Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920
Biography of Lucie Green Partridge Hatch, 1876-1957
By Amanda Ritter-Maggio, English instructor, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana
Founding member, Selma Suffrage Association
Lucie Green Partridge was born to Captain Daniel Partridge and Lucie Ann Harris Partridge on May 4, 1876. She had five siblings: Daniel III., born in 1873; Preston Hughes, born in 1874; Charles Stephen, born in 1879; Mary Winslow, born in 1881; and Mildred Cabell, born in 1883. Lucie's mother and sister Mildred died in 1884, and her father re-married in 1888 to Ellen Lee "Nellie" Field. Her half-brother Robert Barnwell Partridge was born in 1891.
Captain Partridge was a Confederate veteran who had been wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. He moved to Selma, Alabama after the Civil War, becoming a wealthy and influential cotton merchant and partner of the cotton firm Parke, Field, and Partridge. He was also a longtime Selma Board of Education member. Lucie's brother Daniel Jr. became a well-known attorney and judge, while brothers Preston and Stephen followed in their father's footsteps and became successful businessmen.
As young ladies, Lucie and her sister Mary participated in many clubs and were members of Selma's elite social circles. Lucie regularly traveled to visit friends in Chicago and Milwaukee. Around 1905, Lucie became a teacher and moved to Memphis, where her brother Preston and his wife Bessie were living at the time. She taught only one term of school before marrying Frederick McRee Hatch, a native of Greensboro, Alabama, who was working in Dallas, Texas. The two married on May 31, 1907 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis. From 1907-1909, the couple lived briefly in both Dallas and Chicago before moving to Selma.
Sometime around 1910, Lucie's sister Mary became interested in promoting women's suffrage in Alabama. Mary placed an advertisement for a women's suffrage meeting in The Selma Times-Journal on March 27, 1910. Lucie was among four women who attended the meeting and founded the Selma Suffrage Association. Just a few months later, Lucie and Frederick moved to Perdido Beach, an island near the Alabama-Florida border. Frederick died at Perdido Beach on October 5, 1918 and was buried in Pensacola, Florida. Lucie and Frederick had no children.
After the death of her husband, Lucie moved in with her stepmother Nellie and sister Mary in Selma. The three women were active in the Red Cross, St. Paul's Church, the Ossian Club, and the Selma Garden Club, among others. Lucie's name was frequently mentioned with her sister Mary's in the Selma newspaper society pages from 1900 through the 1950's, covering everything from the sisters' travel plans to the Hatch vacation home at Perdido Beach, to visits from their many nieces and nephews, to a complete report of Lucie's fractured kneecap in 1956. Lucie died at home in Selma on October 29, 1957. She is buried in Live Oak Cemetery in Selma alongside many other family members.
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