Charles Hatch

Charles Hatch
Sweetwater County, Wyoming


For many years nothing was known of Charles Hatch except the text on his headstone. “In Memory of Charles Hatch 40 Died June 12, 1850”

Thanks to recent research, it is now known that Charles Hatch, age 42, left his family in Wisconsin and joined the California Gold Rush. He died while his wagon company was camped on the Big Sandy, June 17, 1850, as inscribed on the headstone. While the approximate date of his death eventually reached his family, the circumstances were not set down and remain unknown. Family sources simply say, “Died while traveling overland to California.”


Two miles southwest of Farson, Wyoming

The site is on private property.



Randy Brown and Reg Duffin, Graves and Sites on the Oregon and California Trails, OCTA, 2nd edition, 1998, pp 114-115

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