Ira Hatch

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Ira Hatch (5 August 1835 – 30 September 1909) was a prominent Mormon missionary. He spoke 13 languages and spent most of his life working with the Native Americans of Southern Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. One of Hatch's wives was Miraboots, also known as Sarah Dyson, who was a Paiute. He was one of the founding fathers of Ramah, New Mexico. Hatch was the son of Ira Sterns Hatch who had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio. Hatch was born in Farmersville, Cattaraugus County, New York. Hatch was among the first missionaries sent to proselyte in the Southern Indian Mission in 1854. 1858 Hatch was among the missionaries sent to work with the Native Americans along the Muddy River in Nevada. That year Hatch was also among the first Mormon missionaries to the Hopi. In 1862 Hatch was involved in another mission to the Hopi. He was one of three missionaries left behind when Jacob Hamblin led the rest of the missionaries north. In 1866, during Utah's Black Hawk War Hatch led a group that visited the Shebits and Kiabab bands of Indians. On one occasion Hatch was serving a mission among the Mojave with Dudley Leavitt. The Mojave were going to kill Hatch  ( Wikipedia article )


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