iF i AM NOT MISTAKEN GEORGE GOFF HATFIELD IS DESCENDED from the Thomas and Mathias lines of New Amsterdam, New Jersey, northern Virginia and Kentucky. Thomas Hatfield arrived here in 1623/4 was a part of the John Robinson group of protestants who sailed from Leyden Holland. They were grounded at Southampton England and had to refurbish both their leaking ship and their provisions. John Robinson was the leader of the relisious group from Scrooby, Yorkshire England and Thomas was also from Yorkshire.
another line of Hatfields begins in America with one William Hatfield born 1601 in England possibly near London. This William transported himself to Jamestown VA and hired out to one William Ferrar and his wife the former Cecily Jordan. The plantation was Jordan's Jorney a place established by her older deceased husband Samuel. William apparently had independent means and was able by 1638 to have acquired over 600 acres b y grant. In that year he transported 11 servants from England. It is possible that he married one Elizabeth Edes when her term expired. They had at least JOhn and Elizabeth. John migrated to MD in 1675 and Willialm with wife Elizabeth, dau Elizabeth, and two others followed in 1676. Willialm died in 1678 and John went on to marry Audling Mary Whitely. This was the foundation from which the Delaware Hatfield lines derived.
Another Hatfield was Joseph who is shown in the records of Elizabethtown VA and others in the musters of 1622 and 1624 after the major indian masascre of those places. He arrived in 1619 according to ship records. This man migrated into the unclaimed land to the northwest of Jamestown near the Yadkin River and established yet another line. His place of origin also is England.
There are probably other Hatfield lines also. Hatfield is a place name meaning heathfield or marsh or chase being a wide open meadow. In England and there are villages in
Herefordshire near London and at least in Yorkshire and other shires. The earlist known use of the place name is Hatfield Chase inthe late 500's where King Eadwine was killed. There is a Hatfield Cathedral in county Durham and also Hatfield House built by the Cecil family where Queen Elizabeth the First was housed in her youth and prior to assumption of the throne.
One needs to remember the inheritance policies of the middle ages and the 1500-1600's. Frequently a man had property of x number of acres. When he died his sons may have inherited up to 200 acres or more. Say he had five sons. Then each son had five sons --the sons generation would then have had only 40 acres which in the 1300's was enough to make him a squire. but eventually the land would dwindle and the sons would have to find other means of support such as laboring for anoter or apprenticing out until a masters of trade could be acquired. By the 1600's the sons of old families such as the Hatfield's often found it feasible to migrate either in England or to the New World. Men with trade training or academic education were prized in colonies such as Jamestown and William Hatfield appears to be one of these qualified people. He may have been a cooper, a blacksmith, a carpenter, a book keeper or a tutor--the Ferrars had three girls, or he may have been able to manage other men. What ever he did, he rose quickly to yeoman status which meant he owned enough land to be counted among those who voted and served his community.
Hope someone is interested in this material and will contact me because I have a lot on William. Carol Hatfield daughter of Lester Glenn Hat field of Mahaska County Iowa.