Submitted by Will Allphin, Chapter member.
Meltiar Hatch was born in Farmerville, New York, July 15, 1825, a son of Ira Stearns Hatch and Wealtha Bradford. He became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints June 10, 1842, and was ordained an elder by President Brigham Young about 1852. later he was ordained a high priest. His baptism took place at Job's Creek, Hancock, Illinois, where a branch of the Church had been organized. His family had moved to this place in 1842. The following year, 1843, an epidemic of fever broke out. Many saints died; among them was his mother, Wealtha Bradford Hatch. This brought deep grief to the family.