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James Estil Hatfield


James Estil Hatfield,* born on July 31, 1897, was a tall, slender, soft-spoken man.  Although his name was originally spelled "Estill," he used "Estil" throughout his adult life.

On July 2, 1918, Estil married Pearl Blackburn, the daughter of Jacob "Jake" and Dollie McCoy Blackburn.  Pearl, a tall, elegant woman, was born October 10, 1899, in Pike County, Kentucky.  Pearl was a fine cook, whose family favorites were her strawberry pie or shortcake, her dumplings, and her egg custard.

Estil and Pearl's family

Estil and Pearl's children were:

  1. Josephine Marie Hatfield Anderson, born July 4, 1920.  She married John Dillard Anderson, born May 28, 1917, on February 4, 1940.  Josephine worked in the school system and John was the Matewan, West Virginia high school principal.  John died on June 16, 1987, and Josephine died on September 11, 2009.

  2. Pauline Hatfield Morgan, born on January 18, 1922, married J. Herschel Morgan on August 29, 1975.  Herschel was born on December 29, 1914, and he died on April 18, 2004.  Pauline, who taught home economics at the Matewan, West Virginia, high school, died on March 29, 2010.

Beyond family

Estil was a carpenter and contractor.  He was a deacon in the Samaria Primitive Baptist Church at Ransom, Pike, Kentucky, and was assistant clerk for the Mates Creek District for the Primitive Baptist Association from 1952 to 1967. 

Estil died on April 30, 1983, and Pearl died on January 31, 1987.  They are both buried in the Anderson Hatfield Memorial Cemetery at McCarr, Kentucky.

Estil & Pearl before house cir 1965 crop

Estil and Pearl

James Estil as lad.jpg

Estil about 1905

Estil & Pearl with Josephine cir

Pearl and Estil with Josephine about 1921

*Partially excerpted from genealogical material in Love, Opal, Opal Stafford Hatfield, privately printed, 2008, p. 347.

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