Calif. Families Gard Hathaway & Fairchild Contact

Hathaway & Fairchild

The Hathaways and Fairchilds are connected to the Gard family through Sarah Hathaway who married Jacob Gard in 1769 in Morris County NJ. Sarah's mother was Mary Fairchild.

Capt. Benjamin Hathaway (1699-1762)

Benjamin Hathaway is regarded to be the donor of the land on which the original Presbyterian Church in Morristown was built in 1742. In addition to Benjamin Hathaway, there are nine other Hathaways buried in the grave yard of the Presbyterian Church. See the Who's Who in the grave yard based on church records.

Morristown PC Graveyard map

Benjamin Hathaway was the first President of the Board of Trustees when the church was incorporated in 1756. He is referred to as a neighbor of Reverend Timothy Johnes. On Erskine's map, Reverend Timothy Johnes's house is located on the present site of the Mid-Town Shopping Plaza at the corner of Morris and Spring Streets. Based on the monograph, Benjamin Hathaway's house would be the one across Morris Street about on the present site of Cutter's Grill

The monograph makes reference to Benjamin Hathaway being a Physician and Innkeeper. However, the church records (i.e., The Combined Registers at Page 101) show a Dr. Benjamin Hathaway with no date of death. The church records (Ibid) show the Benjamin Hathaway, who was the church Trustee, as Captain Benjamin Hathaway (died 21 Apr 1762, age 63). I think the writer of the monograph was in error in believing that the Physician and the Captain were one and the same.

Benjamin Hathaway Headstone Epitaph:

   In Memory of Benjamen [sic]
    Harthaway [sic] Esqr. Aged
    63 years Dead Apr 21 1762
Here sey Remains of him that was a Esq.
may Rest with Kings & Princesley Dust
Until ye World Desolves In Flameing Fire
At ye Last Resurrection of ye Just
When ye arch Angels trumpets Sound
Arise ye Dead appear before ye Lord.
when christ will meet ye Righsous In Cload
& Crowns of Glory will be their Reward
There is a Hathaway Rd. named after the family in Morris Plains, NJ

Early 19th Century Map

Pedigree Chart, Nicholas Hathaway Family Tree.
Fairchild Tree
Benjamin Hathaway Note at GardLine.
Benjamin Hathaway page at Jones site and Auston Ancestry site.

Benjamin Hathaway and Benjamin HATHAWAY, JR. pages at GardLine

John Hathaway (1629-1705)

John Hathaway, Benjamin Jr.'s G Grandfather, first settled near Taunton, Bristol Co. MA. There is a plaque at the location of his homestead erected by the Old Colony Historical Socitey.

The John Hathaway (1629-1705) entry at Calistri-Yeh Genealogy says:

"In 1676 John Hathaway was elected constable." Of this position in Colonial history says, 'the office of constable was one of great responsibility & power, as representing the civil government & being the chief exponent of law."

"In 1680 he was elected a deputy to Plymouth General Court, & served for 5 successive years; & in 1681 he was chosen one of the 'selectmen to order town affairs,' in which capacity he served 4 years."

"In 1687 he was recorded as giving 10 acres of land in part payment for the support of the minister, Rev. Samuel Dansforth."

His home was in that part of Berkley known as "The Farms." The House was situated towards the North. The land 'abuts' the Great River. This is designated by an iron tablet erected there in 1889, by the Old Colony Historical Society.

SEE: John Hathaway entry at Barbara Hathaway's site, Nicholas and John Hathaway page at the Hathaway Family Assn. site,
Nicholas Hathaway Family Tree at Barbara Hathaway's My Family page and here.

John Hathaway genealogy at GuardLine and Austin genealogy and Sandy Feller's Genelaogh on RootsWeb and the Hathaway Page at William Worths' King Family site.

Fairchild

Mary Fairchild, who was the first wife of Benjamin Hathaway was the child of Zachariah and Deborah Fairchild.

There are eleven Fairchilds buried in the grave yard of the Presbyterian Church including Deborah the wife of Zachariah. Her headstone reads "Dabriat." There are a page and a half of descendants of Zachariah and Deborah listed in the church records (i.e., The Combined Registers at Pages 67 & 70).

Zachariah Fairchild was the First Leading Elder of The Presbyterian Church In Morristown after it split off from the Hanover Presbyterian Church in 1737. Cam Cavenaugh, Op. Cit., at Page 89, talks about the Vails of Speedwell and states, "The Whippany River narrowed and deepened in its flow from Speedwell Lake into Pocohontas Lake, creating a natural source of water power that had been harnessed there since colonial days. Zachariah Fairchild operated a sawmill there in 1767 and John Johnson, Jr., had a forge "adjoining Zachariah Fairchild's pond" which appears on Revolutionary War maps." I haven't come across the maps or maps she refers to, but it may be part of the Erskine series which hasn't had the circulation that the more famous one referred to above which depicts the center of Morristown. There is every reason to believe that much of the land that makes up what is now known as the Fairchild Section of Morris Township was part of the original Fairchild spread.

Although there are twenty nine Gards (or Guards) listed in the chur h records (i.e., at Page 83) none show up in the burying ground. Both Phebe and Esther are among those listed in the records.

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See the Mary FAIRCHILD Zachariah FAIRCHILD, JR., Deborah FAIRCHILD pages at GardLine.

Source: Scott Shepherd

See Also:
Hathaway Family Association
  Origins of the Hathaway Surname, by Clyde Hathaway


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last updated 17 Jul 2002