Section 31 – Haddrill, Hatton

Written by Sandy Kinter, from Waterford Genealogical Society E-Newsletter Volume 16 Number 10

Section 31 is the southwestern corner of Waterford Township. Williams Lake Road makes up the western
boundary and Cooley Lake Road is the
southern boundary. It is mostly residential
with businesses and shops along Cooley Lake
Road. The Oakland County Tuberculosis
Sanatorium was once located in Section 31.
The hospital property is now the site of the
Highland Lake Campus of Oakland Community
College. Waterford Township’s HessHathaway Park occupies the old Hathaway
farm on Williams Lake Road.

The 1872 plat map of Waterford Township shows a small property owned by F.W. Fifield on the northern boundary of Section 31. Francis Webster Fifield was a resident of Waterford Village and he was included in the biographies of the village. In the southeastern corner of the section, at the intersection of Hospital and Cooley Lake Roads is a small square marked O. Dewey. Orville Dewey and his wife, Ann Herrington, will be reported with their parents, John K. Dewey, and Judah Herrington, both of whom resided in Section 32.

Abel Haddrill
Frances Hatton

Recorded in the 1870 census, on page 591, Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan, is Abel Haddrill, age 36, farmer, born in England; wife Frances, age 25, born in Michigan; children, Martha J., age 2, and Ida, age 10 months, both born in Michigan; Martha Haddrill, age 76, born in England; farm workers, Edward Oberly, age 16, born in Canada, Mayford Merrick, age 17, born in Michigan; and Martha Hatton, age 18, born in Michigan.

The farm of Abel Haddrill is the southwestern corner of Waterford Township at the intersection of Williams Lake and Cooley Lake Roads. The 1872 plat map places the residence on Cooley Lake Road, about where the Union Lake Post Office is now located. Abel Haddrill’s property extended across Cooley Lake Road into West Bloomfield Township, down to the north shore of Union Lake.

Abel’s death record gives his age at death as 65 years 8 months and 4 days. (1) If this is correct, that calculates to a birth date of 23 July 1831. The headstone picture for Abel Haddrill, found on Find A Grave, shows that his headstone just has the dates, 1831-1897. (3) There is a baptismal record for Abel “Haddrel”, baptized 18 September 1832, in Bremhill, Wiltshire, England, the son of Joseph and Martha Haddrel. (2) Abel married Frances Hatton, ca 1866-1867, place unknown.

The first record of Abel Haddrill in Waterford Township is his purchase of the two properties that made up his farm in Section 31. Both deeds are dated March 1866. The first deed is for the West ½ of the Southwest ¼ of Section 31, owned by James W. Hunt. (6) The second deed is for the East ½ of the Southwest ¼ of Section 31, owned by Charles D. Hoadley. (6) Abel is now in possession of the whole southwestern corner of Section 31.

Abel Haddrill died 27 March 1897, in Pontiac, Michigan. (1) He is buried in Square Lake Cemetery, Lake Orion, Oakland County, Michigan. (3) Abel’s parents were Joseph Haddrill and Martha Hyllier, married 20 February 1813, in Bremhill, Wiltshire, England. (5) It could not be determined when the Haddrill family immigrated from England to Oakland County, Michigan. In the 1850 census they are residents of Orion Township, Oakland County and all family members were born in England. (4) Joseph died 4 October 1864 and is buried in the Square Lake Cemetery, Lake Orion, Michigan. (3) In the 1870 census Martha is residing with her son, Abel, in Waterford Township. She died 25 August 1871, Waterford Township, (7) and is buried with her husband in the Square LakeCemetery. (3)

Frances Hatton, wife of Abel Haddrill, was born 29 July 1849, (8) probably in Orion Township, Oakland County, Michigan since her parents were residents of Orion Township in the 1850 census. (4) She was the daughter of Giles Hatton and Anna Hadsell. (8) Frances died 18 July 1921 in Avon Township, (8) and she is buried with Abel in the Square Lake Cemetery, Lake Orion, Michigan. (3)

The family of Giles Hatton is recorded in Orion Township in the 1850 census. (4) By the 1860 census the family has moved to Bowne Township, Kent County, Michigan. (9) Anna Hatton died in 1891 and is buried in the Bowne Township Cemetery, Kent County, Michigan. (10) Giles Hatton died 23 April 1904, in Pontiac, Michigan, (11) and he is also buried in the Bowne Township Cemetery. (10)


  1. Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952, Kent-Wexford, 1897; Oakland County,
    page 18, Ancestry,
  2. England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, Abel Haddrel, FamilySearch,
  3. Square Lake Cemetery, Lake Orion, Oakland County, Michigan,
    Find A Grave,
  4. 1850 Census, pages 129 and 134, Lake Orion Township, Oakland County, Michigan
  5. England Marriages, 1538-1973, FamilySearch,
  6. Oakland County, Michigan, Deed Records, Volume 85, pages 637-638,
    Images 331-332, FHL #0975447, FamilySearch,
  7. Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952, Alcona-Washtenaw, 1871; Oakland County,
    page 124, Ancestry,
  8. Death Certificate, Mrs. Fannie Haddrill, Indexed as Fannie Hudchill, Michigan,
    Death Records, 1867-1952; Oakland County, 1921-1925, Ancestry,
  9. 1860 Census, page 266, Bowne Township, Kent County, Michigan
  10. Bowne Township Cemetery, Kent County, Michigan, Find A Grave,
  11. Death Certificate, Giles Hattun (sic), Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952,
    Mason-Oakland, 1904, Ancestry,