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JOHN L. HATCH, farmer and dealer in stock and real estate, Corry, was born in Springwater, Livingston Co., N.Y., December 14, 1831, and is a son of Elisha and Sylvia (Edson) Hatch, both deceased. They came to Wayne Township, in this county, in 1841, and were the parents of seven children— Mary E., Fidelia, Edwin, Charles, Sylvia, John L. and Harriet. Fidelia married A. I. Kennedy in Columbus, Penn. Harriet married James Kershaw in Sherburn, N.Y. The boys only are now living. Our subject came to Corry May 8, 1862, and has been twice married, first, on August 28, 1861. to Lucina Mead, daughter of Darius and Bridget Mead, of Corry. She was born June 3, 1838, and lived a most exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died April 28, 1869. Three children blessed this union, the elder, Minnie G., wife of W. H. Bowman, now at Allentown, N.Y.; the two younger died in infancy. The second marriage was Aug. 3, 1871, to Mary Chapin, daughter of Adna and Fanny Chapin, of Seville, Ohio. She was born March 7, 1844, and is a member of the Baptist Church. Six children have been born to this union, viz., Louis, Fanny, Nary, John, Hallie and Elbert. Mr. Hatch is the owner of about twenty-five acres of land in Wayne Township, and six acres in Corry, where he now lives. He is an official member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was one of the eight members present at its organization in 1862, that being the first Protestant denomination organized in Corry. He served also as Secretary of the Corry School Board of Directors during the first eight years of its existence, and was on the building committee for three of the largest schoolhouses in the place, one of which, the Central High School, has been named in his honor the "Hatch School." He has been a member of the City Council a number of times. In politics, is a Republican.