon County, Nebraska.)[vi]. Hew was the head of the household, a farmer renting his farm. He could read, write, and speak English. With him are his wife their two boys, Clyde and Guy.
During the 1910 Census he lived in Daily, Dixon County, Nebraska. He was the Head of the household and married. With are his wife and two sons.  Also living in the house hold are a border, Lura Harrington, and a hired man, Silas Foster. I can’t tell if they moved between 1900 and 1910. Wakefield and Daily, Nebraska, are only about 15 miles apart and there are no towns between them. I’ll need to do a neighbor analysis to determined if they moved. In any event, Arthur was a farmer and renting his farm.[vii]
I have been unable to find Arthur in the 1920 Census. His wife, Leona, is living with their son, Guy, in Dry Creek, Pierce County, Nebraska. With them are a niece and a nephew of Guy, Leona and Albert Crawford.[viii]
The 1930 Census shows Arthur and Leona living together again in North Dry Creek, Pierce County, Nebraska. Again, he is the head of the household who is farming on a rented farm. Living with Arthur and Leona is a hired hand, Harry(?) Bau.[ix]
Pleasant View Cemetery
Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska
Photo by JimW via Find-a-Grave
Arthur R Hatfield died in 1931. He was buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska[x]. We have ordered a copy of his death certificate to confirm the date and place.

Children

Arthur R Hatfield and Rebecca Leona Crawford had the following children:
1.    Clyde Raymond Hatfield was born on 04 Jan 1894 in Mound City, Holt, Missouri, USA.[xi] He died on 06 Apr 1959 in Plainview, Pierce, Nebraska, USA (in a hospital.)[xii]. He married Ruth Barrett between 04 Jan 1912-05 Jun 1917.[xiii]


2.     Guy C Hatfield was born on 08 Aug 1895 in Missouri, USA[xiv]. He died in 1957 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.[xv] He did marry a Mildred, surname unknown, date unknown.[xvi]

Further Actions

Order death certificate for Arthur R Hatfield. (Underway.)
Order marriage certificate for Arthur R Hatfield and Rebecca Leona Crawford.
Do a “neighbor analysis” to determine if Arthur & Leona moved between 1900 and 1910 or if the change of location was due to census districting.
Find Arthur’s parents names. (Key Goal)
Find Arthur in the 1880 and 1870 censuses.

ENDNOTES

[i] 1900 United States Census (FS), NARA, Nebraska, Dixon Co., Wakefield Township, ED 77, Sheet 12, Line 20. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3YG-24G.
[ii] Holt County Sentinel – 1894-01-05, The Holt County Sentinel (Oregon, Missouri) · Fri, Jan 5, 1894, Page 4.
[iii] 1900 United States Census (FS), NARA, Nebraska, Dixon Co., Wakefield Township, ED 77, Sheet 12, Line 20. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3YG-24G.
[iv] Find-a-Grave, Arthur R Hatfield – Memorial 145030175. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=145030175.
[v] Holt County Sentinel – 1894-01-05, The Holt County Sentinel (Oregon, Missouri) · Fri, Jan 5, 1894, Page 4 via Newspapers.com.
[vi] 1900 United States Census (FS), NARA, Nebraska, Dixon Co., Wakefield Township, ED 77, Sheet 12, Line 20. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3YG-24G.
[vii] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com  , Year: 1910; Census Place: Daily, Dixon, Nebraska; Roll: T624_842; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0081; FHL microfilm: 1374855.
[viii] 1920 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com   Operations Inc., 2010), Ancestry.com , Year: 1920; Census Place: Dry Creek, Pierce, Nebraska; Roll: T625_995; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 439.
[ix] 1930 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com  Operations Inc., 2002), Ancestry.com   Year: 1930; Census Place: North Dry Creek, Pierce, Nebraska; Roll: 1290; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0011; Image: 96.0; FHL microfilm: 2341025.
[x] Find-a-Grave, Arthur R Hatfield – Memorial 145030175. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=145030175.
[xi] United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA, Clyde Raymond Hatfield     . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29J2-5Q1.
[xii] Norfolk Daily News (Norfolk, Nebraska,), Clyde Hatfield – Apr 13, 1959.
[xiii] United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA, Clyde Raymond Hatfield        . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29J2-5Q1.
[xiv] U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com  Operations Inc., 2005), Registration State: Nebraska; Registration County: Pierce; Roll: 1711766.
[xv] U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com   Operations, Inc., 2012), Guy C Hatfield  . 
[xvi] 1930 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com  Operations Inc., 2002), Ancestry.com  Year: 1930; Census Place: North Dry Creek, Pierce, Nebraska; Roll: 1290; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0011; Image: 96.0; FHL microfilm: 2341025.
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RH-06 – Clyde Raymond Hatfield (1894-1959)

52 Ancestors – Week 99
[I was asked to investigate Clyde Raymond Hatfield as part of a larger Rehfeld-Hatfield project I am working on. Family oral history says that Clyde was related to the infamous Hatfield family. The Hatfields and the McCoys are known for their 1863 to 1891 family feud in Kentucky and West Virginia. To prove or disprove the connection to the infamous Hatfields is highly desired. As a starting point, my client provided a copy of Clyde Raymond Hatfield’s marriage certificate, the birth records of his two children, and his obituary. I then looked more closely at Clyde using Family Search, Ancestry, and Find-a-Grave.]

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Life of Clyde Raymond Hatfield (1894-1959)

Clyde Raymond Hatfield was born on 04 Jan 1894 in Mound City, Holt County, Missouri[i] as the first child of Arthur R Hatfield and Rebecca Leona Crawford.

Clyde Hatfield was born in Missouri; however,
from age 6 on, he lived within a 50 mile circle
in northeastern Nebraska.

In August 1886, his brother Guy C. Hatfield was born in Missouri.[ii]

The family moved to Nebraska sometime after Guy’s birth and 1900 where the family was counted in the 1900 Census as living in Wakefield, Dixon County, Nebraska with his father, mother, and younger brother.[iii]

Before the 1910 census, the family moved up to Daily, Dixon County, Nebraska, where the 16-year-old was still living with his father, mother, and younger brother. Also, there was boarder, 12-year-old Lura Huntington, and a hired hand, Silas Foster, living with them. [iv]

Clyde’s Draft Registration Card
shows him married.
Image via Family Search

He married Ruth Barrett sometime between the 1910 Census and when he registered for the draft on 05 Jun 1917. When he registered, he was living in Hoskins, Wayne County, Nebraska, about 50 miles from Daily, and was farming. The 23-year-old was described as tall, medium build, light hair, and blue eyes.[v]

Within the next three years, he moved again, about 30 miles northwest to Plum Grove, Pierce County, Nebraska. The 1920 Census lists him as the head of the household.[vi]

Over the ensuing decade the family moved again, this time about 15 miles southwest, to South Dry Creek, Nebraska where he was enumerated in the 1930 Census.[vii]

His father, Arthur, died in 1931.

We know that Clyde and Ruth had a child, whose name we don’t know, sometime before 1934 that died. Because in 1934 they had a daughter, whose birth certificate indicates that she was the second child of Ruth and one previous child had died.[viii]

The 1940 Census indicates that in 1935 he lived in rural Pierce County and in 1940 he lived in North Dry Creek, Nebraska. [ix]

In 1953, Clyde & Ruth’s daughter married.

Pleasant View Cemetery
Photo by Jim W. via Find-a-Grave

Clyde R. Hatfield died on 06 Apr 1959 at age of 65 in the hospital in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. His memorial service took place at the family home, west of Plainview, on 08 Apr 1959. Rev Francis St. Armant, a Methodist minister, officiated at his funeral). He is buried at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Plainview, Pierce, Nebraska (Pleasant View Cemetery).[x]

Future Action:

Investigate Arthur R Hatfield (Clyde’s father) and determine his vital information.

Endnotes

[i] United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA, Clyde Raymond Hatfield. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29J2-5Q1.
[ii] 1900 United States Census (FS), NARA, Nebraska, Dixon Co., Wakefield Township, ED 77, Sheet 12, Line 20. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3YG-24G.
[iii] Ibid.
[iv] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, Year: 1910; Census Place: Daily, Dixon, Nebraska; Roll: T624_842; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0081; FHL microfilm: 1374855.
[v] United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA, Clyde Raymond Hatfield. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29J2-5Q1.
[vi] Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), Ancestry.com, Year: 1920; Census Place: Plum Grove, Pierce, Nebraska; Roll: T625_995; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 511.
[vii] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002), Ancestry.com, Year: 1930; Census Place: South Dry Creek, Pierce, Nebraska; Roll: 1290; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0020; Image: 219.0; FHL microfilm: 2341025.
[viii] Nebraska, Bearue of Vital Statistics, Birth Certificate, Marilyn Margaret Hatfield.
[ix] 1940 United States Census (FS), Nebraska, Pierce Co., North Dry Creek, ED 70-11, Sheet 1A, Family 1. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9MV-4HZ.
[x] Norfolk Daily News (Norfolk, Nebraska, ), Clyde Hatfield – Apr 13, 1959.
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