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Katherine Langley




Katherine Langley Hatfield,* was born on November 6, 1916, on Blackberry Creek, Pike, Kentucky.  She was named after Katherine Langley, who served as US Representative from 1927 to 1931 and was the first woman elected to the Congress from Kentucky. 


Katherine, the only daughter of Jeff and Polly to go to high school, graduated in 1935 from Matewan High School in Matewan, West Virginia.  Jeff agreed to let Katherine attend high school when her older sisters, Jeanette and Melda, threatened to stop working at home and on the farm if Katherine was not allowed to go to high school.

Katherine married Dovil Scott, the son of Thomas Samuel and Georgia Ann Stafford Scott, on March 25, 1936.

Katherine and Dovil's family

Katherine and Dovil were the parents of:

  1.   Greta Jo Scott Helms.   Greta Jo, born March 29, 1943, in Matewan, West Virginia, graduated from Belfry High School and from Eastern Kentucky State College in 1965, where she earned a degree in education.  Subsequently, she was a special education teacher at Brighton High School in Brighton, Tennessee.  She married William Kenneth Helms, born on  December 16, 1942, and died on December 13, 2007.  Greta Jo passed away on March 21, 2021.  

  2.   Larry Anthony Scott

  3.   Sheryle Leigh Scott Sullivan

Beyond family

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Katherine and Dovil in 1986

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Young Katherine

Katherine was soft-spoken,  but very determined.  She laughed easily and enjoyed spending time with the family.  Katherine was famous for her lemony ice tea, apple pies, and stack cakes.  Katherine worked in the post office at McCarr, and Dovil was a retired coal miner and bulldozer operator.


Katherine and Dovil joined the  Samaria Primitive Baptist Church at Ransom, Pike, Kentucky, together in 1986.  Dovil died on January 28, 2000, in Pikeville, Kentucky, and Katherine died on October 4, 2007, in South Williamson, Kentucky.  They are buried at the T.S. Scott Family Cemetery** on Mudlick Road, Pike, Kentucky.

*Excerpted from genealogical material in Love, Opal, Opal Stafford Hatfield, privately printed, 2008, p. 357-359.

**Katherine is the only child of Jeff and Polly who is not buried at the Anderson Hatfield Memorial Cemetery.

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Katherine (seated) and Jeanette in the 1930s

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