Thomas Hatfield is one of the thriftiest farmers to be found in Towanda Township, McLean County, Illinois and has a fine place of 235 acres of valuable land on section 7, where he makes his home. His parents were Samuel and Salina (Harris) Hatfield, natives of Ohio. Settling in Montgomery County, that State, after marriage, they there continued to reside until their death, having reared a family of three children.
Thomas Hatfield was the eldest of his parents’ children, and was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, August 4, 1827. He received a common-school education in his native county and lived with the old folk, assisting in the labors on the farm until he was twenty-three years of age. He was then married, and continued farming in his native county for about three years, or until 1853. During that year he came to McLean County, Illinois accompanied by his wife and one child, and settled in Randolph Township, on a farm which he purchased. He was engaged in agricultural pursuits at that place for eleven years, when he disposed of it by sale and purchased another, located in Dry Grove Township, McLean County, Illinois. On that place he lived and labored for sixteen years, and then bought the farm on which he is at present residing in Towanda Township, McLean County, Illinois, and a view of which is shown on another page of this work. The land is under an advanced state of cultivation and he is meeting with financial success.
Thomas Hatfield was married in Montgomery County, Ohio, November 7, 1850, to Johanna, Gaff the daughter of David N and Hannah (Mock) Gaff, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Greene County, Ohio. David N Gaff died in 1831 in the latter named county, where they had settled after marriage. Hannah (Mock) Gaff subsequently married John Calhoun, and they emigrated to Illinois and took up their residence at Decatur, where he died. After his death she came to McLean County, Illinois where she is at present residing, having attained to the advanced age of eighty-one years. Johanna Hatfield was the youngest of her parents’ three children and was born in Greene County, Ohio, June 3, 1830. Of her union with Thomas four children Didema, Josephine, Charles S and James E have been born.
Didema is the wife of Charles Strimple, and they are living in Dry Grove Township, McLean County, Illinois; Josephine became the wife of L H Munsell, and they are living at Sedalia, Missouri; Charles S and Miss Hattie Webb were united in marriage, and they reside at Bloomington, Illinois; James married Miss Abbie Jones, and is a farmer of Towanda Township, McLean County, Illinois. Thomas Hatfield has held the office of School Director, and religiously is a member of the United Brethren Church, while his wife holds fellowship with the Methodist Episcopal. In politics Thomas Hatfield is a staunch Republican.