Captain Jonathan Hatch
d.10 DEC 1710 Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
m. bef 1621
m. 11 Apr 1646
Facts and Events
The law of the land made it illegal to pass thru Plymouth Colony lands without a permit and could be whipped. So for the sin of being away from home and not hastening to some employment he was to be whipped and committed for a slave to Lt. Davenport . At age of 14 Jonathan was bound as an apprentice to LT Richard Davenport of Salem. His father and "Step-mother removed to Yarmouth, leaving him among strangers, in a strange land. Davenport was a soldier and after remaining with him for two years, deserted from his service and came to Boston There he was arrested as a fugitive from service and was censured to bee severely shipped and for the present is committed for a shave to Lt. Davenport (MA Rec.) He did run away again and got to his father's in Yarmouth.
According to Pack if Thomas Hatch was "feeble" it may have been very necessary that Jonathan should be bound out at an early age, as was quite a general practice. The laws of the colony and the the church at that period tended more to the hardening process than to fostering of parental tenderness. Mrs. Grace Hatch was energetic and capable and had been able as a young woman to win out in doing a man's work.
There he continued to get into trouble until he was appointed to dwell with Stephen Hopkins who was to have a special care of him. Tho Mr. Hopkins lived only a few years longer, he had a profound influence on Jonathan's life.
Mr. Stephen Hopkins came in the Mayflower from the "London quarter" and brought with his immediate family, two servants making a household of eight souls in his Plymouth home. Always dignified with the title of Mr. an honor which was accorded to but few, his was one of three master minds of Plymouth Colony and from the time of the first exploration off Provincetown, he was a leader in all hazardous adventures. He accompanied Standish as Counselor. As colleague of Winslow's, he had made the dangerous visit got Massasoit and established friendly relation, had served as one of the Governor's Council at least four years, had owned a wharf, a share in a ship and had established his son Giles at Yarmouth. There was little need for an inn at Plymouth during the first decade of its existence, but Stephen Hopkins evidently kept "open House" which later became a house of public entertainment. The first guest in the house seems to have been the Indian Chief Samoset, who paid the settlement a visit on March 26, 1621. He was uninvited and not feeling altogether safe with such a house guest "they lodged him at Stephen Hopkins" 
In 1657 Jonathan took the oath of fidelity. He was granted lands,but went to South Sea Few whites settled at South Sea and Roger Goodspeed who resided at Mystic was probably his nearest neighbor for years. According to Azuba Ward, West Barnstable was often referred to as "ye South Sea"
In 1661 the proprietors voted that as Jonathan Hatch had built his house, he shall have the lot by his houses. Goodman Hatch's farm at Falmouth contained eighty acres and for several years he was the agent of the proprietors.
June 24 1690 Jonathan took the freeman's oath at the County Court in Barnstable. He was then about 64 years old and time had tempered the fire of his youth and had become the venerable patriarch of a large and esteemed family .
Mrs. Elizabeth Hopkins, who died before her husband, was living when Jonathan Hatch became a member of the family, which then included the younger daughters and the son Caleb. There were games allowed and doubtless music, recalling pleasantly to Jonathan the violin which was on of his father's treasures. Regular attendance at divine service was compulsory. The character of Jonathan Hatch seems to have been very like that of Stephen Hopkins and the courage and manliness of the boy must have awakened a spirit of admiration which challenged the Pilgrim Magistrate to take him under his special care. After Mr. Hopkins death Jonathan returned to Barstable and the following year found him among those going out in defense of the Colony. 
Following his marriage Jonathan seems to have made his home in West Barnstable for 8 eights. From the courts it appears that he was prosecuted Oct 7, 1651 for hiring land of the Indians. He was prosecuted for furnishing an Indian with a gun and with powder and shot 
Jonathan was married in Barnstable and lived there till about 1653, when he moved to South Sea Island and resided there till early in 1661 after the death of his father, when he and 14 others purchased a tract of land in Falmouth.
Jonathan was a large land holder and prominent in the administration of the town. It seems probable that Jonathan moved his family after his father's death in 1661 to Falmouth as soon as he sold his South Sea farm. July 1677 it was agreed by the proprietors of Succanesset that the land at Woods Hole should be laid out equally to every purchaser and Jonathan Hatch was one of the 13 entitled to his allotment. The deed of the Indian Job Notantico dated 15 Jan 1679 seems to prove Jonathan Hatch to have been Falmouth's first settler and to prove that Isaac Robinson came about hate same time - 
As Saconnessett was not strong enough to support a Minister of the Gospel, for 25 years its people had to travel 15 weary miles to the mother church at West Barnstable. In 1685 there is a record the Jonathan Hatch of Sacconnessett was granted a license to keep a house of entertainment, the said Hatch to keep a victualling house, retailing liquor for the entertainment of stranger, passengers or others as occasion may require.
June 24, 1690 Jonathan Hatch, Sr. and Jonathan Hatch, Jr. took the freeman's oath at the County Court in Barnstable. The previous year the latter was chosen Ensign of the Military Company at Sucionessett. 
In 1690 the Proprietors held a general meeting at the home of Jonathan Hatch, It was voted that all the undivided lands within Suckanesset be divided up. In March 1701 this was accomplished and Benjamin, Moses, and Jonathan took land.
November 4, 1690 Jonathan Hatch, Sr. was the appointee for Succonessett
to inspect whales. 
To the Falmouth home Jonathan brought 6 sons and a daughter, Thomas his eldest son being in his thirteenth year. To Moses his eighth child tradition accords the honor of being the first white child born at Falmouth. The date Barnstable records give as March 4, 1662 while Falmouth makes the year 1663. The History of Falmouth states as probably literally true that ht he first company of settlers arrived in 1660 in boats from Barnstable and landed between Fresh Pond know na also as Hatch's Pond and Salt Pond where the clomped until their homes were constructed. The wife of Jonathan Hatch had a son born somewhat unexpectedly the night of the landing and she said she named him Moses as he was born amongst the flags and rushes. However, his mother had a brother Moses Rowley (Deputy from Falmouth in 1692) which doubtless had more to do with his bearing the name of Moses. Three daughters were born in this home which stood between the Fresh and Salt Ponds on the east of the Herring River. Two centuries later the descendants of Jonathan Hatch continued to possess this property, the original house having stood about where the late Richard Olney's home now stands.
In will dated 15 Sept 1705, Jonathan bequest to all sons, but Nathaniel and to daughters Mary Weeks, Sarah Wing and Mary Rowley, wife of Nathaniel, Lydia sister of Jonathan before court 1641/2 
Thomas Hatch, his wife Grace and two children, Jonathan and Lydia, emigrated from Kent Co. England to the Mass. Bay Colony about 1630. Thomas was made a freeman in the Bay Colony in 1634. Later he settled in Barnstable in the Plymonth Colony and died there in 1661. He was one of the nine original settlers in Yarmouth in 1639 and one of the 25 first settlers in Barnstable on Cape Cod.