county. Her name being Sofronia Tidwell. She has a large family. I saw her about the time that you were out here and she expressed herself as being quite anxious to see you. Our grandmother Elizabeth Haight, died at the home of Uncle Josephus [as they paused in their westward trek] at a place called Winter Quarters. [Florence, Neb.] Our grandfather, Captain Jeremiah was a Revolutionary soldier and served with Washington. He drew a pension of ninety-six dollars a year. He died at a place called Pleasant Grove, ten miles from Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Nebraska, while fleeing from religious persecutors.
He was then enroute for Utah. He also lived at the home of Josephus.
The last named has one grandson and three granddaughters living at Ogden. They are all married, but the son has no children. That branch of the Hatch family will soon be extinct as far as the name is concerned.
As a boy I was acquainted with your grandfather, Sidney Rigdon. And as to your beloved father, I well remember his teaching me something of the English grammar. He tried hard to make a man of me. He was the administrator of my father’s estate. The estate was not wound up when he left Nauvoo and unfortunately we lost all of our property. I last saw your father in Nauvoo, April 15, 1844. I was then eighteen years of age and just starting to Vermont as a Mormon missionary. I went to bid him good-bye. He gave me twelve and a half cents and regretted that he had no more to give me. After the death of the Prophet Joseph, he wrote me a long letter. I do wish that I now had that letter that I might send it to you.
Your father’s attainments were of a high order. Joseph Smith had a revelation concerning your grandfather, Sidney Rigdon, in which there are promises to his descendants. I sincerely hope that you may be the recipient of these promises.
I wish after an experience of over fifty years to bear my testimony that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and the work he established is the work of God.
I should very much like it if I could again visit my old home, the place where I spent my childhood days, with my parents and grandparents, they were to me very happy days. My father was a man of great gifts. He was at one time a member of the Legislature of Vermont and was regarded as a political leader. He was a good scholar and regarded as an honest man. He died at Nauvoo, Illinois, June 20, 1843. My mother died at the town of Lincoln, Vermont, April 10, 1841. I had a brother named John. He was a school teacher and well up in his profession. He did not become a member of our Church. He died after we left Vermont for Nauvoo. My mothers maiden name was Sumner, a relative of Senator Charles Sumner.
I have given you but a small account of the history of our forefathers as I remember it. It may and it may not be interesting to you, but I will say this, I am proud of our ancestry and am anxious to learn al1 that I can of their history.
I should esteem it highly if you would favor me with a reply. With my very kind regards to your wife and children and with the hope that I may yet have the pleasure of meeting you all, I beg to remain.
Sincerely your Cousin,
Lorenzo Hill Hatch
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January 23, 1905
Judge Edward Hatch
New York City, New York
My Dear Cousin:
Your most welcome letter bearing date of July 14, 1904, in reply to one written by me on November 14, 1903, has been received and read with much pleasure by myself and my sister Adeline Barber, as also a number of my sons, who, like myself extend a warm and most welcome congratulation which cannot be expressed by the feebleness of my pen. Should you visit our state, whether I survive that day or not, you will meet, in those whose blood is that of your own, a warm welcome.
We cherish, and will as the generations pass by, the fond memory of our ancestors, chief among whom will be your grandfathers, the Revolutionary soldier, Captain Jeremiah Hatch and Sidney Rigdon, and also your father, my dear uncle Jeremiah Hatch. My hopes run high that of their increase there shall be no end.
You state that in a few years more all who knew your venerable father will be gone. That is correct, but their great deeds are recorded in Church and state. Nations yet unborn will read the wonderful visions given and then recorded in the book of Doctrine and Covenants, Section 76. I wish you would obtain the book and read it.
I do not wish to crowd upon you my religious views, but I must confess that in this book the sublimest and most comprehensive ideas of the Creator our God, are portrayed in the sublimest and most comprehensive language of the nineteenth century. God never in all generation past, in all Holy Writ previously given, gave such grand views of HimseIf and of His power to save to the uttermost all His children that have dwelt upon the earth.
Sidney Rigdon’s testimony in this vision will open the eyes of the children of men.
Had your father and grandfather traveled with Brigham Young to the West, their great gifts and stars of