from Biographical review : this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of Franklin and Oxford Counties, Maine., Boston: Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1897, p. 44 ,
Edwin B. Hatch, a retired farmer of Chesterville, Me., and a veteran of the Civil War, who is now serving as Postmaster, was born in Wilton, Franklin County, Me., September 19, 1838, son of Joseph and Zoa (Keyes) Hatch. His paternal grandfather was Cyrus Hatch, a native of Martha's Vineyard, who, when a young man, settled in Wilton as a pioneer. He bought one hundred acres of wild land, a portion of which he cleared for agricultural purposes; and he resided there for the rest of his life. He married, and reared a family of four children; namely, Cyrus, Joseph, John, and Zoa, each of whom lived to be eighty years old and over.
Joseph Hatch, the second son, was born in Wilton, and was a lifelong resident of that town. He was an honest, hard-working farmer and a worthy citizen, who gained the respect and esteem of his neighbors and fellow-townsmen. He died October 16, 1888, aged eighty-four years and ten months. In politics he was a Republican and in his religious views a Methodist. His wife, who was before marriage Zoa Keyes, was a native of Wilton. She became the mother of five children, three of whom are living, namely: Charles B., who is residing at the homestead; B. Frank; and Edwin B., the subject of this sketch, who is the youngest son. The others were: Hiram M. and Mary E. Mrs. Zoa K. Hatch passed away from earth at the age of fifty-two years and nine months.
Edwin B. Hatch during his boyhood and youth remained at home assisting on the farm and attending the town schools, and at the age of twenty he pursued a course of study for one term at the Maine State Seminary in Lewiston. For a short time after that he was employed as a farm assistant by Squire Hill, who lived in the vicinity of great Falls, N.H.; and from there he went to Bedford, Mass., where he remained for six months. He then went to Boston, and shipped on board a fishing-smack for a season's cruise; and in the following year, 1861, he made a voyage to England and Ireland as a sailor on board a merchant vessel. In 1862, Mr. hatch enlisted as a private in the First Massachusetts Company (Governor Andrew's) of Sharpshooters, with which he went to the front, and took part in the Battle of Fredericksburg and all other enggements fought by the Second Army Corps until June 2, 1864, when he was taken prisoner at Pleasant Ridge, Va. He was first confined in Libby Prison, later being sent to Pemberton, after which he was repeatedly moved from one place to another, being imprisoned successively at Andersonville, Milan, Savannah, Thomasville, Selma, Ala., and Danville, Va., where he was held until paroled on June 3, 1865.
After his discharge from the service he followed various occupations in Boston and Wilton, Me., until 1874, when he bought a farm of one hundred and thirty acres in Chesterville, where he has since resided. As an industrious general farmer he has succeeded in accumulating considerable property.
He contunued to till the soil diligently until 1891, when he sold his farm and bought his present homestead, consisting of a comfortable residence and five actres of land. He also owns a valuable tract of woodland in this town and an interest in the homestead farm in Wilton.
Mr. Hatch and Valora H. White, daughter of R. White, were married on November 25, 1874, and enjoyed a wedded life of nearly twenty years. Mrs. Hatch died September 27, 1893, leaving no children.
In politics Mr. Hatch is a Democrat; and in September, 1893, he was appointed Postmaster at Chsterville, which position he still holds. His war record is an honorable one; and, as a stirring, progressive, and useful citizen, he is widely known and highly respected. Mr. Hatch attends the Methodist Episcopal church. It is worthy of note that eleven representatives of the Hatch kindred served in the Rebellion, and returned to their homes; and of these seven are still living.