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JAMES THOMAS HATTON
Grand Saline, Texas
Information transcribed from The Southland Vol. XII. No 1
Waco, Texas; Established March, 1892
James Thomas Hatton is one of the old, substantial and respected farmers of the county. The Hattons were Virginians. Thomas W. was J. T.'s father, and was born in Virginia, but came to South Carolina and married there in 1834 to Miss Anna Eliza Lake. They were farmers and were the parents of twelve children. Six of these are now living. The mother is 86, and stout. Her oldest living child is 68, the youngest is 45. J. T. was born in Alabama March 2, 1842. In 1849 his parents moved with him to Texas and settled in Rusk county. In 1856 they moved and after some detention arrived in Van Zandt in 1857. Mr Hatton has been here ever since, except three years spent in the Confederate service. They settled at Creagleville in 1857, and have lived near the present site of Grand Saline all these years. Then the population was thin, the range was excellent, stock always fat, game in abundance. The wants of the people were few, but they were happy and contented. They went to mill thirty miles into Smith county. There were settlements scattered over the county, especially at Cedar Grove, Edom, and Canton. Then there was not a single house between Creagleville and Canton. Farming and stock raising were the profitable employments. January 16, 1868, Mr. Hatton married Miss Mary C. Young, who lived until April 30, 1885. She became the mother of eight children, three of whom are living. He then married Miss M. J. Riddle, who lived until April 19, 1901. She had two children. Mr. Hatton lived on his farm five miles south of Grand Saline, thirty-three years; is widely known and greatly honored by the people of his town and county. He has always been a farmer and still owns and operates the old home place, but lives in Grand Saline.