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Hatfield Family

The Hatfield Family

Pleasant Lake, NS

North east of Doncaster, lay the ancient Celtic kingdom of Elmet / Hatfield. This Celtic - Welsh region called Meicen was a stronghold against the Anglo-Saxon invaders of Britain. The Anglo-Saxon invaders called this area Haethfelda (Heathfield) and the surrounding area was known as Hatfield Chase.

The earliest reference to the headland is in the 7th century A.D. when according to Alcuin's Life of St. Willibrord, Wilgils, the father of the apostle to the Frisians, Willibrord, is said to have settled there as a hermit. The settlement was known as Ravenser, from 'Hrafn's Eyr' or 'Hrafn's Sandbank'.

One of the first mentions of the area of Hatfield was in a set record keeping books ordered by King Alfred the Great. It mentions that in the year 633 AD that "This year King Edwin was slain by Cadwalla and Penda, on Hatfield moor, on the fourteenth of October."

The next mention is in the year 680 AD -- "This year Archbishop Theodore appointed a synod at Hatfield; because he was desirous of rectifying the belief of Christ".

The Crest: The three crowns are from the arms of the See of Ely, the Manor was granted to the monks of Ely in the 10th century, and later when Ely became a bishopric, the bishops built a palace at Hatfield, which later passed to Henry VIII. The Tudor roses refer to the many associations with that period, Elizabeth I spent her childhood here, and it was here she recieved news of her accession to the throne. Hatfield remained in the possesion of the Crown until the 17th century when James I exchanged it, for Theobalds with Sir Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury. The barry field and ermine lion are from the heraldry of the Cecils, and Hatfield has been the seat of this branch of the family ever since. The crest depicts what is known locally as Queen Elizabeth's Oak, the tree beneath which she was sitting when informed of her accession. The motto is a combination of the Semper Idem of Elizabeth I and the Sero sed Serio of Lord Salisbury.

The Doomsday Book, AD 1086 is the first of many documents that listed the Hatfields and their holdings in England for the purpose of taxation. In the 13th century, the "Manorial Rolls" of King Edward I in which all dwellings were listed offers valuable evidence of the name as it appeared then. The "Hundred Rolls" of 1273 were an inquiry into taxable property, rents and debts owing to the royal treasury and gives more information on the name.

Thomas de Hatfield was born in a manor house that was built in Haethfelth / Hatfield and later became the Bishop of Durham in 1345. Durham is located about 60 miles north of York. Bishops of Durham were thought of as Prince Bishops and ruled independent of the Crown. Thomas was one of the most powerful of these Prince Bishops. He worked closely with Edward III and these close ties are celebrated with elements of the Kings crest engraved into the Bishop's throne. Thomas granted 3 acres of land on the east side of the city to the monks of the Order of Mount Carmel so they could build a monastery. The area is now known as Friargate and the old stones of the monastery were remade into a wall there. Thomas Hatfield was buried in 1381 below the Bishop's Throne that he built in Durham Cathedral.

A Sept of the Farquharson Clan by Marriage and birth.

In the small town of Hatfield there is still an old Norman church dating from the 12th century. There are also manors and estates belonging to the Hatfield family near Thorp Arch, east of York, north of Leeds.

The Hatfield House in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England was built between 1607 and 1611. Hatfield House was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I.

According to one authority, the large and influential Yorkshire branch of the family was descended from Walter de Hatfield, who, about the beginning of the fourteenth century, was the father of Stephen, Thomas, and Peter. Stephen married Agnes de Seeton and was the father of William, who married Margaret Stanton and they had Robert, Stephen, and Sir William. Robert and his wife Maud Byonton had John, Thomas, and Stephen, and John fathered Richard, Stephen, William, Anthony, Thomas, Robert, Agnes, John, Maud, and others. The last is claimed to have been the grandfather of Alexander Hatfield of Yorkshire.

Image showing Anglo Saxon Migration