George Hatfield [A1]
b.1715 ca - Lee Co, Va
----- Children -----
Joseph Hatfield [A2]
Jeremiah Hatfield [A4512]
George Hatfield, Jr [A4719]
John Hatfield [A5458]
[Note: the Hatfield on this list are generally considered to be sons of
"old" George Hatfield of Lee Co., VA]
Petition to Form Russell County - December 1785
The petition of sundry inhabitants of Clinch River, Moccasin Creek,
Powells Valley, and others, citizens of Washington County humbly
represent that your petitioners are situated from the line of Montgomery
as it crosses near the source of the Clinch River, down the same eight
miles; thence to the extreme settlements of Powells Valley forty more.
The greatest portion of your petitioners have to travel from twenty five
miles and some eighty or an hundred; moreover are generally interrupted
by Clinch Mountain and the north branch of the Holstein River; the former
affording very difficult passes; the latter much danger and difficulty in
crossing it in spring and after considerable rains; continuous to its
southern bank, a chain of hills almost as difficult as Clinch Mountain;
so that great difficulty arises to your Petitioners not only in attending
Courts, but Courts Martial. And from the extent of schism between our
small settlements make it exceedingly difficult to arrange companies
without subjecting some to travel 15 and 20 miles to private mustery.
There are two difficulties in the militia law that principally affect
your Petitioners. There are evils small indeed to the feelings we
constantly undergo when obliged to leave our helpless families exposed at
so very greast distances to obey the laws of our country. And however
evident the danger may appear to us will not certainly on our failure of
duty plead our excuse. Circumstance alone is sufficient to claim the
human respect of the Legislature to remove the grievance. We therefore
pray your Honorable House will take our case into consideration and
divide the county. We further pray a line may be fixed along Clinch
Mountain to the Carolina line; or with the line at present dividing the
county into two regiments to the aforesaid Carolina line; then with the
said line to Cumberland Mountain including taht existing county between
Cumberland Mountain and Montgomery line and Clinch Mountain, or the
aforesaid regimental line for the new county and southeast of the said
Clinch Mountain remain Washington County; and we your Petitioners as in
duty bound will ever pray.
Alley, James Sr.
Alley, James Jr.
Carter, John Jr.
Lang?, Langston?, John
McFarland, Robert Jr.
Price, Thomas Jr.
Ritchie, Alexander Jr.
Smith, Ericus Jr.
Tate, Robert Sr.
Tate, Robert Jr.
Thanks to Greg Lepore