Shelby County

Sinclair Johnson Hatfield

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Sinclair Johnson Hatfield

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 780

     a man of many public achievements and numerous professional honors, for many years was an honored member of the Sidney bar. He was born in Wayne county, O., September 21, 1845, and died October 30, 1911, the eldest son of George D. and Matilda (Patterson) Hatfield. The other members of the family were: Margaret, James, Robert, William, Alice and Sarah Adelaide, the last named being the wife of Dr. D. J. Satterfield.
     Sinclair Johnson Hatfield spent his early life on a farm near Apple Creek, where he attended the common schools and afterward taught for several years. His literary tastes and mental quickness being recognized by his parents, he was sent for several years to Vermillion Institute, at Hayesville, O., and afterward attended Western Reserve College at Hudson which he left at the end of his junior year. He subsequently entered the law school of Michigan University at Ann Arbor, where, in 1875, he was graduated, in the fall of the same year coming to Sidney. After admission to the bar of Ohio, he entered upon the practice of the law. At the time of his death he was the oldest member in years of practice of the bar association.
     On September 3, 1868, Mr. Hatfield was married to Miss Caroline McClure, who was born in Wayne county, O., a daughter of Samuel B. and Sabina (Carey) McClure. The father of Mrs. Hatfield was a substantial farmer and well known citizen of Wayne county. She was the youngest in a family of five children: Alfred; Mary E., wife of George Jameson; Jemimah, wife of Isaiah Dunlap; and Susan, being the others. To Mr. and Mrs. Hatfield three children were born: George Avery, who is superintendent
of the water works at Sidney, O., married Florence Nealey and they have one daughter, Gertrude Matilda; Gertrude, who is an instructor in the Ohio State School for the Deaf and Dumb, at Columbus; and Alfred Sinclair, who died in his first year.
     In politics Mr. Hatfield was an ardent and active member of the republican party and was its candidate for representative and prosecuting attorney. Governor Bushnell appointed him a member of the State Board of Pardons, an office he held for more than ten years, in which he distinguished himself by the wisdom and humanity of his views and by the care and attention he gave to his duties. Shortly before his death he was appointed a member of the board of trustees of the Shelby County Children's Home.
     Mr. Hatfield was a learned man, a sound lawyer, well versed in the fundisregards trivialities and seeks only to do justice between man and man. A firm and wise counselor, he ever maintained the rights of his clients, but did so with true courtesy and the utmost consideration for those to whom he was opposed professionally. It has been said of him that his kindly humor more than once brought about the solution of many an otherwise difficult situation. Virtually, all his life he was a member of the Presbyterian church, to which his family also belongs. While he never tolerated evil, his gentle Christian nature was such that he abhorred the wrong while forgiving the wrongdoer. A man of such kindly consideration for others naturally made a legion of friends who responded in kind to his genuine affection. To sum up, he was an honorable, high-minded Christian gentleman, who all his days sought to do his full duty. His death was universally regretted.

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     S. J. Hatfield was born on the Western Reserve in Wayne county, Ohio, September 21, 1845. He inherited the stern religious and moral virtues of this offshoot of New England which he never forgot in all the activities of his career. His early life was spent in the public schools until ready for a course at Western Reserve College. Choosing the law for his life work he fitted himself for its duties in the University of Michigan and in 1875 came to Sidney, where he pursued the profession of which he had the most exalted idea. He was a stalwart republican, an ingrained Presbyterian and for many years a member of the state board of pardons and a trustee of the children's home. He loved the true, the beautiful, and the good, reveled in the best literature, and was animated by the loftiest sentiments. He died October 30, 1911, the oldest member in years of practice of the bar association.

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