Early English Hatchells Find Their Way to Carteret County, NC


The Early English Hatchells may have been in Devon, London, Manchester and Ireland in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. These families may have spelled the name Hachell or Hakell, thus making the name more difficult to trace with certainty.

The father of a William Hatchell, born in Ireland in 1675, may have been Henry Hatchell who arrived in Ireland in the late 1600's with Lord Cromwell.

The first known Colonial America Hatchell was William Hatchell - circa 1675-1730 - who came from Ireland and settled
by 1696 in Virginia on the Warwick-Elizabeth City County line.


1687 Map of Virginia Showing Warwick and Elizabeth City Counties
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Henry Hatchell
Devon, England
William Hatchell circa 1675-1730
Born in County Wexford, Ireland. By 1696 he had settled in Virginia on the Warwick-Elizabeth City County line. He is the first known Colonial American Hatchell. William the immigrant had two sons: William and John - both born before 1700.
William Hatchell circa before 1700-1750
William was the son of William the immigrant. He was born in Charles Parish, York County, Virginia . He and Ann Chappell had two sons - William and Henry. His son Henry was the first to settle in Carteret County from Lunenburg County, Virginia.
William Hatsell circa 1715-1770
Born in Charles Parish, York County, Virginia and died on Allen's Creek, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.
William Hatsel circa 1730-1801
Born in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. He married Christiana Morris about 1755 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Christiana died after April 1772 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. William came to Carteret County, North Carolina about 1779 and settled next to his Uncle Henry Hatchell* who had been the first Hatsel to come from Virginia in 1755. He married a second time - Henrietta Wade sometime after 1766. William Hatsel died in the White Oak area of Carteret County.
William Hatchell circa 1766-1816
Born before 1766 in Carteret, NC. He married Esther Green of Carteret County, and had 8 children. He died on Bogue Sound, Carteret, NC

CHILDREN of William and Esther

. Morris Hatchell 1796 married Sarah Yarborough (1795-1870) August 1, 1822.
. Andrew Lee Hatchell – January 1803-September 20, 1841
. Archibald Green Hatchell 1804-1837
. Bryan Hatchell 1816-1855 married Elizabeth Everett in 1847.
. Green B. Hatchell 1817-1867
. Brancy Hatchell –married Bryan Hellen Rumley in 1832
. Willis Hatchell 1809-
. Nancy Hatchell –married Timothy Meadows

1733 Mosely Map - Click Map to Enlarge
NOTE: Around 1730, Swansboro started as a small settlement at the mouth of the White Oak River. Jonathan and Grace Green settled here from Massachusetts. Mr. Green died a short time later and Grace married Theophilus Weeks, who had settled in Hadnot Creek. The Weeks family were farmers then tavern owners and then Mr. Weeks was appointed port inspector. Weeks then sold a portion of his land which, in 1783, was incorporated as the colonial port town of Swannsborough. It was so named in honor of Samuel Swann, former speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons.

NOTE: * Henry Hatchell was born circa 1725 and was still living with his father (William #3) when the 1748 Lunenburg tithe (tax list) was taken. Six years later in 1754, Henry appears in Carteret County as a witness to the will of Habbakkuk Russell. He last appeared in Carteret County on the 1790 census and apparently died intestate sometime before the 1800 census. He and his wife Martha had one son, Richard Lewis Hatchell (ca 1755-before 1830) who married Miriam Weeks. Their daughter Martha married Rev. James W. Coston - two sons, David and William.


This ink-wash drawing of Saunder's/Sander's Plantation at Hatchell's Point, Swansboro, North Carolina was done during the Civil War by H.E. Valentine on July 13, 1863. Valentine noted the site was on route to Swansboro, NC.

In the year 2000, William Hatchell of Avila Beach, California made the following notes:
"Armistead Hatchell (Hatsell) - son of William and Christiana - of Mecklenburg County, VA and Carteret County, NC was named on a land deed dated 178_, Mecklenburg Co, VA with his father who is stated to have moved to Carteret (“Cartwright”) Co, NC. Armistead is mentioned in NC records as the settler for whom Hatchell Point and Hatchell Mill is named on the White Oak River, Carteret Co, NC. John Lovett to Armsted Hatsel, a tract of land (30ac) on north side of White Oak River and west side of Hadnot’s Creek adjoining Barrat’s (Barrod) line, said river and creek. This land first called Barrat’s Point, then Hatchell’s Point, and then Pelletier’s Point where a windmill was located. Land from the Vinson Barrod estate was also sold to William Hatchel, bricklayer, on White Oak at Hadnot Creek in Apr 1784. William Hatsel to Armsted hatsel, 130 ac. adj. land he bought from Lovett. On 6 Jul 1842 Willis Hatchell of Carteret to James W. Hatchell and Armisted Hatchell “sons of A. Hatchell all the lands that my father willed to my mother during her life and after her death to me”. In 1874 (Bk. HH, p. 49), James and William Hatsel bought land in 1874 from D. W. Sanders. The land, including the mill site and the Dudley Cemetery, was at mouth of Hadnot’s Creek on the White Oak River known as Hatchell’s Point."

William and Christiana's son William Hatsell, born circa 1766, and his wife Esther Green of Carteret County, had at least eight children. Their son Andrew Lee Hatchel made his way to Beaufort, North Carolina before 1826.

An example of an early windmill - 1890 Beaufort, North Carolina.