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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Sylvanus Hatch Collection, 1809-1885

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Sylvanus Hatch Collection, 1809-1885



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hatch, Sylvanus, 1788-1885
Title: Sylvanus Hatch Collection
Dates: 1809-1885
Creator Abstract: Massachusetts native Sylvanus Hatch (1788-1885) settled in Louisiana, where he served the United States in the War of 1812. He first went to Texas in 1828 and settled in Austin's colony soon after, eventually establishing his home in Calhoun County.
Content Abstract: The Sylvanus Hatch collection contains letters, legal documents, financial documents, and other personal and business items.
Identification: Doc 5187
Extent: 20 items (17 folders, 3 oversize items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Sylvanus Hatch was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on 1788 June 1. In 1809, he relocated to Savannah, Georgia, where he became a Master Mason in Solomon's Lodge No. 1. Two years later, he settled in Louisiana. Enlisting in the army at the beginning of the War of 1812, Hatch served as Adjutant under General Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. Hatch first came to Texas in 1828 and settled in Austin's colony soon after, receiving a grant for land along the Lavaca River in Jackson County. Hatch later relocated to Chocolate Bayou in Victoria County (now Calhoun County) and built a large home known as Agua Dulce.

Sylvanus Hatch married Pamela (also Phamelia or Pamelia) Louisa Nicholson Brown, a widow, in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, in 1821. She was born on 1788 January 21 in Madison County, Mississippi, and died of cholera on 1850 February 22. The couple had three sons: Joseph R. (1822-1823), Davis William (1825-1908), and John Nicholson (1829-1902). Sylvanus Hatch died on 1885 October 16.

References

Calhoun County Historical Commission. The Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas. Port Lavaca, Texas, circa 1980.

Sylvanus Hatch biographical file. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

The Sylvanus Hatch collection contains letters, legal documents, financial documents and other personal and business items. Included are agreements between Sylvanus Hatch and several Louisiana residents in which Hatch agrees to pay their passage to Texas in exchange for a part of any land granted to them. Other items include a marriage record, genealogical notes on the family of Hatch's wife, and resolutions by two Masonic lodges upon his death.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Hatch, Sylvanus, 1788-1885.
Nicholson family.
Organizations
Freemasons. Solomon's Lodge (Savannah, Ga.)
Locations
Iberville Parish (La.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Texas.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Legal documents.

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Related Material

Sylvanus Hatch Memoirs, 1827-1885, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

James Hatch Papers, 1788-1929, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sylvanus Hatch Collection, 1809-1885, Doc 5187, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Some materials were donated by William E. Howard. The provenance of other items in the collection is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 2001 January.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 August.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Sylvanus Hatch Collection, 1809-1885

The materials are arranged chronologically.
Folder
Oversize 1 Certificate: Sylvanus Hatch, certification as Master Mason, Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, Savannah, Georgia, 1809 June 6.
Appointment: Sylvanus Hatch, First Lieutenant and Adjutant, Militia of the State of Louisiana, New Orleans, 1816 October 21.
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1 Marriage record: Sylvanus Hatch and Mrs. Pamela Nicholson Brown, Iberville Parish, Louisiana [certified copy], 1821 October 17.
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2 Agreement: Horace Gordon and Sylvanus Hatch, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, 1829 May 9.
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3 Agreement: George Pagan and Sylvanus Hatch, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, 1829 May 9.
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4 Agreement: William Brundige and Sylvanus Hatch, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, 1829 May 11.
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5 Agreement: Antoine F. Marchandeau and Sylvanus Hatch, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, 1829 June 2.
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Oversize 1 Registration of vessel: Sloop Mary, Charles A. Mix, Master, Nova Iberia, Louisiana, 1829 June 6.
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6 Agreement: Delilah Armstrong and Sylvanus Hatch, St. Mary’s Parish, Louisiana, 1829 June 8.
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7 Land grant: Stephen F. Austin to Sylvanus Hatch, San Felipe de Austin, Texas [typescript copy], 1830 October 15.
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8 Receipt: P. N. Pridham, Assessor and Collector, to Sylvanus Hatch, Victoria County, Texas, circa 1850.
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9 Letter: William B. Bridgers, Lyons, to Sylvanus Hatch, Port Lavaca, Texas, 1851 December 29.
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10 Legal records: B. Rodriguez vs. Sylvanus Hatch, Burnet County, Texas [typescript copies], 1856.
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11 Pension records: Sylvanus Hatch, veteran’s pension [photocopy], 1872 July 13.
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12 Letter: Thomas H. Laird, Secretary, Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, Savannah, Georgia, to Sylvanus Hatch, 1884 July 21.
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13 Resolutions: Indianola Lodge No. 84, Calhoun County, Texas, 1885 December 3.
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14 Resolutions: Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, Savannah, Georgia [2 copies, 1 incomplete], 1885 December 3.
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15 Poem: E. H. Pinkham, “Cousin Phebe Ann’s Birthday,” Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Folder
16 Notes: Frederick Davis, naturalization records.
Folder
17 Genealogical material.

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