George Andrew & Julia Ellen Hatsel

"The Census Taker" - Harpers Weekly 1870

George Andrew Hatsel was born October 2, 1833. On May 25, 1861, George Andrew, 22, carpenter, enlisted as a Confederate in Carteret County. He was sergeant in the 1st Regiment NC Artillery. At sunrise on April 25, 1862, it is said that his mother Charity Hatchell Read, along with her 16-year-old daughter Julia Read, stood on the south end of her upper porch on Orange Street with Emmeline Pigott, a confederate spy, to watch the shelling at Fort Macon. The attack began just before 6 a.m. Charity Hatchell recalled, “The noise of the explosions was terrific. Window frames shook, houses trembled and even the waters of the sound seemed to ruffle with each shock. At four o’clock in the afternoon the fire from the fort ceased, and a white flag was run up.” George Andrew survived the one-day battle at Fort Macon, but was captured on April 26, 1862. He was paroled and exchanged as a prisoner in August of 1862. George was a mail agent in Beaufort before becoming a hotel caterer. 

George Andrew Hatsel (1833-1898), son of Andrew Lee Hatchell (1803-1841), married Julia Ellen Mace about 1868. Julia Ellen (abt. 1845-January 20, 1892) was the daughter of Benjamin Mace and Susannah Stanton. The 1870 census shows George and Julia Ellen living near or next door to George's mother Charity, 62, and 20-year-old daughter Julia Read. At that time George, 37, was a clerk in a store - with Julia Ellen, 25, and son George Leonidas-8 months. Living nearby was George's brother William F. Hatsel, 42, listed as a mariner - with Rebecca, 42, and three children.

After the death of Julia, George Andrew Hatsel married Melvina Stanton on October 19, 1893. Melvina was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Stanton and Josephine Marshall. Melvina "Mellie" Stanton Hatsel was born September 6, 1851 and died November 25, 1914. Melvina was buried in back of 566 West Beaufort Road in Beaufort.

Children of George Andrew Hatsel and Julia Ellen Mace

George Leonidas Hatsell (1869-1945) married Imogene about 1898.

William Lee Hatsell was born on August 12, 1871 and married Daisy Rumley February 26, 1896. They had one child – William Lee Hatchell, Jr. born in 1898. William Lee Hatsel Sr. died November 7, 1934.

Benjamin Elwood Hatsell was born on February 2, 1873 and married Mary Dade Gooding about 1896. They had three children – Ellen D. Hatchell about born 1898, Benjamin Elwood Hatchell Jr. (1902-1966) and Mary Elizabeth born 1912. Benjamin Elwood Hatsell died in Alexandria, Virginia in 1935.
Henry Davis Hatsell - May 6, 1875– April 5, 1965. He married Elizabeth B. Davis June 30, 1907.

Charles Ives Hatsell February 23, 187830 July 1949. He married Marie Ella Clawson on December 25, 1902. They had three children – Francis Graves Hatsell born July 29, 1905, Carl Alfred Hatsell born August 28, 1907 and Henry Wilson Hatsell born September 6, 1911.

Charity Ann Hatsell was born March 5, 1880 and died about 1920.

George and Julia Ellen are buried in the Old Burial Ground.