Dyment, Albert Hatfield 1 2a

Birth Name Dyment, Albert Hatfield 3a 4 5a
Gender male
Age at Death 73 years, 13 days

Narrative

Albert Hatfield was born in Northam, Prince Edward Island on June 13 1891, the eldest son of James Dyment and Laura Belle McArthur, and named after his mother's brother Albert Hatfield McArthur. The PEI Baptismal Index gives this as his date of baptism, but the original Presbyterian Church record shows that the date of birth was written in the wrong column. Hatfield was baptized on July 2 1901 along with Wilfred, Herman, Edward, Eleanor, and Bill.

Hatfield and three of his sisters all taught school in various parts of the Island, including the school in Northam. Hatfield received his first year certificate from Prince of Wales in 1908, and got his teaching license the next year. In 1912, according to PEI government records, Hatfield had a Class 2 licence and taught at Northam, for an annual salary of $90.00. In Victoria West, he made $280.00. By 1913, he was the Principal at Linkletter School. "A. H. Dyment, Northam, has again entered P. W. C.. where he is taking up second-year work. His many friends wish him every success." The Guardian further noted that he completed his examinations for the second year certificate at Prince of Wales College in May 1915.

It looks like Hatfield may have started the year of 1918 teaching in Port Hill. In June of that year, neighbours gathered at his parent's home in Northam to say farewell before he went overseas. It must have been an anxious time for his mother and father, with two sons already serving overseas in France. Possibly due to his education, Hatfield was soon promoted to Private, Clerk Class 2. He finished his service at the Canadian Records List in February 1919.

Hatfield was among a group of 225 soldiers who arrived back in Charlottetown to be met at the station by a large crowd that included the mayor and Col. W. B. Prowse. There was music, speeches, and the Ladies Aid provided a "splendid spread". "Hearty cheers were given up for the men before the reception broke up."

Hatfield resumed his studies, attending Dalhousie University, obtaining a BA in 1921. After graduation he took a teaching position at Naparima College, the secondary school of the Canadian Presbyterian mission board in San Fernando, Trinidad. A few years later he enrolled at Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax. In 1927, Hatifeld entered the ministry of the United Church of Canada.

Hatfield served in the following communities in Nova Scotia, the Gaspe, and New Brunswick: Economy-Five Islands, NS; Sherbrooke (at the St. John’s congregations of Sherbrooke and Liscomb, from 1930 until 1933) ; Guysboro County; Tabusintac, NB (from 1933-1940); Escuminac in the Gaspe, Quebec (1941-1947); Little Shemogue (about 1953); Hillsborough, NB (1960s); Glenholm, NB.

Hatfield was preaching in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia when he met a schoolteacher, Evelyn Isabel Durning; they were married on 3 December 1930. Evelyn was the daughter of Wilbert Clark Durning and Agnes Oressa Graham. As a minister's wife, Evelyn moved about every 5 years to a new church and community. She made a joke about getting a “completely new wardrobe” every 5 years, which I didn't understand at the time to mean that her clothes were not new, just new to everyone else.

Their two children were born in New Brunswick.

A visit to Uncle Hat and Aunt Evelyn usually meant an opportunity to explore the huge old manses they lived in, sometimes with more than one attic. Aunt Evelyn always had a box of toys in the front hall closet. She was a great cook - the only problem was that children had to wait until Uncle Hat was finished eating before dessert was served. She also did beautiful needlework, and made cotton crochet tablecloths for her nieces.

Hatfield retired in the early 1960s, serving last in the United Church of St. Anns, Cape Breton as a retired supply. In 1963, Evelyn and Hatfield moved to Bible Hill, just outside of Truro, Nova Scotia.

Hatfield died suddenly at home on June 26 1964. He was buried on the Island. in Tyne Valley.

After Hatfield's death, Evelyn married again, to Hatfield's brother Bill. She died on 20 October 2003 in Nova Scotia, Canada at the age of 98 years.

 

 

 

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth June 13, 1891 Northam, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada date of birth incorrectly entered as date of baptism on church record 3b 5b
Death June 26, 1964 Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada age 73; obituary and gravestone  
Residence 1911 Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   5c
Occupation     United Church minister  
Marriage December 3, 1930 Bass River, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Canada Nova Scotia vital stats online  

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dyment, JamesFebruary 14, 1862November 25, 1956
Mother McArthur, Laura BelleNovember 26, 1871August 7, 1945
         Dyment, Albert Hatfield June 13, 1891 June 26, 1964
    Brother     Dyment, Wilfred James July 28, 1893 May 8, 1955
    Brother     Dyment, Eli Herman July 26, 1895 October 1, 1972
    Brother     Dyment, Edward Earle October 3, 1897 April 12, 1972
    Sister     Dyment, Mary Eleanor March 5, 1899 November 15, 1984
    Brother     Dyment, Henry Williams Bill March 2, 1900 May 15, 1987
    Brother     Dyment, Alexander Clifford December 19, 1903 June 1, 1982
    Sister     Dyment, Laura Belle November 15, 1905 September 9, 1991
    Brother     Dyment, Cecil Roy May 21, 1908 May 31, 1998
    Sister     Dyment, Annie Minerva September 30, 1908 November 2, 1978
    Brother     Dyment, Arthur Spurgeon August 31, 1910 April 27, 1994
    Sister     Dyment, Clara Ethel April 24, 1912 March 19, 1925
    Brother     Dyment, George Russel December 5, 1914 August 6, 1991

Families

Family of Dyment, Albert Hatfield and Durning, Evelyn Isabel

Married Wife Durning, Evelyn Isabel ( * April 9, 1905 + October 20, 2003 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage December 3, 1930 Nova Scotia, Canada    

Source References

  1. Earle Dyment: Dyment Scrapbook
  2. World War 1 Attestation Papers
      • Date: 1918
      • Page: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2793 - 33, Reg. No 3204671
  3. Ancestry.com: Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 13 Jun 1891 Birth place: Northam, P E Island Residence date: Residence place: Northam, P E Island

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 13 Jun 1891 Birth place: Northam, P E Island Residence date: Residence place: Northam, P E Island

  4. Ancestry.com: Nova Scotia, Canada, Marriages, 1763-1935
  5. 1911 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Birth date: June 1891 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: June 1891 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: June 1891 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada