Descendants of Adam Hitch (1658/59-1731) of Old Somerset Co., MD


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1. Adam Hitch, son of ?? William Or John ?? Hitch, was born on 28 Sep 1658-13 Apr 16591 and died on 2 Jan 1731-15 Feb 1731 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: BACKGROUND: Ancestry of Adam Hitch. There is little known about this but what we do know is that the Hitch family was involved with The Virginia Company of London in its early days of the settlement of America. The Virginia Company founded the first permanent settlement in America, Jamestown, in 1607. From an initial population of about 100, many of which died in the first two years, the Virginia Company sent thousands of people to Jamestown annually through the middle 1600s. By 1625, the total population in and around Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia was still less than 5,000 people.

The Hitch surname shows up in the annals of early Virginia quite often. A John Hitch of London received a share of land from the Virginia Company from Francis Carter on July 17, 1622. The reference, as transcribed in the records of the Virginia Company states, "ffrancis Carter passed ouer one share of land vnto Iohn Hitch Cittizen of London beinge the last share of the later 40 assigned vnto him from the Right Honoble Lady D'Lawarre." Additionally, a John Hitch listed as living in James City County (near Williamsburg) in early 1625.

There is also record of one Henry Hitch who sailed back-and-forth between England and Virginia (and perhaps New England) many times in the early 1600s. In 1622, Captain Butler published "the Vnmasked face of our Colony in Virginia as it was in ye Winter of ye yeare 1622". In it, Butler made many accusations of hellish living conditions in Virginia in hopes of proving that the colony was not suitable for human habitation. A rebuttal was prepared to Captain Butler's claim where members of the colony and frequent visitors made testimony contrary to his accusations. Henry Hitch made a deposition as part of that rebuttal on April 30, 1623 that went as follows:

"I Henry Hitch Chirurgion of ye James haveinge been severall times in Virginia and lived att one time there about 5 monneths doe affirme all the Answers wthin written save yt I know not of ye matters about James Citty. Henry Hitch"

From it we see that Henry Hitch was a doctor on board the ship James during the early years of the Jamestown and Williamsburg settlements. He made many trips to the colony and once spent a full five (5) months in Virginia.

A Henry Hitch, maybe the same one, also shows up in The Index Library when his will was administered on September 8, 1630. The reference refers to the will of "Henry Hitch of parish St. Ethelburgha (sic), London, but (who was) deceased abroad. Admon w(ith) will, Sept. 8 to relict Francis N.E." The author believes that Henry Hitch's wife, Francis may have been living in New England at the time as denoted by the "N.E." in the reference. This is further supported by the fact that the James was known to have a regular trading route which took it from England to New England and Virginia in the early 1600s. Whether this Henry Hitch is the same as the one who made deposition to The Virginia Company in 1623 will have to remain speculation until the author gathers more information in hopes of determining any potential relationship.

Two other references to the Hitch surname have been uncovered by the author in relation to early Virginia. Both are small mentions-in-passing which only reference the name with little background information. The first is a reference to a William Hitch who was a witness to a 1663 order of the court regarding an orphan in Surry County. The second is a November 16, 1674 reference to an Elen Hitch as a transportee to Virginia by Captains Laurence Smith and Robert Beverly. This, along with them having transported numerous others, entitled them to 6500 acres of land in Rappahannock and New Kent Counties. From here, the Hitch name disappears until it shows up in earnest in colonial Maryland after 1675. This compiler believes that there is a connection to the John Hitch of the Virginia Company and our Adam Hitch, perhaps as grandfather but, with most of the early Virginia records having been burned during the Civil War there is little likelihood of proving that at this point.
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Adam Hitch's Wives

There has been a long-standing "tradition," based upon primarily amateur genealogical studies, that Adam Hitch had two wives. The first, Hannah Elgate, daughter of William Elgate, has always been purported to have been mother to all of the Hitch children. Second, Adam Hitch married later in life to lady named Mary whose maiden name remains a question.

Both of these women were indeed wives of Adam Hitch; however, my research has uncovered some major inconsistencies that seem to indicate that Adam probably had two other wives - one of which was mother to the majority of his children. Much thanks is owed to Rebecca (Becky) Miller of the Nabb Center at Salisbury University for help with sorting out all this information and making sense of the details. Becky descends from Adam Hitch through his daughter Catherine. The following paragraphs lay out the findings and probable sequence of Adam Hitch's FOUR wives:

Wife Number 1 - Ann (_?_)

There is no doubt that Adam Hitch's first wife was named "Ann" as she appears as such in the old Somerset land records (Liber IKL) announcing the births of William (1687), Mary (1689), Adam Jr. (1691) and Solomon Hitch (1694). Also, Adam and "Ann" (or Anne) Hitch appear together in the land records when selling tracts in 1695 and 1700.

Over the years, many who had studied the Hitch family have assumed that "Ann" Hitch was just a shortened form of "Hannah" Hitch and that this was one person - nee Hannah ELGATE, daughter of William Elgate. This whole assumption seems to be based on the singular fact that William Elgate in his will (written 1727 and probated 1738) left land to "granddaughter Katherine Hitch." This report argues that this record in fact offers disputing evidence that Hannah Elgate was the first wife of Adam Hitch. From the evidence so far, we can ascertain that Adam was married to this Ann from 1686/87 to at least late 1700. We will further refine these dates later.

Wife Number 2 - Hannah Elgate

Hannah Elgate was doubtless a wife of Adam Hitch based on the William Elgate will written in 1727 that names granddaughter Katherine Hitch. The bequest was a rather significant one in that it was for 150 acres of land called "Jeshimon." But why does Mr. Elgate bequest only to Katherine Hitch when there were numerous other grandchildren Hitch? Was it because that Katherine was a child of his daughter Hannah Elgate and the others were not? This now seems to be the case.

Remember that in land sales of Adam Hitch in 1695 and 1700, his wife was clearly named Ann or Anne Hitch. However, in 1709, when the next land sale of Adam Hitch occurred, his wife is clearly named Hannah Hitch. Also, Adam Hitch's children came on rather regular 2-to-3 year intervals between his first in 1687 and Samuel Hitch born circa 1703/7 (and probably closer to the year 1703 than 1707). The next child, Elgate Hitch was not born until 1712/13 leaving a good-sized "gap" between those children. While it is possible that the gap may have been caused by having children that did not survive infancy, it seems more likely that it was due to the passing of the earlier wife, Ann, and marriage of Adam to Hannah Elgate.

From this information, we can ascertain that Hannah Elgate became Adam Hitch's wife sometime before 1709 and, since she is not named in the will of William Elgate, she had died by 1727.

Wife Number 3 - Ann Bundick

Another "Ann"! The Ann and Hannah Hitches through the life of Adam have led to the belief that Hannah (Elgate) Hitch was also called Ann Hitch in the records. However, a singular record from the Somerset land records seems to show that this belief was wrong:

SoLR-IK:19 of the Somerset County, Maryland Land Records reads, "Capt. Wm Whittington planter, Somerset County agst Adam Hitch of Stepney Parish in ye county of Somerset planter and Anne his Adam Hitch et uxor wife late Anne Bondick Alias Dictus. Anne Bondick of Stepney Parish in ye county aft sumonsed to appear unto Wm Whittington of a plea that they render unto him 3412 pounds of tobacco and _____ from him they unjustly detained. Any where upon Francis Allen his attorney saith that whereas ye ___ Anne for thee was sole to witt ye 8 day of Oct 1617 (sic) at ye Parish and county of within jurisdiction of this court by her certain willing obligatory which ye set in with ye seale of the said Anne signed here into Court brings ye date where of ye same day & year did acknowledge ye herselfe to be bound unto ye Wm 3412 pounds of tobacco ___ to be paid unto ye said Wm when he should be there unto required yet ye Anne whilst ____ that often required the same for ye Wm hath not rendered nor ye Adam & Anne since ye (nuptuals?) between them celebrated but ye same to render hath denyed & ___ doth deny to ye damage of the said Wm of 2000 pounds of tobacco where of he bring ____" (underlined areas are hard to decipher) The trial for this record occurred on Nov 3 1719.

Unfortunately, the clerk erroneously recorded the date of the debt as "8 day of Oct 1617" so we do not know when the real date was - perhaps 1716, but it is unsure. We do know that the court heard the case in Nov 1719.

From this record, we can see that, by that "8 day of Oct _____," Adam Hitch's wife was Ann Bundick (the modern spelling of the indicated Bondick). Since the case was heard in 1719 and it was typical for a case like this to take a while to work through the court, a date of 1716 or 1717 would not be unreasonable to fill that blank that resulted from the clerk's error.

Two land sales occurred after this time by Adam and Ann(e) Hitch - one in 1721 and one in 1722. From these records, we can assume that Adam married Ann Bundick before 1717 and that she was still his wife until at least 1722.

Wife Number 4 - Mary (_?_)

Adam Hitch married one final time in his life, this time to "Mary" whose maiden name is lost. In a land sale from 1728 (new style), the sellers are named Adam Hitch and Mary, his wife. Also, when Adam Hitch wrote his will in Jan 1731 (ns), which was probated the same month and year, he mentions his wife Mary Hitch. This "widow" Mary Hitch is listed in the Somerset Tax records until 1735 when she disappears from the records. So we might now assume that "Mary" became Adam Hitch's wife before 1728 and remain so until his death in 1731. She probably died in 1735/36 when she no longer appears in the tax lists. first appears in the Somerset County, Maryland records when he received a deed for land from William Jones, Jr. (SoLR-MA3:891,892). Actual record is dated Mar 13 1687/88 and transfers 300 acres of land called "Beaver Dams". On Jun 13 1688 Adam Hitch made a petition to the court "showing how that being sumoned &c _____ to attend as a Jury man but som cattle breaking into his corn ffield was forced to stay for tomorro..." He was ordered to appear for the next court in Aug instead. (SoJ-1688:50). He made another petition on Aug 14 1688 where he said that "hoggs broke into his corn field" and he was "so damnified &c your petitioner did happen to come one hour late". He was excused for sufficient reason. (Ibid.:58).

Adam Hitch is named several times in the records of the Somerset County Court between 1690 and 1691. On Jun 4 1690, he is named as the twelfth juror for the Orphan's Court. (SoJ-1689/90:87). On Jun 10-12, 1690, he is listed as juror on three more occasions. (Ibid:106/107, 114/116, resp.). On Nov 11 1690, he is named as the twelfth member of the Grand Jury. (Ibid.:187). Finally, on Nov 12 1690, he is listed as released from service on the Grand Jury (Ibid:195).

On Oct 2 1691, Adam Hitch is listed as a juror again (SoJ-1690/91:177) and he is listed in a suit against William Coulbourne on Oct 9 1691 (Ibid:181). On Mar 22 1693, he got a deed for 75 acres of land from tract called "First Choice" (which had 250 acres total) from William Foxson for 1,300 pounds of tobacco (was first granted to William Stevens). It was on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay and south side of Beaver Dams at ye head of Annamessex River. The 75 acre tract was named "Allerton." (SoLR-L:117). The actual record is dated Aug 8 1693 and describes land bought for "1500 pounds of tobacco". On Jun 12 1695, Adam and Anne Hitch were paid 6,000 lbs of tobacco by Nicholas Tyler (Taylor) for 600 acres of land called "New Holland." It was land originally granted to Cornelius Johnson (which he had owned by May 13 1685) in Jun 1688 on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay about 6 miles up the SE branch of the Wicomico River - land was near place called "Paquarson". Cornelius had sold it to William Jones in Mar 1687. (Ibid.:281)

Adam and Ann Hitch then gave a deed for 75 acres of land called "Allerton" (see above) to Joseph Benton (Ibid.:562). Actual record is dated Mar 22 1700. Adam also received a deed for 1,450 acres of land called "High Suffolk" from Thomas Walker and Sarah his wife and Nicholas Evans and Rachel his wife (SoLR-L:563). Record is dated Sep 15 1700. On Jun 7 1702, Adam Hitch received Power of Attorney from Thomas Pemberton of Sussex County, Pennsylvania Province to sell 900 acres of land called "Pemberton." (SoLR-GI13:119,122). On Aug 15 1705, Adam Hitch is indicated as selling land to John Roach on behalf of Thomas Pemberton. (SoLR-GI13:123).

The following is from an article I did for the Hitch Family Newsletter (Issue 15). I place it here for chronological significance:

The Bar Tab of Adam Hitch - 1705 to 1708

While rummaging around in some old Maryland records for Somerset County, I ran across an interesting reference to Adam Hitch in the Judicials. It is what amounts to be a bar tab for Adam Hitch at Alexander Wilson's Inn for the years 1705 to 1708 - almost a full 300 years ago! It seems Mr. Wilson got tired of waiting for Adam to pay up so he brought the issue up in the Somerset County court in 1709.

Remember Adam Hitch is the patriarch of a good 65% to 70% of the Hitches who now live in the U.S. [The others descend from Christopher Hitch from 18th century MD and VA or one of the other 12 lines who immigrated here in the 19th century]. This account is very interesting in that it sheds some light on some of the social aspects of life in the very early 18th century on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Adam Hitch liked to imbibe in some spirits every now and then and, he seemed to a particular liking for rum and hard cider ("syder" in the records). Other refreshments including sweet "syder", wine, beer, "flip", "sampson" and "punch". Thanks to my friends on the Lower Delmarva Genealogical mailing list, I have been able to ascertain what some of these items are:

·pottel (pottle) - equal to a half gallon ·gill - 1/4 pint (4 oz.); however other definitions indicate a gill equals 8 oz. ·joyn - ??? - might be related to demijohn which is a large bottle with a bulging body and narrow neck. ·flip - mixture of beer and spirit sweetened with sugar and heated with a hot iron. ·punch - beverage composed of wine or spirits mixed with hot water or milk and flavored with sugar, lemons and some spice or cordial ·sampson - ??? ·diet - Oxford English Dictionary citation from year 1566: to feed, to take one's meal; citation from year 1635: to board.

He would often treat and be treated by guests to refreshments including Thomas Poll(ett?), Richard Plunkett, William Noble, William Hayman, William Goddard, John Louis, John Davis, John Gillie (Gillis?), and Daniel Jones. Once, Adam Hitch even sent "his man Bryan" to pick him up a gill of rum. "His man" probably refers to a servant, slave or tenant of Adam Hitch. Here's the transcript of the Somerset Judicial records for 1709 to June 1711, Folio 267 and 268:

Alex'r Wilson, plaintiff vs Adam Heatch, defendant

- Somerset - Adam Heatch of Somerset County Planter was attached to answer unto Alex'r Wilson of said county Inn Holder of a plea of trespass upon the case. And where upon the said Alex'r Wilson per Samll Worthington his attorney complaineth that the said Adam in the month of August 1708 and before at Pocomoke within the jurisdiction of this court became indebted unto the said Alex'r in the sum of sixteen hundred and ten pounds of tobacco it for sundry ordinary expences and accomodations as per account here unto annexed may here in court appear and the said Adam being indebted being indebted in manner aforesaid for and in consideration aforesaid at the time and place aforesaid did upon himself assume and faithfuly promise that the aforesaid 1610 pounds of tobacco unto the said Alex'r he would well and truly content and pay when there unto required although the said Adam the sum of five hundred fifty seven pounds of tobacco in part of the said debt hath paid yet the residue of the said debt being one thousand fifty three pounds of tobacco the said Adam (though often there unto requested) the said Alex'r hath not paid but the same to do hath denyed and still doth deny to the loss and damage of the said Alex'r of two thousand pounds of tobacco and there upon he brings this suit.

- Worthington

Mr. Adam Hitch debt

June the 16th 1705Lbs. To one gill rum at 005 To 1 half pint ditto010 To a joyn for punch008 2 To 1 quart of punch017 2 To 1 quart of ditto017 2 August the 15th To 1 quart of beer003 To 1 gill rum005 To 1 quart of flip017 2 To 1 pottel of syder010 To 1 quart of sampson017 2 November 13th To 1 gill of rum005 To 2 gal of syder040 To 2 gills of rum010 To 1 pottel of syder sweet012 2 January the 8th To 2 pint of rum010 To 2 gills of ditto010 To 2 pint of ditto010 To credit to Thomas Poll 1 qt. syder035 To ditto Richard Plunkett 1 pottel syder010 To Wm. Godards note excepted per you for069 To credit to Wm. Hayman 6 pottels of syder060 March 14th To your man Bryan per your order one gill of rum005 June the 11 1706 To 1 gill of rum005 September 14th To 1 pottel of flip035 To 1 gill of rum005 To 1 quart syder005 To 1 gill of rum005 To 1 gill ditto005 To 1 gill ditto005 To 1 pottel syder, 1 pint of wine005 To 1 pint of wine015 To 1 pottle syder010 To credit Wm. Davis 3 gal and 1/2 sweet syder087 2 To John Davis meat accepted per you for100 To credit to Wm. Davis more to 3 pottels syder030 To ditto to ditto 1 gal ditto020 To ditto to ditto 5 pottels of ditto050 To ditto to ditto 3pottels of ditto sweet037 2 December 3rd To ditto to ditto 1 pottel of ditto sweet012 2 To 1 qt. of syder005 To 1 quart of syder005 To 1 quart of ditto005 To 1 gill rum, l pottel syder sweet010 To 1 quart syder005 To 1 quart ditto005 July the 14th To credit to John Louis 1 pottel syder sweet012 2 To 1 pottel ditto012 2 sum895 2

To your account brought forward895 2

March 1707 To credit John Gillie 1 diet, 2 qts syder026 To 1 quart syder sweet006 To I pottel beer010 June 11th To credit to Richard Plunkett065 To 1 quart of flip017 2 To 1 diet010 September 9th To 4 qts. syder sweet025 To 2 qts.ditto012 2 To 3 qts. ditto015 To 1 pottel ditto at010 To 2 qts, ditto 2 diets030 To 1 qt. flip, 3 gills rum032 2 January 12th To 1 gill rum005 To 1 qt. flip, 1 gill rum022 2 March 1708 To 2 gal. corn, 2 diets026 To 2 qts. syder, 2 pt. rum020 To 1 pottel beer006 To 1 qt. punch, 2 gills rum, 1 diet037 2 To 9 pts.. of wine, 2 diets 2 gills rum165 To 3 pottels corn, 2 pottels wine069 June 8th To 1 bottel wine, 1 gill rum035 August To 7 quarts cyder 035 total sum1610 Per contra credit Per tobacco paid Wm Noble Senr400 Per tobacco paid ditto Noble more120 Per Richard Plunkett010 Per Daniel Jones 2 shill. 3 pence at027 557

balance1053

errors excepted per me Alex'r Wilson

At which day being trial day the deft. and pltf. being called and the deft. Adam Heatch having filed no plea the pltfs, attorney humbly moves the court for judgement which being considered by the court here is granted according to the rates of this court and that the pltf. Alex'r Wilson recover of this deft. Adam Heatch the balance of the account according to the declaration to wit one thousand fifty three pounds of tobacco as also two hundred fifty one pounds of tobacco for his cost and charges laid out and expended --- and the deft. in mercy.

Now, to continue with the rest of the historical records:

On Jul 20 1709, Adam and Hannah Hitch sold, for 5,000 lbs of tobacco, 200 acres of land to Thomas Phillips called "Green Recantation." It was land granted to William Green on Nov 28 1679 near the Nanticoke River and north most side of Quantico Creek. Mr. Green had sold the land to Roger Burkam on Oct 3 1687 and the land went to John Burkam at his death. John and Elizabeth Burkam sold it to Adam Heatch for 3,000 lbs of tobacco. (Ibid.:449). On Jul 20 1709, Adam Hitch paid 5,000 lbs of tobacco to James and Elizabeth Russell and James and Frances Bouger for 500 acres of land called "North Wailes." The land was originally granted to Alexander Thomas and located on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay and south side of the Nanticoke River. Land went to Elizabeth Thomas (Russell) and Frances Thomas (Bouger) when Alexander died. (Ibid.:454).

Adam Hitch was listed in the Somerset County, Maryland Rent Rolls dated Jul 20 1709 for a tract called "North Wales" (total 400 acres with an annual rent of £0.16.0) surveyed Nov 24 1685 on the south side of the Nanticoke River. This is the same 500 acres he bought from James Russell and James Bougher and wives. (SoRR-9:143). Also, for tract called "Greens Recarnation" (total 200 acres with an annual rent of £0.8.0) surveyed Jul 28 1679 by William Stevens, located on the north side of the main branch of Quantico. He sold 100 acres to Thomas Phillips. (SoRR-9:95).

On Aug 5 1713, Adam Hitch was listed as a witness (with Thomas Humphries Jr., Thomas Hickman, Thomas Vinson) to will of Lambrook Thomas who had listed son-in-law John Cordrey, daughter Mary Cordrey, granddaughter Mary Cordrey, daughter Rebecca Prise (Price), grandson Crispine Prise, grandson Elick Prise, and granddaughters Ann Prise and Grase Prise. (SoW-EB9:47). On Sep 18 1713, Adam Hitch was appraiser for the estate of William Bounds. (They Lived in Maryland, Somerset County 1700-1725). On Apr 14 1714, 50 acres of land called "Faurtum" was for Adam Heatch. He assigned the same for Edward Martin (SoRR:231). On Jul 20 1714, Adam Hitch was appraiser for the estate of Thomas Relfe Jr. (They Lived in Maryland, Somerset County 1700-1725).

On Aug 30 1715, Adam Hitch gave sureties of £200 for Michael Disharoon's estate with Ann Disharoon (his wife) as executrix (MdTP-21:497). Also on Dec 6 1717, he provided sureties, with Jonathon Heymann (Hayman), for testamentary bond of Bohle Hogins?? (MdTP-23:169). Also, on May 28 1718, he was listed as creditor to estate of Joseph Austin (taylor). On May 4 1718, Adam Hitch provided bond in sureties of £200 sterling. (MdTP-23:258). On Jun 19 1718, Adam Hitch, of Stepney Parish, was listed as a defendant in suit by Benjamin Wailes. (They Lived in Maryland, Somerset County 1700-1725). On Sep 3 1718, he was listed in a court suit against Nehemiah Mezick, agreed upon. (Ibid.) Adam Hitch was listed as administrator for estate of Edward Shoars (Shores). Estate valued at £33.0.8, written Oct 8 1718, probated Apr 1 1720 (MdPrI Abstracts-1720/24).

On Feb 21 1720/21, Adam Hitch received an inquisition on his mill seat returned by Robert Martin, Sheriff of Somerset County. The record states this was an "indented inquisition taken at Cottinghams Creek on Feb 21 1720 with jurors present: Robert Wailes, Capt. James Givens, Neal McCloyster, Robert Jones, Thomas Collier, William Young, Charles Young, Richard Nichols Sr. and Richard Nichols Jr. The jurors found no damage to his lordship but damage to William Elgate of 50 pounds of tobacco yearly. It mentions 20 acres of land - 10 acres on ye west side of said Creek beginning at a marked pine standing in the branch below ye mill thence N81W 40 perches, thence N9E 40 perches, thence S81W 40 perches till it ____ the Mill Damme and thence with a right line to the beginning. This land purchased of John Cordrey (Caudrie) Jr. Also 10 acres on ye east side of ye branch beginning at a marked red ashe standing a little below ye mill dame in ye branch, thence NE 16 perches, thence N4E 80 perches, S 16 perches, S15W 50 perches, thence right line to beginning. (MdCC-3:588)

On Apr 2 1721, he patented land called "Come By Chance", 563 acres "on the south side of the main branch of Cottingham Creek".

On Jul 1 1721 Adam Heatch and his wife Ann gave deed for land to Frances Lancake, bricklayer, for part of "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" for 18,000 pounds of tobacco. Portion was for 400 acres out of the two tracts - 317 acres of "Come By Chance" and 83 acres from "High Suffolk". Begin at a white oak standing by head of Mill Branch from thence running down ye branch S54W 20 poles, thence S19W 230 poles, thence S34W 65 poles, thence S 60 poles to a Spanish oak on ye east side of the Mill Branch in a forke thence running N65E 22 poles thence S70E 46 poles thence N70E 40 poles thence S45E 40 poles thence N75E 165 poles thence N35E 90 poles to a post standing in ye glade of ye forke branch thence running N45W 285 poles to ye first bound. (SoLR-JK:161). In the Aug Court of 1721 for Somerset County, Mr. Adam Hitch was listed first in the "Pannel of the Grand Jury." (SoJ)

On Feb 8 1721/22, Adam and wife Anne Hitch sold 100 acres of land (70 acres of "Come By Chance" and 30 acres of "High Suffolk") to John Cordrey Jr. for 10,000 pounds of tobacco. Begin at marked white oak being the first bounder of High Suffolk thence NE 50 poles thence S29E 80 poles, thence S60W 107 poles thence S9W 100 poles till it intersects a line of marked trees marked for ffrancis Lankake from thence N46W bounded by the afsaid line of marked trees to a marked white oak standing in the head of the Mill Branch being the first bounder of a tract belonging to ffrancis Lankake and from thence bounded up the said branch N54E 160 poles to the first bounder laid out. (SoLR-JK:214)

On Mar 5 1721/22, Adam Hitch was listed as Foreman of the Jury. (SoLR-IK:127). He was also listed as such for the Jun court of 1722. In 1722, Adam Hitch was mentioned in petition for ferry over Wicomoco River. (With John Hitch, Adam Hitch [Jr.]). Note, this became Upper Ferry c.1727. (MdHR 7266-1-4, SoCP). On Nov 21 1722, Adam Hitch made an accounting of Edward Shores estate (SoAA-5:23).

In the 1724 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Adam Hitch is listed in a household with "a boy negro, Hannah, Moll" In the 1725 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Adam Hitch Sr. is listed in a household with Adam Hitch Jr. and negroes Toby, Hanow, Moll, Conundom.

On Nov 12 1726, Adam Heetch was listed as appraiser with Thomas Humphrys for estate of Richard Nickollson (sic; Nicholson). Estate valued at £64.4.4. Also, for the period Dec 19 1726 to Jan 16 1726/27, Adam Hitch is listed as an executor, with Thomas Humphries, to will of George Hutchings. (SoW-EB9:108). Also, for the period Jul 16 1727 to Jul 5 1729, Adam Heatch was again listed as appraiser with Thomas Humphris for estate of Robard Stevenson. Estate valued at £11.18.4. (MdPrI Abstracts-1724/27, 1726/29).

In the 1727 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Adam Hitch is listed in a household with Elget Hitch, Isaac Highway, and three negroes. His household is next to that of Wm "Hitch", "Saml Hitch", and "Jno Hitch".

In the Aug 1727 Somerset County, MD court, it was reported that "Thomas Humphries and Adam Heatch report they laid out road to the 'Meeting House' in accordance with order of court, Jun 22 1727 directing them to lay out a road from the Upper Ferry road over Wickacomocee River to the Presbyterian Meeting House standing on or near riverside. Ye said road to be laid out ye most nearest way and least to prejudice to any person &c.'" (SoJ-1727/30:37). For the Nov 1727 Court, Adam Hitch is listed as a member of the Grand Jury along with Thomas Humphreys, Francis Landeake, etc. (SoJ-1727/30:60).

On Jan 19 1727/28 - Aug 3 1728, Adam Heatch and "Mary, his wife", gave deed for land to "Edw Shores of Dorchester County" for part of tract "North Wales" containing 200 acres. Shores paid with 6,000 pounds of tobacco. Land is that Adam Hitch bought from James and Francis Boucher and James and Elizabeth Russell (in SoLR-CD:54). It was originally granted to Alexander Thomas and went to daughters Elizabeth (Russell) and Francis (Boucher) after his decease. (SoLR-SH:39).

In the Mar Court for 1727/28, Adam Heatch is listed as Jury foreman on a bastardy case. (SoJ-1727/1730:65). He is again listed for a like case for the Jun 1728 Court (Ibid.:96) and Aug 1728 Court (Ibid:120). Listed in the Somerset County, MD Rent Rolls of May 6 1728 for tract called "Come By Chance" (total 560a, yr. rent £1.25.0) surveyed May 22 1707 for Adam Heath (should be Heatch/Hitch) on N. side of Wicomico River about 2 mi. from said river about 20 poles from a mill dam branch known as Cottingham Creek. (SoRR-9:264).

On May 6 1728, Adam Hitch and Mary Hitch, "his wife" gave deed of gift for 94 acres of land to Jno. Heatch, deed of gift for 212 acres of land described as two tracts "High Suffolk" and "Come by Chance" on the north side of the "Wiccocomioco River" to Samuel Heatch, deed of gift for 310 acres of land to Solomon Heatch and deed of gift for 405 acres of land to William Heatch (SoLR-SH:23,26).

Details of Adam Hitch's "deeds of gift" in 1728

Samuel Hitch - part of High Suffolk and Come By Chance (SoLR-SH:23)

212 acres - Beginning at a marked tree standing at the SE side of a glade nere to where John Price now lives and at the SE corner of ffrancis Lancake's land from thence by a line of marked trees S12E 270 poles thence E 93 poles thence N39W 45 poles thence E 80 poles, thence by a line of marked trees dividing it from a parcell of land given by me to son Jno Hitch NNW 200 poles thence by a line of marked trees dividing it from the lower end of Willm Hitches land N46W 130 poles from thence with a right line to the first bound

John Hitch - part of High Suffolk (SoLR-SH:24)

94 acres - Beginning at the easternmost end of the land I gave to my son Wm. Hitch and from thence by a line of marked trees dividing it from Willm Hitches land SWxS 168 poles thence by a line of marked trees still dividing it from said William's land SW 200 poles to a line of a parcell of land given by me to Saml Hitch thence SSE 185 poles till it intersect the southern most bounds of the said land called High Suffolk from thence with the outside lines of the said High Suffolk to the SE till it comes to the end of the line of marked trees where it first begun.

Solomon Hitch - part of High Suffolk (SoLR-SH:25)

310 acres - Beginning at a small marked red oak on the north side of a path by a glade side on the head of the Mill Creek near to where Jno. Caudrey now lives being the northern bounder of the said Caudrey's land in the first course of the said tract called High Suffolk from thence with a line N 50 poles thence E 178 poles thence ExS 95 poles by a line of marked trees thence by a line of marked trees SW 375 poles dividing it from a part of the said tract layed out for Willm Hitch by a glade to the northward of where John Price now lives from thence bounded by the said glade to the line of Jno. Caudrey's land bounded by the said Caudrey's land to the first bounder.

William Hitch - part of High Suffolk (SoLR-SH:26)

405 acres - Beginning at southwest end of a line of marked trees dividing it from a part of the said tract called High Suffolk given to my son Solomon Hitch on the west side of a glade that comes by where Jno. Price now lives thence by a line of marked trees S46E 180 poles partly dividing it from the land I have given to my son Saml Hitch thence by a line of marked trees NE 200 poles dividing it from a part of said land given to Jno. Hitch thence by a line of marked trees NExN 168 poles to the easternmost bounds of ye said tract called High Suffolk from thence bounded by ye outside line of ye said tract to ye eastern side of ye land I gave to my son Solomon from thence SW by a line of marked trees dividing it from my son Solomon's land 375 poles to ye first beginning.

In the 1728 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Adam Hitch is listed in a household with Algate Hitch, Jacob Crouch, and negroes Tobe, Hannah, Donnuda.

On Aug 18 1728, Adam Heatch was ordered, with Thomas Humphreys, to pay Betty Gale £2.9.0 and 238 lbs of tobacco for part of George Hutchins estate. (SoJ-1727/30:110). On Sep 5 1728, Adam Hitch received a commission for being Executor for the estate of George Hutchins. (MdTP-28:244). Adam Hitch made a deposition in the case of Daniel Hull. Deposition date is Sep 28 1728 and states that Adam Hitch is age 69 (notably, not "about"). To prove bounds of a certain tract of land called "Long Ridge", "about 34 years ago" Adam Hitch bought from Robert Catlin. (SoJ-1727/30:151). In the Mar 1729 Court Adam Hitch gave a deposition in the case of Daniel Hull. The deposition is dated Sep 28 1728 and states that he is age 69 to prove bounds of a certain tract of land called Long Ridge, "about 34 years ago" that he bought 135 acres of land from Robert Catlin laying on Murumsco Dam or branch called "Long Ridge." This record mentions Mitchell and Daniel Long made probate of Samuel Long and also mentions Edward Cullen. (SoJ-1727/30:151).

In the 1729 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Adam Hitch is listed in a household with Elgett Hitch, and negroes Toby, Franck, Hannah, Cununda, Mowgah. In Jun 1729, Adam Heatch was mentioned in Francis Lanakuke (sic) petition for land "in Rockawalkin being part of two tracts of land belonging to Adam Heatch". "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk". (SoJ-1727/30:182). On Jul 11 1729, Adam Hitch is listed as providing Administrator's bond for the estate of Henry Hutchins. (MdTP-28:390).

On Jul 28 1729, Francis Langcake brought a petition to assess the boundaries of his land, part of tracts "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" sold to him by Adam Heatch. Commissioners were ordered to take depositions to ascertain the bounders of the land. A deposition was taken of Robert Givan, age 58, who stated that eight years past he was employed by Adam Heatch to survey and lay out 400 acres for Francis Langcake and that a dead gum stump beside a mulberry post marked with 16 notches was a bound. Also, a large stooping white oak near "ye forke of a glade about 100 yards southward of John Price's house" was the third bounder. Further, he states that he ran with a straight line of marked trees to "ye first bounder being a marked white oak. On ye east side of ye Rockiawalkin Mill branch" being a bounder of Jno. Cordrey's land sold him by Adam Heatch laid out at the same time. Thomas Humphries, age 44, stated that he was with said Givan when he surveyed the land and corroborated his deposition fully. The deposition by John Caldwell, age 46, states that "about sixteen months ago he was employed by Sam'l Heatch to lay out land given him by his father Adam Heatch." He also mentions the "old gum stump about 100 yards southward of Jno. Price's house on ye east side of a glade of the mill branch." This was indicated as the place where said Langcake's land ended and there is where he began to lay out Samuel Hitch's land. John Cordrey, age 48, then deposed that he was also with Givan when he conducted his original survey and corroborated Givan's deposition stating that he was the owner of the land adjacent to Langcake. (SoJ-1727/30:212,213).

On Apr 1 1730, Adam Hitch was listed as Executor for the estate of George Hutchins. (MdTP-28:458). On Apr 10 1730, Adam Hitch was listed as a witness for the will of Crispin Price. (They Lived in MD, Somerset County 1726-1750, Coldham, Liber EB9-132) In the 1730 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Adam Heatch is listed in a household with Elgate Heatch and slaves Toby, Frank, Hanna, Mow, and Cannador.

On Jan 16 1730-31, Adam Heatch gave deeds of gifts to Samuel Heatch ("one negro boy named Johnna"), Elgate Heatch ("one negro woman called Conounder"), John Heatch ("one negrow woman called Mough"), Solomon Heatch ("one negro man called Franck", Catherine Heatch ("one negro girl called Sarah"), and Elizabeth Heatch ("one negrow girl called Moll") (SoLR-SH:295/297).

Adam Hitch's will was written on Jan 22 1730/31 and probated on Feb 15 1730/31. It is paraphrased as follows:

Adam Heatch, of Somerset County, Maryland, Jan 2 1730 (1731). To my wife Mary I give one-third of my dwelling plantation, one-third of my personal estate, and an equal interest with my children, in my water mill, to be enjoyed by her during her widowhood. To my son Elgatt Heatch and heirs, that part of my dwelling plantation which is included between Samuel Heatch's land and the mill branch, with part of a tract called "Come By Chance", and part of another tract called "High Suffolk". To my grandson John Price, I give 90 acres where John Price now lives after the death of his mother. To all my children viz - Solomon, John, Samuel, Elgatt, Elizabeth, Mary Price, and Eve Smith, I give my personal estate which is to be shared by them equally, but William Heatch's children are to have an equal part thereof. Son Solomon to be executor and John Handy to be overseer. Teste: John Handy, George Lancake, John Crouch. Proved Feb 15 1730/31. (SoW-EB9:135).

For his estate, an inventory was performed between Feb 23 1730/31 and Aug 24 1731. Adam Heatch's estate was inventoried at a value of £239.1.7. Appraisers: Robert Givan, Isaac Handy Creditors: Cum. Atkinson, John Prior Next-of kin: Elgeate Heatch, Samuell Heatch Adm/Exec: Sollomon Heatch. (MdPrI Abstracts-1729/34) A second inventory was performed between Nov 18 and 22 1732 where his estate was re-appraised at a value of £253.5.11. Appraisers were Robert Givan and Isaac Handy; Creditors were Robert Givan and John Prior; Next-of kin listed were John and Samuel Heitch; the Administrator/Executor was Solomon Heitch. (MdPrI Abstracts-1729/34)

Even after his death, Adam Hitch was mentioned in the Mar 1731/32 depositions of David Wilson & Edward Beauchamp for boundaries of tracts of land called Long Ridge. They had talked to Adam "13th of Apr last past". He also made personal deposition as "Adam Heatch of Somerset County Gent. age seventy-two years or there abouts." (SoLR-1730/33:179,180).

Even in the Mar Court of 1736/37, he is mentioned in a case in a deposition by William Catlin (age 47 or so) as "a certain Adam Hitch late of the afd County deceased" about land called Long Ridge. (SoJ-1735/37:312).

Adam married Ann (?) about 1686. Ann was born about 1667 and died about 1704 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: Adam Hitch's Wives

There has been a long-standing "tradition," based upon primarily amateur genealogical studies, that Adam Hitch had two wives. The first, Hannah Elgate, daughter of William Elgate, has always been purported to have been mother to all of the Hitch children. Second, Adam Hitch married later in life to lady named Mary whose maiden name remains a question.

Both of these women were indeed wives of Adam Hitch; however, my research has uncovered some major inconsistencies that seem to indicate that Adam probably had two other wives - one of which was mother to the majority of his children. The following paragraphs lay out the findings and probable sequence of Adam Hitch's FOUR wives:

Wife Number 1 - Ann (_?_)

There is no doubt that Adam Hitch's first wife was named "Ann" as she appears as such in the old Somerset land records (Liber IKL) announcing the births of William (1687), Mary (1689), Adam Jr. (1691) and Solomon Hitch (1694). Also, Adam and "Ann" (or Anne) Hitch appear together in the land records when selling tracts in 1695 and 1700.

Over the years, many who had studied the Hitch family have assumed that "Ann" Hitch was just a shortened form of "Hannah" Hitch and that this was one person - nee Hannah ELGATE, daughter of William Elgate. This whole assumption seems to be based on the singular fact that William Elgate in his will (written 1727 and probated 1738) left land to "granddaughter Katherine Hitch." This report argues that this record in fact offers disputing evidence that Hannah Elgate was the first wife of Adam Hitch. From the evidence so far, we can ascertain that Adam was married to this Ann from 1686/87 to at least late 1700. We will further refine these dates later.

Wife Number 2 - Hannah Elgate

Hannah Elgate was doubtless a wife of Adam Hitch based on the William Elgate will written in 1727 that names granddaughter Katherine Hitch. The bequest was a rather significant one in that it was for 150 acres of land called "Jeshimon." But why does Mr. Elgate bequest only to Katherine Hitch when there were numerous other grandchildren Hitch? Was it because that Katherine was a child of his daughter Hannah Elgate and the others were not? This now seems to be the case.

Remember that in land sales of Adam Hitch in 1695 and 1700, his wife was clearly named Ann or Anne Hitch. However, in 1709, when the next land sale of Adam Hitch occurred, his wife is clearly named Hannah Hitch. Also, Adam Hitch's children came on rather regular 2-to-3 year intervals between his first in 1687 and Samuel Hitch born circa 1703/7 (and probably closer to the year 1703 than 1707). The next child, Elgate Hitch was not born until 1712/13 leaving a good-sized "gap" between those children. While it is possible that the gap may have been caused by having children that did not survive infancy, it seems more likely that it was due to the passing of the earlier wife, Ann, and marriage of Adam to Hannah Elgate.

From this information, we can ascertain that Hannah Elgate became Adam Hitch's wife sometime before 1709 and, since she is not named in the will of William Elgate, she had died by 1727.

Wife Number 3 - Ann Bundick

Another "Ann"! The Ann and Hannah Hitches through the life of Adam have led to the belief that Hannah (Elgate) Hitch was also called Ann Hitch in the records. However, a singular record from the Somerset land records seems to show that this belief was wrong:

SoLR-IK:19 of the Somerset County, Maryland Land Records reads, "Capt. Wm Whittington planter, Somerset County agst Adam Hitch of Stepney Parish in ye county of Somerset planter and Anne his Adam Hitch et uxor wife late Anne Bondick Alias Dictus. Anne Bondick of Stepney Parish in ye county aft sumonsed to appear unto Wm Whittington of a plea that they render unto him 3412 pounds of tobacco and _____ from him they unjustly detained. Any where upon Francis Allen his attorney saith that whereas ye ___ Anne for thee was sole to witt ye 8 day of Oct 1617 (sic) at ye Parish and county of within jurisdiction of this court by her certain willing obligatory which ye set in with ye seale of the said Anne signed here into Court brings ye date where of ye same day & year did acknowledge ye herselfe to be bound unto ye Wm 3412 pounds of tobacco ___ to be paid unto ye said Wm when he should be there unto required yet ye Anne whilst ____ that often required the same for ye Wm hath not rendered nor ye Adam & Anne since ye (nuptuals?) between them celebrated but ye same to render hath denyed & ___ doth deny to ye damage of the said Wm of 2000 pounds of tobacco where of he bring ____" (underlined areas are hard to decipher) The trial for this record occurred on Nov 3 1719.

Unfortunately, the clerk erroneously recorded the date of the debt as "8 day of Oct 1617" so we do not know when the real date was - perhaps 1716, but it is unsure. We do know that the court heard the case in Nov 1719.

From this record, we can see that, by that "8 day of Oct _____," Adam Hitch's wife was Ann Bundick (the modern spelling of the indicated Bondick). Since the case was heard in 1719 and it was typical for a case like this to take a while to work through the court, a date of 1716 or 1717 would not be unreasonable to fill that blank that resulted from the clerk's error.

Two land sales occurred after this time by Adam and Ann(e) Hitch - one in 1721 and one in 1722. From these records, we can assume that Adam married Ann Bundick before 1717 and that she was still his wife until at least 1722.

Wife Number 4 - Mary (_?_)

Adam Hitch married one final time in his life, this time to "Mary" whose maiden name is lost. In a land sale from 1728 (new style), the sellers are named Adam Hitch and Mary, his wife. Also, when Adam Hitch wrote his will in Jan 1731 (ns), which was probated the same month and year, he mentions his wife Mary Hitch. This "widow" Mary Hitch is listed in the Somerset Tax records until 1735 when she disappears from the records. So we might now assume that "Mary" became Adam Hitch's wife before 1728 and remain so until his death in 1731. She probably died in 1735/36 when she no longer appears in the tax lists.

Summary

From all this information, we seem to draw the final conclusions:

Wife 1: Ann (_?_), born circa 1667 and died probably not long after son Samuel Hitch was born in 1703/7 (most likely about 1704). Adam married Ann (_?_) circa 1686 and they had children William, Mary, Adam, Solomon, John, Eve, Elizabeth and Samuel Hitch..

Wife 2: Hannah Elgate, married Adam Hitch between the passing of his first wife circa 1704 and the 1709 land sale mentioning Adam and Hannah Hitch. Hannah Hitch died before circa 1716/17 when Adam Hitch's wife Ann Bundick appears in the records. She was probably born circa 1680/85. Adam and Hannah Hitch had children Elgate and Katherine Hitch.

Wife 3: Ann Bundick, married Adam Hitch before 1717 but after the birth of Katherine Hitch circa 1714. Ann (Bundick) Hitch died 1722/27. There were no known children from this marriage.

Wife 4: Mary (_?_), married Adam Hitch before 1727 but after the land sale of Adam and Anne Hitch in 1722. Mary Hitch died after Adam in 1735/36. There were no known children from this marriage.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. William Hitch was born on 31 Oct 1687 in Somerset Co., MD2 and died in Apr 1730 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 3 F    ii. Mary Hitch was born on 27 Sep 1689 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1757 in Somerset Co., MD.

   4 M    iii. Adam Hitch was born on 24 Nov 1691 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1726-1727 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Somerset County Land Records (SoLR-IKL), Adam Heatch, son of Adam and Ann Heatch was born Nov 24 1691.

General Notes: In 1722, Adam Hitch Jr., is mentioned in petition for ferry over Wicomoco River (with John Hitch and Adam Hitch Sr.). Note, this became Upper Ferry c.1727. (SoCP-1722, MdHR 7266-1-4). In the 1725 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Adam Hitch Jr. is listed in a household with Adam Hitch Sr. (head of household) and negroes Toby, Hanow, Moll, Conundom. Adam Hitch Jr. probably died by 1726 or 1727 as he was not included in the May 6 1728 deeds of gift from Adam Sr. to his other children.

+ 5 M    iv. Solomon Hitch was born on 9 May 1694 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 14 Mar 1748 and 5 Apr 1748 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 6 M    v. John Hitch was born about 1696 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 9 Sep 1762 and 16 Mar 1763 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 7 F    vi. Eve Hitch was born about 1698 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1731.

   8 F    vii. Elizabeth Hitch was born about 1700 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1731.

General Notes: On Jaguar 16, 1730/31, "Eliza" Heatch received a deed of gift of "one negrow girl called Moll" from her father Adam Heatch (Somerset Co. Land Records, Liber SH, Folio 297).

+ 9 M    viii. Samuel Hitch was born in Apr 1703 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1750 in Somerset Co., MD.

Adam next married Hannah (Ann) Elgate, daughter of William Elgate Jr. and Sarah Keene, about 1708. Hannah was born between 1680 and 1685 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1715-1716 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: The following are references from the book "Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland" by Clayton Torrence:

(1) Headrights* in 1663: William ELGATE for himself, wife Hannah and sons John and William. (*a right for 50a of land)

(2) William ELGATE patented "Elgate" for 150a on June 3, 1664.

This shows the family ELGATE as William, Hannah and sons John and William. With two sons of unknown ages, we can safely assume that William and Hannah must have been at least 20-25 years old in 1663 (i.e., born before 1638-1643). However, we also know that William Jr. had daughter Hannah who married Adam Hitch and had their first child in October of 1687. If we assume that she was 20 years old at the time, this puts her birth at c.1667. Therefore, we can deduce that William Jr. was perhaps 20-25 in 1667 or born c. 1642-1647. This makes us revisit William and Hannah ELGATE (Sr.'s) birth years to 1642-1647 minus 20 to 25 years or possibly 1617 to 1627. If we take an "average of the years, we arrive at the following:

William ELGATE Sr. born c. 1622, died 1687 Hannah ELGATE Sr., born c. 1624 (a little younger), died ?? William ELGATE Jr., born 1644/45, died 1726/38 (probably closer to 1738 making him age 90+) Hannah ELGATE Jr. (married Adam Hitch), born c. 1667, died 1722/27


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 10 M    i. Elgate Hitch was born between Jul 1712 and Jun 1713 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 19 Mar 1772 and 9 Feb 1773 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 11 F    ii. Catherine Hitch was born about 1714 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 24 Oct 1776 and 6 Dec 1781 in Somerset Co., MD.

Adam next married Anne Bundick in 1715-1716 in Somerset Co., MD. Anne died between 1722 and 1727 in Somerset Co., MD.

Adam next married Mary (?) between 1722 and 1727. Mary died in 1735-1736 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the 1733 Tax List for Somerset County, Mary Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred as "widow" in the household with Ambrose Riggin and slave Toby.

In the 1734 Tax List for Somerset County, Mary Hitch is listed in Nanticoke Hundred as "At ye wido. Hitches" in the household with Ambrus Riggin and slave Tobe.

In the 1735 Tax List for Somerset County, Mary Hitch is listed in Nanticoke Hundred as "Hitch, widow" in the household with Ambros Riggin and slave Tobee.

This Mary Hitch does not show up again in records after 1735.


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2. William Hitch was born on 31 Oct 1687 in Somerset Co., MD2 and died in Apr 1730 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the 1724 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with Edward MaLamery. In the 1725 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1727 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. His house is adjacent to those of Adam/Elget Hitch, Saml Hitch, and Jno Hitch. On May 6 1728, William Heatch received a deed of gift for 405 acres of land from his father Adam Heatch and "Mary, his wife" (SoLR-SH:26). In the 1728 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

William Hitch's will was probated on Apr 10 1730 as follows: ·I give my real estate to sons William, Thomas, John, and Nehemiah, the eldest to have first choice. ·To my son Ezekiel I give £10 to be paid to him when he reaches the age of eighteen. ·All sons to be free at age 18. ·Wife to be executrix. ·To my daughter Rachel a bed and other household goods. ·My father, Thomas Humphries, and my brother Solomon Heatch to be trustees. Testator: John Heatch, Samuel Heatch, and Cornelius Linch (Wills:20, 63; also SoW-EB9:131, also SoWorig).

William Heatch's estate was inventoried between May 6 1730 and Feb 15 1730/31 at a value of £101.2.6 with appraisers Isaac Handy and John Handy; creditors Timothy Atkinson and Solomon Heatch; next-of-kin listed as Solomon Heatch and John Heatch and Administratrix/Executrix was Rachel Heatch. (MdPrI-16:174). On Aug 18 1731, the records show, Rachel Heatch executrix of Wm. Heatch "to the dec'd estate then acct for" £101.2.6. Adam Heatch and Thomas Gillis, sureties. (SoJ-1730/33:144).

William married Rachel Humphreys, daughter of Thomas Humphreys and Mary King, about 1715 in Somerset Co., MD. Rachel was born about 1695 and died aft 1730 MD.

General Notes: It must be noted here that, for years, Hitch genealogies have assumed as "fact" the following:

·William Hitch (1687-1731), son of Adam, married Rachel Humphreys (of Thomas) and, ·William Hitch (c.1719-1771), son of William above (and who was thought to be son of Solomon - see later details for that one, under Solomon Hitch [1694-1748]), married Mary Whittington?

These "facts" have been based upon conjecture surrounding the will of John Gilliss the fact she named a son Gillis Hitch. He was born in Accomack circa 1662, and died before bef Aug 15 1720, the son of Thomas Gilliss and Mary Manlove. His will of 20 Aug 1720 mentions four daughters: Rebecca, Sarah, Betty and Bridget; and four sons-in-law: Thomas Humphreys, William Hitch, Abraham Taylor and Solomon Wright. Note that John Gilliss' daughter who married a William Hitch was a married woman in 1720. You would need a later generation for the wife of William Hitch of William. Now the only William Hitch old enough to have married a John Gilliss daughter is William (1687-1730) of Adam. The problem with this is that William's wife is confirmed as named Rachel in his probate of 1730/1732 so we are left with:

(a) the hypothesis is wrong, or (b) Rachel is a Gilliss, or (c) the wife Gilliss died between 1720 and 1730 and William remarried to a Rachel _____.

A possible answer is that we should not assume that John Gilliss listed all his daughters in his will - four. Maybe there were possibly eight (8) daughters; the four mentioned (Rebecca, Sarah, Betty and Bridget) being single and four (4) more that were married to the four (4) sons-in-law (Thomas Humphreys, William Hitch, Abraham Taylor and Solomon Wright). As for William (of William) naming a son Gillis Hitch, it was simply because he named him after his grandmother's maiden name - not at all uncommon at the time. Additionally, he also named a son Whittington Hitch - this may clue as to the real surname of Mary, w/o William of William. That is why I now surmise that William Hitch (c. 1719-1771) of William's wife may be nee Mary WHITTINGTON. The REAL fact is there is still a cloud over who was the wife of William Hitch (1687-1730). However, it seems very possible (odds about 70%) that she was a Gilliss and probable that her name was Rachel Gilliss.

***NOTE, that 2015, upon review, it now appears that the wife of William Hitch was indeed probably Rachel HUMPHREYS and not GILLIS. The records are not clear enough to state with certainty bt evidence favors the fact that Rachel Humphreys, daughter of Thomas Humphreys, was wife of William Hitch.***


Known children from this marriage were:

   12 F    i. Rachel Hitch was born between 1715 and 1720 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the August Court of 1732 for Somerset Co., Rachell Hitch offered, with Daniel Cordry and Timothy Adkinson, bond of £139.4.2 for orphans William, John, Nehemiah, Rachell and Ezekiel Hitch "of William HITCH, dec'd". Balance due from account of estate of £64.12.1 to be paid when they are "of full age." (Somerset Co. Judicials, 8/1730-6/1733, Folio 248)

+ 13 M    ii. William Hitch was born about 1719 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 17 Nov 1771 and 27 Dec 1771 in Dorchester Co., MD (Now Sussex Co., DE).

   14 M    iii. Thomas Hitch was born in 1720 and died before 1732.

General Notes: Probably born between William and John. Never made Tax List and in 3/27/1754-55 land sale it indicated that he "died before age 21." Also was not mentioned when, in the August Court of 1732 for Somerset Co., Rachell Hitch offered, with Daniel Cordry and Timothy Adkinson, bond of £139.4.2 for orphans William, John, Nehemiah, Rachell and Ezekiel Hitch "of William HITCH, dec'd". Balance due from account of estate of £64.12.1 to be paid when they are "of full age." (Somerset Co. Judicials, 8/1730-6/1733, Folio 248)

+ 15 M    iv. John Hitch was born in 1723 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 30 Jul 1767 and 10 Aug 1769 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 16 M    v. Nehemiah Hitch was born about 1724 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 16 Oct 1774 and 22 Mar 1775 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 17 M    vi. Ezekiel Hitch was born in 1730-1731 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 1758 in Somerset Co., MD.

3. Mary Hitch was born on 27 Sep 1689 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1757 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Somerset County Land Records (SoLR-IKL), Mary Heatch, daughter of Adam and Ann Heatch was born Sep 27 1689.

Death Notes: Mary Price is listed as head of household in Somerset County Tax List of 1749 in Wicomico Hundred. Adam Price is with her - probably indicating he was still a minor at the time.

General Notes: She is listed in the Tax Lists through 1757.

Mary married John Price about 1710 in Somerset Co., MD. John was born about 1685 and died in 1728-1730 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: John Price was listed as an heir in Adam Hitch's 1731 will to get the 90 acres of land on which he lived. (SoLR-SH:295/297).


Known children from this marriage were:

   18 M    i. John Price was born before 1715 in Somerset Co., MD3 and died in 1745.

Birth Notes: Listed in own household in the 1730 Somerset Tax List.

General Notes: The inventory of John Price's estate was taken on November 16, 1745 by Joshua Caldwell, administrator. John Hitch and William Byrd were listed as creditors. The entire estate was listed as worth only £15.1.3.

+ 19 M    ii. Thomas Price was born in 1719 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1783 in Worcester Co., MD.

   20 M    iii. David Price was born in 1720-1721 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: First Time on Somerset Tax Lists was in 1737 with brother(?) John Price.

   21 M    iv. Francis Price was born in 1722-1723 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: First Time on Somerset Tax Lists was in 1739 with brother(?) John Price.

   22 M    v. Robert* Price was born in 1724 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: First Time on Somerset Tax Lists was in 1740 as head of household.

   23 M    vi. Adam Price was born in 1729 in Somerset Co., MD.

5. Solomon Hitch was born on 9 May 1694 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 14 Mar 1748 and 5 Apr 1748 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Somerset County Land Records (SoLR-IKL), Solomon Heatch, son of Adam and Ann Heatch was born May 9 1694.

Death Notes: Solomon Hitch's will was written Mar 14 1747/48 and probated Apr 5 1748 (SoW-25:360).

General Notes: While the other Hitch families in this area remained primarily in the Wicomico Hundred of Somerset County, Solomon Hitch was in the Nanticoke Hundred by at least 1724. In the 1724 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1725 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable.In the 1727 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. On May 6 1728, Solomon Heatch received a deed of gift for 310 acres of land from his father Adam Heatch and "Mary, his wife" (SoLR-SH:25). In the 1729 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1730 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with slave Cook.

On Jan 16 1730/31, Solomon Heatch received another deed of gift, this time for "one negro man called Franck" from Adam Heatch (SoLR-SH:295). For the estate of Crispin Price inventoried between May 6 1730 and Feb 15 1730/31, Solomon Heatch was listed as creditor. The estate was valued at £86.18.4. (MdPrI Abstracts-1729/34).

In the 1733 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Michell Swillvin (Smullin?), Richard Chapman and slaves Frank and Cook. In the 1734 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with slaves Frank and Cook. In the Aug court of 1734, Solomon Hitch, planter, was appointed a guardian to Ann Price and Solomon Price who were both under age 14 at the time. (SoJ-1733/35:181). In the 1735 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with slaves Frank and Cook. A year later, in Aug 1735, Solomon Hitch appeared in court again in a suit versus John Parrimore. Mr. Parrimore claimed that he "found" 3 horses that Solomon claimed were his. The verdict was in favor of Solomon Hitch. (SoJ-1735/37:77). In the 1736 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Adam Hitch and slaves Frank and Cook.

In Nov 1736, Solomon Hitch was a "guardian to Solomon Price whose brother Alexander Price chose Elgate Heatch as guardian " and Alexander is now dead. This court ruling transferred the estate of Alexander to Solomon Price under guardianship of Elgate Hitch. (SoJ-1735/37:264). In the 1738 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Adam Hitch, Levin Hitch and slaves Frank and Cook.

In Aug 1738, the Somerset County Court "Ordered that a road be cleared from the Chapple at Spring Hill down Rewastico to the head of Little Creek and from thence acrofs the neck to Barren Creek mill to be under Solomon Hitch overseer the said Road to be laid out according to the direction of the said Solomon Hitch and Mitchele Dashiell of the least prejudice to any person whatsoever." (SoJ-1738/40:7) This was further stated in the Nov 1738 court where Solomon Hitch was appointed overseer of the road which leads " to Barron Creek and from thence unto the Main Road that leads from Viena ferry." (SoJ-1735/37:38). Finally, the Mar 1739 Court again ordered Solomon Hitch appointed as overseer of the roads in Wicomico Hundred "instead of Robert Twilly." (SoJ-1737/38).

In the 1739 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Addam Hitch and Leven Hitch. In the 1740 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Adam Hitch, Levin Hitch and slave Cook. In the Mar court of 1740/41, Solomon Hitch to recover 90 lbs. of tobacco against Patrick Connelly for his attendance for three days as evidence for his Lordship against Patrick Connelly. (SoJ-1740/42:92). In the 1743 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Levin Hitch and negroes Frank, Rose and Cook..

In 1743, Solomon Hitch patented 21 acres of land called "Solomon's Security". On May 21 1744, Solomon Hitch paid £7.15.0 for a deed from William Weatherly, "son and heir to William Weatherly dec'd", for 100 acres of "land on Rewastico Creek which flows out of the Nanticoke River". The land called "Weatherlys Ridge" was formerly surveyed and taken up by James Weatherly. Begin at a marked pine standing on the north side of Rewastico back from the water in the woods at the west end of the land called "Weatherlys Ridge" thence N 100 poles, thence E 160 poles, thence S 100 poles, thence W to the first bounder, containing 100 acres. (SoLR-X-109) He was listed in the Somerset County Rent Rolls (SoRR-9:97) at that time for tract called "Weatherly's Ridge" (total 200 a, yr. rent £0.8.0) surveyed Dec 15 1679 on the north side of Rewastico Creek.

In the 1744 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Levin Hitch and negroes Frank, Rose and Cook. In the 1745 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch was listed in a household with Levin Hitch, Solomon Hitch and negroes Frank, Rose and Cook. In the 1746 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Sr. was listed in a household with Levin Hitch, Solomon Hitch Jr. and negroes Rose and Cooke. On Feb 24 1746/47, Solomon Hitch provided surety for the account of Christopher Nutter. (They Lived in Maryland, Somerset County 1726-1750, Liber EB14) In the 1747 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Sr. was listed in a household with Levin Hitch, Solomon Hitch Jr. and negroes Rose and Cooke. On Aug 21 1747, Solomon Hitch was on the list of court jurors. (SoCP (loose papers)-1747/51, MdHR 7266-32-25)

Solomon Hitch's will was written on Mar 14 1748 and probated Apr 5 1748 and left son Solomon Hitch land he bought from James Storey's heirs and half of land at Rockawalkin plus 2 slaves, Cook and Rose. Solomon Jr. was required to give his brother William one year of schooling and build him a house of about £15 price. ·Left son William Hitch the other half of land at Rockawalkin and one negro girl Sibey ·Left daughter Ann Hitch land given to him by William Weatherlee called "Powell's Folly" ·Left daughter Eve Hitch one negro girl Chloe ·Left daughter Rebecca Hitch, one negro girl Bynah ·Left son Levin, plantation I now live however, if son Levin dies without heir, William to have all of the land. ·To friend Joshua Inglish, son of William Inglish, one three year old heifer The will also mentions Elgate Hitch and Robert Givan to sell Negro man Frank and if they get £40, keep it, otherwise give the balance to Levin Hitch. Witnesses were James Weatherly, Thomas Ackworth, and Robert Farrington. (SoW-25:360; also SoWorig)

Solomon Hitch's estate was inventoried between Apr 14 and Jun 22 1748 at a value of £367.10.16. Appraisers were Isaac Handy and John Handy. Creditor was J. Dennis and next-of-kin were listed as Elgt Hitch and John Hitch. Executor was Solomon Hitch (Jr.) (MdPrI Abstracts-1744/48)

Solomon married Rebecca Clark,4 daughter of (?) Clark and Joanna Bowditch, about 1719 in Somerset Co., MD. Rebecca was born about 1696 and died after 1751.

General Notes: Note that many Hitch histories and genealogies to date have surmised Rebecca, wife of Solomon Hitch, to be nee Thompson. However, there is a clear indication in the old Somerset County land records when, on February 18, 1751, there was a triparte land exchange for tracts "Ackworth's Folly" and "Discovery" that gives the final clues to Rebecca's identity. In these records, it states that Levin Hitch, son of Rebecca Hitch, formerly Rebecca Clark and Mary Storey, spinster, daughter of Joanna Storey, formerly Joanna Clark. It states further that Rebecca Hitch and Mary Storey are the only surviving daughters of Joanna Clark. This firmly identifies Solomon Hitch's wife as Rebecca Clark, daughter of Joanna Clark and unknown father Clark. In earlier records for transactions involving "Ackworth's Folly," in 1710/1715, Robert Bowditch gave the land to his wife Ann Bowditch and then to daughters Joanna Bowditch and Rebecca Clark and heirs. ("Land Records of Wicomico County," Ruth Dryden) This establishes Joanna Clark's maiden name as Bowditch (and, interestingly enough, she had a sister Rebecca Clark; hence, both must have married Mr. Clarks.)


Known children from this marriage were:

   24 M    i. Adam Hitch was born in 1720 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 1749 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the 1736 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch was listed in a household with Solomon Hitch (head of household) and slaves Frank and Cook. In the 1738 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch was listed in a household with Solomon Hitch (head of household), Levin Hitch and slave Cook. In the 1739 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Addam Hitch was listed in a household with Solomon Hitch (head of household) and Leven Hitch. In the 1740 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch was listed in a household with Solomon Hitch (head of household), Levin Hitch and slave Cook. In the 1743 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1744 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1745 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1746 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable.

In 1749, Adam Hitch is listed on the "Account of Mr. Joshua Caldwell" as "To Cash paid by Adam Hitch £4.4.0" (SoCP-1747/52, MdHR 7266-34-8).

   25 M    ii. Levin Hitch was born about 1723 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1790 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: Levin Hitch is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1738 suggesting he had reached age 15 near that time. (SoTL-1738)

General Notes: In the 1738 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Adam Hitch, Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slave Cook. In the 1739 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Addam Hitch and Solomon Hitch. In the 1740 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Adam Hitch, Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slave Cook. In the 1743 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slaves Frank, Rose, and Cook. In the 1744 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slaves Frank, Rose, and Cook. In the 1745 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch (head of the household), Solomon Hitch and negroes Frank, Rose, and Cook. In the 1746 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch Sr. (head of the household), Solomon Hitch Jr. and negroes Rose and Cooke. In the 1747 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch Sr. (head of the household), Solomon Hitch Jr. and negroes Rose and Cooke. In the 1748 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as negro Frank.

On Aug 12 1748, Levin Hitch and his wife Eve, "the daughter of Crispin Price deceased", sold 100 acres of land called "Newbury" (Eve inherited the land on the death of her brother Solomon Price) for £50 to Obediah Read (SoLR-A:5). This is confirmed in the Rent Rolls where it lists the tract called "Newbury" (total 300 acres, yearly rent £0.12.0) surveyed Nov 27 1688 on south side of Rockawalkin where, with Eve his wife, he sold 100 acres. (SoRR-9:162).

In the 1749 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1750 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. On Nov 13 1750, the account of Robert Givan's estate was completed in Somerset County. In it is mentions amounts paid by Levin Hitch and paid to Rebecah Hitch. (MdPrA-29:118) In the 1751 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable.

On Feb 18 1751, there was a triparte land exchange for tracts "Ackworth's Folly" and "Discovery". In these records, it states that Levin Hitch, son of Rebecca Hitch, formerly Rebecca Clark and Mary Storey, spinster, daughter of Joanna Storey, formerly Joanna Clark. It states further that Rebecca Hitch and Mary Storey are the only surviving daughters of Joanna Clark. In the transaction, Levin Hitch and Mary Storey sold land to Robert Twilley and John Kellum the younger, 108 acres of "Ackworth's Folly." (Note, this firmly identifies Levin Hitch's mother, and Solomon Hitch's wife, as Rebecca Clark, daughter of Joanna Clark and unknown father Clark.)

On Jun 21 1751, Levin Hitch appeared in the Somerset County court because of a summons for "Daniel God late of Somerset County, Marriner" to "answer unto Levin Heatch of a plea of trespafs..." (SoCP (loose papers)-1747/51, MdHR 7266-32-14). In the 1752 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. On Feb 3 1752, Levin Hitch sold cattle and a mill for £6.5.0 to John Kellum (SoLR-A:211). This may be related to a Feb 18 1752 sale noted in the Rent Rolls where a tract called "Discovery" (total 160 acres, yearly rent £0.6.56) surveyed May 5 1688 on south side of the Nanticoke River was sold by Levin Hitch and Mary Story to John Kellum. (SoRR- 9:156).

On Mar 3 1752, the account of Obediah Read's estate was completed in Somerset County. In it is mentions amounts paid to Robert Twilley for bond and passed to Levin Hitch. (MdPrA-32:81) On Mar 18 1752, Levin Hitch and Mary Story again got together, this time to buy a tract of land called "Ackworth's Folly" (total 300 acres, yearly rent £0.6.0) surveyed 18 Feb 1664 located on east side of the Nanticoke River near Rewastico Creek. They bought 100 acres from John Kellum. (SoRR-9:85) On Jul 2 1752, Levin Hitch appeared in court for a suit brought forth by Thomas Toadvine who he owed £4.10.0. Levin paid plus 287 lbs of tobacco costs. (SoJ-1752/54:18). In about 1753, Levin Heatch and Mary Story had a Provincial Court case versus John Killum. (MdPvC-EI(EJ?)14:487). He was listed on the 1785 Tax Assessment for Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware and the 1790 Delaware Federal Census for Little Creek Hundred in Sussex County.

Levin married Eve Price, daughter of Crispin Price and Eve Hitch. Eve was born after 1720 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Eve Price was listed as under age 14 when she was assigned Elgate Hitch as guardian in 1734.

General Notes: In Aug 1734, Elgate Hitch was appointed guardian to Rachell Price & Eve Price (both under age 14). (Ibid:181/182). Eve Price married Levin Hitch, son of Solomon Hitch before 1748.

   26 F    iii. Ann Hitch was born about 1725.

General Notes: In the court records of September 15, 1746, Robert King informed that Robert Twilly late of Stepney Parish "did comitt fornication with Ann Hitch and a Bastard Child on the body...". This seems to be the only Ann Hitch to which this event could apply. (SoCP (loose)- 1747/51; MdHR 7266-32-23)

+ 27 F    iv. Eve* Hitch was born about 1727 in Somerset Co., MD and died about Apr 1790 in Sussex Co., DE.

+ 28 M    v. William Hitch was born about 1728 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1765-1767 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 29 M    vi. Solomon Hitch was born in 1730 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 24 Oct 1761 and 18 Nov 1761 in Somerset Co., MD.

   30 F    vii. Rebecca Hitch .

6. John Hitch was born about 1696 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 9 Sep 1762 and 16 Mar 1763 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: John Hitch Sr.'s will was written on Sep 9 1762 and probated Mar 16 1763 (SoW-31:883)

General Notes: In 1722, John Hitch was mentioned in petition for a ferry over Wicomoco River with Adam Hitch Jr. and Sr.. This eventually became Upper Ferry circa 1727. (SoCP, MdHR 7266-1-4). In the 1724 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in his household as the only taxable. In the 1725 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in his household as the only taxable. In the 1727 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in his household as the only taxable. In the 1728 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in his household as the only taxable and as a defaulter of £0.3.6.

On May 6 1728, Jno. Heatch received a deed of gift for 94 acres of land from his father Adam Heatch and Mary Heatch, "his wife" (SoLR-SH:24). Also, on May 6 1728, John Hitch shows up in the Somerset County Rent Rolls for a tract called "Come By Chance" (total 560 acres, with an annual rent of £1.25.0) surveyed May 22 1707 for Adam Heat(c)h on the north side of the Wicomico River about 2 miles from said river about 20 poles from a mill dam branch known as Cottingham Creek. (SoRR-9:264).

On Oct 12 1728, John Hitch purchased land called "Fathers Neglect" from John Caldwell. This was land Caldwell had patented "on the north side of the head of Wicomico River back in the woods about one mile and one half from said river." John Hitch bought 126 acres as follows: beginning at a marked "hyquory" standing in the eastern most line of a tract now owned by Adam Hitch called "High Suffolk" and about one half mile eastward of William Hitch's house, thence S34W 240 poles, S29E 99 poles, N45E 82 poles, N31W 44 poles, N19E 50 poles, S66E 22 poles, S10E 52 poles, N45E 60 poles, N 48 poles. (SoLP, Cert 852)

In the 1729 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as ______ Vinson. In the 1730 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in his household as the only taxable. On Jan 16 1730/31, John Heatch received another deed of gift, this time for "one negrow woman called Mough (Moughyer)" from Adam Heatch (SoLR-SH:297). In the 1731 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as slave Mow. On Aug 18 1731, John Heatch provided surety against the estate of Chrispin Price. James Smith and Eve his wife (This is John's sister Eve Hitch) were listed as executors (SoJ-1730/33:144). In the 1733 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as an unnamed slave.

In 1734, John Hitch patented land called "Fathers Neglect" for 126 acres.

In the 1734 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Heatch is listed in the same household as slave Mow. In the 1735 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as slave Mercer. In the 1736 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Heatch is listed in the same household as an unnamed slave. In the 1737 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as Richard Nichols and slave Morah. In the 1738 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as Richard Nichols and slave Mowear. In the 1739 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Heatch Sr. is listed in the same household as slave Mouah.

In Aug 1739, John Hitch faced the court to declare that "Stafford a negro boy of John Hitch being brought here unto court is adjudged to be the age of tenn years." (SoJ-1738/40:166). In the 1740 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as slave Moyah. In Mar 1742, the Somerset County Court "ordered that John Hitch be overseer of the Roads instead of Thomas Covington from the foot of Caldwell's new bridge over Rockawalkin Branch through the woods to Walkers old field." (SoJ-1740/42:225). In the 1743 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as slave Moryer. In the 1744 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as slave Moroor. In the 1745 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as slave Murrer.

On Nov 16 1745, John Hitch was listed as a creditor to estate of John Price valued at £15.9.3. This same reference also named John Hitch as "next-of- kin" to John and Mary Price. (MdPI-31:339) In the 1746 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as slaves Taus(?) and Mowyou.

In 1748, John Hitch is listed in Somerset County Court Papers for 1747-1752 on a paper entitled "Alowances Wickacomoco" as follows: "John Hitch Senr" "Elgt Hitch" (SoCP, MdHR 7266-33-41)

In the 1748 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as Joshua Hitch and slaves Slafow(?) and ______. In the 1749 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as Joshua Hitch and negroes Stafford and Moyor. In Mar 1749, George Vinson was appointed overseer of the roads instead of John Hitch for the ensuing year. (SoJ-1747/49:190). In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as Joshua Hitch, Jno. Hitch and negroes Stafford and Will.

In Jun 1751, the court decided to put Phillis Bready into the custody of John Hitch until she reached age 16. He was to teach her "to read well the bible and to knitt sew and spin and other housewifary. . . give her a suit of cloathes over and above her common wearing cloathes...". (SoJ-1749/51). In the 1751 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as James Hitch and 3 negroes. In the 1752 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as negroes Moyer, Staford and Hannah.

In the Mar Court of 1753, "William Hitch late of Somerset County", in suit vs. Henry Lowes as he owes him £8.7.6. John Hitch of Som. County stood for him and paid debt. (SoJ-1752/54:40). In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as James Hitch and negroes Staford, Hanah, Mower.

In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as Joseph Hitch and negroes Staford, Hannah, Mower, and Sue. Joseph Hitch is crossed out of the record as if entered by mistake. (It could be that he had not quite reached the required age of 16 for being taxable.) In the 1756 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as Joseph D. Hitch and negroes Mouer, Staford and Hannee. In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as negroes Staford, Mowe, Hannah, and Sue.

On Mar 7 1757, William Hitch "son of William Hitch", sold 100 acres of land, part of "High Suffolk" to John Hitch Sr. This was land Thomas Walker was granted and went to his son Thomas Walker and then deeded to Adam Hitch. Adam gave 405 acres to son William Hitch beginning at the SW end of a line of marked trees dividing it from a part of the same tract of land given to son Solomon Hitch and on the west side of a glade that comes by where John Price now lives thence by a line of marked trees S46E 180 poles partly dividing it from land given to son Samuel Hitch, thence by a line of marked trees NE 200 poles dividing it partly from part of the same tract given to son John Hitch thence by a line of marked trees NExN 168 poles to the eastern most bounds of the said tract thence bounded by the out side line of the tract to the eastern side of the land given to Solomon Hitch. Thence SW by a line of marked trees dividing it from Solomon's land 325 poles to the first beginning containing 405 acres. William Hitch divided this equally between sons William, Thomas, Nehemiah and John Hitch by his will. Thomas was deceased before he reached age 21 so his part fell to William. John Hitch Sr. paid 10 shillings for the 100 acres that was originally allotted for Nehemiah Hitch beginning at a marked white oak and running NE 122 poles thence N74E 50 poles to a stake set in the ground. Thence SE 80 poles to a white oak thence SW by a line of marked trees 164 poles to a marked hickory, thence N46W 100 poles and thence with a right line to the beginning - 100 acres. (SoLR-B:161) This is confirmed in the Rent Rolls for the tract called "High Suffolk" (total 1450 acres, yearly rent £1.9.0) - William sold 100 acres to John Hitch. (SoRR-10:336).

On Mar 7 1757, John Hitch, with William Hitch, "planters", sold all that parcel of land in "High Suffolk" where said William now lives. On the north side of the Wicomico River (formerly called the Rockawalkin River) "in neck of land called Rockawalkin." Begin at a marked white oak standing at the SW end of a line of marked trees dividing it from part of said tract given by Adam Hitch to his son Solomon and on the west side of a glade that came by where John Price formerly dwelled thence S46E 81 poles, thence NE 124 poles, thence N74E 50 poles, thence N77E 67 poles, thence NE 135 poles, thence NWxN 66 poles, thence WxN 14 poles to the afsd line of marked trees, thence to the first beginning - 200 acres of the original 1,450 acres of "High Suffolk". This was part of the 405 acres Adam Hitch gave to William Hitch in 1728 which went to sons William, Thomas, John and Nehemiah Hitch. William here became part to half of the 405 acres. John Hitch seems to appear here just to verify that he will not bring future claim to the land. They were paid £157 by George Wilson (SoLR-B:158).

In the 1759 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Sr. is listed in the same household as negroes Mower, Stafford, Hanner, Sue and Gary. On Oct 7 1759, John Hitch received a land patent for 25 acres called "Last Choice." (Somerset County Land Patents Certificates) John Hitch was assigned a warrant of survey by William Polk for 25 acres out of his 185 acres on Oct 3 1759. The survey revealed land described as beginning at a marked red oak on the east side of an old main road from Caldwell's Mill to Spring Hill Chapel on the west side of Caton's Branch, thence SE 135 poles, thence N 84 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning.

On Apr 14 1760, John Hitch received a land patent for 50 acres called "Chance." (Somerset County Land Patents Certificates) John Hitch received a warrant for survey of the land on Apr 19 1756. The land was surveyed May 1 1756 and described as "…back from the head of the Wicomico River between a tract of land belonging to Col. Robert Jenkins Henry and a tract sold by Joshua Caldwell to Richard Waller and on the south side of Caton's Branch…" Thence, beginning at a marked white oak on the north side of the Wicomico River about four miles back in the woods on the south side of Caton's Branch by the side thereof, thence N57W 100 poles, thence S33W 80 poles, thence S57E 100 poles, thence a right line to the beginning containing 50 acres. Improvements listed include 200 "pannels of good fence" and 12 acres of cultivated land.

On Jan 19 1761, Charles Nicholson was found guilty of begetting a bastard child to Sarah Lanck. "John Heatch Senr" acknowledged and gave security along with Elgate Byrd. (SoCP-1761/64, MdHR 7266-54-49)

John Hitch Sr.'s will was written on Sep 9 1762 and probated on Mar 16 1763. It is transcribed and paraphrased as follows: John Hitch of Somerset County "being very sick and weak in body: ·To my son Joshua Hitch plantation where he now lives ·To my son John Hitch plantation he now lives 150 acres in quantity to be taken from the south end of the land Joshua lives on. ·To my son George Hitch plantation I now live, one young mare, one new bed & furniture, one cow & calf, one sow and piggs, one ewe and lamb, iron pot, 2 pewter basons, one dish & ½ dozen pewter plates, 3 flag chairs unless George dies without heirs in which case they are to be divided equally between my children Joshua, John, James, Joseph Hitch, Baty Rencher ·To my daughter Sarah Talbard and son-in-law John Talbard £0.1.0 and nothing else ·To wife Baty Hitch the rest for her widowhood then to the children." Witnesses: Joshua Humphris, Nathan Culver, Stephen Ellis. (SoW-31:883)

In May and Jun of 1763, John Hitch's estate was inventoried at a value of £109.12.8. Appraisers were William Murray and Thomas Humphriss; Creditors were George Handy and James Huston. Next-of kin were listed as Joseph and John Hitch and the Executor was Joshua Hitch. (MdPrI Abstracts-1763/66)

John married Elizabeth (Baty) (?) about 1720 in Somerset Co., MD. Elizabeth was born about 1700 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1762 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: His wife as indicated in Stepney Parish Records.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 31 F    i. Sarah Hitch .

   32 F    ii. Susanna Hitch died before 7 Apr 1762 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Susanna Hardy's will was probated Apr 7 1762 with James Hitch was listed as her next-of-kin suggesting a brother/sister relationship.

Susanna married (?) Hardy. (?) died before Apr 1762.

+ 33 M    iii. Joshua A. Hitch was born on 1 Feb 1729 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 6 Jan 1792 and 28 Apr 1792 in Somerset Co., MD.

   34 M    iv. John Hitch was born on 11 Jul 1732 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1765-1766 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: John Hitch's birth date, son of John and Elizabeth Hitch, is written in the Stepney Parish church records, Somerset County.

Death Notes: No will has been found for this John Hitch but he is appointed executor in John Taubert's will written Dec 16 1765 and the invemtory of John Hitch's estate commenrced in Jan 1766.

General Notes: On Jul 11 1732, this John Hitch's birth was recorded in the Stepney Parish church records. In many of the early Somerset County Tax Lists, he was listed as "son of John" to distinguish him from John Hitch Jr., son of William Hitch.

In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as Joshua Hitch, John Hitch Sr. (head of the household) and negroes Stafford and Will. In the 1751 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch and negro Rose. In the 1752 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

On Mar 27 1754, William Hitch, with Nehemiah and John Hitch, gave a deed of land to John Hitch (SoLR-B:26). This was land that was originally patented to Capt. Thomas Walker on May 12 1679, and conveyed to his son Thomas (the younger) at death and further conveyed as 1,450 acres called "High Suffolk" to Adam Hitch. On May 6 1728, Adam Hitch conveyed 400 acres of this to his son William Hitch who divided it equally among his four (4) sons, William, Thomas, Nehemiah and John through his will. Thomas died before reaching age 21 so his portion conveyed to William, the eldest son. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acre sub-tract again (see elsewhere). For £75, John Hitch bought the part assigned to Nehemiah Hitch as follows: Beginning at a marked white oak NE 124 perches, thence N57E 43 perches, thence SE 80 perches to a marked white oak, thence SW 164 perches to a marked hickory, thence NW 100 perches to the beginning containing 100 acres. The brother John Hitch is also referred to as John Hitch the younger here but he signs John Hitch Jr..

In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

In his father's will, written Sep 9 1762 and probated Mar 16 1763, this John Hitch received 150 acres of lands on "the plantation he now lives". In the will of John Taubert (Talbot), written Dec 16 1765 and probated Jan 16 1766, John Hitch was appointed Executor and indicated as his "bro-in-law" (Maryland Calendar of Wills 1764/67).

John Hitch probably died intestate as there is no will but the inventory of his estate was taken between Jan 1766 and Jan 1767 and valued at £210.9.11. Appraisers were listed as William Venables and George Handy; Creditors were George Handy and Jonathon Chathill; Next-of kin were Thomas Rencher and Joshua Hitch; and Administratrix was Francis Hitch. (MdPrI-91:13) On Nov 11 1767, Frances Hitch is named as administratrix of the estate of John Hitch, deceased, re-valued at £211.12.7½. (MdPrA-58:5)

John married Frances Rencher?, daughter of Thomas Rencher and Bridget Shiles,.5

General Notes: The Rencher surname is given for Frances because John Hitch's inventory names Thomas Rencher as next-of-kin - maybe father-in-law? Additionally, in the will of Thomas Rencher written November 1, 1764 and probated in Somerset County on April 28, 1772 (MdW-38pt2), it mentions Sarah Beard and Frances Hitch, strengthening the case that Thomas Rencher was perhaps father-in-law of John Hitch. On November 11, 1767, Frances Hitch is named as administratrix of the estate of John Hitch, deceased, valued at £211.12.7½ (MdPrA-58:5).

+ 35 M    v. James Hitch was born on 23 Jan 1734 in Somerset Co., MD and died about Nov 1782.

+ 36 M    vi. Joseph D. Hitch was born on 13 Jun 1737 in Somerset Co., MD and died in May 1770 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 37 F    vii. Baty Hitch was born about 1740.

+ 38 M    viii. George Hitch was born in 1745-1746 in Somerset Co., MD, died on 28 May 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA, and was buried about 31 May 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

7. Eve Hitch was born about 1698 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1731.

General Notes: On Aug 5 1713, Adam Hitch was listed as a witness (with Thomas Humphries Jr., Thomas Hickman, Thomas Vinson) to will of Lambrook Thomas who had listed son-in-law John Cordrey, daughter Mary Cordrey, granddaughter Mary Cordrey, daughter Rebecca Prise (Price), grandson Crispine Prise, grandson Elick Prise, and granddaughters Ann Prise and Grase Prise. (SoW-EB9:47) Crispin Price's will was probated in Somerset County on April 10 1730 and gave his plantation to "eldest son" Alexander Price. It also mentions children Rachell, Ann, Solomon and Eve Price. His (un-named) wife is listed as executrix. Witnesses were Adam Hitch, Thomas Humphries, Finch Jones and Samuel Hitch. For the estate of Crispin Price inventoried between May 6 1730 and Feb 15 1730/31, Solomon Heatch was listed as creditor. The estate was valued at £86.18.4. (MdPrI Abstracts-1729/34). On Aug 18 1731, John Heatch provided surety against the estate of Chrispin Price. James Smith and Eve his wife (This is John's sister Eve Hitch) were listed as executors (SoJ-1730/33:144).

Eve married Crispin Price, son of Alexander Price and Rebecca Thomas,.6 Crispin was born on 5 Nov 1689 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 10 Apr 1730 and 6 May 1730 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: On Aug 5 1713, Adam Hitch was listed as a witness (with Thomas Humphries Jr., Thomas Hickman, Thomas Vinson) to will of Lambrook Thomas who had listed son-in-law John Cordrey, daughter Mary Cordrey, granddaughter Mary Cordrey, daughter Rebecca Prise (Price), grandson Crispine Prise, grandson Elick Prise, and granddaughters Ann Prise and Grase Prise. (SoW-EB9:47).

Crispin Price's will was probated in Somerset County on April 10 1730 and gave his plantation to "eldest son" Alexander Price. It also mentions children Rachell, Ann, Solomon and Eve Price. His (un-named) wife is listed as executrix. Witnesses were Adam Hitch, Thomas Humphries, Finch Jones and Samuel Hitch.

For the estate of Crispin Price inventoried between May 6 1730 and Feb 15 1730/31, Solomon Heatch was listed as creditor. The estate was valued at £86.18.4. (MdPrI Abstracts, 1729-1734).

On Aug 18 1731, John Heatch provided surety against the estate of Chrispin Price. James Smith and Eve his wife (This is John's sister Eve Hitch) were listed as executors (SoJ-1730/33:144).


Known children from this marriage were:

   39 M    i. Alexander (Elix) Price was born before 1718 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1735-1736 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the Mar Court of 1733/4, Elgate Hitch, "Planter" was chosen as guardian by Alexander Price. Elgate Hitch, Joseph Wailes, and William Langsdale put up £50, £25 & £25 respectively. James Smith was mentioned as Alexander Price's father-in-Law. (SoJ-1733/35:111). In Nov 1736, Solomon Hitch was a "guardian to Solomon Price whose brother Alexander Price chose Elgate Heatch as guardian " and Alexander is now dead. This court ruling transferred the estate of Alexander to Solomon Price under guardianship of Elgate Hitch. (SoJ-1735/37:264).

   40 F    ii. Eve Price was born after 1720 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Eve Price was listed as under age 14 when she was assigned Elgate Hitch as guardian in 1734.

General Notes: In Aug 1734, Elgate Hitch was appointed guardian to Rachell Price & Eve Price (both under age 14). (Ibid:181/182). Eve Price married Levin Hitch, son of Solomon Hitch before 1748.

Eve married Levin Hitch, son of Solomon Hitch and Rebecca Clark,.4 Levin was born about 1723 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1790 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: Levin Hitch is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1738 suggesting he had reached age 15 near that time. (SoTL-1738)

General Notes: In the 1738 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Adam Hitch, Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slave Cook. In the 1739 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Addam Hitch and Solomon Hitch. In the 1740 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Adam Hitch, Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slave Cook. In the 1743 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slaves Frank, Rose, and Cook. In the 1744 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch (head of the household) and slaves Frank, Rose, and Cook. In the 1745 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch (head of the household), Solomon Hitch and negroes Frank, Rose, and Cook. In the 1746 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch Sr. (head of the household), Solomon Hitch Jr. and negroes Rose and Cooke. In the 1747 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as Solomon Hitch Sr. (head of the household), Solomon Hitch Jr. and negroes Rose and Cooke. In the 1748 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in the same household as negro Frank.

On Aug 12 1748, Levin Hitch and his wife Eve, "the daughter of Crispin Price deceased", sold 100 acres of land called "Newbury" (Eve inherited the land on the death of her brother Solomon Price) for £50 to Obediah Read (SoLR-A:5). This is confirmed in the Rent Rolls where it lists the tract called "Newbury" (total 300 acres, yearly rent £0.12.0) surveyed Nov 27 1688 on south side of Rockawalkin where, with Eve his wife, he sold 100 acres. (SoRR-9:162).

In the 1749 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1750 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. On Nov 13 1750, the account of Robert Givan's estate was completed in Somerset County. In it is mentions amounts paid by Levin Hitch and paid to Rebecah Hitch. (MdPrA-29:118) In the 1751 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable.

On Feb 18 1751, there was a triparte land exchange for tracts "Ackworth's Folly" and "Discovery". In these records, it states that Levin Hitch, son of Rebecca Hitch, formerly Rebecca Clark and Mary Storey, spinster, daughter of Joanna Storey, formerly Joanna Clark. It states further that Rebecca Hitch and Mary Storey are the only surviving daughters of Joanna Clark. In the transaction, Levin Hitch and Mary Storey sold land to Robert Twilley and John Kellum the younger, 108 acres of "Ackworth's Folly." (Note, this firmly identifies Levin Hitch's mother, and Solomon Hitch's wife, as Rebecca Clark, daughter of Joanna Clark and unknown father Clark.)

On Jun 21 1751, Levin Hitch appeared in the Somerset County court because of a summons for "Daniel God late of Somerset County, Marriner" to "answer unto Levin Heatch of a plea of trespafs..." (SoCP (loose papers)-1747/51, MdHR 7266-32-14). In the 1752 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Levin Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. On Feb 3 1752, Levin Hitch sold cattle and a mill for £6.5.0 to John Kellum (SoLR-A:211). This may be related to a Feb 18 1752 sale noted in the Rent Rolls where a tract called "Discovery" (total 160 acres, yearly rent £0.6.56) surveyed May 5 1688 on south side of the Nanticoke River was sold by Levin Hitch and Mary Story to John Kellum. (SoRR- 9:156).

On Mar 3 1752, the account of Obediah Read's estate was completed in Somerset County. In it is mentions amounts paid to Robert Twilley for bond and passed to Levin Hitch. (MdPrA-32:81) On Mar 18 1752, Levin Hitch and Mary Story again got together, this time to buy a tract of land called "Ackworth's Folly" (total 300 acres, yearly rent £0.6.0) surveyed 18 Feb 1664 located on east side of the Nanticoke River near Rewastico Creek. They bought 100 acres from John Kellum. (SoRR-9:85) On Jul 2 1752, Levin Hitch appeared in court for a suit brought forth by Thomas Toadvine who he owed £4.10.0. Levin paid plus 287 lbs of tobacco costs. (SoJ-1752/54:18). In about 1753, Levin Heatch and Mary Story had a Provincial Court case versus John Killum. (MdPvC-EI(EJ?)14:487). He was listed on the 1785 Tax Assessment for Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware and the 1790 Delaware Federal Census for Little Creek Hundred in Sussex County.

   41 M    iii. Solomon Price was born after 1720 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 12 Aug 1748.

General Notes: In the Aug court of 1734, Solomon Hitch, planter, was appointed a guardian to Ann Price and Solomon Price who were both under age 14 at the time. (SoJ-1733/35:181). In Nov 1736, Solomon Hitch was a "guardian to Solomon Price whose brother Alexander Price chose Elgate Heatch as guardian " and Alexander is now dead. This court ruling transferred the estate of Alexander to Solomon Price under guardianship of Elgate Hitch. (SoJ-1735/37:264).

+ 42 F    iv. Ann Price was born after 1720 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 43 F    v. Rachel Price was born after 1720 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 13 Oct 1778 in MD.

Eve next married James Smith 7 between 10 Apr 1730 and 2 Jan 1731 in Somerset Co., MD.

9. Samuel Hitch was born in Apr 1703 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1750 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed but with the notation "ded" is written next to his name and he was not counted in the final population tally. This suggests that he died during the actual counting process or a short time earlier. (early 1750)

General Notes: Samuel Hitch was born in Somerset County, MD sometime between 1703 and 1707 and died there in 1750. His birth year is determined through existing evidence obtained from county records. In particular, the court records and Tax Lists were used to estimate the range of years in which he was born. The Somerset County, MD Tax Lists were taken every year in the early-to-mid 1700s and used to determine heads of household and other taxables in the county. A "taxable" was the head of the household, males over the age of 15, and all slaves. The Tax Lists survive mostly intact for the years 1723 through 1759 and, as one follows families during this time frame, it can be surmised many times about when a male turns 16 years of age by when he first appears on the listings. Samuel Hitch first appeared on the Tax List in 1725, which means he had to have been born in 1709 or before. Another key record is a court paper describing Samuel Hitch's apprenticeship to a William Read. This paper is dated Apr 3 1723 (MdHR 7266-1-4) and it asks the court to release Samuel Hitch from his duties as an apprentice so that he can return to his father. Since trade persons usually were apprentices until they reached the age of 21, it might be assumed that Samuel Hitch was age 20 or younger in Apr 1723. This would mean that he was born in 1703 or later - hence the birth year between 1703 and 1707. Besides being on the Tax Lists, Samuel Hitch shows up in the Somerset County Land Records when he received 212 acres of land from his father Adam in May of 1728. The land is described as two tracts called "Come by Chance" and "High Suffolk" located on the north side of the "Wiccocomioco River" (SoLR-SH:25). This area is near present-day Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland. Since Adam Hitch gave land to all his sons except Elgate in 1728, it would seem that he reserves the gifts for his son that were "of age" or at least 21. Thence we assume Samuel to have been born at least by 1707.

Other times that Samuel Hitch appears in the historical records follow:

On Apr 3 1723, he made a plea that he was and apprentice to Wm. Read but petitioned to be with his father, ______ (obliterated record) Hitch. (SoCP-1722, MdHR 7266-1-4). In the 1725 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. His household is near that of Adam Hitch Sr. and Jr. in the listing. In the 1727 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. His household is near that of Adam/Elget Hitch, Wm Hitch, and Jno Hitch in the listing.

On May 6 1728, he received a deed of gift for 212 acres of land described as two tracts "High Suffolk" and "Come by Chance" on the north side of the "Wiccocomioco River" from Adam Hitch and "Mary, his wife" (SoLR-SH:23). In the 1728 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1729 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

In Aug 1729, he was mentioned in a boundary dispute for land on east side of Rockawalkin Mill branch in Somerset County Deposition by John Caldwell (age 46) states "about sixteen months ago he was employed by Sam'l Heatch to lay out land given him by his father Adam Heatch." Also deposition by John Cordrey (age 48). (SoJ-1727/30:213). On Apr 10 1730, Samuel Hitch is listed as a witness to the will of Crispin Price. (They Lived in Maryland, Somerset County 1726-1750, Liber EB9-132) In the 1730 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with Ambrose Riggin. On Jan 22 1730/31, he received a deed of gift of "one negro boy named Johnna" from Adam Hitch (SoLR-SH:297).

In the 1731 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1733 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1734 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with Frank Price. In the 1735 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with John Tatum and slave Jack. In the 1736 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with a slave. In the 1737 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with slave Jack. In the 1738 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with slave Jack. In the 1739 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with slave Jack. In the 1740 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with slave Jack.

In the Nov 1740 court, a case is listed for Francis Tate vs Samuel Hitch, "agreed." This was on the appearance docket. (SoJ-1740/42:55) (Francis Tate was "a prisoner a long time." Ibid:145) In Mar 1740/41, Samuel Hitch was mentioned in the case of His Lordship vs. Negro Jack, the slave of Samuel Hitch "late of Stepney Parish" where on Dec 31 1740 he went to the house of Elgate Hitch "about the eleventh hour and feloniously and burglariously did break and enter with intent to steal the goods and chattles." In the house were Rachell Price and "others of the family." She and Negro Bonny testified for the prosecution. "Jack a negro slave of Samuel Hitch of Somerset County planter, being guilty of running away, and rambling and riding of horses at night . . . Sheriff of the County take the said negro Jack to the publick whiping post, and there give him thirty stripes on the bare back well laid on, untill the Blood appear." (SoJ-1740/42:64/65).

On May 18 1741, Samuel Heatch gave deed for land, along with William and Elgate Heatch, to Isaac Handy. This record mentions William Heatch (Sr.) as "deceased, heir-in-law to Addam Heatch late of Somerset County." (SoLR-MF:226) On Jun 20 1741, Samuel Heatch is mentioned with division of lands with William Stevens (SoLR-MF:227). In the 1743 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with negro Jack. In the 1744 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with Francis Prise and negro Jack. In the 1745 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with negro Jack. In the 1746 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with negro Jack. In the 1747 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with negro Jack.

In 1747, Samuel Hitch is listed on a "A List of Claimes for Wicomico Hundred" as: §Samll Hitch £0.20.40 §John Hitch Jr. £0.5.10. (SoCP (loose papers)-1747/51, MdHR 7266-32-10).

In the 1748 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with Robert Hitch and negro Robin. In 1748, Samuel Hitch is listed on a "A List of Allowances (Claimes) Somerset County 1748 in Wiccocomoco & Nanticoke Hundreds", he is entered as: "Saml Hitch 17 - - - 26½" (SoCP-1747/52, MdHR 7266-33-39) In the 1749 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with Robert Hitch and negro Park (Jack?). In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Samuel Hitch is listed in a household with Robt Hitch and negro Jack. This record is very interesting in that the notation "ded" is written next to Samuel's name and he was not counted in the final population tally. It might be assumed that he died during the actual counting process through the district or soon before that time (early 1750).

When John Hardy's account of his estate was completed on Jul 7 1750, it lists payment to Samuel Hitch. It also lists orphans Joseph, Benjamin and Phillis Hardy. (MdPrA-28:212) On Mar 22 1750/51, Samuel Hitch appears in the records as "Samuel Hitch his administration bond in common form by Rachel Hitch his administratrix with Elgitt Hitch &c Thomas Stanford of Somerset County for sureties in sum of 400 pounds sterling." (MdTP-34:125).

Samuel Hitch evidently died intestate as no will has been found. However, his estate was inventoried between Apr 11 1751 and Jun 20 1751 at a value of £125.1.7. Appraisers were Isaac Handy and Thomas Records; Creditors were Thomas Gilliss and Henry Lowes; Next-of kin listed were Elgt Hitch and Jonathon Hitch with Adminstratrix/Executrix Rachel Hitch. Inventory for "Samuel Hitch, Deceased:

One year old horse and mare 12.10.0; Old ass 5.0.0; One cow and calf/4 cows & yearlings 11.0.0; Two 2-year old heifers 1.13.4; One sow and 3 shoals of half worn wrought iron 3.8.8, One Iron, old iron pots 0.10.11, 14 of middling pewter and 9 of very old 1.8.6; 3 reap hooks and 2 old cow bells 0.9.0; One box iron & one Heaser of 1 small trunk 0.8.4; One stone mugg, one small earthen mug 0.2.10; One stone Jugg, 2 butter pots 0.6.0; One fiddle, 1 small wafer box 0.10.4; 2 old knives and forks, 1 grid iron, 1 frying pan 0.8.0; One old fire tongs, one iron hook to hang meat on 0.3.0; One Testament and Book called Christian Monitor 0.3.0; One small Do, 16 of old iron 0.4.6; One large washing tub, Pail Piggen and Strainer 0.4.0; One pair cotton cords, one comb 0.3.10; 5½ of Thread, agum 0.15.1; one pair Spoon moulds, one Razor 0.5.0; One old Horse Team, one pair sheep shears 0.3.0; One gun, one old gun 1.12.6; ½ of 1 pound of pepper, parcel of old Joyners & Carpenter tools 0.18.6; One iron kettle, one small iron skillet 0.5.1; One old Spinnin Wheel, again 0.3.0; One Cafe and 12 bottles, 2 cross leg tables 1.3.0; One old chest, 2 weeding hoes 0.11.0; One old crosscut saw, 6 old chairs 0.7.0; 3 old casks and 4 basketts 0.6.0; 2½ of wool, 1 bushel of Flax seed 0.5.10; 1 Bed and Bolsor, 1 Do 3.9.2; 1 Do 1.14.0; 1 Rugg, 2 Blanketts, one Quilt 1.9.0; 48 of dryed beef, 11 of Tallon 0.17.6; 132 of Bacon 2.4.0; 1 Negro Man called Jack aged 32 years 45.0.0; 3 bushels of wheat, 3 pecks of salt 0.16.6; 1 Ewe, some upper leather and sole leather 0.9.0; 1 Olde Mans Saddle & Bridle 0.10.0; 2 small Hydes 0.10.0; 173¼ bushels corn 17.6.6; 150 Ten Penny nails 0.1.6; 75 feet of pine plank, 5/hundred 0.3.9; One pair of Hames & Traces 0.1.6; 3 of old iron, one old Claw Hammer 0.1.9; ½ bushel of Rye 0.1.0; Debts due to Samuel Hitches Estate 4.17.2; ------------ 125.1.7; Jun 20 1751 came Rachel Hitch and made oath." (MdPrI-46:95).

Other interesting notes come from A Hitch Orchard compiled by Daisy Hitch Davies in 1931: "Samuel Hitch died before his wife. His son Samuel was about nine years old at the time. This boy may have been bound at to trade as was the custom at this time. In 1762 or 1763 when about 21 years of age and old enough to be his own master, he went from Maryland to Massachusetts with his brother Elgate and his first cousin, George Hitch, whose father had died that same year, 1763. Robert Hitch seems to have been the oldest son of Samuel and to have inherited the estate of his father. He died in 1768 while his younger brother Samuel lived until 1825 and was but 13 years older than Robert's oldest son Isaac. This is not unusual in large families."

Samuel married Rachel Hardy, daughter of James Hardy Sr. Rachel was born about 1710 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 10 Dec 1771-17 Aug 1773 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Rachel Hitch wrote her will on Dec 10 1771 and it was probated Aug 17 1773. (MdPrW-39:380, also SoWorig).

General Notes: From A Hitch Orchard compiled by Daisy Hitch Davies in 1931:

"(Daisy Hitch's) Reasons for believing Samuel Hitch's wife was Rachel Hardy: A James Hardy Sr., son of Robert Hardy, made his will 1722-1727 at about the same time as Adam Hitch Sr. made his will. This indicates that James Hardy Sr. and Adam Hitch Sr. were of the same generation and their children would be likewise. Said James Hardy Sr. mentions his daughter Rachel in his will. From inventory of estate of Samuel Hitch, we know his wife was named Rachel. Also, Samuel Hitch after going to Massachusetts, where he married, names one of his sons Hardy Elgate. This indicated that he was a son of Samuel Hitch and named his son for his mother Rachel Hardy and grandmother Ann Elgate. Possibly also for his brother Elgate, who went to Massachusetts with him. Another proof is that Benjamin Hardy Hitch of Falmouth, KY., who also descends from Samuel Hitch and Rachel (Hardy) Hitch through son, Benjamin Hitch, has the same family name. Excerpt of letter from Benjamin Hardy Hitch dated Jan 31 1899: 'My middle name is a family name too (Hardy), but I don't know anything of any of the Hardy's. I think it was my great grandmother's maiden name.' Not by compiler - It was his great-great-grandmother's maiden name. Rachel seems to have named several of her children for her Hardy relatives. 'Robert' for her brother and grandfather. "Benjamin" for her brother. She has two grandchildren named 'Joseph' and 'Phillis'. A study of the Hardy wills will give proof of this." [*Note: this "proof" is rather circumstantial and weak.]

On Mar 22 1750/51, Rachel Hitch is mentioned relative to the estate of Samuel Hitch as follows: "Samuel Hitch his administration bond in common form by Rachel Hitch his administratrix with Elgitt Hitch &c Thomas Stanford of Somerset County for sureties in sum of 400 pounds sterling." (MdTP-34:125).

In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Ratchell Hitch is listed in a household with negro Jack. In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Ratchel Hitch is listed in a household with Adam Hitch and negro Jack. In the 1756 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Rachall Hitch is listed in a household with Benjamin Hitch and negro Jack. In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Rachell Hitch is listed in a household with Benjamin Hitch and negro Jack.

In 1767, Rachel Hitch held an account in John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland. She bought oil which was delivered by William Bell for £0/3/0. She paid her debt in corn delivered by her negro, Jack, and by Stephen Lank.

Rachel Hitch wrote her will on Dec 10 1771 and it was probated on Aug 17 1773 as: Rachel Hitch of "Summerset" County: ·To her daughter Leah Hitch, "my best bed and furniture, yearlin' horse, puter dish, 3 plates, 1 bason. ·To son Elgate Hitch, "one cow and yearlin and one woke of oxens, one puter dish, 3 plates and one bason. ·Give my negro man Jack to daughter Leah" (Note - she ended up splitting him with Elgate). (MdPrW-39:380, also SoWorig).

Her estate was inventoried between Feb 27 1773 and Nov 30 1773 and was valued at £43.12.5. Appraisers were Atkadozi Johnson and Thomas Stanford; Creditors were Charles Hayman and Ann Hayman; Next-of kin were listed as Leah Hitch and Richard Nicholson and the Administrator/Executor was Benjamin Hitch. (MdPrI Abstracts-1772/74). On Aug 17 1773, the records state: "Rachl Hitch her will of Administration Bond by Benj Hitch his administration will annexed with Charles Hayman of Duncan Maine his sureties in the sum of £100 sterlg dated 17th Aug 1773." (MdTP-45:182). On Dec 31 1773, the records state: Returns from Somerset County on "Rachell Hitch, her invent." (MdTP-45:233). On Sep 7 1774, Benjamin Hitch did account and administer the will of Rachel Hitch deceased, £43.18.0. Mentions, "of money paid by this accountant to Elgit Hitch which was due him from the Deceased out of his Fathers Estate. . ., £9.3.2" Again to Leah Hitch, £1.4.3 (MdPrA-71:201). Also mentions payments made to wife of William Lank. (MdPrA-71:213)


Known children from this marriage were:

   44 F    i. Leah Hitch .9

General Notes: In the "Store Accounts of John Nelms of Salisbury, 1758-1787" (John Jacob, Jr.), "Miss Leah Hitch" bought one yard of ribbon for £0/1/6 with sister Eve Harris as security. Cash paid in full by William Lank in 1768.

Leah Hitch was mentioned in the will of Rachel Hitch of "Summerset" County written on December 10, 1771 and August 17, 1773 as follows: To her daughter Leah Hitch, "my best bed and furniture, yearlin' horse, puter dish, 3 plates, 1 bason." To son Elgate Hitch, "one cowand yearlin and one woke of oxens, one puter dish, 3 plates and one bason." "Give my negro man Jack to daughter Leah" (Note - she ended up splitting him with Elgate). (Maryland Prerogative Court Wills, Liber 39, Folio 380)

+ 45 M    ii. Robert Hitch was born about 1730 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 9 Oct 1767 and 24 Mar 1768 in Somerset Co., MD.

   46 F    iii. Eve Hitch was born about 1735 in Somerset Co., MD.

Eve married (?) Harris.10

   47 M    iv. Adam Hitch was born in 1736 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 1755 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the 1752 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch is listed in a household with Robert Hitch (head of household) and negro Jack.

In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Adam Hitch is listed in a household with Ratchell Hitch (head of household) and negro Jack.

There are no more records of this Adam hitch after 1754.

+ 48 M    v. Benjamin Hitch was born in 1738-1740 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 31 Mar 1814-19 Apr 1814 in Worcester Co., MD.

+ 49 M    vi. Capt. Samuel Hitch was born in 1740-1741 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 12 Mar 1825 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

   50 M    vii. Joseph* Hitch was born about 1745 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 1772 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: *This connection is UNCERTAIN. A Joseph Hitch Sr. and Joseph Hitch Jr. were mentioned in the will of Robert Hitch written October 1767. Joseph Hitch Sr. probably refers to the son of John Hitch of Adam. Joseph Hitch Jr. may have been a brother of Robert, hence this placement. Regardless, this Joseph Hitch is only mentioned twice in the records of Maryland after that point where he was a witness to the will of Thomas Humphries (2/19/1771) and William Stephens (12/18/1769-3/21/1771). This Joseph may have died soon after 1771 and is an uncertain son of Samuel Hitch.

+ 51 M    viii. Elgate Hitch was born in 1751 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 10 Oct 1838 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

10. Elgate Hitch was born between Jul 1712 and Jun 1713 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 19 Mar 1772 and 9 Feb 1773 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Elgate Hitch was a deponent for a case involving Rachel Caldwell versus James Caldwell when he made a deposition indicating that he was age 38 on Jun 27 1751 (making his birth date in the year 1712 or 1713). Note that the court records states his name as Elijah Hitch but he clearly signed the record "Elgt Hitch". The "Elijah" was probably a mistake of the ancient transcriber. (MdCC- 9-BT1:73).

Death Notes: Elgate Hitch's will was written Mar 19 1772 and probated Feb 9 1773. (SoW-1750/72:172/173; also SoWorig-B11:F34)

General Notes: From A Hitch Orchard compiled by Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931: "The name 'Elgate' is spelled in various ways, Elgate, Elgit, Elget, Elgatt, etc. It was a surname and the compiler is inclined to think a corruption of the 'Felgate' name of early Virginia. It was the maiden name of the mother of Elgate Hitch. This name carries on in the family."

Elgate Hitch, son of Adam Hitch appears in the records as follows:

He first appears in the 1727 Tax List of Somerset County, MD in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as Adam Hitch, Isaac Highway, 3 negroes. Also next to households of Wm Hitch, Saml Hitch, and Jno Hitch. He is listed in the 1728 Tax List in Wicomico Hundred in same household as Adam Hitch, Jacob Crouch, negroes Tobe, Hannah, Donnuda. On Jan 16 1730/31, Elgate Heatch received a deed of gift of "one negro woman called Conounder" from his father Adam Heatch (SoLR-SH:296). He is listed in the 1730 Tax List in Wicomico Hundred in same household as Adam Heatch and slaves Toby, Frank, Hanna, Mow, and Cannador. Elgate Hitch is listed in the 1731 Tax List with slaves Toby and Cunnoodah.

In the Mar Court of 1732/33 for Somerset County, Elgate Hitch is discharged of security for which he was bound. (SoJ-1730/33:282). In the 1733 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Elgett Hitch is listed with slaves Canowndow and Hannow. In 1734, Elgate Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with Elix. Price and slaves Canuna and Hannah. In the Mar Court of 1733/4, he is listed as a "Planter" and Alexander Price chose him as guardian. He, Joseph Wailes, and William Langsdale put up £50, £25 & £25 respectively. James Smith was mentioned as Alexander Price's father-in-Law. (SoJ-1733/35:111). Also, in Aug 1734, he was appointed guardian to Rachell Price & Eve Price (both under age 14). (Ibid:181/182). In Nov 1734, he was appointed Constable of "Wickocomoco Hundred" for the ensuing year "instead of Timothy Adkinson." (Ibid.:213).

On May 1 1735, regarding the case John Handy versus Elgate Hitch, et uxor: "Elgate Hitch late of Som. County planter and Betty his wife lately called Betty Handy of the same county widdow... executrix of the testament and last will of Ebenezer Handy." John Handy contested and won £21.0.5, plus 337 lbs of tobacco as court costs. (SoJ-1737/38:11, [From 3/1736 Court]). In the 1735 Tax List, Elgate Hitch is living in Wicomico Hundred and listed in a household with Archibald Smith, James Berrey and slaves Conounder and Hannah. In Nov 1735, Elgate was again appointed Constable of Wicomico Hundred for the ensuing year. (SoJ-1735/37:87). In the 1736 Tax List, Elgate Heatch was listed in Wicomico Hundred with Wm Bird, Samll _ent_ace and 3 slaves.

In Nov 1736, he petitioned to the court for his negro "Hannah so disabled in her limbs and age together that she can scarcely walk." She was ruled free of taxes from that time on. (Ibid:262). Also, in Nov, he was replaced by Thomas Winder as Constable of Wicomico Hundred for ensuing year. (Ibid:264). The court records also then show that Solomon Hitch was "guardian to Solomon Price whose brother Alexander Price chose Elgate Heatch as guardian " and Alexander is now dead. The court transferred the estate of Alexander Price to Solomon Price under guardianship of Elgate Hitch. (Ibid:264). In 1737, he was listed as debtor to estate of Mathias Gale (for "corn").

In the 1737 Tax List, Elgit Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred with slaves Camnundah, Bonney, and Amey. In the 1738 Tax List, Elgate Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred with Joseph Piper and 2 slave women. In the 1739 Tax List, Elgtt Heatch is listed as head of household with Thomas and Alexander Prise and slaves Bony and Conuda. In Jun 1739, Elgate Hitch and George Vinson were witnesses in case James Collett vs. Hugh Caldwell for owing "36 bushels of Indian corn." (SoJ-1738/40:142). In the 1740 Tax List, Elgatt Hitch is listed as head of household 1758 with slaves Bonny, Connundo, and Amey. In Jun 17 1740, in the case of His Lordship versus Elgate Hitch, Robert Caldwell & Wen Coda. Said Elgate Hitch, planter, with the others did "assemble and beat wound and Evilly treat" Matthew Doorman. They pleaded innocent but were forced to pay fines of £0.2.6 each (Ibid:300/302). In the Nov 1740 Court, Elgate Hitch, "...planter, appointed Constable of Wickacomoco Hundred for ensuing year." He took the oath of that office in Dec 1740. (SoJ-1740/42:32,90)

In Mar 1740/41, he was mentioned in the case of His Lordship vs. Negro Jack, the slave of Samuel Hitch (spelled Hit) "late of Stepney Parish" where on Dec 31 1740 he went to the house of Elgate Hitch "about the eleventh hour and feloniously and burglariously did break and enter with intent to steal the goods and chattles." In the house were Rachell Price and "others of the family." She and Negro Bonny testified for the prosecution. (Ibid:64/65). Also in the Mar 1740/41 court it was reported that Elgate Hitch took the oath of Constable in Dec 1740. (Ibid:90) In the Somerset County Rent Rolls, he was listed for a tract called "Maiden Choice" (total 100a, yr. rent £0.4.0) surveyed Sep 9 1717 at North side of a branch called Warrington branch which makes out of Nassawango Creek. Elgate bought 100 acres from Dingley Gray on Feb 19 1741. (SoRR-10:309) Elgate Hitch was appointed Constable of "Wiccocomico Hundred" for the ensuing year in Nov 1741. (SoJ-1740/42:179) In the Somerset County Tax List for 1743, Elg't Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as Wm. Farlo:? and 3 slaves. In the Somerset County Tax List for 1744, Elg't Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred in the same household with Nohomiah (sic) Hitch and 2 negroes. In the Somerset County Tax List for 1745, Elg't Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as John _____ and Hugh _____ and 2 negroes.

On Jan 3 1746/47, "Elgat Hitch of Somerset County, planter" sold 100 acres of land in "High Suffolk" "taken out of the land" given to him by his deceased father, Adam Hitch in his will, for £60 to John Crouch (Jr.) Beginning at a marked white oak standing in a glade and about 3 yards from a post that is a corner post bounder of land belonging to Francis Lancake, thence S35W 92 poles, thence S12E 196 poles, thence E 70 poles, thence N12W 270 poles to the first bounder containing 100 acres (SoLR-X:230). In the Somerset County Tax List for 1746, Elgott Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as Addam Priste? and John Tolbut and negroes Connoundor and Bonney. In the Somerset County Tax List for 1747, Elget Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as 2 negroes.

In the Mar 1747/48 court, Elgate is mentioned in case His Lordship versus Solomon Hitch where Solomon was charged with "begetting a bastard child on the body of Charity Porter" both of Stepney Parish. "...(Solomon) did commit fornication with a certain Charity Porter." Solomon was fined 30 shillings which Elgate Hitch helped to post. (SoJ-1747/49:49). On May 8 1747, "Elgtt Heatch" signed as witness to note of Joseph Ennalls from John & Thomas Price. (SoCP (loose papers)) He was also listed on a paper entitled "Alowances Wickacomoco" as "Elgt Hitch" along with John Hitch Sr. Finally, Elgate was on "A List of Constables in Somerset County" where he is listed as "Elgat Hitch Constable of Wecomico Hundred - not appear".

On Jun 21 1748, Thomas Price, Elgate Hitch and Christopher Piper confessed judgment to Joseph Ennalls for the sum of £10.19.0 plus 238 pounds of tobacco. (SoCP) And in Nov 1748, Elgate was listed in two entries in rough minutes of the court as "Elgat Hitch for his Negro Woman to be tax free - granted" and "Elgate Hitch Constable of Wickacomoco Hundred for ensuing year". (Ibid.) The latter entry is indicated in the actual judicial records as Elgate petitioned to make "Negro woman Bonne who is so very old past doing any service to the petitioner..." tax free. His petition was granted. (SoJ-1747/49:147) In the Somerset County Tax List for 1748, Elgate Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred in the same household with negroes Conunordor and Will.

In 1749, "Thomas Toadvine, Abraham Heath, Elias Baley & Elgit Hitch confessed judgment to George Gale, £9.5.3 plus 292 pounds of tobacco. (SoCP) Later that same year, Elgate Hitch was a witness to the will of William Evans where the Nanticoke River was mentioned (SoW:38,39). He was also listed as, "Elgat Hitch Constable of Wecomico Hundred ret. his List of Taxables". (SoCP-1747/52, MdHR 7266-34-8) In the 1749 Tax List for Somerset County, Elgate Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred as in the same household as John Bostuh? and negro Connondor. On Jun 21 1749, he was the appraiser to the estate of William Bready (Brady) valued at £119.15.9. (MdPrI Abstracts-1748/51) In Nov 1749, he was appointed Constable of Wicomico Hundred for the ensuing year. (SoJ-1749/51:42) In the same record, he was listed as a "Gentleman" who took a deposition from John Tatum (age 55) in Archibald Smith case. (Ibid:39)

In William Evans' will written on Feb 18 1749 and probated Jan 27 1750, Elgate Hitch was a witness. The Nanticoke River was mentioned in these records. (SoW-1748/49:38,39). In the 1750 Tax List for Somerset County, Elgett Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred as in the same household as Sam'l Doyle and negroes Will and Connondor. He is also compiler of the list that year. In the Nov Court of 1750, the records states, "Elgat Hitch of Somerset County is appointed as Constable of Wecomoco hundred for the ensuing year" (SoJ:1749/51). On Mar 22 1750/51, the following record was before the courts: "Samuel Hitch his administration bond in common form by Rachel Hitch his administratrix with Elgitt Hitch &c Thomas Stanford of Somerset County for sureties in sum of 400 pounds sterling" (MdTP-34:125).

On Jun 27 1751, Elgate Hitch was a deponent in the case of Caldwell vs. Caldwell. It states that "Elijah* Hitch of Somerset County, Gentleman, aged Thirty Eight years or Thereabouts. . ." was ". . .at the house of Robert Gidds commonly known by the name of the Sign of the Crown and Thistle. . ." on Tuesday, Jun 27 1751 in Princess Anne Town. *Note, the court transcriber writes "Elijah" however, the deposition was definitely signed "Elgt" Hitch. This record undoubtedly refers to Elgate Hitch and places his birth year at 1712 or 1713 (MdCC-9, BT1:73). In the 1751 Tax List for Somerset County, Elgett Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred as in the same household as negroes Will and Cannuda. On Mar 3 1752, Elgate Hitch is listed as appraiser of estate of Daniel Stoot valued at £79.3.0. (MdPrI Abstracts-1751/56)

The Somerset County Tax List for 1752 was compiled by Elgate Hitch and he was listed therein in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as Samuel McCall and negroes Will and Canoundy. On Nov 23 1752, he was mentioned with Thomas Standford and "Zakerriah" Read as bound to orphans of Obediah Read for the amount of £159.12.2. He was also appointed Constable for Wicomico Hundred for the ensuing year. (SoJ-1752/54:20,22). The Somerset County Tax List for 1753 was compiled by Elgate Hitch and he was listed therein in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as negroes Conoundo and Will.

On Sep 15 1753, Elgate Hitch, Benjamin Venables, Thomas Bird, Ann Hall, Rebecca Evans and Moses Driskill gave deed of land to Jonathon Stock (SoLR-B:17). This records mentions William Elgate who received the land via Dec 16 1681 patent for 25 acres of land called "Supply" on the north side of Rokewakin River back in the woods beginning at a corner tree of land formerly surveyed for William Keens thence NW 20 perches, thence SW 200 perches, thence SE 20 perches, thence line to the beginning. Another tract granted to William Elgate called "Blackwater" on the north side of Rokewalkin being a point of marsh between Keens Creek and Elgate's Creek bounded beginning at a white oak on the western most side of Elgate's Creek beginning at a corner tree dividing between the land formerly surveyed for the said Elgate and a tract surveyed for Robert Handy thence ExN 115 perches to the side of Keen's Creek near the mouth, thence bounded down the westernmost side of that creek to the mouth and the southernmost bound from the mouth of the creek down the river side to the mouth of Elgate's Creek, thence bounded by this creek from the mouth to the first bounder containing 25 acres. Another tract granted to William Elgate called "Dear Lott" beginning at a marked white oak standing on the easternmost side of Keen's Creek being a corner tree of a tract formerly surveyed for William Keens, thence WxS down the said river 125 perches to a marked white oak standing on the westernmost side of a small creek being a corner tree for a tract formerly surveyed for Robert Handy, thence N up a line of marked trees dividing it from the land of Robert Handy 160 perches to a marked Spanish oak standing on the edge of a branch being a corner tree dividing it from the afsd Handy's, thence SWxW 77 perches to a marked pine being a corner tree dividing it from the land of the said Handy, thence N½ ptE 125 perches to a marked red oak standing in a line of marked trees dividing it from the land of William Keene, thence a line to the first bound containing 96 acres. Another tract called "What You Please" on the Wicomico River, northernmost side begin at a marked white oak standing by Micheller's Branch near its mouth on the said river. Thence a straight line 150 perches to the mouth of Keen's Branch, thence NW Westerly 320 perches, SW 150 perches and for length with a line for Alexander Micheller, thence running down the said line to the first bounder conating 300 acres. All this tract minus 25 acres conveyed by Benjamin Venables to John Handy and 50 acres to John Goxling.

According to the Somerset County Rent Rolls, this was for a tract called "Dear Lott" (total 160 acres, yearly rent £0.6.4¾) surveyed 11 Sep 1701 "lying back in ye woods in the Peqriorson". Elgate Hitch, et al, sold 96 acres to Jonathon Stott. (SoRR-9:205) In the 1754 Tax List, Elgate Hitch is listed in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as negroes Conoundo and Will. He was also compiler for that year.

In Nov 1754, Elgate Hitch was involved in yet another court records in the case of George Gale vs. Richard Waller, Jos Callaway, and Elgat Hitch over the sum of £30. (SoJ-1754/57:10) In 1755, Elgate Hitch, with Thomas Dashiell, received a Bill of Sale from Samuel McCaul who was paid £5 for "one gun and ½ crown bill" (SoLR-B:98). On Mar 3 1755, a case was entered in the court for Elgat Hitch versus Joseph Callaway and George Bennet over the sum of £13.8.0. It was ordered that Elgate to recover the money. (SoJ-1754/57:150) In May/Jun 1755, Elgate was listed as the appraiser of the estate of Joseph Humphris valued at £694.5.6 (MdPrI Abstracts-1751/56). On Aug 30 1755, the case Elget Hitch versus Aaron Spears was entered over the sum of £10. It was ordered that Elgate recover the money. (SoJ-1754/57:187) and, in Nov 1755, he was appointed Constable of "Wacomoco" hundred. (Ibid:139).

On Feb 11 1756, Elgate, with George Baily, received a Bill of Sale for "negro boy named Simon" for which they paid £10 to Abraham Hath (SoLR-B:113). In the Aug 1756 court, John Barrett was bound as an apprentice to Elgat Hitch until he is reaches age 21. Elgate Hitch, Day Scott, Joshua Hitch of Som. County "Gentlemen" gave security of £30. (SoJ-1754/57:202). In the same court, Benjamin Venables, William Venables, Elget Hitch and Benjamin Bird confessed judgment to Christopher Piper, administrator of estate of George Parris for the sum of £100 and 314 lbs. of tobacco. (Ibid:216)

The Somerset County Tax List for 1756 was compiled by Elgate Hitch, constable, and he was listed therein in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as negroes Conader and Will. On Nov 1756, he was appointed Constable of "Wecomoco" hundred. (Ibid.:221) In Jun/Nov 1757, Elgate Hitch was listed as next-of-kin along with William Byrd in estate of Thomas Bird valued at £276.4.0 (MdPrI Abstracts-1755/60). The Somerset County Tax List for 1757 was compiled by Elget Hitch, constable, and he was listed therein in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as negroes Will and Conunder.

In 1759, the court presented "A List of the Caridges of Pleasure in Wicomoco Hundred taken in by Elgate Hitch Constable in the year 1759 ----- The Reverend Allexander Adams 1: Two wheel Chair; Capt William Winder 1: Two wheel Chair; Capt Henry Lowes To 1: Ditto; William Allen To 1: Ditto; Thomas Holbrook To 1: Ditto; Sarah Handy To 1: Ditto" (SoCP-1761/64, MdHR 7266-54-41). In Apr 1759, Elgate Hitch was listed as a creditor with John Burk to the estate of Moses Callaway valued at £81.13.2 (MdPrI Abstracts-1755/60).

The Somerset County Tax List for 1759 was compiled by Elgt Hitch, constable, and he was listed therein in Wicomico Hundred in the same household as negroes Grace and Rose. On Dec 10 1759, the court recorded "Elgate Hitch witness to Sarah Lank Charles Nickols father"(?). (SoCP-1761/64, MdHR 7266-54-56) In 1762, Elgate issued a deed for land to Christopher Mathias. (SoLR-E:341) This is confirmed in the Rent Rolls for Aug 2 1762 where he is listed as owner of a tract called "Maiden Choice" (total 100a, yr. rent £0.4.0) surveyed Sept 9 1717 at N side of a branch called Warrington branch which makes out of Nassawango Creek. He sold 100 acres to Matthias Christopher. (SoRR-10:309). On Sep 20 1762, he was listed as an appraiser with George Handy of the estate of Mary Collins valued at £38.12.8 (MdPrI Abstracts-1760/63) Also, on Jan 26 1763, he was again listed as an appraiser, this time with Thomas Humphris, for the estate of John Stabelford valued at £64.2.3 (MdPrI Abstracts-1763/66) In 1769, Elgate Hitch granted "to my beloved grandson William Elgate Hitch, son of my son Joshua" one negro called Bett, age 8 and one negro boy called Eli, age 4. (SoLR-D:264)

In his will written on Mar 19 1772 and probated Feb 9 1773, he leaves ·To wife, Rachel, all the houses wherein I now live with the liberty of my garden during her natural life and 1/3 of my moveable estate. ·To grandson, William Elgate Hitch when age 21, all lands eastward of a line beginning at a marked crooked white oak which is northwest bounder of William Handy's lands that his father gave him and standing near the county road and thence to a "black oke" which we usually work under near the west end of the house that I built for son Joshua to live in and thence to a marked white oak standing by the road near the wading place and thence a north line till it intersects the land my son Joshua bought of William Lank and if he dies without issue this to go to son Robert Hitch. ·To Robert Hitch to use these lands until William Elgate Hitch is age 21 ·To Robert Hitch all other lands to the westward of the afsd line ·To Robert Hitch all my personal estate ·To William Elgate Hitch and 3 year old mare and heifer when he is age 21 ·To granddaughters Mary and Elizabeth one 3 year old heifer when they reach age 16 or "gits married" Witnesses were Stephen Garland, Joshua Byrd, Thomas Byrd (SoW-1750/72:172,173; also SoWorig-B11-F34).

On the date Feb 9 1773, the Maryland Prerogative Court Testamentary Proceedings (original manuscript) state, "Elgate Hitch his will & Testamentary Bond by Robt Hitch his exec with Thos Byrd his sureties in the sum of £400 sterlg dated 9th Feb 1773." (MdTP-45:633) Elgate Hitch's estate was inventoried between Feb 19 1773 and Apr 12 1774 at a value of £326.13.9. Appraisers were Esme Bayly and Thomas Stanford; Creditors were James Bounds and George Handy; Next-of kin were Joshua Hitch and Thomas Byrd with Adm/Exec as Robert Hitch. (MdPrI-115:297)

Elgate married Elizabeth M. (Betty) Caldwell,11 daughter of John Caldwell, before May 1735 in Somerset Co., MD. Elizabeth died in 1759-1761 in Somerset Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 52 M    i. Capt. Robert Hitch was born before 1739 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 6 Dec 1781 and 25 Nov 1783 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 53 M    ii. Joshua Hitch was born in 1740-1742 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 14 Mar 1768 and 19 Sep 1771 in Somerset Co., MD.

Elgate next married Rachel Nicholson.

General Notes: Rachel is widow of Francis Langkake. Francis Langkake's will was written on March 2, 1754 and it was probated in Somerset County on January 23, 1759. His wife Rachel was Administratrix (Somerset County Wills, Liber 30, Folio 637). By the time the Account was completed of Mr. Langkake's estate on August 25, 1761, wife Rachel had remarried as she as referred to as Rachel Hitch "alias Lank". Son Francis Langkake was the other administrator (Somerset County Accounts, Liber 47, Folio 142). By eliminating all other Hitches who may have been candidates to marry with Rachel Langkake/Lank, we arrive at Elgate as the best possibility. Elgate mentions his wife Rachel in his will of 1772/1773. Therefore, it is believed that Elgate Hitch married the widow of Francis Langkake sometime between January 1759 and August 1761.

11. Catherine Hitch was born about 1714 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 24 Oct 1776 and 6 Dec 1781 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Catherine (Hitch) Byrd's will was written on Oct 24 1776 and probated Dec 6 1781. (SoWorig, Box 13, Folder 42).

General Notes: On Jan 16 1730/31, "Catterine" Heatch received a deed of gift of "one negro girl called Sarah" from her father Adam Heatch (SoLR-SH:296). On Aug 1 1738, William Elgate gave 150 acres of land called "Jeshimon" to Catherine Byrd, wife of Thomas Byrd Jr., and daughter of Hannah Hitch.

Catherine (Hitch) Byrd's will was written on Oct 24 1776 and proved in Somerset County on Dec 6 1781. In it, she leaves: ·To grandsons Henry Dulaney and Joshua Byrd Roberts, all my land to be equally divided ·To my ten grandchildren and if Joshua Byrd Roberts should die without issue then his part to grandson Benjamin Roberts ·To grandson Henry Dulaney one negro boy Sam ·To Joshua Byrd Roberts on negro Levin ·To granddaughter Anna Roberts one negro Nan ·To three grandchildren £50 which my son Joshua left me to be equally divided ·My whole estate in the hands of Robert Hitch to pay out when grandchildren become of age Robert Hitch named executor. Witnesses: Joshua Humphriss, Joseph Humphriss, Jesse Byrd. Fisher Roberts listed as administrator on Feb 12 1782. (SoWorig, B13, F42)

Catherine married Thomas Byrd Jr., son of Thomas Byrd Sr. 5 and Sarah Elgate,5 in 1731-1738 in Somerset Co., MD. Thomas was born in 1711-1714 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 1 Jul 1754 and 16 Mar 1757 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Byrd Family Genealogy from Walt Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama received via electronic mail Mar 10 1996 (17:46:19). Also, conversed with Mr. Wilson by telephone the same day.

Death Notes: Thomas Byrd's will was written Jul 1 1754 and probated Mar 16 1757. (SoW-EB4:59).

General Notes: Thomas Byrd's will was written July 1, 1754 and probated March 16, 1757. In it, he devises: - to son Elgate Byrd 150 acres of land called "Jesemon" and 50 acres called "Elgats Lott" - to son Thomas Byrd, manor plantation including 50 acres of "Elgats Lott" and 50 acres "Hacilah" given to Sarah Byrd by William Elgate - to son Benjamin Byrd, plantation on Quantico Branch, 150 acres called "Partner's Choice" - to daughter Mary Byrd, a girl Nico - to daughter Betty Byrd, a negro girl Hanah, a feather bed and furniture - to son Joshua Byrd, a negro girl Ester and a walnut desk - to well beloved wife Catherine Byrd, a "mair" and side saddle and 1/3 of estate. Witnesses: Moses Driskill, Thomas Humphris, Benjamin Byrd. (Somerset County Wills, Liber EB4, Folio 59)


Known children from this marriage were:

   54 M    i. Benjamin Byrd was born in Somerset Co., MD and died before 7 Jun 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: Benjamin Byrd's administration was finalized Jun 7 1774 with an account totaling £66.8.0. Distributions were made as 1/6 to Joshua Byrd, 1/6 to wife of Fisher Roberts, 1/6 to mother Catherine Byrd, 1/12 to Margaret Byrd, daughter of brother Elgate Byrd, 1/6 to wife of Poll Dulany (he is deceased) and 1/12 to Martha Byrd, daughter of brother Elgate Byrd. Administrator is Thomas Byrd (MdPrA-71:61).

+ 55 F    ii. Elizabeth R. Byrd died after 1791 in Somerset Co., MD.

   56 M    iii. Thomas Byrd III died in 1774.12

+ 57 F    iv. Mary Byrd .12

   58 M    v. Joshua Byrd died between 31 Jan 1774 and 7 Mar 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: Joshua Byrd's will was written Jan 31 1774 and probated in Somerset County on Mar 7 1774. He made bequests to his mother Catherine Byrd, brother Thomas Byrd, sister Mary Dulany and her son Henry Dulany, sister and her son Thomas Roberts. Also cousins John Byrd, Mary Givens Byrd and Matthew Byrd (SoW-EB5:43)

+ 59 M    vi. Elgate Byrd was born in 1734-1738 in Somerset Co., MD.

Catherine next married Benjamin Byrd, son of Thomas Byrd Sr. 5 and Sarah Elgate,5 after 16 Mar 1757 in Somerset Co., MD.12 Benjamin was born about 1720 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 1773.12
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13. William Hitch was born about 1719 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 17 Nov 1771 and 27 Dec 1771 in Dorchester Co., MD (Now Sussex Co., DE).

Birth Notes: William Hitch is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1734 suggesting he had reached age 15 near that time. (SoTL-1734)

Death Notes: The will of William Hitch was written Nov 17 1771 and probated Dec 27 1771 (MdPrW-38:558).

General Notes: ====================== The Quest for the William Hitches

There many problems inherent to genealogy that inhibit unconditional identification of folks and families centuries ago, not the least of which is the propensity for parents to continually name their sons and daughters John, William, James, Robert, Mary, Ann, Sarah, etc.! These same problem with the Hitch family exists with all of these names but with the early William Hitches, it has led to an apparent on-going misconception that has spanned many, many years. I have, through very detailed research been able to prove this long held misunderstanding as false just this past week (Dec 2000) by a reference I found while reviewing early 18th century land records for Somerset County, MD. The story follows.

There are two particular William Hitches in question here - both grandsons of Adam Hitch. One is son of William Hitch (!) and the other is son of Solomon Hitch. William Hitch (1687-1730), the son of Adam Hitch was known as William Hitch Sr. in the old official records until he died in 1730 (actually, sometime thereafter if he was referred to posthumously). This William Hitch had a son William born cica 1719 who was known as William Hitch Jr., that is until after his father William died and another William Hitch was born as son of Solomon Hitch circa 1730. In later records, mostly after William of William reached maturity, William of Solomon came to be called William Hitch Jr. and William of William was then William Hitch Sr. So you see, the former William Hitch Jr. now became William Hitch Sr. - confused yet?] The proclivity here is that the elder LIVING William was denoted Sr. I will not even go into the confusion of the John Hitches here when there were three (3) living contemporaneously - John Sr., John Jr. and John the younger - and John Jr. was not son of John Sr., rather "the younger" was!

Now we have: William Hitch Sr. (born c. 1719) who was son of William Hitch of Adam and William Hitch Jr. (born c. 1730) was was son of Solomon Hitch of Adam. Thankfully, these were the only two William Hitches living at the time of our study here in Somerset County. Here's where the "problem" comes. William Hitch of Solomon (our William Jr.) has for many years been the favorite of the amateur Hitch genealogists as the one who married Mary Gillis and moved to near Bridge Branch (modern Bridgeville) Delaware when he purchased land there in Mar 1770. This family produced, among others, male children Gillis Hitch (the Revolutionary War pensionee) and who had lines that spread westward into Indiana and beyond and; Spencer Hitch who produced lines that spread to Caroline County in Maryland as well as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and beyond. In other words, there are many, many living descendants of this line, many whom are interested in family history and who have for years believed that they descend from Solomon Hitch of Adam through his son William Hitch. William Hitch of William (our William Sr. here) has always been but a footnote in Hitch history since it was believed that he died in 1767 and left his wife Ann and one known child, a daughter, Sophia Hitch whose further existence is thus far lost to history.

I have subscribed to the old and accepted lineage as such until my findings this week in the old land records which suggests that the two William Hitches probably were reversed all these years. That is, it is probably William Hitch, son of WILLIAM, that married Mary Gillis and carried on the long lines through to today and William Hitch of Solomon that was just the aforestated "footnote." Here is a paraphrased transcription of the record in question:

From the Somerset County Land Records, (Liber B- 160), on Feb 26 1757, William Hitch Jr., with Solomon Hitch and William Hitch Sr., planters, sold land in the tract "High Suffolk" for £100 to William Murray Land. This is land that Adam Hitch devised as a "deed of gift" to his son Solomon Hitch in 1728 and totaled 310 acres. Said Solomon Hitch devised this 310 acres to his two sons Solomon and William Hitch Jr.(!) mentioned herein through his will in 1748. These two and William Hitch Sr., "son of William Hitch deceased" were parties is this deal to sell the land to William Murray [note by me: William Hitch Jr. of William becomes William Hitch Sr. in this record] The metes and bounds of this land is described as beginning at a marked red oak near the head of Rockawalkin Mill Branch being the northern bounder of a tract formerly belonging to John Cordrey and now to Dennis Delany, Taylor, and where the said Delany now lives and it is in the first course and line of "High Suffolk", thence NE 50 poles, thence E 178 poles, thence ExS 106 poles to a marked white oak thence along a line of marked trees dividing it from the land of William Hitch Sr. (!), one of the parties to this indenture and son to William Hitch dec'd, thence SW 375 poles to a glade to the northward of a place where John Price formerly dwelt and is now in the possession of Willam Adams, thence running along and bounded by the said glade containing courses and distance nearly N42W about 164 poles until it intersects the line of Dennis Delany's land formerly John Caudries to the red oak in the first bounder - 310 acres. The record also notes that Ann Hitch is the wife of William Hitch Jr.

This record is important since it clearly states who is William Hitch Jr. (son of Solomon) and who is Sr. (son of William). It also notes that Ann is the wife of William Hitch Jr. In the Stepney Parish records, a William Hitch married Ann Collins on Oct 22 1755. This must be William Hitch Jr. as we know that the "other" William Hitch had wife Mary (now thought to be nee Whittington) during the same timeframe and thereafter until he died in Delaware in 1775. ================

In the Aug Court of 1732 for Somerset County, Rachell Hitch offered, with Daniel Cordry and Timothy Adkinson, bond of £139.4.2 for orphans William, John, Nehemiah, Rachell and Ezekiel Hitch "of William Hitch, dec'd". Balance due from account of estate of £64.12.1 to be paid when they are "of full age." (SoJ-1730/33:248).

In the 1734 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with George Vincent. In the 1735 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with George Vincent. In the 1736 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with George Vinson. In the 1737 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with George Vinson and Thos. Vinson, Sr. In the 1738 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with John Hitch Jr. and George Vinson. In the 1739 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with John Hitch Jr. In the 1740 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

On May 18 1741, William Heatch gave deed for land, along with Samuel and Elgate Heatch, to Isaac Handy (SoLR-MF:226). Mentions William Heatch (Sr.) "deceased, heir-in-law to Addam Heatch late of Somerset County". (SoLR Index 1665-1841). In the 1743 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1744 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1745 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with Nehemiah Hitch. In the 1746 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1747 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1748 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

In the 1748 court records, William Hitch is listed on "A List of Defaulters for Wiccomoco Hundred 1748": "Nehemiah Hitch 3-4½" "Wm Hitch 3-4½" (SoCP-1747/52, MdHR 7266:33-39).

In the 1749 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. On May 8 1751, William Hitch is listed in a suit vs. George Gale. "William Hitch late of Somerset County planter". George Gale charged that he owes £64 which Wm. denies. William was served summons and agreed to pay. (SoJ-1752/54:2). In the 1751 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1752 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with negro Nan.

In the Mar court for 1753, William Hitch was involved in a suit with George Vinson and Nehemiah Hitch, owing Epraim King £40. They had to pay amount plus costs of 621¾ lbs. of tobacco. (SoJ-1752/54:67) In the same court session, William Hitch "late of Somerset County", was involved in a suit versus Henry Lowes as he owes him £8.7.6. John Hitch of Somerset County stood for William and paid the debt. (Ibid.:40) Finally, William Hitch was involved in a third suit owing William Adams £1.5.10. (Ibid.:67).

In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch Sr. (William, son of Solomon, is Jr. in the Tax Lists although the designation varies since this William is also noted as "Jr." in the land records when referring to his father, William Sr. - confusing?) is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch Sr. is listed in a household as the only taxable.

On Mar 27 1754, William Hitch, with Nehemiah and John Hitch, gave a deed of land to John Hitch (SoLR-B:26). This was land that was originally patented to Capt. Thomas Walker on May 12 1679, and conveyed to his son Thomas (the younger) at death and further conveyed as 1,450 acres called "High Suffolk" to Adam Hitch. On May 6 1728, Adam Hitch conveyed 400 acres of this to his son William Hitch who divided it equally among his four (4) sons, William, Thomas, Nehemiah and John through his will. Thomas died before reaching age 21 so his portion conveyed to William, the eldest son. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acre sub-tract again (see elsewhere). For £75, John Hitch bought the part assigned to Nehemiah Hitch as follows: Beginning at a marked white oak NE 124 perches, thence N57E 43 perches, thence SE 80 perches to a marked white oak, thence SW 164 perches to a marked hickory, thence NW 100 perches to the beginning containing 100 acres. The brother John Hitch is also referred to as John Hitch the younger here but he signs John Hitch Jr..

On Feb 26 1757, William Hitch Jr., with Solomon Hitch and William Hitch Sr., planters, sold land for £100 to William Murray (SoLR-B- 160). Land is in "High Suffolk" This is land that Adam Hitch gave to his son Solomon Hitch in 1728. Said Solomon Hitch devised this 310 acres to his two sons Solomon and William Hitch Jr.(!) mentioned herein. These two and William Hitch Jr., "son of William Hitch deceased" sold land to William Murray - note William Hitch Jr. of William becomes William Hitch Sr. in this record! Land begins at a marked red oak near the head of Rockawalkin Mill Branch being the northern bounder of a tract formerly belonging to John Cordrey and now to Dennis Delany, "Taylor", and where the said Delany now lives and it the first course and line of "High Suffolk". Thence NE 50 poles, thence E 178 poles, thence ExS 106 poles to a marked white oak thence along a line of marked trees dividing it from the land of William Hitch Sr., (!) one of the parties to this indenture and son to William Hitch dec'd. SW 375 poles to a glade to the northward of a place where John Price formerly dwelt and is now in the possession of William Adams, thence running along and bounded by the said glade containing courses and distance nearly N42W about 164 poles until it intersects the line of Dennis Delany's land formerly John Caudries to the red oak the first bounder containing 310 acres. It also notes that Ann Hitch is the wife of William Hitch Jr. This is confirmed in the Rent Rolls for the tract called "High Suffolk" (total 1450 acres, yearly rent £1.9.0). William, with Solomon Hitch & William Hitch, he sold 310 acres to William Murray. (SoRR-10:336).

On Mar 7 1757, William Hitch "son of William Hitch", sold 100 acres of land, part of "High Suffolk" to John Hitch Sr. This was land Thomas Walker was granted and went to his son Thomas Walker and then deeded to Adam Hitch. Adam gave 405 acres to son William Hitch beginning at the SW end of a line of marked trees dividing it from a part of the same tract of land given to son Solomon Hitch and on the west side of a glade that comes by where John Price now lives thence by a line of marked trees S46E 180 poles partly dividing it from land given to son Samuel Hitch, thence by a line of marked trees NE 200 poles dividing it partly from part of the same tract given to son John Hitch thence by a line of marked trees NExN 168 poles to the eastern most bounds of the said tract thence bounded by the out side line of the tract to the eastern side of the land given to Solomon Hitch. Thence SW by a line of marked trees dividing it from Solomon's land 325 poles to the first beginning containing 405 acres. William Hitch divided this equally between sons William, Thomas, Nehemiah and John Hitch by his will. Thomas was deceased before he reached age 21 so his part fell to William. John Hitch Sr. paid 10 shillings for the 100 acres that was originally allotted for Nehemiah Hitch beginning at a marked white oak and running NE 122 poles thence N74E 50 poles to a stake set in the ground. Thence SE 80 poles to a white oak thence SW by a line of marked trees 164 poles to a marked hickory, thence N46W 100 poles and thence with a right line to the beginning - 100 acres. (SoLR-B-161). This is confirmed in the Rent Rolls for the tract called "High Suffolk" (total 1450 acres, yearly rent £1.9.0) - William sold 100 acres to John Hitch. (SoRR-10:336).

In the 1757 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. On Mar 8 1770, William Hitch bought land near Bridge Branch called "Hale's Choice" (DoLR-23:492). Note that Bridge Branch is modern-day Bridgeville in Sussex County, Delaware. The boundaries were indistinct in those days and hence the record was entered for Dorchester County, Maryland.

The will of William Hitch being "sick of body" was written on Nov 17 1771 and probated on Dec 27 1771 as follows: ·To son Spencer Hitch, land "Nutters Addition" and 1 shilling ·To loving wife Mary Hitch and my daughters all my houses at Bridge Branch with 20 acres of land to wife for widowhood and daughters Eunice, Betty, Sarah and Sally while they remain single. ·To son William Hitch, land "Haelses Choice" after wife marries or at her decease and 1 shilling ·To son Whittington Hitch, 1 shilling ·To son Gillis Hitch, grist mill and 5 acres of adjacent land and 1½ acres other land. (MdPrW-38:558).

Between Jun 5 and 25 1772, William Hitch's estate was inventoried at a value of £95.5.7. Appraisers were Robert Clarkson and David Nutter; Creditors were Daniel Polk and Manuel Manlove; Next of kin listed were Spence Hitch and Whitington Hitch with Executrix Mary Hitch. (MdPrI-110:12,31).

William married Mary Whittington? 4 about 1740. Mary was born about 1730 in MD and died in 1796-1799 in Sussex Co., DE.

Death Notes: Mary Hitch is listed as a widow in the Federal Census of 1790 in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware.

General Notes: It must be noted here that, for years, Hitch genealogies have assumed as "fact" the following:

·William Hitch (1687-1731), son of Adam, married Rachel Humphreys (of Thomas) and, ·William Hitch (c.1719-1771), son of William above (and who was thought to be son of Solomon - see later details for that one, under Solomon Hitch [1694-1748]), married Mary Gilliss

These "facts" have been based upon conjecture surrounding the will of John Gilliss the fact she named a son Gillis Hitch. He was born in Accomack circa 1662, and died before bef Aug 15 1720, the son of Thomas Gilliss and Mary Manlove. His will of 20 Aug 1720 mentions four daughters: Rebecca, Sarah, Betty and Bridget; and four sons-in-law: Thomas Humphreys, William Hitch, Abraham Taylor and Solomon Wright. Note that John Gilliss' daughter who married a William Hitch was a married woman in 1720. You would need a later generation for the wife of William Hitch of William. Now the only William Hitch old enough to have married a John Gilliss daughter is William (1687-1730) of Adam. The problem with this is that William's wife is confirmed as named Rachel in his probate of 1730/1732 so we are left with:

(a) the hypothesis is wrong, or (b) Rachel is a Gilliss, or (c) the wife Gilliss died between 1720 and 1730 and William remarried to a Rachel _____.

A possible answer is that we should not assume that John Gilliss listed all his daughters in his will - four. Maybe there were possibly eight (8) daughters; the four mentioned (Rebecca, Sarah, Betty and Bridget) being single and four (4) more that were married to the four (4) sons-in-law (Thomas Humphreys, William Hitch, Abraham Taylor and Solomon Wright). As for William (of William) naming a son Gillis Hitch, it was simply because he named him after his grandmother's maiden name - not at all uncommon at the time. BTW, he also named a son Whittington Hitch - this may clue as to the real surname of Mary, w/o William of William. That is why I now surmise that William Hitch (c. 1719-1771) of William's wife may be nee Mary WHITTINGTON. This is uncertain though and requires more research.

Mary Hitch was listed on Jul 19 1776 as owner of land in Sussex County, Northwest Fork Hundred, near the bridge on Bridge Branch, 12½ acres called "Hitch's Lott". (Miscellaneous Land Records of Delaware; H2, #63/63a; H3, #59) (Rounds Warrants, C322/313, resp.)

She was also listed in the 1782 and 1785 Tax Assessment lists for Sussex County, Delaware, again in Northwest Fork Hundred. She is listed as Mary Hitch, "widow", in Sussex County as one of nine Hitch households in the county in the Federal Census of 1790.


Known children from this marriage were:

   60 M    i. Severn* Hitch was born about 1741 and died after 1778.

General Notes: This connection is uncertain however, it seems to fit circumstantially. There is the given name Severn/Sovereign that runs down this line. However, William Hitch does not list a Severn Hitch in his will. We know Severn traveled much during the Revolution so he may have been a traveler and not around when William died or maybe he was older and self-sufficient at the time of his father's death. He may even have been a generation older and son of William of Adam, brother of this proposed parent but, then he would probably have showed up in the tax lists of the period. Probability of this placement being correct is only 65-75% until more records can be found.

The first notation found for Severn Hitch in the records is on Dec 28 1774 when Severn Hitch, along with Thomas Hitch witnessed a Bill of Sale involving Joshua Hitch. (SoLR-F:273) In the Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety Jul 7 to Dec 31 1776, Severn Hitch is mentioned as follows: "Treasurer of the Eastern Shore to pay QrMaster Mr. Severn Hitch £750 for the use of Col. George Dashiell" In the Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety Mar 20 1777 to Mar 28 1778 Severn Hitch was again mentioned, as follows: "Western Shore Treasurer" paid him "£3.7.6 for the amount of his account". He was mentioned later when it states that he successfully delivered soldiers and blankets to Dashiell.

On Jun 1 1776, Severn Hitch is listed as a Quartermaster (Battalion supply officer) in 1st Battalion for Washington County, Maryland. On Jul 24 1778, for the inventory of Sarah Hitch made by Elias Hitch and valued at £30.18.1, next-of-kin for Sarah Hitch were indicated as Francis Lank and Thomas Hitch. Creditors listed were Severn Hitch and William Winder Jr. (SoW-1777/88:104)

   61 F    ii. Betty Hitch died before 1803.

   62 F    iii. Sarah (Sally) Hitch died after 1803.

+ 63 M    iv. Whittington Hitch Sr. was born in 1750-1754 and died in 1822-1824 in Sussex Co., DE.

+ 64 M    v. Spencer Hitch was born about 1750 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Feb 1797 and 21 Feb 1797 in Sussex Co., DE.

+ 65 M    vi. Gillis Hitch was born in 1757-1758 in Bridge Branch (Bridgeville), Sussex Co., DE, died on 7 Nov 1847 in Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN, and was buried about 10 Nov 1847 in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN.

   66 M    vii. William Hitch was born in 1755-1764 in DE and died in 1795-1796 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: William Hitch is listed in the 1785 Assessment for the Little Creek Hundred so he must have been a head of household and attained age 21 by that time. Also, we assume that his father was at least age 18 when he was born.

Death Notes: William Hitch's will was written in 1795 (no month, day given) and his inventory was entered on Feb 29 1796.

General Notes: (The following is from an on-line GEDCOM file from Compuserve): William Hitch took up residence in Sussex County, Delaware in Northwest Fork Hundred on Bridge Branch and he died there in 1796. His will probated on July 26, 1796 (sic) in Sussex County, Delaware (Wills, Liber E, Number #5, page 73) reads as follows: William Hitch to my brother Gillis Hitch, after the death of Sarah Hitch, my messauge in North Fork Hundred on Bridge Branch, called "Hailes Choice," 14 acres; with 17 acres surveyed in 1776 on which my dwelling house stands, on Bridge Branch; the rents from the farm to be divided between him and Sarah Hitch and Unicey Joseph Hitch (sic) as long as they live a single life. Brother Gillis Hitch to be executor. Test: John Polk, Betsy Snow and Nutter Cannon; probated 26 July 1796.

William Hitch is listed in the 1785 Assessment for the Northwest Fork Hundred in Sussex County, Delaware and he is one of nine Hitch household in the Sussex County, Delaware Federal Census of 1790.

The following is a transcription of William Hitch's probate records:

In the name of God, amen, I William Hitch, of Sussex County and State of Delaware, considering the uncertainty of this mortal Life, and being of sound mind and memory, blessed be almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my Last will and testament, in manner and form following ( that is to say) ---- First I give and devise to my Brother Guillis Hitch, after the marriage or deth of Sarah Hitch, all that my messuage of tenement of Land known by the name of Hailaes Choice containing ninteen acres situate Lying and being in North West fork on Bridge Branch, to him and his heirs for ever. I further give and devise unto Guillis Hitch a survey maid in the year of seventeen Hundred and seventy-six, containing about Eleven acres of Land, my dwelling hous standing on the same at Bridge Branch, the Rents and profits arising from the same to be Equally devided betwen him and Sarah Hitch and Unicy Jesoph, as Long as thay Live a single Life, afterwards to Guillis Hitch and his heirs and assigns for ever---------------------- I do will that my Executor, in order to assertain my parsonal Estate that he shall have an appraisment on the whole of all we are possest of, one third of the same after my Just debts is paid I give and bequeath unto Guillis Hitch and Sarah Hitch. I hereby appoint Guillis Hitch my Sole Executor of this my Last will and testament in witness whereof I have herunto set my and seal this ____ Day of _______ in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and ninty five 1795

Signed sealed, published and declared his by the above named William hitch to beWilliam X Hitch seal his Last will and testament, in the mark presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, in the presence of the testator.
John Polk
Besy Snow
Nutter Cannon

an Inventory of the goods & Chattels of William Hitch Decesd

To his warring apperil 2-10-0 To one Bead & Bead Stid 5-0-0 To 1 Saddle 1-15-0 To 1 Cart 8-0-0 To 1 gray horse 10-0-0
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27-5-0
----------- an Inventory of the goods & Chattels of William Hitch Decesd appraised By us the Subscribers Feabruary 29th 1796
Elijah Adams
William Ross

I do certify that Elijah Adams and William Ross apeared and was Legally Justifide as aprasers of the above Inventory this 24th day of March 1796
Richd Hays (Delaware Register of Wills, Liber E, Folio 73).

William married Sarah (?). Sarah died after 1796.

   67 F    viii. Eunice (Unice, Unicy) Hitch died after 7 Apr 1804 in Sussex Co., DE.

General Notes: On Jul 15 1803, Thomas Sorden received a deed from Gillis Hitch and Lisha his wife for 19 acres of land in Northwest Fork Hundred. The record states that Gillis got "Heirship" from his father William, his mother Mary and his brother William, all deceased, by virtue of a Deed of Bargain from Spencer Hitch and wife Sophia, Unice Jessop widow of John Jessop, Whittington Hitch and wife Delilah, and Sally Hitch - all heirs as described of the same William, Mary and William Hitch. The land was part of tract "Hale's Choice (or Chance)" situated at the village of Bridge Branch "where Doc James Ralston and John Wilson now live". (SxLR-Y23:302,309)

On Apr 7 1804, Eunicy Jessep conveyed land bonded by her deceased husband, John Jessep to Clement Cannon. (SxLR-Y23:98)

Eunice married John Jessup. John died before 1786 in Sussex Co., DE.

Death Notes: In William Hitch's will written in 1795 and probated Feb 29 1795, it mentions Unicy Jesoph was living a single life. Her husband we know was John Jessop from the land exchange from the Hitch children including Unice Jessop to Thomas Sorden in 1803. (SxLR-Y23:302,309)

15. John Hitch was born in 1723 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 30 Jul 1767 and 10 Aug 1769 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: John Hitch Jr. is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1738 suggesting he had reached age 16 near that time. (SoTL-1738)

Death Notes: John Hitch Jr.'s will was written Jul 30 1767 and probated Aug 10 1769 In Somerset County (MdOW).

General Notes: In the Aug Court of 1732 for Somerset County, Rachell Hitch offered, with Daniel Cordry and Timothy Adkinson, bond of £139.4.2 for orphans William, John, Nehemiah, Rachell and Ezekiel Hitch "of William Hitch, dec'd". Balance due from account of estate of £64.12.1 to be paid when they are "of full age." (SoJ-1730/33:248)

He is called "John Hitch, Jr." and his first time on the Somerset County, MD Tax List was in 1738 (possibly indicating he had reached age 15 then). In the 1738 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household with William Hitch (head of household) and George Vinson. In the 1739 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Heatch Jr. is listed in a household with William Heatch (head of household). In the 1740 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household with Nehemiah Hitch, George Vinson and Thomas Vinson, Sr. In the 1743 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1744 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1746 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1747 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable.

In 1747, John Hitch Jr. is listed in some Somerset County Loose Court Papers, under "A List of Claimes for Wicomico Hundred" with names: Samll Hitch 20:40 John Hitch Jr., 5-10 (SoCP (loose papers), MdHR 7266-32-10)

In the 1748 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch (no Jr. designation) is listed in a household as the only taxable. For 1748 and 1749, John Hitch Jr. is mentioned under a list of soulgers (sic - soldiers) commanded by Captain Nath'll Waller. (Somerset County Militia, Box 1, Folder 22; Colonial Wars).

In the 1749 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in the same household as Jno. Nickolls. In the 1751 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1752 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in the same household as negro Tam. In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable.

On Mar 27 1754, William Hitch, with Nehemiah and John Hitch, gave a deed of land to John Hitch (SoLR-B:26). This was land that was originally patented to Capt. Thomas Walker on May 12 1679, and conveyed to his son Thomas (the younger) at death and further conveyed as 1,450 acres called "High Suffolk" to Adam Hitch. On May 6 1728, Adam Hitch conveyed 400 acres of this to his son William Hitch who divided it equally among his four (4) sons, William, Thomas, Nehemiah and John through his will. Thomas died before reaching age 21 so his portion conveyed to William, the eldest son. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acre sub-tract again (see elsewhere). For £75, John Hitch bought the part assigned to Nehemiah Hitch as follows: Beginning at a marked white oak NE 124 perches, thence N57E 43 perches, thence SE 80 perches to a marked white oak, thence SW 164 perches to a marked hickory, thence NW 100 perches to the beginning containing 100 acres. The brother John Hitch is also referred to as John Hitch the younger here but he signs John Hitch Jr..

In the 1756 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable.

On Feb 21 1757, John Hitch, with William Hitch, received a deed for 100 acres of land in "High Suffolk" for which they paid £60 to Solomon Hitch. This is part of 405 acres Adam Hitch gave to son William in 1728. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acres again. Mentions the 100 acres John Hitch Sr. purchased Mar 27 1754 that was Nehemiah Hitch's share of the 405 acres. Now William and John Hitch (of William), brothers, possess the remaining 305 acres which they are selling to John Hitch Sr. Begin at a marked white oak near the road side that passes between John Hitch Sr. and William Hitch and in the NE corner tree called on by John Hitch Sr. deed afsd thence along a line of marked trees dividing it partly from John Hitch Jr.(?) land NE 36 poles, thence along a line of marked trees NExN 158 poles, thence NWxN 72 poles, thence S44W 144 poles, thence S27W 57 poles, thence with a right line to the white oak beginning containing 100 acres. (SoLR-B-153)

In the 1759 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, John Hitch Jr. is listed in a household as the only taxable.

John Hitch held as account at John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland, In 1767, he appears in the records when they brought a balance of £0/19/6 from Ledger C and he then charged the following: Jany 26:1 spelling book Feby 6:2 "seans" of thread, 3½ yards white linen March 9:6 "pips", 5 yards white linen April 23:2 quarts rum May 5:1 gallon molasses May 16:2 gallons molasses July 11:1 felt hat This came to a total of £3/12/1½. In 1768, his widow delivered 24¼ bushels of corn for a credit of £2/10/6 and carried the balance of £1/1/7½ to Ledger E. (John Nelms' Store Accounts, microfilm at Salisbury University)

John Hitch Jr.'s will was written on Jul 30 1767 and probated on Aug 10 1769 In Somerset County (MdOW). However, it says nothing except that his "moveable estate" go to his wife. Witnesses were Nehemiah Hitch and Charles Nicholson, Isable Hitch made oath. The inventory of his estate was taken between Nov 13 1769 and May 19 1770 and valued at £55.0.4. The appraisers were William Adams and Joseph Hitch Jr.; creditors were George Handy and John Nelms; next-of kin listed were Joshua and Nehomiah (sic) Hitch and the administrator/executrix was Isabel Hitch.

John married Isabell Nicholson,13 daughter of James Nicholson and Phillis Hardy?, about 1743 in Somerset Co., MD. Isabell was born about 1723 and died about 1790 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Administration of the account of Isabell Waller, Aug 29 1791. Inventory had been proved Jul 31 1790. (SoAA-EB16:476/477) This record became an extremely important finding in identifying the parentage of Louther, Curtis and Elijah Hitch as well as uncovering the female children in the family. Until the discovery of Isabell Waller's account administration, there had been much speculation as to the lineages of these individuals.

General Notes: Isabell Hitch remarried after the death of husband John Hitch in 1767/69 to a Mr. Waller (possibly Ebenezer Waller)

In his will written on Feb 19 1749 and probated in Somerset County on Mar 22 1749, James Nicholson lists Isable Hitch. The relationship appears that she is his daughter. It also lists his wife Mary Nicholson and sons Joshua Nicholson, Charles Nicholson, James Nicholson, John Nicholson, Joseph Nicholson (listed as youngest) and daughters Mary Nicholson, Rachel Nicholson and Phillis Nicholson (SoW-EB9:280)

Curtis Hitch was administrator for the estate of Isabella Waller on Aug 29 1791. The inventory amount brought forward was £45.18.7 from Jul 31 1790. Payments to John Pope Mitchell, Isaac Holland for coffin, William Handy and John Scroggin appraisers, money due to the orphans of Elijah Vincent for the money made use of by the deceased received by her as their guardian and retained by this accountant. Distributions to her seven children: this accountant Curtis, Louther, Elijah, Annis Vincent's heirs, Phillis Short, Letty Nicholson's representatives and Lilah Culver (SoAA-EB16:476/477).


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 68 M    i. Louther (Loudy) Hitch was born on 5 Nov 1750 in Somerset Co., MD, died on 19 Aug 1838 in Laurens Co., SC, and was buried about 22 Aug 1838 in Old Union Quaker Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

   69 M    ii. Elijah Hitch was born before 1755 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1808-1810.

Birth Notes: Elijah Hitch had an account at John Nelms' store as early as Jun 24 1775 so he should have been of age by then (age 21+).

General Notes: Between Jun 24 1775 and Jun 13 1779, Elijah Hitch visited John Nelm's store in Salisbury, Maryland. He brought a balance of £0/14/8 from Ledger H. He purchased a brooch and broadcloth to run the balance to £2/4/11. He paid in cash in 1779. He also delivered 1 bu. of peas in 1776 for a credit of £0/4/0 on the account of Lowday Hitch. (Store Accounts of John Nelms of Salisbury, 1758-1787, John Jacob, Jr.)

Elijah was listed as a member of the Salisbury Battalion, Blackwater Company of the Maryland Militia in the Revolution for the year 1780. He was in Sussex County, Delaware at the time the 1790 Federal Census was taken.

On Jun 14 1791, Elijah Hitch was chosen to be guardian of Esther Vinson (daughter of Elijah Vinson), who was under age 14 when, at the same time Curtis Hitch was chosen to be guardian for Esther Vinson's brother, Eli who was over age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:99)

In the Federal Census of 1800, Elijah Hitch is indicated in Sussex County, Delaware (pg 431) in a household comprised of two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 45+, two females under age 10, one female age 10-16, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45 and two slaves.

+ 70 M    iii. Curtis Hitch was born before 1769 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Aug 1813 and 12 Mar 1814 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 71 F    iv. Annis Hitch was born about 1743 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1777-1786 in Somerset Co., MD.

   72 F    v. Phillis Hitch .

Phillis married (?) Short.

   73 F    vi. Lilah Hitch .

Lilah married (?) Culver.

General Notes: Lilah Hitch was married to a Mr. Culver as shown when she was identified as Lilah Culver in the account of her mother's estate.

+ 74 F    vii. Letty Hitch .

16. Nehemiah Hitch was born about 1724 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 16 Oct 1774 and 22 Mar 1775 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Nehemiah Hitch is first listed in the Somerset County, Maryland tax lists in 1740 suggesting he had arrived at the age of 15 near that time (SoTL-1740).

Death Notes: Nehemiah Hitch's will was written Oct 16 1774 and probated Mar 22 1775. (MdPrW-40:384)

General Notes: In the Aug Court of 1732 for Somerset County, Rachell Hitch offered, with Daniel Cordry and Timothy Adkinson, bond of £139.4.2 for orphans William, John, Nehemiah, Rachell and Ezekiel Hitch "of William Hitch, dec'd". Balance due from account of estate of £64.12.1 to be paid when they are "of full age." (SoJ-1730/33:248)

In the 1740 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with John Hitch Jr., George Vinson and Thomas Vinson, Sr. In the 1743 Tax List, Nohem'h Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the 1744 Tax List, Nohomiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with Elg't Hitch and 2 negroes. In the 1745 Tax List, Nohomiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with Wm. Hitch. In the 1746 Tax List, Nehomiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the 1747 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the 1748 Tax List, Neh'ah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable.

On Jun 6 1748, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in the inventory accounting of "Thos Cirmille" as: To Nehemiah Hitch £1.15.0 (SoCP (loose)-1747/51 (MdHR 7266-32-19)). Also in 1748, Nehemiah was on "A List of Defaulters for Wiccomoco Hundred 1748: Nehemiah Hitch 3-4½; Wm Hitch 3-4½" (SoCP-1747/52; MdHR 7266-33-39). Nehemiah Hitch was present on the musters of the Colonial Wars mentioned under a list of soulgers (sic - soldiers) commanded by Captain Nath'll Waller in 1748. (Box 1, Folder 22)

In the 1749 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with Ezcakil Hitch. In the 1750 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the 1751 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. On Dec 7 1751, Nehemiah Hitch appears on the Somerset County rent rolls for a tract of land called "Quiet Entrance" (total 100a, yr. rent £0.4.0) surveyed Jul 9 1713 on northernmost side of Wicomico River. He had bought 100 acres from Allen Gray. (SoRR-9:258) This is confirmed in the land records for the same date where it shows he bought 100 acres of land for £40 from Allin Gray (SoLR-A:221).

In the 1752 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the Mar 1753 court, Nehemiah Hitch appeared in a suit with George Vinson and William Hitch as owing Epraim King £40. They had to pay that amount plus costs of 621¾ lbs. of tobacco. (SoJ-1752/54:67).

On Mar 27 1754, William Hitch, with Nehemiah and John Hitch, gave a deed of land to John Hitch (SoLR-B:26). This was land that was originally patented to Capt. Thomas Walker on May 12 1679, and conveyed to his son Thomas (the younger) at death and further conveyed as 1,450 acres called "High Suffolk" to Adam Hitch. On May 6 1728, Adam Hitch conveyed 400 acres of this to his son William Hitch who divided it equally among his four (4) sons, William, Thomas, Nehemiah and John through his will. Thomas died before reaching age 21 so his portion conveyed to William, the eldest son. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acre sub-tract again (see elsewhere). For £75, John Hitch bought the part assigned to Nehemiah Hitch as follows: Beginning at a marked white oak NE 124 perches, thence N57E 43 perches, thence SE 80 perches to a marked white oak, thence SW 164 perches to a marked hickory, thence NW 100 perches to the beginning containing 100 acres. The brother John Hitch is also referred to as John Hitch the younger here but he signs John Hitch Jr..

In the 1754 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. On Feb 21 1757, John Hitch, with William Hitch, received a deed for 100 acres of land in "High Suffolk" for which they paid £60 to Solomon Hitch. This is part of 405 acres Adam Hitch gave to son William in 1728. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acres again. Mentions the 100 acres John Hitch Sr. purchased Mar 27 1754 that was Nehemiah Hitch's share of the 405 acres. Now William and John Hitch (of William), brothers, possess the remaining 305 acres which they are selling to John Hitch Sr. Begin at a marked white oak near the road side that passes between John Hitch Sr. and William Hitch and in the NE corner tree called on by John Hitch Sr. deed afsd thence along a line of marked trees dividing it partly from John Hitch Jr.(?) land NE 36 poles, thence along a line of marked trees NExN 158 poles, thence NWxN 72 poles, thence S44W 144 poles, thence S27W 57 poles, thence with a right line to the white oak beginning containing 100 acres. (SoLR-B-153)

In the 1757 Tax List, Nehomjah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. Nehemiah was a witness to the will of Joshua Caldwell written Jan 23 1758 and probated on Apr 4 1758 (SoW-1750/72:63). In the 1759 Tax List, Nehemiah Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. On Aug 20 1760, Nehemiah bought land in "Denwoods Denn" from Joseph Gilliss for £17.10.0. Begin at a marked white oak the first bounder of the afsd tract, thence E 69 poles to a marked cypress, thence S19-15 minE 47 poles, thence S7W 22 poles, thence S8W 4 poles, thence S16E 26 poles, thence S2-30 minE 50 poles, thence S10E 12 poles, thence S9W 26 poles, thence S6E 88 poles, thence S17E 28 poles, thence S26-30W 20 poles, thence W 148 poles to a marked white oak, thence to beginning containing 229½ acres. (SoLR-C:69)

This is confirmed through the Somerset County rent rolls for the same date where he is listed for the tract called "Dennwoods Den" (total 300a, yr. rent £0.12.0) surveyed 16 Dec 1681 near the head of Rockawalkin (note, at that early time, the "Rockawalkin" river was the present-day Wicomico). He bought a total of 229½ acres. (SoRR-9:141). On Jul 20 1761, Nehemiah Hitch received a land patent for 30 acres called "Hot Hill." (SoLP, Cert 1216) He received a warrant of 30 acres of land part of 63 acres of that granted to William Polk and described as "…beginning at a marked oak on the north side of a tract called "Denwoods Den" by the west side of a swamp…" thence S60W 50 poles, thence S 100 poles, thence, E 40 poles, thence N 40 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning containing 30 acres.

On Nov 17 1762, Nehemiah Hitch sold 60 acres of land, part of "Denwood Denn", for £30 to Nathan Culver. Beginning at a marked white oak on the first bound of said tract thence E 69 poles to a marked cypress, thence S19-15E 47 poles, thence S7W 22 poles, thence S8W 4 poles, thence S16E 26 poles, thence S2-30E 13½ poles, thence to beginning containing 60 acres. (SoLR-C:149)

This is confirmed in the Somerset County Rent Rolls where Nehemiah Hitch is listed for a tract called "Dennwoods Den" (total 300 acres, yearly rent of £0.12.0) surveyed 16 Dec 1681 near the head of Rockawalkin. He sold 60 acres to Nathan Culver. (SoRR-9:141) Note, this portion of the tract was resurveyed as "Peace and Quietness."

Nehemiah Hitch is listed in the store accounts of John Nelms when he brought a balance of £3/8/9 from Ledger C and bought the following in 1767: Jany 12: a "quantity of thread", one dozen coat buttons, ½ yard shalloon Feby 19:½ pint rum May 20:2 quarts "Best Rum" May 30:1 dozen vest buttons, 3 yards white linen, 4 shoats of paper He delivered corn in 1768 for a credit of £1/3/0 and carried balance of £3/13/8 to Ledger E. (John Nelms' Store Accounts, microfilm at Salisbury University)

Nehemiah Hitch, with Charles Nicholson, were witnesses to the will of John Hitch written Jul 30 1767 and probated Aug 10 1769 (SoW-1750/72).

Will of Nehemiah Hitch was written on Oct 16 1774 and probated Mar 22 1775 as paraphrased: ". . . being sick & weak in body" -To son Thomas Hitch, 40 acres - "Culver's Mill" -To "well-beloved wife" Sarah Hitch, Manor plantation and dwelling house for rest of her life. To become property of son Elias Hitch after death. -Also mentions five children Mary, George, Cissiah, Betty, Sarah Hitch. (MdPrW-40:384)

Nehemiah married Sarah Lank, daughter of George Langkake and (?) Cannon?, about 1745 in Somerset Co., MD. Sarah was born about 1725 and died before 27 Jun 1778 in Somerset Co., MD.14

General Notes: This was a theory of the compiler up to the year 2000: "From records in the Maryland Hall of Records, Sarah Hitch was generally thought to be nee Denwood. However, a look into the background of some of these records shows that this is NOT true. Sarah Denwood is a whole generation removed from her supposed husband Nehemiah Hitch. In Sarah Hitch's will of 1778, she mentions next-of-kin as Thomas Hitch and Francis Lank. For this reason, Lank is most likely her actual maiden name."

The following was found in the records of Somerset County in Dec 2000: "Francis Langkake's will was written on Mar 2 1754 and it was probated in Somerset County on Jan 23 1759. His wife Rachel was Administratrix (SoW-30:637). He does not mention Sarah Lank or Hitch as daughter then but does mention sons George (deceased) and Stephen Langkake, daughter Isabella Benston (Denston, wife of William Benston), son-in-law John Disharoon (who evidently married another daughter who is un-named), son-in-law James Clarkson (who evidently married a second un-named daughter). The reason the latter two daughters are un-named could be because they were deceased. Also mentioned are grandsons Francis Langkake (son of George, deceased), William and Cannon Langkake (sons of Stephen), William Benston (son of William and Isabella Benston), Obediah Disharoon (son of John Disharoon), and Thomas Langkake. Granddaughters mentioned were Judah Benston (daughter of William and Isabella Benston) and Judith and Frances Clarkson (daughters of James Clarkson)

By the time the Account was completed of Mr. Langkake's estate on Aug 25 1761, his wife Rachel had remarried as she as referred to as Rachel Hitch "alias Lank". Son Francis Langkake was the other administrator (MdPrA-47:142). More importantly for this subject, it mentions two Hitches as getting something from the estate. The first is Solomon Hitch because he was a creditor. However, the second is stated as "Nehemiah Hitch wright (sic) of his wife's 1/5 of 1/5." There were five (5) children as heir to the estate, hence the first 1/5. Evidently, Nehemiah Hitch's wife's Langkake parent had died and she had four living brothers/sisters - this would account for the "1/5 of 1/5." In later records (see below) Sarah Hitch has next-of-kin listed as Francis Lank. Francis Lank was son of George of Francis and is therefore assumed to be Sarah (Lank) Hitch's brother with George as her father." QED as they say in scientific circles!

When the estate of Mary Cannon was inventoried between Dec 16 1771 and Mar 30 1772, Sarah Hitch was listed as next-of-kin with Francis Lank for estate of Mary Cannon valued at £91.17.9. (MdPrI Abstracts-1772/74) On Jun 27 1778, Elias Hitch is mentioned in the will of his mother Sarah Hitch where he demanded administration and made oath. A bond in the amount of £2000 was placed by brothers Elias and Thomas Hitch and Charles Nicholson. Appraisers were Benjamin Byrd Sr. and Benjamin McClellan (SoW-1777/88:84). On Jul 24 1778, the inventory of Sarah Hitch was taken by Elias Hitch and valued at £30.18.1. Next-of-kin for Sarah Hitch was indicated as Francis Lank and Thomas Hitch. Creditors listed were Severn Hitch and William Winder Jr. (SoW-1777/88:104)

An administration of Sarah Hitch's account was performed in Somerset County on Oct 30 1781 and Aug 6 1782 where she is indicated as widow of Nehemiah Hitch and Elias Hitch is administrator. Payments to George Handy for account against Nehemiah Hitch. Also payments to William Winder, John Nelms and William Horsey of Isaac for their accounts against Nehemiah Hitch. Distributions to (from LWT of Nehemiah Hitch after death of wife) daughters: Mary, Cissiah, Sarah and Betty Hitch and son George Hitch. Account balance was £31.17.0½. (SoAA-EB16:62/63, 71/72)


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 75 M    i. Thomas Hitch was born in 1746-1752 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 21 Oct 1790 and 12 Apr 1791 in Somerset Co., MD.

   76 F    ii. Mary Hitch was born between 1761 and 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Mary, Cissiah, George, Betty and Sarah Hitch are all listed in their father's will written in 1774. Also, they received reserved distributions from their mother's account out of their father's inventory when the administration of her account was completed in 1782. This indicates that they were probably still minors (< age 21) at that time; hence they were born after 1761 so that they were under 21 in 1782 but before 1774 when their father's will was written.

   77 M    iii. George Hitch was born between 1761 and 1764 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Mary, Cissiah, George, Betty and Sarah Hitch are all listed in their father's will written in 1774. Also, they received reserved distributions from their mother's account out of their father's inventory when the administration of her account was completed in 1782. This indicates that they were probably still minors (< age 21) at that time; hence they were born after 1761 so that they were under 21 in 1782 but before 1774 when their father's will was written. In addition, we know that George Hitch is listed in a militia muster in 1780. It is uncertain how old a person had to be to join the militia, but it is assumed that he was at least age 16 at the time.

General Notes: Listed as a member of the Salisbury Battalion, Blackwater Company of the Maryland Militia in the Revolution for the year 1780.

   78 F    iv. Cissiah Hitch was born between 1761 and 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

   79 F    v. Betty Hitch was born between 1761 and 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Mary, Cissiah, George, Betty and Sarah Hitch are all listed in their father's will written in 1774. Also, they received reserved distributions from their mother's account out of their father's inventory when the administration of her account was completed in 1782. This indicates that they were probably still minors (< age 21) at that time; hence they were born after 1761 so that they were under 21 in 1782 but before 1774 when their father's will was written.

   80 F    vi. Sarah Hitch was born between 1761 and 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Mary, Cissiah, George, Betty and Sarah Hitch are all listed in their father's will written in 1774. Also, they received reserved distributions from their mother's account out of their father's inventory when the administration of her account was completed in 1782. This indicates that they were probably still minors (< age 21) at that time; hence they were born after 1761 so that they were under 21 in 1782 but before 1774 when their father's will was written.

+ 81 M    vii. Elias Hitch was born before 1758 and died between 17 Oct 1792 and 21 Sep 1793 in Somerset Co., MD.

17. Ezekiel Hitch was born in 1730-1731 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 1758 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Ezekiel Hitch is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1747 suggesting he had reached age 15 near that time. (SoTL-1747)

General Notes: In the Aug Court of 1732 for Somerset County, Rachell Hitch offered, with Daniel Cordry and Timothy Adkinson, bond of £139.4.2 for orphans William, John, Nehemiah, Rachell and Ezekiel Hitch "of William Hitch, dec'd". Balance due from account of estate of £64.12.1 to be paid when they are "of full age." (SoJ-1730/33:248)

Ezekiel Hitch's first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists was in 1747, indicating that he probably had just recently attained the age of 16 years. This probably means that Ezekiel was born just a little after his father's death in 1730. This line is not clear, but it does agree with the Daisy Hitch Davies assessment in A Hitch Orchard of 1931. The uncertainty revolves around the question to whether there were two Ezekiel Hitches as listed here in a father-son relationship or, was there only one that lived to the old age of 98? Circumstantial and factual evidence supports either possibility although it was rare (but not impossible) for a person to live to age 98, especially in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Also, under the one Ezekiel theory, he would have been age 50 to 52 during his service in the militia in the Revolutionary War. Such an age would be considered an old man in those days when the average life expectancy was about 40 years. In this document, I show the father-son Ezekiel setup so that the generations can be shown as such. However, I leave it to the reader to remember that there may have only been one Ezekiel who lived to a very old age. One slight hint of evidence for the two Ezekiel theory surfaces when, in 1891, George Wilson Hitch's (1809-1891) obituary states that his grandfather Ezekiel had a father named Ezekiel. The dates were wrong in that reference (e.g., it states the first Ezekiel was born in 1690 and the second in 1730), however it may provide a clue to a fact that was clouded through the years.

In the 1747 Somerset County Tax List, "Ezecall" Hitch is listed in the same household in Wicomico Hundred as George Vinson. In the 1748 Somerset County Tax List, "Ezekiell" Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the 1749 Somerset County Tax List, "Ezcakil" Hitch is listed in the same household in Wicomico Hundred as Nehemiah Hitch. In the 1750 Somerset County Tax List, Ezekiel Hitch is listed in the same household in Wicomico Hundred as George Vinson. On Nov 20 1750, Allen Gray sold Ezekiel Hitch 50 acres of land called "Gravelly Hill" for £15 (SoLR-A:205). It was the land willed to him by John Gray. This was confirmed in the Somerset County rent rolls for the same date for the tract called "Gravelly Hill" (total 50a, yr. rent £0.2.0) surveyed Dec 10 1721 at N side of Wicomico River. (SoRR-10:281)

In the 1751 Somerset County Tax List, Ezekiel Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the 1752 Somerset County Tax List, "Zeekall" Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. In the 1753 Somerset County Tax List, "Zeekall" Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable. On Feb 10 1757, Ezekiel Hitch patented 50 acres of land called "Hitch's Choice." (Settlers of Maryland 1751-1765, Peter Wilson Coldham; and MdHR Index #55, Land Patents by Tract, BC11:188 and GS10:342) In the 1757 Somerset County Tax List, "Ezekell" Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred as the only taxable.

Ezekiel Hitch patented land called "Hitch's Choice" in 1759. He received a warrant of survey on Sep 15 1759, land warranted to William Adams on Nov 8 1756 for 50 acres in Somerset County "…beginning at a marked white oak standing on the north side of the head of the Wicomico River back in the woods and on the north side of John Hitch's plantation by the east side of said Ezekiel Hitch's plantation." Thence, NE 80 poles, thence NW 100 poles, thence SW 80 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning. (SoLP)

Ezekiel Hitch does not show up again until 1780 as a member of the Somerset Maryland Militia. That Ezekiel Hitch is no doubt the one in the DAR lineage records born in 1748 and died in 1828 and a probable son of this Ezekiel Hitch. It is therefore assumed that this Ezekiel Hitch died not long after he patented "Hitch's Choice" in 1757. No extant wills or inventories have been found.

Ezekiel married someone about 1750 in Somerset Co., MD.

His child was:

+ 82 M    i. Ezekiel Hitch was born in 1748 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 23 Sep 1828 in Somerset Co., MD.

19. Thomas Price was born in 1719 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1783 in Worcester Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Thomas Price is first listed in the Somerset County Tax Lists for the year 1735 (in the household of John Price in Wicomico Hundred).

Death Notes: Thomas Price shows up in the 1783 Tax Assessment for Worcester County for 50 acres of tract "Mount Pleasant."

General Notes: On August 17, 1770, Benjamin Hitch with wife, Mary, sold 50 acres of land in "Mount Pleasant" to Thomas Price. The record mentions that the land was "then situated in Somerset, now part in Worcester part in Somerset". (WoLR-H:381,382). In the Tax Assessment of 1783, Thomas Price is listed with 50 acres of land called "Mount Pleasant".

Thomas married Patience Kibble, daughter of John Kibble 15 and Sarah (?),15 on 22 Dec 1756 in Somerset Co., MD. Patience was born on 25 Sep 1738 in Somerset Co., MD.15

Marriage Notes: Stepney Parish Church Records.


Known children from this marriage were:

   83 F    i. Esther Price was born on 1 Aug 1760 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Stepney Parish Church Records.

+ 84 M    ii. Samuel? Price .

+ 85 M    iii. Kibble* Price was born in 1765-1775 in MD and died after 1820 in Somerset Co., MD.

27. Eve* Hitch was born about 1727 in Somerset Co., MD and died about Apr 1790 in Sussex Co., DE.

Death Notes: Copy of an original will written by Eve (Hitch) Nicholson sent to me by Susan B. Cramer of Pinehurst, NC on Jan 1 1998, the will is dated Apr 20 1790.

General Notes: *Discussion of Eve Hitch, d/o Solomon Hitch as wife of Robert Hitch: When Robert and Eve Hitch were married in 1752, Stepney Parish records clearly state Robert Hitch married to Eve Hitch and those records generally stated the pre-marriage name of the bride. Consequently, was Eve Hitch a widow or was she a maiden-Hitch? Solomon Hitch Sr. had the only un-accounted for daughter named Eve at the time - this would have been Robert Hitch's cousin and not unusual for marriage in the 18th century. More research is required.

On Jan 21 1775, Eve Nichols (Nicholson - the record uses both!), widow of Richard Nichols, before her marriage to said Nichols was the widow of Robert Hitch who was the son of Samuel Hitch deceased, sold her 1/3 dower rights to part of land tracts "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" to William Handy for 5 shillings. Also mentions land sold to Handy by Isaac Hitch. This was her approval of the sale and release of her dower. (SoLR-F:295)

The following is from a copy of an original will on Eve (Hitch) Nicholson sent to me by Susan B. Cramer of Pinehurst, NC on Jan 1 1998 (a copy of the front page is shown in Figure 1):

In the name of God, Amen, 20th day of April 1790. I Eve Nicholson of the state of Del in the County of Sussex, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be unto God, therefore colleing (sic?) Into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordanied (sic) this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and 1st of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of the God that gave it. And for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian like manner at the diction of my friends not doubting but of the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the powers of God as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise dispose of the same in the following manner and forever. 1st I give and bequeath to Phillis Hitch my well beloved Grand-daughter a two yr old heifer, and one feather bed and furniture with bedstead cord and cord mat, and one chest and 3 chairs and one pewter dish and two plates and two pewter baisins (sic). One set of teawon (?) and teaspoons and our pewter teapot. One Gin case and bottles. Secondly I give to Mary Hitch, my beloved Grand-daughter, one feather bed and furniture. Thirdly I give unto Ann Hitch my beloved Grand-daughter one feather bed and furniture all which I give and bequeath unto them as above mentioned by them pecly (?) to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke all other former testaments wills and legacies, by me in anyway before this monied (?) will and bequeath. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness where of I herein to set my hand and seal day above written. Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, & declared by the S.E. Nicholson as her last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers.

her Eva o Nicholson
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Viz: Benjamin Collins George Moore Isaac Vinson

Eve* married Robert Hitch, son of Samuel Hitch and Rachel Hardy, on 14 Feb 1752 in Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD. Robert was born about 1730 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 9 Oct 1767 and 24 Mar 1768 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: The date of marriage for Robert and Eve Hitch is given in the Stepnet Parish church records (1751 - old style).

Birth Notes: Robert Hitch is listed for the first time in the Somerset County Tax Lists for the year 1748 suggesting that he had reached age 15 around this time. (SoTL-1748)

Death Notes: Robert Hitch's will was written Oct 9 1767 and probated Mar 24 1768 (MdPrW-36:288; also MdOW:F133).

General Notes: Robert Hitch is listed for the first time in the Somerset County Tax Lists for the year 1748 in the same household as his father Samuel. I might be assumed that Robert reached age 15 around this time, putting his birth year at circa 1733.

In the 1748 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Samuel Hitch (head of the household) and negro Robin. In the 1749 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Samuel Hitch (head of the household) and negro Jack. In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Samuel Hitch (head of the household) and negro Jack.

On Feb 14 1751/52, Robert and Eve Hitch were married. (Stepney Parish Records)

In the 1752 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Adam Hitch and negro Jack. In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1759 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

Robert Hitch had an account at John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland where, in 1767, he bought a chest lock, needles and rum.

Robert Hitch's will was written on Oct 9 1767 and probated on Mar 24 1768 (MdPrW-36:288; also MdOW:F133). In it, "Robert Hitch Sr." left his dwelling house and 212 acre plantation called "High Suffolk" to his oldest son Isaac. He left £5 to his next oldest son Samuel to be paid when he reached 20 years old and the same to his next oldest son Nathan. He left thirds to his wife Eve. He also left his two youngest sons Samuel and Nathan to the care of Joseph Hitch Sr. and Joseph Hitch Jr. to bind them out to any trade when they reach age 15 until they are age 20. He also left Joshua Bennett an "olfin" boy if he stays with wife until his time is up, one two year old heifer. Witnesses to the will were: William Handy, Joshua Hitch Sr., and Joseph Hitch Jr. Between Apr 11 and Jun 23 1768, Robert Hitch's estate was inventoried at a value of £25.0.11. Appraisers were William Adams and George Vinson; creditors were George Handy and Joseph Hitch; next-of kin listed were Joseph Hitch and Benjamin Hitch: and executrix was Eve Hitch (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69).


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 86 M    i. Isaac Hitch was born on 30 Dec 1754 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Nov 1797 and 18 May 1798 in Sussex Co., DE.

+ 87 M    ii. Samuel (Levin*) Hitch was born in 1755-1767 in MD and died on 4 Apr 1802-8 Jul 1803 in Sussex Co., DE.

   88 M    iii. Nathan Hitch was born in 1756-1767 and died after 1798 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: Robert Hitch, Sr.'s will states that son Nathan Hitch was under age 15 in 1767/68 and the 3rd oldest son after Isaac born in 1754. This would put his birth between 1756 and 1767.

General Notes: There is a Nathan Hitch mentioned in a Sussex County, Delaware petition in 1798 to construct a bridge over Broad Creek near Laurel. Nathan is listed with Samuel Hitch and Levin Hitch at the time - possibly his brothers - although a Levin Hitch is not mentioned in the will of Robert Hitch. This is the only other listing (apparently) of Nathan Hitch in the extant records.

   89 F    iv. Phillis Hitch was born on 5 Nov 1756 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Phillis Hitch's birth date, daughter of Robert and Eve Hitch, is written in the Stepney Parish church records, Somerset County as Nov 5 1756.

   90 F    v. Delilah Hitch was born on 4 Jun 1759 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Delilah Hitch's birth date, daughter of Robert and Eve Hitch, is written in the Stepney Parish church records, Somerset County as Jun 4 1759.

   91 F    vi. Rachell Hitch was born on 17 Nov 1760 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Rachell Hitch's birth date, daughter of Robert and Eve Hitch, is written in the Stepney Parish church records, Somerset County as Nov 17 1760.

Eve* next married Richard Nicholson after 1768 in Somerset Co., MD. Richard died between 1769 and 1775 in Somerset Co., MD.

28. William Hitch was born about 1728 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1765-1767 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: William Hitch is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1753 suggesting he had reached age 15 near that time. (SoTL-1753)

Death Notes: No will for William Hitch has been found, however an inventory of his estate was conducted in early 1767 and he last shows up in the records when he sold land in Sep 1765.

General Notes: In the 1753 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch was listed in a household with Solomon Hitch and negro Rose. This is his first time on the Tax List and might suggest he became age 15 at this time. In the 1754 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch was listed in a household with Solomon Hitch and negro Rose. In the 1756 Tax List for Somerset County, Maryland, William Hitch is listed in a household with negro Frank.

On Feb 21 1757, John Hitch, with William Hitch, received a deed for 100 acres of land in "High Suffolk" for which they paid £60 to Solomon Hitch. This is part of 405 acres Adam Hitch gave to son William in 1728. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acres again. Mentions the 100 acres John Hitch Sr. purchased Mar 27 1754 that was Nehemiah Hitch's share of the 405 acres. Now William and John Hitch (of William), brothers, possess the remaining 305 acres which they are selling to John Hitch Sr. Begin at a marked white oak near the road side that passes between John Hitch Sr. and William Hitch and in the NE corner tree called on by John Hitch Sr. deed afsd thence along a line of marked trees dividing it partly from John Hitch Jr.(?) land NE 36 poles, thence along a line of marked trees NExN 158 poles, thence NWxN 72 poles, thence S44W 144 poles, thence S27W 57 poles, thence with a right line to the white oak beginning containing 100 acres. (SoLR-B-153)

On Oct 22 1755, William Hitch married Ann Collins (Stepney Parish Records).

On Mar 7 1757, John Hitch, with William Hitch, "planters", sold all that parcel of land in "High Suffolk" where said William now lives. On the north side of the Wicomico River (formerly called the Rockawalkin River) "in neck of land called Rockawalkin." Begin at a marked white oak standing at the SW end of a line of marked trees dividing it from part of said tract given by Adam Hitch to his son Solomon and on the west side of a glade that came byt where John Price formerly dwelled thence S46E 81 poles, thence NE 124 poles, thence N74E 50 poles, thence N77E 67 poles, thence NE 135 poles, thence NWxN 66 poles, thence WxN 14 poles to the afsd line of marked trees, thence to the first beginning - 200 acres of the original 1,450 acres of "High Suffolk". This was part of the 405 acres Adam Hitch gave to William Hitch in 1728 which went to sons William, Thomas, John and Nehemiah Hitch. William here became part to half of the 405 acres. John Hitch seems to appear here just to verify that he will not bring future claim to the land. They were paid £157 by George Wilson (SoLR-B:158).

On Apr 26 1764, William Hitch purchased 232 acres of land called "Green Meadow" for £65 from John Callaway (SoLR-B:221). On Apr 4 1765, the account of Mary Collins's estate was completed in Somerset County. In it is mentions a distribution paid to William Hitch (representative). (MdPrA-52:210) On Sep 21 1765, William Hitch sold a parcel of land called "Green Meadow" for £80 to Josiah Dashiell. This record mentions Ann Hitch, "his wife." (SoLR-D:9). Between Mar 10 1767 and Jun 10 1767, William Hitch's estate was inventoried at a value of £48.6.9. Appraisers were Thomas Moore and James English, next-of kin are listed as George Farrington and Robert Hitch with the Administratrix/Executrix as Ann Hitch (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69). On Sep 3 1768, the Account records state "Ann Hitch, administratrix of William Hitch, deceased, £39.2.10½" (MdPrA-58:338).

William married Ann Collins on 22 Oct 1755 in Somerset Co., MD. Ann died after 1768 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: In the "Store Accounts of John Nelms of Salisbury, 1758-1787" (John Jacob, Jr.), it notes Ann Hitch as a "widow." She had an account where she bought one trace rope for £0/1/3. She paid in cash in 1768.

General Notes: In the "Store Accounts of John Nelms of Salisbury, 1758-1787" (John Jacob, Jr.), it notes Ann Hitch as a "widow." She had an account where she bought one trace rope for £0/1/3. She paid in cash in 1768.


   92 F    i. Sophia Hitch was born in 1756 in Somerset Co., MD.8

29. Solomon Hitch was born in 1730 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 24 Oct 1761 and 18 Nov 1761 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Solomon Hitch Jr. is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1745 suggesting he had reached age 15 near that time. (SoTL-1745)

Death Notes: The will of Solomon Hitch was written Oct 24 1761 and probated Nov 18 1761. (MdPrW-31:578).

General Notes: Solomon Hitch Jr. is listed for the first time on the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1745. It might be deduced that this is the year he reached age 15 (born 1730). In the 1746 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with Levin Hitch, Solomon Hitch Sr. (head of the household) and negroes Rose and Cooke. In the 1747 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with Levin Hitch, Solomon Hitch Sr. (head of the household) and negroes Rose and Cooke.

In a judicial court case (the case was first mentioned in the Nov 1747 court for "His lordship vs. Charity Porter" for committing fornication with Soloman Hitch) in the Mar 1747/48 court for "His Lordship vs. Solomon Hitch", Soloman was tried for "begetting a bastard child on the body of Charity Porter" both of Stepney Parish. The records continue "...(Solomon) did commit fornication with a certain Charity Porter." and was fined 30 shillings which Elgate Hitch helped to post. (SoJ-1747/49:49). Loose court papers extant in the Maryland Hall of Records show two receipts: "paid by Solloman Hitch for fornication, S10:00" (MdHR 7266-33-39) and "paid by Solloman Hitch for fornication, S20:00". (SoCP (loose papers), MdHR 7266-33-38). One other note here - in the Aug 1753 court of Somerset County, there was a Solomon Hitch bound as apprentice to Mary Collins. This Solomon was said to be 3 years old on "Mar last" and must serve until he is age 21. (SoJ-1752/54:110). The compiler believes that this young Solomon may be the bastard son of Solomon Hitch and Charity Porter.

In his father's will written Mar 14 1748 and probated Apr 5 1748 on Solomon Hitch received the land his father bought from James Storey's heirs, half of the land at Rockawalkin plus 2 slaves, Cook and Rose. Soloman was also ordered to give his brother William one year of schooling and build him a house of about £15 price. (MdPrW-25:360) Solomon Hitch Jr. was also the Administrator when his father's estate was inventoried at a value of £367.10.16 between Apr 14 and Jun 22 1748 (MdPrI Abstracts-1744/48).

In the 1748 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with negroes Rose and Cook. In the 1749 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with negro Rose. In the 1750 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with Jno. Boastick(?) and negro Rose.

On Dec 19 1750, Solomon Hitch was mentioned again in the court records of Maryland with relation to his father's estate where "...on the prayer &c petition of Solomon Hitch executor of Solomon Hitch late of Somerset County (dec'd)..." (MdTP-34:53). In the 1751 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with John Hitch and negro Rose. In the 1752 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with negro Rose. In the 1753 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with William Hitch and negro Rose. In the 1754 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with William Hitch and negro Rose. In the 1756 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with negro Rose.

On Feb 21 1757, John Hitch, with William Hitch, received a deed for 100 acres of land in "High Suffolk" for which they paid £60 to Solomon Hitch. This is part of 405 acres Adam Hitch gave to son William in 1728. Goes through metes and bounds of the 405 acres again. Mentions the 100 acres John Hitch Sr. purchased Mar 27 1754 that was Nehemiah Hitch's share of the 405 acres. Now William and John Hitch (of William), brothers, possess the remaining 305 acres which they are selling to John Hitch Sr. Begin at a marked white oak near the road side that passes between John Hitch Sr. and William Hitch and in the NE corner tree called on by John Hitch Sr. deed afsd thence along a line of marked trees dividing it partly from John Hitch Jr.(?) land NE 36 poles, thence along a line of marked trees NExN 158 poles, thence NWxN 72 poles, thence S44W 144 poles, thence S27W 57 poles, thence with a right line to the white oak beginning containing 100 acres. (SoLR-B-153)

On Feb 26 1757, William Hitch Jr., with Solomon Hitch and William Hitch Sr., planters, sold land for £100 to William Murray (SoLR-B- 160). Land is in "High Suffolk" This is land that Adam Hitch gave to his son Solomon Hitch in 1728. Said Solomon Hitch devised this 310 acres to his two sons Solomon and William Hitch Jr.(!) mentioned herein. These two and William Hitch Jr., "son of William Hitch deceased" sold land to William Murray - note William Hitch Jr. of William becomes William Hitch Sr. in this record! Land begins at a marked red oak near the head of Rockawalkin Mill Branch being the northern bounder of a tract formerly belonging to John Cordrey and now to Dennis Delany, Taylor and where the said Delany now lives and it the first course and line of "High Suffolk". Thence NE 50 poles, thence E 178 poles, thence ExS 106 poles to a marked white oak thence along a line of marked trees dividing it from the land of William Hitch Sr., (!) one of the parties to this indenture and son to William Hitch dec'd. SW 375 poles to a glade to the northward of a place where John Price formerly dwelt and is now in the possession of William Adams, thence running along and bounded by the said glade containing courses and distance nearly N42W about 164 poles until it intersects the line of Dennis Delany's land formerly John Caudries to the red oak the first bounder containing 310 acres. It also notes that Ann Hitch is the wife of William Hitch Jr.

In the 1757 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with negro Rose. In the 1759 Tax List for Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Solomon Hitch Jr. was listed in a household with negro Rose.

The will of Solomon Hitch was written on Oct 24 1761 and probated in Somerset County on Nov 18 1761 where Solomon, "being very sick & weak": To well beloved wife Elizabeth Hitch, a negro woman named Rose, one feather bed furniture and all new feathers, a riding horse, plantation and land until Risdon is age 18. To well beloved son Risdon a negro boy named Jack, and he to be of age for himself at the age of eighteen. To daughter Susannah a negro boy named Harry, one feather bed & furniture. Witnesses were George Vinson, John Hitch Jr., and Thomas Humphries Sr. (MdPrW-31:578) The estate was inventoried on Mar 17 1762 at a value of £190.18.2. Appraisers were William Venable and George Handy; Creditors William Allen, Littleton Dennis and James Houston; next-of kin listed as Joshua Hitch and William Hitch; with Administratrix Elisabeth Hitch. (MdPrI Abstracts-1760/63).

Solomon married Charity Porter.

General Notes: They appear to have never married but did produce a child according to court "bastardy" records.


   93 M    i. Solomon Hitch was born about 1748 in Somerset Co., MD.

Solomon next married Elizabeth Risdon? 16 about 1750 in Somerset Co., MD. Elizabeth died after Nov 1761.

Known children from this marriage were:

   94 F    i. Susannah Hitch .

   95 M    ii. Risdon Hitch was born in 1751-1753 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 12 Apr 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Risdon Hitch is indicated as under age 18 in his father's will from 1761. The approximate marriage year for his parents is 1750. Since his estate was inventoried in 1774, this suggests he was at least of age (21) at that time

Death Notes: The date of Risdon Hitch's inventory (MdTP-45:319).

General Notes: Risdon Hitch evidently died young and intestate as we see in the court records of Maryland a mention of "Risdon Hitch his admin bond in common form by Sarah Hitch, his adminx with Robert Hitch and Joshua Hitch her sureties in the sum of £30 sterlg dated 12th Apr 1774." (MdTP-45:319). This record also means that he probably was at least age 21 to have his estate reviewed in court.

Risdon married Sarah (?).

31. Sarah Hitch .

Sarah married John Talbard (Talbot) 17 before 1763. John died between 16 Dec 1765 and 16 Jan 1766 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: John Talbard is mentioned as son-in-law in John Hitch's will probated Mar 16 1763.

Death Notes: John Taubert's will written Dec 16 1765 and probated Jan 16 1766 lists John Hitch of Somerset County as his brother-in-law. (SoW)


   96 M    i. Joshua Talbard (Talbot) .

33. Joshua A. Hitch was born on 1 Feb 1729 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 6 Jan 1792 and 28 Apr 1792 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Joshua Hitch's birth date, son of John and Elizabeth Hitch, is written in the Stepney Parish church records, Somerset County.

Death Notes: Joshua Hitch Sr. wrote his will Jan 6 1792 and it was probated Apr 28 1792. (SoW-EB17:213/216)

General Notes: Joshua Hitch, son of John and Elizabeth Hitch, is listed in the Stepney Parish Records of Somerset County as being born on Feb 1 1729 (1730, new style). He was able to amass quite an estate in his lifetime and became very wealthy leaving much real and personal property to his children.

In the 1748 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in the same household as John Hitch (head of the household) and negroes Slafow(?) and ______. In the 1749 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in the same household as John Hitch (head of the household) and negroes Stafford and Moyor. In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in the same household as John Hitch Sr. (head of the household), Jno. Hitch and negroes Stafford and Will. In the 1751 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in the same household as Christopher Piper and negroes Sambo, Dick, Cole, Green and Sue. In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in the same household as negro Tam. In the 1756 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in the same household as negro Forett Dinans.

In the Aug Court of 1756 for Somerset County, John Barrett was bound as an apprentice to Elgat (sic) Hitch until he is age 21. Elgate Hitch, Day Scott, and Joshua Hitch of Somerset County, "Gentlemen" gave security of £30. (SoJ-1754/57:202). In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1759 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch Sr. was listed in the same household as negro Tam. In the Mar 1760 court minutes, Joshua Hitch is listed as second on the Grand Jury. (SoCP-1761/64, MdHR 7266-54-48).

On Sep 8 1760, Joshua Hitch Sr. bought 100 acres of land for £50 from John Crouch (SoLR-C:66). This record mentions that this is the same land John Crouch bought from Elgate Hitch on Jan 23 1746 (see that record). In the Nov 1760 court, Joshua Hitch is listed as third on the Grand Jury. (SoCP-1761/64, MdHR 7266-54-48).

On May 26 1761, Joshua Hitch patented land called "Hitch's Choice" for 30 acres (SoLP, MdHR, BC21:75; GS18:56; also original certificates). Joshua Hitch was assigned a warrant of survey on May 11 1761 for 30 acres. The land was surveyed May 26 1761 and described as on the north side of the head of the Wicomico River beginning at a marked white oak standing on the southeast side of said Hitch's plantation near a tract belonging to William Adams, thence N41E 41 poles, thence N24E 24 poles, thence N2W 20 poles, thence N30W 50 poles, thence W 17 poles, thence S9W 124 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning.

On Mar 26 1763, Joshua Hitch bought 200 acres of land for £165 from George Wilson. This was land that Wilson originally bought from William and John Hitch on Mar 7 1757 and part of "High Suffolk" conveyed by will from Adam Hitch to son Solomon. (SoLR-C-167). Between Aug 1 and Aug 10 1764, Joshua Hitch was listed as appraiser with Thomas Gilliss for estate of Thomas Goddard valued at £1735.8.1. (MdPrI Abstracts-1763/66)

On Oct 26 1765, Joshua Hitch bought land called "Wilson's Discovery" for £30 current money of Maryland from George Wilson. The land was described as north of the Wicomico River back in the woods beginning at a marked red oak standing on the north side of the tract "High Suffolk" by the north side of a divisional line between said Wilson and a certain Solomon Hitch thence S54E 140 poles, N53E 120 poles, N39W 103 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 100 acres. (SoLR-D:17)

Between Jul 10 1767 and Jul 18 1768, Joshua Hitch is listed on the accounts of John Nelms' store in Salisbury where he purchased 16 large pins for £0/0/8 in 1767 and paid in Mar 1768. Delivered 2 bu. of corn for £0/4/0 for the account of Thomas Stanford and 1000 cypress shingles for Henry White in 1768. In 1767, Joshua Hitch patented land called "Hitch's Discovery" for 15¼ acres (SoLP-Cert 316).

On Nov 4 1767, Joshua Hitch was listed as the administrator/executor for the estate of John Tolbert valued at £5.11.6. On Mar 14 1768, Joshua Hitch Sr. was listed as appraiser with Joshua Hitch Jr. for the estate of Ezekiel Hillman valued at £51.14.5. (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69) In an inventory between Jun and Aug 1768, Joseph and Joshua Hitch were listed as appraisers for the estate of John Taton (Tatum) valued at £29.8.5 (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69). In the inventory of the estate of Alexander Maddux made on Oct 3 1768 and finalized Oct 25 1768, Joshua Hitch was listed as the appraiser (He had been witness to his will written Oct 111763 and probated Feb 2 1768). The estate was valued at £137.15.6 (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69).

On Apr 22 1769 Joshua Hitch Sr. received a deed for land called "Maddux's Luck" near Spring Hill from William Maddux. It consisted of 151 acres and cost £100. Beginning at a marked white oak standing on the SW side of the main road that leads from the head of Wicomico to Spring Hill and on the westernmost side of a tract of land called "White Field" being the first bounder…. Thence N82½E to the side of the afsd road 18 poles, thence with the Road as it now stands N34W 14 poles, thence N1W 60 poles, thence N30W 40 poles, thence NW 68½ poles, to a certain stone panted(?) for the beginning of 154 acres sold out of "Maddoxs Luck" to a certain John Shockly, thence S29W 152 poles, thence S86W 99 poles, thence running with the original line of "Maddoxs Luck" … S2E 25 poles, thence S6½E 153 poles, thence N50E 62 poles, thence with a right line to the first beginning - 151 acres . (SoLR-E:24).

On Sep 5 1769, Joshua Hitch, in a triparte agreement with Isaac Coulbourn and Wiliam Lank. Isaac Coulbourn received a deed of land "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" from William Lank who received the land from his grandfather Francis Langcake through his LWT in "fee tail" by the name of William Langcake son of Stephen Langcake. This is land that Stephen did "live and reside" - 150 acres for £50. Joshua Hitch lent the money to be paid back by the "end of Oct Term next comeing". No metes and bounds given in this record. Signed with what looks to be "Jos. Hitch Jr." (SoLR-E:50).

On Nov 14 1769, Joshua Hitch Sr. paid £0.15.0 towards the new ________ church. (Presbyterian People in Wicomico, John Jacob, Jr., page 66)

In his will written on Mar 10 1770 and probated Oct 19 1773, William Taylor left the following estate: ·To son James Taylor 117 acres of land part of tract called "Round Pond" and one negro woman named Dinah ·To son Abraham Taylor 117 acres of land part of tract called "Round Pond", one negro man named Peter and a desk ·To son Isaac Taylor rest of tract of land called "Round Pond" and one negro named Isaac ·To wife Sarah Taylor a riding horse, saddle and her thirds ·To grandson William Taylor, on negro boy named Phillip ·To granddaughter Phillis Taylor, one cow & calf and one yew (sic) and lamb ·To daughters Ann Moor, Betty Wails, and Mary Hitch, one brass kettle ·To three grandchildren Thomas Moor, William Wailes, and Betty Hitch, two negro girls named Nenis and Silva. Witnesses: Charles Moor, John Roberson, and Richard Bradlay. Joshua Hitch made oath. (MdPrW-39:522)

On May 20 1771, Joshua Hitch bought land, "Maddux's Luck" near Spring Hill from William Maddux of Worcester County, a total of 154 acres for £100. (SoLR-E:24,133). In Folio 133, they voided and re-did transaction set forth in Folio 24. Between Sep 19 1771 and Feb 9 1773, Joshua Hitch Jr's (son of Elgate) estate was inventoried with a value of £223.12.1. Appraisers were Esme Bayly and Joseph Dashiell; Creditors were James Houston and, William McBryde; Next-of kin was listed as John Caldwell and Joshua Hitch (Sr.) with Administrators Sarah Hitch and Robert Hitch. On Nov 1 1771, the final account of John Talbot's estate was completed with Joshua Hitch listed as executor. The only legatee listed was Joshua Talbot. (MdPrA-67:47)

In 1772, Joshua Hitch received a deed for land known as "Last Choice" from George Vinson. Joshua Hitch paid £20 for 80½ acres of land on the north side of the head of the Wicomico River beginning at a marked hickory being a bounder of a tract of land called "Fathers Neglect" belonging to the afsd Joshua Hitch thence S58E 40 poles, thence S46:15E 106 poles, thence E 4 poles, thence S72E 20 poles, thence S56E 5 poles, thence, N 84 poles, thence NNW 80 poles, thence S53W 32 poles, thence N45W 52 poles, thence with a straight line to the beginning. (SoLR-E:173). Between Oct 19 1772 and Apr 12 1773, Joshua Hitch was listed as an appraiser for estate of Josiah Elliss valued at £52.2.3. (MdPrI Abstracts-1772/74). On Feb 9 1773, Joshua Hitch was listed in the Maryland Prerogative Court Testamentary Proceedings for Somerset County with "Elgate Hitch his will & Testamentary Bond by Robt Hitch his exec with Thos Byrd his sureties in the sum of £400 sterlg dated 9th Feb 1773." (MdPrA-45:633).

Between Jun 29 1773 and May 23 1775, Joshua Hitch was listed as an appraiser with Robert Hitch for the estate of Poll Dulaney valued at £133.14.2. (MdPrI Abstracts-1774/77). On Apr 12 1774, Joshua Hitch is listed in the records as follows: "Risdon Hitch his admin bond in common form by Sarah Hitch, his adminx with Robert Hitch and Joshua Hitch her sureties in the sum of £30 sterlg dated 12th Apr 1774." (MdTP-45:319). Between Jul 16 1774 and Jan 10 1775, Joshua Hitch was listed as an appraiser for the estate of William Jarvis valued at £28.9.11. (MdPrI Abstracts-1772/74). Between Aug 1 1774 and Jul 18 1775, Joshua Hitch was listed as an appraiser with Robert Hitch for the estate of Thomas Byrd valued at £156.5.4. (MdPrI Abstracts-1772/74). On Dec 28 1774, Joshua Hitch, with Solomon Long, Ezekiel Gilliss, James Houston, and Edward Stapeler received a Bill of Sale for five slaves, furniture and livestock for £300 from William McClemmy. The transaction was witnessed by Severn Hitch (SoLR-F:273).

On Jan 5 1775, Joshua Hitch received a deed for land called "Jone's Venture" (on Barren Creek) from Alexander Records for which he had paid £200 current money of Maryland. Beginning at a marked white oak standing in the branches of Barren Creek being the first bounder of tract formerly surveyed for John Gilliss on the NE side of a savannah thence with the original lines of the patent granted to James Jones Jun 10 1734. N25W 80 poles, thence N65E 88 poles, thence S 150 poles, thence N81W 76 poles, thence a right line to the beginning containing 50 acres. Another tract called "Jones Choice" on NE side of savannah called Grate Savannah lying on the NE side of the afsd tract of land surveyed for James Jones beginning at a marked white oak standing about 60 yards from the NE of the afsd tract thence with the courses of the patent granted to Isaac Jones Jun 20 1749. S 40 poles, thence N60E 52 poles, thence N10E 52 poles, thence N57-30W 50 poles, thence S67W 69 poles, thence S40W 102 poles, thence N65E 130 poles, thence to the beginning - 50 acres. (SoLR-F:283)

On Feb 11 1775, Joshua Hitch sold land "Last Choice" to Jacob Bell, 16 acres for £5. Beginning at a small pine standing at the SW end of Jacob Bell's plantation "in Roccowalkin about three miles from Saulsburry Town" thence N62W 54 poles, thence N29-30E 38 poles, thence N20E 48 poles, thence S19E 42 poles, thence to beginning containing 16 acres. He also bought land "Fint Choice" lying about 3 miles from the head of Wicomico River to the westward of said Bell's plantation beginning at a small marked red oak standing by a road from George Vinson's to ye Widow Stevens thence with the original lines of the tract N42-30W 49 poles, thence N58E 40 poles, thence N61E 6 poles, thence S13W 20 poles, thence S16-30W 52 poles, thence to the beginning containing 9 acres. Also "Ellises Mischance" beginning at a small marked red oak to the southward of said Bell's plantation thence with the lines of the patent N56W 5 poles, thence N72W 20 poles, thence W 4 poles, thence N46-15W 31 poles, thence S30E 46 poles, thence S2E 20 poles, thence S24W 7 poles, thence N66E 38 poles, thence to the beginning containing 16½ acres. Joshua Hitch paid for the last two tracts, £12. (SoLR-F:290,292)

In 1775, Joshua Hitch Sr. was co-holder, with Robert Hitch, of pew #20 of the ________ church with annual rent of £8.5.0. (Presbyterian People in Wicomico, John Jacob, Jr., pg 66).

On Apr 8 1775 a land survey was conducted for Joshua Hitch and he was awarded a patent for the new tract called "Addition." The land is described as on the north side of the Wicomico River back in the woods beginning at a marked white oak which is first bounder of tract called "Chance" on the south side of Catons Branch. Thence S 21 poles, thence S41:15W 62 poles, thence S50E 46 poles, thence N35:30E 46 poles, thence N29:15 W 44 poles, thence right line to beginning containing 14½ acres "of cultivated land." This is land that adjoined the dwelling plantation of Joshua Hitch. (SoLP-Cert 43)

Between May 14 1775 and May 30 1776, Joshua Hitch appraised (with Henry Handy) the estate of Isaiah Banks. (Maryland Calendar of Wills) On Jul 26 1775, Joshua Hitch signed the Association of the Free Men of Maryland. (Revolutionary War Papers Index 1775-1789, B15, F1). On Jan 23 1776, Joshua Hitch, with Solomon Long, Ezekiel Gilliss, James Houston, and Edward Stapler received a Bill of Sale for five slaves and furniture and livestock for £300 from William McClemmy who was facing a judgment from William Venables. (SoLR-G:15). For the will of James Nevin written on Nov 18 1776 and probated Dec 2 1776, Joshua Hitch was listed as testament. (Maryland Calendar of Wills). Between Jan 9 1777 and Jan 28 1777, Joshua Hitch appraised (with Wm McBryde) the estate of Affradozia Johnson. (Maryland Calendar of Wills) He was listed as appraiser for estate of Afrodozie Johnson valued at £115.19.10 for Mar 11 1777. (MdPrI Abstracts-1774/77).

Between Mar 11 1777 and Apr 10 1777, Joshua Hitch was listed as an appraiser with Robert Hitch for the estate of Joshua Morriss valued at £10.19.5. (MdPrI Abstracts-1774/77). For the will of James Jones, written on Oct 4 1777 and probated Oct 16 1777, Joshua Hitch was listed as a witness, along with William Horsey. (SoW:37) and appraiser to same (Ibid:73). In the 1783 Tax Assessment for Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County, Joshua Hitch was assessed for land "High Suffolk", 200 acres; "Hitch's Discovery", 30 acres; "Wilson's Discovery", 100 acres; "Fathers Neglect", 100 acres; "Last Choice", 80 acres; "Maddux's Luck", 229 acres; and "Flower Field", 222 acres. He also had listed 22 slaves, 7 horses, and 33 cattle. Whites in the household included 5 males and 6 females. (TA1783)

On Mar 29 1783, Joshua Hitch was witness, with William McBryde and Elget Driskell, to the will of John Stone of Charles County, MD. (SoW:176) On May 5 1784, a deed of ____ 30 1783 from Joshua Hitch of Somerset County, Maryland to John Robins of Sussex County, Delaware, tract granted by patent on Jun 10 1734 to James Jones called "Jone's Venture", 50 acres then situated in Somerset County and a tract nearly adjacent which by sundry legal conveyances became the estate of Alexander Records of Somerset County, who on Jan 5 1775 sold both tracts to Joshua Hitch for £200. Aforesaid land is now in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware whereon John Robins now dwells. Joshua Hitch appoints Jacob Moore, John Wiltbank and John Laws, Esqs., his attorneys. Witnesses William Ralph, Charles Moore. Acknowledged by Mary Hitch, w/o Joshua. Witnesses Robert Houston and Charles Moore. (SxLR-N13:20)

On Aug 11 1786, Joshua Hitch was mentioned in a deed to Isaac Cooper from Peter Fretwell Wright, Sheriff for tracts in Broad Creek Hundred called "Cypress Swamp", "Outlet" and "Addition." (SxLR-N13:302). On Nov 28 1789, Nathan Culver, planter, sold to Joshua Hitch Sr. two parcels of land for £50 current money. The first was in a tract called "Jame's Fortune" beginning at the end of the 8th course of afsd tract thence S69½E 68 poles, S55½W 20 poles, S35W 40 poles, N40W 56 poles, N70E 36 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 11 acres. The second parcel was part of three tracts called "Peace and Quietness," "Mill Lott" and "Point Patience" beginning at a marked dogwood standing a small distance SW from Ralph Lowes and William Elzey's sawmill and from thence to run to come to the beginning of said parcel N55W 44 poles, N31½W 15 poles to the place where the parcel begins thence N74½W 110 poles, ENE 36 poles, N15E 51 poles, N47½W 16 poles, N33E 50 poles to the branch and thence down and with the branch and William Elzey's courses to the beginning. (SoLR-IPt1:60)

On Oct 12 1790, Joshua Hitch Sr. was mentioned in the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings for orphans George Wailes and Isaac Horsey (of William), both under age 14. Appointed Guardian was Joshua Hitch Jr. with sureties provided by Joshua Hitch Sr. and George Wailes. Also for orphan William Horsey (of William), under age 14 where appointed Guardian was George Wailes and sureties provided by Joshua Hitch Sr. and Benjamin Wailes. (SoOCP:97). In the May 1791 Court Term for Somerset County, there is a case "Joshua Hitch Senr vs. Henry Lowes" over the sum of £22.14.5, Lowes had made a bill of obligation on Aug 24 1789. Joshua Hitch Jr. was present as witness. Plaintiff recovered the money plus 353 lbs. of tobacco in damages. (SoJ-1788/91:284)

In his will written Jan 6 1792 and probated Apr 28 1792, Joshua Hitch Sr. left: ·To wife Molly four negroes Jacob, Hannah, Chloe, and Abigall plus ½ of plantation for her life ·To son Joshua Hitch three negroes Old Tom, Young Tom, and Old Tamar. Also Quarter plantation on road from Salisbury to Spring Hill Chapple; dwelling plantation after death of his mother. Joshua is also to keep son Laban and "give him good and sufficient maintenance and treat him well to the judgment of William Stone, William McBryde and John Nicholson." If he does not, all of his inheritance to go to son Laban. ·To daughter Polly Hitch four negroes Will, Alice, Rachel, and Harry. And a feather bed and furniture. ·To daughter Nelly Hitch four negroes Allen, Kitty, Ruby and Luck and one feather bed and furniture. ·To son John Hitch 222½ acres of land called "Whitehaven" bought of Joseph Morris plus all of my half of mills and land belonging to me and Robert Hitch. Also, three negroes Jonathan, Easter and Jenny and one feather bed and furniture ·If son John dies before he becomes of lawful age, then all land goes to son William Hitch. If William dies before he reaches lawful age or leaves no issue, then his lands listed hereafter to go to son John Hitch. ·To son William Hitch plantation formerly owned by Joseph Hitch and three negroes Jesse, Milly and Peter. Also one feather bed and furniture and one horse or mare worth £20. ·To son Laban Hitch all my wearing apparel. ·To daughter Peggy Hitch three negroes Daniel, Saul and Tamar; one feather bed and furniture; and £10. ·To daughter Betsy Brown one negro Ben for her life then to go to her son Severn Hitch Brown. ·To daughter Sally Pollitt one negro Leah. ·All remaining estate to wife Molly, her thirds, and equally divide the rest among children Betsy Brown, Sally Pollitt, Joshua Hitch, Polly Hitch, Nelly Hitch, John Hitch, Nancy Hitch, William Hitch, and Peggy Hitch. (SoW-EB17:213/216)

In the Federal Assessment of 1798 for Wicomico Hundred in Somerset County, "Joshua Hitch Heirs" was owner of property occupied by Philo Lewis "situated adjoining Ritchie and Gemmill a lott of ground containing 11 perches and 168 sq. feet on which is" one store house of wood, new, two story, 25' x 20' with five windows, 54" x 28" and nine windows, 44" x 28", and furnished inside, valued at $500. (TA1798). In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Report for Rewastico Hundred in Somerset County, Joshua Hitch's Heirs were assessed taxes for 1099 acres of land at £1225 and this was the assessment for years 1798-1800 when 700 acres were sold (assessed at £900) and 196 acres added (£200) making the assessment for 1801 at £525. The assessment for 1802 and 1803 was adjusted for another 15¼ acres added (£20) to a total of £545, respectively (SoTA-1798/1803).

Joshua married Mary (Molly) Taylor, daughter of William Taylor and Sarah Cooper,18 about 1750 in Somerset Co., MD. Mary was born about 1732 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In his will written March 10, 1770 and probated October 19, 1773, William Taylor divided his estate as follows: - To son James Taylor 117 acres of land part of tract called "Round Pond" and one negro woman named Dinah. - To son Abraham Taylor 117 acres of land part of tract called "Round Pond", one negro man named Peter and a desk. - To son Isaac Taylor rest of tract of land called "Round Pond" and one negro named Isaac. - To wife Sarah Taylor a riding horse, saddle and her thirds. - To grandson William Taylor, on negro boy named Phillip. - To granddaughter Phillis Taylor, one cow & calf and one yew (sic) and lamb. - To daughters Ann Moor, Betty Wails, and Mary Hitch, one brass kettle. - To three grandchildren Thomas Moor, William Wailes, and Betty Hitch, two negro girls named Nenis and Silva. Witnesses: Charles Moor, John Roberson, and Richard Bradlay. Joshua Hitch made oath. (MD Prerogative Court Wills, Liber 39, Folio 522)


Known children from this marriage were:

   97 F    i. Mary (Polly) Hitch .

General Notes: In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, "Miss Polley" Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed for two male/female slaves age 8-14, £30; one male slave age 14-45, £45; one female slave age 14-36, £30; and other property, £15. In 1795, she got rid of all of this, evidently to William Hitch. Total assessment was £120, £120, £0, £0 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Mary Hitch of Rewastico Hundred in Somerset County was listed as owner/superintendent of one slave that was over age 12 (TA1798). In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report for Rewastico Hundred, Somerset County, Mary Hitch was assessed taxes for various chattel. In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Report for Rewastico Hundred in Somerset County, Mary Hitch was assessed taxes for one male slave age 14-45 at £45 and other personal property at £10. The total assessment of £55 was applied for years 1798 through 1803, respectively (SoTA-1798/1803).

+ 98 M    ii. Thomas Hitch was born about 1756 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 1810 and 9 Feb 1813 in Somerset Co., MD.

   99 M    iii. Laban Hitch was born about 1773 in MD.

General Notes: (See notes on Littleton Hitch of this family for a possible connection)

   100 F    iv. Margaret (Peggy) Hitch .

General Notes: In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Margaret Hitch of Rewastico Hundred in Somerset County was listed as owner/superintendent of five slaves, of which three were over age 12. (TA1798). In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report for Rewastico Hundred, Somerset County, Peggy Hitch was assessed for two slaves under age 8 at £4, two male slaves age 14-45 at £90, one female slave age 14-36 at £30 and other personal property at £6 for a total assessment of £130 for years 1798-1803.

+ 101 M    v. Joshua Hitch Jr. was born about 1760 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 13 Feb 1796 and 1798 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 102 F    vi. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch was born about 1762 in MD.

+ 103 F    vii. Sally Hitch was born between 1765 and 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 104 F    viii. Nancy (Anne) Hitch was born between 1765 and 1784 and died after 1815.

+ 105 F    ix. Nelly Hitch was born about 1770 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 2 Sep 1829.

   106 M    x. William Hitch was born before 1774 in MD and died between 20 Mar 1815 and 13 Nov 1822 in SC.19

General Notes: William Hitch received a warrant of resurvey on June 18, 1795 to re-check the bounds of the tract Joseph Hitch had patented in 1762 called "Come By Chance" for 134 acres. William had received this land from his father Joshua Hitch in his will. The survey was conducted on April 28, 1796 and the tract re-named "Culver's Folly" for 150 acres. The original survey for "Come By Chance" had been adjusted to 136½ acres then land was subtracted as 13¼ acres to "Clowlett," 6 acres to "Friends Assistance" and 1½ acres to "Chance." Vacant land was added totaling 34¼ acres. The patent was awarded to William Hitch on December 27, 1797 and the land described as follows:

Land is on the north side of the Wicomico River back in the woods beginning at a marked oak in the first bounder of "Clowlett" also the first bounder of original "Come By Chance," thence: ·SExS 61 poles to 5th line of "Friends Assistance" ·SW 96 poles, reversing the 5th line of "Friends Assistance" to the beginning thereof ·SE 64 poles reversing 4th line of "Friends Assistance" ·S53W 12 poles to end of 9th line of "Mill Lott" ·S33W 60 poles by and with the 10th line of "Mill Lott" ·S47:30E 16 poles ·S15W 42 poles ·WSW 7½ poles to 2nd line of "Last Choice" ·N 48 poles to end of 2nd line of "Last Choice" ·N83W 20 poles with home course of "Last Choice" ·N 5 poles to end of 3rd line of "Addition" ·N35:30E 46 poles with 4th line of "Addition" ·N29:15W 40 poles to 3rd line of "Come By Chance" ·S58:30W 111 poles to end of 3rd line of "Come By Chance" ·N41W 32 poles ·S76W 9 poles ·N60W 40 poles ·N54W 76 poles ·N33E 26½ poles to home line of "Clowlett" ·N69:15E 43 poles with said line to 9th line of "Come By Chance" ·S34E 21 poles ·S41:15E 26½ poles reversing 12th line of "James Fortune" to beginning of said course ·N36E 3 poles to 6th line of "Wallers Meadow" ·S42E 12 poles reversing said line to its beginning ·N33:30E 26 poles reversing 5th line of "Wallers Meadow" ·N60W 9 poles reversing 4th line of "Wallers Meadow" ·N36E 38 poles reversing 3rd line of "Wallers Meadow" ·S65E 9 poles to 2nd line of "Chance" ·S33W 74 poles to end of 2nd line of "Chance" ·S57E 79½ poles to 12th line of "Come By Chance" ·N58:30E 74 poles to end of 12th line of "Come By Chance" ·NW 10½ poles to home line of "Chance" ·N33E 10 poles to bounder of "Chance" ·N57W 100 poles with 1st line of "Chance" ·N23W 17 poles to home line of "Clowlett" thence with home line to first beginning 150 acres in total.

On May 4 1796 William Hitch wrote to the Land authorities concerning his right to land in "Addition." This was land surveyed for Joshua Hitch (William's father) on Apr 8 1775 and left to William in his father's will. "Addition" is land that adjoined the dwelling plantation of Joshua Hitch and contained 14½ acres. William Hitch received a new patent for the land In late 1796. (SoLP:C43)

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, William E. Hitch of Rewastico Hundred in Somerset County was listed as owner/superintendent of five slaves, of which three were over age 12. (TA1798) It is unknown if this is the same William Hitch.

On Jun 15 1799, Wm. Hitch and John Hitch, with wife Jean Hitch, sons of Joshua Hitch, sold land "Come By Chance" and "Culver's Folly" ("Culver's Folly" was a resurvey of 134 acres of "Come By Chance" by William Hitch) to Thomas Humphries Jr. (Land Records of Wicomico County, 1666-1810, Ruth Dryden, page 96).

William Hitch had moved to Williamsburg District, South Carolina by 1801.

In his will written Mar 20 1815 and probated Nov 13 1822, William Hitch, "physician of the district of Williamsburg, South Carolina" left: - To John Pressley & William Burrows - To sister: Nelly Handy and her daughters Nelly and Jane. The will was probated in Georgetown, South Carolina. (SoW-1820/37:157)

Given the logistics of distance from Somerset County to South Carolina, the settling of William Hitch's account took quite a bit of time when, on Sep 2 1829, the balance of his inventory was brought forth at $3234.99½ with Mary Hitch as administratrix. From this, various payments were made including: - Expense of sending an agent to South Carolina$ 209.79 - Payment due James Herron (Hearn)$ 1.42 - Due Ann Lowes for board$ 130.67 - Due Mary Townsend for shroud for deceased$ 1.50 - George Handy$ 0.86 - Due Joshua Hitch assigned him by William Hitch$ 28.50 - Registration fee$ 5.46 $2870.48½ on Sep 8 1829 - Due Thomas Horsey and Littleton Aires$ 14.00 - Appraiser fee$ 2.21½ $2854.27 Distribution was performed on Oct 24 1829 as follows: - To John Pressley; bed & furniture, wearing apparel$ 77.75 - Balance to sister Nelly Handy$2776.52 (SoAA-JP9:57,65)

+ 107 M    xi. John Hitch was born before 1778 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 29 Oct 1803 and 7 Feb 1804 in Somerset Co., MD.

35. James Hitch was born on 23 Jan 1734 in Somerset Co., MD and died about Nov 1782.

Birth Notes: James Hitch's birth date, son of John and Elizabeth Hitch, is written in the Stepney Parish church records, Somerset County.

Death Notes: On Nov 1, 1782, James Hitch conveyed land in "Polk's Folly" to George and Mary Austin; however, the record states that James Hitch died before the conveyance could take place. (SoLR)

General Notes: An account of the spouses and in-laws of James Hitch was thoroughly analyzed by John Lyon and sent to me on Dec 7 1999, to wit:

A few notes on James Hitch b. 1734, establishing a wife or wives and other stuff:

From your URL:

'In 1753, James Hitch received a deed for land from Anne Records (SoLR-B:262).

James Hitch was listed in the Somerset County Rent Rolls for Feb 16 1759 for a tract called "Records Delight", totaling 100 acres with a yearly rent of £0.4.0. This land had been surveyed Dec 24 1729 lying between the head of the Wicomico River and Nanticoke River. James bought 100 acres from Ann Records. (SoRR-10:328).'

While you cite the B:262 deed - which I haven't looked at - as well as the Rent Rolls, this reference is a little odd, in that the conveyed land was surely from the 1754 resurvey of the original 1729 survey: cf. Somerset Patented Certificate No. 2015 (also cf. MD Patents and Certificates BC&GS No. 09:298 and BC&GS No. 07:394) - survey 09 Sep 1754 and patent 09 Sep 1754 to Ann Records for "Records Delight", a resurvey of "Givans Lott" (pat. 1694, Robert Givans, 150 ac) and "Records Delight" (pat. 1731, John Records, 100 ac). I just don't know why the citation would be against the old, not the new, patent. A peculiar little nit.

More meaningfully, picking up on your note that:

When an account of the estate of Susanna Hardy was taken between Feb 11 and Apr 7 1762, James Hitch was listed as next-of-kin along with Thomas Magee. (MdPrI Abstracts-1760/63).

James Hitch was evidently married twice: (1) to ____ Tully and (2) to Anna ____, widow of George Toadvine. The first is certain, the second very likely.

James Hitch and Thomas Magee were certainly married to daughters of Susanna (Huffington) (Tully) (Nicholson) Hardy by her first husband James Tully (d. 1744). This can be shown tediously but unambiguously only by the rundown of the estates of five people - I only give the basic gist of some of the records here:

a. Susanna's father John Huffington, Sen. [SoW-EB9:281; Feb 17 1748/9 - Mar 22 1748/9]. Names daughter Susanna Nicholson. She swims out of the mists via the following:

b. James Tully, her first husband

MdPrA-21:4196 Jul 1745. Accounts of Susanna Tully, admx of James Tully, deceased. £90.4.6 Payments to Isaac Cooper (bond) Capt. Joseph Ennals (bond) William Taylor (note) Officers? fees Charity Tully (account)£1.1.0 William Farrington (note)£6.4.0 William Taylor (account)£2.0.0

No children mentioned, but Thomas Magee is named in the inventory:

Inventories: 30:171 James Tully. Susannah Tully came 23 Nov 1744 £90.4.6 horse, cart, 12 geese, 8 sheep, table, barrows, 3 sows, 19 pigs, beds, blankets, rugs, chest of drawers, linen wheels, wooden ware, pott iron, hackle, frying pan, other such household goods, 3 cows, bull, 10 shoats, 5 sows, 6 small shoats. William Taylor and Isaac Cooper greatest creditors. Appraisers: Robert Twilley and William Brown. Nearest kin: Joseph Tully, Thomas Magee

c. James Nicholson, her second husband.

EB06: 21 7 Mar 1750. Accounts of James Hardy and Susanna his wife, who was admx of James Nicholson. Bond paid by Hardy to William Tully, another to Jos. Weatherly, accounts to Edward Kellam, Charity Tully, John Handy, Henry Lowes, John Huffington, George Paris, Joshua Moore, Eleanor Alexander, Thomas Moore for John Dennis, Joseph Tully, Benjamin Venables, William Farrington, Col. Joseph Ennols. Total estate £67.09.0 Children of deceased: Mary, Roger, Esther, Jonathan, Huffington Nicholson. Sureties: John Huffington, Hezekiah Read.

d. James Hardy, her third husband.

Wills 30:135. James Hardy of Worcester Co, planter. 6 May 1756, 2 Jul 1756. - To Susannah, my well-beloved wife, riding saddle and third part of estate. - To son Isaac, my now dwelling plantation [described as near the Cypress Swamp]. - Son William 10 pounds current money and land to west of Isaac's [described generally]; also William to serve as apprentice to John Claypoole until 18 in the trade of a taylor. - To grandsons James and William Jones, sons of Matthias Jones. - To daughter Temperance Jones, wife of Matthias. - Remainder to be divided equally among my five children: Isaac and William and daughters Mary Claypoole (wife of John) and _Ayn [?] and Acworth. Wife and son Isaac executors. Test: Joseph Collins, Esther Tully and Jonathan Bell

e. Susanna herself, as you cite.

Susanna Hardy 77:303 Somerset 11 Feb 1762. Late of Somerset deceased. Livestock, household goods, beef. Desperate debts from Thomas Magee and Isaac Hardy. Debt due from John Huffington. Nest of kin: James Hitch and Thomas Magee. Largest creditors: Isaac Taylor, Susanna (backward integral sign) Tully. Appraisers William Brown and Benjamin Venables. William Tully and Joshua Moore, adms.

More compellingly:

PC 51:45 16 Mar 1764. Accounts of William Tully and Joshua Moor, adms of Susanna Hardy, deceased.

Estate totals £53.19.01. Open accounts to: Isaac Hardy Susanna Tully, 3.0.0 Joseph Forman, Isaac Taylor Joshua Moor0.15.8 1/2 Thomas Magee0.16.4 1/2 Alexander Stewart, William Hayward, for advice on administration of estate John Henry, George Farrington, 0.19.1 Isaac Parramore Cornelius English, James Acworth, 0.4.6 Joseph Weatherly, 0.7.6 Joseph Venables, Ephraim King, James Twilley, 0.4.6 Robert Curry, Joseph Tully, 0.5.0 Isaac Roads, Solomon Harris, Benjamin Venables, 0.5.0 William Brown,0.10.0one of appraisers Nehemiah King, fee for granting letters of administration Hon. John Rideout, commissary general Stephen Bordley Accountants for funeral charges John Fritz, From: Thomas Magee [desperate, but see below list], McKemey Porter [desperate], To: Representatives: Stephen Stevens, Thomas Magee, Joseph [or Josiah] Ricards, James Hitch, John Langford, and both these accountants. A similar balance as for each of these [£1.19.0] to Huffington Nicholson.

Balance of Final Distributions 4:33 Susannah Hardy19 Mar 1764£53.19.1 Representatives not known to this Office Administrators:William Tully, Joshua Moore

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Analysis of the above estates establishes that the Susanna Nicholson named as daughter of John Huffington in his estate in 1748/9 was, in fact the same as the widow of all three of the above husbands. While James Hitch was named among representatives in Susanna's estate along with two of her sons and several sons-in-law, his Tully wife's given name is nowhere seen. But quite likely a Worcester estate finds him and a second wife: MdPrA-66:35, 21 Jun 1771, and, same date, Inventories 106:417, by James Hitch et ux. Anna, extx of LW&T of George Toadvine. This suggests that James' first (Tully) wife was deceased by 1770 (but she was living in 1764). It's clear that ____ Tully was the mother of Thomas James Hitch (by the latter's age in the 1780s).

No children or widow are mentioned in James' own 1784 Somerset estate, administered by his brother Joshua: (a) Somerset Admin Bonds 1780-89, EB18:134, 10 Jan 1784. Estate of James Hitch. Joshua Hitch (adm), Joseph (x) Leonard, George Addams. ?2000. And (b) Somerset Inv. EB8:51. James Hitch. 14 Jan 1784. Household goods, including one Old Testament and an "old spelling book", one horse. Total: ?40.7.14. Nearest kin: John (I: his mark) Perdue, George Perdue. Appraisers: Levin Irving, Will. Stone. Creditors: Daniel Cathell Jonathan (x) Shockley. 05 Jun 1784, came Joshua Hitch, adm., etc.

Just for completeness, a few more mentions of James Hitch:

Somerset Judicial Records:

1766-67: 161. At Jun court 1767 James Hitch undertook for John Carmichael in an assault complaint brought by James Read.

1772-74: 26. Aug court 1772. James Nevin v. James Hitch, planter. Debt per 20 May 1771 note for ?3.16.1. Jonathan Shockley, planter, was surety. Hitch confessed and the plaintiff was awarded an additional 244 lbs tobacco in damages.

1775-84: 58. Nov court 1775. The Grand Jury returned an indictment, cause unspecified, against James Hitch. I find no case summary, but the court became pretty ragged during the Revolutionary years.

Another probate appearance: MD Balance of Final Distributions 4:88 (6 Nov 1764). James Hitch and brother Joshua were sureties for Phyllis Humphries (wife of Thomas Humphries), admx. of estate of William Byrd."

Other references in the records to James Hitch:

James Hitch's birth is indicated in the Stepney Parish records as Jan 23 1734 (1735 new style).

In the 1751 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred of Somerset County, James Hitch is listed in the same household as John Hitch Sr. and 3 negroes. In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred of Somerset County, James Hitch is listed in the same household as John Hitch Sr. and negroes Staford, Hanah, Mower. On Feb 16 1753, James Hitch received a deed for land from Anne Records for £50. Beginning at a marked gum on the north side of a savanna called the Watery Savanna at NW end of said savanna thence N 22 perches, thence N63E 176 perches, thence S60E 5 perches, thence S26E 60 perches, thence S58W 202 perches, thence N49 45minW 62 perches, thence right line to beginning containing 100 acres. (SoLR-B:262).

In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred of Somerset County, James Hitch is listed in the same household as Ratchell Caldwell and negroes Green, Mall, Sue, and Dick. In the 1756 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred of Somerset County, James Hitch is listed as the only taxable in his household. In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred of Somerset County, James Hitch is listed in the same household as Joseph Hitch. James Hitch was listed in the Somerset County rent Rolls for Feb 16 1759 for a tract called "Records Delight", totaling 100 acres with a yearly rent of £0.4.0. This land had been surveyed Dec 24 1729 lying between the head of the Wicomico River and Nanticoke River. James bought 100 acres from Ann Records. (SoRR-10:328)

In the 1759 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred of Somerset County, James Hitch is listed as the only taxable in his household. When an account of the estate of Susanna Hardy was taken between Feb 11 and Apr 7 1762, James Hitch was listed as next-of-kin along with Thomas Magee. (MdPrI Abstracts-1760/63). James Hitch kept an account at John Nelms' store in Salisbury around 1769. He is listed as "Brought balance and interest from Ledger C of £1/0/11. Paid in cash in 1769."

On Jun 21 1771, will records list James Hitch and Anne his wife, executrix of George Toadvine of Worcester County (MdPrW-66:35). Between Nov 27 1770 and Jun 11 1771, James' brother Joseph Hitch's estate was inventoried at a value of £221.11.0. James and Joshua Hitch were listed as next of kin with Joshua Hitch also as Administrator. (MdPrI Abstracts-1769/72). On Nov 1 1782, James Hitch conveyed land in "Polk's Folly" to George and Mary Austin. However, James Hitch died before the conveyance could take place upon which his son Thomas Hitch had rights to 100 acres of that land and conveyed. (SoLR)

An administrative account was performed on James Hitch's estate between Feb 7 1788 and Oct 16 1788. The administrator was Joshua Hitch with payments to Benjamin Riley, Elizabeth Shockley (being the deceased part of his and Jonathan Shockley's bond to William and Isaac Horsey, David Cathell, James Perdue, Gowan Wright (coroner for the inquisition on the deceased and his wife, George Disharoon adm dbn of George Toadvine by James Hitch and wife (former executrix), Ebenezer Callaway, George Smith by account proved and paid by Isaac Cooper. It states the inventory of his estate proved Jun 5 1784 was in the amount of £40.7.4 with a balance on Feb 7 1788 of £11.9.6½. (SoAA-EB16:222, 232/233)

James married (?) Tully, daughter of James Tully and Susanna Huffington. (?) was born about 1735 and died in 1764-1770 in Somerset Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 108 M    i. Thomas James Hitch was born in 1755-1764 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 19 Jan 1802 and 1810 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 109 F    ii. Elizabeth (Betsy)* Hitch 8 was born about 1764 in Somerset Co., MD.

James next married Anna (?) about 1770 in Somerset Co., MD.

36. Joseph D. Hitch was born on 13 Jun 1737 in Somerset Co., MD and died in May 1770 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Joseph Hitch's birth date, son of John and Elizabeth Hitch, is written in the Stepney Parish church records, Somerset County.

Death Notes: There is a 1769 will (no month or day) written by Joseph Hitch in the Hall of Records at Annapolis, MD (MdPrW-Box H:140, MSA; also MdOW). With it, there is an accompanying paper dated Jun 30 1770 and states that Joseph Hitch died "last May" without signing the will. This suggests that he died in May 1770.

General Notes: In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joseph Hitch is listed in the same household as John Hitch Sr. (head of the household) and negroes Staford, Hannah, Mower, Sue. (Note - Joseph Hitch was actually crossed out as if entered by mistake - it could have been that he had not quite reached the taxable age of 16.) In the 1756 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joseph D. Hitch is listed in the same household as John Hitch Sr. (head of the household) and negroes Mouer, Staford and Hannee. In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joseph Hitch is listed in the same household as James Hitch.

On Sep 10 1760, Joseph Hitch bought 134 acres of land for £35 called "Purhepasin" (sic) on the north side of the main branch of Rockawalkin River, land granted to John Caldwell on Apr 20 1715. He received a deed from Thomas Savage who was heir to John Caldwell. No metes and bounds given in this record. (SoLR-C:74) However, Joseph Hitch received a warrant of resurvey on Sep 19 1761 for the tract called "Purchase" that was granted to John Caldwell on Apr 20 1715. The survey was performed on Mar 11 1762 and the tract re-named "Come By Chance", 134 acres bordering "Clowlett" and "Maiden Head". The land was described as on the northside of the main branch of the Wicomico River beginning at a marked white oak, thence S9E 72 poles, thence SW 119 poles, thence S58:30W 120 poles, thence N41W 32 poles, thence S76W 9 poles, thence N60W 40 poles, thence N54W 76 poles, thence N33E 52 poles, thence S34E 132 poles, thence S61E 24 poles, thence S84E 20 poles, thence N58:30E 81 poles, thence NW 140 poles, thence right line to beginning containing 134 acres. It notes that the old tract "Purchase" contained 134 acres and lost 8½ acres to "Clowlett" and 35½ acres to "Maiden Head" but picked up 44 acres of new vacant land.

When the estate of John Hall was inventoried in 1764, Joseph Hitch was listed as creditor standing in for Joseph Forman for the estate value of £6.17.0 (MdPrI Abstracts-1763/66). On Apr 8 1765, Joseph Hitch bought 50 acres called "Chance" and 25 acres called "Last Choice", from his brother George Hitch, mariner of Dartmouth, Massachusetts (land that was conveyed to George by his father John Hitch, deceased), for £75. The land "Chance" was granted to John Hitch on Apr 14 1760 and "Last Choice" granted to John Hitch on Oct 17 1759. No metes and bounds given in this record. (SoLR-C:249) When John Hearne's estate was inventoried between Jun and Oct of 1765, Joseph Hitch was listed as the administrator for the estate valued at £83.10.9 (MdPrI-54:91).

On Aug 19 1766, Joseph Hitch bought 57 acres of land for £35 from Nathan Culver. Land was tract "Mt. Turzey" and described as on the northside of the head of the Wicomoco River and southside of the main road that leads from Spring Hill Chapell to Caldwell's mill, thence NxE 58 poles, N66E 8 poles, S20E 10 poles, S15W 40 poles, S71E 77 poles, N16:30 74 poles, WxN 40 poles, S38W 68 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 57 acres. (SoLR-D:35) When the estate of John Talbert (Talbot) was inventoried between Aug and Oct 1766, Joseph Hitch was both a creditor and executor on the estate valued at £260.13.11 (MdPrI Abstracts-1763/66).

Joseph Hitch was listed on the accounts for John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland for 1767 and 1768. His balance was brought forward from Ledger C plus interest of £4/2/4. He bought the following in 1767: Jany 9:1 pint rum, 1 chest lock March 12:1 quart "Best Rum" March 16:2 quarts "Best Rum" March 27:1 quart "Best Rum" July 17:pins and 1 yard ribbon This came to a total of £4/14/2. In 1768, he paid £2/7/6 in cash and carried £2/6/8 to Ledger E (Store Ledger of John Nelms of Salisbury, 1758-1787, microfilm in Nabb Center, Salisbury University).

Between Jul and Aug 1767, Joseph Hitch was listed as the appraiser when the estate of Joseph Leonard was inventoried and valued at £304.15.3 (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69). On Aug 18 1767, Joseph Hitch sold 57 acres of land called "Mt. Turzey" for £35 to Ezekiel Bell (SoLR-D:109). This was the same land he bought from Nathan Culver on Aug 19 1766. Also in Aug 1767, he was listed as a creditor for estate of Richard Stephens Bounds valued at a total of £133.11.6 (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69)

In 1767, Joseph Hitch received a patent for a tract of land called "Come By Chance" for 134 acres. It was a resurvey of tact "Purchase" originally granted to John Caldwell on Apr 20 1715. The new survey was completed on Mar 11 1762 and described as beginning at a marked white oak thence S9E 72 poles, SW 119 poles, S58:30W 120 poles, N41W 32 poles, S76W 9 poles, N60W 40 poles, N54W 76 poles, N38E 52 poles, S34E 132 poles, S61E 24 poles, S84E 20 poles, N58:30E 81 poles, NW 140 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 134 acres. It was described as ear tracts "Cloulett" and "Maiden Head". (MdHR Index #54, Land Patents by Name, BC34:123 and GS33:123).

In Robert Hitch Sr.'s will of 1767/1768, he left his two youngest sons Samuel and Nathan to the care of Joseph Hitch Sr. and Joseph Hitch Jr. to bind them out to any trade when they reach age 15 until they are age 20. On Jun 18 1768, Joseph Hitch, with his wife, Jamimiah, sold land called "Hearn's Venture" and "St. Kitts" for £40 to Samuel Haynie. "Hearn's Venture" was described as beginning at a marked white oak standing in a glade about ½ mile to the eastward of a branch called Caldwell's Branch about 100 yards to the north ward of a Bruk(?) Hill thence S72½W 40 poles, S42W 48 poles, S24W 31 poles, S37E 42 poles, S82E 153 poles, N19W 123 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 33½ acres. "St. Kitts" begins at a marked red oak on the north side of the head of the Wicomico River back in the woods on the westernmost side of said Hern's plantation (Note how the clerk has given us a clue here - no "Hern's" are of this transaction, however, we now know that Joseph Hitch married Jemima Hearne) thence S35W 80 poles, N55W 100 poles, N35E 88 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 16½ acres. (SoLR-D:216)

In an inventory between Jun and Aug 1768, Joseph and Joshua Hitch were listed as appraisers for the estate of John Taton (Tatum) valued at £29.8.5 (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69). The 1769 will (no month or day) of Joseph Hitch left Jemima Hitch "beloved wife", all land during her widowhood, a negro wench called Hannah, a negro boy called Will, a good cow and calf. He left to son George Bell Hitch, after marriage or death of Jemima Hitch, all lands, a negro girl called Winnah, a negro boy called Isaac, a negro boy called Ephraim, one good bed and furniture. Instructions in the will to sell negro fellow London and give the money to the estate to pay debts with the balance to my wife. Joseph appointed his "loving brother" Joshua Hitch as Executor. Note, an accompanying paper in the will file was dated Jun 30 1770 and states that Joseph Hitch died "last May" without signing the will. Joshua Hitch witnessed. (MdPrW-Box H:140, MSA; also MdOW)

Between Nov 27 1770 and Jun 11 1771, Joseph Hitch's estate was inventoried, arriving at a final value of £221.11.0. Appraisers were Joseph Scrogin and Jonathon Cathell; creditors were George Handy and James Houston; next-of-kin listed was James Hitch and Joshua Hitch; and executor was Joshua Hitch (MdPrI-105:280).

Joseph married Jemima Hearne,5 daughter of Thomas Hearne 5 and Sarah Newbold,5 between 1762 and 1769 in Somerset Co., MD. Jemima died after 1770 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: Jemima is present in the will of her father in 1762 when she was still referred to as Jemima Hearn. This shows the marriage to Joseph Hitch was after 1762 but before Joseph's death in 1770.


   110 M    i. George Bell Hitch was born in 1763-1769 in Somerset Co., MD.

37. Baty Hitch was born about 1740.

Baty married Thomas Rencher, son of Thomas Rencher and Bridget Shiles,.5 Thomas was born in 1738-1741 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 18 Aug 1806 and 15 Oct 1806 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Thomas Rencher's will was written on Aug 18 1806 and probated Oct 15 1806.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 111 F    i. Alice Rencher died between 25 Jan 1845 and 21 Feb 1849 in Somerset Co., MD.

   112 F    ii. Sarah (Sally) Rencher .

+ 113 F    iii. Mary (Molly) Rencher was born about 1760 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 6 Oct 1843 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 114 M    iv. John R.F. Rencher was born before 1765 in Somerset Co., MD20 and died in 1811-1819 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 115 M    v. Thomas Rencher Jr. was born in 1765-1784 in Somerset Co., MD21 and died in 1812-1819 in Somerset Co., MD.19

+ 116 M    vi. William Rencher was born in 1765-1775 in Somerset Co., MD21 and died in 1811-1819 in Somerset Co., MD.

   117 M    vii. Samuel Rencher was born in 1765-1784 in Somerset Co., MD.22

38. George Hitch was born in 1745-1746 in Somerset Co., MD, died on 28 May 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA, and was buried about 31 May 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Death Notes: Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts. States George Hitch (died) at Fairhaven, in the 5 Jun 1812 newspaper.

General Notes: Much of the data relevant to the George Hitch line that settled in and around Fairhaven, MA was provided to me by two individuals. The first is Ernest Towers of Yarmouthport, MA. Between 1998 and 2002, he provided many informational tidbits and anecdotes. Cynthia S. McNaugthen, in her study of the George Hitch genealogy (a copy of which I received in 2001), also provided much depth to this line.

On Jan 21 1765, George Hitch and Hannah Weeks filed their intent to marry in Bristol County, Massachusetts (Marriage Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to 1850, DAR). On Apr 8 1765, Joseph Hitch bought 50 acres called "Chance" and 25 acres called "Last Choice", from his brother George Hitch, mariner of Dartmouth, Massachusetts (land that was conveyed to George by his father John Hitch, deceased), for £75. The land "Chance" was granted to John Hitch on Apr 14 1760 and "Last Choice" granted to John Hitch on Oct 17 1759. No metes and bounds given in this record. (SoLR-C:249)

In father's will, he was favored as the second son. He moved to Dartmouth, Massachusetts by Apr 8 1765 where it was indicated he was a resident (SoLR-C:249). He was a Corporal in Captain Thomas Crandon's Company when he enlisted on Jul 17 1775 for a service term of 5 months and 17 days in "defense of the seacoast." (Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution)

He was a Private under Captain Benjamin Dillingham in the Revolutionary War where he enlisted on Apr 15 1776 and was stationed at Dartmouth for the defense of the seacoast for 7 months, 13 days. He was also a Private under Captain George Claghorn's Company, Colonel Abiel Mitchell's Regiment where he enlisted on Jul 31 1780 and discharged on Oct 31 1780. That regiment was raised to reinforce the Continental Army for 3 months. (Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, pg 955)

In the 1790 Federal Census, George Hitch is indicated in New Bedford Town, Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of two males age 16 or more and six females. In the 1800 Federal Census, George Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 425) in a household comprised of one male age 45+, one female age 10-16, two females age 16-26 and one female age 45+. In the 1810 Federal Census, George Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 291) in a household comprised of one male age 45+ and one female age 45+.

George married Hannah Weeks on 21 Jan 1765 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA. Hannah was born in 1747 in Nantucket, MA and died on 7 Aug 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Marriage Notes: From Dartmouth, Massachusetts Marriages to 1850.

Birth Notes: Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts. States Hannah, widow of George Hitch, 62, (died) at Fairhaven, in the 7 Aug 1812 newspaper.

Death Notes: Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts. States Hannah, widow of George Hitch, 62, (died) at Fairhaven, in the 7 Aug 1812 newspaper.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 118 F    i. Eunice Hitch was born about 1770 in Bristol Co., MA and died on 27 Sep 1842 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

   119 F    ii. Hannah Hitch was born about 1772 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA23 24 and died on 4 Jun 1830 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.24

Hannah married Thomas Maxfield, son of Zadock Maxfield, on 14 Jun 1796 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.24 25 Thomas was born about 1782 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA26 and died on 27 Nov 1858 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.24

+ 120 M    iii. Capt. George Hitch was born on 1 Jun 1773 in Bristol Co., MA, died on 15 Aug 1853 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA, and was buried about 18 Aug 1853 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 121 F    iv. Susannah Hitch was born about 1783 in Bristol Co., MA,23 24 died on 22 Mar 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,26 and was buried about 25 Mar 1812 in Riverside Cemetery, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 122 F    v. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch 8 was born on 10 May 1784 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 21 Mar 1809 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 123 F    vi. Abigail E. (Abby) Hitch 8 was born in Sep 1791 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA8 24 27 28 and died on 18 Apr 1883 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.29

42. Ann Price was born after 1720 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Ann Price is listed as under age 14 when she was assigned guardian Solomon Hitch in 1734.

General Notes: In the Aug court of 1734, Solomon Hitch, planter, was appointed a guardian to Ann Price and Solomon Price who were both under age 14 at the time. (SoJ-1733/35:181).

Ann married Alexander Thomas Russell on 2 Sep 1740 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: Stepney Parish Church Records.


Known children from this marriage were:

   124 M    i. Solomon Russell died between 25 Apr 1772 and 27 Jun 1772 in Worcester Co., MD.

Death Notes: Solomon Russell's will was writeen Apr 25 1772 and probated in Worcester County Jun 27 1772. In it, he bequeaths all his land to his father Alexander Thomas Russell.

   125 M    ii. Price* Russell .

General Notes: * Uncertain but probable.

43. Rachel Price was born after 1720 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 13 Oct 1778 in MD.

Birth Notes: Rachel Price is listed as under age 14 when she was assigned guardian Elgate Hitch in 1734.

Death Notes: Rachel (Price) (Read) Stanford is indicated in land records as "dead intestate" by Oct 13 1778 (SoLR-G:132).

General Notes: In Aug 1734, Elgate Hitch was appointed guardian to Rachell Price & Eve Price (both under age 14). (Ibid:181/182).

There is a land transaction dated Oct 13 1778 in Somerset County between John Read and Henry Handy where Read sells to Handy land that Crispin Price owned in his lifetime, a 300 acre tract called "Newberry" in "Rockawalkin near Mr. Waggaman's Mill." The record states further that Crispin Price died intestate and left two sons and three daughters. Both sons "died in their minority without issue" and their three sisters, daughters of said Crispin Price inherited "Newberry" which they held undivided until the oldest daughter Rachel Price intermarried with Obediah Read who then bought the other tow girls, Anne and Eve out. At the time, Anne was married to Alexander Thomas Russell and Eve to Levin Hitch. Further, Obediah Read died leaving John Read 2/3 and his wife Rachel her "thirds." Rachel then married Thomas Stanford and she is "now dead intestate." (SoLR-G:132)

Rachel married Obediah Read. Obediah died before 3 Mar 1752 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: The account of Obediah Read's estate was completed in Somerset County on Mar 3 1752 (MdPrA-32:81).


   126 M    i. John Read .

Rachel next married Thomas Stanford.

45. Robert Hitch was born about 1730 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 9 Oct 1767 and 24 Mar 1768 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Robert Hitch is listed for the first time in the Somerset County Tax Lists for the year 1748 suggesting that he had reached age 15 around this time. (SoTL-1748)

Death Notes: Robert Hitch's will was written Oct 9 1767 and probated Mar 24 1768 (MdPrW-36:288; also MdOW:F133).

General Notes: Robert Hitch is listed for the first time in the Somerset County Tax Lists for the year 1748 in the same household as his father Samuel. I might be assumed that Robert reached age 15 around this time, putting his birth year at circa 1733.

In the 1748 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Samuel Hitch (head of the household) and negro Robin. In the 1749 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Samuel Hitch (head of the household) and negro Jack. In the 1750 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Samuel Hitch (head of the household) and negro Jack.

On Feb 14 1751/52, Robert and Eve Hitch were married. (Stepney Parish Records)

In the 1752 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household with Adam Hitch and negro Jack. In the 1753 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1754 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1759 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Robert Hitch is listed in a household as the only taxable.

Robert Hitch had an account at John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland where, in 1767, he bought a chest lock, needles and rum.

Robert Hitch's will was written on Oct 9 1767 and probated on Mar 24 1768 (MdPrW-36:288; also MdOW:F133). In it, "Robert Hitch Sr." left his dwelling house and 212 acre plantation called "High Suffolk" to his oldest son Isaac. He left £5 to his next oldest son Samuel to be paid when he reached 20 years old and the same to his next oldest son Nathan. He left thirds to his wife Eve. He also left his two youngest sons Samuel and Nathan to the care of Joseph Hitch Sr. and Joseph Hitch Jr. to bind them out to any trade when they reach age 15 until they are age 20. He also left Joshua Bennett an "olfin" boy if he stays with wife until his time is up, one two year old heifer. Witnesses to the will were: William Handy, Joshua Hitch Sr., and Joseph Hitch Jr. Between Apr 11 and Jun 23 1768, Robert Hitch's estate was inventoried at a value of £25.0.11. Appraisers were William Adams and George Vinson; creditors were George Handy and Joseph Hitch; next-of kin listed were Joseph Hitch and Benjamin Hitch: and executrix was Eve Hitch (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69).

Robert married Eve* Hitch, daughter of Solomon Hitch and Rebecca Clark,4 on 14 Feb 1752 in Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD. Eve* was born about 1727 in Somerset Co., MD and died about Apr 1790 in Sussex Co., DE.

Marriage Notes: The date of marriage for Robert and Eve Hitch is given in the Stepnet Parish church records (1751 - old style).

Death Notes: Copy of an original will written by Eve (Hitch) Nicholson sent to me by Susan B. Cramer of Pinehurst, NC on Jan 1 1998, the will is dated Apr 20 1790.

General Notes: *Discussion of Eve Hitch, d/o Solomon Hitch as wife of Robert Hitch: When Robert and Eve Hitch were married in 1752, Stepney Parish records clearly state Robert Hitch married to Eve Hitch and those records generally stated the pre-marriage name of the bride. Consequently, was Eve Hitch a widow or was she a maiden-Hitch? Solomon Hitch Sr. had the only un-accounted for daughter named Eve at the time - this would have been Robert Hitch's cousin and not unusual for marriage in the 18th century. More research is required.

On Jan 21 1775, Eve Nichols (Nicholson - the record uses both!), widow of Richard Nichols, before her marriage to said Nichols was the widow of Robert Hitch who was the son of Samuel Hitch deceased, sold her 1/3 dower rights to part of land tracts "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" to William Handy for 5 shillings. Also mentions land sold to Handy by Isaac Hitch. This was her approval of the sale and release of her dower. (SoLR-F:295)

The following is from a copy of an original will on Eve (Hitch) Nicholson sent to me by Susan B. Cramer of Pinehurst, NC on Jan 1 1998 (a copy of the front page is shown in Figure 1):

In the name of God, Amen, 20th day of April 1790. I Eve Nicholson of the state of Del in the County of Sussex, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be unto God, therefore colleing (sic?) Into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordanied (sic) this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and 1st of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of the God that gave it. And for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christian like manner at the diction of my friends not doubting but of the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the powers of God as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise dispose of the same in the following manner and forever. 1st I give and bequeath to Phillis Hitch my well beloved Grand-daughter a two yr old heifer, and one feather bed and furniture with bedstead cord and cord mat, and one chest and 3 chairs and one pewter dish and two plates and two pewter baisins (sic). One set of teawon (?) and teaspoons and our pewter teapot. One Gin case and bottles. Secondly I give to Mary Hitch, my beloved Grand-daughter, one feather bed and furniture. Thirdly I give unto Ann Hitch my beloved Grand-daughter one feather bed and furniture all which I give and bequeath unto them as above mentioned by them pecly (?) to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke all other former testaments wills and legacies, by me in anyway before this monied (?) will and bequeath. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness where of I herein to set my hand and seal day above written. Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, & declared by the S.E. Nicholson as her last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers.

her Eva o Nicholson
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Viz: Benjamin Collins George Moore Isaac Vinson

(Duplicate Line. See Person 27)

48. Benjamin Hitch was born in 1738-1740 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 31 Mar 1814-19 Apr 1814 in Worcester Co., MD.

General Notes: Benjamin Hitch was born in Somerset County, Maryland in the years 1738 to 1740 and died in Worcester County, Maryland in Apr 1814. Like his father Samuel, I have used the court records and Tax Lists to ascertain the approximate year of his birth. He first appears in the Somerset County Tax Lists in 1756. He does not appear in the 1754 list and none survives for 1755 so he probably arrived at age 16 in one of the two years 1755 or 56. This would indicate a birth year of either late 1738, or 1739 or 1740. One other piece of evidence may narrow the birth a little more.

In the Tax Lists, only males older than age 15 and slaves were taxed and hence entered into the lists, EXCEPT when there were no male heads of the household. In those circumstances a female head was listed and taxed. This was the case in Benjamin Hitch's household as his father Samuel had died in 1750 and his mother Rachel was listed as head afterwards. However, in 1759, Benjamin is listed alone as head of the household without his mother Rachel (who we know did not die until 1771/73). This suggests that Benjamin had "come of age"; i.e., reached age 21, during that year to obtain the honor of head of the household. Consequently, this would seem to support a birth year of 1738. This may be as close as we ever get to ascertaining the exact date of birth of Benjamin Hitch - barring a miraculous find of an old church or bible record!

In the Tax Records for Somerset County in 1756, Benjamin Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with Rachall Hitch and negro Jack. In the Tax Records for Somerset County in 1757, Benjamin Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with Rachell Hitch and negro Jack. In the Tax Records for Somerset County in 1759, Benjamin Hitch is listed in a household in Wicomico Hundred with negro Jack.

He was listed on the Somerset County, Maryland Rent Rolls for tract called "Mount Pleasant" (total 150 acres, annual rent £0.6.0) surveyed May 24 1684 lying near the head of the main branch of Wicomico Creek. He bought 150 acres from George Wilson on Jan 26 1765. (SoRR-9:157; also, SoLR-C:245, no metes and bounds given).

He had an account in John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland from at least 1767, where he bought in 1767: Jany 9:1 pair shoe buckles, 1 chest lock Marh 14:1 "gimblito" July 23:1 pair garters Augt 8:2 linen handkerchiefs Novr 25:1 dozen tacks by Thomas Price This totaled £0/9/0. George Disharoon delivered 4 bu. of corn for a £0/8/0 credit in 1768 and £0/1/0 was carried to Ledger E. In 1775, he bought a gallon of molasses and paid in cash in 1776. He also paid £0/7/6 to the account of Thomas Price, a sailor, in 1768.

Benjamin Hitch was listed as next of kin with Joseph Hitch when Robert Hitch's estate was inventoried at a value of £25.0.11 between Apr 11 and Jun 23 1768. Executor of Robert Hitch's estate was Eve Hitch. On Jul 4 1768, Benjamin Hitch was listed as receiving a distribution from the final account of Robert Handy in Worcester County. (MdPrA-60:10). On Aug 17 1770, he, with wife, Mary, sold 50 acres of land in "Mount Pleasant" to Thomas Price. The record mentions that the land was "then situated in Somerset, now part in Worcester part in Somerset". (WoLR-H:381,382) In the will of Jacob Morris written Apr 5 1773 and probated May 13 1773, Benjamin Hitch was listed as a witness. (WoW Index) In the court records of 1773, Benjamin Hitch appears in Rachel Hitch's will as; "Rachl Hitch her will of Administration Bond by Benj Hitch his administration will annexed with Charles Hayman of Duncan Maine his sureties in the sum of £100 sterlg dated 17th Aug 1773." (MdPrA-45:182)

On Sep 7 1774, Benjamin Hitch did the account and administered the will of Rachel Hitch deceased valued at £43.18.0. This records mentions, "of money paid by this accountant to Elgit Hitch which was due him from the Deceased out of his Fathers Estate. . ., £9.3.2" Again to Leah Hitch, £1.4.3 (MdPrA-71:201). In 1780, he was listed with the Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War in the muster rolls for Salisbury Battalion, Mi(ll) Creek Company. In the 1783 Tax Assessment, he was assessed for land, "Mount Pleasant", 100a, 2 horses, 8 cattle in Somerset County, MD, Wicomico Hundred. (TA1783) In Oct 1790, Benjamin Hitch petitioned the court that the bounds of Mount Pleasant "are become Precarious and uncertain" (SoJ-1788/91:184).

On Oct 23 1790, the court records show: "Benjm Hitch commifson & affidavits... to Gillif Polk, James Bennett, Robert Dashiell and John Harris Hayman of Somerset County Gentlemen..." commissioners agree to examine evidence on behalf of "a certain Benjamin Hitch of the County in relation to the bounds of a tract of land called Mount Pleasant." Deponents Revel Hayman "of lawful age" and William Hayman, age 22. Judgment was granted to Benjamin Hitch. (SoJ-1788/91:302, 303).

In the Somerset County Assessment Records for the years 1793-1796, Benjamin Hitch was listed in Wicomico Hundred and assessed for 100 acres of land, £75; and other property, £40. Total assessment was £115, £115, £115, and £115 for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. (SoTC-1793/96). In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Benjamin Hitch was listed as the owner and occupant of property "situated on the road that divides Somerset from Worcester adjoining Jacob Morris Sr." consisting of "115 acres of land valued at $230 on which is" an old dwelling house, 16' x 15'; a kitchen, 12' x 10'; a corn house, 12' x 6'; "all 'bad'" valued at $20. He was assessed $15 for the buildings and $250 for the 115 acres of land. (TA1798)

In the Somerset County Commissioners of the Tax Received report for the years 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, and 1803, Benjamin Hitch was listed in Wicomico Hundred and assessed taxes for 110 acres of land for £85 and other personal property for £35 for a total of £120, £120, £120, £120, £120, and £120 for the respective years. (SoTC-1798/1803)

On May 30 1800, he wrote a deed for land to Joseph Hitch of Somerset County from Benjamin Hitch of Worcester County for £5 for 50 acres of the tract called "Mount Pleasant". (WoLR-V:652). This transaction was evidently not formalized until May 13 1803 when it appears then in the land records. Then, on Sep 30 1809, Joseph Hitch "of Penttletion County in the State of Kaintucky" sold this land to John Hitch for the same amount of £5. (WoLR-AA:338). Benjamin Hitch kept the remaining 50 acres of Mount Pleasant until he bequeathed it to his son Samuel Hitch in his will of 1814.

As the various records indicate, "Mount Pleasant" was located near or on the border of Somerset and Worcester Counties in Maryland somewhere near the source of a "main branch" of the Wicomico Creek. This branch has been identified as the modern-day Passerdyke Creek with "Mount Pleasant" lying about a mile or so south of the present tri-county boundary for Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico Counties on the east side (the Worcester County Side) of Meadow Bridge Road (which divides the counties of Somerset and Worcester at such point).

The property evidently stayed in the Hitch family until the early 1900s (after Benjamin's son Samuel owned it, it was left to his son Handy Irving Hitch who died in 1901). The property is located only about two miles from where the compiler grew up and I have had the opportunity to visit the site many times. Today, it is owned by a Ball family and is a large corn field with a pronounced "hill" in its center. This is no doubt what inspired the original patent holder to name it "Mount Pleasant".

In the Federal Census of 1800, Benjamin Hitch was listed in the Wicomico District of Somerset County on page 31, line 8 with a household of one male age 10-16, one male age 16-26, one male over age 45, one female age 16-26 and one female age 26-45.

The following is found in the Archives of Maryland, Volume 192 , page 120 for Session Laws Nov 2 1801 to Dec 31 1801: An Act for changing part of the Divisional Road between Somerset and Worcester Counties. (Liber JG4:5). WHEREAS it is represented to this general assembly, by the petition of Benjamin Hitch, of Somerset county, that he is possessed of a tract of land lying and being in Somerset and Worcester counties, through which the divisional road of Somerset and Worcester counties now runs, to the great injury of the said Benjamin Hitch: And whereas it appears that changing the said road will be beneficial to the said Benjamin Hitch, and promote the convenience of the public; therefore, 2. BE IT ENACTED, by the General Assembly of Maryland, That Ebenezer Handy, James Bennett, William Pollitt of Thomas, David Cathell and Thomas Fookes, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners, or any three or more of them are hereby authorized to change, lay out and open, at the expense of the said Benjamin Hitch, in the most convenient manner, a public road, leading through the lands of the said Benjamin Hitch, in the direction the divisional road of the said counties now runs, from Salisbury to Steven's Ferry, so far as the said Hitch's land extend, if necessary; and the said road, when so laid out and completed at the expense of the said Benjamin Hitch, shall be recorded in the records of Somerset and Worcester county courts, and shall be deemed and taken for ever thereafter as the divisional line of said counties, and as a public road, and shall be kept in repair as other public roads are kept up in said counties.

In the 1810 Federal Census, Benjamin Hitch was listed on page 646 in Worcester County. His household contained one male age 16-26, one male over age 45, and one female over age 45.

In his will written Mar 21 1814 and probated Apr 19 1814, Benjamin Hitch states: "Leaves Addam Hitch of Somerset County and Samuel Hitch of Worcester County each one bed and furniture; Equally divide between Robard (sic, Robert), Addam, Rachel, and Samuel Hitch; Leaves to my youngest son Samuel Hitch, plantation I now dwell 50 acres part in Worcester County and part in Somerset County." Witnesses were John Morris Jr., Jacob Morris, and John Pollitt. (WoW-JBR:47,48)

Benjamin married Mary Pitts about 1760. Mary was born about 1740 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1772-1780 in Worcester Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 127 M    i. John Hitch was born in 1765-1766 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 29 May 1828-11 Nov 1828 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 128 M    ii. Joseph Hitch was born on 4 Jul 1765 in Somerset Co., MD,8 30 31 32 died on 28 Sep 1847 in Pendleton Co., KY,33 and was buried about 1 Oct 1847 in Hitch Cemetery, Hitch Bend Road, Pendleton Co., KY.34

+ 129 F    iii. Polly (Mary) Hitch 4 33 was born about 1770 in Worcester Co., MD and died before 1850.

+ 130 M    iv. Thomas P. Hitch 4 33 35 was born on 7 Aug 1772 in Somerset Co., MD8 30 36 37 38 39 and died on 22 Feb 1862 in Bantam, Clermont Co., OH.

Benjamin next married Mary* Brown, daughter of George Brown and Sarah Denston, about 1778. Mary* was born about 1760 in Worcester Co., MD and died in 1800-1803 in Worcester Co., MD.

Death Notes: This would be after the taking of the 1800 Federal Census and before Benjamin Hitch remarried in 1803.

General Notes: *This wife's maiden name was speculated based upon much circumstantial evidence. First and foremost, George Brown, in his will written on May 28 1788 and probated in Worcester County, Maryland on Jun 27 1788, listed among his daughters, Mary Hitch. Also, in that same will, various members of the Brown family were bequeathed land near and bordering that of Benjamin Hitch. In Sarah Brown's (George Brown's wife) will written on Mar 14 1792 and probated in Worcester County, Maryland on Nov 19 1796, it also mentions daughter Mary Hitch. The Denston family showed up prominently in this same will. Benjamin Hitch's son and daughter married Browns. Benjamin Hitch's grandson Washington Hitch married a Denston. The probability that Mary (Brown) Hitch, daughter of George Brown (c1717-1788), was wife of Benjamin is near certain.


Known children from this marriage were:

   131 F    i. Rachel Hitch was born in 1774-1784.40

Rachel married (?) Brown?.

General Notes: "A Hitch Orchard" by Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931 states that a daughter of Benjamin Hitch married a Mr. Brown and went south to live. Rachel may be the daughter in question.

+ 132 M    ii. Robert Hitch was born in 1775-1784 in MD and died on 15 Dec 1824-9 Jan 1827 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 133 M    iii. Adam Hitch was born in 1780-1784 in MD and died in 1841-23 Oct 1844 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 134 M    iv. Samuel Hitch was born in 1784 in Worcester Co., MD and died in 1858-1859 in Worcester Co., MD.

Benjamin next married Leah (?) on 28 May 1803 in Somerset Co., MD. Leah was born before 1765 and died on 11 May 1831-26 Oct 1831 in Worcester Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: SoMR.

Birth Notes: Listed as over age 45 in the Federal Census of 1810.

Death Notes: Leah Hitch's will was written in May 1831 and probated in Worcester County in Oct 1831. (WoW-1822/33:489)

General Notes: Leah Taylor was executrix of George Taylor's estate from the time of the initial inventory being taken on Sep 2 1797 until the final distribution was made on Jun 20 1801 in Worcester Co.

In the Federal Census of 1820, Leah Hitch is listed on page 133, Somerset County, Maryland in a household comprised of one male age 16-26 and one female age over 45. The household is near that of Moses Rencher, Jacob and John Morris (of John), John Pollitt Sr., and John Hitch.

In her will written May 11 1831 and proven in Worcester Co. on Oct 26 1831, Leah Hitch makes the following provisions:
- To Peggy Turner, one bed/furniture and my wearing apparel
- To Amelia Turner, one Bible
- To Samuel Hitch all the rest of my household furniture and he be the executor (WoW-1822/33:489)
Note - Peggy Turner is the mother of Amelia Turner and they are listed in the 1850 Census in Princess Anne District, Somerset Co. as Peggy, age 58 and Amelia, age 30. They are listed is a household next to Levin Pollitt who we know lived on Meadown Bridge Road just south of where the modern counties of Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester intersect, this also near to where Samuel Hitch was living but on the Worcester County side of that road. There is an unknown relationship to them with Leah but perhaps Peggy is a daughter from a previous marriage before Benjamin. Or they may be part of the Brown Family who also lives nearby as Margaret S. (Peggy) (1794-1875) and Amelia A. Turner (1819-1888) are buried in the old Brown farm cemetery on Meadow Bridge and McGrath Road.

49. Capt. Samuel Hitch was born in 1740-1741 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 12 Mar 1825 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Birth Notes: The Columbian Centinel, Mar 12 1825 states, "Capt. Samuel Hitch of Fairhaven died at age 84."

Death Notes: The Columbian Centinel, Mar 12 1825 states, "Capt. Samuel Hitch of Fairhaven died at age 84."

General Notes: Daisy Hitch Davies, compiler of A Hitch Orchard in 1931 writes:

Samuel Hitch was in the American Revolution. Corporal in Capt. Thos. Crandon County, enlisted Jul 17 1775. Service 5 months 17 days in defense of the sea coast. In the list of men who marched from Dartmouth camp under the command of Capt. Benj. Dillingham and arrived there Feb 15 1776. Private in Lieut. Pope's County, later commanded by Lieut. Joseph Damon, Col. Hathaway's (2 Bristol) Reg't. Enlisted Aug 3 1780. Discharged Aug 9 1780. Service 6 days at Rhode Island on an alarm.

We have no other incident in the life of Capt. (Corp.?) Samuel Hitch except this record which shows his readiness to protect his home and homeland. He had tender memories of his "Maryland" as shown by the names he gave to his children - for instance; Joshua and Hardy Elgate and Hardy Hitch Jr., family names in Maryland.

The compiler, Daisy Hitch Davies, a descendant of Samuel Hitch has a glass locket with a gold band which was give her in 1900, at the time she was visiting her grandfather, Obed Freeman Hitch, on Cape Cod. It was given her by an old lady named, as she remembers, Perkins who was an old friend of the Massachusetts branch of the Hitch family. Mrs. Perkins stated that she had it for about fifty years. That it was given her by a friend who was a Miss Hitch. This Miss Hitch she stated was always asking her father for money. One day he told he would not give her money but something of greater value. He then gave her the locket and told her it had been in the family about 200 years. This made the locket at the time Daisy Bell Hitch Davies received it about 250 years old. and at present writing (Oct 1931) 281 years old. My records suggest that Samuel Hitch moved to Massachusetts about 1762/63 with brother Elgate and cousin George.

On Jul 13 1764, Samuel Hitch and Lydia Allen filed their intent to marry in Bristol County, Massachusetts.

Samuel Hitch was a Corporal in Captain Thomas Crandon's Company in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted on Jul 17 1775 and his term of service was 5 months and 17 days "in defense of the seacoast." (Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, pg 956). He was also on a list of men who marched from Dartmouth to camp under command of Captain Benjamin Dillingham, arriving there on Feb 15 1776. (Ibid.) He was again listed for service as a Private and then Lieutenant in Nathaniel Pope's Company (which was later commanded by Lieutenant Joseph Damon), Colonel John Hathaway's (2d Bristol County) regiment. He enlisted on Aug 3 1780 and was discharged Aug 9 1780, for a brief service of six days, at Rhode Island on an alarm. (Ibid.)

In the Federal Census of 1790, Samuel Hitch is listed in New Bedford Town, Bristol County, Massachusetts, in a household comprised of two males age 16 or more, four males under age 16, and four females. In the Federal Census of 1800, Samuel Hitch is listed in Bristol County, Massachusetts (pg 425) in a household comprised of three males age 16-26, one male age 45+, one female age 10-16, one female age 16-26 and one female age 45+. In the Federal Census of 1810, Samuel Hitch is listed in Bristol County, Massachusetts (pge 291) in a household comprised of one male age 16-26, one male age 26-45, one male age 45+, one female age 16-26 and one female age 45+. In the Federal Census of 1820, Samuel Hitch is listed in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male under age 10, one male age 26-45, one male age 45+, one female age 16-26 and one female age 45+. The record indicates one person in agriculture and one person in commerce.

The Apr 2 1825 edition of the Columbian Centinel, a Bristol County, Massachusetts newspaper, reported that Captain Samuel Hitch of Fairhaven died at age 84. (Index of Deaths in the Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel 1784-1840)

Samuel married Lydia Allen,41 daughter of Sylvanus Allen 8 and Jemima Starbuck, on 13 Jul 1764 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA. Lydia was born in 1745 and died on 18 Jan 1834 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Marriage Notes: Marriage Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to 1850 - DAR

Birth Notes: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts Death Records. Lydia Hitch's death record states that she died Jan 18 1834 at age 89.

Death Notes: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts Death Records. Lydia Hitch's death record states that she died Jan 18 1834 at age 89.


Known children from this marriage were:

   135 M    i. Adam Hitch was born on 14 Sep 1766 in Bristol Co., MA.

Birth Notes: Adam Hitch birthdate derived from the Arthur L Close Genealogy, aclose@home.com, Jul 3 1998.

+ 136 F    ii. Mary Hitch was born on 30 Jun 1769 in Bristol Co., MA and died on 28 Dec 1815 in Bristol Co., MA.

   137 F    iii. Rachel* Hitch was born about 1770 in Bristol Co., MA.

General Notes: Not sure of this connection. Rachel Hitch was definitely the daughter of either Samuel or George Hitch of MA.

Rachel* married Russell Wood on 12 Jun 1791 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25

+ 138 M    iv. Hardy Elgate Hitch was born on 12 Jun 1775 in Bristol Co., MA,8 23 42 43 44 45 46 died on 30 Aug 1858 in Bristol Co., MA,8 and was buried about 2 Sep 1858 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 139 M    v. Capt. Joshua Hitch was born on 14 Sep 1778 in Bristol Co., MA8 23 42 47 48 49 and died on 16 Aug 1838 in Bristol Co., MA.8 50

   140 F    vi. Lydia Allen Hitch was born about 1781 in Bristol Co., MA.23

Lydia married Killey S. Eldredge on 18 Jul 1801 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25 Killey was born in 1779 in MA.51

+ 141 M    vii. Capt. Ebenezer Hitch was born about 1784 in Bristol Co., MA23 42 and died on 5 Jun 1824 at Sea..52

+ 142 M    viii. Capt. Sylvanus Hitch was born on 1 Mar 1785 in Bristol Co., MA23 53 54 and died between 1831 and 1839.

51. Elgate Hitch was born in 1751 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 10 Oct 1838 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Birth Notes: Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts states that Elgit Hitch, 87 (died) at Fairhaven in the 15 Oct 1838 newspaper.

Death Notes: Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts states that Elgit Hitch, 87 (died) at Fairhaven in the 15 Oct 1838 newspaper.

General Notes: From A Hitch Orchard compiled by Daisy Hitch Davies in 1931: "Elgate Hitch came to Massachusetts about 1762-63 with his brother Samuel and his first cousin George. They had previously resided in Maryland. We have little record of Elgate Hitch." However, this compiler's research shows that he was probably still in Maryland until after his mother's will was probated in Aug of 1773. He also looks to have been born after the death of his father by a few months. I believe that he probably moved to Massachusetts to join his brother sometime between late 1773 and when he was married there in Jan 1776 and not 1762/63 as stated by Mrs. Davies.

A Hitch Orchard goes on to state: "There is no Revolutionary War record of which the compiler knows. In those days there were many Tory sympathizers and rather naturally. He may or may not have been in sympathy with England or it may have been the influence of his Quaker wife that kept him from engaging in the fray. He was in New Bedford in 1791. His grandmother's maiden name was "Elgate". We have no record of his children. The 1790 Census states: - Elget Hitch - Mass. 2 - males over 16 including head of family. 0 - males under 16 2 - females 0 - other whites 0 - slaves"

In the will of Rachel Hitch written on Dec 10 1771 and probated in Somerset County on Aug 17 1773, Elgate Hitch is mentioned in the following: ·To daughter Leah Hitch, "my best bed and furniture, yearlin' horse, puter dish, 3 plates, 1 bason ·To son Elgate Hitch, "one cow and yearlin and one woke of oxens, one puter dish, 3 plates and one bason ·Give my negro man Jack to daughter Leah" (Note - Leah she eventually shared him with Elgate). (MdPrW-39:380)

On Sep 7 1774, Benjamin Hitch did account and administered will of Rachel Hitch deceased, £43.18.0. In the record, it mentions, "of money paid by this accountant to Elgit Hitch which was due him from the Deceased out of his Fathers Estate. . ., £9.3.2" Again to Leah Hitch, £1.4.3 (MdPrA-71:201)

Elgate Hitch is first mentioned in the Massachusetts records when he was married on Jan 4 1776 to Elizabeth Samson. (Marriage Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to 1850, DAR)

In the Federal Census of 1800, "Elget" Hitch is listed on page 426 of Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male age 10-16, one male age 45+ and one female age 45+. In the Federal Census of 1810, Elgate Hitch is listed on page 291 of Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male age 10-16, one male age 45+ and one female age 45+. In the Federal Census of 1820, "Elgit" Hitch is listed in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male age 10-16, one male age 45+ and one female age 45+ - one person in agriculture.

On Dec 30 1820, "Elgit" Hitch and Elizabeth Doane, both of Fairhaven filed their intent to marry. (Bristol County, MA Marriage Records - Library of Congress)

In the Federal Census of 1830, "Elgit" Hitch is listed in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one male age 70-80 and one female age 60-70.

Elgate married Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Sylvanus Allen 8 and Jemima Starbuck, on 4 Jan 1776 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA. Elizabeth was born before 1755,55 56 died on 9 Jul 1818 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,57 and was buried about 12 Jul 1818 in Acushnet, Bristol Co., MA.57

Marriage Notes: Marriage Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to 1850 - DAR

General Notes: From "A Hitch Orchard" compiled by Daisy Hitch Davies in 1931: Elizabeth Allen (Samson) was a widow and the sister of his brother Samuel's wife. Excerpt from letter written by Laurene Eliot Bunker of Wellesley Hills, MA., dated Oct. 22,1930: "Perhaps it would interest you to know that a cousin of mine has a bible which belonged to Elizabeth Allen who later married Elgate Hitch. Her name appears on the fly leaf in three different forms. First, as Elizabeth Samson of Nantucket; second, as Elizabeth Samson when she says she was the wife of Irsacher Samson and the wills of the birth of their sons Irsacher in 1768, just six weeks after his father's death at sea; and third, as Elizabeth Hitch."


   143 M    i. (Male) Hitch 58 was born between 1784 and 1790 in Bristol Co., MA.28

Elgate next married Elizabeth Doane on 30 Dec 1820 in Bristol Co., MA. Elizabeth was born between 1760 and 1770.

Marriage Notes: Massachusetts Vital Records Series (Library of Congress)

Birth Notes: The Federal Census of 1830 lists her as age 60-70 (Bristol County, MA)

52. Capt. Robert Hitch was born before 1739 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 6 Dec 1781 and 25 Nov 1783 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: It is assumed that Robert Hitch had attained age 21 by the time he completed the land transaction noted in 1769.

Death Notes: On Dec 6 1781, Robert Hitch is alive as evidenced by the Cattron Byrd will, but he had died by Nov 25 1783 when his daughter received deeds as his heir.

General Notes: OOn Sep 7 1769, Robert Hitch, with Josiah Polk and Francis Lank entered a triparte agreement. Francis Lank received the land under the name of Francis Lanceak, son of George Lanceak, from his grandfather Francis Lancake in his LWT. Josiah Polk got deed for land "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" from Francis Lank with Robert Hitch putting up the money. He paid £50 for 250 acres. (SoLR-E:49). Robert Hitch sold his rights to this land on Jul 7 1770 to Esme Bayly for £63. (SoLR-E-111) No metes and bounds given in either description.

On Feb 27 1773, "Robt Hitch" mentioned in will of James Scrogin with James Haynie. (MdTP-45:62). Between Jun 29 1773 and May 23 1775, Robert Hitch was listed as an appraiser, with Joshua Hitch, for the estate of Poll Dulaney valued at £133.14.2. (MdPrI Abstracts-1774/77). On Jan 20 1774, Robert Hitch got commission for being the Executor to the will of Eve Nicholls. (MdTP-45:285). On Apr 12 1774, Robert Hitch appeared in the records for the estate of Risdon Hitch as, "Risdon Hitch his admin bond in common form by Sarah Hitch, his adminx with Robert Hitch and Joshua Hitch her sureties in the sum of £30 sterlg dated 12th Apr 1774." (MdTP-45:319). This was confirmed in records for May 1 1774 as, Commissions "for Sarah Hitch & Robt Hitch admin. Joshua Hitch, Somerset County" "Robt Hitch exec Elgate Hitch, Somerset County" (MdTP-45:305). Between Aug 1 1774 and Jul 18 1775, Robert Hitch was listed as an appraiser, with Joshua Hitch, for the estate of Thomas Byrd valued at £156.5.4. (MdPrI Abstracts-1774/77). In 1775, Robert Hitch was listed as co-holder, with Joshua Hitch Sr., of pew #20 of the ________ church with annual rent of £8.5.0. (Presbyterian People in Wicomico, John Jacob, Jr., pg 66).

Robert Hitch kept an account with John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland from 1775 to 1777 when he brought a balance of £11/11/2 from Ledger H in 1775 and charged linen, stamped cotton, trace ropes, cordage, thread and spring locks for a total of £8/1/3. He paid £8/3/1 in cash in 1775 and £12/15/0 in 1777. He also paid the balance of £8/5/3 in cash to the account of William Ellegood, Jr. in 1776. (Store Accounts of John Nelms of Salisbury, 1758-1787, John Jacob, Jr.)

In the "Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety; Aug 29 1775 to Jul 6 1776, Robert Hitch appears twice in respect to the American Revolution. The first is in a letter, dated Feb 9 1776, from Uriah Forrest and Robert Dashiell where they mentioned a Militia County captained by George Wales who resigned his post. Robert Hitch was voted the new captain by the Company. This was confirmed on Apr 11 1776 when a commission appointed him Captain of a Militia Company in Somerset County belonging to the 1st Battalion of Maryland.

In 1776, he was listed as Capt. Robert Hitch in the store accounts of John Nelms in Salisbury, Maryland where he paid the balance of £8/5/3 in cash to the account of William Ellegood, Jr. On Nov 4 1776, he was listed as a Captain in charge of a company of "horse troops" for the 1st Battalion in Washington County, Maryland (Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War) Between Mar 11 1777 and Apr 10 1777, Robert Hitch was listed as an appraiser, with Joshua Hitch, for the estate of Joshua Morriss valued at £10.19.5. (MdPrI Abstracts-1774/77). He is listed in other Revolutionary War records when, in Apr 1777, "Lists of Blankets Received by the Board at Salisbury. Robert Hitch" was reported. (Calendar of Maryland State Papers, MdHR Commission No. 11, Executive Papers, Box VII, 72).

Robert Hitch was a witness, along with Venables and Handy, to the will of Ignatious Middleton written on Feb 10 1778 and probated Mar 21 1778. (SoW-1777/88:65). In Cattron Byrd's will probated Dec 6 1781 (written Oct 24 1776), Robert Hitch was instructed to "hold property" until Byrd's grandchildren are "of age". (Ibid:157) On Nov 25 1783, Sarah Ellegood Hitch received a deed for land "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" from Esme Bayly totaling 100 acres for £0.5.0. (SoLR-G:441). This same record states that she is the daughter and heir-at-law of Robert Hitch, late of Somerset County, deceased. Beginning at a chestnut post thence S 60 perches, thence N65E 22 perches, thence S70E 45 perches, thence N70E 40 perches, thence S45E 40 perches, thence N75E 78 perches, thence N54-15W 55 perches, thence N1W 81 perches, thence a right line to beginning chestnut tree containing 100 acres.

On Aug 10 1784, the Somerset County Orphans Court records indicated "Orphan: Sarah Ellegood Hitch (of Robert), under age 14; appointed guardian: Sarah Hitch; sureties: William Handy and Hope Adams (SoOCP-1777/92:74). These last two records indicate that Robert Hitch had died in about 1783.

An administration of Robert Hitch's account was performed May 13 1791 and brought forward a balance from his inventory of £953.3.2 from Feb 26 1783. Payments to representatives of Joshua Hitch Jr., William Elgate Hitch, Betsy and Mary Hitch, William Handy, George Dashiell (County Lieutenant on Sep 23 1780), James Haynie (Sheriff), legacies allowed this accountant left by Elgate Hitch to William Hitch, legacies left by Elgate Hitch to Betty and Polly Hitch. Distribution to his widow this accountant 1/3 part and his daughter Sarah Ellegood Hitch. (SoAA-EB16:456)

Robert married Sarah Ellegood, daughter of William Ellegood II and Mary Colbourne,.59 Sarah was born in 1744 and died after 1820 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the will of William Alligood (Ellegood) written on Sep 1 1788 and probated Dec 7 1788, Sarah Hitch and Elizabeth Adams are indicated as daughters. (SoW-1788/99:30). The Somerset County Assessment record for the years 1793-1796 show Sarah Hitch listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed for 400 acres of land, £500; two male/female slaves under age 8, £12; one male/female slave age 8-14, £15; three male slaves age 14-45, £135; three male/female slaves over age 36/45, £25; 4 oz. of plate, £1.13.4; and other property, £167.6.8. In 1795, her assessment had subtracted all the land and 5 slaves (these apparently went to Sarah Ellegood Hitch). Total assessment was £855, £855, £235, £235 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. (SoTA-1793/96)

In the Federal Census of 1800, Sarah Hitch is listed as the head of household in the Rewastico District, Somerset County (pg 64, line 19) with two males age 10-16, one female under age 10, one female age 16-26, one female over age 45 and two slaves.

This is probably the same Sarah Hitch who, on Oct 31 1805 paid £100 for Ben "slave for life" to Joshua Humphreys, administrator of William Ellegood Sr. (SoLR-Q:81). On Nov 21 1805, she sold slave Benjamin to George Parker for $325. (SoLR-Q:100).

In the Federal Census of 1810, Sarah Hitch is listed Rewastico District, Somerset County (pg 278) with one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45, one female age 45+, one "other" and nine slaves. In the Federal Census of 1820, Sarah Hitch is indicated in Somerset County (pg 62) with two males age 10-16, one female under age 10, one female age 16-26, one female age 45+ and two slaves.


Known children from this marriage were:

   144 M    i. William E. (Ellegood)? Hitch was born in 1775-1779 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: This connection is uncertain - rated at 85%. However, there is some circumstantial evidence that William Ellegood was a grandfather to a William E. Hitch. In the Federal Assessment of 1798, there is a listing for a William E. Hitch as opposed(?) to William Elgate Hitch. William E. Hitch is listed there as Superintendent for William Ellegood's heirs. He is also listed as occupant of property owned by Littleton Aires Jr. who married Sarah Ellegood Hitch in 1799. Sarah Hitch, wife of Robert Hitch, also shows one non-slave male in her household in the 1783 assessment.

On Mar 4 1800 William Hitch was listed as "Executor of will for William Ellegood" and issued a Bill of Sale for "one negro man slave called Southy" to William Bigland for £75 (SoLR-M:83). On Apr 26 1800, William E. Hitch issued a Bill of Sale for "one negro man slave called Eli" to William Anderson for £140 (SoLR-M:116). On Apr 10 1801, William Ellegood's inventory is brought forth and an account of his estate taken and approved in the June court of 1805 totalling £237.19.7¾. Administrator listed in William E. Hitch. Payments made to Ann Peter, John Bloodsworth, Esme Bayly, John Knipschelt, Jesse Townsend, James R. West, Sarah Hitch, John Anderson, Isaac Horsey, and Levin Handy. (SoAA-EB27:21)

In the Federal Census of 1820, William E. Hitch is indicated in Somerset County (page 63, note proximity to mother Sarah Hitch) with one male under age 10, two males age 16-26, one male age 26-45, two females age 10-16, one female age 26-45, one female age 45+ and 15 slaves.

+ 145 F    ii. Sarah Ellegood Hitch was born in 1780 in Somerset Co., MD60 and died in 1851-1859 in Baltimore, MD.

53. Joshua Hitch was born in 1740-1742 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 14 Mar 1768 and 19 Sep 1771 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Joshua Hitch was listed as an appraiser of Ezekiel Hillman's estate on Mar 14 1768 and an inventory of Joshua's estate was conducted beginning Sep 19 1771.

General Notes: This Joshua Hitch was referred to as Joshua Hitch Jr. Joshua Hitch Sr. was the son of John Hitch of Adam.

In the 1757 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch was listed in a household as the only taxable. In the 1759 Tax List for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joshua Hitch Jr. was listed in the same household as negroes Will and Comunda. (Joshua was spelled as Joshusay(?) in the record.)

Between 1765 and 1776, Joshua Hitch Jr. had an account with John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland. He brought a balance of £1/0/9 from Ledger C and bought a silk handkerchief for a total bill of £1/1/9. He paid £0/4/0 in cash in 1768 and left a balance of £0/17/9 for Ledger E. In 1775, he purchased indigo, trace ropes, compasses, an iron teakettle, buttons, yarn, gloves and needles for £1/10/9. He paid on his account in cash in 1776. On Mar 14 1768, Joshua Hitch Jr. was listed as appraiser with Joshua Hitch Sr. for the estate of Ezekiel Hillman valued at £51.14.5. (MdPrI Abstracts-1766/69). Between Sep 19 1771 and Feb 9 1773, Joshua Hitch's estate was inventoried with a value of £223.12.1. Appraisers were Esme Bayly and Joseph Dashiell; Creditors were James Houston and, William McBryde; Next-of kin was listed as John Caldwell and Joshua Hitch with Administrators Sarah Hitch and Robert Hitch.

On May 22 1773, a note in the Maryland Prerogative Court Testamentary Proceedings lists Returns from Somerset County on "Joshua Hitch, his will." (MdTP-45:65). On Apr 12 1774, Joshua Hitch is mentioned again in the records as List of Debts (of Joshua Hitch's estate) entry inventory valued at £30.14.2. Administratrix was Sarah Hitch). (MdPrI Abstracts-1772/74). Again, on May 1 1774 as Commissions "for Sarah Hitch & Robt Hitch admin. Joshua Hitch, Somerset County" (MdTP-45:305). On Jul 25 1774, Joshua Hitch's final account listed payments to Thomas Hitch, William Lank and John Nelms among others. It also listed residue to William Elgit Hitch, Mary Hitch and Betty Hitch and 1/3 to widow Sarah Hitch. Administrators listed were Robert Hitch and Sarah Hitch. (MdPrA-71:191)

Joshua married Sarah Dashiell?. Sarah was born in 1744 and died after 1805.

General Notes: In late 1770, Sarah Hitch was appointed guardian to William Elgate Hitch under age 14. Joshua Hitch and George Dashiell gave bonds. (SoJ-1769/72:259) [This MAY indicate that Sarah, wife of Joshua Hitch was nee Dashiell]


Known children from this marriage were:

   146 F    i. Betty Hitch .

Betty married (?) Handy.

   147 F    ii. Mary Hitch .

+ 148 M    iii. William Elgate Hitch was born in 1760-1770 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 15 May 1801 and 1 Sep 1801 in Somerset Co., MD.

55. Elizabeth R. Byrd died after 1791 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Byrd Family genealogy from Walt Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, received via electronic mail on Mar 10 1996, 17:46:19. Also, conversed with Mr. Wilson by telephone the same day.

Elizabeth married Fisher Roberts, son of Thomas Roberts 5 and Elizabeth Rencher, about 1774 in Somerset Co., MD. Fisher was born on 2 Oct 1744 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1803-1809 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Byrd Family genealogy from Walt Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, received via electronic mail on Mar 10 1996, 17:46:19. Also, conversed with Mr. Wilson by telephone the same day.

Death Notes: Byrd Family genealogy from Walt Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, received via electronic mail on Mar 10 1996, 17:46:19. Also, conversed with Mr. Wilson by telephone the same day.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 149 M    i. Joshua Byrd Roberts was born in 1765-1775 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 1832.12

   150 M    ii. William Roberts was born before 1766 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 11 Oct 1832 and 30 Jan 1834 in Somerset Co., MD.12 19

+ 151 M    iii. Benjamin W. Roberts was born in 1779 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Nov 1829 in Somerset Co., MD.

   152 F    iv. Anna Roberts .12

   153 M    v. Thomas Roberts died in 1796.12

57. Mary Byrd .12

Mary married Paul Dulaney, son of Dennis Dulaney Sr. 61 and Judah Donoho. Paul was born on 12 Nov 1741 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 6 Mar 1773 and 19 Apr 1773 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: A Somerset Sampler - Families of Old Somerset County, Maryland 1700-1776, Pauline Manning Batchelder, 1994.

Death Notes: A Somerset Sampler - Families of Old Somerset County, Maryland 1700-1776, Pauline Manning Batchelder, 1994.


   154 M    i. Henry Dulaney 12 was born about 1765.

59. Elgate Byrd was born in 1734-1738 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Byrd Family genealogy from Walt Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, received via electronic mail on Mar 10 1996, 17:46:19. Also, conversed with Mr. Wilson by telephone the same day.

Elgate married someone.

His children were:

   155 F    i. Martha Byrd .12

   156 M    ii. Margaret Byrd .

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63. Whittington Hitch Sr. was born in 1750-1754 and died in 1822-1824 in Sussex Co., DE.

Death Notes: Whittington Hitch is listed in the Sussex County tax records of 1822 but not for 1824 (when Whittington Hitch Jr. is listed), nor is he listed in the Federal Census of 1830.

General Notes: "Whitinton" Hitch is one of nine Hitch households mentioned in the Federal Census of 1790. He is living in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware at the time. On Nov 20 1797, Whittington Hitch, "yeoman of Sussex County" received a deed from Mary Hatfield for £16.10.0 for 150 acres of land in Northwest Fork Hundred including the "plantation Whittington Hitch now lives … near the village of Bridge Branch." Tracts included were "Bite the Biter" and "Rosses Venture". Mary Hatfield was described as the daughter of Elijah Hatfield who died intestate and the lands went to her as heir. (SxLR-W21:296)

In the Sussex County Guardian Accounts, there is a listing for Nov 21 1797 for "the account of Whittington Hitch and Delilah his wife, late Delilah Hatfield, guardian to the estate of Amelia Hatfield, a minor daughter of Elisha Hatfield late of Sussex County, deceased." Two similar listings were given for Letitia Hatfield and Zachariah Hatfield, son and daughter (respectively) of Elisha Hatfield. (SxGA)

In the Federal Census of 1800, Whittington Hitch is indicated on page 350 in Sussex County, Delaware with a household including one male age 45+, two females under age 10, one female age 16-26, two females age 45+ and three slaves.

In the 1801 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Whittenton" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 3 horses 3 cows and calves 5 cows 3 yearlings
2 sheep 2 sows and shoats (SxTA-1801)

On Jul 15 1803, Thomas Sorden received a deed from Gillis Hitch and Lisha his wife for 19 acres of land in Northwest Fork Hundred. The record states that Gillis got "Heirship" from his father William, his mother Mary and his brother William, all deceased, by virtue of a Deed of Bargain from Spencer Hitch and wife Sophia, Unice Jessop widow of John Jessop, Whittington Hitch and wife Delilah, and Sally Hitch - all heirs as described of the same William, Mary and William Hitch. The land was part of tract "Hale's Choice (or Chance)" situated at the village of Bridge Branch "where Doc James Ralston and John Wilson now live". (SxLR-Y23:302,309)

In the 1803 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Whittington Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 170 acres of land 2 horses 1 small colt 7 cows and 3 yearlings
10 sheep 2 sows and shoats (SxTA-1803)

In the 1807 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Whitenton" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: capitulation 3 horses 1 yoke of oxen 3 cows and calves 3 young cattle
10 sheep 3 sows (SxTA-1807)

In 1808, Whittington Hitch entered into a tenant contract with David Richards where the tenant, Whittington Hitch, agreed "to pay and deliver" to his landlord, David Richards "the full quantity of fifty bushels of good merchantable wheat (except the first year only forty-five bushels of wheat are to be paid) and two hundred bushels of good merchantable Indian corn." (John Dickinson Plantation Project Research Files, Delaware Bureau of Museums)

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Whitty Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 45 acres of land 3 horses 1 yoke of oxen 10 cattle 4 sows and pigs (SxTA-1809)

In the 1810 Federal Census, Whitty Hitch is indicated on page 352 in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware in a household comprised of two males age 16-26, one male over age 45, two females age 16-26 and one female over age 45.

In the 1813 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Whittington Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 4 work horses 1 colt 1 yoke of steers 2 sows and shoats 2 oz plate (SxTA-1813)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Whittington Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 50 acres of land near Bridgeville 2 horses 1 colt 4 cows 1 yoke of oxen
11 sheep 1 sow and 13 shoats (SxTA-1816)

In the Federal Census of 1820, Whittington Hitch is indicated in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware (page 256) in a household comprised of one male under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 16-18, one male age 16-26, one male over age 45 and one female over age 45.

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Whittington Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 50 acres of land 3 horses 3 cows and calves 5 young cattle 2 sows and 12 pigs
15 sheep 16 shoats (SxTA-1822)

Whittington married Delilah Hatfield, daughter of Elijah Hatfield. Delilah was born in 1750-1760 and died after 1830 in Sussex Co., DE.

General Notes: NOTE: based upon evidence in the records, Delilah Hatfield is no doubt related to Elisha Hatfield, possibly as his daughter. She is also most likely related to Lisha Hatfield, wife of Gillis Hitch (as perhaps a sister) and Malla Hatfield, wife of Sovereign Hitch.


Known children from this marriage were:

   157 M    i. Joseph* Hitch was born in 1784-1794 in Sussex Co., DE.

General Notes: *uncertain-this Joseph Hitch is living in Bridgeville, DE in the 1810 census, age 16/26. Whittington Hitch seems like the mosdt likely candidate for being his father.

   158 M    ii. Whittington Hitch Jr. was born between 1802 and 1804 in Sussex Co., DE.

General Notes: In the 1824 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Whittington Hitch Jr. is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred to pay his personal tax. (SxTA-1824)

In the 1827 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Whittington Hitch (this listing may say Jr. but record is very hard to read) is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 3 old horses 3 cows and calves 5 young cattle 7 sheep 2 sows and 8 shoats 3 oz plate (SxTA-1827)

64. Spencer Hitch was born about 1750 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Feb 1797 and 21 Feb 1797 in Sussex Co., DE.

Death Notes: Spencer Hitch's will was written Feb 5 1796 and probated Jan 21 1797 in Sussex County, Delaware. (DeW-E:119)

General Notes: A Hitch Orchard states the following about Spencer Hitch:

In his will Spencer Hitch made the request to be buried at the old burying place where he then lived. "I give and recommend my soul to the hands of Almighty God that give it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the old burying place where I now live. Spencer Hitch may have rendered service during the Revolution as a record from an old lady connected with the family stated that the grandfather of Mary Hitch Carey (who was the Spencer Hitch in question) was engaged during the American Revolution gathering supplies for the Army (Continental or English not stated). Spencer Hitch in his will made Feb 5 1796 and probated Jan 21 1797 mentions his wife, Sophia Hitch, and "Sarah Snellen who was to have 100 sq. ft., a small rume in my Hous and one bed and bedin and no more; Anna Hitch, my dau.; Lilly Hitch, my dau.; Sovereign Hitch, my son; Nelly Hitch, my dau.; William Hitch, my son; Clemment Hitch, my son; Elget Hitch, my son; Polly Hitch, my dau.; Spencer Hitch, my son." Executor: Sophia Hitch. Wit: Wm. Mason, Gillis Hitch. (DeW-E:119). Descendants of Spencer Hitch have been widely scattered over the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, and other states. Several of these descendants are personages of prominence and education.

From this compiler's records, Spencer is first mentioned in the records of Somerset County when his father, William Hitch's, will was written Nov 17 1771 and probated Dec 27 1771. In the will of Charles Brown written Dec 7 1772 and probated in Dorchester County on Feb 16 1773, Spencer Hitch is listed as a witness. (MdPrW-39:53)

On Jan 19. 1778, Spencer Hitch "of Sussex County in the State of Delaware," Gentleman, sold land that was part of "High Suffolk" to William Handy, a total of 10½ acres for £7. (SoLR-G:102). The land is the SE corner of the plantation that which the said Handy purchased of Isaac Hitch on the north side of the main road that leads from Rockawalkin Meeting House to the head of the Wicomico River containing 10 ½ acres. No metes and bounds given other than these in this record. Spencer Hitch was listed as a property owner in the Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware in the 1782 and 1785 Tax Assessments and the reconstructed 1790 Federal Census.

On Feb 2 1797, Spencer Hitch received a deed from Joseph Ricards. Hitch paid £1.10.0 to Ricards for "Bradley's Discovery" that was next to "Hale's Choice" in Northwest Fork Hundred. (SxLR-W21:612)

The following is a transcription of Spencer Hitch's Probate records (Copy of the front page shown in Figure 2):

Sussex County| State of Delaware| In the Name of God Amen this Fifth Day of Feb one thousand seven Hundred and Ninty Seven I Spencer Hitch of the County and State afsd Being in a very low State of Body but of perfect mind and memory and in my proper Senses thanks be to God. and Caling to mind the Mortality of my Body and Knowing that it is appointed for all Men to die Do Make ordain publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament. That is to say. I give and Recommend my Soul to the Hands of Almighty God that Give it and my body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian manor at the old Burying place where I now Live. And as tuching such Worldly Estate wherewith it Hath pleased God to Bless me with in this Life I Give and Dispose of in the following manner ||..||..||..||

Item.. I give and bequeath to Sarah Snellen one Hundred feet Square of Ground at the Norwest sid of my House Where the Gardin now is and the Back Small Rume In my Hous and one Bed & Bedin and no more ||..||..||

ItemI give and bequeath unto Anna Hitch my Daughter one Cow & Calf one Bed & Bedin and no more ||..||..||

ItemI give and bequeath unto Lilly Hitch my Daughter one Cow & Calf one Bed and Bedin and no more .|.|.|.|

ItemI give and bequeath unto Sovereing Hitch my Son one Horse & Sadle and no more ||..||..||

ItemI give and bequeath unto Nelley Hitch my Daughter one Cow & Calf one Bed & Bedin and no more ||..||..||





ItemI give and bequeath unto William Hitch my Son one Horse one Bed and Beden and no more ||..||..||

ItemI give and bequeath unto Clemment Hitch my Son one Horse one Bed & Bedein and no more ||..||..||

ItemI give and bequeath unto Elget Hitch my Son one Cow & Calf one Bed and Bedein and no more ||..||..||

ItemI give and bequeath Spencor Hitch my Son all the Tracks or psles of Land belonging to or that I am possessed with and further. I do hereby appoint and ordain Sophia Hitch My Daier Wife my Hole and Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. And hereby Revoking all former Wills. In Witness wherof I Have set my Hand and affixt my seal the Day and year above written ||..||..||..|| Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in| his Presence of pers. ||..||.....| Spener X Hitch |mark William Mason Gillis Hitch

(This Last Will and Testament was probated in Sussex County on Jan 21 1797 - 1798?)

The Account of Sophia Hitch Executrix of the Testament & will of all such and so much of the Goods Chattels and privaledge and also of her Payments and disbursements out of the ?. The said Accountant charges herself with all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said decd and for Inventory Amounting to £318.14.2

The above Account was Exhibited to the Register the 22nd day of Novr 1797 By
her Phillips Kollock RegrSophia X Hitch
mark

The Testament and Last Will of Spencer Hitch late of Sussex County decd and Credits of the said decd as came to her hands Possession or know out of the same. The said Accountant craves an allowance of her Payments and disbursements out of the same. Paid for Copy Will and Letters Testamentary£1.10.4 Paid Appraisers fees2.13.3 Paid funeral Expenses3.0.0 N1Paid Thomas Ledenum as fr Acct proved6.0
2Paid William Allen as fr do3.15.6
3Paid Whittington Williams as fr do8.0.6
4Paid James Derickson as fr do and Receipt2.1.3
5Paid Joseph Rickards as fr do. . .do7.10.6
6Paid Wm & Thos Sorden as fr do. . .do4.12.8 ½
7Paid Laws & Brown as fr do. . .do10.0
8Paid David Pennewell as fr do. . .do13.3
9Paid Thomas Sorden as fr do. . .do3.15.6 Paid the following Legacies Viz To Anna Hitch a Legacy appraised to10.10.4 Paid for Listing this Account5.7 ½ Paid for Passing ditto and Search1.3.6 Commissions on L48.18.3 ½ disbursements at 10 pcent4.7.9 ------------- £55.5.2 Balance£263.9.0


A Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of Spencer Hitch Decasd as given in By Sophia Hitch Executorx & Apraisd By us the Subcribers Mar 10th 1797 Thos. Sorden William Mason

£ S D To his Warring Aparel7..10..0 To 1 Bed & Furniture Sted & No 110..0..0 To 1 Do - Do - Do N.29..0..0 To 1 Do - Do - Do N.37..10..0 To 1 Do - Do - Do N.46..0..0 To Bed Stid5..0 5 yds fulld Cloth @ 5/-1..5..0 2 old pine Tables7..6 1 Blue Chist10..9 6 Chears @ 4/-1..4..0 5 old Do @ 2/-10..0 1 Small Looking Glass7..6 3 old Linnen Wheels @ 7/61..2..6 1 Earthen Ware in Cubbard10..0 4 Puter Bason @ 6/-1..4..0 6 Puter Plats @12..6 ½ Doz Tind Spoons5..0 5 lb old Puter @ 1/36..3 1 Pair old Shilar @ 11/311..3 1 Wier Meal Siver @ 9/49..4 1 Tin Coffee Pott - 3/93..9 1 Do funnall - - - 11d11 a Lott of stone Earthen Ware7..6 1 Case Knives & Forks5..0 old Do & Do3..0 1 Pair Sad Irons3..9 1 Jug & 2 Bottels3..9 2 Pair Wool & Cotten Cord4..0 old Books3..0 old Shovel & Toungs7..6 1 Candelstand1..6 2 old Candelstick & Cuffer1..0 old Saddel & Bridal1..0..0 old Loomb & Tacklen1..0..0 old Woollen Wheel2..6 -------------- 54..4..2

£ S D Amount Brogt over54..4..2 3 old Iron Potts1..2..6 old Do Oven11..3 1 Tea Kettel10..0 Skillett2..6 fryen pan7..6 a Lott Tile Ware10..0 Hackel3..9 2 Pot Trammalls12..6 old Cart Irons3..0..0 old Cart4..10..0 3 old Weden Hoes3..9 Grubben Hoe5..0 old shovel5..0 2 old axes @ 2/65..0 Box of old Tools12..6 Halfbushel Masher3..0 3 old Ploughs @ 7/61..2..6 2 old Harrows @ 5/-10..0 6 old Casks @ 3/-15..0 3000 sypres shingels15..0..0 800 feet Pine Bords3..0..0 208 Bushl Corn @ 4/-41..12..0 1 Grind Stone7..6 750 lb Bacon @ 10d31..5..0 old powdering Tubs10..0 57 lb Hogs Lard @ 10d2..7..6 9 Bushl oats @ 3/-1..7..0 old Shoemaker Tools4..6 Scane flax from Brak2..10..0 2 Bushl Buckwheat @ 5/-10..0 old sider Mill15..0 2 old Syeth & Cradles10..0 15 Waggon Bags2..5..0 2 Bushl flaxseed1..0..0 ½ Bushl Salt @ 3..0 Sorrel Mair Named Dove20..0..0 Do Do Named Sprig20..0..0 Do Do Named Poll12..10..0 Do Colt Named Pickler14..0..0 Cow and Calf4..10..0 -------------- 243..2..5

£ S D Amount Brogt up243..2..5 Cow & yearlen4..10..0 Cow4..10..0 yoke of oxen14..0..0 2 Heffers4..10..0 1 small stear1..17..6 19 old sheep & 9 Lambs7..2..6 1 Sow & 4 pigs1..10..0 10 Sholes @ 10/-5..0..0 4 Blads Stacks foder @ 20/-4..0..0 2 stack Bad foder10..0 a part of foder house1..10..0 Wheat on the ground21..7..6 1 Iron Wedg3..9 40 gees @ 1/63..0..0 1 Bee Hive7..6 1000 Bricks @ 3/-1..10..0 2 straw stack3..0 -------------- 318..14..2 -------------- 318..14..2

The Amount of Sophia Hitch Executrix of Spencer Hitch late of Sussex County decd as well as all such and so much of the said decd property which came to her hands as possession, as also of her sundry payments and Disbursements out of the same to wit.

The said Accountant charges herself with all and singular the said decd property which came to her hands as follows, to wit, --------

With the decd Inventory Accounting to the sum of- $702.53 Amount of Payments- 658.36 ------------
$44.17

The said Accountant crave an Allowance for her sundry payments and disbursements out of the same as follows, to wit, 1. paid Wm Mason per acct prod & rect$26.92 2. paid David Nutter's acct prod & rect11.27 3. paid Elias Shockley per acct prod & rect7.60 Commissions for trouble6.00 paid for Slating paid for paping4.50 Also for Amount of the widows thirds as per the decd Will224.74 Also for Legacies to Anna Hitch Balance12.00 Also for Legacies to Lilly Hitch40.00 Also for Legacies to Severn Hitch56.00 Also for Legacies to Nelly Hitch40.00 Also for Legacies to Wm Hitch40.00 Also for Legacies to Clement Hitch77.33 Also for Legacies to Elgate Hitch40.00 Also for Legacies to Polly Hitch50.67 ---------- $658.36

The Aliases Account was Exhibited to the Register the 29th Decr 1813 on oath
her
By Sophia X Hitch
mark Examined Allowance and passed the same day ------------------------------------

Spencer married Sophia (?). Sophia was born before 1755 and died after 29 Dec 1814 in Caroline Co., MD.

Birth Notes: The Federal Census of 1800 lists her as over the age of 45, hence a birth before 1755.

Death Notes: In the Sussex County Guardian Accounts, Sophia Hitch is listed several times relative to minor's accounts, children of Spencer Hitch, deceased: for Elgate Hitch (no date given), for Clement Hitch (Jan 2 1798), for Polly Hitch (Dec 29 1813), for Spencer Hitch (Jan 2 to Dec 28 1814).

General Notes: Sophia Hitch is listed several times in the Sussex County Guardian Accounts - first for the account of Clement Hitch, minor son of Spencer Hitch, deceased for date Jan 2 1798. Then, she is listed for Spencer's son Elgate Hitch, the record not being dated and Polly Hitch, daughter of Spencer for the date Dec 29 1813. Finally, for the account of Spencer Hitch, son of Spencer Hitch for the date Dec 29 1814, record witnessed by William Hitch. All of these children were minors on the respective dates given. This may indicate that Spencer Hitch's other children were not minors at the time he died in 1797. (SxGA)

In the 1800 Federal Census, "Sophire" Hitch is indicated on page 350 in Sussex County with a household including two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, two females age 16-26 and one female age 45+.

In the 1801 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Sopiah" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 2 horses 1 cow and calf 3 young cattle 2 sows and pigs 4 sheep (SxTA-1801)

In the 1803 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Zophiah" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 130a of land 2 horses 1 colt 2 cows and calves 3 young cattle 1 sows and pigs 8 sheep 8 shoats (SxTA-1803)

In the Sussex County, Delaware Tax Assessment List for 1803 and 1804, "Zophiah" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with 130 acres of land and 27 livestock.

In the 1807 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Sophia Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 2 horses 1 cow 2 cows and calves 8 sheep 1 sow and 7 shoats (SxTA-1807)

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Sophia Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 130a of land 1 horse 4 cows and calves 1 sows and pigs 14 shoats (SxTA-1809)

She is not found in Sussex County tax records after 1809. In the Sussex County Guardian Accounts, Sophia Hitch is listed several times relative to minor's accounts, children of Spencer Hitch, deceased: for Elgate Hitch (no date given), for Clement Hitch (Jan 2 1798), for Polly Hitch (Dec 29 1813), for Spencer Hitch (Jan 2 to Dec 28 1814).


Known children from this marriage were:

   159 F    i. Lilly Hitch .

   160 F    ii. Anna Hitch .

   161 F    iii. Nelly Hitch .

   162 F    iv. Polly Hitch .

   163 F    v. Sarah Hitch .

General Notes: In the 1801 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Salley Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 1 negro man, age 26 years 1 horse

Sarah married (?) Snellen.

   164 M    vi. Elgate Hitch was born about 1777 in Sussex Co., DE and died in Sep 1813 in Sussex Co., DE.62

General Notes: In 1793, Elgate Hitch received a Warrant for 200 acres in Sussex County, Delaware. (Sussex Co. Land Records Index, Liber R-17, Folio 11)

Elgate married Nancy (?). Nancy was born between 1755 and 1774.63

+ 165 M    vii. Sovereign Hitch was born in 1783-1786 in Bridgeville, Sussex Co., DE64 65 66 and died after 1840 in Gibson Co., IN.

+ 166 M    viii. Garey* Hitch was born in Nov 1785 in Williston, Caroline Co., MD67 68 and died between 3 Jan 1855 and 23 Jan 1855 in Caroline Co., MD.69

+ 167 M    ix. William Hitch 70 was born on 31 Mar 1788 in Sussex Co., DE,71 72 73 74 75 died on 8 Jun 1871 in Ross Co., OH,70 76 and was buried about 11 Jun 1871 in Browns Chapel Cemetery, Ross Co., OH.77

+ 168 M    x. Clement Hitch was born in 1789-1790 in MD78 79 80 and died before 12 Jan 1857 in Kent Co., DE.81

+ 169 M    xi. Dr. Spencer Hitch was born on 24 Feb 1796 in MD,82 83 died on 14 Jul 1873 in Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD,70 84 and was buried about 17 Jul 1873 in Old Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD.

65. Gillis Hitch was born in 1757-1758 in Bridge Branch (Bridgeville), Sussex Co., DE, died on 7 Nov 1847 in Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN, and was buried about 10 Nov 1847 in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN.

Birth Notes: File Number R5049 of the National Archives, Revolutionary War Pension records includes a deposition dated Feb 19 1847 stating Gillis Hitch is age 89. Another deposition, this by his son on Oct 3 1851 states Gillis died on Nov 7 1847.

Death Notes: File Number R5049 of the National Archives, Revolutionary War Pension records includes a deposition dated Feb 19 1847 stating Gillis Hitch is age 89. Another deposition, this by his son on Oct 3 1851 states Gillis died on Nov 7 1847.

General Notes: On July 15 1803, Gillis Hitch and his wife Elisha conveyed land to Levin Records. For $200, they sold land in Bridge Branch (modern-day Bridgeville, DE), about one mile below the bridge, 5 3/4a of land at the west of an old mill dam and 1 1/2a of land at the east end of said dam and stream and was left to said Hitch by will of his father William Hitch. (SxLR: Y:431) In another transaction that day, Gillis and Lisha HItch, by heirship of his father William Hitch and mother Mary Hitch, and William Hitch deceased, his brother, by virtue of a deed of sale from Spencer Hitch and Sophia his wife, Unice Jessop, widow of John Jessop, Whittington Hitch and Delia his wife, and Sally Hitch, heirs of William/Mary Hitch and William Hitch, deceased. The deed dated Nov 29 1796, Gillis became seized of 19a of land,part of "Hailes Chance" or "Hailes Choice" lying at the village of Bridge Branch in Northwest Fork Hundred including certain houses and improvements where James Ralston and John Wilson now live and part of tract and branch called "Hitches Lott" as was surveyed by warrant granted to Mary Hitch, deceased, in the year 1796. Gillis and Lisha Hitch sold to Thomas Sorden for 250 pounds. (SxLR: Y:302)

From A Hitch Orchard by Daisy Hitch Davies we glean the following information: "Excerpts of letters from Mrs. Mary F. Hymer to Mrs. Davies in 1968:

May 6 1968: Just thought that you might like to know what Ralph and I uncovered about Gillis Hitch. We invested in a genealogist in Kentucky to find him. She stumbled on to the fact that he was in the Revolutionary War, sent for his papers and sent us what she found out! What she came up with was papers where William Henry, (my grandfather) applied for a pension for Gillis.

He was born about 1758 in Bridge Branch (Bridgeville) Sussex County, Delaware. His father died when he was young and he was raised by his mother, who kept a public place, and an older brother. He lived in Bridgeville all his life except from 1840 to 1847, when he came to Crawfordsville, Indiana to live with William Henry. He could not remember how long he served in the Revolution at the time of his application but said that he was stationed near Bridge Branch to watch for Tories. His wife was dead but was survived by three living sons, William Henry, John and Gillis. He died in Crawfordsville Nov 7 1847 and was 89 years old.

Jun 3 1968: We just came home from looking for Gillis!!! (at Crawfordsville). Guess what??? We feel sure we found him but no proof. In the old I.O.O.F Cemetery (Locust Hill Cemetery) the D.A.R. has recorded all names buried therein - - William Henry and Ellender Isles Hitch and their son Uncle Tommy who died during the Civil War are buried there. On a tombstone "7GH" between Hitch and Hunter markers. We took the information to one of the researchers for Crawfordsville who is a relative on another line who showed us a book that stated, Gillis Hitch was a soldier buried in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana.

This information correlates with this compiler's findings where, in the Pension Application files at the National Archives, Washington, DC, Gillis Hitch was a Revolutionary War veteran who applied for pension in 1847. He made a deposition that year as "age 89" (born 1757-1758) stating his father died shortly after he was born. He enlisted at "Bridge Branch" in Sussex County, Delaware, marched to Dover, then Wilmington then on to Philadelphia. He then went back to Bridge Branch where he was stationed as a Minute Man to guard against Tories. He never faced battle. He states that "Bridge Branch" is now called "Bridgeville" DE where he lived until "5 or 6 years" prior to the deposition. He was in KY in Sep 1837, but resided in Crawfordsville, IN at time of deposition. (Pension Application File R5049, National Archives). Gillis Hitch was also mentioned in William Hitch's will made in 1795 and probated on Feb 26 1796. Heirs listed are William's brother Gillis Hitch, Sarah Hitch & Unicy Joseph. The Executor was "brother" Gillis Hitch and witnesses included John Polk, Bessie Snow, and Nutter Cannon. (DeW-E:73) Gillis Hitch was then a witness for Spencer Hitch's will made Feb 5 1796 and probated Jan 21 1797. (DeW-E:119)

The following is an article I wrote about Gillis Hitch in the Hitch Family Newsletter:

Gillis Hitch in the American Revolution

Gillis Hitch served in the American Revolution. Based on that service, Gillis corresponded with the U.S. government later in life to try to collect his pension due to him.

The documents are part of File Number R5049 of the National Archives, Revolutionary War records. That file includes an early letter from "Old Sholder" Gillis Hitch to Washington attempting to find out the status of his pension application. The letter, dated Jul 10 1839, was written when Gillis was already an old man of about 81 years, having been born in 1757/58. He wrote the letter from Pentleton (sic) County, Kentucky, or "Carntucky" as indicated about halfway down his letter. Also, by reading the complete letter, one can see that even in old Gillis' day, it was tough working through the Washington bureaucracy to get anything accomplished!!

Note also that he states that he "neve Recevd one Dollar but the Eight that I tuck of the Drum Hed." In the Revolution, it was common to take all the booty from a battle, raid or other campaign and place it on the head of a drum for division among the soldiers that were involved. The booty may have consisted of anything from personal effects, watches, jewelry to actual cash or gold. In this case, it appears that Gillis seized the opportunity to enrichen himself by "Eight Dollars" off the drum head.

In File R5049, there are other documents and correspondence that give many clues to Gillis Hitch's age, family and service records during the Revolution. For instance, there is a deposition in the file dated Feb 19 1847 where Gillis Hitch appeared before Robert Taylor, the Probate Court Judge for Montgomery County, Indiana, in another, more official attempt to secure his pension money. By this time, the document states, Gillis Hitch was 89 years old and living in the aforesaid county, and still attempting "to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed Jun 7th 1832 (i.e., the pension act)." The front page from the file is shown in Figure 24.

The document goes on to give some good details of his service in the Revolution. It states that he served under Captain Vaughn "who was afterwards promoted to the rank of Col., Charles Kid first lieutenant, and Mitchell Renshaw second lieutenant. He had "inlisted in Aug, two years after the commencement of the war," but cannot swear to the length of his service for "reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory." He thought, however, that his service covered about four years and six months.

In the deposition, it states that Gillis Hitch had enlisted at "Bridge Branch, Sussex County, Delaware and marched to Dover, then to Wilmington, then Philadelphia and then back to Bridge Branch and was stationed there as a minute man to guard against Tories." His mother and elder brother kept a "public house at Bridge Branch" and he was allowed to remain there until the close of the war in company with fellow soldiers Joshua Cliffen, Bartholomew Adams, Richard Starrs and Thomas Matney. He could not remember whether he was in the "Continental or State Troops of Delaware but think in Continental."

Questions were then set forth as part of the deposition. They are transcribed exactly as follows:

Question 1st: Where and what year was born. Answer: At Bridge Branch now called Bridgeville, Sussex County, Delaware. Don't recollect the year.

Question 2nd: Have you any record of your age and if so where is it? Answer: There never was any record made of my age. My father died shortly after my birth and all I know was from the age of my older brothers.

Question 3: Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived sinse the Revolution war; and where do you live now? Answer: At Bridge Branch now called Bridgeville Branch and lived there sinse the revolutionary war untill within five or six years. Sinse that time I have lived here in Crawfordsville.

Question 4th: How were you called into service: were you were draughted, did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute for whom? Answer: I volunteered of my own accord. I took the bounty off the drum head and never received anything else but a cocked hat.

Question 5th: State the name of some regular officers who were with the Troops. Where you served: Such Continental and Militia regiments as you can recollect; And the general circumstances of your service. Answer: I cannot recollect any other officers than those mentioned in my declaration. And the circumstances of my services are also stated in my declaration correctly as I believe.

Question 6: Did you ever receive a discharge from the Service and if so by whom was it signed; and what has become of it? Answer: I received a discharge by the hands of Col Joseph ______ Vaughn. He brought it to me when he returned from receiving? His pay. I have sense lost it. I believe it was thrown overboard in the Chesapeak bay with other papers which I considered of no value at the time.

Question 7th: State the names of persons in your neighborhood at present who can testify to your character for vericity and their belief of your services as a revolutionary soldier. Answer: I have no general acquaintance except as persons come to the house of my sons where I now live. I have but little recollection of their names. I don't go out any. I will name Samuel C. Wilson and Thomas Campbell, Ryland T. Brown and John N. Rush.

In a later deposition by William Hitch (Gillis Hitch's son) in Montgomery County, IN, dated Oct 3 1851, it was indicated that Gillis died on Nov 7 1847. He left no widow but he was survived by only known living children William, Gillis and John Hitch.

Finally, William Hitch initiated a Power of Attorney on Aug 16 1854 to "Charles C. Tucker of Washington City District of Columbia" to prosecute the claim of Gillis Hitch for Revolutionary War pension. There are no further records in the file whether the family ever received the pension that was entitled to them.

In other records, Gillis Hitch was listed as an heir in his father's will written on Nov 17 1771 and probated on Dec 27 1771 as follows:

Paraphrase of Will of William Hitch being "sick of body" ·To son Spencer Hitch, land "Nutter's Addition" and 1 shilling ·To loving wife Mary Hitch and my daughters all my houses at Bridge Branch with 20 acres of land to wife for widowhood and daughters Eunice, Betty, Sarah and Sally while they remain single ·To son William Hitch, land "Hale's Choice" after wife marries or at her decease and 1 shilling ·To son Whittington Hitch, 1 shilling ·To son Gillis Hitch, grist mill and 5 acres of adjacent land and 1½ acres other land (MdPrW-38:558).

Gillis Hitch is listed as one of the nine Hitch households in Sussex County, Delaware in the Federal Census of 1790. In his brother William Hitch's will written in 1795 and probated Feb 26 1796, Gillis is indicated as a brother. Sarah Hitch and Unicy Joseph. Gillis HITCH was also executor with witnesses John Polk, Bessie Snow and Nutter Cannon. (SxW-E:73). Gillis Hitch was a witness for Spencer Hitch's will written Feb 5 1796 and probated Jan 21 1797. (SxW-E:119).

On Apr 28 1796, Gillis Hitch petitioned the Sussex County Orphans Court as executor of William Hitch to sell William's lot of ground in Bridge Branch known as the "Hitch Lot" that "being the whole of the said deceased real estate." (SxOC-F:164)

On Jul 15 1803, Thomas Sorden received a deed from Gillis Hitch and Lisha his wife for 19 acres of land in Northwest Fork Hundred. The record states that Gillis got "Heirship" from his father William, his mother Mary and his brother William, all deceased, by virtue of a Deed of Bargain from Spencer Hitch and wife Sophia, Unice Jessop widow of John Jessop, Whittington Hitch and wife Delilah, and Sally Hitch - all heirs as described of the same William, Mary and William Hitch. The land was part of tract "Hale's Choice (or Chance)" situated at the village of Bridge Branch "where Doc James Ralston and John Wilson now live". (SxLR-Y23:302,309)

In the 1803 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gillis Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred for just himself and no other property. (SxTA-1803)

In the 1807 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gillis Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: capitulation 1 sow (SxTA-1807)

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gillis Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred for just himself and no other property. (SxTA-1809)

In the Federal Census of 1810, "Gilly" Hitch is indicated on page 357 in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware in a household including two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male over age 45, two females age 10-16, one female age 16-26 and one female over age 45.

In the 1813 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gillis Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 1 cow and calves (SxTA-1813)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gillis Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred for just himself and no other property. (SxTA-1816). In the 1827 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gillis Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred for just himself and no other property. (SxTA-1827)

In 1835, Gillis Hitch is listed in the Tax Assessment for Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, DE and assessed for "his person," $134.00. It should be noted that the entry was first written as Whittington Hitch and crossed out and replaced with Gillis Hitch. (SxTA-1835)

Gillis married Lisha Hatfield.70 Lisha was born before 1765 and died on 5 Oct 1814 in Bridgeville, Sussex Co., DE.

Marriage Notes: A Hitch Orchard, Volume III, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931

Death Notes: A Hitch Orchard, Volume III, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931


Known children from this marriage were:

   170 F    i. (Daughter) Hitch was born between 1784 and 1794 in Sussex Co., DE.

   171 F    ii. (Daughter) Hitch was born between 1794 and 1800 in Sussex Co., DE.

   172 F    iii. (Daughter) Hitch was born between 1794 and 1800 in Sussex Co., DE.

   173 M    iv. Thomas Gillis** Hitch was born between 1794 and 1800 in Sussex Co., DE, died on 13 Apr 1862 in Montgomery Co., IN, and was buried about 16 Apr 1862 in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN.

Death Notes: Correspondence from William Henry Hitch of Thorntown, Indiana dated Mar 28 1995.

+ 174 M    v. John Hitch was born on 1 Nov 1803 in Sussex Co., DE,85 86 87 88 89 died on 22 Mar 1883 in Clay Co., IL,88 90 and was buried about 25 Mar 1883 in Jenkins Cemetery, Harter Twp., Clay Co., IL.90

+ 175 M    vi. William Henry Hitch Sr. was born on 24 Nov 1809 in Sussex Co., DE,70 91 92 93 94 95 died on 10 Sep 1870 in Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN, and was buried about 13 Sep 1870 in Locust Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN.

+ 176 M    vii. Gillis Hitch was born on 14 Oct 1812 in Sussex Co., DE.96 97 98

68. Louther (Loudy) Hitch was born on 5 Nov 1750 in Somerset Co., MD, died on 19 Aug 1838 in Laurens Co., SC, and was buried about 22 Aug 1838 in Old Union Quaker Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

Birth Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR). These records say Louther Hitch died on Aug 19 1838 at age 87-9-14. This would put his birth at Nov 5 1750; however, the Federal Census of 1830 for Laurens County, SC show his age at 60-70 (born 1760-1770).

Death Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR). These records say Louther Hitch died on Aug 19 1838 at age 87-9-14. This would put his birth at Nov 5 1750; however, the Federal Census of 1830 for Laurens County, SC show his age at 60-70 (born 1760-1770).

General Notes: In the DAR Library in Washington, DC, the following is written of Louther Hitch: "…moved to SC sometime between 1792 and 1800. Born in Somerset County, Maryland 1743, died in Laurens County, SC at 10:00 am Aug 19 1838 (87y, 9m, 14d). He was interred at old Union Quaker Baptist Church in Laurens County Served in Blackwater Regt. of Somerset County and his grave is officially marked as Rev. War veteran. Married 1st wife, Mary, on Jun 30 1771. She was born (Nov 2 1750) & died (Nov 28 1789) in Somerset County. Married 2nd wife, Elizabeth (Betsy), on Jan 1 1792. She was born in MD (Apr 24 1769) and died in SC (Aug 10 1837). He settled in the Duncans Creek area of Laurens County. He died of old age at the house of his daughter, Mrs. Pitts in the Rabun Creek area. See also Somerset County, MD listing for him. Daughter Mary (born Oct 10 1794) married Henry Pitts. Daughter Sarah (b. Apr 16 1796) died single."

Between 1775 and 1777, Lowday Hitch had an account in John Nelms' store in Salisbury, Maryland. Records show he brought a balance with interest from Ledger H of £1/8/1. He bought 9 yards of duck and 1 lb. of brimstone for a total of £2/11/7. Elijah Hitch delivered a bushel of peas for credit to his account in 1776. He paid the balance in cash in 1777.

On Nov 6 1779, Louther Hitch received a deed for a tract of land called "Ellis' Addition" from Joseph Ellis, 23¼ acres, for £20. Land on the north side of the head of Wicomico River beginning at the end of the fourth line of the tract thence SW 86 perches, thence NW 34 perches, thence N1E 11 perches, thence NE 95 perches, thence to beginning containing 23¼ acres (SoLR-G:201). In the Maryland Tax Assessment of 1783, Louther Hitch is listed in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County and assessed for land: "Gravelly Hill", 50 acres; "Ellis' Addition", 20½ acres plus two horses and five cattle. Whites in the household included four males and two females at the time. (TA1783). On Apr 22 1784, Ezekiel Hitch sold land 50 acres of land called "Gravelly Hill" to Louther Hitch for £80. Begin at a marked red oak thence NW 80 poles, thence NE 100 poles, thence SE 80 poles, thence right line to beginning containing 50 acres. (SoLR-G:483)

On May 16 1789, Louther Hitch received a deed for land from Stephen Elliss of Sussex County, Delaware for tracts "Elliss Chance" and "Elliss Addition," a total of 56¾ acres, for £52.9.10½ current money of Maryland. The land was described as beginning at a marked white oak, the first bounder of "Elliss Chance," thence N39E 140 poles, N51E 12 poles, NW 40 poles, N54½E 28 poles, S74E 22 poles, S57E 20 poles, N51E 5 poles, S39E 116 poles, thence with a line of marked trees to the beginning laid out for 56¾ acres. (SoLR-H:477).

On Apr 13 1790, Loudy Hitch, along with Joseph Humphris, made surety when Curtis Hitch was appointed guardian to Eli Vincent (of Elijah Vincent) who was over age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:94) In the Nov 1791 court session, there was a case Joseph Scroggin versus Elias Hitch, Loudy Hitch, and Elijah Moor. The Hitch-Moor side confessed judgment to Scroggin for £0.7.6 debt and 3 shillings, 10 pence cost. (SoJ-1791/94:11, MSA C1774-57, MdHR 13,140). In the same court session, the case George Robinson versus Benjamin Disharoon and Elias Hitch produced a confession of judgment in favor of Robinson for £4 debt and 9 pence cost. (Ibid:14)

On Nov 3 1792, Louther Hitch issued a deed for to Stephen Elliss of Sussex County, Delaware for the same land he bought of Elliss on May 16 1789. (SoLR-IPt II:433). On Nov 3 1792, Stephen Elliss of Sussex County, Delaware issued a deed to Louther Hitch for land, part of tracts "Elliss Chance" and "Elliss Addition." This land is described as beginning at a marked white oak, the first bounder of "Elliss Chance," thence N39E 149 poles till it intersects with the 8th line of "Elliss Addition," NE 15½ poles by and with said line to the end thereof, NW 50 poles, N54½E 28 poles, S74E 22 poles, S57E 34 poles, S50½W 51 poles, S39E 7½ poles with the 14th line of "Elliss Addition" till it intersects the 2nd line of "Elliss Chance," N51E 49 poles by and with said line to the end thereof, S39E 121 poles with the 3rd line of "Elliss Chance" till it intersects with a line of marked trees formerly established between Joseph Elliss Sr. and his son Joseph, thence by and with said line to the first beginning laid out for 61¼ acres. (SoLR-IPt II:474).

In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, Lowther Hitch was listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed for 127 acres of land, £90; and other property, £30. Total assessment was £120, £120, £120, £120 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796 respectively.

Elias Hitch's inventory of estate was taken between May 11 and Sep 21 1793 and listed as Administratrix was Esther Hitch. Next-of-kin shown were Loudy (this Louther) and Ezekiel Hitch. Total estate value was tallied at £108.15.9 (SoI-EB19:235/237) On Sep 23 1797, Louther Hitch and wife Betsy gave deed for land called "Gravelly Hill", "Ellis' Chance", and "Ellis' Addition", a total of 58¾ acres, for £56 to Curtis Hitch. (SoLR-L:87).

The next time Louther Hitch was mentioned in Maryland records was in the Federal Assessment of 1798 where Ezekiel Hitch was listed as the occupant of property in Broad Creek Hundred owned by Louther Hitch "situated about 2¼ mi. from Spring Hill Chappel" and consisting of "one old dwelling house, framed, one story, 20'x16' under repair; one cook house of round poles, 14'x12', the roof rotten; one blacksmith shop, 12'x14' of slabs; 73 acres of land. Total was assessed at $25 for the buildings and $80(?) for the land (TA1798). He was also occupant of a house owned by Isaac Handy's heirs in Rewastico Hundred "near Salisbury" in a "very old dwelling house framed 20'x16', cookhouse (of) slabs 12'x14'."

Lowday Hitch is listed in the Somerset County Commissioners of the Tax assessment for the years 1798-1803 in Broad Creek Hundred. He was assessed for 73 acres of land at £55 and other personal property at £30 for a total of £85 for years 1798-1801, respectively. In 1801, the land went to Ezekiel Hitch, reducing Lowday's assessment to £30 for 1802 and 1803 (SoTA-1798/1803).

On Mar 11 1801, Louther Hitch appears for the last time in Maryland records when he deeded land called "Gravelly Hill" and "Ellis' Addition" to Ezekiel Hitch, 83¼ acres, for $275. (SoLR-N:148).

In the Federal Census of 1810, "Lowther" Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (pg 46A) in a household comprised of one male age 10-16, one male age 16-26, one male over age 45, one female age 10-16, one female age 16-26 and one female over age 45.

On Apr 14 1812, Louther Hitch deeded land to William Adair for $150, 50 acres, on Duncans Creek including Browns Mill and Mill Shoals. Witnesses were James Hanna, John Hitch, and J.A. Elmore, JQ. There is dower renunciation of Betty Hitch in the record. (Laurens County, SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Deed Book J-261).

In the Federal Census of 1820, "Luther" Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (pg 22) in a household comprised of one male age 16-26 (with none age 16-18), one male over age 45, one female age 16-26 and female over age 45. In the Federal Census of 1830, Louther Hitch is indicated in Laurens Township, Laurens County, SC (pg 254) in a household comprised of one male age 60-70, one female age 30-40, one female age 50-60 and one female age 60-70.

In 1835, Louther and Elizabeth Hitch gave a 129 acre deed of gift to Sally Hitch (Laurens County, SC Deed Books Index, Book N-110).

From the John Hitch Bible owned (in 1971) by Mrs. Cannie Thackston Woodside of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, we find the statement; "Louther Hitch died on Aug 19 1838, aged 87 years, 9 months, 14 days." (Miscellaneous Bible Records, Greenville, SC 1917, DAR)

Louther married Mary Nicholson on 30 Jun 1771 in Somerset Co., MD. Mary was born on 2 Nov 1750 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 28 Nov 1789 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR).

Birth Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR).

Death Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR).


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 177 M    i. John Hitch 99 was born on 4 Feb 1773 in Somerset Co., MD,99 died on 29 Jun 1849 in Laurens Co., SC,76 100 101 102 and was buried about 2 Jul 1849 in Old Hitch Burying Grounds, Laurens Co., SC.100

   178 M    ii. Joshua Hitch 103 was born on 1 Jun 1779 in Somerset Co., MD8 104 and died on 5 Feb 1808 in Laurens Co., SC.103 105

General Notes: On August 8, 1801, Joshua Hitch was a witness to a deed from Samuel Franks to Thomas Lowers in Laurens County, SC. (Laurens Co., SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Deed Book G, Folio 268).

On September 26, 1802, John and Joshua Hitch were witnesses to a deed from John Hanna Jr. to Joseph Hanna for land on a branch of the Enoree River, part of a 592-acre 1791 grant to John Hanna. (Laurens Co., SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Deed Book G, Folio 477)

On May 7, 1804, John and Joshua Hitch were witnesses to a deed from Thomas Murphy to William Murphy for land on Duncans Creek. (Laurens Co., SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Deed Book H, Folio 33)

On May 25, 1804, Benjamin Byrd gave deed to John Hitch for $45 for 36½ acres on Duncans Creek. Witnesses were William Byrd, Joshua Hitch, Robert Hutchinson JP. (Laurens Co., SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Deed Book H, Folio 37)

From Marriages and Death Notices from the (SC) City-Gazett and Daily Advertiser for April 1807: "Married on the 19th ult. (April 19, 1807) in Laurens District by Robert Hutchinson, Esq., Mr. Joshua Hitch, to the amiable and accomplished Miss Elizabeth Compton, both of that District." (South Carolina History and Genealogy Magazine, Volume XXX, page 253)

On November 5, 1807, Joshua Hitch was a witness to a deed from Robert Ward, Sheriff, to Archie Mayson for land on Walnut Creek. (Laurens Co., SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Deed Book H, Folio 255)

From the John Hitch Bible owned (in 1971) by Mrs. Cannie Thackston Woodside of Fountain Inn, SC we find, "Joshua Hitch, son of Louther and Mary Hitch died on February 5, 1808."

From the "Charleston (SC) Time" edition of March 7, 1808, we find the following obituary, "Departed this life on Friday evening, the 5th of February last, Mr. Joshua Hitch, aged about 28 years, a native of Maryland, but a resident of South Carolina for about seven years...left wife and four brothers."

On March 7, 1808, we see that Joshua Hitch's letter of administration was granted to John Hitch. (Laurens Co., SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Will Book C-1, Folio 298)

On April 13, 1808, Joshua Hitch, deceased's, inventory of estate and sale bill was offered by Benjamin Byrd, Henery Langston, John Hutchinson. Administrator was John Hitch. (Laurens Co., SC Deeds and Wills (DAR), Will Book C-1, Folio 324)

Joshua married Elizabeth Compton 103 on 19 Apr 1807 in Laurens Co., SC.106 107

Louther next married Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Douglas 103 on 2 Jan 1792 in Somerset Co., MD. Mary was born on 27 Apr 1769 in Somerset Co., MD, died on 10 Oct 1840 in Laurens Co., SC, and was buried about 13 Oct 1840 in Old Union Quaker Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

Marriage Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR).

Birth Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR).

Death Notes: Bible Records of John Hitch of South Carolina (DAR) states "Elizabeth Hitch, consort of Louther Hitch, died on Oct 20, 1840."


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 179 F    i. Letitia* Hitch was born in 1793-1798 in SC108 and died in Nov 1859 in Laurens Co., SC.

+ 180 M    ii. Joseph N. Hitch was born on 10 Oct 1794 in Laurens Co., SC109 110 111 and died on 20 Oct 1827 in Laurens Co., SC.111

+ 181 F    iii. Mary Hitch was born on 10 Oct 1794 in Somerset Co., MD,112 113 died on 31 Oct 1863 in Laurens Co., SC, and was buried about 3 Nov 1863 in Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

   182 F    iv. Sarah Hitch was born on 16 Apr 1796 in Somerset Co., MD, died on 3 Sep 1871 in Brewerton, SC, and was buried about 6 Sep 1871 in Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

Death Notes: Died single according to SC DAR Bible Records.

General Notes: There are letters for "Aunt Sarah" that were rescued by Elinor Mowbray of Fountain Inn, SC. She transcribed them as follows (italicized text added by this compiler):
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April the 25 1856

Dear nephew and niece
Its with pleasure that I take my pen to send you a few lines to let you know I am in moderate health at present. Hoping that these lines will find you and all yours in good health. I am often a thinking about you all and the pleasure I enjoyed amongst you when I was with you. I should be happy to see you all again. But as I know not whether I ever shall see any of you in this world again or not, I take the opportunity of sending you a few lines to tell you a little about how the times has been amongst us since I saw you.
Your Uncle Pitts family has been greatly afflicted since I came home. His son John first took down and had a severe attack of the winter disease that's so prevalent in the country. And before he was able to see to the business out, the negroes all took down. That is the men, four of them. Pretty much the same disease. His old negro Jo had a spell before Christmas sometime. He has never got so he can labour yet and his oldest boy he raised, Jack died of a lingering disease, something like a consumption. There has been a sight of affliction in our neighborhood.
Sarah Ann Milam has had a very severe spell and three of her children but all better at present. Isaac Boyd and some of his family has been sick. John Coopers family. Leroy Pitts family has all shared more or less the afflictions of providence. Eunice Duvall and family. Young Pitts and family is I believe in moderate health at present as far as I know. There has been several deaths close in the neighborhood and the sickness is still a going on. Almost every day I can hear of one and another taken down. Your uncle Louthers family is last account just in tolerable health.
we are told in Holy writ that when the Judgments of the Lord are in the world, the inhabitants of world will learn righteousness. There surely is a loud call at this time to us all. Saying aloud watch. and be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. O my beloved niece and nephew I want if I never should see you any more this side of an awfull Eternity to meet you at the right hand of God on high. I feel like trying by the Grace and help of God to get to that happy place where parting will be no more.
O my beloved nephew, I want you if you never have come out on the Lords side, if you have a small hope that God for Christs sake has pardoned your sins. You know not how long you have got to live. Come out from amongst the world and join in with the people of God and say by your actions to the people of God as one of old, thy people shall be my people and thy God my God. If you have got the Religion of Jesus you never will enjoy it as you would do in making an open profession of his name. our blessed Lord was never promised to bless the disobedient while living in it. While all the promises and blessings are promised to the faithful and obedient. Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids till you discharge your duty to God in what he requires at your hand. If you are one of his redeemed ones, may the Lord enable you to do your while duty is the humble prayer of your very unworthy but affectionate aunt.
I long to hear from you all very much. I want you to write to me as soon as you can and tell me all about your situation, both spiritual and temporal as nigh as you can. It is with much difficulty I have made these few scrawls with a trembling hand and weakness of body and mind. I shall begin to come to a close as I know not whither you can read what I have already scribbled.
Your aunt Mary says she would be very glad to see you and would be glad to come to see you if she was able and had the opportunity. As your father and her were it seems nearer to each other or felt as being twins than the rest of us, you therefore feel particular near to her.
Your most sincere and affectionate aunt and well wisher.
Farewell.
Sarah Hitch

Envelope addressed to Y.H.E. Hitch
Beneath that in a different handwriting: A letter from Aunt Sally
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(NOTE: this is to Young and Mary Hitch)
So. Ca. L. District
Sep 26th 1856

Dear and much esteemed nephew and niece

Its with pleasure tho in weakness I sit down to write a few lines. I am in a puny state of health at present. But o what reasons for thankfulness thats as well with me as it is. Through the mercy and goodness of an allwise Creator I have had as good health the past summer as I've had for several years past. I hope when these lines reach you, they will find you and your little family enjoying good health.

Your uncle Henrys family at this time is tolerable well except himself. He is at this time while I am writing lying a resting after throwing up. The rest of the relatives I believe as far as I know are all able to be up. I often think about you all and think again how glad I should be to see you although if I could believe that you did esteem and love me as I how I do you, we surely could get to see each other oftener. You surely could throw down your work a day or too and come and see us old people one time before we die. My will is good to come and see you if my opportunity was. You may say your opportunitys are not good neither. But I mean in the way of conveyance as for my work or any thing of that kind is no bar in my way tho I think I love to labor when able as well as any one believing it my duty.

O my beloved nephew I still want to be a knowing about your spiritual welfare. I love your soul and desire its welfare above every thing else for the word of eternal truth tells us if we should gain the whole world and lose our own souls what would it profit us. It is said again set your affections on things above not on things on the earth. O my beloved nepew an niece try to love the Lord and serve him with your whole heart, soul mind and strength. O that your unworthy aunt could do the same. I do think if my own heart deceives me not I do desire to love him and serve him. May the Lord enable us all to love and serve him is the prayer of your unworthy aunt.

I want you to write as soon as you can. I love to hear from you often if I could. O if you knew what pleasure it gives me to get a letter from you, you surely would grant me that favor as often as possible. I want you when you write to let me know how James Templetons family is. Tell Katharine Stewart to tell Ann Templeton. I want her to write to me and let me know how they are all a getting along.

I shall have to a close as I feel very weak and feeble at this time and I've already scribbled as much as perhaps you will like to take time to read unless it was move interesting. May the God of peace dwell richly in you both is the prayer of your unworthy aunt. So fare you well.

Your afectinate aunt until death.

Sarah Hitch
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South Carolina
Laurens District
March 20th 1857

Dear nephew. I once more take the opportunity of writing you a few lines to inform you that at the present I am enjoying as good health as I ever expect to. through the mercy and goodness of my kind Creator I have had as good health the past winter as I have had in several winters past. Your Uncle Henry Pitts family is tolerable well at present. Your Uncle Louthers family was well last account a day or two a go.
I suppose you have heard of his heavy affliction in the death of Pinkney. He was sick a very short time. He was a complaining on the Sunday previous to his death of a small pimple on the side of his face but himself nor none of the family thought it any thing serious. On Monday it grew worse and still worse and at lenth it became very painful and his face on one side became so swelled that he scarcely looked like himself. On Tuesday evening he took a long severe chill and suffered on severely till Friday afternoon when he ceased to breathe. I feel to hope that hes gone to a better world than this.
You said in your last letter that some of your family had been sick but at the time you wrote they were all better. I hope when this reaches you it will find you all in good health. You say times is hard. You say you have reapt a sorry crop last year. and now my dear nephew we must learn to be cheerful in adversity as well as prosperity. It appears from your letter your in very low spirits conserning your worldly prospects.
and now pray tell me how and what your prospects are for a better and heavenly country. My beloved nepew I long to hear of you a coming out on the Lords side. If it is your duty marvel not if you meet with chastisements by your disobedience. I don't want you to think hard of me for speaking so to you on the subject of religion. I do it because I love you and wish you well. You said you did not want to hurt my feelings in telling me that it would not suit me to spend the winter with you for the several reasons which you have given. I reckon it was all right. I have spent the winter or the most of it with Pinkneys widow and two little children whose names are William Leander and Luther David, two lovely promising little boys. Your uncle Henry and aunt Mary desires very much that you should visit them with all your little family one time at least. It might be possible you might not lose any thing by it. The old people and myself cannot be here many more days according to the course of nature. Its an old saying. The young may die but the old must die. Your uncle and aunt pitts wishes to see Mary-ann and the children one time as neither of them has ever seen them and in all brobability if you do not visit them soon they never will see them. I myself would be so glad to see you all one time here on Reedy River.
I want to hear from James Templeton and and family. I think I wrote to you one time before to tell Catharine Stewart to tell Ann Templeton I want her to write if she can to me. I have heard of Templetons distresst situation and feel to sympathise with the family and himself knowing the fewest number is ever cured of that disease. I shall begin shortly to draw to a close lest I should weary you with my disinteresting letter. I want you to write to me often as you can. I am always glad to see a letter come from you if it was as often as once every month. I want you next time you write send the name of your post office. I may at some time send by mail. So I remain your loving and affectionate aunt untill death. Farewell.

S. Hitch to Y.H.E. Hitch.
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(NOTE: to Young and Mary Hitch)
South Ca. La. Dis.
July 25th 1860

Dear nephew and niece. I have seated my self this evening tho weak and feeble to try to write a few lines to you to tell you I am tolerable well only at present. I have not enjoyed but very little good health since I saw you last. A part of the time I have been confined to my bed. This morning I had a disagreeable head ache it went of and left a weakness which I still feel at this time I am a trying to write. I hope if these few lines should reach you that they will find you and your little family all well. Uncle Henrys family is well at present uncle Louthers is well as far as I know. There is not very much sickness at this time in the neighborhood. Tho there has been some very sudden deaths around us.

The crops about in this section looks solem. To look at corn fields it looks awfully discouraging. Uncle Hs corn in the spring looked beautiful but in consequence of the draught it has dried up and withered so that it looks cribs will almost remain empty. Not only his but I hear it from different parts and places. But now let us pause and think from whence comes all the blessings that we do or ever have enjoyed it looks like a scourge sent on us as a nation and for what. Not for our righteousness. But for our sins.

And now my beloved nepew I want to hear from you very much if you have never yet taken up the Cross and come out on the Lords side. I wanted to have a conversation with you on that subject while I was at you house but I put it of till Sunday when going to church. I thought I would have an opportunity of talking it all over. True it is a cold and lifeless time of religion amongst Christians at this time. but my beloved nephew if God for Christ's sake hath pardoned your sins its your duty to confess him before men. For he hath said in his holy and blessed word. He that is ashamed to confess me before men him will I be ashamed to confess before my Father and his holy Angels. O Young you don't know how it would rejoice my heart to hear that you had found Him of whom moses in the law and the prophets did write Jesus of Nazareth. And had come out from the world and joined Gods Holy army to help to fight against the enemy of Gods people. For he is said in scripture to be going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

I received a letter a few days since from Katharine Stewart. She said in her letter that your old father in law had become convinced and believed it to be his duty to follow his Savior into the watry grave. O Young when I heard of it I though surely surely if Young had religion that such a sight as that would stir him up to a true sence of his duty. And now my beloved nephew can you say with a clear conscience before your God that you never have at no time felt it your duty to join the Church and be baptized. If you have now I beseech you in the name of my Master to put it not of by saying I am too mean and I am not fit you may say too. I see so many of the professed followers of Christ that act do and say things that I dare not. But my beloved nephew does that make it any less your duty to do what your Savior has commanded you to do. I think not. I have tried in my weak way to pray to my Heavenly Father for you, that he would direct and show you your duty if he never has and grant you grace and strength to perform the same.

I want you to remember that the time is short when we shall all have to bid this world adieu prepared or not. So my dear nephew if you think you are not a fit subject for baptism, I pray you be up and a doing. Give not sleep to your eyes nor slumber to your eyelids till you have found Christ presious to your soul. the chiefest amongst ten thousand and altogether lovely.

I fear that I will make my letter too long so that you will become tired of reading it. If you can read it atall. But I can not leave of until I talk a little to Mary Ann.
My dear niece I doubt not but you pray to God dayly in behalf of your beloved companion. Pray on sister and continue to pray. It may be God will hear and answer your prayers in his own good way and time. I must now begin to draw to a close. I want you to be sertain to write when you receive this and I don't want it to be long for I feel that my sojourn here cant be long and O if I could feel a full assurance that I should be received at God's right hand. I care not how soon for there is no real pleasure in this poor world.
Young I do want you and Mary Ann come and see us old people one time. I say one time. I want you to write to me Mary and tell about your fathers affliction experience and baptism.
So Fare you well at present

Sarah Hitch
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So.C. L. Dist.
Jan 31st 1864

Dear Nephew, I received your kind unexpected letter on the 30th inst. It found me enjoying as good health as I ever expect to have. Through a kind and merciful God I have been enjoying as good health for a year or two except a spell I had last summer as I have for a number of years.

I feel sorry truly sorry to hear of your afflicted situation but the good word says all things shall work together for good to them that love God. I hope and trust that God will spare your life to return to your beloved family again and that you may have the opportunity of offering yourself to the Church and be baptized and go on your way rejoicing.

O my beloved nephew you don't know how glad I was to hear from you and to hear that you had a hope that when you was done with this troublesome world you would have a resting place in heaven. O glorious thought that there is a resting place for the weary traveler where there will be no more parting with friends and relatives. You said you asked me to remember you in my prayers. O my dear nephew I don't think I shall forget you.

I thought for a long time you had entirely forgotten me. The last letter I wrote to you you gave me no answer. I waited and looked for a long time for one but it never came. I wrote to Ann Templeton to know of her if she knew what was the matter that you did not write to me. She said Adellar saw Mary Ann at meeting at Clear spring Meeting House and she said she said she could give no reason but through neglect. I then gave up on a writing to you any more till you wrote to me. I have wrote to them that is Katharene Stewart and An Te when they heard from you when I would write to them. I had just lately heard you was in the Camps.

It is a hard task for me to write. It takes me so long to write a letter. I will begin now and tell you a little of my troubles since I saw you last for it would take me a long time to tell you all.

Your Uncle Henry (NOTE: this is Henry Pitts [1792-1861]) you know is no more. And John W. Pitts (NOTE: John Wesley Pitts [1831-186x]) also is no more. And worst of all your Aunt Mary (NOTE: Sarah Hitch's sister, Maty [HItch] Pitts [1794-1863]) is no more. She died the last day of Oct last. And o the trouble I have seen and felt in consequence of the conduct of that spoiled child emeline (NOTE: Lucinda Emeline Pitts [1836-??]). She got so after the death of her father that she wanted to make me leave there. And would abuse me in the shamefulest manner you ever heard and would threaten to hit me if I did not keep out of her way. She would urge her mother to make me leave. I saw no satisfaction when I was there. I staid at Eunice Duvalls (see below for NOTE) the most of my time but when I would go back there again I would have to bear the same abuse again or worse. It would trouble her mother very much. She would tell her frequently to hush and then she would abuse her mother.

Her mother said to me one day maybe you had better go to uncle Louthers or somewhere awhile and stay a while and so I did. I went down to Duncans Creek to Susan Duvalls last Jan. and staid six months and came back and it was no better but still worse and worse. She wanted no one to stay with her mother but herself so she could have the whole rule and control of every thing in and out. Her brother John had to leave his mothers and go to eunices and die on the account of the abuse that she gave him while at his mothers. Em was always a teasing of her mother to make a will and will all or the most of her property to her but she never could get her to do it till within a few days of her death and there is but few that believes it to be her mothers will but her own making. The rest of the children except Isaac Boyd is a trying to break it and the reason he is not is because em has promised to give something to him.

O my beloved nephew this is a world of trouble and distress. I am at this time at eunices but rather expect I shall live at D.M. Milams (NOTE: David M. Milam [1820-1895]) the man that married Sarah Ann Pitts (NOTE: 1817-1896]). Em is a living at the same old place where her father and mother died a keeping house her and the negroes such a keeping of house as it is. She has but little company only of men and negroes. Leroy P (NOTE: Edwin Leroy Pitts 1818-1882] who m. Catherine Harris Boyd [1824-1909]) and family and John Cooper (NOTE: John Cooper [1824-1900 m. Louisa Jane Pitts [1827-1913]) and family, Eunice D. (NOTE: Eunice Elizabeth Pitts [b.1821] m. William L. Duvall [1821-1856]) and family and uncle Louther (NOTE: Louther Douglas Hitch [1798-1886]) and family are all well at present as far as I know. Marian Duvall (NOTE: Francis Marion Duvall [1836-1864] m. Susan T.E. Hitch [1841-1912]) went to Virginia and staid I think something over a year and became diseased and came home and died some few weeks ago of the brain fever.

And now my dear nephew I do hope that God permits you to return home again. You will not fail to do your duty lest a worse thing come upon you. You say you have suffered affliction. It may be because you did not your duty that God had required at your hand before you left home and he has followed you as he did Jonah of old and has been a chastising you with his rod of affliction. I hardly know how to leave of but I must come to a close by saying to you I want you to writ as often as you can. Now I heard from you I shall want to hear from you worse than ever. If you get home be sure to write. So no more at present but remain your loving aunt till death.

So fare you well to Y.H.E. Hitch.

Sarah Hitch
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S.C.L. Dist
May 9th 1864

Dear nephew

I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines to let you know how I am and where I am. Through a kind providence I am tolerable well again at present. I have moved to E.L. Pitts and I expect perhaps to live with him the rest of my days.

I hope when this comes to hand it will find you well. I received your kind and welcome letter on the 8th of this inst and was glad to hear from you one more and to know that you was still in the land of the living and on pleading ground with your God. Every letter I get from you I fear it may be the last I shall ever hear from you. You say you are having a good time there amongst you in religious meetings. You say they are a joining the Church out here and now my beloved nepew try to do your duty as others are a doing. You said in your first letter you sent me you was not satisfied in not offering yourself to the Church while at home and now you have the same priviledge as others have to join the Church and I would advise you as a friend you would embrace the opportunity. you don't know that you will ever have a better opportunity and then get a letter and send it home to the Church where your companion is.

No doubt it would rejoice her heart to have your name enrolled on the Church book with her own although it would be more desirable for to be present with you when you joined. But you should not neglect doing your duty on that account. If you are a Christian and I hope you are you will enjoy your self in the comforts of religion amongst your Christian brethren a great deal more than you do out of the Church. You can make free in talking of the subject of religion what you can out of the Church amongst your friends.

You said you had two of J. Cooks boys to see you. I would like to hear from them all and to know where they all are and how they are a doing. I want you to tell them if you should see them again to tell them to write to me and tell them where to direct their letters to direct them where you do yours.

James Duvall, Eunices son has been in the armmy a considerable time. He has been in three or four battles and got wounded at chattanooga if I recolect right and came home and has never got so he could walk without his crutches for he was wounded in the ancle or in the leg near the ancle. He has been at home seven months.

Young Pitts, Leroys brother is somewhere in the armmy. the last account he was in the illenois in the hands of the yankeys. Leroys oldest son is in the armmy also Joseph A. Hitches oldest son is in the armmy. Joseph A.H. has been in it himself but is now at home sick. He got sick at the camp and I fear he never will get well any more.

I received a letter from Ann E. Templeton the 1th of March. They had all been sick but was then better. Her two little boys is agoing to school and she says a learning very fast. They both wrote to me when there mother wrote. I have been a wanting to write to Mary Ann but did not know for certain where to direct my letters whether at the same post office or not where I used to direct them at Centerville.

I reckon you have perhaps heard of the death of Marian Duvall, Susan Hitches husband. He was in the armmy over twelve months and came home on a furlough and took the brain fever and died in a few days. He was a living at his fathers old place. He had put up a small house up on the road near where the old machine stood and susan is a living there this year but I don't know whether she will continue there any longer than this year or not.

Pinkney Hitches widow is a living over in Abbeville on a little place she has rented and her two little sons with her. J.A.H. lives on his fathers land near him.

I shall begin to draw to a close lest you get tired a reading my blotched writing. I do here enclose a little thread to mend your cloths when you tare them. I sent some thread to Marian Duvall when he was in camp and he was very glad of it and I thought perhaps you might need it.

I want you to write every chance you can get for it does me good to hear often from you. I do hope that this unholy war will shortly come to a close so that all of you will get to come home to your fammilyes one time more.

May God spare your life to return to the embrace of your fammily is the wish of your affectinate aunt: So fare you well at this time.

Sarah Hitch to Young H.E. Hitch
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So. C.L. Dist
Sept. 15th 1864

Dear and much beloved niece

It is with pleasure I seat myself today to drop you a few lines to let you know how I am a getting along. I have had a tolerable bad of something like neuralgia or neumonia. it was three weeks last Sunday since I took sick. I was not confined to my bed all of the time quite. I have never sat up a whole day in the time. My head has been my greatest distress but through a kind merciful Creator I am at present so I can get about again a little. I have been a wanting to write to you before now but was prevented by sickness and other things.

I do hope when these few lines come to hand, they will find you and your little sons all well and a doing well. you said you wanted me to write as often as I could for I was all that you had to write to now. O my dear niece I think I can cympathise for you in your loneliness and would be glad I could hear from you every week for it seems like the oftener I hear from you the nearer you feel to me.

There was years passed by when we neither saw each other nor but seldom heard from each other and I felt sometimes like Young was dead and gone. And after he went to the army and commenced writing to me I felt like I wanted to hear from him every week if I could. His letters was interesting to me and I feel very certain that it wont be long that it will be so that you and me will have the privilege that we now have of a writing to each other and a hearing from each other for I feel certain that I shall soon have to go the way of all the earth.

and I want you to write as often as you can, you and that lovely little J.J. Hitch, which you say is so much the favor of his beloved father. And O that he may be like him in principle and live long on the earth and be useful in his day and generation. May he seek and serve his father and his mother's God in his youth. O my beloved little nephew I want you to remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the evil days come when you shall say I have no pleasure in them.

May the Lord have mercy on little Lucian and bless his little soul and teach him as he grows up how to walk the strait and narrow way of holiness. O my beloved niece you don't know how glad I should be to see you and your dear little sons and converse with you and them face to face. But I fear I never shall have that pleasure. I was in hopes when I wrote last perhaps I should have the chance to pay you a visit but I fear new I shall not get the opportunity.

E.L. (Edwin Leroy?) Pitts has gone to the war and its uncertain when he will return whether ever or not. And his people has got so much work to do of one thing and another I fear it will be a bad chance. They have there molasses to make that will take them a considerable time.

But O my dear niece if we never should be so fortunate as to meet here may we be so happy as to be prepared to meet in heaven where sorrow is known no more and where trouble never come. O my dear niece let us try to bear our troubles and our trials here with patience knowing that it is but a ten days tribulation when it will all be done. O my dear it is delightful thought to think when we leave this sinful world of a going to one where sin never enters.

I shall have to come to a close as it is nearly night and I want to send it to the post office tonight and I feel fatigued being weak. I want you to be sure to write when you get this and tell me all about how you are a getting along. J.J. I want you to be certain to write and tell me how you feel about meeting your beloved Father in that happy place where Jesus is. youth is the time to embrace religion.

And I must bid you all farewell at present. May God and his Holy Spirit be with you to guide, direct, and comfort you in all your troubles I hope is the prayer of your affectionate aunt.

I remain your affectionate aunt until death.

Sarah Hitch to Mrs. Mary A. Hitch
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Transcription of an old letter in the possession of Elinor Mowbray describing the circumstance of "Aunt Sally's" death (transcribed in November 2014):

Laurens County S.C.
Sept the 10th 1871

Dear cousin I seat my self this evening in order to let you know how we are all a getting a long we are as well as common at this time. my little babe has been very sick but has got well he is enjoying verry good health at this time and I hope when these few lines come to your hand that they may find you all well and a doing well
grandpa and grandma is not so verry well but they keep up and about.
I will give you a little sketch about Sully Hitch by request of grand pa as he expects that you have not heard it She was struck with the palsy at cousin Leroy Pitts a setting on a chair in the piazza. She fell from the chair and they run and helped her up but she could not talk for a while She was struck in the throat but she could not talk plain when she got so she could speak. she was struck on the last day of August and died on Sunday the 3rd of September. she bid adieu to earth and the earthly things. she told them before she died that she was a going to die and that she wanted to be buried at old poplar Springs Church. her funeral was preached before she was buried. she lost her speech before she died and she made motions to all that was standing around. they went up to the bed and she taken hold of their hands and rub their hands and would look up that is good as to say that she was a going to die and go happy that she was willing and ready.
I must begin to come to a close by saying to you to come down and see us all so that the circumstances that I have just related can be related more perfect and with greater understanding.

So farewell for this time.
W.G Hitch to Mary A Hitch

If you can not come down write as soon as you get this. Direct your letter to Brewerton PO Laurens County SC

Envelope addressed to:
Mary A. Hitch, Huntersvill P.O., Greenville S.C
Handwritten on the side of the envelope:
Brewerton SC
Sep. 14

Envelope has 3 cent green stamp with picture of George Washington

+ 183 M    v. Louther Douglas (Loudy) Hitch was born on 14 Nov 1798 in Laurens Co., SC,8 76 109 114 115 116 117 118 died on 18 Oct 1886 in Laurens Co., SC,76 and was buried about 21 Oct 1886 in Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

70. Curtis Hitch was born before 1769 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Aug 1813 and 12 Mar 1814 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Curtis Hitch's will was written Aug 15 1813 and probated on Mar 12 1814.

General Notes: In 1789, Sussex County, Delaware, Curtis Hitch signed, along with Isaac Hitch, a 1789 petition to move the county seat from Lewes to the center of the county. Curtis Hitch was listed in the 1790 Census for Sussex County, Delaware, one of nine Hitch households. On Apr 13 1790, Curtis Hitch was chosen to be guardian of Eli Vinson (son of Elijah Vinson), who was over age 14. [SoOCP-1777/92:94]. This was confirmed on Jun 14 1791 when, at the same time Elijah Hitch was chosen to be guardian for Elijah Vinson's sister, Esther who was under age 14. (Ibid.:99). Curtis Hitch was administrator for the estate of his mother Isabella Waller on Aug 29 1791. The inventory amount brought forward was £45.18.7 from Jul 31 1790. Payments to John Pope Mitchell, Isaac Holland for coffin, William Handy and John Scroggin appraisers, money due to the orphans of Elijah Vincent for the money made use of by the deceased received by her as their guardian and retained by this accountant. Distributions to her seven children: this accountant Curtis, Louther, Elijah, Annis Vincent's heirs, Phillis Short, Letty Nicholson's representatives and Lilah Culver. (SoAA-EB16:476/477). Levinah Vinson received from Mr. Curtis Hitch £55.10.5.3 it being the amount of her estate from him as guardian on Nov 27 1794. Testator was Thomas Humphries. (Ibid:716)

In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, Curtice Hitch was listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed for other property, £45. In 1795, the assessment for 1/3 of a grist mill was added. Total assessment was £45, £45, £90, and £90 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. (SoTA-1793/96)

On Jan 21 1797, Curtis Hitch received the deed for land "Point Patience" from James W. Waller 9¼ acres for £9.5.7½. (SoLR-K:531). On Jan 31 1797, Curtis Hitch received a bond backed by land from Eli Vinson totaling 50 acres for the amount of £200. The land was described as on the north side of the main branch of James W. Waller's Mill beginning at a marked white oak on the side of the pond running the outlines of Eli Vinson's land that his father bought of Nathan Culver. Thomas Humphris and Mary Humphris were witnesses. (SoLR-K:528). On Sep 23 1797, Curtis Hitch received a deed for land called "Gravelly Hill", "Ellis' Chance", and "Ellis' Addition" from Loudy Hitch and wife Betsy, a total of 58¾ acres for £56 (SoLR-L:87).

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Curtis Hitch was listed in Broad Creek Hundred, Somerset County as occupant of property "situated about 2 mi. from Spring Hill" owned by James Humphris consisting of one dwelling house, framed, one story of wood, size 22' x 24'; one cook house of round poles, one story, size 16' x 18'; one frame milk house, one story, size 18' x 8'; one meat house of sawed logs, size 12' x 10'; contained 40 perches assessed at $150. Also lists one hard log barn, 18' x 20'; one corn house of round poles, 16' x 7'; various land, 111 acres. He was assessed $120 for land. He was also listed as owner and occupant of property "situated near George Waller's Mill about 4 mi. from Salisbury" consisting of one round pole house, 16' x 14' and 136½ acres of land. He was assessed $10 for buildings and $80 for land. (TA1798) In the 1798-1803 records by the Tax Commissioners in Somerset County, Curtis Hitch was listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed taxes for 136½ acres of land at 130, one slave under age 8 at £12 and other personal property at £38 for a total of £180 for years 1798-1800. He received 13½ acres of land from James W. Waller in 1801, increasing his assessment for the years 1801-1803 to £195. (SoTC-1798/1803)

In the 1800 Federal Census for Somerset County, Maryland, Curtis Hitch was head of the household with one male under age 10, one male age 16-26, two females under age 10, one female age 16-26, and one female age 26-45 with one slave.

On May 10 1800, Curtis Hitch received a deed for land called "Peace & Quietness" from James Weatherly Waller. It was 13 acres for $60. (SoLR-M:197). In 1801, Curtis Hitch was listed as a co-holder with Thomas Humphreys of Pew No. 33 in the ______ church. He contributed £0.3.0 towards the pastor's salary. (Presbyterian People in Wicomico, John Jacob, Jr.) On May 1 1804, Curtis Hitch received a militia appointment. (Index 51, MSA, B2:33,127). On Sep 5 1804, Curtis Hitch of Somerset County paid £100 to William Elzey of Sussex County, Delaware for 19½ acres of land in two tracts: "Point Patience" and "Mill Lot." It was indicated as bordering land that Nathan Culver sold to Elijah Vinson as well as also Catons Branch (SoLR-P:371).

On Oct 21 1809, Curtis Hitch received a deed for 23 acres of land called "Peace & Quietness" from Esme Marshall Waller for $50. Land beginning at the end of 9¼ perches of the first line of a parcel of land conveyed by deed from James Weatherly Waller to Curtis Hitch and from thence S88-30W 24¾ perches to the end of said first line, thence N55-15W 39½ perches by and with the 2nd line of the afsd deed to the end thereof, thence N48W 15 perches by and with the 3rd line to the end thereof, thence N7-15W 25 perches by and with the 4th line to the end thereof, thence S66-30W 30 perches to the road leading from the afsd Waller's mill to the Baptist Meeting House thence by and with the said road S22-45E 50 perches, thence S17E 18 perches, thence S46E 28 perches to a post on the easternmost side of afsd road, thence N50-30E 50 perches, thence S30E 9 perches, thence N83-30E 11 perches, thence N 12 perches, thence line to beginning containing 23 acres. (SoLR-T:365)

In the 1810 Federal Census for Somerset County, Curtis Hitch was listed as head of Household on page 291 for the Barren Creek District. The household contained one male under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male over age 45, one female under age 10, one female age 10-16, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45 and one slave.

On Feb 8 1812, Ezekiel Hitch received a deed for 9 acres of part of land called "Ellis' Chance" and "Ellis' Addition" from Curtis Hitch for £18. It is described as beginning 8 perches from the beginning and the 10th line of a tract called "Elliss Addition" thence running with the reverse course of this line to wit S54:30W 8 perches to the beginning of the 10th line, thence S45E 48½ perches with reverse course of the 9th line of the afsd tract, thence N56E 50½ perches till it intersects with the county road leading from Spring Hill Chapple over Esme M. Waller's Mill, thence with said road to the beginning. (SoLR-U:464)

Also, on Feb 8 1812 Curtis Hitch deed part of tracts "Elliss Addition" and "Elliss Chance" to Thomas Humphreys for £11. It describes the land as beginning at the 3rd bounder of tract "Clowlett" at a tree called the "ugly oak" which is down now and a post is in its place thence N75E 15½ perches until it intersects the 12th line of "Elliss Addition", thence with 12th line to the end thereof to wit S57E 28¼ perches, then S70E 4 perches to the end of the 2nd line of "Elliss Chance", thence S39E 46 perches till it intersects the county road leading from Spring Hill over Esme M. Waller's Mill, thence with said road to wit N56W 60 perches, thence N71W 25¾ perches, thence with a line to the beginning, 5½ acres total. (SoLR-U:466)

On Nov 3 1812, Curtis Hitch deeded land, 1/3 of parts of tracts called "Point Patience" and "Mill Lott" and 1/3 of a mill to Robert Hitch for $100. The land is described as beginning at a marked white oak at the northwestern most end of the 3rd line of land Nathan Culver sold to Eli Vinson and on the side of a hill on the eastern most side of a small branch called Caton's Branch and "near to a going over place that crosses" said branch. Thence S87W 13 perches, thence S14:30E 18 perches, thence S45:45E 12 perches, thence S18E 10 perches, thence S18:15W 18 perches, thence S30E 33 perches, thence S13W 10 perches, thence S4:15E 17 perches, thence S41E 10 perches, thence S38W 17 perches, thence S60E 30 perches, thence S4:15E 12 perches, thence S31:30E 20 perches, thence, S55E 44 perches to a marked dogwood, thence N60E till it intersect the 11th course of the afsd Eli Vinson's land 2 poles short of beginning of said course, thence reversing a turning Vinson's course back to said marked red oak. (SoLR-U:397)

In the 1813 Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County, Curtis Hitch is listed in the 1st Election District and taxed for 145¾ acres of land valued at $350. He was also separately listed under the entry for Robert Hitch. (SoTC-1813)

In her will written on Aug 26 1811 and probated Oct 26 1813, Curtis Hitch, along with Ezekiel and Robert Hitch, were listed as witnesses to the will of Sarah Bradley (SoW-EB:194/195).

Curtis Hitch's will was written on Aug 15 1813 and probated Mar 12 1814 and paraphrased as follows: ·To daughter Nancy Hitch, all my pottery ·To son William Hitch, one negro Eben and he to be with Ebenezer Leonard until age 21 to be apprenticed as a tanner ·To other four children Nancy, Elijah, Sarah Cathell, and Leah Hitch; the rest. John Nicholson was Executor with witnesses Thomas Nicholson, Ezekiel Hitch and Robert Hitch. John Nicholson rejected administration to Thomas Humphries. (Ibid:204/205)

On Mar 15 1814, Thomas Humphriss, Ezekiel Hitch, Robert Hitch are bound for Thomas Humphriss as administrator with a copy of the will annexed of Curtis Hitch, deceased (SoBB-EB28:238). Curtis Hitch's inventory was brought forward from May 16 1814, with additions, as $1154.27. Payments were mentioned to John Ellis, Henry Maddux, Eli Vinson, William Hearn, Dr. John Huston, John Wailes, Robert Hitch, John Parsons, Thomas Byrd, Esme M. Waller, William Handy and Joshua Lingo. Administrator was Thomas Humphries and the account approved on Apr 2 1816. (SoAA-EB27:245)

Curtis married Hetty Balding?, daughter of (?) Balding? and Sarah (?). Hetty was born about 1768 and died in 1810-1813.

General Notes: Sarah Balding wrote her will on Dec 23 1799 and it was probated in Sussex County, DE on Feb 8 1803 and bequeaths to:

1. Sarah Balding Magee --daughter of Joshua Magee and Unice, his wife
-to have 1 clock which now stands in the testatrix's house and 1 large looking glass,
5 beds and furn., with 1 suit of curtains, 4 gold rings, 5 silver tea spoons, 12 pewter
plates, 5 small pewter dishes and 1 large oval pewter dish.
-to have 3 cows and calves, 1 set of blacksmith's tools, 1 large walnut desk, 1 small
maple desk, 1 mahogany table, 1 small maple tables, 1 woolen wheel, 2 spinning wheels, 2 pine chests, 1 gum chest, 1 small tea chest, 1 small trunk, 2 dozen Blue-edged Queen's China plates, 2 dozen of the same kind shallow and 2 dozen of the same kind of ware deep plates, 1 set of Queen's China black and white, 1 set of green and red, 1 coffee pot of the same kind, of ware, 3 cream pots of the same kind of ware, 1 case with 12 bottles, 2 iron pots, 1 Dutch oven, 1 skillet, 1 large iron kettle, 1 iron tea kettle, 2 large tumblers with covers, 2 sugar dishes, 2 glass salt sellers with feet, and 1 without fee, 1 bell metal spice mortar and pestle, 4 flat irons and 1 box iron and heaters along with all the testatrix's wearing apparel
-to have all the remainder of the estate
2. Sarah Cathell Hitch --daughter of Curtis Hitch and Hetty, his wife
-to have 1 bed and furn. marked Sarah Cathell Hitch
3. Betsy Nichols
Esther Cathell
-should Sarah Balding Magee die w/out heirs, then the property to be divided among them and Sarah Cathell Hitch equally share and share alike
4. Isaac Cooper --friend
-named executor of the will
Witnesses: William B. Cooper, Covington Messick (mark), John Polk (SxW, F:100)


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 184 M    i. Elijah Hitch was born in 1790-1800 in MD119 and died in 1831-1839 in Genesee Co., NY.120

   185 F    ii. Sarah Cathell Hitch 121 was born in 1793-1800 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 1831.

General Notes: Sarah Balding wrote her will on Dec 23 1799 and it was probated in Sussex County, DE on Feb 8 1803 and bequeaths to:

1. Sarah Balding Magee --daughter of Joshua Magee and Unice, his wife
-to have 1 clock which now stands in the testatrix's house and 1 large looking glass,
5 beds and furn., with 1 suit of curtains, 4 gold rings, 5 silver tea spoons, 12 pewter
plates, 5 small pewter dishes and 1 large oval pewter dish.
-to have 3 cows and calves, 1 set of blacksmith's tools, 1 large walnut desk, 1 small
maple desk, 1 mahogany table, 1 small maple tables, 1 woolen wheel, 2 spinning wheels, 2 pine chests, 1 gum chest, 1 small tea chest, 1 small trunk, 2 dozen Blue-edged Queen's China plates, 2 dozen of the same kind shallow and 2 dozen of the same kind of ware deep plates, 1 set of Queen's China black and white, 1 set of green and red, 1 coffee pot of the same kind, of ware, 3 cream pots of the same kind of ware, 1 case with 12 bottles, 2 iron pots, 1 Dutch oven, 1 skillet, 1 large iron kettle, 1 iron tea kettle, 2 large tumblers with covers, 2 sugar dishes, 2 glass salt sellers with feet, and 1 without fee, 1 bell metal spice mortar and pestle, 4 flat irons and 1 box iron and heaters along with all the testatrix's wearing apparel
-to have all the remainder of the estate
2. Sarah Cathell Hitch --daughter of Curtis Hitch and Hetty, his wife
-to have 1 bed and furn. marked Sarah Cathell Hitch
3. Betsy Nichols
Esther Cathell
-should Sarah Balding Magee die w/out heirs, then the property to be divided among them and Sarah Cathell Hitch equally share and share alike
4. Isaac Cooper --friend
-named executor of the will
Witnesses: William B. Cooper, Covington Messick (mark), John Polk (SxW, F:100)

On December 13, 1814, Thomas Byrd, Sr. was appointed guardian to Sarah Catherine and Elijah Hitch. (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings, Book 2, Folio 48)
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Sarah married Thomas Rowland Jones,122 son of John Jones Sr. and Sarah* Reddish,123 124 on 2 Oct 1821 in Somerset Co., MD. Thomas was born in 1803 in Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD125 126 127 and died in 1871-1879 in WI.

   186 F    iii. Nancy Hitch was born in 1794-1800 and died in 1816-1818 in Somerset Co., MD.

Nancy married Solomon Vincent, son of Benjamin Vincent, on 19 Dec 1815 in Somerset Co., MD.128 129 Solomon died about 1833 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Gracey Disharoon is listed as executrix of Solomon Vincent's estate on Jun 18 1822. (SoOCP-1811/23:176)

   187 M    iv. William Hitch was born in 1796-1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: On June 13, 1815, Thomas Porter was appointed guardian of William Hitch with sureties by William S. Handy and Tubman Christopher. This means he was under age 21 at the time. (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings, Book 2, 1811-1823, Folio 54; Also Somerset County Bond Book, Liber, EB228, Folio 305). On June 11, 1816, his guardian was changed to James Olliphant (Ibid., Folio 65)

   188 F    v. Leah B. Hitch was born in 1801-1804 in MD,130 died on 7 Dec 1867 in Warsaw, NY,131 and was buried about 10 Dec 1867 in Warsaw Village Cemetery, Warsaw, Wyoming Co., NY.

Burial Notes: Her gravestone states she died at age 61 years.

General Notes: This may be the same Leah Hitch that is listed in a household in Middleburg, Wyoming County, New York as follows: - Leah Hitch, age 46, born in MD.

Leah married John Truax on 23 Jul 1851 in Middlebury, NY.131 John was born in 1794 in NY132 and died on 17 Jun 1854 in South Warsaw, NY.131

71. Annis Hitch was born about 1743 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1777-1786 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: The death years for Annis (Hitch) Vincent are derived from the fact that her last child Esther was born after 1777 and all her children were designated as orphans in 1786.

Annis married Elijah Vincent, son of Benjamin Vincent and Esther Hearne, about 1760. Elijah was born about 1740 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1777-1786 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: In his father's will (Benjamin Vincent) of 1773, it names two children under age 21. The others, including Elijah Vincent are presumed to be at least age 21 at that time.

Death Notes: The death years for Elijah and Annis (Hitch) Vincent are derived from the fact that their last child Esther was born after 1777 and all their children were designated as orphans in 1786.

General Notes: Elijah Vincent's inventory was brought forth on Apr 25 1787 as £661.10.7. When an accounting of his estate was performed, payment was made to Louther Hitch and distributions made to children Eli, Levinah and Esther Vincent. (SoAA-EB16:197/198)


Known children from this marriage were:

   189 M    i. Curtis* Vincent was born in 1760-1765 in MD.133 134 135

+ 190 M    ii. Eli Vincent was born in 1772-1774 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 2 Oct 1824-2 Nov 1824 in Somerset Co., MD.

   191 F    iii. Levinah Vincent was born in 1773 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Jan 1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Levinah "Vinson" received from Mr. Curtis Hitch £55.10.5.3 it being the amount of her estate from him as guardian on Nov 27 1794. This indicates she probably arrived at age 21 about that time. (SoAA-EB16:716)

Death Notes: "Levina" Vincent was listed in the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax for Somerset County for the years 1798-1800 only. Since she is not listed in the marriage records then, it may be presumed that she died in 1800/01.

General Notes: On August 4, 1786, Elias Hitch, along with Charles Nicholson, made surety when Isabell Waller was appointed guardian to Eli, Levinah and Esther Vincent (of Elijah Vincent); all under age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:84)

Levinah "Vinson" received from Mr. Curtis Hitch £55.10.5.3 it being the amount of her estate from him as guardian on Nov 27 1794. Testator was Thomas Humphries. (SoAA-EB16:716)

   192 F    iv. Esther Vincent was born after 1777 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: On Jun 14, 1791, Elijah Hitch was chosen to be guardian of Esther Vinson (daughter of Elijah Vinson), who was under age 14 when, at the same time Curtis Hitch was chosen to be guardian for Esther Vinson's brother, Eli who was over age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:99)

General Notes: On August 4, 1786, Eli, Levinah and Esther Vincent (of Elijah Vincent) were indicated as all under age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:84) On June 14, 1791, Elijah Hitch was chosen to be guardian of Esther Vinson (daughter of Elijah Vinson), who was under age 14 when, at the same time Curtis Hitch was chosen to be guardian for Esther Vinson's brother, Eli who was over age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:99)

74. Letty Hitch .

Letty married Charles? Nicholson.

   193 M    i. John Hitch Nicholson was born in 1794-1800.

General Notes: John Hitch Nicholson is listed in the 1830 Delhi, Hamilton County, OH Census as age 30-40. It is presumed that he is a child in this family.

75. Thomas Hitch was born in 1746-1752 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 21 Oct 1790 and 12 Apr 1791 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Thomas Hitch's estimated years of birth relate to his parents approximate marriage year (1745) and when he petitioned to patent land in 1773 at which time he must have been at least age 21.

Death Notes: These dates represent the period between when Thomas Hitch last shows up in the records as living and when his son is appointed a guardian following his death.

General Notes: This is the only Thomas Hitch we find born early enough (and to have lived) that could be the one mentioned in the court records as "Thomas Hitch (who) did fornicate with Mary Humphries" on Jun 11 1770 and had a bastard child. He was fined 30 shillings. (SoJ-1769/72:222)

This is probably the Thomas Hitch who tried to patent land called "Hitch's Chance" in 1773 for 22½ acres (see Somerset County Unpatented Land, Certificate No. 315). Thomas Hitch received a warrant on Jul 2 1773 from William Cottman Waller where he assigned 21 of his 91 acres to him for survey. The survey revealed that the land contained a total of 22½ acres and was located "…on the north side of the head of the Wicomico River…" "…beginning at a marked hickory standing on the north side of said Hitches house and on the north side of a path that leads from Gilliss Polk's mill to Waller's Mill thence…" S78:30W 18 poles, thence S13:30E 12 poles, thence S48:30E 52 poles, thence N73E 40 poles, thence N6E 26 poles, thence N63:30W 34 poles, thence N2W 18 poles, thence N88W 35 poles, thence S3:45E 23 poles, thence S42E 22 poles, thence S48W 2poles, thence right line to beginning. For some reason this land never received a patent; however, it does reveal some information about the location of Thomas Hitch's home.

On Feb 23 1774, Thomas Hitch received a Bill of Sale from Elizabeth Maddux for one negro woman named Rachell, one bed and furniture, all of her personal estate for £5. (SoLR-F:128). In his father's will, probated Mar 22 1775, Thomas Hitch received 40 acres of land called "Culver's Mill" (SoW-40:384). In the Store Accounts of John Nelms of Salisbury, 1758-1787 (John Jacob, Jr.), between 1775 and 1787, Thomas Hitch brought balance of £2/12/7 from Ledger H. He gave a note to Nelms for that amount in 1787.

When the will was proven and inventory of his mother Sarah Hitch's estate was taken in 1778, Thomas Hitch was listed as next-of-kin, along with Francis Lank. He is listed as a Sergeant of the Salisbury Battalion, Blackwater Company of the Maryland Militia in the Revolution for the year 1780.

Listed in the Tax Assessment of 1783 in Rewastico Hundred as Thomas Hitch Sr. with land "Denwoods Den" (98.25 acres) and "Peace & Quietness" (36 acres) as well as two slaves, two horses and eight cattle. There were three males and two females in the household at that time. (TA1783). On Oct 21 1790, Thomas Hitch took a bond for land called "Peace & Quietness" from Nathan Culver - 36 acres for £800. (SoLR-J:124). Elias Hitch was a witness.

On Apr 12 1791, Thomas Humphris was appointed guardian to Nehemiah Hitch (of Thomas Hitch) who was over age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:98). On May 16 1791, Thomas Hitch's administrative account was taken with Elias Hitch as administrator de bonus non that was unadministered by Jenny Ann Hitch, former executrix. Amount of inventory was £595.3.9 from May 1 1790. Payments to Ezekiel Humphries, Elias Hitch, George Stevens, John Howard, John Nelms, John Maddux, Levin Irving, Thomas Fletcher, Isaac Anderson, James McKay, Isaac Vincent, Elijah Hearn, Ezekiel Bell, Joshua Hitch, Sarah Hitch, Sarah Bailey, Benjamin Riley, Lambert Hyland (late sheriff for 1784/85 taxes), Dr. Irving, Benjamin Wailes (sub-sheriff for 1789/90 taxes), Charles Nicholson for coffin, Dr. Josiah Dashiell, Thomas Humphries, Jesse Maddux, Stephen Mitchell, James H. Dougal, George Smith, John Maddux. Distribution to his four children: Polly, Nehemiah, Ivey and Thomas Hitch. (SoAA-EB16:442/443)

In the 1793-1796 Somerset County Assessment Record, Thomas Hitch (Heirs) was listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed for 110¼ acres of land for £75. Total assessment was £75, £75, £75, £75 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796 respectively. This is the same land that is indicated as Nehemiah Hitch (Heirs) in the 1798 Federal Assessment.

Thomas married Mary Humphreys.

General Notes: This is the only Thomas Hitch we find born early enough (and to have lived) that could be the one mentioned in the court records as "Thomas Hitch (who) did fornicate with Mary Humphries" on Jun 11 1770 and had a bastard child. He was fined 30 shillings. (SoJ-1769/72:222)


   194 U    i. (Unknown) Hitch was born about Mar 1771 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: "Bastard child" as mentioned in the judicial records. Since the two "did fornicate" on Jun 11 1770, it is assumed that the child was born circa March 1771.

Thomas next married Jenny Ann (?) between 1771 and 1775 in Somerset Co., MD. Jenny was born about 1755 in Somerset Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 195 M    i. Nehemiah Hitch was born in 1771-1777 in Somerset Co., MD136 and died before 1798 in Somerset Co., MD.

   196 F    ii. Mary Hitch was born before 1776 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1796 in Sussex Co., DE.

General Notes: In the Somerset County Assessment Record for 1793-1796, Mary Hitch "of Thomas" was listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed for one male slave age 14-45, £45; and other property, £5. Total assessment was £50, £50, £50, and £50 for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively.

   197 F    iii. Ivey Hitch .

   198 M    iv. Thomas Hitch was born about 1777 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: Thomas Hitch is listed in the 1798 Tax Assessment for Little Creek Hundred in Sussex County, DE.

81. Elias Hitch was born before 1758 and died between 17 Oct 1792 and 21 Sep 1793 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Elias Hitch is mentioned in an Oct 9 1779 land record transaction (SoLR-J:124). The assumption is that he had attained age 21 by that time.

Death Notes: Elias Hitch is mentioned as witness in Benjamin Byrd's will written Oct 17 1792 but Elias' own estate inventory commenced on May 11 1793.

General Notes: On Jun 27 1778, Elias Hitch is mentioned in the will of his mother Sarah Hitch where he demanded administration and made oath. A bond in the amount of £2000 was placed by brothers Elias and Thomas Hitch and Charles Nicholson. On Jul 24 1778, the inventory of Sarah Hitch made by Elias Hitch at a value of £30.18.1. (SoW-1777/88-104) On Oct 9 1779, Elias Hitch was a witness to a bond between Nathan Culver and Thomas Hitch. The bond was for a tract of land called "Peace & Quietness" from Nathan Culver, a total of 36 acres, for £800. (SoLR-J:124).

Elias was listed as a member of the Salisbury Battalion, Blackwater Company of the Maryland Militia in the Revolution for the year 1780. For a will written on Feb 20 1781 and probated on May 9 1781, Elias Hitch was a witness, along with Charles Nicholson and Ebenezer Waller, for the estate of Henry Game (SoW:144). Elias Hitch shows up in the 1783 Maryland Tax Assessment in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County where he was assessed for land: "Denwoods Denn", 117¾ acres; "Hot Hill", 30 acres; "Hitch's Chance", 22 acres plus one slave, one horse, and five cattle. The whites in the household at the time included two males and four females. (TA1783)

On May 3 1786, Elias Hitch purchased a felt hat, white linen and osnaburg for £1/6/0 from John Nelms' store in Salisbury. Nelms took a note for this amount on Jun 23 1787. On Aug 4 1786, Elias Hitch, along with Charles Nicholson, made surety when Isabell Waller was appointed guardian to Eli, Levinah and Esther Vincent (of Elijah Vincent); all under age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:84). Also in 1786, Elias Hitch received a Bill of Sale from Ezekiel Thompson. (SoLR-M:525). On Oct 21 1790, Thomas Hitch took a bond for land called "Peace & Quietness" from Nathan Culver containing 36 acres for £800. (SoLR-J:124). Elias Hitch was a witness.

In the Nov 1791 court session, there was a case Joseph Scroggin versus Elias Hitch, Loudy Hitch, and Elijah Moor. The Hitch-Moor side confessed judgment to Scroggin for £0.7.6 debt and 3 shillings, 10 pence cost. (SoJ-1791/94:11 MSA C1774-57, MdHR 13,140). In the same court session, the case George Robinson versus Benjamin Disharoon and Elias Hitch produced a confession of judgment in favor of Robinson for £4 debt and 9 pence cost (Ibid:14). For a will written on Oct 17 1792 and probated Aug 24 1793 for Benjamin Byrd, Elias Hitch served as a witness. (SoW-1788/99:254,255) Elias Hitch's inventory was taken between May 11 and Sep 21 1793 and listed as Administratrix, Esther Hitch. Next-of-kin shown were Loudy and Ezekiel Hitch. Total estate value was tallied at £108.15.9 (SoI-EB19:235/237).

In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, Elias Hitch (Heirs) was listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed for 147¾ acres of land, £110; and other property, £30. Total assessment was £140, £140, £140, £140 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. (SoTA-1793/96). In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report for Broad Creek Hundred, Somerset County, Elias Hitch's "Heirs" were assessed taxes for 147¾ acres of land at £110 and other personal property at £25 for a total assessment of £135 for the years 1798-1803 (SoTC-1798/1803). In 1813/14, Elias Hitch's "Heirs" were taxed for property in the 1st Election District for 175 acres of land valued at $265. (SoTA-1813). In 1817, Elias Hitch's "Heirs" were taxed for property in Election District 1 in Somerset County - they were assessed for the tract "Hot Hill," 175 acres, for $435 (SoTA-1817/22). In 1823, Elias Hitch's "Heirs" were taxed for property in Election District 1 in Somerset County. They were assessed for tracts "Denwood Denn", "Hot Hill", and "other tracts" totaling 196 acres, all for $390. (SoTA-1823:187). In 1841, Elias Hitch's "Heirs" were taxed for property in Election District 9, Salisbury. It was listed as: Elias Hitch, heirs, 1841: To "Denwoods Den", "Hot Hill", "Maddux's Chance", 156a: $470 (SoTA-1841/52:27). It is interesting how his land was still being taxed to his heirs some fifty years following his passing.

Elias married Esther Fletcher about 1779 in Somerset Co., MD. Esther was born about 1758 and died after 1798 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: On Dec 21 1779, Esther Hitch sold land called "Caldwell's Lot" to Thomas Lank, a total of 200 acres for £800 current money of Maryland. (SoLR-G:210). This land was originally granted to Robert Caldwell and also mentions Francis Lank. She signed the deed as Esther Hitch but was called Esther Fletcher elsewhere in the record. This may indicate that her maiden name was Fletcher.

In the Federal Assessment of 1798 for Somerset County, Broad Creek Hundred, Esther Hitch was listed as the owner and occupant of property "situated on the road that leads from Salisbury to James A. Waller's Mill about ½ mi. from Salisbury" consisting of one old framed house, one story, 22' x 18'; one cook house, 10' x 12' of round poles; one round pole barn, 22' x 18'; one round pole meat house, 10' x 10' ; 147¼ acres of land, all assessed $50 for buildings and $120 for land. (TA1798)


Known children from this marriage were:

   199 F    i. Nelly Hitch was born in 1780 in Somerset Co., MD137 and died on 3 Mar 1855 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: 1850 Federal Census: she is listed as age 70 in Somerset County, Maryland. She is in the Nicholson family household.

Death Notes: Bible Records of Theodore P. Nicholson, Salisbury, Maryland as stated in A Hitch Orchard, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931.

General Notes: On April 2, 1842, for $80, Nelly, Nancy, Levin and his wife Sally, and Sarah Hitch and Betsy Nicholson (widow of John Nicholson) sold to Moses Hastings, all of Somerset County, 21½ acres of land bordering "Hot Hill". Betsy Nicholson signed this record as Elizabeth Nichols. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber AH, Folio 108)

   200 F    ii. Nancy Hitch was born in 1782 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 27 Feb 1855 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: 1850 Federal Census: she is listed as age 68 in Somerset County, Maryland. She is in the Nicholson family household.

Death Notes: Bible Records of Theodore P. Nicholson, Salisbury, Maryland as stated in A Hitch Orchard, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931.

General Notes: On April 2, 1842, for $80, Nelly, Nancy, Levin and his wife Sally, and Sarah Hitch and Betsy Nicholson (widow of John Nicholson) sold to Moses Hastings, all of Somerset County, 21½ acres of land bordering "Hot Hill". Betsy Nicholson signed this record as Elizabeth Nichols. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber AH, Folio 108)

   201 M    iii. Levin Hitch was born in 1785 in MD and died in 1851-1859 in Worcester Co., MD.

General Notes: On June 13, 1812, for $800, Levin Hitch of Worcester County bought from Ebenezer Leonard of Worcester County, the parcel of land called "Mill Grove" in the Town of Salisbury near the road dividing the counties. He paid $400 down with $400 due by June 30, 1818. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber AC, Folio 345).

This is probably the same Levin Hitch mentioned in "The Parson of the Islands," a book about Joshua Thomas, the inimitable Methodist preacher who spread the gospel throughout the lower Eastern Shore through his preachings and camp meeting in the early 19th century. In the book, it discusses the good friend of Brother Thomas, Rev. Lawrence Lawrenson, head of the Salisbury branch of the Annamessex Circuit of the Methodist church around the year 1820. It states, "When (Rev. Lawrenson) stopping at Brother Riders, he fell into one of his gloomy periods, a man named Levin Hitch, who was chief singer in the church, and noted for his liveliness in conversation, and his resources in anecdote, visited him, and greatly cheered him by his welcome company." ("The Parson of the Islands, A Biography of the Rev. Joshua Thomas; embracing Sketches of his Contemporaries, and Remarkable Camp Meeting Scenes, Revival Incidents, and Reminiscences of the Introduction of Methodism on the Islands of the Chesapeake, and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia.", Adam Wallace, 1861)

In 1824/1825, Levin Hitch received a Certificate of Qualification as Deputy Sheriff for Worcester County. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber AQ, Folio 160).

On January 22, 1825, For $160, Levin Hitch paid Rachell Dashiell, both of Worcester County, for a lot of land in the Town of Salisbury conveyed to Dashiell by deed from James Fooks dated June 8, 1806. It states that the lot may actually straddle the Worcester and Somerset County Line. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber AQ, Folio 277).

For the years 1826 to 1829, Levin Hitch is listed as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. (Archives of Maryland, Historical List, Volume I, New Series I)

In his will written July 15, 1820 and probated January 5, 1826, Thomas Humphreys mentions wife Frances, sons Cathell, Humphreys and George Washington Humphreys and daughters Mary Anne, Leah Murray, and Elizabeth McBryde Humphreys. Levin Hitch, George Maddux and Ebenezer Leonard were witnesses. (Somerset County Wills, 1820-37, Folio 107)

On May 27, 1826, Levin Hitch paid $100 to Rachel Dashiell, both of Worcester County, for land. Rachel Dashiell was described as the late Rachell Madson? and the former Rachel Fooks, daughter of Jesse Fooks. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber AS, Folio 151)

In his will written January 17, 1828 and probated February 22, 1828, Levin Hitch, Jehu Fooks and David Howard were witnesses to the will of Robert Bailey, a colored man. (Somerset County Wills, 1820-37, Folio 183)

In the 1830 Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger for the Quantico District, Levin Hitch was assessed for the following: - "Denwoods Den" - "Hot Hill" - "Maddux's Choice", all for $625 (Folio 66).

On August 6, 1831, Thomas Westerhouse paid $64 to Levin Hitch, both of Worcester County, for a 129 acre tract called "Addition Hog Quarter". (Worcester County Land Records, Liber AX, Folio 233).

In the August 23, 1831 edition of the "Snow Hill Messenger", Levin Hitch is covered in an article as a candidate for the Maryland General Assembly.

On June 30, 1832, for $30, Levin Hitch of Worcester County sold Thomas Johnson of Somerset County a ½ acre lot purchased from Ebenezer Dashiell bordering the County Road and a lot sold by Peter Dashiell to Littleton Weatherly. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber GH No. 6, Folio 333).

In 1834, Levin Hitch took oath as Justice of the Peace in Worcester County. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber JCH No. 1, Folio 441).

On November 9, 1835, for $500, Levin Hitch sold to Purnell Johnson, both of Worcester County, a lot of land in the Town of Salisbury where said Levin Hitch then resided. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber JCH No. 3, Folio 114).

On November 11, 1837, for $300, Sally Hitch, wife of Levin Hitch, of Worcester County sold to Purnell Johnson land in the Town of Salisbury which was her right of dower. This suggests that Sally was a widow when she married Levin Hitch. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber GMH No. 1, Folio 313).

In 1839/1840, Levin Hitch received a Commission as Justice of District Court Number 5 in Worcester County (Worcester County Land Records, Liber GMH No. 3, Folio 198, 291).

In 1840/1841, Levin Hitch received a Commission as Justice of District Court of the 5th Election District and as Justice of the Magistrate Court in Worcester County (Worcester County Land Records, Liber GMH No. 4, Folio 167).

In 1841/1842, Levin Hitch received a Certificate of Qualification as Justice of the Peace in Worcester County (Worcester County Land Records, Liber GMH No. 5, Folio 543).

On April 2, 1842, for $80, Nelly, Nancy, Levin and his wife Sally, and Sarah Hitch and Betsy Nicholson (widow of John Nicholson) sold to Moses Hastings, all of Somerset County, 21½ acres of land bordering "Hot Hill". Betsy Nicholson signed this record as Elizabeth Nichols. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber AH, Folio 108)

In 1842/1843, Levin Hitch received a Commission as Justice of District Court for the 5th Election District in Worcester County (Worcester County Land Records, Liber GMH No. 6, Folio 236, 277).

In 1843/1844, Levin Hitch received a Commission as Justice of District Court for the 5th Election District in Worcester County (Worcester County Land Records, Liber GMH No. 7, Folio 258).

Levin married Alice West 76 on 4 Mar 1808 in Somerset Co., MD.76 129 Alice was born on 28 Jan 1786 in MD, died on 28 Jun 1825 in MD, and was buried about 1 Jul 1825 in Turner Cemetery In Nanticoke-Waterview, Wicomico Co., MD.

Levin next married Sarah (Sally) (?) on 2 Jan 1832 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Sarah died in 1842-1849 in MD.

   202 F    iv. Sarah Hitch was born on 2 Jan 1793 in MD138 and died on 17 Apr 1871 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: 1850, 1860, 1870 Federal Census: she is listed as age 55, 63 and 70 in Somerset County and then Wicomico County (1870), Maryland, respectively. She is in the Nicholson family household in each Census. Stepney Parish church records provide Sarah Hitch's exact date of birth.

Death Notes: Bible Records of Theodore P. Nicholson, Salisbury, Maryland as stated in A Hitch Orchard, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931.

General Notes: The Stepney Parish Records indicate that Sarah Hitch, daughter of Elias and Easter (sic) Hitch was born on Jan 2 1793. On Apr 2 1842, for $80, Nelly, Nancy, Levin and his wife Sally, and Sarah Hitch and Betsy Nicholson (widow of John Nicholson) sold to Moses Hastings, all of Somerset County, 21½ acres of land bordering "Hot Hill". Betsy Nicholson signed this record as Elizabeth Nichols. (SoLR-AH:108)

In the Federal Census of 1860, Sarah Hitch is listed in Salisbury, Somerset County, Maryland in the Levin H. Nicilas (Nicholson, Nicholas, Nichols) family (household 1348) as follows: - Levin H. Nicholson, age 41 - Elizabeth Nicholson, age 31 - Charles Nicholson, age 3 - Thomas Nicholson, age 2 - Eugene Nicholson, age 10 months - Elizabeth Hitch, age 67 - Sarah Hitch, age 63 All born in MD.

On Jun 8 1861, Sarah Hitch and Elizabeth Nichols were paid $40 by Noah Hearn for 2 acres of land called "Hitch's Chance" on the west side of the county road leading from Ruark's Mill to Salisbury. (SoLR-LW7:133).

On Feb 2 1869, Sarah Hitch and Elizabeth Nichols (Nicholson) sold land to Humphrey Humphreys for $89. The land adjoined Henrietta Byrd's land and the county road from Ruark's Mills to Salisbury consisting of 10½ acres. Witness: Handy Fooks. (WiLR-TFJR1:448).

+ 203 F    v. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch was born in 1793-1794 in Somerset Co., MD139 and died after 1880 in Wicomico Co., MD.140

82. Ezekiel Hitch was born in 1748 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 23 Sep 1828 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Gravestone record.

General Notes: Ezekiel Hitch was listed as a member of the Salisbury Battalion, Blackwater Company of the Maryland Militia in the Revolution for the year 1780. He is considered to be the son of Ezekiel of William Hitch based primarily upon ownership and transfer of lands. In Mar/Apr 1782, Ezekiel Hitch is mentioned on "A return of draughts and substitutes . . . who have not yet yielded their services or been discharged by the Lieut. . . ." (Revolutionary War Papers Index 1775-1789, B15, F11, pg 34). During the Federal Assessment of 1783, Ezekiel Hitch was assessed for land called "Hitch's Choice", 50 acres plus two horses and four cattle. Whites in the household at the time included three males and one female. (TA1783)

On Apr 22 1784, Ezekiel Hitch sold land 50 acres of land called "Gravelly Hill" to Louther Hitch for £80. Begin at a marked red oak thence NW 80 poles, thence NE 100 poles, thence SE 80 poles, thence right line to beginning - 50 acres. (SoLR-G:483). For the will of George Vincent written on Mar 11 1790 and probated on Mar 26 1791, Ezekiel Hitch was listed as a witness. (SoW-1788/99:142,190,191). In the Nov 1792 session of court, Ezekiel Hitch brought suit against Thomas Humphris, Curtis Vincent, and Joseph Hitch The plaintiff prevailed for an amount of £5.4.4 debt and 5 shillings cost. (SoJ-1791/94:98, MSA C1774-57, MdHR 13,140)

In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, Ezekiel Hitch was listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed for 50 acres of land, £40; and other property, £20. Total assessment was £60, £60, £60, and £60 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796 respectively.

Elias Hitch's inventory of estate was taken between May 11 and Sep 21 1793 and listed as Administratrix, Esther Hitch Next-of-kin shown were Loudy and this Ezekiel Hitch. Total estate value was tallied at £108.15.9 (SoI-EB19:235/237)

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Ezekiel Hitch was listed as owner and occupant of property "situated about 2 mi. from Salisbury" consisting of "one round pole dwelling house, 16'x14'; one round pole cook house, 12'x10'; one log barn, 14'x16'; one round pole meat house, 7'x6'; 77½ acres of land. Assessment was made $25 for buildings and $80 for the land. He also occupied the property of Louther Hitch "situated about 2¼ mi. from Spring Hill Chappel" consisting of one old dwelling house, framed, 1 story, 20'x16' under repair; one cook house of round poles, 14'x12', the roof rotten; one blacksmith shop, 12'x14' of slabs; 73 acres of land. All were assessed at $25 for the buildings and $80(?) for the land. (TA1798). For the years 1798 through 1803, Ezekiel Hitch was assessed taxes for 77 acres of land at £60 and other personal property at £40 for a total of £100 for years 1798-1801. He received 73 acres of land from Lowday Hitch in 1802 (assessed at £55) so his assessment increased to £155 for years 1802 and 1803 (SoTA-1798/1803).

Ezekiel Hitch is listed in the 1800 Federal Census in Broad Creek District of Somerset County with a household containing two males ages 16-26, one male over age 45, one female age 16-26 and one female over age 45. (Page 57, Line 3) On Mar 11 1801, Louther Hitch deeded 83¼ acres of land called "Gravelly Hill" and "Ellis' Addition" to Ezekiel Hitch for $275. (SoLR-N:148). Ezekiel Hitch is listed in the 1810 Federal Census on Page 291 in the Barren Creek District of Somerset County with a household containing one male age 16-26, one male over age 45, one female age 26-45, one female age over 45 and two slaves.

On Feb 8 1812, Ezekiel Hitch received a deed for 9 acres of part of land called "Ellis' Chance" and "Ellis' Addition" from Curtis Hitch for £18. It is described as beginning 8 perches from the beginning and the 10th line of a tract called "Elliss Addition" thence running with the reverse course of this line to wit S54:30W 8 perches to the beginning of the 10th line, thence S45E 48½ perches with reverse course of the 9th line of the afsd tract, thence N56E 50½ perches till it intersects with the county road leading from Spring Hill Chapple over Esme M. Waller's Mill, thence with said road to the beginning. (SoLR-U:464). For Sarah Bradley's will written on Aug 26 1811 and probated Oct 26 1813, Ezekiel, Curtis and Robert Hitch were listed as witnesses. (SoW-1800/20:194,195). Ezekiel Hitch was a witness, with Robert Hitch and Thomas Nicholson, to Curtis Hitch's will written on Aug 15 1813 and probated Mar 12 1814. (SoW-EB:204,205)

In the 1813/1814 Somerset County Commissioners of the Tax Records, Ezekiel Hitch is listed in the 1st Election District and taxed for 161 acres of land valued at $330.

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1817, Esekiel (sic) Hitch is assessed as follows: ·"Hitch's Choice", 50 acres; ·"Gravelly Hill", 46 acres; ·"Ellis' Addition", 22½ acres; ·"Saw Mill Supply", 22½ acres; ·"Humphrey's Hook" and saw mill, 20 acres; ·"Lott", 160 acres: $405 ·houses, etc. $70 ·other property: $75

In the Federal Census of 1820, Ezekiel Hitch is listed in Somerset County on page 106, in District 1, with one male under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 26-45, one male age 45+, three females under age 10, one female age 10-16, two females age 26-45, and one free colored person.

On Mar 31 1821, Ezekiel Hitch was mentioned in a land transaction of Robert Hitch where Robert Hitch paid $140 to Thomas Humphreys, both of Somerset County for a 49 acre tract comprised of "Gravelly Hill", part of "Ellis' Chance", and part of "Ellis' Addition". Robert Hitch was the highest bidder for these lands seized on Sep 16 1816 from the estate of Curtis Hitch by the Chancery Court. Said land was described as beginning at a marked white oak being the first bounder of "Elliss Chance" thence N49½W 9 poles, S58½W 17 poles to a "divisional fence" between the lands of Ezekiel Hitch and Curtis Hitch, N26¼W 144½ poles by and with said fence to Ezekiel Hitch's out road, N84E 47 poles by and with said road to the county road leading from Esme M. Waller's mill to Spring Hill, S56¾E 28 poles by and with said county road till it intersects with a line of "Elliss Chance," S39E 77 poles by and with said line S30½W 64 poles to first beginning laid out for 49 acres. (SoLR-JD6:393)

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823, Ezekiel Hitch is assessed as follows: ·"Hitch's Choice", 50 acres; ·"Gravelly Hill", 16 acres; ·"Ellis' Addition", 22½ acres; ·"Saw Mill Supply", 22½ acres; ·"Humphrey's Hook", ?? acres; ·"Mill Supply", 23 acres; ·Other tracts, 9 acres: $390 ·2 beds and furniture, 1 horse, 4 cattle: $54 ·12 sheep, 1 still, other property: $41 (SoTA-1823:193)

In the old Hitch Family Graveyard on the west side of West Rd., 0.25 mi. south of Log Cabin Rd. in Wicomico County, Maryland, there is a tombstone for Ezekiel Hitch with no birth date and a death date of Sep 23 1828.

Ezekiel married Elizabeth Hopkins 141 about 1768 in Somerset Co., MD. Elizabeth was born about 1748, died on 27 Jan 1820 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 30 Jan 1820 in Old Hitch Family Graveyard, West Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

   204 F    i. Betsy Hitch .

+ 205 M    ii. Robert Hitch was born on 28 Jan 1781 in Somerset Co., MD,76 died on 24 May 1834 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 27 May 1834 in Old Hitch Family Graveyard, West Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

   206 F    iii. Rachel Hitch died in 1827 in Somerset Co., MD and was buried in Old Hitch Family Graveyard, West Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

Death Notes: Gravestone record.

   207 F    iv. Sarah Hitch died between 26 Aug 1811 and 26 Oct 1813 in Somerset Co., MD.142

General Notes: For Sarah Bradley's will written on August 26, 1811 and probated October 26, 1813, Ezekiel, Curtis and Robert Hitch were listed as witnesses. (SoW-1800/20:194,195)

Sarah married (?) Bradley.

84. Samuel? Price .

General Notes: Uncertain connection to parents.

Samuel? married someone.

His child was:

+ 208 M    i. Louther? (Louday) Price was born about 1774 in MD and died after 1820.

85. Kibble* Price was born in 1765-1775 in MD and died after 1820 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: *Uncertain but highly probable.

In 1810, Kibble Price is listed in Wicomico Hundred, Somerset Co., MD with household of 31010-00011. In 1820, his household is 021101-30011.

Kibble* married Sarah (?).

   209 M    i. Levin Price 15 was born on 29 Aug 1807 in Somerset Co., MD.

86. Isaac Hitch was born on 30 Dec 1754 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Nov 1797 and 18 May 1798 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: Stepney Parish church records show Isaac Hitch, son of Robert and Eve Hitch, was born Dec 30 1754.

Death Notes: Isaac Hitch's will was written on Nov 5 1797 and probated in Sussex County May 18 1798 (DeW-E:176,177).

General Notes: Isaac Hitch was listed in the Stepney Parish Records of Somerset County as being born on Dec 30 1754, the son of Robert and Eve Hitch. Isaac Hitch's father, Robert's, will was written on Oct 9 1767 and probated on Mar 24 1768 (MdPrW-36:288). In it, Robert identifies Isaac as "his oldest son" and left him his dwelling house and 212 acre plantation called "High Suffolk".

On Jan 21 1775, Isaac Hitch "of Somerset County" (not Sussex yet) sold land that was part of "High Suffolk" and "Come By Chance" to William Handy, a total 212 acres for £247.6.8 current money of Maryland. (SoLR-F:293). This record mentions Adam Hitch conveyed the land to Samuel Hitch by deed on May 6 1728, and notes Isaac Hitch as grandson of Samuel. This is all the land given to Samuel by Adam Hitch in 1728. No metes and bounds given in this record. On Dec 4 1776, Isaac Hitch is mentioned in the account of Jesse Hollingsworth for services rendered on the Schooner Friendship during the Revolutionary War (Revolutionary War Papers Index, 1775-1789; B1, F7, #1).

Isaac Hitch was listed in the 1782 and 1785 Tax Assessment for Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware. In 1789, Isaac Hitch, along with Curtis Hitch, signed a 1789 petition to move the Sussex County seat from Lewes to the center of the county (History of 19th Century Laurel, Delaware). Isaac Hitch is also listed as one of nine Hitch households in the 1790 Federal Census for Sussex County, Delaware.

On Nov 14 1793, Isaac Hitch was issued a warrant for "vacant and in part cleared and improved" land not to exceed 200 acres. The land to be surveyed was adjacent to his current land called "Round Savannah" in Little Creek Hundred. (SoLR-R17:76) A survey was conducted for this on Nov 17 1793 amounting to 165 acres and 3.51 perches for "Hitches Chance". (SoLR-S18:176) The plat is meted as beginning at a marked red oak standing to the southward of a plantation of Isaac Moore's and running S19E 67 perches to a red oak, S49½W 24 perches to a red oak, S26½E 80 perches to a post, N74½E 24 perches to a post, N8E 223 perches to a persimmon tree, S36E 20 perches to a post, S12E 70 perches to a red oak, S9W 20 perches to a red oak, S59W 36 perches to a maple, S30E 133 perches to a red oak, S10E 15 perches to red oak, S37½W 20 perches to a pine, W 124 perches to a red oak, N75W 60 perches to a ditch, N18E 20 perches to a pine, N31½W 112 perches to a gum and N55¾E 110½ perches home to first bounder. A survey certificate was issued for this land on Oct 27 1794.

In 1794, there was a bond made from Isaac Hitch to Isaac Moore. (SxLR Index-P15:476). In 1797, Issac Hitch received a patent for 165 acres for "Hitches Chance". (SxLR Index-S18:410). In 1797, Isaac Hitch was assessed for £121.18.0 in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, DE. (SxTA-1797).

Isaac Hitch's will was written on Nov 5 1797 and probated May 18 1798 (DeW-E:176,177). A full transcription follows (a copy of the front page is shown in Figure 27):

In the name of God Amen I Isaac Hitch of Sussex County and State of Delaware Being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God. Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament. That is to say first and principally(?) Of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried at the discression (sic) of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me into this world I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form first I give and bequeath to Phillis Hitch my well beloved daughter one bed and furniture, one cow, one spinning wheel, one pewter dish, half dozen Earthen plates, one chest at her marriage day. Also I give and bequeath to my son Robert Hitch one year old colt to him and his heirs forever. Also I give and bequeath to my Dearly Beloved wife Sary Hitch all the residue of my personal estate and all my Lands and (?) By her freely to be poss'd and Enjoyed during her widowhood and at my wife's death or marriage day it is my will and desire that all that part of my personal Estate before named to my wife shall be Equally divided between my seven youngest children, that is between all my children except Phillis. Also it is my will and desire that at my wife's death or marriage day that my son Robert Hitch should have three fifths of all my Lands on the East side and my son Severon Hitch two fifths of all my lands on the west side with a division line drawn north and south to them and their heirs forever. Lastly I do ordain constitute and appoint my Dearly Beloved wife and my trusty friend John Dashiell sole Executors of this my last will and testament utterly disalowing (sic) Revoking and disanuling (sic) all and every other former wills and testaments. Ratifying this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of Nov in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.

Isaac Hitch (seal)

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Isaac Hitch as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of Each other have hereunto subscribed our Names.

Ezekiel (X) Jamesson
(his mark)

Robert (X) Hastings
(his mark)

Isaac married Sarah Nicholas? about 1778. Sarah was born in 1750-1755143 and died in 1831-1832 in Sussex Co., DE.

Death Notes: Sarah Hitch's death date is approximated between her apperance in the 1830 Census and her non-appearance in the 1833 Sussex County tax assessment records.

General Notes: Most extant genealogies about the Hitch family show Isaac Hitch's wife as Sarah Ellegood. My research does indeed confirm the given name as Sarah, but not the surname Ellegood. In fact, my research shows that Sarah Ellegood was probably the wife of Robert Hitch, son of Elgate Hitch. She was the daughter of William Ellegood. Jean Bircher, a descendant of Rachel Hitch, daughter of Isaac, and Benjamin Hastings indicates in a correspondence to me that Isaac's wife was Sarah Nicholas who "died in Delaware in 1835, age 80 years." Unfortunately, there is no other information on this. It should be noted, however, that the surname Nicholson, Nichols and Nicholas were synonymous in those days. Isaac Hitch's mother evidently remarried to a Nichols/Nicholson after his father died. The Nicholson/Nichols/Nicholas family interact much with the Hitches in the late 18th century. More research is needed here to definitively ascertain Isaac Hitch's wife's surname.

In the 1803 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, Sarah Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 170 acres of land 1 mare and colt 2 cows and calves 1 yoke of oxen 2 sows 3 shoats 4 sheep (SxTA-1803)

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, Sarah Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 horse 2 cows and calves 4 shoats (SxTA-1809)

In the Federal Census of 1810, Sarah Hitch is indicated on page 307 in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware in a household with one male age 10-16, one male age 16-26, one male age 26-45, three females age 16-26 and one female over age 45

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, Sarah Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 2 horses 1 colt 1 steer 3 cows and 1 heifer 1 sow 4 shoats 6 sheep (SxTA-1816)

In the Federal Census of 1820, Sarah Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred on page 404 in a household with two males age 16-26, one female age 26-45 and one female over age 45

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, Sarah Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 2 horses 1 colt 2 cows and calves 2 sows 4 shoats 7 sheep (SxTA-1822)

In the 1828 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, Sarah Hitch "wid of Is" is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 2 horses 1 yearling 7 shoats 6 sheep (SxTA-1828)

Sarah Hitch does not appear in any later tax assessments, the next occurring in 1833.

In the Federal Census of 1830, Sarah Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred on page 130 in a household with one male age 10-15, one male age 15-20, one male age 30-40, one female age 30-40, one female age 70-80.


Known children from this marriage were:

   210 F    i. Phillis Hitch .

+ 211 M    ii. Robert Hitch was born on 1 Feb 17808 144 and died on 6 Oct 1844 in DE.8 145 146

+ 212 M    iii. Severn Hitch was born in 1781-1782 in Sussex Co., DE65 and died on 27 Feb 1832 in Sussex Co., DE.147

   213 F    iv. Nancy (Ann) Hitch was born in 1784-1794.

General Notes: Never married according to Daisy Hitch (1930).

+ 214 F    v. Rachel Hitch 148 was born on 14 Jun 1788 in Sussex Co., DE and died on 5 Sep 1864 in Quincy, Adams Co., IL.

   215 F    vi. Mary Hitch was born between 1784 and 1794.

+ 216 M    vii. Samuel Hitch 149 was born in 1791 in Sussex Co., DE150 151 152 and died after 19 Mar 1878 in Grant Co., WI.

+ 217 M    viii. Joshua Hitch was born in 1798 in DE.153

87. Samuel (Levin*) Hitch was born in 1755-1767 in MD and died on 4 Apr 1802-8 Jul 1803 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: The will of his father, Robert Hitch, Sr. states that Samuel Hitch was under age 15 in 1767/68 and second oldest son after Isaac who was born in 1754.

General Notes: There is uncertainty surrounding this line. Much of the circumstantial evidence points to this man being Levin Hitch of Sussex County, DE. However, more information is required to confirm (or deny) this hypothesis. The information below is based upon this assumption however.

In the Federal Census of 1800, Levin Hitch is indicated in Sussex County, DE on page 383 in a household with one male under age 10, two males age 10-16, one male age 26-45, two females under age 10, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45 and one slave.

On Sep 4 1801, Levin Hitch received a deed from William O'Neal. For £200, Hitch received a deed from O'Neal for 200 acres of land called "New Survey" patented to O'Neal on Jul 5 1799. (SxLR-AH31:153) On Apr 4 1802, Leven Hitch and Charles Wildy, "trustees of the Baptist Church in Little Creek Hundred" received a deed from Gillis Smith. The trustees received a deed from Smith for one acre of land "for the furtherence of the Gospel" near Marshall Smith's Grist Mill. (SxLR-AH31:226)

An inventory of Levin Hitch's estate was begun by Nancy Hitch and William O'Neal on Jul 8 1803 in Sussex County, DE. An account was first presented on Sep 3 1803 for a total of £193.16.9¾. The final accounting was not completed until 1813 for a net amount of $289.20 of which $96.40 went to the widow's dower and $38.56 went to five (unfortunately unnamed) heirs. (SxPR). Payments from the estates totaled $262.16 and were paid as follows:

for Letters of Administration$ 2.17 funeral expenses 8.00 appraisers fees 6.00 (1)Joseph Copes for bond 79.57 (2)William Bell for note 34.03 (3)Joseph King for amt. 11.60 (4)Joseph Copes for amt. 4.87 (5)William Kinney for amt. 2.18 (6)Benjamin Riggen 3.13 (7)John Dashiell 20.28 (8)James Dirickson 10.56 (9)Polk & Bacon 7.98 (10)Matthew Creighton 6.10 (11)Charles Vaughan 1.57 (12)George Collins 2.57 (13)James Huffington 4.80 (14)Thomas Skinner 3.41 (15)Fooks & Howard 30.34 Commissions 18.00 Paid for stating paid for passing 5.00 ---------- $262.16

Samuel married Nancy Bacon,154 daughter of Dudson Bacon 155 and Elizabeth Vaughn,155 about 1787 in DE. Nancy was born in 1770 in DE and died after 1860 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: The 1860 Federal Census lists Nancy Hitch as age 90 in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, DE, born in DE.

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1810, Nancy Hitch is listed on page 327 in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, DE with two males under age 10, one male age 16-26, one female age 10-16, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45, one female over age 45 and one "other."

On September 27, 1824, William O'Neal and Polly his wife, gave deed to Nancy Hitch in consideration of $100. The land was part of tract "New Survey" and contained a little more than 29 acres. All parties are described as "of Broad Creek Hundred." (Sussex County Deed Books, AN-36, page 310)


Known children from this marriage were:

   218 F    i. Mary Hitch .

   219 F    ii. Sarah (Sally) Hitch .155

   220 M    iii. Samuel Hitch 155 was born in 1784-1793 in Sussex Co., DE and died between 27 May 1822 and 31 Dec 1822 in Sussex Co., DE.

Birth Notes: Samuel Hitch's birth year is estimated from the 1820 Census where he is age 26-45 and 1810 in the household of Nancy Hitch where he is apparently age 16-26. We can narrow the range slightly further by noting his listing in the 1813 tax records suggesting he had attained the age of 21 by 1813.

Death Notes: The Orphans Court records of Sussex County shed light on Samuel Hitch's death date. On Apr 2 1829, they state that he died in or about the year 1822. (SoOCP-1826/29:466) Further, Samuel's final alnd transaction occurred on May 27 1822. (SxLR-AM35:468)

General Notes: In the 1813 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Samuel Hitch is listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed the following: Personal tax:$200.00 (SxTA-1813)

Samuel Hitch is listed under the 9th DE Infantry under Capt. Walter in a Nov 28 1814 return (War of 1812).

On Feb 16 1815, Samuel Hitch "of Broad Creek Hundred" received a deed from Levin Bacon. For $550, Hitch received a deed from Bacon for 233 acres of land described as tracts "Three Square" (patented to Levin Bacon on Dec 16 1796), "Safety Enlarged", "Given's Discovery", "Inclosed", "Cypress Swamp", "Addition" and "Collins Luck", the last five tracts devised to Bacon by his father George Bacon on Sep 4 1795. (SxLR-AH31:420) On Mar 7 1815, Caldwell Windsor received a deed from Samuel Hitch. For $509.20, Windsor received a deed from Samuel Hitch for 145 acres of land in Little Creek Hundred. It was described as tracts "Three Square" (patent granted to Levin Bacon on Dec 17 1796 and sold to Hitch), "Given's Discovery", "Inclosed", and "Collins Luck". (SxLR-AH31:455)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Samuel Hitch is listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed the following: 310 acres of land$532.00 1 negro girl age 13$ 75.00 2 horses and 1 colt$ 40.00 1 yoke of oxen$ 18.00 2 cows and calves$ 14.00 3 shoats$ 2.00 2 sheep$ 5.00 personal$175.00 $861.00 (SxTA-1816)

On Sep 22 1819, Samuel Hitch "of Sussex County" received a deed from Benjamin Wootten and Amy his wife "of Sussex County". For $22.19, Hitch received a deed from the Wootten for 7 acres of land in Broad Creek Hundred. It was described as tract "New Survey" conveyed from William O'Neal on Dec 16 1802 to James Winder(?) then to Joseph Betts and, on Apr 5 1813, to Benjamin Wootten. It was near the County Road leading from Laurel to Bulls Mills. (SxLR-AL34:377)

In the 1819 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Samuel Hitch is listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed the following: 1 negro girl age 17$125.00 2 horses$ 70.00 1 yoke of oxen$ 35.00 2 cows and calves$ 24.00 3 yearlings$ 6.00 7 sheep$ 7.00 7 shoats$ 7.00 personal$135.00 $308.00 (SxTA-1819)

In the Federal Census of 1820, Samuel Hitch is Indicated in Broad Creek Hundred, Sussex County, DE (page 398) in a household with one male under age 10, one male age 10-16, two males age 26-45, one female under age 10, one female age 26-45 and one female over age 45.

On Mar 18 1822, Samuel Hitch "of Broad Creek Hundred" received a deed from William Ellegood, trustee of Robinson estate. For $432, Hitch received 53½ acres of land from Ellegood described as part of the real estate of Mitchell Henshaw, deceased. (SxLR-AM35:285). On May 23 1822, Samuel Hitch "of Broad Creek Hundred" received a deed from George H. Vinson and Abigail his wife. For $450, Hitch received nine acres of land from Vinson described as tract "Double Purchase". (SxLR-AM35:414). On May 27 1822, Joseph Vickers "of George" received a deed from Samuel Hitch. For a $750 mortgage, Vickers received land described as tracts "Cold Harbour" (61 acres), "Driskills Venture" (30 acres), "Content" (90 acres), "Double Purchase" (20 acres), and "Addition to Folly" (10 acres). (SxLR-AM35:468)

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Samuel Hitch is listed in Broad Creek Hundred and assessed the following: 300 acres of land$900.00 1 negro woman age 22$ 80.00 3 horsest$120.00 1 yoke of oxen$ 18.00 2 cows and calves$ 18.00 5 young cattle$ 25.00 15 shoats$ 9.00 2 sows and 9 pigs$ 6.00 12 sheep$ 12.00 personal$150.00 $1258.00 (SxTA-1822)

In the Orphans Court records of Sussex County (SoOCP-1826/29:466), we find keys to the family of Samuel Hitch. There, on Apr 2 1829, a report of the division of his lands is presented. It states that he died in or about the year 1822 and owned about 300 acres of land in Broad Creek Hundred adjoining that of Levin Vaughn, Cyrus Windsor and Isaac Cooper. It also states that surviving relatives of Samuel Hitch included two (2) brothers "of the whole blood," William aged about 21 years and Levin Hitch since deceased but with widow Eleanor and two (2) children; Samuel, aged about 5 years and Levin, age 3. There is a plat in this record that also shows his land bordering that of Nancy Hitch and Nancy Hitch's dower (no doubt, this is Samuel Hitch's mother, Nancy [Bacon] Hitch]).

+ 221 M    iv. Levin Hitch was born on 15 Oct 1800 in DE156 and died on 12 Apr 1825 in Sussex Co., DE.154 157

+ 222 M    v. William Hitch was born on 28 Apr 1802 in Sussex Co., DE,76 158 159 160 161 162 163 died on 6 Dec 1886 in Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,76 158 and was buried about 9 Dec 1886 in Hitch Farm, Near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

98. Thomas Hitch was born about 1756 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 1810 and 9 Feb 1813 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: For the 1800 and 1810 Federal Censuses, he is listed as age 26-45 and age 45+, respectively, in Somerset County, MD.

Death Notes: Thomas Hitch died sometime after the Census of 1810 but before Feb 9 1813 when his wife Mary was indicated as "widow of Thomas Hitch" in a land record. (SoLR-JP1:399)

General Notes: The Somerset County Tax Assessment Records for the years 1793-1796 show Thomas Hitch in Rewastico Hundred assessed for 262½ acres of land, £200; one male/female slave under age 8, £3; one m/f slave age 8-14, £15; one male slave age 14-45, £45; 1½ oz. of plate, £0.12.6; other property, £46.7.6. Total assessment was £310, £310, £310, and £310 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. (SoTA-1793/96)

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Thomas Hitch is listed in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County as owner and occupant of property "situated near Rockawalkin Branch" consisting of one framed wood dwelling house, one story, size 30' x 16'; one sawed log cook house, one story, size 30' x 16'; one round log meat house, one story, size 9' x 9'; one framed wood milk house, one story, size 8' x 8', All this contained 80 perches assessed at $200. Also was assessed $75 for dwelling house & $80 for 262 acres of land. Finally, Thomas Hitch was listed as the owner of three slaves, two over the age of 12. (TA1798). In the 1798/1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report, Thomas Hitch is listed in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County and assessed taxes for 262½ acres of land, etc. (SoTA-1798/1803)

In the Federal Census of 1800, Thomas Hitch is listed in Somerset County on page 62 with two males under 10, one male 26-45, two females under 10, one female 26-45 and three slaves.

On Feb 20 1801, Thomas Hitch is mentioned, along with William and Levin Hitch, in a Levin Handy and William Elgate Hitch bond with Hugh Gemmil. (SoLR-N:116,121). He is mentioned as a claimant of Joshua Hitch Sr., deceased.

On May 5 1810, Thomas Hitch sold to Thomas Rencher for $1,200, four slaves (woman Minta, boy Sam, boy Adam, and boy Isaac), livestock, corn and bacon and, for another $1,200, 150 acres of land in "High Suffolk" where the said Hitch now lives. No metes and bounds. (SoLR-T:428,429). On May 5 1810, He sold 35 acres of "High Suffolk" to William Stone Sr. for $200. Land beginning at a marked chestnut post at the point of a divisional line between Thomas Rencher dec'd and the said William Stone thence N42W 157 perches by and with the said William Stone's line of marked tress unto the lands of Harry Dulany, thence S9W 53 perches by and with Dulany's land to the land of Mrs. Polly Hitch, thence S44E 127 perches, thence N43E 36½ perches to the said marked chestnut post containing 35 acres. (SoLR-T:533).

In the Federal Census of 1810, Thomas Hitch is listed in Somerset County on page 277, Rewastico district in a household comprised of three males under age 10, one male age 45+, one female under age 10, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45, five "others" and four slaves. He is listed two houses from Polly Hitch in the census records.

On Feb 9 1813, Mary Hitch, widow of Thomas Hitch, gave deed for 21¼ acres of land to George Moseley for $85. The land was described as beginning at a marked chestnut, the corner tree of afsd George Moseley's land which he purchased of William S. Handy thence S28W 58½ perches by and with said Moseley's line to the land occupied by Mary Hitch, widow of William E. Hitch, thence N43W 67½ perches by and with said Mary Hitch's land to land purchased by William Stone Sr. of Thomas Hitch, deceased, thence N43E 57 perches by and with said Stone's land to land belonging to William Rencher and thence with a straight line to the beginning laid out for 21¼ acres. (SoLR-JP1:399).

In the 1813/1814 Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County, the "heirs" of Thomas Hitch "of J." in the 1st Election District and taxed for 262½ acres of land valued at $700.

Thomas married Mary (Molly) Rencher, daughter of Thomas Rencher and Baty Hitch. Mary was born about 1760 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 6 Oct 1843 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Vestry Minutes for Somerset Parish, Somerset County, Maryland states Mary Hitch died of consumption on Oct 6 1843 at age 80.

Death Notes: Vestry Minutes for Somerset Parish, Somerset County, Maryland states Mary Hitch died of consumption on Oct 6 1843 at age 80.

General Notes: Molly Hitch was indicated as a daughter, along with Sally Rencher and Alice Harris, of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written Aug 18 1806, Codicil; Sep 29 1806; and probated Oct 15 1806. Also named were sons Thomas, Samuel, and William Rencher and grandchildren Betsy Hitch, Betsy Harris (daughter of William and Alice Harris), John Hitch, Thomas Hitch, Littleton Hitch, and Sarah Hitch (SoW-1800/20:106/108).

On Feb 12 1812, the Executor for Thomas Rencher to show cause why negroes Minty, Adam and Samuel, claimed by Mary Hitch, should not be stricken from inventory. John Knipschelk was summoned to testify for Mary Hitch. (SoOCP-1811/23:14). On Sep 25 1813, Mary Hitch, with Samuel, John, Thomas and William Rencher, William Harris and John Callaway, sold deed for 100 acres of marshland called "Earnedly" located on the north side of Monie Bay to Moses Horner for $5. (SoLR-JP1:348). On Oct 26 1813, Thomas Rencher and wife Priscilla sold 150 acres of "High Suffolk" to Mary Hitch. No metes and bounds given in this record (SoLR-JP1:292).

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1817, Mary Hitch is assessed as follows: ·"High Suffolk"; 262½ acres: $785 ·Slaves Sam (age 13), Isaac (age 8), Levin (age 4), Adam (age 9): $145 ·other property, etc.: $95, $34, $61

In the Federal Census of 1820 for District 1 in Somerset County, Mary Hitch is listed on page 103 as one male age 10-16, one male age 16-18, two males age 16-26, one female age 16-26, one female age 45+ and 6 slaves. She is but three houses from Polly Hitch (widow of William E.).

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823, Mary Hitch "of Thomas" is assessed as follows: ·"High Suffolk"; 150 acres: $335 ·Slaves Sam (age 21), Isaac (age 14): $160 ·Slaves Levin (age 12), Adam (age 3), Minty (age 40): $115 ·Slaves Ann (age 6), Minty (age 20), unknown (age 4 months): $115 ·5 beds etc., 2 horses, 2 oz. of plate: $77 ·8 cattle, 14 hogs, 13, sheep: $57 ·other property: $11 (SoTA-1823:195)

In the Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger for 1830, Quantico District, Mary Hitch is assessed for the following: ·"High Suffolk", 150 acres: $750 ·Slaves Sam (age 25), Isaac (age 20): $600 ·Levin (age 19), Minta (age 47): $350 ·Anne (age 13), 4 cattle, 9 hogs: $185 ·1 carriage, 2 beds, other: $40 (SoTA-1830:64)

In the Federal Census of 1840, Mary Hitch is indicated in the Upper District of Somerset County (page 187) in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one female age 10-15, one female age 30-40, one female age 50-60, one female age 70-80 and four slaves.

In the Somerset County Assessment Ledger for 1841-1852, Mary Hitch is indicated in Election District 9, Salisbury, and assessed as follows: Mary Hitch, 1841: ·To "High Suffolk", 150 acres: $900 ·To Minta (60), Ann (24), Isaac (31): $550 ·To Levin (30), Leah (2), Sarah (4): $360 ·To 1 horse, 2 cows, 3 cattle, 5 sheep, 8 hogs: $80 ·To 4 beds etc., other:$55 Total: $1945 1846 added: ·By "High Suffolk" 150 acres: $900 ·By Ann, Leah: $280 ·By Isaac to Thomas Hitch: $250 ·By Sarah to Thomas Hitch: $30 ·By other property lost or gone: $485 Total: $1945 (SoTA-1841/52:24)

The Vestry Minutes for Stepney Parish indicate that Mary (Polly) Hitch died of consumption on Oct 6 1843. She was 80 years old.

In her will written on Aug 10 1843 and probated In Somerset County on Nov 7 1843, Mary Hitch left the following: ·to daughter Sally, plantation "High Suffolk", 150 acres ·to daughter Elizabeth Hitch ·to son Thomas give negro Isaac ·to grandchildren Mary Alice, Elizabeth Temperance, and Littleton Joshua Hitch Friends: George Todd, Dr. Richard Lemmin, execs. Witnesses: Henry Toadvine, Ann Phillips, Maria Mills (SoW-1837/59:88, 89)


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 223 M    i. Littleton Hitch was born about 1775 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Jan 1805 and 5 Feb 1805 in Somerset Co., MD.164

   224 F    ii. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch was born in 1790 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 30 Aug 1851 and 18 Nov 1851 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: 1850 Federal Census: Elizabeth Hitch is listed as age 60 in Somerset County, MD, born in MD. She is in the household of William Byrd and family.

Death Notes: Elizabeth Hitch's will was written Aug 30 1851 and probated Nov 18 1851. (SoW-1837/59-193)

General Notes: Betsy Hitch was indicated as a granddaughter of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written Aug 18 1806, Codicil; Sep 29 1806; and probated Oct 15 1806.

In an 1830 Tax Assessment, Elizabeth Hitch was listed in the Quantico District Tax ledger as being assessed for slaves Henry (age 10), Thomas (age 7) and Mary (age 7) for a total of $225. (SoTA-1830:64). In an 1841 Tax Assessment, "Miss" Elizabeth Hitch was listed in the Election District 9 Tax ledger, for Salisbury, as being assessed for negroes Henry (age 20), Tamer (age 18), and Mary (age 16) for a total of $650. (SoTA-1841/1852:25)

In the 1850 Federal Census for Somerset County, Maryland, Elizabeth Hitch is indicated in a household on page 504, Salisbury District, with her brother-in-law William Byrd and family as follows: - Elizabeth Hitch, age 60 - William R. Byrd, farmer, age 44 - Sally Byrd, age 46 (Elizabeth's sister) - Sarah E. Byrd, age 18 - George W. Byrd, age 17 - Elizabeth Byrd, age 14 - George F. Byrd, age 3/12 All individuals were born in Maryland.

Elizabeth Hitch's will was written on Aug 30 1851 and probated Nov 18 1851 as follows: ·Niece, Elizabeth T. Hitch to get negro man Henry until he reaches age 50 when he is to go free. Also to get negro woman Mary and her children ·Sister, Sarah Byrd to get $150 ·Nephew, Littleton Joshua Hitch to get $100 ·George W. Byrd to get a bed ·Cousin, Ellen McDaniel to get $100 ·Brother, Thomas Hitch to get balance of estate. Executor was William R. Byrd and witness was George W. Covington. (SoW-1837/59:193)

   225 M    iii. John Hitch was born in 1791-1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: John Hitch's birth year is estimated assuming that he is the male under age 10 in his father's household in the 1800 Federal Census for Somerset County, MD.

General Notes: John Hitch was indicated as a grandson of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written Aug 18 1806, Codicil; Sep 29 1806; and probated Oct 15 1806. This may be the John Hitch listed in the Federal Census of 1820 where John Hitch is indicated in Somerset County (pg 45) with one male age 10-16, one male age 16-26, one male age 45+, one female age 16-26 and one female age 26-45.

+ 226 M    iv. Thomas Hitch was born in 1794-1795 in MD165 166 and died in 1866-1869 in Somerset Co., MD.

   227 F    v. (Daughter) Hitch was born between 1791 and 1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 228 F    vi. Sarah Rencher Hitch was born on 22 Mar 1804 in Somerset Co., MD,167 168 169 died on 29 Sep 1862 in Somerset Co., MD,170 171 and was buried about 2 Oct 1862 in Ebenezer Methodist Church, Wicomico Co., MD.

101. Joshua Hitch Jr. was born about 1760 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 13 Feb 1796 and 1798 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Joshua Hitch Jr. probably died sometime between Feb 13 1796 (the last time he is listed in records as alive) and 1798 as he was not listed in the Federal Assessment of 1798.

General Notes: On Oct 12 1790, Joshua Hitch Jr. was mentioned in the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings for orphans George Wailes and Isaac Horsey (of William), both under age 14. Appointed Guardian was Joshua Hitch Jr. with sureties provided by Joshua Hitch Sr. and George Wailes" (SoOCP:97). In the May 1791 Court Term for Somerset County, there is a case "Joshua Hitch Senr vs. Henry Lowes" over the sum of £22.14.5, Lowes had made a bill of obligation on Aug 24 1789. Joshua Hitch Jr. was present as witness. Plaintiff recovered the money plus 353 lbs. of tobacco in damages. (SoJ-1788/91:284). On Dec 13 1791, Joshua Hitch Jr. is listed as guardian to Isaac and George Wailes Horsey (SoOCP:103). On Apr 7 1792, Joshua Hitch Jr. received deeds for land tracts called "Newhaven," "Maddoxs Fancy," "Confusion" and "Last Discovery." from John Leatherbury for £269.1.10½. Leatherbury was the sheriff who was ordered to sell the lands of William McClemmy, deceased. "Newhaven" is described as beginning at a marked pine thence, N7W 76 poles, N14W 90 poles, N49W 88 poles, N45E 120 poles, E 54 poles, S20E 251 poles, S60W 160 poles to first bounder, laid out for 192 acres. "Maddoxs Fancy" was originally surveyed for Alexander Maddux Jr. beginning at a marked white oak on the north side of the head of the Wicomico River in the woods on the south side of a tract called "Whitefield" and on the west side of tract surveyed for Charles Nicholson by the side of a path thence, S61¾W 80 poles, S3W 100 poles, N61¾E 108 poles, thence with a right line to beginning laid out for 46¾ acres. "Confusion" was originally surveyed for Nathan Culver beginning at a marked white oak near the end of the 3rd line of "Maddoxs Fancy" thence S61¾W 131 poles, S3½E 127 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 25¼ acres. "Last Discovery" was surveyed for Nathan Culver beginning at a marked red oak in the 3rd line of "Whitefield" 5 perches from the end of said line and on the first line of "Maddoxs Fancy" 22 perches from its first bounder thence W 105 poles, NW 40 poles, SW 55 poles, S851/2E 123 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 8 acres. Joshua Hitch Jr. apparently was acting as an agent in this transaction for Levin Irving as, on the same day, Joshua sold all the same land to Levin Irving for the same amount he paid. (SoLR-IPtI:360,369). It was offered at a sheriff's auction and he was the highest bidder.

On Jun 18 1794, Joshua Hitch received a militia appointment as Lieutenant. (Index 51, MSA Military Records, #1-63 & #2-33, 127). Between Dec 30 1795 and Feb 13 1796, the inventory of Charles Trader, son of Stephen Trader, was taken. Joshua Hitch is stated as next-of-kin. Joshua Hitch probably died sometime between 1796 and 1798 as he was not listed in the Federal Assessment of 1798 and John Hitch was settling his estate by Sep 1799 (see the following paragraphs). (TA1798)

On Sep 9 1799, John Hitch gave deed for land "Flower Field" to Jacob and Joseph Morris and Elizabeth Adams. It was for 221 acres for bond on Joseph Morris and £5. (SoLR-L:543). The records mentions John as "devisee of Joshua Hitch". On Mar 8 1800, John Hitch, as "devisee of Joshua Hitch", received a deed for 220 acres land called "Flower Field" from Robert Morris and Polly Ray for bond on Joseph Morris "sevr of Joshua Hitch" and £5. (SoLR-M:70). On May 6 1800, John Hitch "of Joshua" and "devisee of Joshua HITCH", gave a deed for land "Flower Field" to Levin Handy, 221 acres for £500. (SoLR-N:36). This record mentions Jane Hitch as John's wife

PLEASE NOTE: the following children I now feel do not belong to this line. More research is required, however, I leave them here for reference purposes for now.

Joshua married Elizabeth Trader.,172 daughter of Henry Trader 172 and Agnes (?),.172 Elizabeth was born about 1768 in Accomack Co., VA.

Birth Notes: Correspondence from James R. Trader; 528-B Alabama Ave. Salisbury, MD 21801-5765, Dec 5 2000. This was a set of group sheets and notes on Henry Trader and descendants showing connection of Henry's daughter to Joshua Hitch Jr.

General Notes: Between Jan 5 1792 and Mar 14 1796, the estate of Henry Trader was inventoried in Somerset County. The executrix was Ann Collins. Next of kin were Elizabeth Hitch and Henry Trader.


Known children from this marriage were:

   229 F    i. Betsy Hitch .

+ 230 F    ii. Nancy (Ann)* Hitch was born about 1771 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 23 Nov 1819 in Somerset Co., MD.173 174

   231 M    iii. Thomas M. Hitch died between 13 Feb 1805 and 9 Apr 1805 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Thomas M. Hitch is mentioned as paid by George Layfiled estate on Feb 13 1805, but his own estate inventory was brought into account from Apr 8 1805. (SoAA-EB27:10,11,43)

General Notes: When George Layfield's account was administered by Solomon Layfield on Feb 13 1805, payments were due to Thomas Hitch and Thomas M. Hitch. (SoAA-EB27:10,11) When Peregrine Weatherly's account was made on Feb 3 1806 and proved Oct 6 1803, it mentions a payment to Thomas M. Hitch. (Ibid.:36,37) Benjamin Lankford, administrator of Thomas M. Hitch brought the inventory of his account forward on Apr 9 1805 and made payments due to John Roberts, William Handy, John Nicholson, Joshua Anderson, Thomas Bayly and Benjamin Lankford and proved on Mar 25 1806. (Ibid.:43)

Lankford made a second accounting Oct 8 1806 when he made payments due to Sarah Hitch, Charles Moore, Aaron Mezick, Dr. Thomas J. Winder, James Nicholson (of Chas.) and Mary Hitch. (Ibid.:55) Benjamin Lankford made another accounting of Thomas M. Hitch's estate. His inventory was brought forward on Oct 8 1805 and the account proved Apr 14 1807. Payments were due to George Handy, Thomas Handy and Levin Dashiell. The final account was $178.04. (Ibid.:70)

   232 F    iv. Suchey Hitch .

   233 F    v. Nelly Hitch .

Nelly married (?) Beauchamp.

102. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch was born about 1762 in MD.

General Notes: In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Edward Brown and Betsy (Hitch) Brown occupied the property in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County owned by "Joshua Hitch Heirs situated near Rockawalkin Branch" consisting of one framed wood dwelling house, two stories, size 35' x 20'; one framed wood cook house, one story, size 17' x 24'; one sawed log meat house, one story, size 10' x 10'; one framed wood milk house, one story, size 16' x 8'; one hewed log stable, one story, size 16' x 18'; one old framed wood carriage house, one story, size 10' x 16'. Land contained 80 perches assessed at $200. Also listed was one round pole corn house, 16' x 8'. (TA1798)

On Apr 10 1799, "Hitch's Hard Luck" was surveyed for John, William, Laban, Nancy and Peggy Hitch. Also for Edward Brown and wife Betsy, Joshua Pollitt and wife Sarah, William Elgate Hitch and wife Polly and Levin Handy and wife Nelly. The survey was for a new tract that included parts of tracts "High Suffolk", "Last Choice" and "Maddux's Luck" as well as tracts "Wilson's Discovery", "Hitch's Choice", and "Father's Neglect." The survey amounted to 1256 acres of land.

Elizabeth married Edward Brown before 1792 in Somerset Co., MD. Edward was born about 1760 in MD.76

+ 234 M    i. Sovereign Hitch Brown was born on 2 Dec 1785 in MD, died on 20 May 1855 in IA,76 and was buried about 23 May 1855 in Timberlake Cemetery, Muscatine Co., IA.

103. Sally Hitch was born between 1765 and 1774 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: On Apr 10 1799, "Hitch's Hard Luck" was surveyed for John, William, Laban, Nancy and Peggy Hitch. Also for Edward Brown and wife Betsy, Joshua Pollitt and wife Sarah, William Elgate Hitch and wife Polly and Levin Handy and wife Nelly. The survey was for a new tract that included parts of tracts "High Suffolk", "Last Choice" and "Maddux's Luck" as well as tracts "Wilson's Discovery", "Hitch's Choice", and "Father's Neglect." The survey amounted to 1256 acres of land.

Sally married Joshua Pollitt, son of Thomas Pollitt III 175 and Catherine (?), before 1792. Joshua was born before 1765 and died between 29 Jan 1820 and 30 Nov 1820 in Worcester Co., MD.

General Notes: Joshua Pollitt's will was written in 1815 and probated in Worcester County on Nov 30 1820 and leaves to wife Sarah, "lands where I now dwell." To children Peter Pollitt, Thomas Pollitt, William Pollitt, Samuel Pollitt, Jane Pollitt, Mary Allegood. Witnesses Jacob Morris of Jacob he is deceased by 1820, John E. Pollitt, William Pollitt (deceased by 1820). (WoW-MH:449)


Known children from this marriage were:

   235 M    i. Peter Pollitt was born in 1794-1799.

+ 236 F    ii. Mary Pollitt was born in 1793 in MD.176

   237 M    iii. Thomas Pollitt was born in 1798 in MD.177

General Notes: See notes for William Pollitt, born 1801. The same applies to this Thomas Pollitt.

Thomas married Maria Livingston on 21 Apr 1819 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Maria was born in 1803 in MD.178

+ 238 M    iv. William J. Pollitt was born in Jan 1800 in MD179 180 181 182 and died on 18 Mar 1881 in Wicomico Co., MD.

   239 F    v. Jane Pollitt was born between 1801 and 1804.

   240 M    vi. Samuel Pollitt was born in 1802-1804.

104. Nancy (Anne) Hitch was born between 1765 and 1784 and died after 1815.

General Notes: In the Stepney Parish Records, it states that Anne Hitch, daughter of Joshua and Mary Hitch, married Tubman Lowes, the son of Henry and Esther Lowes.

On Apr 10 1799, "Hitch's Hard Luck" was surveyed for John, William, Laban, Nancy and Peggy Hitch. Also for Edward Brown and wife Betsy, Joshua Pollitt and wife Sarah, William Elgate Hitch and wife Polly and Levin Handy and wife Nelly. The survey was for a new tract that included parts of tracts "High Suffolk", "Last Choice" and "Maddux's Luck" as well as tracts "Wilson's Discovery", "Hitch's Choice", and "Father's Neglect." The survey amounted to 1256 acres of land. Nancy Hitch is listed in Rewastico Hundred in the Tax Commissioners Assessment of 1798-1803 for Somerset County. In it, she is assessed for three slaves under age 8 at £8, one male slave age 14-45 at £45 and other personal property at £7 for a total assessment of £60 for the years 1798 through 1803, respectively.

Nancy married Tubman Lowes, son of Henry Lowes Jr. 183 and Esther Dashiell, on 11 Mar 1801 in Somerset Co., MD. Tubman was born on 24 Sep 1764 in Stepney Parish, Somerset Co., MD and died in 1814-1815 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: Stepney Parish Church Records state "Anne Hitch, daughter of Joshua and Mary Hitch married Tubman Lowes, son of Henry and Esther Lowes" on Mar 11 1801.

Birth Notes: Dashiell Family Records, Benjamin J. Dashiell, 1929.


   241 F    i. Mary Anne Lowes was born on 21 Mar 1803 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Dashiell Family Records, Benjamin J. Dashiell, 1929.

105. Nelly Hitch was born about 1770 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 2 Sep 1829.

General Notes: In the 1793-1796 Assessment Record for Somerset County, "Miss Nelly" Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed for one male/female slave under age 8, £10; and one male/female slave age 8-14, £15. In 1795, she is not assessed anymore - this may indicate when she married Levin Handy. Total assessment was £25, £25, £0, £0 for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796, respectively.

On Apr 10 1799, "Hitch's Hard Luck" was surveyed for John, William, Laban, Nancy and Peggy Hitch. Also for Edward Brown and wife Betsy, Joshua Pollitt and wife Sarah, William Elgate Hitch and wife Polly and Levin Handy and wife Nelly. The survey was for a new tract that included parts of tracts "High Suffolk", "Last Choice" and "Maddux's Luck" as well as tracts "Wilson's Discovery", "Hitch's Choice", and "Father's Neglect." The survey amounted to 1256 acres of land.

Nelly married Major Levin Handy in 1794-1795 in Somerset Co., MD. Levin was born on 30 Nov 1764 in Somerset Co., MD184 and died in 1804.184

Marriage Notes: Handy Family Annals, Handy, 1861. States Nelly Hitch, daughter of Joshua Hitch and aunt to Dr. William Hitch of Baltimore was second wife of Levin Handy.


Known children from this marriage were:

   242 F    i. Maria Handy was born on 28 Oct 1795 in MD and died on 15 Aug 1847 in MD.

Birth Notes: Handy Family Annals, Handy, 1861.

Death Notes: Handy Family Annals, Handy, 1861.

   243 F    ii. Ellen (Nelly) Handy was born on 23 Sep 1798 in MD and died on 8 Apr 1865 in MD.

Birth Notes: Handy Family Annals, Handy, 1861.

Death Notes: Handy Family Annals, Handy, 1861.

   244 F    iii. Jane Handy was born on 4 Dec 1800 in MD.

Birth Notes: Handy Family Annals, Handy, 1861.

107. John Hitch was born before 1778 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 29 Oct 1803 and 7 Feb 1804 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: It is assumed that John Hitch had reached age 21 to be listed in the Federal Assessment of 1798.

Death Notes: John Hitch's will was written Oct 29 1803 and probated Feb 7 1804. (SoW-1800/20:81)

General Notes: In the Federal Assessment of 1798, John Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County as owner and occupant of property "situated near Rockawalkin Branch on the main road leading from Spring Hill to Salisbury" consisting of one framed wood dwelling house, one story, size 26' x 18'; one sawed log hitching (sic?), one story, size 16' x 20'; the assessment contained 80 perches assessed at $120 and also lists one hewed log barn, 20' x 18'; one round log corn house, 16' x 6'; Total assessment was $25 for buildings and $20 for 228 acres of land. He was also listed as owner of three slaves, two over the age of 12. (TA1798). In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report for Rewastico Hundred, Somerset County, John Hitch was assessed taxes for 221 acres of land at £175, one male/female slave under age 8 at £1, one male slave age 14-45 at £45, one female slave age 14-36 at £30, two ounces of plate at £16.8, and other personal property at £48.3.4 for a total assessment of £300 for years 1798 through 1800 when all was indicated as going to "Levin Handy of R.I." (SoTA-1798/1803)

On Apr 10 1799, "Hitch's Hard Luck" was surveyed for John, William, Laban, Nancy and Peggy Hitch. Also for Edward Brown and wife Betsy, Joshua Pollitt and wife Sarah, William Elgate Hitch and wife Polly and Levin Handy and wife Nelly. The survey was for a new tract that included parts of tracts "High Suffolk", "Last Choice" and "Maddux's Luck" as well as tracts "Wilson's Discovery", "Hitch's Choice", and "Father's Neglect." The survey amounted to 1256 acres of land.

On Jun 15 1799, Wm. Hitch and John Hitch, with wife Jean Hitch, sons of Joshua Hitch, sold land "Come By Chance" and "Culver's Folly" ("Culver's Folly" was a resurvey of 134 acres of "Come By Chance" by William Hitch) to Thomas Humphries Jr. (Land Records of Wicomico County, 1666-1810, Ruth Dryden, pg 96). On Sep 9 1799, John Hitch gave deed for land "Flower Field" to Jacob and Joseph Morris and Elizabeth Adams. It was for 221 acres for bond on Joseph Morris and £5. (SoLR-L:543). The records mentions John as "devisee of Joshua Hitch". On Mar 8 1800, John Hitch, as "devisee of Joshua Hitch", received a deed for 220 acres land called "Flower Field" from Robert Morris and Polly Ray for bond on Joseph Morris "sevr of Joshua Hitch" and £5. (SoLR-M:70).

On May 6 1800, John Hitch "of Joshua" and "devisee of Joshua HITCH", gave a deed for land "Flower Field" to Levin Handy, 221 acres for £500. (SoLR-N:36). This record mentions Jane Hitch as John's wife. Also on May 6 1800, John Hitch, with William Elgate Hitch and Polly Hitch, Edward and Betsy Brown, Levin and Nelly Handy, Joshua and Sally Pollitt, Nancy Hitch and Peggy Hitch, gave deed for 300 acres of land called "Hitch's Hard Luck", "Maddux's Lot", and "Wilson's Discovery" "on road from Salisbury to Spring Hill" for $500 to Thomas Rencher Sr. (SoLR-M:146).

John Hitch moved to Baltimore sometime around the year 1800 as demonstrated by his listing in the 1800 Federal Census for the city of Baltimore (page 253b, line 5) where his household contains two males age 26-45 and two females age 26-45. On Jan 22 1801, John Hitch and his wife Jane Hitch, and Edward Brown & wife, deeded land called "Hitch's Hard Luck" to William E. Hitch for $2,000. (SoLR-N:67). Mentions John Hitch as "of the city of Baltimore, Maryland".

In John Hitch's will written Oct 29 1803 and probated Feb 7 1804, he names his wife Jane Hitch. Witnesses were George Aires Sr. and Littleton Aires. (SoW-1800/20:81). John Hitch's inventory was brought forth Apr 10 1804 and his account approved May 18 1805 with administratrix Jane Hitch. Total account was $712.26. Payments were to Stephen Collins, Dr. John Houston, William Handy, John Nicholson, John Reddish, Dr. Levin Irving, Polk & Henry, and Thomas Reddish. (SoAA-EB27:20). On Jun 11 1811, Stephen Collins and Whittington Polk reported the sale of lands of John Hitch to John Taylor (SoOCP-1811/23:9). On Nov 21 1816, Stephen Collins and Whittington Polk to pay Stephen Dykes, who intermarried with widow of John Hitch. (Ibid:70)

John married Jane (Jean, Jeanie) Polk, daughter of Benjamin Polk 183 and Sarah Whittington,183 on 23 Jan 1797 in Somerset Co., MD. Jane was born about 1774 in MD.

Marriage Notes: SoMR.

Birth Notes: In the 1800 and 1820 Federal Census, Jane Hitch is listed as age 26-45 for both. This would put her birth circa 1774.

General Notes: On Nov 21 1816, the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings mentions "Stephen Collins and Whittington Polk to pay Stephen Dykes who intermarried with widow of John HITCH" It also states, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch." (SoOCP-1811/23:70)


Known children from this marriage were:

   245 F    i. Polly Collins Hitch was born on 27 Nov 1797 in Somerset Co., MD,185 died about 19 Jun 1800 in Baltimore, MD,186 and was buried on 22 Jun 1800 in St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore, MD.186

+ 246 M    ii. Joshua Whittington Hitch was born in 1799 in MD,187 188 189 190 died on 9 Jun 1844 in Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS,191 192 193 and was buried on 10 Jun 1844 in Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS.194

108. Thomas James Hitch was born in 1755-1764 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 19 Jan 1802 and 1810 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Thomas J. Hitch evidently died sometime between his court case on Jan 19 1802 and and the 1810 Census in which he was not listed.

General Notes: On Nov 1 1782, Thomas Hitch's father, James Hitch conveyed land in "Polk's Folly" to George and Mary Austin. However, James Hitch died before the conveyance happened upon which Thomas Hitch had rights to 100 acres of that land and conveyed. He was listed in the Tax Assessment of 1783 in Rewastico Hundred as Thomas Hitch Jr. with land "High Suffolk" (22¼ acres) and "Fathers Delight" (16 acres) as well as one horse. He is the only person in the household at the time (TA1783).

In the Federal Census of 1800, Thomas Hitch is listed in Somerset County on page 37 with one male under 10, two males 10-16, one male 26-45, one female under 10, one female 26-45 and two slaves.

On Jan 19 1802, Thomas James Hitch is listed as having a judgment against William E. Hitch (MdCC-64:251).

Thomas married (?) (?) about 1783. (?) was born about 1755-1765.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 247 M    i. Thomas Hitch was born in 1784 in Somerset Co., MD195 and died in 1851-1859 in Quantico, Somerset Co., MD.

   248 M    ii. (Son) Hitch was born in 1784-1790 in Somerset Co., MD.

   249 M    iii. (Son) Hitch was born in 1791-1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

   250 F    iv. (Daughter) Hitch was born in 1791-1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

109. Elizabeth (Betsy)* Hitch 8 was born about 1764 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: *UNCERTAIN parentage - this researcher has seen other "theories" that this Betsy Hitch is the same one as Betsy Hitch, daughter of Ezekiel of William of Adam. However, no proof has been offered. I place Betsy, wife of John Perdue here due to the fact that both John and George Perdue are mentioned as "nearest kin" when James Hitch's estate was administered in 1784 (by brother Joshua Hitch). (SoAA-EB18:134) It makes sense that John Perdue, as son-in-law may have been listed as one of his nearest kin. MEDIUM PROBABILITY but needs more research. The Perdue family moved to Hancock Co., GA in 1796.

Elizabeth married John Perdue. John was born about 1760 in MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

   251 F    i. Hetty Perdue was born on 30 Jun 1781 in Somerset Co., MD.196

Hetty married (?) Reddick.197

   252 F    ii. Elizabeth H. Perdue was born in Somerset Co., MD.196

   253 M    iii. John Bailey Perdue was born on 5 Apr 1788 in Somerset Co., MD.196

   254 M    iv. James Hiland Perdue was born in 1790 in Somerset Co., MD.196

+ 255 M    v. Sovereign Tully Perdue was born on 20 Mar 1792 in Somerset Co., MD196 and died on 25 Aug 1863 in Lowndes Co., AL.196

   256 F    vi. Nancy Perdue .196

   257 F    vii. Rachel Perdue .196

   258 M    viii. Joshua A. Perdue .196

   259 M    ix. Alexander Bollin Perdue was born in 1799 in GA.196

111. Alice Rencher died between 25 Jan 1845 and 21 Feb 1849 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Alice Harris' will was written Jan 25 1845 and probated Feb 21 1849 (SoW-1837/59:155).

General Notes: Molly Hitch was indicated as a daughter, along with Sally Rencher and Alice Harris, of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written Aug 18 1806, Codicil; Sep 29 1806; and probated Oct 15 1806. Also named were sons Thomas, Samuel, and William Rencher and grandchildren Betsy Hitch, Betsy Harris (daughter of William and Alice Harris), John Hitch, Thomas Hitch, Littleton Hitch, and Sarah Hitch (SoW-1800/20:106/108).

Alice married William Harris, son of John Harris 5 and Sarah Roberts,5 about 1795. William was born about 1773 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Dec 1843 in Somerset Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

   260 F    i. Mary Rencher Harris was born on 21 Jul 1797 in MD,198 199 200 201 died on 19 Jan 1888 in Somerset Co., MD,200 202 and was buried about 22 Jan 1888 in St. Andrews Episcopal Churchyard, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.202

Mary married George Hitch* Rencher, son of John R.F. Rencher and Esther (?), on 28 Feb 1837 in Somerset Co., MD.129 George was born in 1797 in MD,200 201 203 died on 21 Jan 1857 in Somerset Co., MD,200 202 and was buried about 23 Jan 1857 in St. Andrews Episcopal Churchyard, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.202

General Notes: *Uncertain of connection father John R.F. Rencher.

The will of George Hitch Rencher was written on December 7, 1856 and probated January 27, 1857 and mentions wife Mary R. Rencher; nephew Thaddeus Rencher; John T. Waller's three sons William Thomas, Charles Nelson, and John Francis Waller; and Mary Ellen Hitch (who he gave $150), daughter of Thomas Hitch. (Somerset Co. Wills 1837-1859, Folio 276, 277)

+ 261 F    ii. Elizabeth? (Betsy?) Harris .

+ 262 F    iii. Temperance Harris was born between 1804 and 1806 in Somerset Co., MD204 205 206 and died between 10 Jun 1879 and 22 Nov 1879 in Somerset Co., MD.19

113. Mary (Molly) Rencher was born about 1760 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 6 Oct 1843 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Vestry Minutes for Somerset Parish, Somerset County, Maryland states Mary Hitch died of consumption on Oct 6 1843 at age 80.

Death Notes: Vestry Minutes for Somerset Parish, Somerset County, Maryland states Mary Hitch died of consumption on Oct 6 1843 at age 80.

General Notes: Molly Hitch was indicated as a daughter, along with Sally Rencher and Alice Harris, of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written Aug 18 1806, Codicil; Sep 29 1806; and probated Oct 15 1806. Also named were sons Thomas, Samuel, and William Rencher and grandchildren Betsy Hitch, Betsy Harris (daughter of William and Alice Harris), John Hitch, Thomas Hitch, Littleton Hitch, and Sarah Hitch (SoW-1800/20:106/108).

On Feb 12 1812, the Executor for Thomas Rencher to show cause why negroes Minty, Adam and Samuel, claimed by Mary Hitch, should not be stricken from inventory. John Knipschelk was summoned to testify for Mary Hitch. (SoOCP-1811/23:14). On Sep 25 1813, Mary Hitch, with Samuel, John, Thomas and William Rencher, William Harris and John Callaway, sold deed for 100 acres of marshland called "Earnedly" located on the north side of Monie Bay to Moses Horner for $5. (SoLR-JP1:348). On Oct 26 1813, Thomas Rencher and wife Priscilla sold 150 acres of "High Suffolk" to Mary Hitch. No metes and bounds given in this record (SoLR-JP1:292).

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1817, Mary Hitch is assessed as follows: ·"High Suffolk"; 262½ acres: $785 ·Slaves Sam (age 13), Isaac (age 8), Levin (age 4), Adam (age 9): $145 ·other property, etc.: $95, $34, $61

In the Federal Census of 1820 for District 1 in Somerset County, Mary Hitch is listed on page 103 as one male age 10-16, one male age 16-18, two males age 16-26, one female age 16-26, one female age 45+ and 6 slaves. She is but three houses from Polly Hitch (widow of William E.).

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823, Mary Hitch "of Thomas" is assessed as follows: ·"High Suffolk"; 150 acres: $335 ·Slaves Sam (age 21), Isaac (age 14): $160 ·Slaves Levin (age 12), Adam (age 3), Minty (age 40): $115 ·Slaves Ann (age 6), Minty (age 20), unknown (age 4 months): $115 ·5 beds etc., 2 horses, 2 oz. of plate: $77 ·8 cattle, 14 hogs, 13, sheep: $57 ·other property: $11 (SoTA-1823:195)

In the Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger for 1830, Quantico District, Mary Hitch is assessed for the following: ·"High Suffolk", 150 acres: $750 ·Slaves Sam (age 25), Isaac (age 20): $600 ·Levin (age 19), Minta (age 47): $350 ·Anne (age 13), 4 cattle, 9 hogs: $185 ·1 carriage, 2 beds, other: $40 (SoTA-1830:64)

In the Federal Census of 1840, Mary Hitch is indicated in the Upper District of Somerset County (page 187) in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one female age 10-15, one female age 30-40, one female age 50-60, one female age 70-80 and four slaves.

In the Somerset County Assessment Ledger for 1841-1852, Mary Hitch is indicated in Election District 9, Salisbury, and assessed as follows: Mary Hitch, 1841: ·To "High Suffolk", 150 acres: $900 ·To Minta (60), Ann (24), Isaac (31): $550 ·To Levin (30), Leah (2), Sarah (4): $360 ·To 1 horse, 2 cows, 3 cattle, 5 sheep, 8 hogs: $80 ·To 4 beds etc., other:$55 Total: $1945 1846 added: ·By "High Suffolk" 150 acres: $900 ·By Ann, Leah: $280 ·By Isaac to Thomas Hitch: $250 ·By Sarah to Thomas Hitch: $30 ·By other property lost or gone: $485 Total: $1945 (SoTA-1841/52:24)

The Vestry Minutes for Stepney Parish indicate that Mary (Polly) Hitch died of consumption on Oct 6 1843. She was 80 years old.

In her will written on Aug 10 1843 and probated In Somerset County on Nov 7 1843, Mary Hitch left the following: ·to daughter Sally, plantation "High Suffolk", 150 acres ·to daughter Elizabeth Hitch ·to son Thomas give negro Isaac ·to grandchildren Mary Alice, Elizabeth Temperance, and Littleton Joshua Hitch Friends: George Todd, Dr. Richard Lemmin, execs. Witnesses: Henry Toadvine, Ann Phillips, Maria Mills (SoW-1837/59:88, 89)

Mary married Thomas Hitch, son of Joshua A. Hitch and Mary (Molly) Taylor. Thomas was born about 1756 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 1810 and 9 Feb 1813 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: For the 1800 and 1810 Federal Censuses, he is listed as age 26-45 and age 45+, respectively, in Somerset County, MD.

Death Notes: Thomas Hitch died sometime after the Census of 1810 but before Feb 9 1813 when his wife Mary was indicated as "widow of Thomas Hitch" in a land record. (SoLR-JP1:399)

General Notes: The Somerset County Tax Assessment Records for the years 1793-1796 show Thomas Hitch in Rewastico Hundred assessed for 262½ acres of land, £200; one male/female slave under age 8, £3; one m/f slave age 8-14, £15; one male slave age 14-45, £45; 1½ oz. of plate, £0.12.6; other property, £46.7.6. Total assessment was £310, £310, £310, and £310 for years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. (SoTA-1793/96)

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Thomas Hitch is listed in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County as owner and occupant of property "situated near Rockawalkin Branch" consisting of one framed wood dwelling house, one story, size 30' x 16'; one sawed log cook house, one story, size 30' x 16'; one round log meat house, one story, size 9' x 9'; one framed wood milk house, one story, size 8' x 8', All this contained 80 perches assessed at $200. Also was assessed $75 for dwelling house & $80 for 262 acres of land. Finally, Thomas Hitch was listed as the owner of three slaves, two over the age of 12. (TA1798). In the 1798/1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report, Thomas Hitch is listed in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County and assessed taxes for 262½ acres of land, etc. (SoTA-1798/1803)

In the Federal Census of 1800, Thomas Hitch is listed in Somerset County on page 62 with two males under 10, one male 26-45, two females under 10, one female 26-45 and three slaves.

On Feb 20 1801, Thomas Hitch is mentioned, along with William and Levin Hitch, in a Levin Handy and William Elgate Hitch bond with Hugh Gemmil. (SoLR-N:116,121). He is mentioned as a claimant of Joshua Hitch Sr., deceased.

On May 5 1810, Thomas Hitch sold to Thomas Rencher for $1,200, four slaves (woman Minta, boy Sam, boy Adam, and boy Isaac), livestock, corn and bacon and, for another $1,200, 150 acres of land in "High Suffolk" where the said Hitch now lives. No metes and bounds. (SoLR-T:428,429). On May 5 1810, He sold 35 acres of "High Suffolk" to William Stone Sr. for $200. Land beginning at a marked chestnut post at the point of a divisional line between Thomas Rencher dec'd and the said William Stone thence N42W 157 perches by and with the said William Stone's line of marked tress unto the lands of Harry Dulany, thence S9W 53 perches by and with Dulany's land to the land of Mrs. Polly Hitch, thence S44E 127 perches, thence N43E 36½ perches to the said marked chestnut post containing 35 acres. (SoLR-T:533).

In the Federal Census of 1810, Thomas Hitch is listed in Somerset County on page 277, Rewastico district in a household comprised of three males under age 10, one male age 45+, one female under age 10, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45, five "others" and four slaves. He is listed two houses from Polly Hitch in the census records.

On Feb 9 1813, Mary Hitch, widow of Thomas Hitch, gave deed for 21¼ acres of land to George Moseley for $85. The land was described as beginning at a marked chestnut, the corner tree of afsd George Moseley's land which he purchased of William S. Handy thence S28W 58½ perches by and with said Moseley's line to the land occupied by Mary Hitch, widow of William E. Hitch, thence N43W 67½ perches by and with said Mary Hitch's land to land purchased by William Stone Sr. of Thomas Hitch, deceased, thence N43E 57 perches by and with said Stone's land to land belonging to William Rencher and thence with a straight line to the beginning laid out for 21¼ acres. (SoLR-JP1:399).

In the 1813/1814 Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County, the "heirs" of Thomas Hitch "of J." in the 1st Election District and taxed for 262½ acres of land valued at $700.

(Duplicate Line. See Person 98)

114. John R.F. Rencher was born before 1765 in Somerset Co., MD20 and died in 1811-1819 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Rencher/Renshaw Bible Records, viewed at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD.

John married Esther (?) about 1794. Esther was born before 1765 in MD21 and died in 1821-1839.

Known children from this marriage were:

   263 M    i. George Hitch* Rencher was born in 1797 in MD,200 201 203 died on 21 Jan 1857 in Somerset Co., MD,200 202 and was buried about 23 Jan 1857 in St. Andrews Episcopal Churchyard, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.202

General Notes: *Uncertain of connection father John R.F. Rencher.

The will of George Hitch Rencher was written on December 7, 1856 and probated January 27, 1857 and mentions wife Mary R. Rencher; nephew Thaddeus Rencher; John T. Waller's three sons William Thomas, Charles Nelson, and John Francis Waller; and Mary Ellen Hitch (who he gave $150), daughter of Thomas Hitch. (Somerset Co. Wills 1837-1859, Folio 276, 277)

George married Sarah Ann Simms, daughter of Smith Simms Jr. 122 and Sarah (?),122 on 12 Jul 1831 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Sarah was born in 1813 in Somerset Co., MD.207

George next married Mary Rencher Harris, daughter of William Harris and Alice Rencher, on 28 Feb 1837 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Mary was born on 21 Jul 1797 in MD,198 199 200 201 died on 19 Jan 1888 in Somerset Co., MD,200 202 and was buried about 22 Jan 1888 in St. Andrews Episcopal Churchyard, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.202

+ 264 M    ii. Thomas Rencher was born in 1800-1802 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Jun 1841 in Somerset Co., MD.19 200

   265 M    iii. (Son) Rencher was born between 1802 and 1804 in Somerset Co., MD.

   266 F    iv. (Daughter) Rencher was born between 1800 and 1804 in Somerset Co., MD.

   267 F    v. (Daughter) Rencher was born between 1794 and 1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

115. Thomas Rencher Jr. was born in 1765-1784 in Somerset Co., MD21 and died in 1812-1819 in Somerset Co., MD.19

Thomas married Priscilla Ballard, daughter of (?) Ballard and Eleanor (?), on 8 Dec 1801 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Priscilla was born about 1782 and died after 1840.

Known children from this marriage were:

   268 F    i. Elizabeth Margaret Renshaw was born in 1805-1810 in MD.208 209 210

   269 F    ii. Mary Amanda Renshaw was born in 1810-1813 in MD.211 212 213

+ 270 M    iii. George Thomas Renshaw was born on 15 Sep 1812 in Somerset Co., MD,76 214 215 216 217 died on 19 Feb 1890 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 22 Feb 1890 in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Near Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD.

116. William Rencher was born in 1765-1775 in Somerset Co., MD21 and died in 1811-1819 in Somerset Co., MD.

William married Polly Wright on 10 Dec 1799 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Polly was born between 1775 and 1784 in Somerset Co., MD.21 218

Known children from this marriage were:

   271 M    i. (Son) Rencher was born between 1802 and 1804 in Somerset Co., MD.

   272 F    ii. (Daughter) Rencher was born between 1804 and 1810 in Somerset Co., MD.

   273 M    iii. (Son) Rencher was born between 1804 and 1810 in Somerset Co., MD.

   274 M    iv. (Son) Rencher was born between 1804 and 1810 in Somerset Co., MD.

   275 F    v. (Daughter) Rencher was born between 1810 and 1820 in Somerset Co., MD.

   276 F    vi. (Daughter) Rencher was born between 1810 and 1820 in Somerset Co., MD.

118. Eunice Hitch was born about 1770 in Bristol Co., MA and died on 27 Sep 1842 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Birth Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

Death Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

General Notes: Cynthia S. McNaughten writes of Eunice Hitch (in her Hitch Families of Fairhaven, Mass.) the following: "That George had a daughter Eunice is clearly proved by a curious document at Taunton probate (BK. 130, p. 85), dated 14 Oct 1784, appointing him her guardian, she being a minor under 14, which would give her a DOB of late 1770 at the earliest. No other children are involved. The purpose appears to be the distribution of monays from a deceased person's estate. (Possibly a WEEKS or HITCH grandparent ... Another possibility is that the document is retroactive to an earlier bequest when she WAS under 14, but with the 1768/69 birthdate…." "It is NOT PROVED that she is the same Eunice who married a Benjamin Drew and has DOB of 1768/69 from age given in various death/burial records. However, there is no other Eunice around; her granddaughter married a Hitch-Jenne-Stackpole cousin, with whose family both Eunice and Benjamin are buried…" "From this, we see that all circumstantial evidence points to this Eunice Hitch, daughter of George, as being the person who married Benjamin Drew in 1790. The minor difference in birthdates (1 or 2 years) is very common in older records and might be attributed to the passing of time; e.g., death and burial records from 1842 indicate birthdates of 1768/69."

Eunice married Benjamin Drew on 10 Oct 1790 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA. Benjamin was born about 1767 and died on 15 Mar 1847 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Marriage Notes: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts Marriages to 1850.

Birth Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

Death Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 277 M    i. James Drew .24

   278 F    ii. Elizabeth E. Drew was born in Apr 1809 and died on 18 Jun 1888.

Birth Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

Death Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

120. Capt. George Hitch was born on 1 Jun 1773 in Bristol Co., MA, died on 15 Aug 1853 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA, and was buried about 18 Aug 1853 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Birth Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

Death Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

General Notes: A Hitch Orchard states, "Captain George Hitch was a noted sea Captain in his day. He died while his youngest son was still a child. His sister Abby then cared for the home. George Hitch seems to have owned land on or near Fort St., Fairhaven, MA, a part of which was known as Hitch Grove. In this same locality a short street has been named 'Hitch St.'"

In the Federal Census of 1800, George Hitch Jr. is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 426) in a household comprised of one male age 26-45, one female under age 10 and one female age 26-45. In the Federal Census of 1810, George Hitch Jr. is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 289) in a household comprised of one male under age 10, one male age 26-45, one female age 10-16 and one female age 26-45. In the Federal Census of 1820, George Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male age 16-18, one male age 16-26, one male age 45+ and one female age 26-45. The record indicates the one person in the household "manufactures." In the Federal Census of 1830, George Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male age 20-30, one male age 50-60, one female under age 5, one female age 5-10 and one female age 40-50.

In the Federal Census of 1850, George Hitch is indicated in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts (pg 169) in a household as follows: - George Hitch, mariner, age 77, born in MA - George Hitch Jr., mariner, age 46, born in MA - Frederick D. Hitch, age 16, born in MA - Joseph F. Hitch, age 13, born in MA - Abby Briggs, age 58, born in MA - Elisha Babcock, male, age 27, born in MA - Elizabeth A. Babcock, age 27, born MA - Abby L. Babcock, age 6 months, born in MA.

George married Nancy Tripp,8 daughter of Job Tripp 8 24 and Hannah Carver,219 on 22 Nov 1795 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA. Nancy was born on 12 Apr 1773 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 18 Aug 1825 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Marriage Notes: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts Marriages to 1850.

Death Notes: Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts states Nancy, wife of Capt. George Hitch, 53, (died) at Fairhaven, in the 18 Aug 1825 newspaper.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 279 F    i. Eunice Tripp Hitch was born on 24 May 1796 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,24 220 221 222 223 died on 15 May 1831 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,24 223 224 and was buried about 18 May 1831 in Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

   280 M    ii. George Hitch Jr. 8 was born on 16 Dec 1803 in Bristol Co., MA8 225 226 227 and died on 3 Mar 1851 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA.8

George married Sarah Davis on 8 May 1832 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25 Sarah was born in 1811 in MA228 and died about 3 Mar 1833 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.229 230

General Notes: In the "Columbian Centinel" newspaper of Boston, Massachusetts for March 13, 1833, it states, "Mrs. Sally Hitch, wife of George Hitch Jr. died in New Bedford, age 22."

George next married Abigail Church,35 daughter of Joseph Church 8 and Deborah Perry,24 on 14 Dec 1826 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA. Abigail was born on 17 Jan 1790 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 23 May 1848 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Marriage Notes: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts Marriages to 1850.


Known children from this marriage were:

   281 F    i. Nancy Franklin Hitch 231 was born on 23 Feb 1828 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 11 Nov 1830 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Death Notes: Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts states Nancy, daughter of Capt. George Hitch, 2 years 9 months, (died) at Fairhaven, in the 12 Nov 1830 newspaper.

+ 282 M    ii. Frederic Delano Hitch 35 was born on 21 Oct 1833 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,223 232 233 died on 21 Mar 1911 in Newburgh, NY,8 223 and was buried about 24 Mar 1911 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 283 M    iii. Joseph Franklin Hitch was born on 12 Jul 1837 in Bristol Co., MA8 24 223 234 235 236 and died on 19 Jun 1918 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.8 24 223

121. Susannah Hitch was born about 1783 in Bristol Co., MA,23 24 died on 22 Mar 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,237 and was buried about 25 Mar 1812 in Riverside Cemetery, Bristol Co., MA.

General Notes: Not sure of this connection. However, Eunice had to be a daughter of either Samuel, Elgate or George Hitch. With the placement of Mary Hitch as Samuel's daughter, we must choose between Elgate and George. We place Susanna here believing she may have been named after her aunt.

Susannah married Capt. Ebenezer Jenne, son of Silas Jenne 237 and Anstress Hammond,24 on 4 Nov 1800 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.24 25 Ebenezer was born about 1779237 and died on 23 Nov 1809 at Sea..24

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 284 F    i. Adelia Jenne 237 was born in 1803 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 22 Feb 1860 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 285 F    ii. Elizabeth Eldredge Jenne 24 was born in 1805 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 22 Apr 1891 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

122. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch 8 was born on 10 May 1784 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 21 Mar 1809 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Birth Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

Death Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

Elizabeth married Selathiel Eldredge, son of Elnathan Eldredge 24 and Ann Allen,237 on 13 Oct 1805 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA. Selathiel was born on 21 Nov 1780 in MA24 238 and died on 29 Mar 1864.24

Marriage Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.


Known children from this marriage were:

   286 M    i. Charles Eldredge was born in Apr 1806 and died on 28 Jun 1894 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Death Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

   287 M    ii. Elnathan Eldredge was born about 1808 and died in 1811 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Death Notes: Correspondence from Ernest Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02664 dated Jul 30 2001. This package included from Cynthia S. McNaughten: Hitch Families in Fairhaven dated Jul 15 1999, Genealogy - Three Hitch Families in FH dated Jan 30 2000, Northern Half of Lot #3 [a history of Fairhaven, MA land ownership] dated Jan 30 2000 and some excerpts from books Old Time Fairhaven, and Life of Bates.

123. Abigail E. (Abby) Hitch 8 was born in Sep 1791 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA8 24 27 28 and died on 18 Apr 1883 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.239

General Notes: In "A Hitch Orchard" (1931), compiler Daisy Hitch Davies writes: When Abby Hitch was married she received two slaves from Maryland as a wedding gift. She cared for the home after the death of her brother George Hitch. She has a granddaughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Gifferd who lives part of the time in Toronto, Can. This granddaughter is married three times.

Abigail married Timothy Perry, son of John Perry Jr. 239 and Janne (?),24 on 21 Aug 1806 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.239 Timothy was born on 29 Dec 178224 and died on 6 Apr 1817 at Sea..239

Abigail next married David Long,24 son of Richard Long 24 and Elizabeth Forster,239 on 11 Jun 1818 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.24 David was born on 1 Oct 1792 in Nantucket, MA and died on 18 Jan 1837 in Nantucket, MA.

Known children from this marriage were:

   288 F    i. Elizabeth Ann Long 239 was born in Mar 1821 and died in May 1821 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 289 F    ii. Elizabeth Ann Long 24 was born in 1823 and died on 9 Jul 1894 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 290 F    iii. Sarah H. Long 239 was born on 25 Apr 1828 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA and died on 14 Aug 1899 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Abigail next married Elihu Briggs, son of Weston Briggs 239 and Judith Akin,24 on 4 Mar 1845 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.239 Elihu was born on 29 Apr 1790 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA24 and died on 8 Aug 1846 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA.239

127. John Hitch was born in 1765-1766 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 29 May 1828-11 Nov 1828 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: Based upon the ages for John Hitch given in the 1800, 1810 and 1820 Censuses, his birth date would be somewhere between 1765 and 1774. However, it appears that he would have been born closer to the beginning of that period of time since he executed a land transaction in Dec 1787 where he presumably would have been age 21 or greater. Thus we place his birth circa 1765/1766.

On Dec 11 1787, John Hitch received a deed for land "The Fork" and "Addition to the Fork" from Stephen Baine (Bayne), a total of 30 acres for £30. The tract was described as near the head of Wicomico Creek beginning at the end of the 1st line and beginning of the 2nd line of "High Meadow," partly belonging to Revel Hayman thence S3E 54 perches, S63½E 27 perches, E 24 perches, N 80 perches, W 20 perches, N32W 12 perches, thence with a right line to the beginning laid out for 30 acres. (SoLR-H:328). On Feb 2 1790, John Hitch received a warrant for 10 acres of vacant land in Somerset County. When surveyed on Jan 7 1791, the actual land totaled 22½ acres and was dubbed "Hitches Chance." The land touched the boundary of "Mount Pleasant" and was described as in Somerset County on the south side of the Wicomico River beginning 40 perches on the first line of "Mount Pleasant" thence N5W 138 perches, thence S85:30W 3 perches, thence S 80 perches, thence W 34 perches, thence N63:30W 27 perches, thence S4E 36 perches, thence S13E 9½ perches, thence S70E 24½ perches, thence N65E 8 perches, thence right line to beginning. (SoLP, Cert 1294)

In the Somerset County Assessment Records for the years 1793-1796, John Hitch was listed in Wicomico Hundred and assessed for 50 acres of land, £40; and one male slave age 14-45, £45. In 1795, he had gotten rid of the slave. Total assessment was £100, £100, £55, and £55 for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively.

On Feb 7 1797, John Hitch got deed for land called "Charley's Chance", "Last Choice", and "Corner" from Sarah Hayman. It totaled 28 acres for £40. (SoLR-K:533). In the 1798 Federal Tax Assessment, John Hitch was the owner and occupant of property consisting of 80 acres of land "adjoining Benjamin Hitch and Jacob Morris Sr. valued at $160 on which is": ·a dwelling house of logs, 16'x16' ·Milk house, 8'x8' ·Corn house, 12'x8' ·Old out house, 20'x16' All this was valued at $20. Assessed $20 for buildings and $180 for 80 acres of land. He was also listed as owner of one slave that was over age 12. His land also bordered that of John Pollitt and Isaac Hayman as indicated under the assessment for John Pollitt who owned 228 acres. John Hitch is also listed under the assessment for Jacob Morris who owned 212 acres of property "situated on road dividing Worcester and Somerset adjoining Labra Gunby, Benjamin Hitch and John Hitch". (TA1798)

Also, in the Tax Commissioners report for Somerset County for the years 1798-1803, it indicates John Hitch "of Benj." in Wicomico Hundred being assessed taxes for 80 acres of land at £60, one male slave age 14-45 at £45 and other personal property at £20 for a total of £125, £125 for years 1798 and 1799. He is listed as less the slave 1800 through 1803 when his assessment dropped to £80 for those years. (SoTC-1798/1803)

In the Federal Census of 1800, John Hitch was listed in Somerset County in the Wicomico District on page 31, line 9 with a household consisting of one male under age 10, one male 16-26, one male 26-45, one female under 10, one female 16-26 and one female 26-45.

On Sep 30 1809, John Hitch purchased land from his brother "Joseph Hitch of Penttletion (sic) County in the State of Kaintucky". The 50 acres of land, Mount Pleasant, was bought by John Hitch for £5. The records refer to a deed from Benjamin Hitch to Joseph Hitch of May 13 1803. (WoLR-AA:338)

In the Federal Census for 1810, John Hitch was listed in Somerset County on page 243, Wicomico District, with the following household: two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 26-45, two females under age 10, one female age 10-16, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45 and one slave. His household was near that of William Morris, Jacob Morris Sr. and Jr., David Brown, Thomas Brown, and John Pollitt.

This is probably the same John Hitch listed in the Somerset Militia in "A Return of the Detachment Required from the 25th Regiment Agreeably to Brigade orders in conformity with Division orders of 15th May (1812)" as follows: Sergeant: Robert Hitch Corporal: John Earnest, substitute for Adam Hitch Privates: John Hitch. (Maryland Militia-Vol. 1, War of 1812, by F. Edward Wright). Also in the same record, he is listed on page 5 for "The 10th Brigade, A return of the detachment from the 23rd Regt., Somerset Militia", Listed under Privates, John Hitch (first of two John Hitches). In Jul 1812, John Hitch was listed as a Private for "the 10th Brigade, A return of the detachment from the 23rd Regt., Somerset Militia".

In the 1813/14 Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County, John Hitch was listed in the 2nd Election District and taxed for 86 acres of land valued at $160.

On Aug 9 1814, Leah Fooks, Isaiah Hayman, and John Hitch were bound for Leah Fooks as guardian to Obed Bailey (SoBB-EB28:267). This is confirmed in the Somerset County Orphans Court where the proceedings indicate: "Orphan: Obed Bailey; Appointed Guardian: Leah Fooks; Sureties: Isaiah Hayman, John Hitch." (SoOCP-1811/23:45)

In the Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County for 1817-1822, John Hitch is listed in the 2nd Election District and taxed in 1817 for the following property:
·Land, "Charley Chance" and "Addition To The Fork," 86 acres at $2.50 per:$215.00 ·3 horses, yoke of oxen, 8 cattle, 9 sheep, 30 hogs:$154.00 ·3 beds &c, other personal property:$ 50.00

In the Federal Census for 1820, John Hitch is listed on page 133, Wicomico District of Somerset County, with a household consisting of one male age 10-16, one male age 16-18, three males age 16-26, one male age 45+, one female age 10-16, two females age 16-26, one female age 45+ and one slave. His household is near that of Moses Rencher, Jacob and John Morris of John, John Pollitt Sr., and Leah Hitch.

On Jul 20 1822, for $178, John Hitch bought from Joshua Morris, both of Somerset County, land called "Hayman's Outlet" (50 acres) and "Morris' Loss" (20 acres) totaling 71½ acres more or less. (WoLR-AO:91) On Nov 7 1826, John Hitch paid $8 to Joshua Morris (of Joshua) of Somerset County for land; part of "Friends Goodwill", part of "Morris' Loss Recovered", and another small piece of swamp land said Morris' father got from William Pollitt totaling 8 acres. (WoLR-AS:233) For the will of Elenor Morris, widow of Jacob Morris, written on Jan 19 1827 and probated Jul 10 1827, John Hitch and John Laws served as a witnesses. She mentioned daughter Elizabeth Pollitt and grandson Josiah Morris Pollitt. (SoW:135)

In his will written May 29 1828 and probated Nov 11 1828, John bequeathed his estate as (paraphrased): ·to wife Amelia, all lands in Somerset County, old mare and colt, bed and furniture, negro woman named Leah ·to daughter Mary and son Benjamin Pits (sic) Hitch, live at home with their mother as long as they shall choose ·to son Benjamin Pitts Hitch, one Sorrel mare and one bed & furniture ·to daughter Mary, one bed and furniture ·to daughters Mary Hitch, Eleanor Hayman, Leticia Lankford, $15 each ·(also mentions a total of 3 sons (2 unnamed) and 3 daughters ·Benjamin Pitts and his brothers to cut timber on lands in Worcester County to raise money to pay off any debts. Witnesses: Elijah Ennis Sr., Levin Pollitt, Samuel Hitch (SoW:155/156).

Finally, after his death, John Hitch's land was sold on Jan 24 1829 when William Hitch paid $500 for 250 acres of land from Hyram and Letty (Hitch) Lankford, Mary Hitch, Ellendor (Hitch) Hayman, and Benjamin Pitts Hitch of Somerset County with Thomas Hitch of Worcester County This is the land that they fell heir to after the death of their father John Hitch "that lyeth in Worcester County where said Hitch lived on the Worcester side of the County road". This land is that he bought from Joshua Morris along with another 50 acre plot. (WoLR-AU:519,520).

John married Amelia (Milly) Disharoon, daughter of Obediah Disharoon and Eleanor (?),240 on 23 Feb 1797 in Somerset Co., MD. Amelia was born about 1775 in MD and died on 17 Feb 1843-1849 in MD.

Marriage Notes: Somerset Parish church records give the date of John Hitch and Amelia Disharoon's marriage.

General Notes: Based upon the ages for Amelia (Disharoon) Hitch apparently given in the 1800, 1810 and 1820 Censuses, her birth date would be circa 1775. On Feb 17 1843, Amelia Hitch paid $300 to Benjamin P. Hitch for all kinds of tools, looking glasses, household goods, etc. (SoLR-AH:455) The date of Amelia Hitch's death appears to be sometime after a recorded sale by her on Feb 17 1843 and the time of the 1850 census where she is not mentioned.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 291 M    i. Thomas A. Hitch was born on 8 Oct 1797 in Somerset Co., MD185 241 242 243 and died before 13 Mar 1863 in Worcester Co., MD.244

+ 292 F    ii. Leticia (Letty) Hitch 245 was born on 9 Mar 1799 in MD,246 247 died on 18 Feb 1849 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 21 Feb 1849 in Antioch Methodist Church, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.

   293 F    iii. Eleanor Hitch 245 was born about 1800 in Somerset Co., MD.240

Eleanor married James R. Hayman, son of Isaac?? Hayman, on 27 Sep 1826 in Somerset Co., MD.129 240 James was born about 1800240 and died before 12 Aug 1828 in Somerset Co., MD.174

+ 294 M    iv. Benjamin Pitts Hitch 245 was born in 1801-1804 in Somerset Co., MD240 248 and died on 17 Feb 1843-1849 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 295 M    v. William Hitch was born in Apr 1803 in Somerset Co., MD249 250 251 and died on 10 Jul 1877 in Somerset Co., MD.252

+ 296 F    vi. Mary Hitch 245 was born about 1805 in Somerset Co., MD240 and died about 1840 in Somerset Co., MD.240

128. Joseph Hitch was born on 4 Jul 1765 in Somerset Co., MD,8 30 31 32 died on 28 Sep 1847 in Pendleton Co., KY,33 and was buried about 1 Oct 1847 in Hitch Cemetery, Hitch Bend Road, Pendleton Co., KY.34

Burial Notes: Tombstone states he was 82 years, 2 months, 4 days old.

General Notes: Joseph Hitch left Maryland for Kentucky about 1806 or 1807, a year or two after his brother Thomas left for the same state. He made three trips before finally settling down. One way in which he made a livelihood was by building canoes from trees and using them to convey cargos of whisky and beef. His farm on the Licking River was called Poplar Grove from the poplars growing there. I visited this farm in the summer of 1931. It is still owned by a member of the family. Here still stands the old brick house built in 1816 from brick made by Joseph right on the farm. Outside the kitchen one sees a huge bell used to call to meals. Some of the old out-buildings are gone but one may see the old graveyard where several of the family, and off in one corner also, slaves are buried. In his day Joseph was the richest man in Pendleton County. He was not opposed to slavery, differing from his brother in this respect. At his death he willed that the slaves were not to pass out of the family. They were divided among his children. He had but some two or three when leaving Maryland but they had multiplied until at his death there were several. Those slaves were not liberated until after the Civil War. At a Hitch Centennial held on his old farm in Concord near Falmouth, KY., in Jul 4 1908, one of his slaves "Uncle Kirt Hitch" age 84 and known as Kirt Ingalls, was called to the platform and made a few desultory remarks. He paid fulsome praise to his "Ole Maser" and all members of the Hitch family.

The report of this celebration in the Pendletonian Jul 8 1908 states; - "Not a single member by the name of Hitch in all these hundred years has ever done one act to arraign them under the ban for violating law and order." At this time Joseph Hitch had 220 descendants. Every year the family holds a reunion. All of his sons were farmers. His son Henry Pitts Hitch was born in Maryland. There is a weird tradition that Joseph Hitch when a young man had a sweetheart to whom he remarked that if he was ever unfaithful to her may his arm wither. Later he jilted her and married someone else. It is claimed that his first child was born without an arm and that many of his descendants have met with accidents to their arms, breaking, shot, disease, etc"

In the records of the Nov 1791 Court for Somerset County, Maryland, Joseph Hitch was listed on a payment schedule for "6 days as an Evidence for Wm. Ballard vs. Stephen Adams" (SoJ-1791/94:16, MSA C1774-57, MdHR 13,140).

In the Federal Assessment of 1798 for Manokin Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland, Joseph Hitch was listed as the occupant of property owned by Elizabeth Jackson consisting of one dwelling house, size 40' x 22', one story brick with two windows 6' x 2'9", two windows 5'11" x 2'7", and five windows 4' x 18", out of repair; one kitchen, size 24' x 16'; one milk house, size 16' x 10'; and one stable, size 18' x 14'. All contained 80 perches assessed at $350. The record also lists one barn, 30' x 20' with 9' sheds on each side; one barn, 20' square; one corn house, 24' x 8'; one quarter (?), 20' x 16'; lands "Bozman's Adventure" and "Robertsons Addition", 182 acres; other tracts of land, 328 acres and marshland, 900 acres. All were assessed $20 for buildings and $3,820 for land. (TA1798)

In the Commissioners of the Tax Received for 1798-1803, Joseph Hitch was listed in Manokin Hundred of Somerset County and assessed taxes for one male/female slave age 8-14 at £15 and one female slave age 14-36 at £30 for a total of £60, £60, £60, £60 for the years 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 respectively (he is not listed for years 1798 and 1799) (SoTA-1798/1803).

On May 30 1803, Joseph Hitch of Somerset, County received a deed for land from Benjamin Hitch of Worcester County The land consisted of 50 acres for which he paid £5. The tract was a part of "Mount Pleasant" (WoLR-V:652).

Joseph Hitch and his family moved to Pendleton County, Kentucky arriving there May 31 1807. A paper dated Apr 4 1807 and still in the family, was used to verify Joseph and his wife as faithful members of the church. See Figure 28, the paper states, "These are to certify to all to whom they come - that the Bearers Joseph Hitch & Sarah his wife are of fair & unblemished character in the full communion the Church. We therefore commend them to the grace afforded to the care, notice & esteem of any sister Church to which God in his gracious providence may direct them. Apr 4th 1807. Jno. B. Slemons, Minister of the United Congregations of Manokin & Wicomico" This paper puts Joseph Hitch still in Maryland on this date.

In the Edward Everett Barton Papers of Falmouth, KY, there is a deposition by Joseph Hitch that sheds light on when he moved to Kentucky: Deposition: Joseph Hitch, Oct 24 1808: "I live about 4 miles from the 737 acre tract of James Parrish or part of it which Julius C. Goodwin lives on. It is worth 30 cents per acre. I have lived in Kentucky 12 months the last day of May last (note, May 31 1807). I am not well acquainted with Daniel Coleman's 40,000 survey."

A survey done on Nov 28 1807, also puts Joseph in Kentucky by that time. This survey, shown in Figure 29, was for 30 acres of land bordering land of James Graves and witnessed by Samuel Lakewood and George Hendricks. The survey was approved by "A. Monroe, S.P.C." Further, the paper History of the Hitch Family prepared by Robert Hamilton Hitch and read by Rev. H.P. Thompson at a picnic in the Beech Grove, outside Concord, Pendleton Co., KY in 1873 (Copy provided Donovan Hitch of Covington, KY.) states that Joseph and Sallie had moved (in 1807) with their children, Henry Pitt and Jane Harrison, to a place near the town of Foster, Kentucky (then called the mouth of Holt's Creek). He moved there and lived near his brother and sister's family, Thomas and Polly Tull Hitch. Joseph had traveled to Kentucky many times since the year 1792.

He had travelled to Kentucky many times beginning in about 1792. He worked on a flat boat in WV and then in Cincinnati.

On Sep 30 1809, there was a land transaction between "Joseph Hitch of Penttletion (sic) County in the State of Kaintucky" and John Hitch of Somerset County. Joseph sold 50 acres of land, "Mount Pleasant", to John for £5. The record refers to deed from Benjamin Hitch to Joseph Hitch of May 13 1803. (WoLR-AA:338)

In the 1810 Federal Census, Joseph Hitch is listed in Pendleton County, Kentucky (page 116) and indicated in a household comprised of two males under age 10, one male age 26-45 and one female age 26-45.

On Dec 25 1812 there was an indenture made between George Hendricks and Barbara Bags/Bogs, both of Pendleton County, Kentucky deed to Thomas Rush of Pendleton County for the sum of $1000, land on the Main Licking, consisting of 210 acres, beginning at John Williams' southeast corner, bordering on Joseph Hitch. This deed is also signed by Caty Henricks. Witnesses: John V. Wellman, John (X) Rush, Phillip Henricks. (Pendleton County, Kentucky Deed Book B:402; also, Kentucky County Court Records, Vol. IV - Pendleton County Selected Deed Abstracts 1798-1823, Janet K. Pease [Grant County Historical Society, Williamstown, KY, 1987]) On May 15 1815, Press G. Kennett, Joseph Hitch, William Bryan, and Alexander Monroe are bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of $10,000, conditioned upon Press G. Kennett faithfully discharging his duties as Clerk of the County Court for Pendleton County. Witness: W.C. Kennett. Recorded May 15 1815 in Pendleton County and May 22 1815 in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. (Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Records Series, Library of Congress, Book Q:109)

In the Federal Census of 1820, Joseph Hitch is indicated in Pendleton County, Kentucky (page 20) in a household comprised of two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, two males age 16-26, one male over age 45, one female under age 10 and one female age 26-45.

In the Federal Census of 1830, Joseph Hitch is indicated in Pendleton County, Kentucky (page 74) in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one male age 15-20, two males age 20-30, one male age 60-70, one female under age 5, one female age 5-10, one female age 10-15 and one female age 40-50.

On Oct 4 1847 (written Mar 24 1836), the Will of Joseph Hitch was produced in court. Witnesses: Sam'l T. Hauser and Thos. Rush. (Kentucky County Court Records, Vol. XIV Pendleton County, Kentucky Order Books J-K 1847-1860, Janet K. Pease " [Williamstown, Kentucky; Grant County Historical Society, 1999]; actual reference came from Will Book J:2,3)

Joseph married Sarah (Sallie) Muir, daughter of Thomas Muir 33 and (?) (?), on 24 Sep 1799 in Somerset Co., MD. Sarah was born on 20 Apr 1782 in MD,30 33 253 254 255 died on 15 Jun 1852 in Pendleton Co., KY,33 255 256 and was buried about 18 Jun 1852 in Hitch Cemetery, Hitch Bend Road, Pendleton Co., KY.34

Marriage Notes: SoMR.

Burial Notes: Tombstone states she was 70 years, 1 month, 27 days old.

General Notes: On July 5, 1852 (written March 16, 1851), the Will of Sarah Hitch, dec'd, was produced in court. Wit: Daniel Rush, John M. Stewart. Exec: Robert H. Hitch. Security: James B. Wallace. ((Janet K. Pease, "Kentucky County Court Records, Vol. III - Pendleton County Wills 1799-1871" [Grant County Historical Society, Williamstown, Kentucky, 1986]; PC Order Book J, p. 416.)


Known children from this marriage were:

   297 M    i. (Infant Son) Hitch 33 was born in 1801 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1801 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 298 M    ii. Henry Pitts Hitch was born on 20 Dec 1801 in Somerset Co., MD,33 255 257 258 259 260 261 262 died on 25 Jul 1878 in Pendleton Co., KY,8 33 255 256 and was buried about 28 Jul 1878 in Old Hitch Cemetery, Hitch Farm, Hitch Bend Road, Concord, Pendleton Co., KY.255

   299 F    iii. (Elizabeth?) Jane Harrison Hitch 33 was born on 5 Apr 1805 in Somerset Co., MD,255 died on 13 Jul 1809 in Pendleton Co., KY,255 and was buried about 16 Jul 1809 in Hitch Cemetery, Hitch Bend Road, Pendleton Co., KY.34

Death Notes: Died at age 4 years and 3 months.

+ 300 M    iv. George Jackson Hitch 33 was born on 12 Jul 1808 in Pendleton Co., KY,255 257 259 260 263 264 265 266 died on 5 Aug 1892 in Pendleton Co., KY,8 255 267 and was buried about 8 Aug 1892 in Concord Methodist Cemetery, Concord, Pendleton Co., KY.255

+ 301 M    v. Luther Muir Hitch was born on 23 Oct 1811 in Pendleton Co., KY33 268 269 270 271 272 273 and died on 8 Sep 1873 in Pendleton Co., KY.8

+ 302 M    vi. Robert Hamilton Hitch was born on 26 Feb 1815 in Pendleton Co., KY,33 268 274 275 276 died on 23 Aug 1877 in Pendleton Co., KY,8 33 255 256 267 and was buried about 26 Aug 1877 in Hitch Cemetery, Hitch Bend Road, Pendleton Co., KY.34

+ 303 F    vii. Mary Ann Hitch 33 was born on 25 Jun 1818 in Hitch Homestead, Pendleton Co., KY,33 267 268 276 died on 17 Dec 1905 near Johnsville, Bracken Co., KY,8 267 and was buried about 20 Dec 1905 in Old Hitch Cemetery On The Homestead.

+ 304 F    viii. Rebecca Jane Hitch 33 was born on 20 Jun 1821 in Pendleton Co., KY33 277 and died on 11 Mar 1874 in KY.4 8

   305 F    ix. Sallie Elizabeth Hitch 33 was born on 16 Feb 1825 in Pendleton Co., KY33 and died after 16 Feb 1825 in Pendleton Co., KY.33

+ 306 F    x. Rachel Shiles Hitch 33 was born on 13 Mar 1828 in Pendleton Co., KY,33 278 died on 18 Aug 1861 in Pendleton Co., KY,33 279 and was buried on 19 Aug 1861 in Hitch Homestead, Pendleton Co., KY.4

129. Polly (Mary) Hitch 4 33 was born about 1770 in Worcester Co., MD and died before 1850.

General Notes: Moved to KY in 1804. She ultimately settled in IN.

Polly married Samuel Tull.,4 33 267 son of Jacob Tull and Sarah Brown. Samuel was born in 1769 in MD,280 died in 1854 in Marion Co., IN, and was buried in 1854 in Lick Creek Cemetery, Marion Co., IN.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 307 F    i. Mary Tull .8

+ 308 M    ii. Joseph Tull was born on 16 Jan 1796 in MD,281 died on 12 Aug 1862 in IN, and was buried about 15 Aug 1862 in Boggstown Cemetery, Shelby Co., IN.

+ 309 M    iii. Thomas Tull 8 was born in 1799-1803 in MD.282 283

   310 F    iv. Elizabeth (Betsy) Tull 8 267 was born in 1810 in KY.284

Elizabeth married William Smith.267

130. Thomas P. Hitch 4 33 35 was born on 7 Aug 1772 in Somerset Co., MD8 30 36 37 38 39 and died on 22 Feb 1862 in Bantam, Clermont Co., OH.

Death Notes: Obituary, Clermont Sun, Clermont County, OH, Mar 5 1862: states that Thomas Hitch died Feb 22 1862 at the age of ninety years, a native of Somerset County, Maryland.

General Notes: Thomas Hitch received a land grant in Bracken County, Kentucky on Nov 22 1799 (his obituary below states he moved to Kentucky in 1797 first in Bracken County and then on to Pendleton County in 1802).

In the Federal Census for 1810, we find Thomas Hitch in Pendleton County, Kentucky as indicated on page 105 with a household consisting of two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 16-26, one male age 26-45, three females under age 10, one female age 10-16 and one female age 26-45.

However, Thomas Hitch moved to Ohio in 1814. We find him in the Federal Census of 1820 in Clermont County, Ohio indicated on page 031 for the Ohio Township with household containing one male age 10-16, one male age 16-18, one male age 16-26, one male over age 45, two females age 10-16, one female age 16-26 and one female over age 45.

The Federal Census for 1830 again lists Thomas Hitch in Clermont County as indicated on page 236 in Monroe Township with household of one male age 5-10, two males age 20-30, one male age 50-60, one female age 15-20, one female age 20-30 and one female age 50-60. By the Federal Census of 1840, Thomas Hitch is listed alone in his Clermont County household on page 201 in the Monroe Township as one male age 60-70. He is listed with his son Edward Hitch's family in 1850 and William Hitch's family in 1860. Thomas Hitch's will was written on Oct 13 1859 and probated Mar 26 1862. (Clermont County, Ohio Wills Index, Will Book I-48)

The following is from Major Edgar T. Hitch of Washington, DC in a letter dated Feb 6 1931 (from A Hitch Orchard, Daisy Hitch, 1931):

I have a copy of the Clermont Sun of Mar 5 1862 in which is a notice of the death of my great grandfather, Thomas Hitch. This article states that he died Feb 22 1862 at the age of ninety years, that he was a native of Somerset County, Maryland; that he moved with his wife and one child in 1797 to Limestone, near Maysville, KY.; then to Bracken County, in 1802, to Pendleton County in 1814; (note by Daisy Hitch - from another source Apr 12 1814) and to Clermont County, Ohio in 1855 (note that this does not agree with census records); that at the time of his death he was the father of eight children, seven of whom were living, the eldest being 68 and the youngest 52; that he left 40 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Two of his grandsons and three of his great grandsons were at that time in the Union Army. Of the children living at the time of his death, John, William and Thomas were living in Ohio, also Sarah Simmons and that Hester Doler, another daughter, was living in Indiana and Mrs. G. J. Hitch in Kentucky.

He at one time had a farm in Kentucky adjoining that of his brother Joseph who came from Maryland to Kentucky about two years after Thomas. Their farms were bounded on one side by the Licking River.

Thomas Hitch was opposed to slavery. Before leaving Maryland he freed his slaves. This opposition to slavery was what caused him to move to Ohio from Kentucky. In Ohio he raised his family and lived there for the rest of his life. It was no easy thing to take such a decided stand on the slave question at the time Thomas Hitch lived, and in the place he resided. He was a man who had the courage of his convictions even though it affected his wealth for slaves were valuable. We admire and love him for his strength and beauty of character.

The following is a copy of Thomas Hitch's obituary sent to me by Charles E. Hitch of Billings, Montana:

Died, at his residence, near Bantam, Clermont County, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb 22 1862, THOMAS HITCH, sen., in the 90th year of his age.

He was a native of Somerset County, MD. He removed from there with his wife and one child to Kentucky in 1797. They landed at Limestone, now Maysville, and shortly afterward settled in Bracken County, where he improved a small farm, from whence he removed, in 1802, to Pendleton County, in the same State, where he cleared out another farm, but preferring a State where slavery did not exist, in 1814 he moved to the State of Ohio and settled again in the woods in Clermont County, where the village of Laurel now is. Here he remained till 1855. His eight children that he brought here with him having all set up for themselves, and the companion of his youth and one of riper years having passed away, he sold his farm and removed to near Bantam, where he remained at his comfortable quiet home until he was removed to a better home above.

He obtained religion and attached himself to the M.E. Church in Maryland in the year 1792, in which he lived (as the writer has often heard him say) without any charge having been preferred against him for seventy years, when he quietly fell asleep in Jesus, having lived in full belief of his atoning merits. Weakness and frailties on him, as on others, were entailed, and consequently he was not without his foibles and faults; but his sincerity, strict regard for truth, high sense of honor and sterling integrity were unquestioned. He left seven children living; the oldest in his sixty-eighth year, and the youngest in her fifty-second year, forty grand children, and fifty-two great grand children and four great great grand children, making one hundred and three living descendents.

All the children but one are the pale of the church in which their father lived and died, and a large portion of the grand children possess the same faith. Two of his grandsons and three of his great grandsons are now in the army of the Union, battling for the preservation of those constitutional rights and blessings and the flag whose folds so long protected their progenitor.

Though much enfeebled by length of years, he could, until a few months past, mount his horse or drive his buggy alone; and the day before his death, as usual, he dressed himself and took his regular meals at table. The infirmities of age were borne with remarkable resignation and patience. Nothing seemed to mar his peace so long as the distracted stat. of the country and the declension of the church as he thought from its original simplicity and spirituality. He deeply deplored the division of the church of his choice, and was much aggrieved that the opposing wings had ran into such extremes on the slavery question, and that this caused so much crimination and recrimination between those whose united object had so long been "to spread scriptural holiness through the whole length and bredth of these lands." But his love for its primitive usages and doctrines were undiminished, and received his unqualified approval.

His children are scattered in four states. Three sons, John, William and Thomas, are living near Bantam, O: Mrs. Sarah Simmons and Mrs. Hester Dole in Indiana; Mrs. Mary Robb in Iowa; and Mrs. E. J. Hitch in Kentucky. Though scattered so widely now, may they meet their father and mother in "That sun bright clime where sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more."

Thomas married Jane Smullen 8 on 19 Sep 1793 in Somerset Co., MD.8 Jane was born on 29 Nov 1769 in MD,8 30 285 286 died on 3 Feb 1843 in Clermont Co., OH,8 76 and was buried about 6 Feb 1843 in Laurel Cemetery, Clermont Co., OH.287

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 311 M    i. John Wesley Hitch was born on 24 Jun 1794 in Somerset Co., MD8 288 289 290 291 292 293 and died on 23 Jan 1876 in Bantam, Clermont Co., OH.8 293 294

+ 312 F    ii. Sarah Hitch 8 was born on 19 Sep 1798 in KY295 296 297 and died in 1873 in Shelbyville, IN.297

+ 313 M    iii. Thomas Hitch was born on 20 Jun 1800 in KY,287 298 299 300 died on 27 Sep 1874 in Clermont Co., OH,8 287 301 302 and was buried about 30 Sep 1874 in Old Bethel Cemetery, Clermont Co., OH.287

+ 314 M    iv. William Hitch was born on 29 Mar 1804 in KY8 257 303 304 305 306 307 and died after 1880 in OH.

   315 F    v. Ellen Hitch 8 was born between 1804 and 1810 in KY.257 308

Ellen married (?) Smith.8

+ 316 F    vi. Mary Hitch 8 was born in 1803 in KY.257 308 309

+ 317 M    vii. Edmund Hitch was born in 1806 in Pendleton Co., KY257 310 311 and died on 8 Jun 1855 in IA.

+ 318 F    viii. Hester (Hettie) Hitch 8 was born on 17 Jan 1808 in Pendleton Co., KY257 267 312 and died on 9 Sep 1886 in IN.

+ 319 F    ix. Elizabeth Jane Hitch 33 was born on 4 Aug 1810 in Pendleton Co., KY,255 267 270 313 314 315 died on 30 Dec 1889 in Pendleton Co., KY,255 267 and was buried about 2 Jan 1890 in Concord Methodist Cemetery, Concord, Pendleton Co., KY.255

Thomas next married Florence S. Bainum on 21 Jun 1850 in Clermont Co., OH. Florence was born in 1780.

Marriage Notes: Clermont County, Ohio Marriage Records (DAR)

Birth Notes: Florence Bainum's age is listed as 70 on her marriage record in 1850.

132. Robert Hitch was born in 1775-1784 in MD and died on 15 Dec 1824-9 Jan 1827 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Robert Hitch is listed as age 26-45 in both the 1810 and 1820 Federal Censuses. This would place his birth somewhere in the range 1775/84.

Death Notes: Robert Hitch died after he married Martha Brewington on Dec 15 1824 but before William Stewart is listed as his administrator on Jan 9 1827 in SoOCP.

General Notes: In the 1810 Federal Census, Robert Hitch was listed on page 240 for the Wicomico District of Somerset County. His household was near that of Stephenson, George and William Malone and contained one male under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 16-26, one male age 26-45, one female under age 10, two females age 26-45 and two slaves.

On Oct 5 1811, Robert Hitch received a deed for 4¾ acres of land called "Turkey Ridge" "between Wicomico Creek and Wicomico River on southside of county road that leads from Trap down to James Round's deceased landing on the Wicomico River" from Peter Malone Sr for $33. (SoLR-U:167). The courses of the land were described as beginning at a marked post on a line of a tract owned by Sarah Stuart called "Monsham", thence N48:30W 18 poles by and with line of deed from said Peter Malone Sr. to Isaac White until it intersects with said main county road, thence up the middle of said road until it intersects with a line of tract called "Turkey Trap", thence N29E 14 poles, thence S84E 32 poles, thence S69:30E 12 poles until it intersects the afsd line of "Turkey Ridge", thence S12W 6¼ poles by and with the line of "Turkey Ridge" to a pine standing on the line of said Sarah Stuart's land called "Monsham", thence a straight line to the beginning totaling 4¾ acres. (Note, this tract was conveyed to Alexander Hastings in Jun 1849 by Julia A. Stewart and John Fields with Matilda his wife "heirs of Robert Hitch" [SoLR-WP4:127,128])

This is the same land that he was listed for in the 1813/1814 Commissioner of the Tax report for Somerset County. He was taxed for 4¾ acres of land in the 2nd Election District valued at $30.

This is probably the same Robert Hitch listed in the Somerset Militia in "A Return of the Detachment Required from the 25th Regiment Agreeably to Brigade orders in conformity with Division orders of 15th May (1812)" as follows: Sergeant: Robert Hitch Corporal: John Earnest, substitute for Adam Hitch Privates: John Hitch. (Maryland Militia, Vol. 1, War of 1812, F. Edward Wright) Also in the same record, he is listed on page 5 for "The 10th Brigade, A return of the detachment from the 23rd Regt., Somerset Militia", Listed under Sergeants, Robert Hitch.

In the Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County for 1817-1822, Robert Hitch "of Benjamin" is listed in the 2nd Election District and taxed in 1817 for the following property:
·Land, "Turkey Ridge," 4¾ acres at $7 per:$ 30.00 ·2 head of cattle, 5 head of sheep, 1 hog, 1 bed &c.:$ 46.00 ·Other personal property:$ 14.00

In the 1820 Federal Census, Robert Hitch was listed on page 134 in the Wicomico District of Somerset County with two males under age 10, one male age 26-45, two females under age 10, one female age 10-16 and one female age 26-45. His household was near that of George Malone, Scott Brereton (Brewington), and James Jones.

On Jan 9 1827, the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings states, "William Stewart, administrator of Robert Hitch." (SoOCP-1823/29:201) (Note, William Stewart was Robert Hitch's son-in-law.) On Mar 25 1828, the record again states, "William Stewart, administrator of Robert Hitch." (Ibid:289). In the Apr 1 1828 edition of the Village Herald newspaper in Princess Anne, Maryland, Cyrus Nelson and William Stewart, the administrators of Robert Hitch, deceased, placed an advertisement to sell Hitch's negroes Jim, Henry and Matilda.

William Stewart brought forth a balance of $90.27½ from Robert Hitch's inventory proved Feb 6 1828 in Somerset County. Money due from this account was to Robert Malone (for bacon) and John S. Zirben and some fees resulting in a net amount of $82.43¾. Distributions were then made and approved on Jul 23 1828 as follows: - to Robert Hitch's widow, her 1/3 part: $27.49¼ - to son Tubman Hitch, 1/5 of 2/3 part:$10.99 7/10 - to son Cannon Hitch, ditto $10.99 7/10 - to daughter Jane Hitch, ditto $10.99 7/10 - daughter Matilda Hitch, ditto $10.99 7/10 (SoAA-JP9:3,4)

Robert married Leah Sutton, daughter of William Sutton, on 20 Dec 1803 in Somerset Co., MD. Leah was born in 1775-1784 and died in 1821-1824 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: SoMR.

Birth Notes: Leah Hitch is apparently listed as age 26-45 in both the 1810 and 1820 Federal Censuses. This would place her birth somewhere in the range 1775/84.

Death Notes: Leah (Sutton) Hitch evidently died after the 1820 census but before husband Robert remarried on Dec 15 1824.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 320 F    i. Juliann (Julia A.) Hitch was born in 1805-1807 in Somerset Co., MD316 317 and died after 1870.

   321 M    ii. Cannon W. Hitch was born in 1810-1820 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1842-1849 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: The 1840 Federal Census lists Cannon Hitch as age 20-30 in Somerset County, MD.

Death Notes: Cannon Hitch apparently died after his listing in the 1842 tax records but before the 1850 Census.

General Notes: The fact that Cannon Hitch is a son of Robert Hitch is proven when he received distribution from Robert's estate account.

In the 1840 Census, Cannon Hitch is listed in Somerset County on page 225, Middle District, with a household of one male age 20-30 and one female age 10-15.

In 1842, Cannon W. Hitch is listed in Somerset County in Election District 7, Trappe, as Cannon W. Hitch, 1842: - To House & Lot near Upper Trappe: $50 - To 2 hogs, 1 bed, etc., other: $20
Total $70

(Somerset Co. Assessment Ledger 1841-1852, Folio 37)

+ 322 M    iii. Robert? Tubman Hitch 318 was born in 1810 in Somerset Co., MD, died in Jun 1833 in Somerset Co., MD, and was buried in Jun 1833 in Allen Church Cemetery, Allen, Wicomico Co., MD.

   323 F    iv. Jane Hitch was born about 1818 in Somerset Co., MD and died before Dec 1840 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: Jane Hitch is presumably the female "age 20-30" in the Littleton Jenkins household in Somerset County in the 1840 census. However, it is presumed that she had died by the time Littleton Jenkins remarried to Sarah J. Taylor on Dec 30 of that same year.

Jane married Capt. Littleton Jenkins, son of Levi Jenkins, on 29 Aug 1835 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Littleton was born on 10 Jan 1817 in MD,319 320 died on 2 Jul 1869 in Wicomico Co., MD, and was buried about 5 Jul 1869 in Jenkins Family Cemetery, Wicomico Co., MD.

General Notes: Littleton Jenkins will was written on May 24 1869 and probated Jul 6 1869 in Wicomico Co., MD. Mentions wife Sarah Jane and Frank Jenkins. Lemuel Malone, Robert E. Purnell and Stephen P. Toadvine were witnesses. (WiW- WB1:35)

+ 324 F    v. Matilda Hitch was born on 30 Sep 1819 in Somerset Co., MD,76 321 322 died on 16 Jun 1862 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 19 Jun 1862 in White-Smith-Fields Cemetery, Sharps Point Rd., Wicomico Co., MD.

+ 325 F    vi. Dorothy R.W. (Dolly)* Hitch was born in 1820-1821 in Somerset Co., MD323 324 325 and died between 31 May 1872 and 30 Jul 1872 in Wicomico Co., MD.326

Robert next married Martha Brewington, daughter of (?) Brewington, on 15 Dec 1824 in Somerset Co., MD. Martha was born about 1780 and died after 1833.

Marriage Notes: SoMR.

General Notes: In the Princess Anne newspaper, Village Herald, there was an article in the edition of Oct 18 1831 regarding the Chancery Court case of Scott Brereton versus Martha Hitch and Rhoda & John Brereton, administrators of Elizabeth Flake. Martha Hitch indicated as a sister in the will of Rhoda Brereton (Brewington) written Jun 28 1833 and probated in Somerset County Jul 10 1833. She also lists brother John and Uncle Scott Brereton. Witnesses were William Whayland and Eleanor P. Stanford. (SoW Index 1820/37:223)

133. Adam Hitch was born in 1780-1784 in MD and died in 1841-23 Oct 1844 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Adam Hitch is listed as age 26-45 in both the 1810 and 1820 censuses. Combine this with his listing in the 1840 census as age 50-60 and his birth year falls in the range 1780/84.

Death Notes: Adam Hitch died sometime after the taking of the 1840 Census and before his third wife Eveline remarried on Oct 23 1844.

General Notes: Adam Hitch and Polly his wife were administrators of George Fooks when his inventory was brought forth on Jun 9 1807 and account proved Aug 29 1809. Distributions were made to George's sons James and John Fooks. (SoAA-EB27:108)

In the 1810 Federal Census, Adam Hitch was listed on page 241 for the Wicomico District of Somerset County. His household was near that of William Bounds, Thomas Goslee, John Russum, and Tubman Lowes and contained two males under age 10, one male age 26-45 and one female age 26-45.

On May 15 1812, Adam Hitch was listed in the Somerset Militia in "A Return of the Detachment Required from the 25th Regiment Agreeably to Brigade orders in conformity with Division orders of 15th May" with other Hitches as follows: Sergeant: Robert Hitch; Corporal: John Earnest, substitute for Adam Hitch; Privates: John Hitch. He is also listed for Jul 1812 on page 5 for "The 10th Brigade, A return of the detachment from the 23rd Regt., Somerset Militia", Listed under Corporals, John Earnest, substitute for Adam Hitch. (Maryland Militia, Vol. 1, War of 1812, F. Edward Wright).

In the Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County in 1813/1814, Adam Hitch is listed in the 2nd Election District and taxed for 253 acres of land valued at $660. In the Commissioner of the Tax Report for Somerset County for 1817-1822, Adam Hitch is listed in the 2nd Election District and taxed in 1817 for the following property:

·Land, "Bounds Chance" and "Bounds Lott," 253 acres at $3 per:$760.00 ·Negro Sarah, age 12: $ 40.00 ·3 horses, yoke of oxen, 8 cattle:$150.00 ·5 head of sheep, 14 hogs, 5 beds &c, plate:$ 72.00 ·Other personal property:$ 13.00

In the Federal Census for 1820, Adam Hitch is listed on page 138 in the Princess Anne District with a household consisting of one male age 10-16, one male age 16-18, one male age 16-26, two males age 26-45, two females under age 10 and one slave.

On Feb 13 1821, Adam Hitch and others were instructed to deliver the property of James and George Fooks to their guardian Samuel Vincent (SoOCP-1811/23:119). On May 28 1822, Adam Hitch was appointed guardian to Mary Elizabeth and Ann Hitch with sureties by Thomas Pryor and William Collins (SoOCP-1811/23:171) On Mar 22 1825, Adam Hitch, "guardian to his children, to give counter security to administrator of William Collins." (SoOCP-1823/29:112). In his will written Aug 12 1829 and probated on Sep 1 1829, Lee P. Harcum mentions sons Elisha and Henry L. Harcum, daughter Luison J. Polk and granddaughter Mary Ann Polk. Adam Hitch, Isaac Denson and Thomas Goslee were witnesses. (SoW-1820/37:156,157)

In the Federal Census for 1840, Adam Hitch is listed as living in Somerset County as indicated on page 221 in the Middle District with a household of one male under age 5, one male age 5-10, one male age 50-60 and one female age 30-40.

Adam married (?) (?) in Jan 1800 in Somerset Co., MD. (?) died before 1809 in Somerset Co., MD.

Adam next married Mary (Polly) Fooks, daughter of Thomas* Fooks and Letitia (?), on 25 Jul 1809 in Somerset Co., MD. Mary was born in 1780-1784 and died in 1817-1819 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: SoMR.

Birth Notes: It is assumed that Mary (Fooks) Hitch is approximately the same age as husband Adam Hitch.

Death Notes: Mary Hitch had one daughter in late 1811 and another later (assume earliest is 1812), however, there are no adult females listed with Adam Hitch in 1820.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 326 F    i. Mary Elizabeth Hitch 327 was born on 26 Nov 1811 in Somerset Co., MD112 328 and died in 1861-1867 in Pendleton Co., KY.

+ 327 F    ii. Ann Hitch 327 was born in 1817 in Somerset Co., MD.329

Adam next married Eveline (Jane?) Malone on 13 Feb 1828 in Somerset Co., MD. Eveline was born in 1797-1798 in Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: SoMR.

Birth Notes: She is listed as Jane Willing, age 52 in the 1850 Census and Eveline William, age 63, in the 1860 Census. (She had remarried to Charles Willing in 1844).


   328 M    i. William* Hitch was born in 1837 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Mar 1860 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: The 1840 Census shows two possible sons of Adam and Eveline Hitch - one under age 5 and the other age 5-10.

General Notes: Not sure of this connection. However, the dates match and through the process of elimination, this appears the most likely place for William Hitch who died in March 1860 from consumption at age 23. (Maryland Mortality Records, 1860)

134. Samuel Hitch was born in 1784 in Worcester Co., MD and died in 1858-1859 in Worcester Co., MD.

Birth Notes: 1850 Federal Census: Samuel Hitch is listed as age 66 in Worcester County, MD, born in MD.

Death Notes: Samuel Hitch died after he divested his land to his sons in 1858 but before the taking of the 1860 Federal Census.

General Notes: On May 15 1812, Samuel Hitch was listed as a Private in the Worcester Militia in the 37th Regiment, 10th Brigade in the War of 1812 (Maryland Militia-Vol. 1, War of 1812 by F. Edward Wright). Also, in Jul 1812, he was listed as a private in "the 10th Brigade, A return of the detachment from the 23rd Regt., Worcester Militia".

Samuel Hitch's father, Benjamin Hitch wrote his will on Mar 21 1814 and it was probated Apr 19 1814. In it, Samuel was bequeathed "one bed and furniture" and Benjamin Hitch also states, "leave to my youngest son Samuel Hitch, plantation I now dwell 50 acres pt. in Worc. County and pt. in Somerset County" (WoW:47,48). Samuel was a witness to the will of his half-brother John Hitch who wrote his will on May 29 1828 and was probated Nov 11 1848 (SoW-1820/37:155,156). Also, he was listed as an heir in the will of his step-mother Leah Hitch, written on May 11 1831 and probated Oct 26 1831 (WoW-1822/33:489).

In the Federal Census of 1830, Samuel Hitch is listed in the 6th District of Worcester County, Maryland (pg 255) in a household comprised of one male age 5-10, one male age 40-50, one female age 10-15 and one female age 40-50. In the Federal Census of 1840, Samuel Hitch is listed in the Western District of Worcester County, Maryland (pg 306) in a household comprised of only two males age 15-20 and one male age 50-60. There were no females present.

On Jul 12 1847, he was mentioned when a public road was surveyed to run through the properties of Benjamin Vincent, Samuel Hitch, Levin Pollitt, William Horsey, Thomas Carey, David Brown, Mike L. Dikes' heirs, & William McGrath. (WoLR-EDM1:112,113) This road maps out the property called "Mount Pleasant" on the Worcester County side of the county road dividing Worcester and Somerset Counties. It also depicts an old school and M.E. Church just down the road from the property. In 1997, both are gone, but the cemetery from Zion Church still stands. The road is described as follows: Beginning at the county road on a line and 8½ feet either side of said line between the lands of Samuel Hitch and Benjamin Vincent, thence S82:30E 60? perches to the corner of said Vincent and Levin Pollitt and Samuel Hitch's lands, thence along the line between Pollitt and Hitch's land N7:30W 38½ perches where it leaves the line. Thence, across Pollitt's land with an old road N65:30E 42 perches to a place in dispute between Hitch and Pollitt by a difference of 1 degree and 45 minutes but the commission is directed to run along the old road N89E 5 perches, thence, S50E 10 perches, thence S61:30E 30 perches, thence S66E 28 perches to lands of William Horsey, "a free black man," and Thomas Carey, thence by and with the line between these two N82E 10 perches. Thence, N65E 10 perches, thence N6E 10 perches, thence N14E 13 perches to David Brown's land, thence N50E 12 perches to land of Mikel Dikes' heirs, thence N81:45E 31 perches, thence N48:30E 12 perches, thence N66:30 12 perches, thence N55:30E 13 perches, thence N19E 16? perches to road leading from county road to William McGrath's, thence with that road S65:30E 15½ perches, S36E 60 perches, S38E 28 perches, thence S57E 50 perches, thence S83E 12 perches across branch near William McGrath's gate. All told a distance of 1¾ miles.

In the Federal Census of 1850, Samuel Hitch is listed in Worcester County, Maryland (pg 193) in household 54, comprised of the following individuals: - Samuel Hitch, age 66, farmer, $200 in real estate - Handy Hitch, age 25 - Harriet Brown, age 40 - Rhoda Brown, age 40 - Eleanor Brown, age 35 - Nancy Brown, age 13 - William Brown, age 19 All were born in Maryland.

Samuel Hitch was apparently an amateur undertaker who performed those duties for his brother-in-law David A. Brown who died on Feb 25 1853. Samuel Hitch is given credit in the court records "for Services in attending to the deceased after his death per his account passed by the Court and assigned to William & John Gunby - $6.00." (WoCC-5:331/344).

On Apr 22 1858, two land transactions took place involving Samuel Hitch and his sons Handy and Henry. These were undertaken probably in preparation for Samuel's death which occurred sometime between this time and the 1860 census. First, Handy Irving Hitch paid $500 to Samuel Hitch for 50 acres of "land called Mount Pleasant situated and lying in Worcester County adjoining land of Matilda Pusey, Isaiah Pollitt, Harvey Vincent and William Hitch". (WoLR-WET1:181). Also, Samuel, Handy and Sarah E. Hitch were paid $500 by Henry W. Hitch for "a tract of land called "Old Buck Harbour (Buck Harbor)" situated and lying in Worcester County and adjoining the land of William McGrath, Thomas Owens and Thomas Brown thence ____ to the three-forked maple containing 74 acres more or less". (Handy was referred to by the name Irving in the land records index; WoLR-WET1:174,175).

Samuel married Henrietta (Henny, Ritty, McRitty) Brown, daughter of David Brown and Nancy (Annie) Tull?, on 24 Oct 1820 in Worcester Co., MD. Henrietta was born in 1800-1801 in MD and died in 1831-1839 in MD.

Marriage Notes: WoMR.

Birth Notes: Henrietta Hitch is apparently listed as age 30-40 in the 1830 Census, she does not appear in the 1840 census.

Death Notes: Henrietta Hitch is apparently listed as age 30-40 in the 1830 Census, she does not appear in the 1840 census.

General Notes: The following is from the notes of Prof. James L. Brown of Baltimore, MD:

Henrietta (McRitty, Meritty, Ritty) Brown (ca. 1800/1801-between 1830 and 1840), daughter of David (Jr.) and Nancy (Annie) (-) Brown, was born ca. 1800-1801 in Worcester County, Maryland. The 1830 U. S. census record for Worcester County indicates that one female in the household of Samuel Hitch was age 20-30 when the census was taken; she also received a bequest from her grandfathers which helps to narrow the time frame for her birth.

In his will, written 17 January 1802, George Brown (David's father) devised "fifty accars of land whereon I lived called Hath Venter at the upper end of the tract" to his wife during her natural life or widowhood, and "at her death to my grand daughter named McRitty Brown and her heirs forever in fee simple . . ." Also devised to his grand daughter was one half of land called Buck Harbour "lying at the upper end of my plantation . . ." The original 100 acres of Hath Venter (Heaths Adventure) were re-surveyed in 1791; vacancies were added; the land became known as Buck Harbour (193 acres); and a new patent was issued (eventually) to David Brown. While the new patent refers to all 193 acres as Buck Harbour, George Brown clearly separated the two tracts as he knew them during most of his lifetime: the original 100 acre tract was known as Hath Venture (Heaths Adventure) and the new land (vacancies) was known as Buck Harbour.

For proof of Henrietta Brown's siblings, marriage and issue, see Worcester County Chancery Record No. 5, Aug. 1855, pp. 331-344. In addition to her husband and children being named therein, she is proved to be a sister "Of the whole blood" of George Tull Brown and Margaret (Peggy) Brown (and others); for proof of George Tull and Peggy Brown being children of David and Nancy (Annie) (-) Brown, see Ruth T. Dryden, Parish of Somerset, Records of Somerset County. Maryland, p. 11 (for George Tull), and idem., Stepney Parish Records of Somerset County. Maryland, p. 58 (for Peggy Brown).


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 329 M    i. Washington Henry Hitch was born in 1821-1822 in Worcester Co., MD330 331 332 and died on 2 May 1871-13 Feb 1872 in Worcester Co., MD.

+ 330 M    ii. Handy Irving Hitch was born in Oct 1823 in Worcester Co., MD333 334 335 336 337 and died on 27 Feb 1901 in Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.338

136. Mary Hitch was born on 30 Jun 1769 in Bristol Co., MA and died on 28 Dec 1815 in Bristol Co., MA.

General Notes: Not sure of this connection. However, Mary had to be a daughter of either Samuel or George Hitch. With the placement of Mary Hitch as Samuel's daughter (from on-line resources), Rachel must be placed as a daughter of George Hitch.

Mary married Richard Wood on 26 Oct 1794 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25 Richard was born on 17 Jan 1772 and died on 25 Feb 1829 in Bristol Co., MA.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 331 F    i. Pamela Wood was born on 13 Aug 1797, died on 4 Jan 1875 in Scipio Township, Cayuga Co., NY, and was buried about 7 Jan 1875 in Scipio Rural Cemetery, Scipio, Cayuga Co., NY.

   332 F    ii. Mary H(Itch?) Wood was born on 29 Aug 1801 and died in Jul 1875.

138. Hardy Elgate Hitch was born on 12 Jun 1775 in Bristol Co., MA,8 23 42 43 44 45 46 died on 30 Aug 1858 in Bristol Co., MA,8 and was buried about 2 Sep 1858 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

General Notes: From A Hitch Orchard, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931:

Hardy Elgate Hitch, most of his sons and many of his grandsons were sailmakers. During the Civil War this knowledge came in handy for making army tents as some two or three in the family did. He and his second wife are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, MA. I own the lot. There are five generations buried in this lot. Some having been moved from the old cemetery at the foot of Williams Street, viz: - Betsy Delano, her mother Abigail, her son Obed Freeman Hitch, her grandson William Gould Hitch, and her great grandson William Gould Hitch Jr.

Betsy Delano was a direct descendant of Phillipi Delano, the Huguenot, who came to America in the Fortune in 1624. A vessel was built and named for her in Fairhaven, MA. Some years later Betsy was a member of the Society and attending the Congregation Church. She retained the dress and speech she was reared in. She was short, plump and pretty, very pious having her Bible often in her hands. Hardy Hitch, her husband, was in the sail-making business with two Taber brothers. This was the only sail-making business in Fairhaven, MA. The sail loft was a large three story stone building located near the Acushnet River and near the shipyard.

He was at one time a Free Mason. His wife kept his apron and regalia which she would occasionally show the grandchildren. He was hale and hearty, full of cheer and delighted in his many grandchildren with whom he played and told stories. He was a plain of face as his wife was pretty. I have a photograph of them taken together. She is in her Quaker Garb with her Bible in her hands. One of his grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth Hitch Thomas of Fall River, MA gave me most of this information and writes me that all his grandchildren loved him and delighted to climb on his chair, ride on his limbs as he sang and told them stories. The old Hitch homestead is the corner of Church and Laurel Streets, Fairhaven, MA.

Hardy E. Hitch was in the War of 1812. He was one of the garrison of Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven, MA. His record follows; Office of Adjutant General State House, Boston, MA, May 17 1928. Hitch, Hardy E., is of record on p 57 of the published Rolls of Massachusetts Militia in War of 1812-14, and on page 164 of the written rolls on file in this office, as having served as a Private in Captain William Nye's Company, Lieut. Colonel Benjamin Lincoln's Regiment from Jun 30 to Jul 10 1814 at New Bedford and Fairhaven. (Name corrected from Fitch.). This man is probably the same individual who had prior service as Private in the same company and Regiment at New Bedford from Jun 17 to Jun 29 1814 as reported under the erroneous name of Fitch on page 55 of the published Rolls and 159 of the written rolls on file in this office.

In the Federal Census of 1800, Hardy Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (pg 425) in a household comprised of one male under age 10, one male age 16-26 and two females age 16-26. In the Federal Census of 1810, H.E. Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (pg 290) in a household comprised of three males under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 26-45, one female under age 10 and one female age 26-45.

In the "General Society of the War of 1812" (Registry of 1972, page 498), Hardy Elgit Hitch is listed as a Private in Captain William Nye's Company, Lt. Col. Benjamin Lincoln's 17th Regiment for Jun/Jul 1814. He was also a gunner in the Sea Fencibles from Aug 11 1812 to Apr 5 1815 (where he was honorably discharged). This records states that he was born on Jun 12 1775 and married Betsey Delano (born Oct 9 1777, died Dec 3 1863) of Fairhaven, Massachusetts on Dec 16 1803, and died on Aug 30 1858.

In the Federal Census of 1820, Hardy Hitch is indicated in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of two males under age 10, two males age 10-16, one male age 16-18, one male age 16-26, one male age 26-45, two females under age 10, one female age 26-45. It states that one person in the household "manufactures." In the Federal Census of 1830, Hardy Hitch is indicated in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of one male age 5-10, one male age 10-15, one male age 15-20, one male age 20-30, one male age 30-40, one male age 50-60, one female age 10-15, one female age 15-20 and one female age 50-60.

In the Federal Census of 1850, Hardy E. Hitch is indicated in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 161, household 43) in a household as follows: - Hardy E. Hitch, age 75, sailmaker, $3,000 in real estate, born in MA. - Betsey Hitch, age 73, born in ME.

In the Massachusetts State Census of 1855, Hardy E. Hitch is listed in household 298 in the South District of Fairhaven as follows: - Hardy E. Hitch, gentleman, age 80, born in MA - Betsy Hitch, age 77, born in MA.

A small article about Mr. Hardy Hitch, age 81, sailmaker, appeared in the Oct 18 1856 (Baltimore) Sun newspaper.

Hardy married Martha (Patty) Mayhew, daughter of William Mayhew Esq. 339 and Margaret Mayhew,340 on 14 Dec 1796 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25 Martha was born on 21 Sep 177523 340 and died on 5 Nov 1801 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.57

+ 333 M    i. William M. Hitch 8 was born in 1799 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA220 221 341 and died on 11 Nov 1839 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.8 342 343

Hardy next married Betsy Delano, daughter of Jethro Delano 99 and Abigail Eldredge,99 on 11 Dec 1803 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25 Betsy was born on 9 Oct 1777 in ME8 42 344 345 346 347 and died on 3 Dec 1863 in Bristol Co., MA.8

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 334 M    i. Charles Hitch 35 was born on 10 Oct 1804 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,8 348 349 350 351 died on 23 Nov 1878 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,8 and was buried about 26 Nov 1878 in Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 335 M    ii. Hardy Hitch Jr. 35 was born on 6 Sep 1806 in Bristol Co., MA,8 350 352 353 354 355 356 died on 4 Jan 1892 in Bristol Co., MA,8 and was buried about 7 Jan 1892 in Woodside Cemetery, Main & Morgan Streets, North Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.357

   336 F    iii. (Female) Hitch was born about 1807 in Bristol Co., MA350 and died between 1811 and 1819.

   337 M    iv. Francis Hitch 35 was born on 13 Oct 1808 in Bristol Co., MA,8 350 352 died on 4 Mar 1849 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY,8 and was buried about 7 Mar 1849 in Gravesend Cemetery, Reformed Dutch, Brooklyn, NY.

General Notes: From "A Hitch Orchard": A record taken from Gravesend Cemetery, Reformed Dutch, Brooklyn, N.Y. on Flatbush Avenue reads as follows; "Francis Hitch died March 4, 1848, age 40 years. Erected to his memory by his friends in Flatbush." Up to date [1930], the compiler has not been able to learn why this monument was erected. However, we feel love and admiration must have played a part. He was survived by his wife for many years. She was always an invalid.

Francis married Sarah Pierce 8 on 11 Aug 1832 in Freetown, Bristol Co., MA.357 Sarah was born in Troy, MA.

+ 338 M    v. Frederick Augustus Hitch 35 was born on 4 Jan 1811 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,8 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 died on 6 Aug 1871 in Bristol Co., MA,8 357 and was buried about 9 Aug 1871 in Woodside Cemetery, Main & Morgan Streets, North Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.357

+ 339 F    vi. Elizabeth Hitch 35 was born on 5 Jan 1813 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,8 358 359 364 died on 24 Oct 1900 in Falmouth, MA,8 and was buried about 27 Oct 1900 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

+ 340 F    vii. Mary Delano Hitch 35 was born on 26 Apr 1816 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA8 358 365 366 and died on 23 Dec 1906.8

   341 M    viii. Ebenezer Delano Hitch 35 was born on 26 Feb 1819 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA8 358 365 367 368 and died in 1861-1864 in CA.

General Notes: From "A Hitch Orchard", Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931: "Ebenezer Delano Hitch was a sailmaker. He was one of the many Forty-Niners who sailed from Fairhaven, MA. to California. He never returned to Massachusetts and died many years ago. His wife was a very lovely woman."

In the Federal Census of 1850, Ebenezer Hitch is indicated on page 161 in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts (household 40) as follows: - Ebenezer Hitch, age 31, sailmaker, born in MA - Lydia W. Hitch, age 28, born in MA.

In the Federal Census of 1860, Ebenezer Hitch is indicated on page 579 in Township 2, Contra Costa County, California in the household of Nathaniel Howard as follows: - Nathaniel Howard, age 46, farmer, born in MA - Elizabeth Howard, age 35, born in MA - Lizzie A. Howard, age 6, born in CO - Emelia Howard, age 4, born in CO - Ebenezer Hitch, age 41, farmer, born in MA.

Ebenezer married Lydia Wood Allen, daughter of Sylvanus Allen. Lydia was born in 1822 in MA369 370 and died after 1870 in MA.

+ 342 M    ix. Obed Freeman Hitch 35 was born on 27 Oct 1821 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,8 371 372 373 374 375 died on 19 Dec 1911 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,8 and was buried about 22 Dec 1911 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

139. Capt. Joshua Hitch was born on 14 Sep 1778 in Bristol Co., MA8 23 42 47 48 49 and died on 16 Aug 1838 in Bristol Co., MA.8 50

General Notes: From A Hitch Orchard, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931: "Joshua Hitch was born in Fairhaven, MA. He was a well known sea Captain and a brave and fearless officer. During the War of 1812, he commanded a cargo of silks and other valuable goods in some French port, she came out Jul 29 1813 and ran directly into a fleet of British Men of War. She was given chase and only surrendered after her spars had been carried away. Captain Hitch carried the first American Flag to the Rio Grande, Brazil." (See Munsell) Also Historical Sketches of Old Dartmouth Vol. 6, p. 13., likewise see MA Hist. Mag. Vol 2 page 208."

In the Federal Census of 1810, Joshua Hitch is indicated on page 291 in a household in Bristol County, Massachusetts with one male under age 10, one male age 16-26, one male age 26-45, one female age 16-26 and one female age 26-45.

Joshua married Mary (Polly) Wilkey on 21 Oct 1802 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25 Mary was born on 8 Mar 17858 42 and died in 1817.

+ 343 M    i. Henry Hiram Hitch was born in 1807 in Bristol Co., MA350 376 377 and died in 1847 in Pernambuco, Brazil.

Joshua next married Abigail Sherman, daughter of Isaac Sherman 8 and Elizabeth (?),8 on 21 Apr 1821 in Bristol Co., MA.357 Abigail was born about 17898 and died in 1851.8

141. Capt. Ebenezer Hitch was born about 1784 in Bristol Co., MA23 42 and died on 5 Jun 1824 at Sea..52

General Notes: Ebenezer Hitch is probably the "Capt. Hitch" referred to in the following:

"Capt. Hitch of the brig Elbe died at sea, lost overboard on passage from New York to Ireland, 14 days out." ("Columbian Centinel" - Boston, Massachusetts, June 5, 1824)

Ebenezer married (?) (?). (?) was born about 1794.

Ebenezer next married Sarah White on 16 Aug 1821 in Bristol Co., MA.378 Sarah was born between 1790 and 1800.379

   344 F    i. (Daughter) Hitch was born between 1820 and 1825 in Bristol Co., MA.380

142. Capt. Sylvanus Hitch was born on 1 Mar 1785 in Bristol Co., MA23 53 54 and died between 1831 and 1839.

General Notes: Daisy Hitch Davies writes in 1931: "One of the sons of Samuel Hitch, probably Sylvanus Hitch, had a wife "Sally" Hitch. She was an aunt to the children of Hardy Elgate Hitch. This Aunt Sally had a daughter Elizabeth who married a Nathaniel Howard. She went to live with him in California about 1854, he already being there. He probably went with the Fairhaven and New Bedford, MA. who went there in 1849. They in turn had two daughters. I was told this by Elizabeth Howard Hitch Thomas, one of the daughters of Hardy Hitch and granddaughter of Hardy Elgate Hitch. Elizabeth Howard Hitch (Thomas) was named for Elizabeth Hitch Howard and was given much care and attention by this older second cousin until she was five years old. After going to California, she continued to bestow gifts of love and remembrance."

In the Federal Census of 1810, "Syranus" Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 291) in a household comprised of one male age 16-26, one female under age 10 and one female age 16-26.

Sylvanus married Sarah (Sally) Wood, daughter of Zeruiah Wood, on 4 Jan 1807 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.25 381 Sarah was born in 1789 in MA.53 379 382

General Notes: This is probably the same Sarah Hitch listed in the Federal Census of 1830 in Bristol County, Massachusetts with a household comprised of one female age 5-10, one female age 30-40, one female age 50-60 and one female age 60-70.

Also probably the Sarah Hitch listed on page 159 in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts in the Federal Census of 1850 as follows: - Sally Hitch, age 61, born in MA - Hannah Allen, age 52, born in MA


Known children from this marriage were:

   345 F    i. (Female) Hitch was born between 1807 and 1810 in Bristol Co., MA.350

+ 346 M    ii. Sylvanus F. Hitch was born about 1811 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,383 384 385 386 died on 5 Jun 1880 in Homerville, Clinch Co., GA,8 386 387 and was buried about 8 Jun 1880 in Blackshear, GA.386

+ 347 F    iii. Elizabeth Hitch 8 was born in 1825 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.372 388

145. Sarah Ellegood Hitch was born in 1780 in Somerset Co., MD60 and died in 1851-1859 in Baltimore, MD.

Birth Notes: On Aug 10, 1784, she is indicated in the records as "Orphan: Sarah Ellegood Hitch (of Robert), under age 14; appointed guardian: Sarah Hitch; sureties: William Handy and , Hope Adams (SoOCP-1777/92:74) - this puts her birth year after 1770.

General Notes: On Nov 25 1783, Sarah Ellegood Hitch received a deed for land "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" from Esme Bayly totaling 100 acres for £0.5.0 (SoLR-G:441). This same record states that she is the daughter and heir-at-law of Robert Hitch, late of Somerset County, deceased. Beginning at a chestnut post thence S 60 perches, thence N65E 22 perches, thence S70E 45 perches, thence N70E 40 perches, thence S45E 40 perches, thence N75E 78 perches, thence N54-15W 55 perches, thence N1W 81 perches, thence a right line to beginning chestnut tree - 100 acres. On Aug 10 1784, the Somerset County Orphans Court records indicated "Orphan: Sarah Ellegood Hitch (of Robert), under age 14; appointed guardian: Sarah Hitch; sureties: William Handy and Hope Adams (SoOCP-1777/92:74)

In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, Sarah All. (Alligood, or Ellegood) Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed for the following beginning in 1795: 400 acres of land, £500; one male/female slave under age 8, £5; one male/female slave age 8-14, £15; two male slaves age 14-45, £90; one male/female slave over age 36/45, £20. This evidently came from Sarah Hitch, (her mother). Total assessment was £0, £0, £630, £630 for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively (SoTA-1793/96). In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report for Somerset County, Sarah E. Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed taxes for 400 acres of land at £500, two male/female slaves age 8-14 at £30, two male slaves age 14-45 at £90, one male/females slave over age 45/36 at £25 and other personal property at £10. All this totaled £655, £655 for the years 1798 and 1799. She is not assessed after 1799 (the record states "to Littleton Aires") reflecting her marriage to Littleton Aires that year. (SoTC-1798/1803)

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Sarah Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred as occupant of property "situated at Rockawalkin Branch" owned by "William Ellegood's heirs "consisting of one framed wood dwelling house, two stories with 12' studs, size 30' x 18'; one framed wood cook house, one story, size 18' x 18'; one framed wood milk house, one story, size 8' x 8'; one round pole meat house, one story, size 12' x 12'; one round pole stable house, one story, size 16' x 14'; contained 80 perches assessed at $300. Also lists one framed wood store house, one story, 16' x 12'; two log corn houses, 15' x 6'; and one blacksmith shop of slabs, 16' x 18'. She was also listed as Superintendent for Littleton Aires Jr., owner of 5 slaves, 3 over age 12 (TA1798). On Jan 6 1800, William E. and Polly Hitch bought land "Dumbarton" from Littleton and Sarah Ellegood Aires (nee Sarah Ellegood Hitch) for £0.5.0 (SoLR-M:48).

Sarah married Littleton Ayres Jr., son of Littleton Ayres Sr., on 29 Jan 1799 in Somerset Co., MD. Littleton was born in 1776 in MD389 and died in 1851-1859 in Baltimore, MD.

Marriage Notes: SoMR.


   348 F    i. Amelia A. Ayres was born in 1820 in MD.390

148. William Elgate Hitch was born in 1760-1770 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 15 May 1801 and 1 Sep 1801 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: From the records given in the text, the latest we find William Elgate Hitch living is May 15 1801 and the earliest time we find him noted as deceased is Sep 1 1801.

General Notes: In late 1770, Sarah Hitch was appointed guardian to William Elgate Hitch under age 14. Joshua Hitch and George Dashiell gave bonds. (SoJ-1769/72:259)

In Sep 1791, William Elgate Hitch paid £300 to Stephen Christopher for numerous household items (SoLR-IPt I:178). The list of items follows and give a good assessment of the kinds of things available to a late 18th century family:

·12 feather beds & furniture·fire tongs & shovel·2 cases of bottles ·1 negro woman Rose·1 horse saddle & bridle·3 cases of knives & forks ·3 walnut tables·1 cow & calf·12 dozen porter bottles ·4 pine tables·a heifer yearling·1 frying pan ·7 winsor (sic) chairs·13 head of hoggs·9 candle sticks ·24 flag chairs·1 spinning wheel·6 pair snuffers ·1 __________ chest·9 punch bowls·Negro Rose's bed & furniture ·6 dozen plates Queensware·13 tumbler glasses·25 baking & milk pans ·24 puter (sic) plates·24 wine glasses·1 looking glass ·11 oval dishes Queens ware·1 riding chair & harness·3 tureens ·6 puter dishes·1 horse cart & gears·16 sawery (?) cane ·1 set teacups & saucers Cheney·2 trunks·Iron oven ·3 teapots·1 silver watch·1 chafon (sic) dish ·3 copper tea kettles·1 spy glass·4 pewter basons (sic) ·1 iron tea kettle·2 half bushels·24 pewterspoons ·5 iron potts (sic)·4 washing tubs·12 silver teaspoons ·2 kettles·4 water buckets·2 tin coffee pots ·1 pair hand irons·2 cans ·2 pair flat irons·9 casks

On Jan 24 1793, William Elgate Hitch received a warrant to re-survey "Come By Chance." The survey resulted in it taking away land from "High Suffolk" along the latter's south border but giving back some land along "High Suffolk's" west border. This "tightened up" the boundaries between the two tracts that had been off since "Come By Chance" was patented in 1721. The survey also took away some land from "Newberry" and added some vacancies. The new tract was called "Dumbarton" as was described as beginning at a stone standing near the head of Cottingham's Creek, thence S54W 180 poles, thence S19W 230 poles, thence S34W 65 poles, thence S 60 poles, thence S38E 150 poles, thence N3E 4 poles to a stump which is first bound of "Elgat's Lott" and bound of "Newberry", thence S52E 72 poles, thence S7E 80 poles to an intersection with "Munsley", thence ENE 148 poles, thence S43E 5 poles, thence E 228 poles, thence NW½N 59 poles, thence W 285 poles, thence with a right line to the beginning. (SoLP Certificates)

In the Mar court of 1793, William E. Hitch made a petition for a commission to mark and bound his land called "Come By Chance." (SoJ-1791/94, MSA C1774-57, MdHR 13,140-106). On May 11 1793, William Elgate Hitch, "son of Joshua Hitch", sold 100 acres of "Come By Chance" to William Adams. (Land Records of Wicomico County 1666-1810, Ruth Dryden, pg 78; also, General Court of the Eastern Shore Abstract Worcester County Index 1786-1793, MS9:651 [or 657]). On May 15 1793, William Elgate Hitch gave mortgage for land, parts of tracts "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" to William Adams, 250 acres, for £250. (SoLR-IPtII:570). This record mentions that this land was "particularly described" in deeds from John Crouch and William Lank to Joshua Hitch, the father of William E. Hitch.

On Aug 16 1795, William Elgate Hitch was involved in a court case, "Anne Adams versus William Elgit Hitch". It was a mortgage foreclosure on "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk." The case was dismissed under rule docket 1806-07-39. This record states that Joshua Hitch was his father. The case surrounded the fact that William E. Hitch owed William Adams (Anne's husband) £250 and she wants to seize the land. (MdCC Papers, MSA S512-73, MdHR 17898-78). On Aug 15 1796, Elzey Spicer received a deed from Seth Griffith and William Elgate Hitch and Mary his wife. Spicer paid £2.10.0 to Griffith and Hitch for land in Nanticoke Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware that was "Pine Grove Furnace Company's" but became property of Ebenezer Gracy of Derby, Connecticut and Theophilius Brown of New York City. (SxLR-W21:59). On the same date, William Anderson received a deed from Seth Griffith and William Elgate Hitch. Anderson paid £28.7.0 to Griffith and Hitch for "Pine Grove Furnace Company's" land. (SxLR-W:21,60)

On Apr 22 1797, Thomas Laws and Seth Griffith received a deed from William Elgate Hitch and Mary his wife. Laws and Griffith paid $1,000 for 4 acres including "Pine Grove Furnace" where Seth Griffith now resides being part of "New Ireland". Mary Hitch signed as Polly Hitch (SxLR-W21:292). On Oct 24 1797, Azakel Phelps received a deed from William Elgate Hitch and Mary his wife. Phelps paid "Pine Grove Furnace Company's" land - text nearly unreadable! Mary Hitch signed as Polly Hitch (SxLR-W21:219)

In the Commissioners of the Tax Received for 1798-1803 William Elgate Hitch's "heirs" were shown in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County and assessed taxes for 400 acres of land, etc. at: $710, $860, $815, $1315, $1285, $1285 for each of those years, respectively.

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, William Elgate Hitch was owner and occupant (with Emmanuel Brown) of property "situated near Rockawalkin Branch" in Rewastico Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland consisting of: ·1 framed wood dwelling house, 2 stories, size 34'x30' ·1 framed wood cook house, 1 story, size 16'x12' with shed ·1 room adjoining, size 18'x 16' with covered way ·1 sawed log smoke house, 1 story, size 12'x12' ·1 wood frame carriage house, 1 story, size 10'x14'. Contained 80 perches assessed at $500. Also lists: ·1 framed wood barn, 26'x20' ·1 framed wood corn house, 18'x10' ·1 sawed log house, 12'x14' ·1 log dwelling house, 1 story, 16'x14'. Assessed $75 for buildings. (TA1798)

He was also owner & occupant (with Emmauel Brown) of property "situated near Rockawalkin Branch" in the same area consisting of: ·1 round pole dwelling house, 16'x14' ·1 round pole cook house, 12'x10' ·1 log barn, 14'x16' ·1 round pole meat house, 7'x6' ·77½ acres of land. Assessed $25 for buildings, $80 for land. (TA1798)

In 1798, Robert Boyce "of Sussex County" got Alienation Bond from William Elgate Hitch "of Somerset County, Maryland". Hitch was bound unto Boyce for £1200 where William Hitch is co-partners with Seth Griffith and Thomas Laws having one-third part of 500 total acres in tracts "New Ireland", "Addition to Partners", and "Mill Lott" whereon stands Pine Grove Furnace. It also includes tracts "Mediterranean" and "Waterford" "at the fork of Herring Gut and Cool Branch." (SxLR-W21:443) Also, William Elgate Hitch got Bond of Indemnity from Robert and William Boyce and William Stayton. The three are bound unto Hitch for £2000 when Hitch sold the land as described under Folio 443 of this record. (SxLR-W21:487) On Jan 6 1800, William Elgate Hitch received a deed for land called "Dumbarton" from Littleton and Sarah Ellegood Aires for £0.5.0. (SoLR-M:148)

William E. Hitch is indicated as head of household in the Rewastico District, Somerset County (page 68, line 2) with two 2 males age 16-26, one male age 26-45, two females age 10-16, one1 female age 26-45, one female over age 45 and 15 slaves.

On Feb 20 1801, William Elgate Hitch, with Levin Handy as "representatives of a certain Joshua Hitch Sr. late of Som. County", gave bond of £1000 to Hugh Gemmill (SoLR-N:116,121). The record mentions Thomas Hitch has a claim and Laban (Levin) Hitch also as a representative. Folio 121 mentions William Hitch as a representative "now residing in SC". On Jun 22 1802, a bond of William Elgate Hitch for £600 to Harry Dulaney dated Dec 19 1796 on 123¾ acres of land, part of tract "Come by Chance" was recorded in the Land Office by Dulaney. The land was described as beginning where the 1st line of "Come By Chance" crosses a divisional fence formerly established between Francis Lank and Dennis Dulaney and 61½ perches from the end of said line thence, S54W 61½ perches to a chestnut post set up by commissioners, S16¾W 134 perches by and with divisional line between said William E. Hitch and Sarah Hitch, N26E 145 perches till it intersects with afsd divisional line between Lank and Dulaney, N43¼W 106 perches by and with said divisional line to first beginning laid out for 123¾ acres. (SoLR-O:10)

There appeared in a Jun 1802 newspaper a notice that Mary Hitch was the Administrator of William Elgate Hitch's estate .

On Jan 1 1805, well after William Elgate Hitch's death, the battle over his estate continued in the trial between Littleton Aires and Joshua Hitch, William Hitch & heirs-at-law of William Elgate Hitch. The latter was indicated to have died intestate without personal estate sufficient to pay debts but with a considerable amount of real estate. In an Aug 14 1805 deposition by William Elgate Hitch's wife, Mary, she indicated that sons Joshua and William Hitch were about age 8 and 6 respectively. Trustee Tubman Lowes sold Dumbarton (300 acres) on Apr 4 1806 - "land is of good soil well timbered and adapted to the growth of Indian corn, wheat and tobacco about three miles from the town of Salisbury on Rockawalking Branch" - and rights of Sarah Hitch (his mother aged 60 and still alive) and dower rights of Polly Hitch (aged 34). The record indicates that William Elgate Hitch owed about $2,000 and the land only brought $1,306 at the auction. (MSA S512-126, MdHR 17,898-115-1; MdCC-64:234/265). In this record, there are many listings of the accounts of William Elgate Hitch that shed light on his life and about when he died. Examples include the following:

·Exhibit - Joint Account of Samuel Smyly and William E. Hitch at Smyly's store from Mar 31 1796 to Mar 4 1799 where they bought various household items including silk, linen, flannel, muslin, thread, etc. Specific interesting line items include: - Jul 23 1797: paid Titus Baley for you - £1.3.0 - Jul 27 1797: to 2 spades and fro articles purchased for you in Baltimore - £1.9.4½ - Jul 30 1797: to paid Mary Nichols for you - £1.5.0 - Dec 3 1797: to paid Elisha Green for you per order - £0.8.3 - Mar 4 1798: paid George Game for you - £2.1.9 - Paid by 2 notes of Isaac Nicholson on account - £12.10.0

·Exhibit 12 - Account of William E. Hitch with John C. Hatton's store from May 26 1800 to Apr 2 1801 where he purchased various items including whiskey, "apel" brandy, hats, shoes, coarse cloth, etc. Specific interesting line items include: - Jun 16 1800: to one hat for Robert Ellegood - £1.0.0 - Jul 21 1800: to one yard of linen for Robert Ellegood - £0.3.0 - Jul 25 1800: to credit James West - £0.13.3 - Aug 18 1800: to Emmanuel Brown's account - £5.6.9 - Aug 18 1800: to James West for judgement against you on Wm. Ellegood's account - £1.1.1 - Jan 26 1801: to one pair shoes for Elijah Ellegood - Apr 21 1801: to 3¼ yards coarse cloth for Capt. Leatherbury as per your letter - £1.1.1½

·Exhibit 13 - William E. Hitch bound to Mrs. Ann Porter for £285.8.2 on payment of £142.14.1; bond executed Nov 5 1799. On Apr 10 1802, Thomas Dashiell and Ann his wife claim no payments had been made.

·Exhibit 14 - Account of William E. Hitch to Samuel Goslee (who evidently was a school teacher) store from Aug 8 1800 into 1801. Specific interesting line items include: - Aug 8 1800: to assignment of one Schollar (sic) 4 months @ 5/mo. - £1.0.0 - 1801: ditto, ditto 5 months @ 5/mo. - £0.15.0 - 1801: to schooling William Turpin's children 1 month - £0.7.6

·Exhibit 15 - William E. Hitch and Thomas Deshield (sic) bound to George Wilson Sr. for £200 on payment of £100 in silver dollars at 7 shillings 6 pence each; bond executed Sep 1 1800. Witnesses were George Wilson Jr. and Levin Collier.

·Exhibit 16 - Account of William E. Hitch with Jesse Townsend (a carpenter?): - Dec 8 1799: to making a boat - £0.15.9

·Exhibit 18 - Account of William E. Hitch with Susannah Sturgis from 1795 to Apr 14 1801.

·Exhibit 19 - Account of William E. Hitch with Robert Dashiell Jr..

·Exhibit 21 - Account of William E. Hitch to Samuel Smyly's store from Jun 22 1799 to Jul 19 1800. Many items including 3 different times, a bottle of snuff for George Game.

·Exhibit 22 - Account of William E. Hitch with Levin Irving (Doctor) from Sep 1794 to May 1801 where he purchased the Doctor's services and medicine, etc. Specific interesting line items include: - Sep 1794: to sundry visits and medicines for wife - £3.8.6 - Oct 1794: ditto ditto - £2.5.6 - Apr 1795: to a visit and "v.s." negro - £0.7.6 - Jan 1797: to sundry medicines and attend wife and child - £5.3.3 (NOTE: this is birth of Joshua, no doubt) - Sep 1795: to credit Stephen Christopher - £1.5.6 - 1798: to credit sister Betty Handy - £6.2.6 - Apr 1800: to inoculating the two Ellegoods for the small pox - £3.10.0 - May 1801: to sundry medicine and attending self and wife (NOTE: Wlliam E. still living in May 1801)

·Exhibit 23 - Account of William E. Hitch with James Smyth from Oct 10 1797 to Jul 14 1800.

·Exhibit 24 - Account of William E. Hitch with David Polk from Oct 1800 to May 15 1801 (NOTE: this is latest date we have of William E. being alive) where he purchased various items. Specific interesting line items include: - 1801: to pair shoes for Robert Allegood - £0.9.4½ - 1801: to pair shoes for Elijah Allegood - £0.7.6 - 1801: to pair of shoes for your Ferry-man John - £0.10.0 - May 15 1801: to finding a hand and attending the ferry for 4 months and 15 days per agreement @ 70/mo. - £15.15.0

·Exhibit 25 - Account of William E. Hitch with Nimrod Maxwell from Nov 1799. Some cash was paid on this by John Gordon.

·Exhibit 27 - Account of William E. Hitch with Thomas Hitch from Jan 14 1800 to Aug 15 1800. Thomas Hitch signed as Thomas James Hitch and did many items of "smithing" work for William.

·Exhibit 28 - Account of William E. Hitch with Josiah Cox from Feb 10 1798 to Sep 20 1798. Edward Brown paid some on this account on Sep 27 1798.

·Exhibit 31 - William E. Hitch bound to Robert Lemmon for £23.13.6 on Dec 20 1791.

·Exhibit 32 - Account of William E. Hitch with Ann Chaille (she was an innkeeper in Salisbury) from Nov 4 1800 to Feb 25 1801 where he purchased various items including gin, bitters, dinners, horse feed, brandy, etc.

·Exhibit 33 - Account of William E. Hitch with Leah Atkinson from Jan 1800 to Apr 1801.

·Exhibit 34 - Account of William E. Hitch with Arthur McGarth (sic, McGrath?) for 10 days of work he did on the ferry boat.

·Exhibit 35 - Account of William E. Hitch with John Humphries for 4 days of work in May 1801.

·Exhibit 38 - Account of William E. Hitch with John Chettam for 2 certificates at $12 each.

·Exhibit 40 - Account of William E. Hitch with John Bloodsworth Sr. (he must have been another innkeeper) from May 1 1798 to Jul 20 1800 where he purchased various items including dinners, billiards, spirits, lodging, grog, etc.

Within this record, the latest we find William Elgate Hitch living is May 15, 1801 and the earliest time we find him noted as deceased is September 1, 1801. Hence, it appears he died sometime during the summer of 1801. We can also see that Joshua Hitch was probably born in January 1797 per Dr. Levin Irving's visit to "attnd wife and child." It also appears that William E. Hitch was in charge of the ferry - presumably the "upper" ferry near where Rockawalking Branch flows into the Wicomico River. We know William like the "spirits" Finally, we find out that his sister Betty Hitch married a Mr. Handy (Note: the mentioned Mary Nichols may be William's other sister).

William married Polly (Mary) Whittington?, daughter of John N. Whittington?, about 1793. Polly was born in 1769-1770 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Aug 1849 in Baltimore Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Chancery Court papers relating to her husband's estate show Polly Hitch at age 34 on Jan 1 1805 (MdCC Papers; MSA S512-126, MdHR 17, 898-115-1) and the Maryland Mortality Schedule for 1850 states that Mary Hitch, a widow born in Maryland, age 80, died in Aug 1849 of a brain inflammation.

Death Notes: Chancery Court papers relating to her husband's estate show Polly Hitch at age 34 on Jan 1 1805 (MdCC Papers; MSA S512-126, MdHR 17, 898-115-1) and the Maryland Mortality Schedule for 1850 states that Mary Hitch, a widow born in Maryland, age 80, died in Aug 1849 of a brain inflammation.

General Notes: On Apr 13 1813, Polly Hitch received a deed for 350 acres of land called "Dumbarton" for £489.15.0 from Tubman Lowes. (SoLR-JP1:83) This also mentions Lowes as trustee for William E. Hitch was instructed to sell the land on Mar 1 1806 and that Polly Hitch was the purchaser for the said amount. This record confirms that she has satisfied all debt to this purchase.

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1817, Mary Hitch is assessed as follows: ·"Dumbarton"; 285 acres: $835 ·house, livestock, etc.: $205 ·personal property: $158 and $52 ·1 carriage: $20 (added 1819) (SoTA-1817)

In the Federal Census of 1820 for District 1 in Somerset County, Polly Hitch is listed on page 103 as two males age 16-26, one female age 16-26, one female age 45+, 11 slaves and one free colored person. She is but three houses from Mary Hitch (widow of Thomas).

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823, Mary Hitch "of William" is assessed as follows: ·"Dumbarton"; 285 acres: $855 ·Slaves Will (age 50), Phillis (age 45): $130 ·5 beds etc., 4 horses, 14 oz. of plate: $129 ·16 cattle, 30 hogs, 12 sheep: $122 ·1 still, other property: $48 (SoTA-1823:195)

In the Federal Census of 1840, Polly Hitch is indicated in Somerset County (page 189), Upper District, with one female age 40-50 and one female age 70-80, and three slaves.

On Dec 14 1841, for $3,140.62, Mary Hitch of Baltimore County sold to Purnell Toadvine of Somerset County, land part of "Dumbarton" and "Hitch's Hard Luck" that was land of William E. Hitch sold by Tubman Lowes by advertisement dated Jan 8 1806. Mary purchased the land on Mar 1 1807. The bounds of the land are described as beginning at a marked crooked white oak on the county road that leads from Salisbury to Rockawalking Meeting House (this is probably the origin of modern-day Crooked Oak Lane!) and from thence running N26:30W 34 perches, N29W 151 perches to a stone a division of George Todd's and said land, S58W 7½ perches to a post, N54:15W 34 perches to a marked post, N53W 20 perches to a marked post, N1E 81 perches to a marked post, S88:45W 10 perches to a stone a division of John McDaniel's and said land then with said division N27:45E 149 perches to a marked white oak a corner of Stone's and said lands, then with a line of marked trees between Stone's and said lands S2E 127½ perches to the land of George Todd, next continuing the same direction with said lands 67½ perches, thence with the division fence the following two courses S18E 3½ perches and S9:30E 72 perches to a marked chestnut a corner of John Taylor and said land, thence continuing in the same direction S9:30E 186 perches by and with a division of John W. Taylor and said lands to a marked cypress post standing on the county road that leads from Salisbury to Rockawalking Meeting House, thence with a right line to the beginning containing 345? acres of land more or less. Mary signed the document as Polly Hitch. (SoLR-AH:45). Also, the same day, for $1,051.00, Mary Hitch of Baltimore County sold to Purnell Toadvine of Somerset County, more land in "Dumbarton". The land is described as beginning at a marked cedar post on the corner of George Todd's land and then running N53W 20 perches to another marked post thence N1E 81 perches to a marked post at the corner of Mary Hitch and said land, S88:45W 123 perches to a marked post a corner of a parcel that John McDaniel sold to Josephus Humphreys, thence S16:45W 37 perches, S29:45W 46 perches to easternmost side of Humphreys Mill Branch, thence with the east side of the branch to a marked chestnut and thence with a straight line to the beginning containing 115½ acres in all. Also includes the mill seat and pond and mill lot where said lot is a part of "Green Hill" contained in a deed to Mary Moore from Sarah and John Hitch and Littleton Aires. This land is described as beginning at a stone on the county road that leads from Spring Hill to the Upper Ferry, thence N71E 17 perches, N19:30W 22 perches, S51W 12½ perches to a large white oak standing on the side of the said road, thence S3E 18½ perches to the beginning containing 1¾ acres in the lot. [Note: this is no doubt the mill seat owned by Adam Hitch in the 1720s and 1730s] (SoLR-AH:47)

In the Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger of 1841/52, Mary Hitch is listed in Election District 9, Salisbury, and assessed as follows: Mary Hitch, 1842: ·To "Come by Chance", 280a: $1960 ·To John (12), 1 horse, 2 yoke oxen: $ 215 ·To 3 cows, 1 Gig, 15 oz. plate, 2 cattle: $ 115 ·To 5 beds etc., other: $ 100
Total: $2385 1844 added: by error in this a/c: $2385 (SoTA-1841/52: 63)

The Maryland Mortality Schedule for 1850 states that Mary Hitch, a widow born in Maryland and age 80, died in Aug 1849 of a brain inflammation.


Known children from this marriage were:

   349 F    i. Sarah Hitch was born in 1794-1795 in Somerset Co., MD and died in 1851-1859.

Birth Notes: Ages listed for Sarah Hitch in the various census records are: 1800: 10-16, 1810: 16-26, 1820: 16-26, 1840: 40-50, 1850: age 55 in household of John B. Slemons and family. She is not listed after the 1850 census.

Death Notes: Ages listed for Sarah Hitch in the various census records are: 1800: 10-16, 1810: 16-26, 1820: 16-26, 1840: 40-50, 1850: age 55 in household of John B. Slemons and family. She is not listed after the 1850 census.

   350 M    ii. Joshua Hitch was born in Jan 1797 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1860 in Baltimore Co., MD.

General Notes: In a Maryland Chancery Court Case dated Jan 1 1805, the case Littleton Aires vs. Joshua and William Hitch and heirs-at-law of William Elgate Hitch states that Joshua was a minor of about 8 yrs old during a Aug 14 1805 deposition by Mary Hitch, their mother and guardian. (MSA S512-126, MdHR 17,898-115-1; MdCC-64:234/262)

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823, Joshua Hitch is assessed as follows: ·Negro Asa (age 52), a carpenter: $120 ·2 beds etc., gold watch: $50 ·John _____ for slaves Charles and sister??: $160 ·Sarah Handy for slaves John (age 41) and Nancy (age 14): $160 ·Thomas Roberts for land "Flower Field"; 57.75 acres: $170 (SoTA-1823:195)

On Dec 16 1823, Joshua Hitch made two transactions with Thomas Roberts, both of Somerset County. The first was for a 25 acre tract called "Addition to Flower Field" and the second, Joshua paid $400 for another 47¾ acre tract called "Addition to Flower Field". (SoLR-GH1:389,391) On Feb 9 1824, Joshua Hitch and Thomas Roberts paid $400 to John W. Leatherbury, all of Somerset County for a 73¾ acre tract called "Addition to Flower Field". (SoLR-GH1:457) On Jul 8 1828, Joshua Hitch was highest bidder at 80¢ per acre for a 100 acre tract called "Addition" and an 80 acre tract called "Addition to Long Run." He paid the money to Robert Stewart, Esq., Sheriff of Somerset County. (SoLR-GH4:252,254, resp.)

In the Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger for 1830, Quantico District, Joshua Hitch is assessed for the following: ·"Dumbarton", 285a: $1425 ·"Addition", "Addition to Anderson?", "Long Run"; all total 170a: $595 ·"Partners Choice", 75a: $95 ·Humphrey's Mill & Lot: $100 ·"Calcutta", "Cuba", "Bellaire", 298a: $595 ·Slaves Will (age 60), Phillis (52), Acy (59): $110 ·Charles (27), Peter (18), John (22): $900 ·Bill (14), Lee (7), Erasmus (5): $325 ·unknown (2), ditto (2): $60 ·John (50), Bill Sr. (40), Candis (40): $350 ·Anne (10), unknown (1 month), Nancy (60, infirm, $0): $90 ·Nancy (25), Mary (23), Milly (12): $550 ·Maria (14), Casey (10), 2 horses: $370 ·1 horse, 2 colts, 2 yoke of oxen: $100 ·10 cattle, 10 hogs, 1 Gig: $110 ·2 stills, 12 oz. Plate, other: $75 ·5 beds etc.: $50 TOTAL: $5900 1832 added: ·To a list for Daniel, Silvey, 2 horses: $250 ·2 yoke oxen, 8 cattle, 13 hogs: $115 ·2 beds, 3 oz. Plate, other: $35 ·To Shiles Crockett, 1 horse: $40 ·To Esther Ballard, slaves Milley (40), Isaac (6 mo.): $110 TOTAL: $6450 1832 added: ·By slaves Asa, Milly, Casey exported: $260 1833 added: ·By Peter (dead), Milly exported: $450 ·By Maria, Casey: $230 ·By Silvey (runaway), 2 horses: $120 1835 added: ·By John (exported): $300 ·By amount of Capt. John Turner property (exported): $900 ·By sundries for 2 horses, 1 ditto: $120 - By slave Silvey (runaway), yoke oxen (dead):$75 TOTAL: $2455 ·By amount transferred to Folio 167: $5610 TOTAL: $8065 1832 added: ·To amount debit brought forward: $6450 ·To Silvia (age 6): $50 ·To Capt. John Turner for all his personal property: $900 1833 added: ·To Mrs. Eleanor Handy for 115½a: $460 1834 added: ·To Doctor Johnson for 2 horses: $80 1835 added: ·To Thomas J. Aires for 1 yoke oxen: $25 1836 added: ·To Hannah Hearn for negro Easter: $100(SoTA-1830:65)

On Oct 1 1831, Joshua Hitch sold Richard C. Woolfolk 1 negro man age 46, 1 mulatto girl Milly age 15, and 1 mulatto girl Caleb age 14. (SoLR-GH6:84). In the newspaper, the Village Herald in Princess Anne, there is an article in Nov 11 1834 regarding Benjamin Dashiell and Joshua Hitch who offered reward for two escaped negroes; Mingo, about age 30, 5'-6" or 8" and John, about age 25, 5'-10".

Joshua Hitch is listed in the 1840 Federal Census in Baltimore County (3rd District) on page 104 with one male age 20-30, one male age 40-50, one free colored person age 10-24 and 12 slaves.

In the Somerset County Assessment Ledger, Joshua Hitch is listed in Election District 9 ledger, Salisbury, and assessed as follows: Joshua Hitch, 1842: ·To "Dumbarton", 285a:$1710 ·To "Calcutta", "Bell Air", 298a:$1190 ·To 1 mill at Wm Town?: $100 ·To Mary (22): $250 Total: $3250 1844 added: ·by error in this a/c: $3250 (SoTA-1841/52:63)

+ 351 M    iii. Dr. William Hitch was born on 14 Mar 1799 in Somerset Co., MD,15 189 190 391 392 393 394 died on 2 May 1881 in Cambridge, Dorchester Co., MD,395 and was buried about 5 May 1881 in Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore City, MD.

149. Joshua Byrd Roberts was born in 1765-1775 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 1832.12

Joshua married Elizabeth (?).

   352 M    i. William Roberts .

151. Benjamin W. Roberts was born in 1779 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Nov 1829 in Somerset Co., MD.

Birth Notes: Byrd Family genealogy from Walt Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, received via electronic mail on Mar 10 1996, 17:46:19. Also, conversed with Mr. Wilson by telephone the same day.

Death Notes: Byrd Family genealogy from Walt Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, received via electronic mail on Mar 10 1996, 17:46:19. Also, conversed with Mr. Wilson by telephone the same day.

Benjamin married Elizabeth Robertson.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 353 F    i. Maria Elizabeth Robertson Roberts .

   354 M    ii. William Roberts .

   355 M    iii. Thomas Roberts .

   356 F    iv. Sarah Roberts .

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165. Sovereign Hitch was born in 1783-1786 in Bridgeville, Sussex Co., DE64 65 66 and died after 1840 in Gibson Co., IN.

General Notes: From "A Hitch Orchard" by Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931, it indicates, "In the History of Gibson County, Indiana, we find record of "Sovern" Hitch in which it states he had been of Bridgeville, Delaware, and he was the owner and had been the proprietor of the "BULLS EYE", a famous tavern which he conducted until his death."

In the 1807 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Suverin" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: capitulation 1 horse This is his first occurance in the tax records with the previous records in 1803. This suggests a birth year of 1783-1786.

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Severeign" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 1 horse

No listing found in Sussex County tax records after 1809.

Sovereign Hitch is listed under the 9th DE Infantry under Capt. Walter in a Nov 28 1814 return (War of 1812).

In the Federal Census of 1820, "Sovern" Hitch is indicated in Caroline County, Maryland (page 114) in a household comprised of two males under age 10, one male age 26-45, one female under age 10 and one female age 16-26.

In the Federal Census of 1830, "Sovern" Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware (page 129) in a household comprised of one male under age 5, two males age 5-10, one male age 10-15, two males age 15-20, one male age 40-50, two females under age 5, one female age 10-15, one female age 20-30 and one female age 30-40.

In the Federal Census of 1840, "Sovern" Hitch is indicated in Caroline County, Maryland (page 341) in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one male age 50-60, one female age 5-10 and one female age 30-40.

Sovereign married Malla Hatfield 396 about 1810. Malla was born about 1790 in DE and died after 1830.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 357 M    i. Henry Hitch was born on 2 Jun 1811 in MD,70 397 398 399 400 died on 31 Mar 1883 in Sussex Co., DE,70 and was buried about 2 Apr 1883 in Graveyard In Bridgeville, Sussex Co., DE.

   358 F    ii. Mary Hitch was born on 6 Jan 1813 in Sussex Co., DE.70 401 402

Mary married Lorenzo D. Pane 70 on 14 Jan 1832. Lorenzo was born on 9 Mar 1810 in Sussex Co., DE70 403 and died between 14 Apr 1854 and 1 May 1854 in Sussex Co., DE.

Mary next married Lemuel S. Carey 70 on 13 Nov 1857.70 Lemuel was born in Nov 1810 in DE.404 405

+ 359 M    iii. Edward Washington Hitch was born on 26 May 1815 in Bridgeville, Sussex Co., DE,70 396 406 407 408 died on 29 Sep 1900 in Patoka, Gibson Co., IN,70 396 409 410 and was buried on 30 Sep 1900 in Patoka Cemetery, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN.411

+ 360 M    iv. Robert Hitch was born about 1817 in Sussex Co., DE412 413 414 415 416 417 and died on 12 Dec 1907 in Wicomico Co., MD.418

+ 361 M    v. Zachariah (Zack) Hitch was born on 26 Jan 1818 in Caroline Co., MD,70 406 419 420 421 died on 6 Mar 1888 in Patoka, Gibson Co., IN,70 396 410 and was buried about 9 Mar 1888 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN.

+ 362 F    vi. Sarah Hitch 422 was born in 1823 in Sussex Co., DE423 424 and died after 1901 in Oregon Trail.423

   363 M    vii. Levin* Hitch was born in 1827 in DE425 and died on 23 Oct 1897 in Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.163

General Notes: He may be a son of Sovereign Hitch or his brother Clement Hitch. UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME.

+ 364 M    viii. Joshua* Hitch was born in 1830 in DE.426

166. Garey* Hitch was born in Nov 1785 in Williston, Caroline Co., MD67 68 and died between 3 Jan 1855 and 23 Jan 1855 in Caroline Co., MD.69

General Notes: "This connection of Garey Hitch to the parents shown herein is uncertain, however, it is extremely likely that Garey Hitch comes from this line somewhere - given his close proximity in records and naming conventions of his children. A dubious link from Garey Hitch to William Hitch was made in some cryptic notes sent by Ned Boyajione to me regarding letters between Mrs. Vashti Saulsbury Garey and a genealogy research firm. The letters were written in 1909 and 1910 and stated that Vashti was the daughter of Emily Hitch Saulsbury, granddaughter of Garey Hitch and great granddaughter of William Hitch. However, there is no known William Hitch who could have fathered Garey in the correct time frame except for William Hitch, son of William and Mary Hitch, who died in 1796 apparently without issue. Garey Hitch and Spencer Hitch lived within close proximity for years and Garey's daughter Miriam was even living with Spencer and Sarah Hitch in 1870 according to the census. This strengthens a case that Garey Hitch and Spencer were brothers of the same lineage. Also, Garey Hitch and William Hitch (who went to Ross County, OH later) married Ross sisters and were involved with many land and court transactions in Sussex County, DE and Caroline County, MD in the early 1800s. Hence, it is very likely that they were brothers as well. The reader should note, however, that there is some uncertainty with the exact lineage of Garey Hitch, but this one is rated at a high probability (90%).

In the 1807 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Garey Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: capitulation 1 horse

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gary Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 2 horses 3 cows and calves 5 pigs 1 negro girl, Lydia, age 9 3 oz plate

In the Federal Census of 1810, "Gerry" Hitch is indicated on page 350 in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware in a household comprised of one male age 16-26, two females under age 10, one female age 16-26 and one slave.

In the 1813 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Garey Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 2 old horses 1 colt 2 cows and calves 5 young cattle 1 sow and 9 pigs 1 negro girl, age 11 2 oz plate

On December 4, 1813, "Garray" Hitch received a deed from Solomon Wotters and Elizabeth his wife for $340 for 150 acres of land, that which was deeded to Elizabeth Ross by father Clement Ross, Gentleman, deceased. Elizabeth married Solomon Wotters. (Sussex County Land Records, Deed Book AH-31, Folio 195)

On March 22, 1814, Job Pride Jr. received a deed from Garray Hitch and Mary his wife for $450 for 96¾ acres of land in Nanticoke Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware. It was described as land adjoining Peter Jackson's (deceased) Mill Pond and including lands of Polly Elliott, late Polly Collins. John Collins land was devised to his daughter Sarah Ross whose husband Clement Ross and she conveyed to their daughters Elizabeth and Mary Ross - Mary Ross now Mary Hitch and party hereunto. Garray and Mary Hitch purchased the balance of the land from Elizabeth Ross and her husband Solomon Wotters. (Sussex County Land Records, Deed Book AH-31, Folio 422)

On May 15, 1814, Andrew C. Jackson received a deed from Garey Hitch and Mary his wife for $270 for 90 acres of land that adjoins that of John Rust and that of John and Robert Collins. It is land that Clement Ross, gentleman, deeded to Mary Hitch, late Mary Ross, with her sister. (Sussex County Land Records, Deed Book AK-33, Folio 5)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gary Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 264 acres of land 1 negro woman Thamar, age 19 1 negro girl, Lydia, age 12 2 horses 3 cows and 2 yearlings 2 sheep 1 oz plate

On March 26, 1816, Garey Hitch was appointed guardian to Sally C. Ross, age 13, orphan daughter of ______ Ross - she accepted the appointment. Nte that this was Garey's eventual second wife and places her birth at between April 1802 and March 1803. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, entitiled the "1815 Book", unpaged)

On May 23, 1816, a letter granted to Gary and William Hitch on the estate of Daniel Adams deceased in Caroline County. On the same date, letters were granted to "Garry" and William Hitch on the estate of Lovey Adams with Edward Pritchett, Roger Wright Jr., James Houston and Fred Holbrook as appraisers.. Finally, on this date, it state Gary Hitch to search? for Sally C. Ross guardian. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1)

On May 28, 1816, order was granted to Gary Hitch and William Hitch to sell the estate of Lovey Adams (NOTE: Lovey Adams was Gary and William Hitch's sister-in-law, nee Lovey Ross). At the same time, Gary Hitch was appointed guardian to Anthony Adams, age 8 years and William Adams, age 6 years, orphans of Daniel C. Adams. William Hitch was appointed guardian to Edward Adams, age 1 year and Margaret Adams age 3 years also orphans of Daniel C. Adams. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1; also Orphan's Court Proceedings, "1815 Book", unpaged))

On August 23, 1816, Gary Hitch "of Sussex County" received a deed from James Wright and Hannah his wife "of Caroline County, Maryland" for $280 for 70 acres of land that included tracts "Bozman's Lott", "Shore Bine Shore Fine", "Walker's Addition" (or "Walker's Second Addition"), and "Peters Epithable Lott." (Sussex County Land Records, Deed Book AI-32, Folio 472)

On August 29, 1816, Garey Hitch "of Sussex County, Delaware" brought a Deed of Mortgage with two endowments to have enrolled in the records of Caroline County. They concerned a mortgage bond dated January 11, 1816 that bound William Meares of Caroline County to Garey Hitch for $311. Meares used for collateral 129 acres of land in Caroline County that adjoined Sovern Dawson, heirs of Jacob Wright and Minous Connaway et al. (Caroline County Land Records, TR-S-552)

On September 3, 1816, Garey Hitch "of Sussex County, Delaware" bought 69½ acres of land from James Wright of Caroline County for $261. The land is a tract called "Peters Epithable Lott" and "Walker's Addition" standing on the Maryland/Delaware border. (Caroline County Land Records, TR-S-554)

On October 17, 1816, Gary Hitch is listed in the records of the Orphan's Court as "Gary Hitch for 4 ____________ for Sally C. Ross guardian. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1)

On March 31, 1818, the orphan account of Sally C. Ross was presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, Book Commencing 8 May 1817, unpaged)

On May 11, 1819, the orphan account of Sally C. Ross was presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, Book Commencing 27 Oct 1818, unpaged)

On July 9, 1819, William Hitch "of Sussex County" received a deed from Garey Hitch "of Caroline County", Maryland for $2,376 for 264 acres of land in Northwest Fork Hundred. It was described as land formerly that of Clement Ross, deceased, devised to his son Robert Ross including the dwelling plantation that William Hitch now lives. It was near tract "Rosses Choice" and the State Line. (Sussex County Land Records, Deed Book AL-34, Folio 296)

In the 1820 Federal Census for Caroline County, Maryland, Garey Hitch is listed on page 114 with a household consisting of two males under age 10, one male age 26-45, two females under age 10, two females age 10-16, and two females age 16-26

On May 12, 1820, Garey Hitch of Caroline County sold 160 acres of land for $1,500 to Hugh Valliant of same. Tracts were "Lockermans" and part of "Milly Hope". (Caroline County Land Records, JR-N-48)

On October 14, 1822, Garey and Sarah Hitch sold 160 acres of land for $2,532 to William Potter, all of Caroline County. The land was where Richard Andrews was living as a tenant and was encumbered by a mortgage with Isaac and Jacob Cannon of Sussex County, Delaware. (Caroline County Land Records, JR-N-507)

On August 26, 1823, Garey Hitch, Tilghman Davis, Robert Medford, and Daniel Williams were appointed commissions to sell the land of Morgan Williams. (Caroline County Land Records, JR-O-149)

On June 29, 1824, the orphan accounts of William and Anthony Adams were presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, 1821-1827, unpaged)

On May 11, 1826, Jonathan Morris received a deed from Gary Hitch and Sally his wife "of Caroline County, Maryland" for $206 for tracts "Bozman's Lott", "Shore Bine Shore Fine", Walker's Addition" (or "Walker's Second Addition"), and "Peters Epithable Lott." (Sussex County Land Records, Deed Book AO-37, Folio 363)

On September 25, 1827, the orphan accounts of William and Anthony R. Adams were presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, 1821-1827, unpaged)

On January 12, 1830, Garey Hitch sold 167½ acres of land for $670 to William Potter, both of Caroline County. This land included tracts called "Back Hare", "Addition to Rauley", "Addition to Lisks Prospect", "Addition to Miles Swamp", and "Blackwell." The record refers to a deed of Abraham Ross and wife to Clement Ross on April 30, 1820. (Caroline County Land Records, JR-Q-323)

In the 1830 Federal Census for Caroline County, Garey Hitch is indicated on page 325 in the Lower District with a household consisting of one male under age 5, one male age 20-30, one male age 40-50, one female age 10-15, three females age 20-30, one female age 30-40, and no slaves.

On May 7, 1830, Garey Hitch and William Potter, Gentleman, both of Caroline County sold land for $2,215 to Joseph Vickers and Charles Davis, both of Sussex County, Delaware. The land included 443½ acres of tracts "Richards Farm", "Rosses Cross", and "Out Range." (Caroline County Land Records, JR-Q-387).

In the 1846 Tax List for Caroline County, Gary Hitch is listed in the Middle District assessed with $1,084 and taxed $6.50. (Caroline County, MD Tax List - 1846, MSA)

A sale of land was conducted in Greensborough, Caroline County, on November, 27, 1847 where Garey Hitch was highest bidder. It was part of the case Thomas A. Turner, executor of William Turner versus William and Sarah Weeks et al. The case resulted in an auction that was announced in the newspaper "Stewart's Familae(?)" and hand bills placed throughout Caroline County. The sale was conducted at Sherwood's Hotel in Greensborough at 2:00 p.m. on the said date. Garey Hitch bought land described as all that farm or percel called "Jackson's Hardship," 165 acres plus two 5 acre plots adjoining for $905. Garey paid $400 down and received surety of William A. Tatem for the balance. Other land sold as two lots on Old Tam Branch, a total of 20 acres, to William Sapp for $80. James L. Bartol was the trustee for the sale. (Chancery Records, Liber B-171, Folio 602; MSA microfilm SR-5172)

In 1848, Gary Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, DE and assessed $454.00 for 300 acres of land.

In the 1850 Federal Census, the Garey Hitch family is listed in household 0989 as follows: - Garey Hitch, age 64, farmer with $3,300 of real estate - Ann Hitch, age 48, born in Delaware - Isra E. Hitch, age 23, laborer - Emily Hitch, age 17 - Samuel S. Hitch, age 4 - Nehemiah Hitch, age 6/12 - Susan, age 27, born in Delaware - Catherine Gray, age 9, born Delaware - Georgeanna, age 12. All were born in Maryland except the ones noted as born in Delaware.

In 1852, Gary Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, DE and assessed for ownership of land.

The will of Garey Hitch was written on January 3, 1855 and probated January 23, 1855 as being "sick and weak in body, sound and disposing mind": ·Give wife Ann R. Hitch, farm and premises I now reside ·Give son Ezra M. Hitch farm he resides containing 120 acres ·Give eldest daughter Ann Emily Hitch land called "Ennals Entrance" and "Addition to Venture" containing 153¾ acres and 18 acres purchased of Thomas Numbers ·Give son Samuel S. Hitch and daughter Miriam Hitch $3,675 - $80 per year to their guardian until they are of age ·Give step daughter William Catherine Gray large mahogany frame clock ·Give grandson Peter Everngan $62.50 when he is of age ·Give, after death of wife Ann R. Hitch, sell farm to highest bidder and give $600 to son Ezra M. Hitch with residue to go to other three children Ann Emily, Samuel S. and Miriam Hitch. Son Ezra M. Hitch, executor. Witnesses: A.P. Saden, James R. Manship, A.A. Griffith. (Caroline County Wills, Liber WGN, Folio 11)

Garey* married Mary Ross,427 daughter of Clement Ross 427 and Sarah Collins,427 between 1808 and 1809 in Sussex Co., DE. Mary was born about 178568 and died between 14 May 1814 and 1819.

General Notes: It is clear that Mary Ross, eventual wife of Garey Hitch was single when Clement Ross, her father, wrote his will on January 15, 1808. However, Garey was married with two small female children as evidenced by the 1810 census. It is then deduced that the two married sometime in 1808 or 1809 though no marriage record has been found.


Known children from this marriage were:

   365 F    i. Sarah Hitch 70 was born between 1808 and 1810 in Sussex Co., DE and died between Aug 1830 and May 1832 in Caroline Co., MD.

Sarah married Tilghman Hubbard, son of (?) Hubbard and Mary Collins, on 21 Jul 1830 in Caroline Co., MD.428 Tilghman was born on 8 Oct 1808 in MD76 and died between 11 Jun 1891 and 11 Aug 1891 in Caroline Co., MD.429 430

   366 F    ii. Mary Jane Hitch was born between 1808 and 1810 in Sussex Co., DE and died between Jun 1832 and Jul 1837 in Caroline Co., MD.

Mary married Tilghman Hubbard, son of (?) Hubbard and Mary Collins, on 15 May 1832 in Caroline Co., MD.428 Tilghman was born on 8 Oct 1808 in MD76 and died between 11 Jun 1891 and 11 Aug 1891 in Caroline Co., MD.429 430

+ 367 M    iii. Lewis* Hitch 70 was born on 8 Nov 1808 in Caroline Co., MD,431 432 died on 28 Apr 1857 in Adams Co., IL,433 and was buried about 1 May 1857 in Old Barry Cemetery, Barry, Pike Co., IL.431

+ 368 F    iv. Milly Hitch was born in 1815-1816 in Sussex Co., DE.434 435

   369 F    v. (Daughter) Hitch was born between 1811 and 1819 and died before 1830.

+ 370 F    vi. Louisa Hitch was born between 1815 and 1819 and died before 1870.

Garey* next married Sarah C. (Sally) Ross, daughter of Clement Ross 427 and Sarah Collins,427 on 19 Sep 1819 in DE.436 Sarah was born between Apr 1802 and Mar 1803 and died between 1833 and 1844 in Caroline Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 371 M    i. Ezra Marcus Finley Hitch was born in Jan 1827 in Caroline Co., MD,70 437 438 439 440 died on 13 Feb 1901 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA,70 441 and was buried on 17 Feb 1901 in Montrose Cemetery, PA.441

+ 372 F    ii. Ann Emily Hitch 70 was born in 1833 in Caroline Co., MD442 and died in 1857 in Caroline Co., MD.154 443

Garey* next married Ann R. (?) on 20 Aug 1844 in Sussex Co., DE.436 Ann was born in 1802 in DE444 and died between 15 Jun 1857 and 11 Aug 1857 in Caroline Co., MD.445

General Notes: In her will written June 15, 1857 and probated August 11, 1857, Ann R. Hitch, being weak of body": - Give son Samuel S. Hitch, $50 at $10 when he reaches age 16 and $10 annually afterwards. - Give daughter Miriam Hitch the same when she reaches age 14. - Give stepson Ezra M. Hitch mantel clock. - Give stepdaughter Ann Emily Hitch white bed spread and two table cloths. - Give daughter William Catherine Gray residue of estate when she reaches age 21. Friend and cousin Alexander P. Soulen, executor. Witnesses: James R. Manship, Aaron A. Griffith. (Caroline County Wills, Liber WGN, Folio 56)


Known children from this marriage were:

   373 M    i. Samuel S. Hitch was born on 25 Nov 1845 in Caroline Co., MD,76 446 447 died on 23 Apr 1869 in Caroline Co., MD,76 448 and was buried about 26 Apr 1869 in Old St. Lukes Methodist Church, Denton, Caroline Co., MD.

General Notes: In his will written April 27, 1867 and probated April 20, 1869, Samuel S. Hitch, being "sick and weak": - Give L.E. Hooper, son of Mrs. Matthew Chilton, $400 when he reaches age 21. - Give half-brother Ezra M. Hitch $500. - Give sister Miriam Hitch the rest James W. Saulsbury, executor. Witnesses were Spencer Hitch, Matthew Chilton, William T. Willis. (Caroline County Wills, Liber WGN, Folio 263)

+ 374 F    ii. Miriam Hitch was born on 6 Nov 1849 in Caroline Co., MD,76 died on 29 Jul 1879 in Caroline Co., MD,76 and was buried about 1 Aug 1879 in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD.

   375 M    iii. Nehemiah Hitch was born in 1850 in Caroline Co., MD449 and died before 1855 in Caroline Co., MD.

167. William Hitch 70 was born on 31 Mar 1788 in Sussex Co., DE,71 72 73 74 75 died on 8 Jun 1871 in Ross Co., OH,70 76 and was buried about 11 Jun 1871 in Browns Chapel Cemetery, Ross Co., OH.77

General Notes: In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, William Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with just himself and no property.

In the 1813 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, William Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 1 negro girl, Bett, age 9 2 horses 1 dry cow 3 cows and calves 1 yearling 1 sow and 9 shoats

On August 25, 1815, James Butler "of Caroline County, Maryland" received a deed from William Hitch and Nancy his wife "of Sussex County". Butler paid $400 to Hitch for 57 acres of land that included tracts "Addition to Lott" and "Wright's Inclosed." (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AI-32, Folio 62)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, William Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 1 negro girl, age 11 2 horses 3 cows and calves 3 sows and 7 sheep

On May 23, 1816, a letter granted to Gary and William Hitch on the estate of Daniel Adams deceased in Caroline County. On the same date, letters were granted to "Garry" and William Hitch on the estate of Lovey Adams with Edward Pritchett, Roger Wright Jr., James Houston and Fred Holbrook as appraisers. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1)

On May 28, 1816, order was granted to Gary Hitch and William hitch to sell the estate of Lovey Adams (NOTE: Lovey Adams was Gary and William Hitch's sister-in-law, nee Lovey Ross). At the same time, Gary Hitch was appointed guardian to Anthony Adams, age 8 years and William Adams, age 6 years, orphans of Daniel C. Adams. William Hitch was appointed guardian to Edward Adams, age 1 year and Margaret Adams age 3 years also orphans of Daniel Adams. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1)

On July 9, 1819, William Hitch "of Sussex County" received a deed from Garey Hitch "of Caroline County", Maryland. For $2,376, William Hitch received a deed from Garey Hitch for 264 acres of land in Northwest Fork Hundred. It was described as land formerly that of Clement Ross, deceased, devised to his son Robert Ross including the dwelling plantation that William Hitch now lives. It was near tract "Rosses Choice" and the State Line. (Ibid., Deed Book AL-34, Folio 296)

On January 1, 1820, William Hitch received a deed from William Bell and Maria his wife. For $216, Hitch received a deed from Bell for 36 acres of land. It was described as part of tracts "Rosses Choice" and "Rosses Good Luck". (Ibid., Deed Book AL-34, Folio 422)

In the Federal Census of 1820, William Hitch is indicated in the Northwest Fork Hundred of Sussex County (on page 260) with a household of four males under age 10, one male age 16-26, two males age 26-45, three females under age 10, one female age 16-26, one female age 26-45 and one female over age 45

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, William Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 300 acres of land 1 negro girl, Kitta, age 19 1 old horse 1 mare and colt 1 yoke of oxen 2 cows and 1 calf 1 yearling and 5 shoats

On Dec 19 1822, John Richards received a deed from William Hitch and Nancy his wife "of Sussex County". For $92.85, Richards received deed to land in Northwest Fork Hundred described as tracts "Rosses Choice" (7½ acres surveyed to Clement Ross), "Rosses Crops" and "Black Level". This record includes a plat drawing (SxLR-AM35:515). On Nov 15 1823, Joseph Vickers received a deed from William Hitch and Nancy his wife. Vickers paid Hitch $1,500 for land in Northwest Fork Hundred including tracts "Save All", "Rosses Fieto(?)", "Black Level", "White Level", "Rosses Lott", "Rosses Crops", "Hoggs Range", "Poplar Level _____", "Rosses Luck" and "Rosses Choice" (SxLR-AN36:143).

In the 1824 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, William Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred. (SxTA-1824) On Apr 29 1828, William Hitch received a deed from Caleb Ross and Leticia his wife. Hitch paid Ross $5,000 for 442 acres of land and property including saw and grist mills, carding machine, mill dam, log ways and all other mill privileges formerly belonging to Benjamin Warren deceased (SxLR-AQ39:21).

William Hitch and family moved to Ross County, Ohio between 1828 and 1830.

In the Federal Census of 1830, William Hitch is indicated in Deerfield Township, Ross County, Ohio (page 229) in a household with one male under age 5, two males age 5-10, one male age 10-15, one male age 15-20, one male age 40-50, one female under age 5, one female age 15-20 and one female age 30-40.

In the Federal Census of 1840, William Hitch is indicated in Deerfield Township, Ross County, Ohio (page 416) in a household with one male age 5-10, one male age 10-15, one male age 50-60, one female age 10-15 and one female age 50-60.

In the 1850 Federal Census, William Hitch is indicated on page 130 for Union Township, Ross County, Ohio in a household with: - William Hitch, age 62, farmer, born in DE - Nancy Hitch, age 59, born in DE - Edward Hitch, age 15, born in OH

In the 1860 Federal Census, William Hitch is listed on page 398 in a household in Union Township, Ross County, Ohio as: - William Hitch, farmer, age 70, born in DE - Nancy Hitch, age 68, born in DE - Edward Hitch, age 25, born in OH.

In the Federal Census of 1870, William Hitch is listed in the household of Lina Willis in Deerfield, Ross County, Ohio as: - William Hitch, retired farmer, age 82, born OH - Lina Willis, age 57, born in DE - Martha Willis, age 23, born in OH - Robert Willis, age 21, born in OH - Spencer Willis, age 19, born in OH - Maria Willis, age 17, born in OH - Wen Willis, age 12, born in OH *Note that one child is named Spencer Willis - no doubt after his great-grandfather Spencer Hitch.

William married Nancy Ross, daughter of Clement Ross 427 and Sarah Collins,427 on 9 May 1811 in Sussex Co., DE.450 Nancy was born on 20 Dec 1791 in DE,77 451 452 453 454 died on 3 Sep 1861 in Ross Co., OH,76 450 455 and was buried about 6 Sep 1861 in Browns Chapel Cemetery, Ross Co., OH.77

General Notes: I wrote this before August 23, 2000: "This maiden name suggested by Delaware Land records. - No Proof yet. Also, circumstantial evidence - Robert R. Hitch may be Robert ROSS Hitch after Nancy's brother and Clement T. Hitch may be named after Nancy's father Clement Ross." However, on August 23, 2000, I visited the Chillicothe, Ross County, OH area and hooked up with Mr. and Mrs. William F. Hitch. He has the original bible of William and Nancy Hitch published in 1833. In it is the following inscription, "William Hitch and Nancy Ross was married May 9th day in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven 1811." This was proof I thought I might never get!


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 376 F    i. Lina M. Hitch was born on 7 Mar 1812 in Sussex Co., DE450 456 457 458 and died on 4 Jul 1892 in Ross Co., OH.459

+ 377 M    ii. Robert R. Hitch 460 was born on 25 Feb 1814 in Sussex Co., DE145 450 461 462 and died on 14 Sep 1886 in Ross Co., OH.145 450 463

+ 378 M    iii. David Hitch was born on 5 May 1816 in Sussex Co., DE,70 450 464 465 466 467 died on 26 Jul 1895 in McLean Co., IL,70 467 468 and was buried about 29 Jul 1895 in Old City Cemetery, Bloomington, Mclean Co., IL.467

   379 F    iv. Ann Mariah Hitch 450 was born on 18 Apr 1818 in Sussex Co., DE and died on 29 Jan 1828 in Sussex Co., DE.

+ 380 M    v. William Henry Hitch was born on 4 May 1820 in Sussex Co., DE.450 469 470 471 472

   381 M    vi. Spencer Hitch 450 was born on 21 Mar 1823 in Sussex Co., DE and died on 16 Oct 1824 in Sussex Co., DE.

+ 382 M    vii. Clement R. Hitch was born on 29 Jan 1825 in Sussex Co., DE,450 459 470 473 474 475 died on 7 Sep 1906 in Ross Co., OH,476 477 and was buried about 10 Sep 1906 in Browns Chapel Cemetery, Ross Co., OH.

+ 383 M    viii. Alexander (Alak) Hitch was born on 9 Jan 1827 in Sussex Co., DE,450 478 479 480 481 died on 2 Mar 1904 in IL, and was buried about 5 Mar 1904 in Arthur Cemetery, Arthur, IL.

+ 384 F    ix. Sarah Elizabeth Hitch was born on 25 Sep 1829 in Ross Co., OH450 482 and died on 21 Jan 1865 in Ross Co., OH.483

   385 M    x. Elbert Hitch 450 was born on 22 Jul 1831 in Ross Co., OH and died in Oct 1832 in Ross Co., OH.

   386 F    xi. Martha Jane Hitch 450 was born on 3 May 1834 in Ross Co., OH and died on 12 Jul 1834 in Ross Co., OH.

   387 M    xii. Edward C. Hitch was born on 25 Jul 1835 in Ross Co., OH,450 484 died on 25 Feb 1864 in Confederate Pow Prison, Danville, Pittsylvania County, VA,76 485 and was buried about 28 Feb 1864 in Danville National Cemetery, Danville, Pittsylvania County, VA.

General Notes: Edward Hitch enlisted to serve for 3 years and became a Private in Company K of the 89th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. On September 20, 1863, he was captured and taken prisoner at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. He died five months later (on February 20, 1864) of typhoid pneumonia while a prisoner-of-war in Danville, Virginia.

168. Clement Hitch was born in 1789-1790 in MD78 79 80 and died before 12 Jan 1857 in Kent Co., DE.81

Death Notes: January 13, 1857 is when the order came from Kent County, Delaware court to appraise Clement Hitch's estate.

General Notes: Sophia Hitch is listed as administratrix of the account of Clement Hitch, minor son of Spencer Hitch, deceased for date Jan 2 1798. (SxGA)

In the 1813 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Clement Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred for himself only and no property. This is his first showing in the tax records with the last records in 1809 suggesting a birth year of 1789-1792. (SxTA-1813)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Clement Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 1 horse (SxTA-1816)

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Clemment" Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 1 small sow and 7 shoats (SxTA-1822)

In the 1824 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Clement Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred. (SxTA-1824)

In the 1827 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Clement Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 2 horses 1 "oald" horse 1 yoke of oxen 21 cows and calves 3 young cattle 1 sows and 9 pigs 9 sheep (SxTA-1827)

In the 1830 Federal Census for Sussex County, Delaware, Clement Hitch is indicated in Northwest Hundred on page 173 with two males under age 5, one male age 5-10, one male age 10-15, one male age 20-30, one male age 40-50, one female age 5-10, one female age 15-20, and one female age 20-30.

In 1836, Clement Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred as follows (SxTA-1836):

2 horses$ 50.00 1 colt$ 20.00 1 yoke of oxen$ 25.00 2 cows and calves$ 16.00 4 yearlings$ 16.00 2 sows and pigs$ 8.00 (his) person$134.00 $269.00

In the 1840 Federal Census for Sussex County, Delaware, Clement Hitch is indicated in Northwest Fork Hundred on page 364 with one male under age 5, one male age 5-10, one male age 10-15, one male age 15-20, one male age 40-50, one female under age 5, one female age 5-10 and one female age 30-40. Clement Hitch was also listed on the "1840 List of Taxables for the Northwest Fork Hundred". (History of Delaware, Scharf, 1888)

In 1844, Clement Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred as follows (SxTA-1844):

1 gray mare$ 25.00 5 head of sheep$ 5.00 1 colt 3 years old$ 20.00 3 cows$ 15.00 5 yearlings$ 10.00 1 sow$ 3.00 5 shoats$ 5.00 (his) person$134.00 $220.00

In 1848, Clement Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred and assessed $294.00. (SxTA-1848)

In the 1850 Federal Census for Sussex County, Delaware, Clement Hitch is indicated on page 225 in a household with the following individuals: - Clement Hitch, age 48 (sic), born in Maryland - Lena Hitch, age 48 - William Hitch, age 26 - John H. Hitch, age 15 - Arcadia Hitch (female), age 12 - David Hitch, age 5 all were born in Delaware except as noted.

In 1852, Clement Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred and assessed $414.00. (SxTA-1852)

Clement Hitch's estate was inventoried by John Quillen and James Sharpe between Jan 13 and 25 1857 at a total value of $760.40 (KePR-1857/58).

Clement married Aseneth (Lena?) Wilson on 13 Apr 1820 in Sussex Co., DE.486 Aseneth was born in Feb 1801 in DE487 488 489 and died in 1871-1879 in DE.

General Notes: She was able to sign her signature as evidenced in a renunciation of Administration of her husband's will on January 12, 1857. While her name is spelled many ways in the various extant records, she signs as "Aseneth Hitch" here.


Known children from this marriage were:

   388 M    i. William W. Hitch was born in 1824 in DE.490

General Notes: William W. Hitch shows up four (4) times in the records of Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, DE; all for tax assessments: - In 1844 and 1848, he is assessed $134.00 for "his person." - In 1852, he is assessed $150.00 for his person. - In 1856, he is assessed for a house and lot he purchased of William Cannon for $1000.00.

+ 389 M    ii. Spencer Hitch 70 was born in 1828 in DE,491 492 493 494 495 died on 5 Sep 1898 in Milford, Kent Co., DE,496 and was buried about 8 Sep 1898 in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford, Kent Co., DE.

+ 390 F    iii. Mary Ann Hitch 70 was born on 23 Jan 1833 in Sussex Co., DE,76 497 498 499 died on 2 Apr 1913 in New Castle Co., DE,76 and was buried about 5 Apr 1913 in Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE.

+ 391 M    iv. John Henry Hitch 500 was born on 12 Feb 1835 in Sussex Co., DE,501 502 503 504 505 died on 1 Jul 1906 in Kent Co., DE,76 and was buried about 4 Jul 1906 in Barretts Chapel Cemetery, Frederica, Kent Co., DE.

   392 F    v. Arcada Hitch 35 was born in 1838 in Sussex Co., DE.506 507

General Notes: On September 2, 1858, Arcada Hitch received $69.80 4/5 from her father's estate (Kent Co., Delaware Probate Records).

Arcada married George L. Postles 70 after 2 Sep 1858.

   393 M    vi. David W. Hitch 35 was born in 1844 in Sussex Co., DE508 509 and died about Dec 1867 in Milford, Kent Co., DE.510

General Notes: On September 2, 1858, David Hitch received $69.80 4/5 from his father's estate (Kent Co., Delaware Probate Records).

David W. Hitch served in the Civil War. He enrolled on Aug 18 1862 in Wilmington, Delaware where he signed up with Captain Valentine to serve for 3 years. Records indicate that he was age 18, blue eyes, fair complexion, light hair, 5'-8 3/4" tall, a farmer born in Sussex Co., DE. He was a Private in Company K, 4th Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteers. He became Corporal while in service. Muster rolls detail his service as follws:
- Oct 1862 to Jun 1864: Present
- Jul/Aug 1864: Absent, Ward 24 Carver Hospital in Washington DC, wounded in action on Aug 19 1864 at Weldon RR
- Sep/Oct 1864: transferred from DC to Tildon Hospital, Wilmington, DE on Oct 10 1864
- Nov 1864 to Jul 1865: Absent in Tildon Hospital in Wilmington
- Jul 1865: Certificate of Disability due to gunshot wound to right leg with commuted compound fracture of the tibia. Useability one-half.

The following is from the inventory of David W. Hitch's estate from Dec 1867:

"Appraisment List of the goods and chattles of David W. Hitch Dec'd

Cash on hand 75.00 One feather Bed Bolster etc. 15.00 One Bed Stead 4.00 One Straw Bed 1.00 One Counterpane 4.00 One Bed Spread 1.25 One pair Blankets 2.00 One Secretary 6.00 One goods Box 0.10 One leather trunk 2.50 One silver watch 6.00 One Accordion 1.00 One Sharps Revolver 4.00 Four small lamps 0.25 Five picture frames 0.25 One grind stone & fixtures 3.00 One Tool Chest 1.50 One Saw No. 1 1.00 Do Do, No. 2 0.75 Jack Plain & fore Plain 1.25 Plow & Grove Plains 0.50 One Pivot(?) plough & bits 0.50 One Rabbet Plain 0.25 One Auger 0.35 One Drawing knife 0.50 One Hatchet 0.50 One Mallet 0.05 One Squar 1.25 Set Stone & compasses 0.25 One Oil can 0.05
-------
128.50

We the subscribers appointed by the Register appraisers of the goods and chattles of David W. Hitch, deceased, do, on oath (or aff_______ and afformations) respectively say that the goods and chattles in this inventory have been appraised by us at the sums set down against the same respectively, and that said sums are according to the best of our skill and judgment, the fare(?) Value of said said goods and chattles in(?) money, Dated the 30th day of December 1867.
James H. Postles
Robert H. Stevenson (Kent County, Delaware Probate Records, 1867-68)

169. Dr. Spencer Hitch was born on 24 Feb 1796 in MD,82 83 died on 14 Jul 1873 in Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD,70 84 and was buried about 17 Jul 1873 in Old Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD.

General Notes: The folowing is from the book, "Lives of Caroline County Maryland Physicians - 1774-1884" by Christian E. Jensen, M.D.:

"SPENCER HITCH, M.D. (1796-1873)

Dr. Hitch was obviously a man of some prominence in his day. He was the son of Spencer Hitch and his wife Sophia of Sussex County, Del. but his grandfather William Hitch, was a landowner in Dorchester County, owner of "Nutters addition". Masonic records indicate that Dr. Hitch was an early member of Howard Lodge No. 81 at Greensboro, formed in 1826, but which had disappeared by 1830. In February, 1832, Dr. Hitch was appointed to the Levy Court for Caroline County. He was subsequently listed as secretary of the newly-constituted Howard Lodge No. 119, A.F. & A.M., at the time of its chartering in November, 1865. In the 1860 census, Spencer Hitch is described as a bank official in Greensboro, and he played a prominent part in the founding of the now-defunct Farmers and Merchants Bank of Greensboro, chartered on August 15, 1862. Mr. John Boulais has a three-dollar bill printed by that bank, and signed by Dr. Hitch's son, Spencer, who was a President of the bank in the late nineteenth century. Dr. Hitch was born February 24, 1796, and died July 14, 1873. His wife Sarah (1794-1885)is buried next to him in the Old Methodist Meeting House Cemetery in Greensboro. Next to the couple lie two sons. Dr. Hitch's tombstone, quite appropriately, bears the traditional Masonic compass and square symbol."

Spencer Hitch is listed as a minor in the Sussex County Orphan's Court Docket Index for 1798. The Docket is to report on the annual valuation of his lands. (Liber G, Folio 13)

On July 1, 1820, William Laws "of Sussex County" received a deed from Spencer Hitch, his wife Sarah Hitch and mother Sophia Hitch, all "of Caroline County", Maryland. For $548.43, Laws received a deed from the Hitches for 112¾ acres of land. It was described as tracts "Nutters Addition" except ¼ acre which is a graveyard, "Hail's Choice (or Chance)", and "Bradley's Discovery". (Sussex Co., DE Land Records, Deed Book AL-34, Folio 627)

On February 13, 1829, Spencer Hitch bought land for $400 from William and Harriett Turner, all were of Caroline County. The land was a lot called "Ingram" in the village of Greensborough that bounds the road from Purnell's blacksmith shop to the Choptank River bridge. (Caroline County Land Records, TR-Q-190)

In the Federal Census of 1830, Spencer Hitch is indicated on page 269 for the Upper District of Caroline County, Maryland with a household comprised of one male age 5-10, one male age 20-30, two males age 30-40, one male age 50-60, one female age 15-20, one female age 50-60 and one slave age 10-24.

In the Federal Census of 1850, Spencer Hitch was listed in Caroline County, Maryland in household 417 as follows: - Spencer Hitch, age 54, cabinetmaker, $2000 in real estate, born in MD - Sarah Hitch, age 56, born in MD - Spencer H. Hitch, age 16, born in MD - Ann Mathews, age 49, born in MD

In the Federal Census of 1860, Spencer Hitch was listed in Caroline County, Maryland (page 193) in a household in Greensboro as follows: - Spencer Hitch, age 64, bank officer, born in MD - Sarah Hitch, age 67, born in MD - Spencer Hitch, age 25, bank officer, born in MD - Annie Sullivan, age 20, servant, born in MD - Thomas Baynard, age 20, black, born in MD

In the Federal Census of 1870, Spencer Hitch was listed in the 2nd District of Caroline County, Maryland (household 57) as follows: - Spencer Hitch, age 74, born in MD - Sarah Hitch, age 76, born in MD - Miriam Hitch, age 21, born in MD - Joseph Woolford, age 13, black, born in MD

In his will written January 20, 1868 and probated July 22, 1873, Spencer Hitch: - Give wife Sarah Hitch all of real and personal estate, also a mortgage executed by George W. and Ann V. Betson for the sum of $200. Sarah HITCH, executor. Witnesses were A.B. Roe, H.V. Green, M.M. Andrew. (Caroline County Wills, Liber WGN, Folio 374)

Spencer married Sarah Matthews, daughter of Henry Matthews and Mary (?), on 18 Feb 1820 in Caroline Co., MD.428 Sarah was born on 12 Mar 1794 in MD,511 512 513 died on 18 Apr 1885 in Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD,76 514 and was buried about 21 Apr 1885 in Old Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD.

General Notes: In her will written September 30, 1880 with codicil written May 15, 1881 and another codicil written February 7, 1884 and finally probated on April 24, 1885, Sarah Hitch of Greensborough states: - Wish to be buried in the M.E. churchyard in Greensborough, with suitable tombstone and install galvanized railing around remains of me, my family and the late John Russum and wife. - Give James M. Whitley, $400. - Give Alonzo Whitley, son of above, one set of silver tablespoons. - Give niece, Catherine Pritchett, $100. - Give Elizabeth Harper Hendris, $100. - Give Dr. John Lowry of Thomas, $100 - Give Mary I. Lank, daughter of Robert Lank, set of silver and $100. - Give Marietta Hignutt now living with me, furniture and house and land where I now reside in Greensborough opposite the new schoolhouse if she does not get married and continues to live with me single for the balance of my life. If not, she does not get the house and land but will get the rest. Then the house and land to be sold and she shall get $200. James M. Whitley, sole executor. Witnesses: Samuel J. Jarman, R.J. Ormell, George W. Betson. Codicil 1: Change to give Marietta Hignutt all furniture. Codicil 2: Change to give one silver sugar dish to Lizzie McClement Carter, daughter of Samuel M. Carter. (Caroline County Wills, Liber WGN, Folio 683).

There is a brief obituary in the Apr 25 1885 edition of the Denton Journal (Denton, MD). There is also a nice eulogy for "Aunt Sally" Hitch in the May 9 1885 edition of teh same newspaper.


Known children from this marriage were:

   394 M    i. Gary M. Hitch was born on 24 Dec 1820 in MD, died on 11 Mar 1849 in Caroline Co., MD,515 and was buried about 14 Mar 1849 in Old Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD.

   395 M    ii. Spencer Henry Hitch was born on 1 Aug 1834 in MD,516 517 518 died on 12 Sep 1866 in Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD,76 519 and was buried about 15 Sep 1866 in Old Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline Co., MD.

General Notes: In his will written July 12, 1865 and probated September 25, 1866, Spencer H. Hitch of Greensboro, being "of feeble health": - Give father Spencer Hitch, all of estate including 18 acres of land lying in and near Greensboro. Witnesses were William H. Pritchett, A.B. Roe, Thomas J. Earlason?. (Caroline County Wills, Liber WGN, Folio 214)

174. John Hitch was born on 1 Nov 1803 in Sussex Co., DE,85 86 87 88 89 died on 22 Mar 1883 in Clay Co., IL,88 90 and was buried about 25 Mar 1883 in Jenkins Cemetery, Harter Twp., Clay Co., IL.90

General Notes: In the 1824 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, John Hitch "of Gillis" is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred to pay his personal tax. (SxTA-1824)

This may also be the John Hitch listed in the Tax Assessment of 1836 for Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, DE.

John Hitch and family moved to Brown County, Indiana between 1838 and 1839 and then to Clay County, Illinois probably after he purchased land there in the Fall of 1852.

In the Federal Census of 1850, John Hitch is listed in Brown County, Indiana (Jackson Township, page 209) in a household as follows: - John Hitch, age 46, born DE - Emily Hitch, age 38, born DE - Matilda Hitch, age 12, born DE - Adaline Hitch, age 11, born IN.

On September 28, 1852, John Hitch purchased two tracts of land in Clay County, Illinois as follows:

Purchaser: John Hitch Date: 9/28/1852 Acres: 80 Price: $0.00/acre Type of Sale: Federal Sale County, Section, Township: 13, 2, 03N Meridian: 3 Arch. Vol. No., Page: 154, 271 Record ID: 348927 Section Part, Range: S2SW, 06E and,

Purchaser: John Hitch Date: 9/28/1852 Acres: 40 Price: $0.00/acre Type of Sale: Federal Sale County, Section, Township: 13, 3, 03N Meridian: 3 Arch. Vol. No., Page: 154, 271 Record ID: 348928 Section Part, Range: SESE, 06E (Illinois State Land Sales Archive - Internet)

In the Federal Census of 1860, John Hitch is listed in Clay County, Illinois (page 537, Flora P.O.) in a household as follows: - John Hitch, age 60, born in DE - Levi Hobbs, age 22, born in IL - Adaline Hobbs, age 21, born in IN - Le H. Hobbs, age 1, born in IL.

John married Lydia Corwine on 17 Sep 1833.98 Lydia died on 26 Oct 1834.98

   396 F    i. Mary Corwine Hitch was born on 9 Jun 1834.98

Mary married Dr. J.B. Ray.98

John next married Emily (Ameley, Emmila) Jenkins,155 daughter of Alexander Jenkins 521 and Rebecca (?),521 on 8 Jun 1836 in Marion Co., OH.98 520 Emily was born on 23 Aug 1811 in DE,522 523 died on 29 May 1856 in Clay Co., IL,524 and was buried about 1 Jun 1856 in Jenkins Cemetery, Harter Twp., Clay Co., IL.90

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 397 F    i. Matilda Hitch was born on 14 Jul 1837 in Sussex Co., DE98 521 525 526 and died on 23 Oct 1902 in Clay Co., IL.98 521

+ 398 F    ii. Adaline Hitch was born on 28 Apr 1839 in Georgetown, Brown Co., IN,521 527 528 529 530 died on 3 Feb 1936 in Clay Co., IL,521 529 and was buried on 5 Feb 1936 in Jenkins Cemetery, Harter Twp., Clay Co., IL.529

175. William Henry Hitch Sr. was born on 24 Nov 1809 in Sussex Co., DE,70 91 92 93 94 95 died on 10 Sep 1870 in Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN, and was buried about 13 Sep 1870 in Locust Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN.

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1840, William Hitch is listed in Montgomery County, Indiana (page 259) in a household comprised of one male under age 5, one male age 20-30 and one female age 20-30.

In the Federal Census of 1850, William Hitch is listed in Montgomery County, Indiana (page 387, Union Township) in a household as follows: - William Hitch, age 40, poormaster, born in DE - Ellen Hitch, age 39, born in England - Thomas G. Hitch, age 13, born in KY - John S. Hitch, age 8, born in IN - William H. Hitch, age 5, born in IN - James E. Hitch, age 2, born in IN.

In the Federal Census of 1860, William Hitch is listed in Montgomery County, Indiana (page 243, Union Township) in a household as follows: - William Hitch, age 49, farmer, born in DE - Ellen, age 44, born in England - Thomas G. Hitch, age 23, born in KY - John S. Hitch, age 18, born in IN - William H. Hitch, age 15, born in IN - Orrel I. Hitch, age 9, born in IN - Samuel Hitch, age 7, born in IN - Ann Hitch, age 3, born in IN.

In the Federal Census of 1870, William H. Hitch is listed in Crawfordsville, Union Township, Montgomery County, Indiana in a household as follows: - William H. Hitch, farmer, age 60, born in DE - Ellno Hitch, age 56, born in England - John Hitch, age 28, born in IN - Orrel Hitch, age 19, born in IN - Samuel Hitch, age 17, born in IN - Jemima Hitch, age 13, born in IN.

William married Ellender Isles,4 daughter of Thomas Isles, on 4 Mar 1832 in Campbell Co., KY.70 531 Ellender was born on 13 Mar 1812 in England70 93 532 533 534 and died on 26 Aug 1877 in Montgomery Co., IN.70

Known children from this marriage were:

   399 F    i. Mary Hitch 535 was born on 27 Dec 1832 in KY? and died on 27 Dec 1832 in KY?.

   400 M    ii. Thomas Gillis Hitch was born on 15 May 1837 in KY,535 536 537 538 died on 13 Apr 1862,535 and was buried about 16 Apr 1862 in Ioof Cemetery, Darlington, Montgomery Co., IN.

General Notes: He mustered-in on August 31, 1861 joining Company G of the 11th Indiana Infantry (USA) as a Private. His enlistment states he was a resident of Montgomery Co., Indiana. During his tenure, he was promoted to Corporal.

+ 401 M    iii. John Sloan Hitch was born on 23 Nov 1841 in Montgomery Co., IN,70 535 539 540 541 542 died on 21 Dec 1900 in Montgomery Co., IN,70 76 535 and was buried about 24 Dec 1900 in Youngs Chapel, Union Township, Montgomery Co., IN.

+ 402 M    iv. William Henry Hitch Jr. was born on 22 Aug 1844 in Montgomery Co., IN535 543 544 545 546 547 and died on 11 Aug 1916.535

   403 M    v. James Elgate Hitch was born on 27 Dec 1847 in Montgomery Co., IN535 548 and died between 1851 and 1859 in Montgomery Co., IN.

+ 404 M    vi. Orrel Isles Hitch 4 was born on 12 Oct 1850 in Montgomery Co., IN,535 549 550 551 552 553 died on 3 Oct 1933 in Montgomery Co., IN,76 535 and was buried about 6 Oct 1933 in Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin Twp., Montgomery Co., IN.

+ 405 M    vii. Samuel C. Hitch was born on 9 May 1853 in Montgomery Co., IN535 554 555 556 557 558 and died on 19 Jul 1928 in Montgomery Co., IN.535

+ 406 F    viii. Ann Jemima Hitch was born on 28 Feb 1856 in Montgomery Co., IN535 559 560 and died on 25 Sep 1912.535

176. Gillis Hitch was born on 14 Oct 1812 in Sussex Co., DE.96 97 98

General Notes: Gillis Hitch was the executor for the will of Henry Creets written on January 25, 1847 and probated in Bartholomew County, Indiana on February 3, 1847. (Bartholomew Co., IN Wills (DAR), Will Book A, pages 41 and 42)

In the Federal Census of 1850, Gillis Hitch is listed in Howard County, Indiana (Centre Township, page 462) in a household as follows: - Gillis Hitch, age 37, born in DE - Ginnetta Hitch, age 25, born in KY - Palestine Hitch (female), age 4, born in IN - Nancy Hitch, age 2, born in IN.

In the Federal Census of 1860, Gillis Hitch is listed in Howard County, Indiana (Centre Township, page 548) in a household as follows: - Gillis Hitch, age 48, farmer, born in DE - Jeanette Hitch, age 36, born in KY - Nancy Hitch, age 11, born in IN - Susan Hitch, age 4, born in IN.

Gillis married Genetta E. Gibson on 2 Nov 1843 in Bartholomew Co., IN.561 Genetta was born in 1824-1825 in KY.562 563

Known children from this marriage were:

   407 F    i. Palentine Hitch was born in 1846-1847 in Howard Co., IN.564 565

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1860, Palentine Hitch is listed in Centre Township, Howard County, Indiana (page 548) in the household of Kimber McFaw as follows: - Palentine (female), age 13, born in IN - Melissa, age 5, born in IN.

Palentine married George W. Lazell on 18 Sep 1870 in Bartholomew Co., IN.561

   408 F    ii. Nancy Hitch was born in 1848-1849 in Howard Co., IN.566 567

   409 F    iii. Melissa Hitch was born in 1855 in Howard Co., IN.568

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1860, Melissa Hitch is listed in Centre Township, Howard County, Indiana (page 548) in the household of Kimber McFaw as follows: - Palentine (female), age 13, born in IN - Melissa, age 5, born in IN.

   410 F    iv. Susan (Susie) Hitch was born in 1856 in Howard Co., IN.569

Susan married Peter M. Donald on 1 May 1881 in Bartholomew Co., IN.561

+ 411 M    v. Edward* Hitch was born in 1861 in IN,570 died on 6 Feb 1896 in Howard Co., IN, and was buried about 9 Feb 1896 in Shiloh Cemetery, Howard Co., IN.

177. John Hitch 99 was born on 4 Feb 1773 in Somerset Co., MD,99 died on 29 Jun 1849 in Laurens Co., SC,76 100 101 102 and was buried about 2 Jul 1849 in Old Hitch Burying Grounds, Laurens Co., SC.100

General Notes: From "A Hitch Orchard" by Daisy Hitch Davies (1932):

The old diary of John Hitch is still in the family. He was treasurer of Laurens Co., SC for over twenty-five years. It was supposed he went to SC because he did not like his step-mother. One member of the family claims that this was in 1799 and with him was Joseph Piper, a step-son of Ezekiel Hitch. This same Joseph Piper who died in 1837 is buried in the old Hitch burying ground. Another member of the family claims that it was Louther Hitch who went south in 1799 with Joseph Piper. Whenever Joseph Piper went, it is known that John Hitch was married in South Carolina and that he preceded his father to that state. John Hitch spoke of two uncles in Maryland and wrote to a George Hitch there. It is not known if these uncles are the brothers of his father or of his mother. His wife Katherine was a licensed mid-wife. Her books are still in the family. Her daughter Isabella took up her mother's work.

Under date of June 25, 1895, Miss Arabella C. Hitch of Chalbeate, MS wrote Robert Mark Hitch, lawyer of Savannah, GA, "Wrote me that her father William Winder Hitch, had but one brother who died when 21 years old; that he had four sisters all of whom married. One of these sisters was Mrs. Katherine C. Stewart of Fairview, Greeville Co., S.C.: that her great grandfather Louther Hitch, came from England to Maryland and from there to SC; that he had two sons besides John Hitch, to-wit Joseph and Louther Hitch both of whom left children; that she had heard her grandfather John Hitch say that he had two uncles in Maryland. She also stated that her brother, Pierce Hitch of Batesville, MS had the old Hitch family Bible."

In the Federal Census of 1810, John Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (page 47A) in a household comprised of one male age 10-16, one male over age 45, three females age 10-16 and one female age 16-26.

In the Federal Census of 1820, John Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (page 13) in a household comprised of one male under age 10, two males age 16-26 (none age 16-18), one male over age 45, two females under age 10, two females age 10-16 and one female age 26-45.

In the Federal Census of 1830, John Hitch is indicated in Laurens Township, Laurens County, SC (page 273) in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one male age 50-60, two females age 5-10, one female age 15-20, one female age 20-30 and one female age 40-50.

In the Federal Census of 1840, John Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (page 34) in a household comprised of one male age 60-70, two females age 15-20, one female age 30-40 and one female age 50-60.

In the "Laurensville Herald" newspaper of July 6, 1849, it states, "Died of dropsy in the Laurens District on the 29th, John Hitch, Esq., in the 77th year. Since February 4 last, a member of the M.E. Church, South."

The Last Will and Testament of John HITCH, filed August 16, 1849 in Laurens Co., SC mentions wife and children. Executors: Wm. Winder HITCH and David C. Templeton; Executrix: Katherine HITCH. Witnesses: John F. Donnoho, Geo. Byrd, W.D. Byrd. Signed on July 19, 1849 by Katherine HITCH, W.W. HITCH, Jas. Templeton, D.C. Templeton, John Toland, C.B. Stewart. (Ref.: Assorted Probate Papers, Box 5, Will of John Hitch: SC Archives)

The following is a transcription of an article I wrote in the Hitch Family Newsletter in Fall 1998:

The Travel Journal of John Hitch (1773-1849) - South Carolina to Maryland and Back - 1799

Surfing around on the Internet, I found a reference recently, I found reference to a journal by Joshua Hitch in the Manuscripts Division of the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. The document was said to date to 1799 and, as you might guess, piqued my interest quite a bit! I contacted the library and began conversing through E-Mail with a Brian J. Cuthrell at the library. For a fee, he copied the journal and sent it to me via regular mail. I include it below for your enjoyment.

Some background is in order here. First of all, the journal is entitled "J. Hitch - Journal - March 26th 1799 to Maryland, (eastern shore) and back to So Carolina Laurens County, 96 District." Upon review, I determined that the journal was not that of Joshua Hitch but rather his brother, John Hitch - still "J. Hitch".

Both John and Joshua were sons of Louther Hitch of Somerset County, Maryland. Louther, who was affectionately called "Loudy", was born on November 5, 1750 in Somerset County. He died on August 19, 1838 in Laurens County, South Carolina. Loudy served in the Revolutionary War. He married Mary Nicholson on June 30, 1771 in Somerset County. Mary was born on November 2, 1750 and died November 28, 1789 - both in Somerset County. Ludy and Mary Hitch had two sons - John and Joshua - born February 4, 1773 and June 1, 1779, respectively. After May's death in 1789, Loudy married again, this time to Elizabeth (Betsy) Douglas on January 2, 1792 in Somerset County. Betsy Hitch was born on April 24, 1769 in Somerset County, Maryland and she died October 20, 1840 in Laurens Co., South Carolina. Loudy and Betsy Hitch had the following children:

(1) Joseph N. Hitch, born c. 1794 in Maryland and died between 1826 and 1829 in Laurens Co. (2) Mary Hitch, born October 10, 1794 and died 1863. (3) Sarah Hitch, born April 16, 1796. (4) Louther Douglas Hitch, born November 14, 1798 in Laurens Co. and died there on October 18, 1886.

By tracing land records of Somerset County in Maryland and Laurens County in South Carolina, we can establish the time of Loudy's move to South Carolina to sometime between autumn of 1797 and autumn of 1798.

We are not certain of the parents of Loudy Hitch (NOTE: this mystery was solved in 2010), but he no doubt comes from the Adam Hitch (1658/59-1731) line. I have built some circumstantial evidence that seems to prove his father was Ezekiel Hitch (1730/31-c.1758) of William Hitch (10/31/1687-4/1730) of Adam Hitch. The evidence is the fact that Loudy Hitch was assessed taxes for a tract of land known as "Gravelly Hill" - 50 acres in Somerset County - in the Federal assessment of 1783. This land was originally bought by Ezekiel Hitch in November 1751 from Allen Gray. There are no records for the estate of Ezekiel Hitch but we might assume that the land passed to his son Louther after his death or through another transaction.

John Hitch, son of Loudy and subject of this article, married Katherine Hanna in Laurens County on March 3, 1801. Katherine was born September 14, 1783 in Laurens County and died there July 2, 1851. John and Katherine Hitch had the following children:

(1) William Winder Hitch (3/22/1802-6/9/1870) (2) Mary Nicholson Hitch (5/10/1804-10/18/1825) (3) Ann Elizabeth Hitch (12/18/1807-10/26/1879) (4) Isabella Jane Hitch (5/19/1810-6/19/1882) (5) Margaret Hanna Hitch (3/23/1813-6/4/1844) (6) John Henry Hitch (9/28/1815-8/27/1837) (7) Nancy Caroline Hitch (7/22/1818-8/12/1820) (8) Katherine Carson Hitch (3/18/1823-10/25/1898)

This line has left many descendant across the South to this day.

The journal of this story was begun on March 26, 1799 when John Hitch was still a bachelor of age 26. His writing and travels are quite fascinating as he journeyed by horse from Laurens County, South Carolina to Somerset County, Maryland in the Spring of 1799 and returned in the summer that same year. The trip to Maryland took from March 26th to April 20th 1799 (25 days) and the account of the return trip lasted from July 10th to July 31st 1799 (21 days) when John Hitch stopped recording at Guilford Courthouse, NC. They are chronicled as follows:

J. HITCH

JOURNAL

March 26th 1799 to Maryland, (eastern shore) And back to So Carolina Laurens County 96 District

J. Hitch Journal in a Travel to the eastern shores in the State of Maryland from So Carolina, Laurens County.

Sat out the 26th March 1799 -

Tuesday the 26th March 1799. Sat out on J(ourney) (viz) Capt Morison., Wm Byrd & myself - from Capt Morisons and came from thence to Mr J. F. Haimenings store 5 miles, where we gave our horses food & took some refreshment ourselves, we having plenty of whisky to Drink - from thence we traveled down to Tygar River Bridge, thence to Squire Torrance, the roads being exceedingly Slippy. the day being very rainy which rendered it Disagreeable ... (torn MS)

got stalled on side a clay hill had to unload part our stage before we could move forward - And took up our lodging at Mr Torrances, on leaving Traveled as we Supposed 16 miles

Wednesday 27th We pursued our rout about 9 o'Clock, had what all might call tolerable good roads and came to Union Courthouse & halted at Mr Josh's and give our Horses food & took breakfast ourselves - and from pursued our Journey the day being very pleasant &.came to the House of one Capt Jilman Where we took our lodging for that night where we found (torn MS) good accomodation

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we having traveled as we suppose about 22 miles that day we accidently lost a Horse Whip - & now I believe I will conclude for this evening we having taken I supper we expect shortly retire to bed -

Thursday 28th was a very pleasant day & we pursued our Journey about an hour by sun and came by Pinckney Courthouse, Union County, thence to York Courthouse York County. the road being very disagreeable in many places took up our lodging at York Courthouse at-the house of one Mr Mc Call we having traveled about 25 miles - no accident happened worth relating

Friday 29th was a very pleasant day & Started early & drove on tolerable well & came by Hill's Iron works where I thought I saw great wonders, in the mean while crossd Catawba river -Biggers Ferry, & from thence we came into N. Carolina Mecklenburg County where we saw some excelent good Land as we traveled and took up our Quarters at the House of one Mr Campbell. We having traveled about-25 Miles.

Saturday 30th was a very pleasant day & made an early start but a short Journey, our friend Capt Morison being very ill with a severe Cholic, came to Charlotte Courthouse, made a halt for the span of about two or three at McComby employed a Doctor who gave means, but I believe proved of little effect, & continued very unwell till evening, but we made a shift to travel from thence about 9 miles to the House of one Mr Mc Andlass

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where we took up our lodging for that night near Mallard Creek Mecklenburg Cty we having traveled about 15 miles only - Now I believe I will conclude for this evening I am just going to bed (or mattress)

Sunday 31. We Started early, it being a pleasant day for our Journey, Capt Morison by this time being much recruited (recovered?) and drove on till about 9 or 10.o'Clock & came-to Mr (Capt) Fifers & there we took Breakfast & gave our Horses Forage, from thence came-through Cabarrus County having very good Roads the most of the day & came from thence into Boar County to the House of One Mr Geo. Savage who I believe was a German

there we took up our lodging about; a Half an Hour by sun where we found very good entertainment, at that time I had a very sore chapd lips but in Tolerable health as common &c &c ----------- we having traveled about 25 Miles ---------

Monday April 1st. Started from Savages, but made a small Halt, one of our Horses not being willing to do his duty in regard to drawing in the stage but we were not detained long & drove on from thence to Salisbury which was 10 miles, where we were detained nearly 4½ Hours in feeding our Horses, getting breakfast, employing Blacksmiths, gunsmiths, Silver &c &c

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in order to equip us with ouch things as was requisite, the day being very pleasant & agreeable, ------ Capt Morison by this time being nearly restored again to perfect Health, and drove from thence to the Yadkin river, (Beards Ferry) from thence to the house of one Mr Beard. there we took up our lodging for that night, we having traveled about 23½ miles.

Tuesday 2d. Sat out early It beginning to rain about an Hour By sun & continued till about 12 o'clock in this time we passed by Lexington N. C. Rowan County the weather by this time clearing up & was very agreeable & drove on from thence to the House of Capt Hailey Guilford County, there we took up our lodging for that night, we having what we might call tolerable good Roads. No accident Happened worth relating We having traveled about 23 Miles - (Guilford)

Wednesday 3d. Started from Capt Haileys early, some part of the Road being very Hilly, but came over them without much difficulty from thence to Possum Town. & thence over deep (deer?) river. thence to Guilford Courthouse, otherwise called (Martinville Guilford County) 15 miles - thence to the House of one Mr Dick 15 miles then we took up our lodging (the day being very cold for the season) we having traveled about 30 Miles

Thursday 4th. Started from Mr Dick's tolerable early and came from thence to the Widow O'Neals 8 miles from thence to the Haw

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River 4½ Miles (Trolonders Ford) thence to the house of one Mr Ellit about 12 miles there we took up our lodging for that night- having traveled about 25 miles -, I shall conclude I have spilled Ink on the Table cloth I am Disgusted therewith.

Friday 5th Sat out from Ellits without giving our Horse food and came from thence to Hillsborough Orange County (N.C.) 5 miles - thence to Flat River, we having very Hilly roads in the fore noon it being very cold for the season &c. &c., and traveled from thence to the House of one Mr Taylor in Granville County N. C. there we took up our lodging we having traveled about 25 miles

Saturday 6th. was a cool morning & cloudy, but proved to be a very pleasant day, Started from Taylors Granville County & came by Tar River by Granville Courthouse 18 miles Thence to the House of one Mr Rice 4 miles, then we took up our Quarters about an Hour by sun P. M. We having traveled about 22 miles -

Sunday 7th was a very pleasant day & drove on tolerably well & came by Williamsborough (9 miles) where we took Breakfast & give food to our Horses & where I saw a very Delightsome young lady -- from thence we pursued our Journey to the ordinary 12 miles, thence to the house of one Mr Bell 6 miles - We having traveled about 27 miles - then we took up our lodging where we had good apple Brandy for our refreshment Warren Cty.

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Monday 8th. Started from Bells Tolerable early, one of our Horses being a little Foundered, prevented our Starting as early as we might have done otherwise the day being very pleasant & having very good roads, came by the Burrit Ordinary in Warren County - thence to the House of one Capt Hall, there we took up Lodging about an Hour by sun, By this time our Horse being recovered nearly of his founder we having traveled about 25 miles.

NB. our Lodging was in Halifax County on the S. Side of Roan Oak River (N. C.)

Tuesday 9th went down to roan Oak river was some time detained waiting for other wagons to cross - after crossing came to Greenville Court house, Hick'sford. The day being Blustery - & in the evening grew very cold for the season - we being very much put to our shift to get our Lodging - being denied admittance in our Second & third trials - had to drive on till about 1½ or 2 Hours after night. Took up our lodgings at one Mr. Nicholsans in Virginia Southhampton County having traveled about 32 miles - whereof about 5 or 6 was after night, which to me was very disagreeable, because of the cold &c. ----

Same day crossed the Mahanan River on a Bridge, about 14 Miles above Mr Nicholson's.

Wednesday 10th Sat out after Breakfast and came by Southampton

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Courthouse where was a small village called. New Jerusalem 16 miles from Nicholsons, Netaway River, thence to the House. of one Mr Deak 3 miles - there we took up our Lodgings having traveled about 19 miles only -

Thursday 11th our Horses being 2 of them Foundered very bad. we did not pursue our Journey. as soon as ordinary - but came from thence to Black Creek - thence to Black Water Bridge & from thence across a pecosan about a mile across - to the House of one Mr Underwood where we took up Lodging having traveled about 21 Miles

Friday 12th Started about an hour by sun our Horses not being yet recovered of their Founder but pursued our Journey Tolerable lively - (Observe, we were in Nansemond County) and came from thence to Suffolk 11 miles, which is Situated on the S. side of Nansemond River in Nansenmond County, thence to the house of one Mr J. Pullen's Norfolk County on the Western Branch of Eliza beth River 18 miles. where we took: up our lodging having traveled about 29 miles -

Saturday 13th crossed the Ferry Hodges about an hour by sun by this time it beginning to rain very briskly. but we drove on about 7 miles to the House of widow butt within about 1 mile of Portsmouth there we took up Quarters untill

197.00 174.56 22.44

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we should have an opportunity of getting on board a vessel to cross the Chesapeak Bay --

After the rain abated which was about 12 o'clock - Capt Morison & M.r Byrd went over to Norfolk in order to do some Business of their own & to enquire also for the Boat to carry us over &c. &c. At their return I went to pay Mr Fatherly a visit, who appeared to be very glad to see me & to hear also of Mr McClendon (?) which I related to him.

Sunday 14th Continued our lodging at Mrs Butt's & went to Portsmouth & from thence over to NorfoIk in order to see Scenes &c. &c.

& from thence to Lindsays Gardens about a mile out Norfolk where we took a Relish and a Bowl of Punch in the House called So Carolina - in Lindsay's Garden - then returned back to Norfolk Capt Morison & myself and took a full survey of the same & from thence returned home to our Lodging &c. --

Monday 15. Kept our Lodgings at Mrs Butt's. Went to Portsmouth thence over to Norfolk to buy some few particulars - & then returned home to our lodgings -

Tuesday 16. went over to town to see about the packett - returned Back & took our horses &c down to Portsmouth and got all on Board about an Hour By sun P. M., Set sail &c.

Wednesday 17th found ourselves past our landing place about 10 or 15 miles, had to tack about several times before we could reach the desired port - we having a very fresh breeze in the mean time I was for about the space of 3 or 4 Hours very sick, almost despairing of life - but afterward recovered - Landed at Hungars creek (beach) about 1 o'clock. Riged our Waggons &c and came from thence about 10 miles Northampton County to the House of Mr Majr Brickhouse in Bridgetown there we took up our lodging for that night,, -----

Thursday 18th Sat out from Bridgetown and came from thence to Franktown (the day being very pleasant) thence to Bellhaven, thence to Accomac Court House & from thence to the House of one Mr Bagwell where we took up our lodging having traveled about 34 miles

Friday 19th Sat out early the day being cool for the season and came from thence to Huntown 21 miles, thence to Snow Hill 16 miles. took up our Lodgings at Mr Smith's Tavern, having traveled about 37 Miles. Maryland, Worchester County & I say &c. &c. &c.

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Saturday 20th Was a very cool day for the Season and Sat out from Snow Hill after Breakfast and came into Salisbury & from thence to the House of Mr Thos Byrd a little before Sunset where we took our Quarters.

[RETURN TRIP]

Wednesday the 10th July 99- Started from Salisbury in the afternoon, and came as far as the place they call the Shad point in Capt Robt Dashill's Sloop - known by the name of the Ann.

Thursday 11th came as far as Green Hill where we came to Anchor till some time in the night thence came to Mr Ballard on Wicomoco River

Friday 12th Lay at anchor Near Mr Ingersons we having contrary minds. In the morning was very sick for the space of

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about 2 or 3 Hours; but afterward recruited (recovered?) - went on shore to buy some vegetables &c - (with other company) came on board moved our sloop down up a small Distance in order to procure a better harbour and there to lay untill we could have a fairer wind. Saturday moved a small Distance down the river near Molly poustons (?) point in the evening, the wind blew very fresh but not in our favor, had to lay at anchor till the next day &c.

Sunday 14th rode at anchor still near Molly poustons point all the day - went on shore to wash and to catch crabs oysters &c.

Monday 15th set sail from the point and came with that ebb into the sound near haynes's point went on shore wt 2 other Gent. & bought 1 Negro woman & child of Capt Chs Jones, then came on board & took the advantage of the next Ebb, having a westerly wind. steerlng our course nearly South continued under sail all night, the wind shifting

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Nearly N. W. and blew a fresh gale, found ourselves in the morning in view of New point Comfort

Tuesday 16th Still kept our course, having a -tolerable gale till about 2-or 3 Hours by sun, then had but a very light breeze until evening, lay at anchor in hampton Road near Norfolk untill morning -

Wednesday 17th came to Portsmouth in the fore noon., got our things on shore. Rigged Our Waggon Bought a few necessaries &c came as far as the Widow Butts about a mile from PtMouth wt over drove of Negroes being in Number 33 Sometimes before night.

Thursday 18th was a dark cloudy morning, Mr Byrd and myself went to the House of one Mr Boytons -to see about purchasing a cart in order -to convey some of our goods &c. along, & returned wtout afterwards myself & Mr Jno McDowell went

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and purchased the same for $13 returned & made-all things ready & pursued our Journey from Mrs Butts about 10 or 11 o'clock it beginning raining about an Hour after took up at a certain House, but having no encouragement put on again and came from thence through the rain to the Western branch of Elizabeth river - crossed over to Mr J. Pullens - at-Hodges Ferry, about an Hour by sun then we took up our lodging in order to refresh ourselves & Horses and to dry ourselves &c

Friday 19th was a cloudy, Rainy morning, we did not set out early, on acct. of the rain, but about 9 or 10 o'clock the rain abated & we sat out wt ourselves from Mr Jno Pullens who I think has one the handsomest and most pleasant looking woman to wife in Norfolk County (Vir) Came from thence to Suffolk 17 miles from thence to the House of Mr Jno Parmour about 2 miles there we made our camp while myself and J. Piper slept in the waggon, others in the House &c - kept fast-

Saturday 20th was a cloudy dark day the most part with a little rain in the forenoon

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come from thence with our gang to Black Water Bridge about 17 miles, thence to Black Creek Bridge about 3 miles there we took up our Camp about an Hour by sun in order to class our people for cooking, &c - no accident hapening worth relating. l believe I will conclude for this evening. -------

Sunday 21st Was a dark cloudy morning & began raining about 12 o'clock came from the creek Bridge tolerable early and came by the way of a certain Gentlemans House an elegant young woman which very much attracted the attention of our friend & uncle Piper from her natural and enticing looks and behaviour he concluded he would willingly Become her Husband came from thence to the house of one Mr Deaks Southampton County.(Vir) there we made a halt to feed ourselves and Horses and after having refreshed ourselves pursued our Journey & came through the rain, it raining powerful hard 'the most part of the evening in the meantime Capt Morison having a smart debate or otherwise or engagement with a Negro. Afterwards Mr Piper had to scourge two of our fellows for quarreling wt each other, put up at the fork of the Road the one leading to Hallifax, the other to Hillsborough at a Gentlemans House, whose name I cannot tell, the reason why, I did not ask - there we took up our lodging having traveled about 18 miles.

Monday 22 - Was a dark cloudy day but with not much rain came on tolerable well & took up our camp in the wood at the end of a certain cave we having traveled about 19 miles.

Tuesday 23d was a cloudy morning but proved to be a clear, warm day, left our lodgings in the woods early drove on about 9 miles - then made a halt to feed our Horses & to make some calculation about our affairs moved on again about 3 o'clock traveled about 8 miles, took up Our camp in an old field (same day came by Greenville Courthouse, Hix'sford) having traveled about 18 miles -

Wednesday 24th was a clear cool morning wt a great dew Our Horses being strayed some small distance caused us not to find them till about 2 or 3 Hours by sun, after finding them came down to Roan Oak river 8 miles, crossed over and made a Halt & fed our Horses - thence came on about 6 Miles (N. C.) Halifax County. took up our camp along side an old field near which was a most elegant Rocky Spring affording excellent water, possessed by 2 old maids or widows, we having traveled about 14 miles.

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Thursday 25th was a pleasant morning for the season, we rising early wt an expectation of making an early start, but was disappointed, by our Horses attempting to run away, but we pursued them & caught them before they had got far Started a little after sun rise & came by a place called the double Barrit Ordinary, thence about 2 or 3 miles where we made a Halt to feed &c - two of our negroes being behind we tarried longer than we might done otherwise - came from thence about 8 or 9 miles & took up our camp in the woods, having traveled about 22 miles -

Friday 26th was a pleasant morning But a SquIly evening made a tolerable good days drive, & might made better, had not old Cesar got behind, & its raining &c. Came by WmBorough having traveled-about 25 miles -

Saturday 27th made an early start came by Granville Courthouse 1 Mile thence to Tar River thence over Napcorrus? Creek the day being very warm some of our negroes began to complain very much, from thence to flat River then we took up our camp on Et N. side having traveled about 22 miles - in the night had a powerful hard Rain which molested us very much having the most of our thing wet, as well as ourselves.

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Sunday 28th Was a dark cloudy morning & did not start as soon as common had to wash wipe &c came from thence over flat river & from thence to one Mr Carrington Tavern Keeper there we made a halt to feed our Horses - Started & came within about 2 miles of Hillsborough there we made our camp having traveled about 15 mile same day Capt Morison took his leave of us all & pursued the route on Horse back

Monday 29th came by Hillsborough which was 2 miles. thence to Haw river which Mr Byrd attempting to cross over on foot caught 2 falls which caused him to get nearly wet - took up our camp on E. So Side having traveled about 20 miles that evening went down to the River in company wt Mr Dowell & J. Piper & Brother Joshua (editor's note: reference to brother Joshua - indicates that his journal was written by John Hitch and not his brother Joshua!) in order to shift our clothes & wash off the lice we being by that time very lousy.

Tuesday 30th was a fair warm day, made an early start came to Mr Dicks, fed our Horses, came from thence within about 7 miles of Guilford Courthouse took up our camp having traveled about 20 miles.

Wednesday 31st was a warm day came by Guilford Courthouse - had a small shower of rain in the evening - Traveled about 22 miles - in the night a cloud arose and very much put us to our shift for shelter, part our company went to the House of an old Quaker who wouId scarce give them shelter under his roof or Rather his wife. who said she had dather grub than follow (text indecipherable)

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I have mapped the front leg of John Hitch's 1799 journey on the map in Figure 1. Each "square represents a day's travel. Can you imagine what the trip mush have been like? It took him 25 days - we can do the same trip by car today in about 8 hours - amazing! The back leg - the return trip - was different in that it incorporated a longer time under sail than the front leg. John Hitch and party began the return journey by sailing from Salisbury, Maryland on July 10, 1799 and they continued down the bay in fits and starts until arriving in Portsmouth, Virginia on July 17th. The rest of the return pretty much mirrored how they came in the opposite direction on the front leg. I hope you enjoyed this journey back into time with the Hitch family!

John married Katherine Hanna,99 daughter of Robert Hanna and Mary Parks, on 3 Mar 1801 in SC.8 99 104 Katherine was born on 14 Sep 1783 in Laurens Co., SC,104 571 572 573 died on 2 Jul 1851 in Laurens Co., SC,100 573 and was buried about 5 Jul 1851 in Hitch Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.100

General Notes: In the Federal census of 1850, Catherine Hitch is indicated in Laurens Township, Laurens County, SC (page 224) in household of Minister C.B. Stewart as follows: - Catherine Hitch, age 66.

Catherine Hitch's obituary states, "Died at her residence in this District of dropsy of the chest, produced from Rheumatism, Catharine Hitch, consort of John Hitch, deceased, aged 67 years, 9 months and 19 days. She leaves friends, four children, number of grandchildren . . . member of the Presbyterian Church." (Marriages & Deaths from Upper South Carolina Newspapers 1843-65; 1977, Southern Historical Press).


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 412 M    i. William Winder Hitch 99 was born on 22 Mar 1802 in Laurens Co., SC,8 104 574 575 576 577 died on 9 Jun 1870 in Panola Co., MS,8 574 and was buried about 12 Jun 1870 in Chapeltown Cemetery, Batesville, Panola Co., MS.574

+ 413 F    ii. Mary Nicholson Hitch 8 was born on 10 May 1804 in Laurens Co., SC,104 578 died on 18 Oct 1825 in Laurens Co., SC,579 and was buried about 21 Oct 1825 in Hitch-Hutchinson Family Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

+ 414 F    iii. Ann Elizabeth Hitch was born on 18 Dec 1807 in Laurens Co., SC,8 104 580 581 582 died on 26 Oct 1879 in Laurens Co., SC,8 104 and was buried about 29 Oct 1879 in New Harmony Church Cemetery, Fountain Inn, Laurens Co., SC.

+ 415 F    iv. Isabella Jane Hitch was born on 19 May 1810 in Laurens Co., SC,8 104 died on 19 Jun 1882 in AR,8 583 and was buried about 22 Jun 1882 in Ione Cemetery, Pike Co., AR.583

+ 416 F    v. Margaret Hanna Hitch was born on 23 Mar 1813 in Laurens Co., SC,8 104 died on 4 Jun 1844 in Laurens Co., SC,8 584 and was buried about 7 Jun 1844 in Rocky Springs Church Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

   417 M    vi. John Henry Hitch 8 was born on 28 Sep 1815 in Laurens Co., SC,104 585 586 died on 27 Aug 1837 in Laurens Co., SC,100 104 586 and was buried about 30 Aug 1837 in Hitch Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.100

General Notes: According to "House of Clark", Henry Hitch hung himself. The following is from the diary of Clark Berry Stewart:

August 27, 1837. Sunday. Went to Meeting to Bethany in the Evening when I returned home I heard that my friend Henry Hitch had hung himself dead upon a Dogwood tree!!!!!!:

   418 F    vii. Nancy Caroline Hitch 8 was born on 22 Jul 1818 in Laurens Co., SC,76 104 died on 12 Aug 1820 in Laurens Co., SC,76 104 and was buried about 15 Aug 1820 in Hitch Family Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

+ 419 F    viii. Katherine Carson Hitch was born on 18 Mar 1823 in Laurens Co., SC,8 104 died on 25 Oct 1898 in Laurens Co., SC,8 587 and was buried about 28 Oct 1898 in Fairview Church Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.587

179. Letitia* Hitch was born in 1793-1798 in SC108 and died in Nov 1859 in Laurens Co., SC.

General Notes: Unproven linkage here - circumstantial evidence seems to support that Letitia Hitch, d/o Louther Hitch married James Duvall but no firm evidence as yet.

Letitia* married James Duvall about 1809. James was born in 1790 in SC108 and died on 28 Aug 1856 in SC.

Known children from this marriage were:

   420 M    i. John Duvall was born in 1810 in SC and died on 11 Jan 1865 in Laurens Co., SC.

   421 F    ii. Sarah Duvall was born on 26 Jan 1815 in SC and died on 4 Jan 1881 in Laurens Co., SC.

   422 M    iii. James Washington Duvall was born on 25 Oct 1816 in SC and died on 6 Apr 1882 in NC.

   423 M    iv. Lewis J. Duvall was born on 6 Sep 1818 in Laurens Co., SC and died on 18 Nov 1895 in Laurens Co., SC.

General Notes: Lewis J. Duvall's service in the Civil War is shown in the National Archives. He enlisted as a Private on Nov 17 1863 for 90 days in Company D, 9th SC Reserves at Clinton, SC. The only muster entry shows him as sick on furlough.

+ 424 M    v. William L. Duvall was born in 1821-1822 in SC588 and died in 1856 in SC.

   425 M    vi. George R. Duvall was born in 1822 in SC and died in 1856 in SC.

   426 F    vii. Mary Ann Duvall was born on 1 Jun 1827 in Laurens Co., SC and died on 2 Jun 1879 in Laurens Co., SC.

   427 M    viii. Wesley C. Duvall was born in 1828 in SC and died in 1856 in Laurens Co., SC.

   428 M    ix. Chesley W. Duvall was born on 8 Apr 1831 in Laurens Co., SC and died on 14 Feb 1905 in Laurens Co., SC.

General Notes: C.W. Duvall's service inthe Civil War is at the National Archives. He enlisted as a Private with Company I of the 3rd SC Infantry on Jul 1 1862 in Clinton, SC with Col Preston "for the war." Muster records show the following relative to his service:
- Sep/Oct 1862: Present
- Nov/Dec 1862: Present
- Jan/Feb 1863: Present
- May/Jun 1863: Absent, sick, sent to Howards Grove Hospital in Richmond, VA on Jun 2 1863 and furloughed for 40 days on Jun 15 1863
- Jul/Aug 1863: Returned from hospital in Aug 31 1863
- Nov/Dec 1863: Present
- May/Jun 1864: Present
- Apr 27 1865: Present
- May 2 1865: Paroled

+ 429 F    x. Emilene (Emily) Duvall was born in Jun 1833 in SC,589 590 591 592 died in 1913 in Laurens Co., SC,579 and was buried in 1913 in Langston Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

+ 430 M    xi. Francis Marion Duvall was born in 1836 in SC593 and died on 11 Jan 1864 in Laurens Co., SC.

180. Joseph N. Hitch was born on 10 Oct 1794 in Laurens Co., SC109 110 111 and died on 20 Oct 1827 in Laurens Co., SC.111

General Notes: Joseph is probably the male listed in his father Louther's household in 1810 as age 16-26 and 1820 as age 16-26 (would narrow his birth year to 1793/94). Information and historical documents (school book) discovered by descendant Elinor Mowbray give his birth as October 10, 1794, making him a twin to his sister Mary Hitch. The middle initial of his name MIGHT stand for NICHOLSON, the maiden name of his grandmother, Isabell Hitch.

Joseph Hitch witnessed the will of Roger Brown in 1826, he the future father-in-law of Rosanna (Dalrymple) Hitch.

Sometime between 1827 and 1829, Joseph N. Hitch dec'd. Real Estate $288.50. William Brown & Rosannah his wife. Henry Hitch. None paid on Bond settled by giving to Wm Brown husband of dec'd wife & guardian of the minor the above bond for receipt." (South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 14, page 20)

Joseph married Rosanna Dalrymple, daughter of (Son) Dalrymple, about 1823 in SC. Rosanna was born in 1800-1805 and died in 1844-1849 in Laurens Co., SC.

General Notes: Most genealogies place Rosanna Dalrymple as daughter of George and Ann (Teague) Dalrymple. The ages and years do not fit as the latter are too opld to have parented a daughter of Rosanna's age. More than likely, this Rosanna is the daughter of a son of George and Ann Dalrymple or other close relative.


+ 431 M    i. Young Henry Elkanah Hitch 8 was born on 30 Aug 1825 in Laurens Co., SC594 595 596 and died on 19 Jun 1864 in Kennesaw Mt., GA.8 597

181. Mary Hitch was born on 10 Oct 1794 in Somerset Co., MD,112 113 died on 31 Oct 1863 in Laurens Co., SC, and was buried about 3 Nov 1863 in Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

General Notes: Mary Hitch and her brother Joseph N. Hitch were fraternal twins.

Mary married Henry Pitts III,103 son of Henry Pitts II 579 and Elizabeth Anderson, about 1818. Henry was born on 1 Oct 1792 in Newberry, Newberry Co., SC,579 598 died on 13 Mar 1861 in Laurens Co., SC,579 and was buried about 16 Mar 1861 in Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 432 F    i. Sarah Ann Pitts 579 was born on 1 Mar 1817 in Laurens Co., SC599 and died on 8 Jun 1896 in Laurens Co., SC.599

+ 433 M    ii. Edwin Leroy Pitts 579 was born on 18 Dec 1818 in Laurens Co., SC,599 died on 18 Dec 1882 in Laurens Co., SC,599 and was buried about 21 Dec 1882 in Friendship Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

+ 434 F    iii. Eunice Elizabeth Pitts 579 was born on 26 Feb 1821 in Laurens Co., SC599 600 601 602 603 and died after 1880 in SC.

   435 F    iv. Mary Douglas Pitts 579 was born on 2 Oct 1822 in Laurens Co., SC.599

Mary married (?) Sullivan.

+ 436 F    v. Matilda Angeline Pitts 579 was born on 21 Apr 1826 in Laurens Co., SC, died on 30 Apr 1896 in Laurens Co., SC, and was buried about 2 May 1896 in Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC.

+ 437 F    vi. Louisa Jane Pitts 599 was born on 1 Nov 1827 in Laurens Co., SC and died on 30 Mar 1913 in Laurens Co., SC.

   438 M    vii. William A. Pitts was born in 1826 in Laurens Co., SC.604

+ 439 M    viii. Young Joseph Harrington Pitts 579 was born on 1 Apr 1829 in Laurens Co., SC,605 606 607 died on 8 Apr 1911 in Oconee Co., SC, and was buried about 11 Apr 1911 in East View Cemetery, Oconee Co., SC.

   440 M    ix. John Wesley Pitts was born in 1831 in Laurens Co., SC608 and died about 1863 in Laurens Co., SC.

General Notes: John W. Pitts served in the Civil War as noted by the records in the National Archives. He was a Private in Company C of the 3rd Battalion SC Infantry (Laurens Battalion) where he enlisted on Dec 2 1861 at Columbia, SC by Col John S. Preston for 12 months. On the various muster records we see:
- Dec 1861/Feb 1862: Absent, sick, beginning Feb 10 1862
- Mar/Apr 1862: Present
- May to Aug 1862: Absent, sick in hospital at Adams Run, SC beginning Jun 15 1862
- Nov/Dec 1862: Absent, sick at house since Jun 15 1862
- Jan/Feb 1863: Absent, sick at house since Jun 15 1862
- Mar 18 1863: Discharged by the Medical Examiner's Board

   441 F    x. Lucinda Emeline Pitts 579 was born in 1836 in Laurens Co., SC.609

183. Louther Douglas (Loudy) Hitch was born on 14 Nov 1798 in Laurens Co., SC,8 76 109 114 115 116 117 118 died on 18 Oct 1886 in Laurens Co., SC,76 and was buried about 21 Oct 1886 in Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1820, Louther Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (page 22) in a household comprised of one male age 16-26 (none age 16-18), one female under age 10 and one female age 16-26.

In the Federal Census of 1840, Louther D. Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (page 11) in a household comprised of one male age 5-10, one male age 15-20, one male age 40-50 and one female age 40-50.

In the Federal Census of 1850, "Lowther" Hitch is indicated in Laurens Township, Laurens County, SC (page 321) in a household as follows: - Lowther Hitch, age 55 - Catherine Hitch, age 55 - Franklin Hitch, age 18 - Susan Hitch, age 9.

In the Federal Census of 1860, L.D. Hitch is indicated in Brewerton Township, Laurens County, SC (page 257) in a household as follows: - L.D. Hitch, age 61, born in SC - Marg T. Hitch, age 58, born in SC

In the Federal Census of 1870, Luther Hitch is indicated in Laurens County, SC (page 236, household 982) in a household as follows: - Luther Hitch, age 71?, farmer, $1,000 in real estate, $150 in personal property, born in SC - Lydia Hitch, age 44, born in SC - Martha Warren, age 11, born in SC.

Louther married Catherine Lucinda Motes, daughter of David Motes and Mary Anderson,610 about 1818. Catherine was born on 10 Mar 1801 in Laurens Co., SC,76 109 117 611 died on 15 Jul 1857 in Laurens Co., SC,76 and was buried about 18 Jul 1857 in Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 442 F    i. Mary E. Hitch was born on 5 Apr 1820 in Laurens Co., SC612 613 and died on 11 Aug 1852 in Laurens Co., SC.613

+ 443 M    ii. Joseph Allen Hitch was born on 14 Sep 1823 in Laurens Co., SC613 614 615 616 617 and died in Feb 1897 in Laurens Co., SC.613

+ 444 M    iii. Presley Pinkney Hitch 8 was born on 4 Jul 1831 in Laurens Co., SC613 and died on 12 Dec 1856 in Laurens Co., SC.613

+ 445 F    iv. Susan T.E. Hitch was born on 13 Apr 1841 in Laurens Co., SC,76 618 619 620 621 622 623 died on 21 Mar 1912 in Laurens Co., SC,76 100 and was buried about 24 Mar 1912 in Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Laurens Co., SC.100

Louther next married Margaret Smith 624 on 28 Dec 1858 in Laurens Co., SC.625 Margaret was born on 1 May 1807 in SC626 and died on 1 Sep 1865 in Laurens Co., SC.

Louther next married Lydia (?) 103 between 1866 and 1869. Lydia was born in 1826-1828 in SC.627 628

184. Elijah Hitch was born in 1790-1800 in MD119 and died in 1831-1839 in Genesee Co., NY.120

General Notes: On Dec 13 1814, Thomas Byrd, Sr. was appointed guardian to Sarah Catherine and Elijah Hitch. Sureties were given by Thomas Humphries and William White "(of Thomas)" (SoOCP-1811/23:48)

Elijah Hitch moved to Genessee County, New York from Maryland with wife Ann sometime between the birth of daughter Frances A. Hitch in 1827 and the taking of the 1830 Federal Census for Genessee County. In the Federal Census of 1830, Elijah Hitch is listed in a household in Warsaw, Genessee County, New York (page 294) with one male age 30-40, two females age 0-5 and two females age 20-30. He was near the household of Nicholas Reddish, also of Somerset Co., MD and probable brother of Sarah Reddish Jones who married John Jones.

Elijah married Ann R. Jones,122 daughter of John Jones Sr. and Sarah* Reddish,123 124 about 1825. Ann was born on 11 Apr 1805 in Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD,629 630 631 632 died on 8 Apr 1890 in Genesee Co., NY, and was buried about 11 Apr 1890 in Fairview Cemetery, Pavilion, Genesee Co., NY.

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1840, Ann Hitch in a household in Leroy, Genesee County, New York (page 393) with no males, two females age 10-15 and one female age 30-40.

In the will of John Jones written on May 10 1849 and probated Jun 19 1849, it mentions youngest son George and other sons John, Thomas and Peter Jones. Also mentions daughter Ann R. Hitch and wife's daughter's son John Jones alias McKee?? Witnesses were George T. Renshaw, Sally A. Jones and Benjamin T. Street.. (SoW-1837/59:158,159)

In the Federal Census of 1850, Ann Hitch is listed in a household (pg 201) in Genesee County, New York as follows: - Ann Hitch, age 45, born in MD - Frances A. Hitch, age 23, born in MD (daughter).


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 446 F    i. Ellen McCrea Hitch was born on 27 Dec 1825 in Somerset Co., MD,633 634 635 636 637 638 639 died on 22 Jun 1920 in Leroy, Genesee Co., NY, and was buried on 24 Jun 1920 in Fairview Cemetery, Pavilion, Genesee Co., NY.

   447 F    ii. Frances A. Hitch was born in 1827 in MD,640 641 died on 21 Apr 1851 in Pavilion, Genesee Co., NY, and was buried about 24 Apr 1851 in Fairview Cemetery, Pavilion, Genesee Co., NY.

190. Eli Vincent was born in 1772-1774 in Somerset Co., MD and died on 2 Oct 1824-2 Nov 1824 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: On August 4, 1786, Eli, Levinah and Esther Vincent (of Elijah Vincent) were indicated as all under age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:84)

On June 14, 1791, Elijah Hitch was chosen to be guardian of Esther Vinson (daughter of Elijah Vinson), who was under age 14 when, at the same time Curtis Hitch was chosen to be guardian for Esther Vinson's brother, Eli who was over age 14. (SoOCP-1777/92:99)

Eli Vincent's will was written Oct 2 1824 and probated in Somerset County Nov 2 1824. It mentions his wife Nancy as executrix and daughters Ann C. Vincent and Henrietta Disharoon. It also mentions grandson Eli Vincent, son of son James Vincent. Witnesses were James Jerom, David Vance and Cottman Cox. (SoW-JP4:93)

This may have been the same Eli Vincent who married Comfort Adams in Somerset County on Sep 11 1797.

Eli married Nancy (?) about 1788.

Known children from this marriage were:

   448 M    i. William Vincent was born on 6 Jul 1789 in Somerset Co., MD.

William married Nancy Truitt on 5 Feb 1814 in Somerset Co., MD.

   449 F    ii. Kittura Vincent was born on 23 Dec 1792 in Somerset Co., MD.185

+ 450 M    iii. James Vincent was born in 1795-1800 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 2 Oct 1824 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 451 F    iv. Henrietta Vincent was born in 1795-1800 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1843.

   452 F    v. Ann C. Vincent was born in 1800-1810 in Somerset Co., MD.

Ann married Matthias M. Vincent on 13 Dec 1825 in Somerset Co., MD.

195. Nehemiah Hitch was born in 1771-1777 in Somerset Co., MD136 and died before 1798 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: On April 12, 1791, Thomas Humphris was appointed guardian to Nehemiah Hitch (of Thomas Hitch) who was over age 14. (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings, Book 1, Folio 98)

Nehemiah Hitch posthumously showed up in Maryland records when the Federal Assessment of 1798 proclaimed: "Nehemiah Hitch Heirs" was owner of unoccupied property "situated about 3 mi. from Bailey & Fooks Mills near the branch" consisting of one log house under repair, 16' x 18' and 110¼ acres of land. Property was listed in Broad Creek Hundred for Somerset County and assessed $50 for buildings and $40 for the land.

In the Commissioners of the Tax Received for 1798-1803 Nehemiah Hitch's "heirs" were shown in Broad Creek Hundred of Somerset County and assessed taxes for 110¼a of land, etc. at: $85, $85, $85, $85, $85, $85 for each of those years, respectively.

In the Somerset County Commissioner of the Tax Report for 1813, Nehemiah Hitch "Heirs" was listed in the 1st Election District, "heirs" taxed for 74½a of land valued at $140.

Nehemiah married (?) (?).

+ 453 M    i. William A. Hitch was born in 1791-1794 in Somerset Co., MD642 643 and died before 19 Apr 1831 in Somerset Co., MD.644 645 646

203. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch was born in 1793-1794 in Somerset Co., MD139 and died after 1880 in Wicomico Co., MD.140

General Notes: On April 2, 1842, for $80, Nelly, Nancy, Levin and his wife Sally, and Sarah Hitch and Betsy Nicholson (indicated as the widow of John Nicholson) sold to Moses Hastings, all of Somerset County, 21½ acres of land bordering "Hot Hill". Betsy Nicholson signed this record as Elizabeth Nichols. (SoLR-AH:108)

In the Federal Census of 1860, Elizabeth Hitch is listed in Salisbury, Somerset County, Maryland in the Levin H. Nicilas (Nicholson, Nicholas, Nichols) family (household 1348) as follows: - Levin H. Nicholson, age 41 - Elizabeth Nicholson, age 31 - Charles Nicholson, age 3 - Thomas Nicholson, age 2 - Eugene Nicholson, age 10 months - Elizabeth Hitch, age 67 - Sarah Hitch, age 63 All born in MD.

On June 8, 1861, Sarah Hitch and Elizabeth Nichols were paid $40 by Noah Hearn for 2 acres of land called "Hitch's Chance" on the west side of the county road leading from Ruark's Mill to Salisbury. (SoLR-LW7:133).

On February 2, 1869, Sarah Hitch and Elizabeth Nichols (Nicholson) sold land to Humphrey Humphreys for $89. The land adjoined Henrietta Byrd's land and the county road from Ruark's Mills to Salisbury consisting of 10½ acres. Witness: Handy Fooks. (WiLR-TFJR:448).

Elizabeth married John Nicholson 647 on 28 Aug 1811 in Somerset Co., MD. John died before 2 Apr 1842 in Somerset Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

   454 M    i. Joshua Nicholson was born in 1813 in Somerset Co., MD.648

+ 455 M    ii. Levin H. Nicholson was born in 1817-1820 in MD649 650 651 and died in 1871-1879 in MD.

+ 456 M    iii. Elias Hitch Nicholson Sr. was born on 11 Dec 1817 in MD647 652 653 and died in 1865-1869 in MD.

205. Robert Hitch was born on 28 Jan 1781 in Somerset Co., MD,76 died on 24 May 1834 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 27 May 1834 in Old Hitch Family Graveyard, West Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

Burial Notes: This graveyard is on west side of West Rd. about 0.25 south of Log Cabin Road.

General Notes: In the 1810 Federal Census, Robert Hitch was listed on page 291 for the Barren Creek District of Somerset County. His household was near that of Ezekiel and Curtis Hitch and Elijah Nichols and contained one male under age 10, one male age 26-45, one female under age 10, and one female age 16-26.

On November 3, 1812, Robert Hitch received a deed for land called "Point Patience" and "Mill Lott" and a mill from Curtis Hitch for $100. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber U, Folio 397).

For Sarah Bradley's will written on August 26, 1811 and probated October 26, 1813, Ezekiel, Curtis and Robert Hitch were listed as witnesses. (SoW-1800/20:194,195)

In the 1813/1814 Commissioner of the Tax Records for Somerset County, Robert Hitch is listed in the 1st Election District and taxed for 40 acres of land along with Curtis Hitch ("half mill") valued at $70.

On March 15, 1814, Thomas Humphriss, Ezekiel Hitch, Robert Hitch are bound for Thomas Humphriss as administrator with a copy of the will annexed of Curtis Hitch, deceased (Somerset Co. Bond Book, Liber EB28, page 238).

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1817, Robert Hitch is assessed as follows: - "Mill Lot", 9½ acres; "Ellis' Addition", "Ellis' Choice", "Great Cry?", "??", 115¼ acres all: $365 - saw mill, houses, etc.: $179 - other property: $46

Robert and Nelly Hitch were witnesses to the will of Ezekiel Bell, probated September 9, 1817 (Somerset County Wills, 1800-20, Folio 256).

On February 17, 1818, Robert Hitch paid $56.68 to Thomas Humphris, both of Somerset County, for land "Point Patience" and Mill Lott." This is land that Curtis Hitch, deceased, mentioned was to be sold per his Last Will and Testament. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber JD No. 3, Folio 195).

On March 31, 1821, Robert Hitch paid $140 to Thomas Humphreys, both of Somerset County for a 49-acre tract of land comprised of "Gravely Hill", part of "Elliss Chance", and part of "Eliss Addition". Robert Hitch was highest bidder for these lands seized on September 16, 1815 from the estate of Curtis Hitch by the Chancery Court. The tract borders the land of Ezekiel Hitch and the road to Esme M. Waller's mill from Spring Hill. The records mentions a "divisional fence" between the lands of Ezekiel Hitch and Curtis Hitch. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber JD, No. 6, Folio 393)

In her will written September 13, 1818 and probated April 23, 1822, Elizabeth Walter listed Robert Hitch as a witness, along with Caleb Kennerly and George Wilson Sr. (Somerset County Wills, 1820-37, Folio 38)

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823 (Folio 192), Robert Hitch is assessed as follows: - "Mill Lot", 9½ acres; "Ellis' Addition", "Ellis' Choice", "Great Cry?", "Little Worth", 106¼ acres all; "Lot", 115 acres: $230 - ½ saw mill, 3 beds and furniture: $70 - 2 horses, yoke of steers, 4 cattle: $60 - 14 hogs, 5 sheep, other property: $31

On May 21, 1828, the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings state, "Orphan: George, Elizabeth Bell (of William) - Appointed Guardian: Robert Hitch - Sureties: Peter Bell, Levin D. Collier" (Somerset Co. Orphans Court Proceedings 1823-29, Folio 296)

In the Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger for 1830, Quantico District (Folio 60), Robert Hitch assessed for the following: - "Hitches Choice", 50a; "Mill Lot", 9½a; "Ellis' Addition", Ellis' Choice, "Great Cry", "Little Worth", all 106¼a; "Gravelly Hill", 46a; "Ellis' Addition", 22½a; "Saw Mill Supply", 22½a; "Humphrey's Hook", 32a; all total 288¾a at $4: $1,155 - "Bells Conclusion", 280a; "Saw Mill Supply", 110a; "Casqua", 200a; "Casqua Wood Field", 250a; "Buck Hill", 40a; all total 880a: $4,400 -½ grist mill: $150 - House and lot in Salisbury: $600 - ½ Jonathan Waller's Mills: $1,900 - Slaves Henny (age 16), Olly (age 37): $40 - Hary (10), Daniel (8), Amy (37): $350 - Eliza( 13), Charity (11), Cloe (15): $380 - 2 horses, colt, yoke of oxen: $125 - 10 cattle, 15 hogs, 2 stills: $115 - 8 beds etc., other property: $95 TOTAL: $9,670 1833 added: -To Peter Bell for Joe (55), Mingo (57): $120 - 3 horses: $120 TOTAL: $9,910 1834 "Heirs" added: - By Noah Rider for "Casqua", 200a: $1,000 1835 added: - By Olly (dead), slaves exported, Harry: $325 - By slaves exported Daniel, Amy, Eliza: $375: - By slaves exported Charity, Cloe: $230 1836 added: - By slave Henny for James Wilson: $200 - By 1 colt (dead): $25 1838 added: - By Daniel Davis & William C. Kellum for real estate, 430a: $2,150 - By Noah Rider for "Casqua" and "Woodfield", 250a: $1,250 _ By Henry Brewington for house & lot in Salisbury: $600 - By George Hitch for personal property: $430 - By George Hitch for 288¾a: $1,155
½ grist mill: $150 - By Edward Fowler for ½ Jonathan Wallers Mills: $1,900 - Peter Bell's heirs for Joe and Mingo: $120 TOTAL: $9,910

On January 11, 1831, the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings state, "Robert Hitch, guardian to George and Elizabeth Bell." (Somerset Co. Orphans Court Proceedings 1829-38, Folio 59)

On November 21, 1832, Robert Hitch paid $600 to Peter Bell for negroes Joe, Mingo, Oliver, Amy, Patience, Cloe, Eliza, Harry, Daniel, Jim, Jacob, Charity, Hulday and Henny. The transaction had taken place May 23, 1828, the Bill of Sale was recorded this day. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber GH, No. 6, Folio 435).

On June 25, 1833, "Levin H. Patrick and Robert HITCH to view estate of Edwin L.D., George J., and Sarah Ann E. Parker (children of Daniel, and devisee of George, deceased), in care of Joseph Leonard, William Gordy and Henry Bacon, temporary guardians." (Somerset Co. Orphans Court Proceedings 1829-38, Folio 182)

On May 5, 1834, Robert Hitch, with Levin Dashiell, Rector, he was elected Vestryman of Spring Hill Parish.

Robert married Nelly Wilson, daughter of George Wilson, on 17 Jul 1806.8 Nelly was born on 5 Nov 1787 in Somerset Co., MD8 654 and died on 31 Oct 1862 in Somerset Co., MD.8

General Notes: In his will written September 8, 1853 and probated October 18, 1853, James Wilson mentions wife Elizabeth and sisters Nelly Hitch, Rachel Waller, Betsy Weatherly, Eleanor Bounds and Anne Bedsworth. He also mentions brothers Levin and Ralph Wilson. (Somerset County Wills, 1837-59, Folios 222-223)


Known children from this marriage were:

   457 F    i. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch was born on 22 May 1807 in Somerset Co., MD,15 died in 1833 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried in 1833 in Old Hitch Family Graveyard, West Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

+ 458 M    ii. George Wilson Hitch was born on 29 Mar 1809 in Somerset Co., MD,76 655 656 657 died on 16 Mar 1891 in Wicomico Co., MD,76 and was buried about 19 Mar 1891 in Old Hitch Family Graveyard, West Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

   459 F    iii. Rachel Hitch was born in 1812 in Somerset Co., MD658 659 660 661 and died on 14 Jan 1899 in Wicomico Co., MD.662 663

General Notes: Never married.

+ 460 M    iv. Ezekiel Hitch was born on 25 Jul 1816 in Somerset Co., MD8 664 665 666 667 and died on 16 Oct 1893 in Somerset Co., MD.8

   461 F    v. Nancy Hitch was born on 2 Feb 1819 in MD413 668 669 and died on 2 Jun 1910 in Wicomico Co., MD.413

Birth Notes: Death Certificate lists her age as 91-4-0 on June 2, 1910.

Death Notes: From her Death Certificate: Nancy Hitch, single, born in Maryland, died of complications of a hip fracture on 6/2/1910, age 91-4-0. Found by niece Mrs. Sally Davis.

General Notes: Did not marry.

   462 F    vi. Hetty Hitch was born in 1821 in Somerset Co., MD,76 died in 1831 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried in Old Hitch Family Graveyard, West Rd., Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

+ 463 M    vii. Robert Hitch was born on 14 Aug 1827 in Somerset Co., MD,670 671 672 673 674 675 died on 8 Oct 1910 in Wicomico Co., MD,76 and was buried about 11 Oct 1910 in Parsons Cemetery, Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD.

208. Louther? (Louday) Price was born about 1774 in MD and died after 1820.

General Notes: Listed in the 1810 Census for Wicomico Hundred, Somerset Co., MD with household 00010-11110, three doors down from Robert Hitch. In 1820, it is 100001-10100

Louther? married Anna Sutton, daughter of William Sutton, on 6 Oct 1801 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Anna was born before 1785 and died in 1811-1819 in MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 464 M    i. George W. Price was born in 1800-1809 in MD676 and died in 1841-1849.

+ 465 F    ii. Elizabeth Price 677 was born in 1801-1805 in MD678 679 and died in 1871-1879.

   466 F    iii. Sarah A. Price was born in 1814 in MD.680

Louther? next married Milcah White on 3 Aug 1820 in Somerset Co., MD.

211. Robert Hitch was born on 1 Feb 17808 144 and died on 6 Oct 1844 in DE.8 145 146

General Notes: In the 1803 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: 2 horses 1 cow and calf 1 sow and shoats 3 sheep

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: 138 acres of land 1 mare and colt 1 yearling 2 cows 1 sow

In the 1810 Federal Census, Robert Hitch was listed on page 321 for the Little Creek Hundred of Sussex County. His household contained two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 16-26, one male age 26-45, three females under age 10, two females age 16-26 and one female over age 45.

On May 24, 1813, Private Robert Hitch of Capt. Jonathan Waller's Co., Delaware, appears on a list of officers that have ______ the Garrison at Lewes Town commencing the 16th of March _____ number of days on duty, rations due, forage due, and _____ Listed Date:May 24, 1813 Days on Duty:15 Pay: $4.80 He is also on the roll dated June 25, 1813 for $4.80. (Records at the National Archives - War of 1812)

On December 24, 1813, Robert Hitch received a deed from Soveron Hitch. For $150, Robert Hitch received a deed from Soveron Hitch for land in Little Creek Hundred. It was described as tracts "Round Savannah" and "Hitch's Chance", the latter patented to Isaac Hitch who devised by will to sons Robert and Soveron Hitch. (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AH-31, Folio 168)

On October 7, 1815, Robert Hitch received a deed from Thomas, Risdon and William Records and Joshua and Rachel Hastings. Hitch paid $500 to Records/Hastings for 94 acres of land in Little Creek Hundred called "Records Delight." (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AI-32, Folio 73)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: 232 acres of land 2 horses and 1 colt 1 steer 1 cow and 1 heifer 2 young hogs 1 sow and pigs

On May 8, 1820, Robert Hitch received a deed from Joseph Ellis and Sarah his wife. For $1,400, Robert Hitch received a deed from Ellis for 216¾ acres of land in Little Creek Hundred. It was described as tracts "Records Delight" and "Stephens Addition" near the bridge over Tyaskin Branch and the road from Laurel to Spring Hill. (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AL-34, Folio 598)

In the Federal Census of 1820, Robert Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware (page 408) in a household with two males under age 10, one male age 10-16, one male age 26-45, two females under age 10 and one female age 26-45.

On January 6, 1821, William Moore Sr. received a deed from Robert Hitch and Betsey his wife. For $1,400, Hitch received 216¾ acres of land from Moore described as tract "Records Delight" and "Stephens Addition" on the road from Laurel to Spring Hill. (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AM-35, Folio 109), Also, that same day, Robert Hitch received a deed from William Moore Sr. and Mary his wife. For $1,700, Moore received 265 acres of land from Hitch described as tract "Rich Sand" , "Round Savannah" and "Records Delight". (Ibid., Deed Book AM-35, Folio 108)

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: 371¾ acres of land 1 horse 1 yoke of steers 2 cows and calves 8 shoats 1 sow and pigs 10 sheep

On March 7, 1823, Robert Hitch received a deed from Charles W. Moore. For $250, Hitch received deed to 50 acres of land in Little Creek Hundred described as land that adjoins land that Hitch bought of William Moore Sr. This land is that bought of Isaac Hitch by Charles Moore and devised to Charles W. Moore - it bounds with tract "Hitch's Choice." (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AM-35, Folio 498)

On April 6, 1825, John B. Collins and his wife Comfort sold land to Robert Hitch for $300. It was in Little Creek Hundred and known as "Round Savannah" and "Nonsense" formerly belonging to William Moore. It adjoins lands of Samuel Kinney, Elijah Kinney's heirs, Thomas Ricords heirs and John B. Collins. (Ibid., Deed Book AN-36, Folio 429)

On April 8, 1826, Samuel Kinney Jr. received a deed from Robert Hitch and Betsey his wife. Kinney paid Hitch $46.55 for land in Little Creek Hundred called "Swamps Addition". (Ibid., Deed Book AP-38, Folio 9)

On September 21, 1826, Robert Hitch received a deed from William Moore Jr. and Charity his wife. Hitch paid $1,200 to Moore for 221¼ acres of land (Ibid., Deed Book AP-38, Folio 172)

On May 9, 1827, Stephen Waller received a deed from Robert Hitch and Betsey his wife. Waller paid Hitch for tracts "Round Savannah" and "Monsanse" (?). (Ibid., Deed Book AP-38, Folio 88)

In the 1828 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: 630 acres of land 2 horses 1 yoke of oxen 2 cows and calves 1 yearling 2 sows and 12 shoats 11 sheep 1832: deduct 221 acres of land to Elijah Hitch 1834: deduct 86 acres of land to Samuel Kinney.

In the Federal Census of 1830, Robert Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware (page 129) in a household comprised of two males age 10-15, one male age 15-20, one male age 50-60, one female age 10-15, one female age 15-20 and one female age 40-50.

On September 23, 1831, Elijah Hitch received a deed from Robert Hitch and Betsey his wife. Elijah Hitch paid Robert Hitch $1,000 for 221¼ acres of land in Little Creek Hundred called "Oak Level", "Records Delight" and others that adjoin the lands of Perry B., William and Elijah Moore. (Ibid., Deed Book AT-42, Folio 78)

In the 1833 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: Undefined amount of land 2 horses 1 yoke of steers 7 head of cattle 15 head of hogs 9 head of sheep

In the 1836 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: 212 acres of land for "mansion farm" 137½ acres of land for "old farm" 2 horses 1 yoke of steers 2 cows 1 yearling 2 shoats 1 sow and pigs 8 sheep

In the Federal Census of 1840, Robert Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware (page 459) with the following household: one male age 15-20, one male age 30-40, one male age 60-70, two females under age 5, one female age 15-20 and one female age 20-30.

In the 1840 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Robert Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred as follows: 1 horse 1 old horse 1 yoke of steers 2 cows 2 yearlings 3 shoats 1 sow and pigs 5 sheep 1841: add 349½ acres of land

Robert Hitch's will was written on October 31, 1844 as follows (Sussex Co. Wills, A76, P195):

I Robert Hitch of Sussex County and State of Delaware do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament

First: I give to my son Elijah Hitch all my right, title, claim and Interest to a carriage which my said son Elijah and myself owns in partnership; also my wheat fan and also, one third of my bees and bee guns(?). Second: I give to my son Joseph Hitch the sum of three Hundred Dollars, to be paid to him or his heirs, out of my personal Estate by my Executors herein After named within two years after my Decease; and if paid with in two years as aforesaid to be clear of Interest, If not paid in two years next after my Decease to draw Interest from the expiration of ^the^ aforesaid two years. Third: I give and Devise unto my Daughter Sally Smith wife of Henry Smith, and my son Benjamin Hitch, and my land with all the improvements thereon situate in Little Creek Hundred in the County and State aforesaid, to be Equally divided between them, their heirs and assigns forever. Also I give to my said Daughter Sally Smith and my said son Benjamin Hitch, all the rest, residue and remainder of my Personal Estate, after the afresaid lgacies are paid, consisting of corn ^and^ fodder, household - frniture, farming utentials; and all other property which I may possess at the time of my Decease. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son in law Henry Smith, and my son Benjamin Hitch Executors of this my last Will and Testament: In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the thirty first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and forty four.

Signed, sealed, Published and declared his by the above named Robert Hitch, Robert X Hitch (seal) to be his last will and Testament. mark

Henry Bacon Thomas M. Records Samuel Kinney

Robert married Elizabeth (Betsy) Wright 35 in Dec 1805.8 Elizabeth was born on 1 Aug 17708 and died on 2 Jan 1839 in Sussex Co., DE.145

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 467 M    i. Rev. Elijah Hitch 35 was born on 15 Nov 1807 in Sussex Co., DE,8 681 682 683 684 died on 18 Oct 1888 near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,8 496 and was buried about 21 Oct 1888 in Ralph Hill Cemetery, Route 509, Sussex Co., DE.3

+ 468 M    ii. Joseph Hitch 35 was born in Nov 1810 in DE685 686 687 688 and died after 1870.

+ 469 F    iii. Sarah (Sally) Hitch 35 was born on 26 Feb 1813 in Sussex Co., DE,155 died on 9 Aug 1884,145 and was buried about 12 Aug 1884 in Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, Bartholomew Co., IN.145

+ 470 M    iv. Benjamin Hitch 35 was born on 15 Dec 1815 near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,8 689 690 691 692 died on 5 Mar 1896 near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,8 and was buried about 8 Mar 1896 in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

+ 471 F    v. Mary (Jane) Hitch 35 was born on 13 Feb 1818,76 died on 26 Jun 1842 in MD,76 and was buried about 29 Jun 1842 in Joseph Collins Family Graveyard, Wicomico Co., MD.

212. Severn Hitch was born in 1781-1782 in Sussex Co., DE65 and died on 27 Feb 1832 in Sussex Co., DE.147

General Notes: NOTE: Sovereign Hitch, son of Spencer, can be easily confused with Severn Hitch, son of Isaac, as both were contemporaries. The former, however, lived in Northwest Fork Hundred and the latter in Little Creek Hundred, Sussex County, DE.

In the 1803 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Severon" Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred for his own person and no property. He was not listed in the 1801 assessment - this suggests a birth year of 1781/1782.

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Severon" Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 mare

On December 24, 1813, Robert Hitch received a deed from Soveron Hitch. For $150, Robert Hitch received a deed from Soveron Hitch for land in Little Creek Hundred. It was described as tracts "Round Savannah" and "Hitch's Chance", the latter patented to Isaac Hitch who devised by will to sons Robert and Soveron Hitch. (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AH-31, Folio 168)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Severn Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred for his own person and no property.

On January 25, 1822, John Linch "of Michael" received a deed from Grace and Priscilla Linch and Severn Hitch and Goodie his wife for $10 each for land in Little Creek Hundred. It was described as tracts "Friends Advise" and "Good Such" on the west side of the main road from Broad Creek to Salisbury. (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AM-35, Folio 421)

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, "Sovern" Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 sow 3 shoats 4 sheep

In the 1828 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Severn Hitch is listed in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 yearling 4 sheep

Severn Hitch was not listed again in the tax records.

Severn married Patsy (Goodie) Lynch,693 694 daughter of Michael* Lynch, about 1810. Patsy was born in 1790-1794 in Sussex Co., DE and died in Sussex Co., DE.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 472 M    i. Isaac William Hitch was born on 6 Sep 1812 in Sussex Co., DE,695 696 697 died on 28 Oct 1877 in San Joaquin Valley, CA,693 698 699 and was buried about 31 Oct 1877 in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Fayette Co., IA.

+ 473 M    ii. Levin E.* Hitch was born in 1815-1816 in DE.690 700 701

+ 474 M    iii. James Hitch was born Cal 18 Sep 1820 in DE702 703 704 and died on 16 Jan 1874 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN.

+ 475 F    iv. Mary Jane Hitch was born on 5 Feb 1828 in Sussex Co., DE,705 706 707 died on 8 Nov 1893 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN, and was buried about 11 Nov 1893 in Greendale Cemetery, Dearborn Co., IN.

214. Rachel Hitch 148 was born on 14 Jun 1788 in Sussex Co., DE and died on 5 Sep 1864 in Quincy, Adams Co., IL.

Rachel married Benjamin Hastings 708 in 1817 in Sussex Co., DE.708 Benjamin died before 1850.

Known children from this marriage were:

   476 F    i. Nancy Letten Hastings 708 was born on 6 May 1818 in Sussex Co., DE and died on 23 Apr 1905 in Littleton, Schuyler Co., IL.

Nancy married Robert Greer on 16 Mar 1839 in Quincy, Adams Co., IL.708

   477 M    ii. Samuel R. Hastings 708 was born on 2 Oct 1820 and died after 1905 in IL.

Samuel married Martha Ann Anderson on 2 Feb 1843 in Adams Co., IL.708

   478 F    iii. Patience Elizabeth Hastings 708 was born in 1822 and died after 1905.

Patience married (?) Jackson.708

   479 M    iv. Benjamin W. Hastings 708 was born in 1824.

Benjamin married Susan Coffman on 16 Jun 1851 in Adams Co., IL.708

   480 F    v. Sarah M. Hastings 708 was born in 1826.

Sarah married (?) Meyers.708

   481 F    vi. Martha A. Hastings 708 was born in 1828 and died after 1905.

Martha married George Felt on 22 Jan 1857 in Adams Co., IL.708

216. Samuel Hitch 149 was born in 1791 in Sussex Co., DE150 151 152 and died after 19 Mar 1878 in Grant Co., WI.

General Notes: On January 7, 1814, during the War of 1812, Delaware Governor Caesar Rodney issued commission of Ensign to Samuel Hitch. Samuel Hitch appeared with the 9th (Caldwell's) Regiment, Delaware Militia, on the muster roll for the term 11/19/1814 through 3/3/1815 when he was on the roll at the head of the Indian River. He was appointed on 2/3/1815 for an additional term of 6 months. He also appears with the rank of Corporal on a receipt roll of Captain Josiah Polk's Co. for compensation for services at Lewes Town dated June 1813, pay $2.93. Appears on the May 24, 1813 list (with Robert Hitch, his brother?) for 5 days on duty and pay of $2.33. Also appears as a Private on a Receipt Roll of Capt. Jonathan Waller's Co. for compensation for services at Lewes Town dated June 25, 1813 for $4.80 pay.

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County indicate Samuel Hitch in Little Creek Hundred as his own person and no property.

In the 1822 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County indicate Samuel Hitch in Little Creek Hundred as his own person and no property.

In the 1828 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County indicate Samuel Hitch in Little Creek Hundred as his own person and no property.

On June 16, 1831, a deed was executed to James C. Lynch from Samuel Hitch and Rebecca his wife "of Little Creek Hundred". Mr. Lynch paid the Hitches $100 for the land, property left when James Ralph died intestate and left his widow Molly who is now also dead and his seven children including Rebecca Hitch (late Ralph). (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AS-41, Folio 328)

In the 1833 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County indicate Samuel Hitch in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 yearling

Samuel does not show up in later tax assessments, the next one being 1836. This is probably the Samuel Hitch that moved from Delaware to Adams County, Illinois sometime between 1834 and 1835 and on to Grant County, Wisconsin by the time he purchased land there in 1849. From records in the Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), "Samuel Hitch of Grant County, Wisconsin" purchased land from the Mineral Point, Wisconsin office on August 1, 1849 (Certificate No. 10364). The land was described as "the South East quarter of the South West quarter of Section thirty four, in Township three, North, of Range Two, West, in the District of Lands subject to Sale at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, Containing forty acres." In the Federal Census of 1840, Samuel Hitch is indicated on page 018 in Adams County, Illinois with one male age 40-50, one female under age 5, two females age 5-10, one female age 10-15 and one female age 40-50.

For March 28, 1840, Samuel Hitch is included in a Debt Action (Early Records of Adams County, IL (DAR), Box L1849, Case 442, Action: Debt)

Samuel Hitch is shown listed in the 1841 Adams County, Illinois Tax List.

In the Federal Census of 1850, Samuel Hitch is indicated on page 119 in Grant County, Wisconsin in a household as follows: - Samuel Hitch, age 59, farmer, born in DE - Rebecca Hitch, age 53, born in DE - Livenia Hitch, age 16, born in DE - Rebecca E. Hitch, age 12, born in IL.

In the Federal Census of 1860, Samuel Hitch is indicated in the Beynitt (Bennett) household on page 212 in Harrison Township, Grant County, Wisconsin as follows: - Samuel Hitch, age 62, born in DE - Rebecca Hitch, age 69, born in DE - Rebecca E. Hitch, age 23, born in DE - Louis Beynitt, age 45, born in MO - Elizabeth Beynitt, age 29, born in DE - Laura Beynitt, age 12, born in WI - Iserul Beynitt (male), age 8, born in WI - Laviny Beynitt (female), age 3, born in WI - Julia A. Beynitt, age 19, born in WI Value of real estate $1,500, personal property $719.

Samuel Hitch was alive as late as March 1878 trying to get bounty pension for his service in the War of 1812.

Samuel married Rebecca Ralph,709 daughter of James Ralph 710 and Molly Prichard,710 on 26 Nov 1828 in Sussex Co., DE.436 Rebecca was born in 1797 in Sussex Co., DE711 712 and died in 1861-1869 in Grant Co., WI.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 482 F    i. Elizabeth Hitch was born about 1830 in Sussex Co., DE.713

   483 F    ii. Livenia Hitch was born in 1834 in Sussex Co., DE.714

   484 F    iii. Rebecca E. Hitch was born in 1837-1838 in IL.715 716

217. Joshua Hitch was born in 1798 in DE.153

Joshua married Nancy (?). Nancy was born in 1810 in DE.717

Known children from this marriage were:

   485 M    i. (Son) Hitch was born between 1820 and 1825.

   486 M    ii. (Son) Hitch was born between 1820 and 1825.

221. Levin Hitch was born on 15 Oct 1800 in DE156 and died on 12 Apr 1825 in Sussex Co., DE.154 157

General Notes: On October 3, 1823, John Sirman received a deed from Levin and William Hitch. Sirman paid the Hitches $500 for land in Broad Creek Hundred bounded by Gordons Branch originally bought by John Sirman of Benjamin Wootten, deceased, and adjoining the lands of Samuel Hitch, deceased and Levin and William Hitch. It is land originally bought by Samuel Hitch of Benjamin Wootten. (Sussex County Land Records, Deed Book AN-36, Folio 139)

Levin married Eleanor (Nellie) Fooks, daughter of Benjamin Fooks and Elizabeth (Betsy) Moore,719 on 20 Jun 1823.718 Eleanor was born on 26 Feb 1803 in DE156 and died on 1 Sep 1833 in Sussex Co., DE.154 720

Known children from this marriage were:

   487 M    i. Samuel Benjamin Hitch was born on 12 Mar 1824 in Sussex Co., DE,156 721 722 died on 14 Jul 1863 in Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,723 724 and was buried on 15 Jul 1863 in Christ Episcopal Church, Broad Creek & St. Phillips Chapel, Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

General Notes: In the 1852 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Samuel B. and Levin Hitch are indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 house and lot from Nancy Hitch

In the 1856 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Samuel B. and Levin Hitch are indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: ADD: 2 lots from B. Fooks 1 house and lot DED: 2 lots to Masten L. Seadon? DED: 1 lot to William W. ________

Samuel B. Hitch is also listed "for his person."

Samuel B. Hitch was one of the Marshalls in charge of taking the Federal Census in Sussex Co., Delaware in 1860. In that census, S.B. Hitch is listed on page 458 in a household in Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware as follows: - S.B. Hitch, age 36, merchant, born in DE.

On May 20, 1861, Samuel B. Hitch bought land called "Gilliss Meadow" for $80 at constable's sale. Thomas Toadvine was forced to sell. (Worcester Co. Court Papers 1/1861-5/1861)

On October 19, 1861, Samuel Hitch received a deed from Robert Staton, constable for land called "Gilliss Meadow". (Worcester Co. Land Records, Liber WET No. 3, Folio 101). This came out of the court case of Samuel B. Hitch and William Records vs. Thomas Toadvine.

From the Registry of Christ Episcopal Church, Broad Creek & St. Philips Chapel, Laurel, Sussex Co., Delaware we see: "Samuel Benjamin Hitch, born March 12, 1824, was baptized on his sick bed by Rev. George Hall." The baptism was sponsored by Jesse Long. Also, a little later in the same reference, "Samuel B. Hitch of Laurel was buried on July 15, 1863." The service and sermon were performed by Rev. George Hall at St. Philips Chapel, with burial at the family burying ground near the chapel near Laurel. His age was indicated to be about 39 years.

We find that Samuel B. Hitch had written his will while sick on February 17, 1863 and that it was probated on July 23, 1863 with his Uncle William, Aunt Maranda and brother Levin mentioned. (Delaware Wills, Will Book M, Folio 150-152)

+ 488 M    ii. Levin Benjamin Hitch was born on 1 Sep 1825 in DE,76 156 425 725 726 died on 23 Oct 1897 in Sussex Co., DE,76 and was buried about 26 Oct 1897 in Centenary U.M. Church, Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

222. William Hitch was born on 28 Apr 1802 in Sussex Co., DE,76 158 159 160 161 162 163 died on 6 Dec 1886 in Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,76 158 and was buried about 9 Dec 1886 in Hitch Farm, Near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

General Notes: This line, like the connection to Levin Hitch, is believed true based upon the fact that, on January 4, 1826, an administration of Samuel Hitch's estate was performed naming heirs William and Levin Hitch (Delaware Probates Volume A76, Folio 199 and A77, Folios 1-5). More research is required to verify whether this is correct and/or develop other proof for this hypothesis.

On October 3, 1823, John Sirman received a deed from Levin and William Hitch. Sirman paid the Hitches $500 for land in Broad Creek Hundred bounded by Gordons Branch originally bought by John Sirman of Benjamin Wootten, deceased, and adjoining the lands of Samuel Hitch, deceased and Levin/William Hitch. It is land originally bought by Samuel Hitch of Benjamin Wootten. (Sussex Co., DE Land Records, Deed Book AN-36, Folio 139)

On January 21, 1825, William Hitch received a deed from James Marvel, sheriff, for 212 acres of land that included "61 acres of "Cold Harbour", 90 acres for part of "Content", 20 acres of "Double Purchase", 10 acres of "Addition to Folly", plus a sawmill, mill dam, mill pond and 1 acre of land near the mill. William Hitch was highest bidder at $980. This is mentioned as land recovered against Joseph Vinson of George and Hetty his wife for debts of $818.50 and $7.36 when Levin Hitch was administrator to estate of Samuel Hitch. (Ibid., Deed Book AN-36, Folio 539)

In the 1828 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, William Hitch "of BCH" [Broad Creek Hundred] is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 209 acres of land 1 saw mill 1829: add mill carding machine from Caleb Ross. 1832: add 221 acres of land from Robert Hitch.

On April 29, 1828, George H. Vinson received a deed from William Hitch. Vinson paid Hitch $1,150 for 212 acres of land and property in Little Creek Hundred including "sundry parcels" and tracts with saw mill dam and pond, this being same land Hitch got from Sheriff James Marvel on June 21, 1825, (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AQ-39, Folio 63)

On April 9, 1830, John Sirman received a deed from William Hitch "of Broad Creek Hundred". For $32.60, Sirman received deed to three acres of land in Little Creek Hundred described as part of the land that Hitch bought of Caleb Ross on the south side of the County Road from Laurel to Manean(?) Bull's Mills. (Sussex County, DE Land Records, Deed Book AR-40, Folio 427)

In the Federal Census of 1830, William Hitch is indicated in Broad Creek Hundred of Sussex County (page 161) in a household comprised of one male age 5-10, three males age 20-30, one male age 30-40, one female age 15-20 and one female age 60-70.

In the 1836 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, William Hitch "of BCH" [Broad Creek Hundred] is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 grist mill 2 houses and lots adjoining Also listed as "Short and Hitch of BCH" with: 1 saw mill 1 grist mill 1841: add house and lot from Philip Truitt.

In the Federal Census of 1840, William Hitch is indicated in Broad Creek Hundred on page 356 with the following in the household: one male under age 5, two males age 15-20, one male age 30-40, one female under age 5 and one female age 20-30.

In the Federal Census of 1850, William Hitch is indicated on page 293 in a household in Sussex County as:
- William Hitch, age 49, born in DE
- Maranda Hitch, age 33, born in DE
- Sarah Hitch, age 15, born in DE
- William Hitch, age 11, born in DE
- George, age 9, born in DE
- Levin Hitch, age 5, born in DE
- Mary Hitch, age 2, born in DE
- Thomas Hitch, age 10 months, born in DE.

In the 1852 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, William Hitch is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 grist mill

In the 1856 Tax Assessment records of Sussex County, William Hitch "of BCH" is indicated in Little Creek Hundred with the following: 1 grist mill

In the Federal Census of 1860, William Hitch is indicated in household number 1030 (page 457) for Little Creek Hundred in Sussex County as:
- William Hitch, age 57
- Maranda Hitch, age 43
- William L. Hitch
- Phillip G. Hitch, age 19
- Levin Hitch, age 15
- Mary E. Hitch, age 12
- Thomas A. Hitch, age 10
- Annie E. Hitch, age 7
- Samuel B. Hitch, age 5 All persons were born in Delaware.

In 1862, William Hitch is listed as a Delaware States Senator ("History of the State of Delaware", Henry C. Conrad, 1908)

In the Federal Census of 1870, William Hitch is indicated in Broad Creek Hundred, Sussex County (page 434) in a household that consists of:
- William Hitch, age 68, miller, born in DE
- Miranda Hitch, age 53, born in DE
- Levin Hitch, age 23, born in DE
- Samuel Hitch, age 15, born in DE
- Thomas Hitch, age 20, born in DE
- Annie Hitch, age 17, born in DE
- Fanny hitch, age 5, born in DE

William married Maranda S. Short, daughter of Phillip Short and Nancy Hill,727 on 6 May 1834 in Sussex Co., DE.436 Maranda was born on 26 Aug 1818 in Sussex Co., DE,76 158 163 728 729 730 died on 10 Nov 1888 in Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,76 158 and was buried about 13 Nov 1888 in Hitch Farm, Near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 489 F    i. Sarah Ann Hitch was born on 22 Jun 1835 in Sussex Co., DE501 721 727 and died on 11 Oct 1924 in Asbury Park, NJ.731 732

+ 490 M    ii. Dr. William J. Short Hitch was born on 30 Sep 1838 in Sussex Co., DE,76 413 733 734 735 736 737 738 died on 9 Nov 1921 in Worcester Co., MD,413 and was buried on 12 Nov 1921 in Centenary U.M. Church, Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

+ 491 M    iii. George Phillip Hitch was born on 5 Nov 1840 in Sussex Co., DE,76 739 740 741 742 743 744 died on 9 Sep 1923 in Sussex Co., DE,76 and was buried about 12 Sep 1923 in Hitch Farm, Near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

+ 492 M    iv. Levin S. Hitch was born in Aug 1845 in Sussex Co., DE,508 745 746 747 748 749 died on 9 Jun 1919 in DE,76 and was buried about 12 Jun 1919 in Hitch Farm, Near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

   493 F    v. Mary Ellen Lewis Hitch was born on 18 Apr 1848 in Dorchester Co., MD.750 751 752

Mary married (?) Smith.158

+ 494 M    vi. Dr. Thomas Anderson Hitch was born in Feb 1850 in Laurel, Sussex Co., DE,158 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 died in 1929 in Lincoln, Kent Co., DE,158 and was buried in 1929 in Lincoln, Kent Co., DE.

   495 F    vii. Annie E. Hitch was born on 20 Aug 1852 in Sussex Co., DE,76 760 761 died on 7 Apr 1875 in Sussex Co., DE,76 and was buried about 10 Apr 1875 in Hitch Farm, Near Laurel, Sussex Co., DE.

+ 496 M    viii. Samuel B. Hitch was born between 1855 and 1859 in Sussex Co., DE762 763 764 and died after 1920.

+ 497 F    ix. Fannie V. Hitch was born on 26 May 1863 in Sussex Co., DE721 765 and died on 7 Jun 1891 in Scranton, PA.766 767

223. Littleton Hitch was born about 1775 in Somerset Co., MD and died between 5 Jan 1805 and 5 Feb 1805 in Somerset Co., MD.164

Birth Notes: Littleton Hitch is assessed taxes in 1793 when it is presumed he had reached age 21.

General Notes: In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, Littleton Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed for one male/female slave age 8-14, £15; and other property, £25. Total assessment was £40, £40, £40, £40 for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively. (SoTA-1793/96)

In Levin Bounds' account of Dec 6 1795 (based upon an inventory of May 16 1795, it lists payments made to Littleton Hitch (SoAA-EB16:206, 207).

On May 23 1803, Littleton Hitch was listed as No. 204 on list of Canons of the church (Stepney Parish Vestry Minutes). On Oct 20 1804, Littleton Hitch paid £10 to John and Amelia Knipshelt, all of Somerset County, for 1 acre of land called "Pemberton's Goodwill." It was located near Littleton Dennis and Josiah Polk's mills and bounded by the road from Salisbury to Broad Creek. (SoLR-P:435)

In his will written on Jan 5 1805 and probated Feb 5 1805, Littleton Hitch grants: - to Betsy Knipshelt, after death of her mother land her father formerly owned - to Littleton Hitch Jr. - to John Knipshelt, executor (he rejected administration to Kirk Gunby Feb 16 1805, testator Samuel Daly) Witnesses; Stephen W. Thorns, Samuel Rencher, Charles Dashiell (SoW:88)

On Mar 26 1805, Littleton Hitch's inventory was brought forward when Kirk Gunby presented his will and made an account of his estate proved Feb 12 1807. Payments to the estate included one from Samuel Rencher and one from Thomas Hitch from assignment from Thomas M. Hitch. Claimants were W. Stone, William Done, Ebenezer Handy, James Ritchie, John Hoffman, Solomon Layfield, Charles Dashiell, Stephen Thorns, Mary James, Samuel Smyly, Samuel Kenney, James Smyth, William Lawes, William Hearn, Levin Dorman, Henry Maddux and Mary Hitch. Total account came to $257.__. (SoAA-EB27:67)

Littleton married (?) (?). (?) died before 1800 in Somerset Co., MD.

+ 498 M    i. Littleton Joshua Hitch Jr. was born in 1798-1800 in Somerset Co., MD768 and died in 1836 in Somerset Co., MD.769

226. Thomas Hitch was born in 1794-1795 in MD165 166 and died in 1866-1869 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: Thomas Hitch was indicated as a grandson of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written August 18, 1806, Codicil; September 29, 1806; and probated October 15, 1806.

In the Federal Census of 1840, Thomas Hitch is indicated in the Upper District, Somerset County, Maryland (page 201) in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one male age 40-50, one female age 10-15, one female age 20-30, one female age 30-40 and four slaves.

In the Federal Census of 1850, Thomas Hitch is indicated in the Salisbury District, Somerset County, Maryland (page 504) in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 56, farmer - Mariah Hitch, age 43 - Thomas B. Hitch, age 3 - Mary E. Hitch, age 2 - Alfonso Hitch (female), age 10 months - Elizabeth Hitch, age 21 - Lucy Goslee, age 36 All were born in Maryland.

In the Federal Census of 1860, Thomas Hitch is indicated in household 1655 in the Quantico District, Somerset County, Maryland in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 65 - Maria Hitch, age 52 - Thomas Hitch, age 13 - Molly Hitch, age 10 - Alphonso Hitch (female), age 9 - John Hitch, age 7 All were born in Maryland.

On November 19, 1862, Thomas Hitch and wife Maria G. Hitch took out a mortgage and Bill of Sale due to Edward Long for $166 for collateral: negroes Isaac, Hannah, George, & Minta, 2 horses, 9 head of cattle, 3 sheep, 14 hogs, all household and kitchen furniture which accrued to Thomas Hitch from the will of Sally R. Byrd and "also one four wheel carriage.". (Somerset Co. Land Records, Liber LW No. 7, Folio 498).

Thomas married Elizabeth? (Betsy?) Harris, daughter of William Harris and Alice Rencher, about 1828.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 499 F    i. Elizabeth Temperance Hitch was born in 1829-1830 in Somerset Co., MD770 771 772 and died in 1881-1888.

   500 F    ii. Sarah Jane Hitch was born in 1831 in Somerset Co., MD773 and died before 1860 in Somerset Co., MD.

Death Notes: Not listed with her husband in the 1860 Census (Somerset Co., MD).

General Notes: Sarah Jane Hitch was mentioned in the will of her grandfather William Harris, written Oct 22 1836 and probated Dec 19 1843 (SoW-1837/59:95). She was also mentioned in her grandmother Alice Harris' will written Jan 25 1845 and probated Feb 21 1849 (Ibid:155).

In the Federal Census of 1850, Sarah J. Hitch is listed with the William A.D. Bounds family in the Hungary Neck District, Somerset County, Maryland (page 462) as follows: - William A.D. Bounds, age 39 - Temperance Bounds, age 45 - Elizabeth A. Bounds, age 14 - Mary Bounds, age 12 - Sarah Bounds, age 9 - George Bounds, age 2 - Sarah J. Hitch, age 19 All born in MD.

Sarah married Sorin S. Barbon, son of Thomas Barbon, on 17 Dec 1850 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Sorin was born in Apr 1826 in Somerset Co., MD774 775 776 777 778 779 and died before 1920.

+ 501 F    iii. Mary Alice Hitch was born in 1832 in Somerset Co., MD,780 died on 30 Aug 1863 in Somerset Co., MD,781 and was buried about 2 Sep 1863 in Cemetery Plot Of William A.D. Bounds, Hangary Neck ("Lott" On The Wicomico River), Somerset Co., MD.202

Thomas next married Maria Gale Mills,782 daughter of Benjamin F. Mills and Mary English, on 27 Jan 1846 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Maria was born about 1808 in MD783 784 and died about 1869 in Wicomico Co., MD.785

General Notes: On November 11, 1869, her Administrator, Dr. Lemuel Malone returned her account valued at $118.73. (Wicomico County Administrative Accounts)


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 502 M    i. Thomas B.W. Hitch was born in 1847-1848 in Somerset Co., MD786 787 788 789 790 and died on 3 Mar 1900 in Wicomico Co., MD.791

   503 F    ii. Mary Ellen (Molly) Hitch was born in 1848 in Somerset Co., MD.792 793 794

General Notes: The will of George Hitch Rencher was written on Dec 7 1856 and probated Jan 27 1857 and mentions wife Mary R. Rencher; nephew Thaddeus Rencher; John T. Waller's three sons William Thomas, Charles Nelson, and John Francis Waller; and Mary Ellen Hitch (who he gave $150), daughter of Thomas Hitch (SoW-1837/59:276,277).

In the Federal Census of 1870, Mary V. Hitch is indicated in household 150 in the Quantico District, Wicomico County, Maryland with the Mills family as follows: - Mary V. Hitch, age 18 - Washington Mills, age 48 - Louisa Mills, age 50

+ 504 F    iii. Ruth Alphonus Hitch was born on 12 Aug 1852 in Somerset Co., MD,76 795 796 797 798 died on 27 Jul 1886 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 30 Jul 1886 in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Near Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD.

   505 M    iv. John C.M.C. Hitch was born in 1852-1853 in Somerset Co., MD.799 800

228. Sarah Rencher Hitch was born on 22 Mar 1804 in Somerset Co., MD,167 168 169 died on 29 Sep 1862 in Somerset Co., MD,170 171 and was buried about 2 Oct 1862 in Ebenezer Methodist Church, Wicomico Co., MD.

General Notes: Sarah Hitch was indicated as a granddaughter of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written Aug 18 1806, Codicil; Sep 29 1806; and probated Oct 15 1806.

In her will probated on Oct 7 1862, Sally R. Byrd, wife of William R. Byrd mentioned the following: - Executor: Elizabeth T. Hitch, daughter of Thomas Hitch - to Mary Alice Rencher - to four children of my brother Thomas Hitch; Thomas B.W. Hitch, Mary E. Hitch, Ruth A. Hitch and John C.M.C. Hitch.

An accounting of Sally R. Byrd's estate was proven on Oct 24 1863 with Elizabeth T. (Hitch) Barbon as administratrix. In it, it mentions payment due Robert D. Abdel (for coffin for deceased), Dr. A.B. Slemons, Owens and Moore (for tombstones), Beauchamp Rhodes (for bricking the grave), Hugh Jackson (for bricks for the grave), Thomas J. Williams, Matthias H. Dorman (auctioneer for property), Isaac J. Cooper (appraiser), J. Humphreys, Levin J. Pollitt, Josiah Ellingsworth, William Birckhead, the Somerset Herald, Edward Fowler Jr. (for medical accounts) and William J. Byrd (deceased). The balance of the account was indicated at $882.06 and sitributed in the following manner: - Elizabeth T. Hitch; horse & carriage, silver tablespoons, bed & furniture$122.00 - Mary Alice Rencher; negro boy George Washington$100.00 - Thomas W.B. Hitch, Mary E. Hitch, Ruth A. Hitch, John C.Mc. Hitch; negroes Ann, Leah Jane, Isaac and Jenny$500.00 - Eliza I. Byrd; six silver teaspoons, bed & furniture$ 34.00 - Mary E. Hitch; set of china$ 5.00 - To brother Thomas Hitch; residual of estate$121.06 The account was passed on Nov 3 1863 when Elizabeth T. Barbon (late Hitch) and Sorin T. Barbon her husband gave oath. (SoAA-SCL4:67)

Sarah married William R. Byrd, son of Thomas Byrd and Sarah Rickards, on 28 Jan 1845 in Somerset Co., MD.129 William was born on 3 Feb 1806 in MD,801 802 died on 1 Sep 1855 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 4 Sep 1855 in Ebenezer Methodist Church, Wicomico Co., MD.

   506 M    i. George F. Byrd was born in Apr 1850 in Somerset Co., MD803 and died before 1862 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: He was cited in the will of his aunt Elizabeth Hitch in November 1851, but he probably died before 1862 as he is not mentioned in his mother's estate of that year.

230. Nancy (Ann)* Hitch was born about 1771 in Somerset Co., MD and died before 23 Nov 1819 in Somerset Co., MD.173 174

General Notes: *UNCERTAIN Parentage. The "Boston Family of Maryland" indicates that Nancy Hitch had a brother Thomas M. Hitch who had no children and sisters Nelly Beauchamp, Betsy Perdue and Suchey ______.

Nancy married Benjamin Lankford, son of David Lankford 804 and Martha Adams,804 about 1795.173 Benjamin was born on 8 Aug 1765 in Somerset Co., MD173 804 and died in 1813.173

Known children from this marriage were:

   507 F    i. Martha (Patty) Lankford was born about 1796173 and died between 1830 and 1838.173

   508 F    ii. Nancy Hitch Lankford was born about 1800.173

   509 M    iii. Nathan Lankford .804

   510 M    iv. Benjamin Lankford 804 was born in 1810 in Somerset Co., MD.805

234. Sovereign Hitch Brown was born on 2 Dec 1785 in MD, died on 20 May 1855 in IA,76 and was buried about 23 May 1855 in Timberlake Cemetery, Muscatine Co., IA.

General Notes: This is probably the Sovereign Brown listed in 1850 Iowa as age 64, born in MD and Sovereign H. Brown in the 1840 OH census.

Sovereign married Sarah Morris, daughter of William Morris Sr. Sarah was born in 1787 in MD.

   511 F    i. Sarah A. Brown was born in 1827 in OH.

236. Mary Pollitt was born in 1793 in MD.176

Mary married Elijah Ellegood, son of William Ellegood III and Sarah Powell, on 31 Oct 1814 in Worcester Co., MD.806 Elijah was born in 1791 in MD.807

Known children from this marriage were:

   512 F    i. Sarah Ann Ellegood was born about 1815.

Sarah married James R. Gregory on 1 May 1834 in Bond Co., IL.808

   513 M    ii. William T. Ellegood was born in 1825 in TN.809

William married Eliza King on 20 Jul 1844 in Bond Co., IL.808

+ 514 M    iii. Robert Samuel Ellegood was born on 30 Aug 1828 in Williamson Co., TN810 811 and died on 23 Oct 1916 in Bond Co., IL.811

   515 F    iv. Malinda S. Ellegood was born in 1832 in IL.812

   516 M    v. Nathan A. Ellegood was born in 1834 in IL.813

General Notes: Served as a Private in Co. E in the 130th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War.

   517 F    vi. James P. Ellegood was born in 1836 in IL.814

General Notes: Served as a Private in Co. G in the 130th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War.

   518 F    vii. Druscilla Ellegood was born in 1838 in IL.815

   519 M    viii. Benjamin F. Ellegood was born in 1840 in IL.816

General Notes: Served as a Private in Co. C in the 26th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War.

238. William J. Pollitt was born in Jan 1800 in MD179 180 181 182 and died on 18 Mar 1881 in Wicomico Co., MD.

General Notes: There is a William Pollitt child in this family - still out whether it is William Pollitt, age 49, listed in the 1850 District 5 Worcester County Census. The probability is high, however.

William Pollitt "Died at his residence, two miles from Salisbury, on the 18th inst., Wm. Pollitt, aged 84 years. Mr. Pollitt was at one time a companion of the renowned Davy Crockett. They lived together in Tennessee, and afterwards carried on a lengthy correspondence for many years. We note one letter from Crockett to Mr. Pollitt, inquiring the price of slaves on the Eastern Shore, saying that he would like to purchase a few. Davy was known to be a kind master." Salisbury Advertiser, Apr 2 1881.

William married Mary A. Colbourne, daughter of James Colbourne and Shady (?), on 4 May 1835 in Worcester Co., MD.806 Mary was born in 1814-1815 in MD817 818 819 and died between 10 Jul 1893 and 31 Mar 1896 in Wicomico Co., MD.

+ 520 M    i. Joshua D. Pollitt was born in 1846-1847 in Worcester Co., MD.820 821 822 823

246. Joshua Whittington Hitch was born in 1799 in MD,187 188 189 190 died on 9 Jun 1844 in Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS,191 192 193 and was buried on 10 Jun 1844 in Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS.194

General Notes: There is much confusion in the early federal period regarding the Joshua Hitches that lived then. Originally, it appeared that this Joshua Hitch was the son of William Elgate Hitch who was known to have had sons named William and Joshua from Chancery Court records from 1805. However, we finally resolve THIS Joshua - Joshua W. Hitch - to be a son of John Hitch. The evidence comes from Somerset County Orphan's Court proceedings from various years where Joshua is listed numerous times as a guardian of Stephen Dykes. Additionally, for the date September 14, 1813, those same records state "Stephen Dykes who intermarried with the widow of John Hitch," thus showing he necessary relationship. This is the John Hitch who married Jane Polk in 1797 and died in 1803 or 1804. Also, a recently found source (3 July 1999), shows the will of James Polk (c. 1777-1817) citing his sister Jane Hitch AND NEPHEW JOSHUA WHITTINGTON HITCH (Somerset County Wills, Liber EB23, Folio 252).

On January 8, 1811, Stephen Collins and Whittington Polk were instructed to dispose of lands (of John Hitch) to the advantage of Joshua Hitch, minor. (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings, Book 2, 1811-1823, Folio 2)

On June 23, 1812, Joshua W. Hitch received from Stephen Ward and wife, executor of Thomas Dashiell, one of the heirs in right of his wife of John S.A. Ward, deceased $523.65, it being the amount due him of Stephen Dykes guardian to me. Test: William Patrick, Jr.; Isaac M. Adams (Somerset Co. Receipt Book, Liber EB30, page 21).

On September 29, 1812, Stephen Dykes was appointed guardian to Joshua Hitch with sureties paid by Isaac M. Adams and John H. Ward. (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings, Book 2, 1811-1823, Folio 24) and, on the same date, Stephen Dykes, Isaac M. Adams, John H. Ward are bound for Stephen Dykes as guardian to Joshua W. Hitch (Somerset Co. Bond Book, Liber EB28, page 190).

On September 14, 1813, the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings mentions, "Stephen Dykes, who intermarried with widow of John Hitch." (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings, Book 2, 1811-1823, Folio 33). Also, the same for November 16, 1813 (Ibid., Folio 35). On October 25, 1814, the records states again, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch." (Ibid., Folio 47) and the same for November 14, 1815 (Ibid., Folio 58)

On November 21, 1816, the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings mentions "Stephen Collins and Whittington Polk to pay Stephen Dykes who intermarried with widow of John Hitch" It also states, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch." (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings 1811-1823, Folio 70). On December 9, 1817, the same records state, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch." (Ibid., Folio 80) Also, on December 22, 1817, the record states, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch" (Ibid., Folio 89). On November 3, 1819, the record states, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch." (Ibid., Folio 97) On November 14, 1820, the record states, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch." (Ibid., Folio 112) On November 28, 1821, the record states, "Stephen Dykes, guardian to Joshua W. Hitch" (Ibid., Folio 150)

In the will of Stephen Dikes (Dykes) probated August 10, 1824 (written on April 3, 1807), Joshua Whittington Hitch was listed as a witness and wife Jane (Polk) (Hitch) Dykes as heir. (Somerset Co. Wills, 1820-37, Folio 87).

On November 20, 1829, Joshua W. Hitch paid $100 to John P. Martin for 25 (75?) acres of land being contiguous tracts "Killiary" and "Hogs Choice". The land is surrounded by John Williams and Angus Atkinson's land purchased at a Sheriff's sale, formerly the property of Nehemiah Holland. (Worcester Co., MD Land Records, Liber AV, Folio 318).

Joshua W. Hitch is listed in the 1830 Federal Census for Worcester County - indicated on page 238, 2nd district, in a household with two males age 15-20, three males age 20-30, one female age 15-20, three slaves and one "foreigner not naturalized."

On November 13, 1833, the records show where Sarah Whittington paid $237 to Joshua W. Hitch of Worcester Co. for one negro girl named Charlotte, age 15, that was formerly owned by John N. Whittington and who willed her to Joshua W. Hitch. (Ibid., Liber AZ, Folio 426).

A Snow Hill, MD newspaper article (The Borderer) was written regarding Joshua W. Hitch on June 24, 1834 who "has a handsome assortment of saddlery for sale" from insolvent debtor Parker Esham.

On March 1, 1835, Margaret Sturges, wife of James Sturgis, paid $100 to Joshua W. Hitch, all of Worcester Co., for a 75 acre tract of land comprised of "Killiary" and "Hogs Choice". (Ibid., Liber JCH, No. 2, Folio 181).

In the Federal census of 1840, J.W. Hitch was indicated in Vicksburg Township, Warren County, Mississippi in a household comprised of one male under age 5, one male age 30-40 and one female age 20-30.

Obituary in the "Vicksburg (MS) Daily Sentinel" of June 10, 1844 states "Died yesterday morning, J.W. Hitch. Mr. Hitch was formerly of Maryland, but for several years past has been a merchant in this city. He left a wife and one child." In the same newspaper one week later, it states in the Sexton's Report for the two weeks ending June 15, 1844: "J.W. Hitch, (died age) 45 years, congestion of bowels."

In "The Constitutionalist" (also Vicksburg) of June 8, 1844, his obituary states "Departed this life on Tuesday evening last, Joshua W. Hitch, in the 45th year of his age. Mr. Hitch was a native of Maryland, but for the last nine years a citizen of this place. He has left a wife and little son."

He is even listed in an obituary on June 14, 1844 in the "Baltimore Sun." (The (MD, Baltimore) Sun Index to Marriages and Deaths 1837-1850). The obituary states, "On the 9th inst., at the same place (Vicksburg, Mississippi). J.W. Hitch (died), formerly of Baltimore."

Joshua married Elizabeth Whittington, daughter of John Nairn Whittington 183 and Elizabeth Drummond,183 on 30 Mar 1825 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Elizabeth was born about 1804 and died before 20 May 1826 in Worcester Co., MD.

Joshua next married Mary Elizabeth Dennis on 6 Sep 1826 in Worcester Co., MD.806 Mary was born on 29 Dec 1809 in MD,76 824 825 826 827 died on 2 Apr 1857 near Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS,828 and was buried on 3 Apr 1857 in Vicksburg City Cemetery, Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS.194

Birth Notes: Her tombstone states she was born in Maryland.

Death Notes: Annotation in the Fisher Funeral Home Record in Vicksburg, Mississippi:

April 2, 1857: Mary E. Hitch, age 47½, residence Warren Co., Dr. Harper. Coffin, case, grave and hearse $35.00; extra trip $3.00 for a total of $38.00. Thomas Hackett Dr.

Burial Notes: Plot is in Division B, Square 24, Lot 2.

General Notes: Mary Elizabeth Hitch wrote her will on May 23, 1849 and included the following:

Vicksburg Miss May the 23 1849

Knowing the uncertainty of this mortal life and the certainty of Death and thinking perhaps that I may not have an opportunity when I come to my dawn on the bed of Death of if I should knowing that I shall have something of more importance to engrace my attention than this world and its concerns; having no kindred Friends to communicate my wishes to and also knowing the invalidity of such a procedeing; I have thought best; to express my wishes on paper with regard to the raising - education and management of my Dear Boy and and what little property I may have to give him; this property what ever it may be must be managed with economy to give him such an education as I desire and I think that it will be sufficient; should no unforeseen circumstance or calamity befall, and in fact I want no pains spared in his education let it take all the interest if it is necessary, and I desire that Mr. Brown and Mrs. Brown my Neighbours take my child into their family and treat him as their own children and above all things watch his morals be kind and gentle to him as a lamb committed to theor charge, and in case they should refuse or have left the place I desire that he be placed in some Religious family that will take the same pains with him and in either instance Mr. Patterson or whoever may be in his place shall have the prvalige and is requested to visit him for the purpose of adviseing him and instructing him, and in case the Mr. Brown refuse or shall have left the place, and an Episcopal Minister in the place who has a family then I desire that he be placed in their family with the same privealige of managing as their own and in either case the court shall allow whatever is right for his Board,

the request of a Departed Mother
Mary E. Hitch

Vicksburg Miss May the 23 1849

A Synopsis of My Will

I Mary Elizabeth Hitch of the City of Vicksburg or vicinity do make and publish this my last will and testament.

First I direct that my body be decently inter'd with as lettle expence as possible and according to the rites of the Episcopal Church; and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of as follows; first, I direct that my funeral expenses and what debts I may owe be paid out of the first moneys that shall come into the hands of my executors - Secondly - I direct that all my household property be sold to the best advantage consisiting of all my property furniture stock or whatever else may be on the lot with exception of what I shall name wich is as follows Two likenesses one of his Farther and one of my self one half doz. Table spoons and the same of tea spoons three or four of my best bed quilts and my jewelry Two volumes of Blairs Sermons my Bibles and Prayr Books to be reserved together with Oscars own Books and kept for him by some Friend Thirdly - I direct that my house be rented out for whatever value may be set on it and reasonable repaires made to be paid out of the rent also one lot adjoining Mr. Folks and Hunt to be rented or leased for a Term of years not excedeing ten years this left at the discretion of my Executors to do what ever ever may be most _________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ____ otherwise disabled before he dies, Eby shall also have her own time by paying to the said county of Warren and city of Vicksburg the sum of twelve dollars and a half to the above named county and city each yearly, in consideration of which the said county and city shall appropriate a sufficiency out of the money paid in for that purpose to support her in case she should be past searvis or disabled before she dies, the above named sums shall be paid into the hands of persons appointed for that purpose, I have provided for the two searvants named above in this way provided it is lawful and if it is not lawful they shall be disposed as the others named below that is in the same way;

Margaret and her increase Mary and her increase and William shall have the privalege of choosing their masters and shall be sold but shall not be sold out of the county of Warren without their consent if they are they shall be free this money that is received from the sale of Margaret and her increase Mary and her increase and William shall be equally divided into three parts, one part of shall be paid to the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the city of Vicksburg for the purpose of keeping up the repairs of the said church, the second part shall be appropriated to the use of the free shool in the said city, the third and last part shall be appropriated to the use of the Episcopal Missionary Society to be paid into the hands of the vestry of the said church whose business it shall be to pay it to those who is duly authorized to receive it, there shall be fifty dollars deducted out of this and appropriated to the Sunday Shool Library of the above named church for the benifit of the Youth, the will of Mary Elizabeth Hitch.

the contents of this will may be copied by some efficient person or a lawyer and condensed in fewer words than I have taken to explain my wishes but not one jot nor little of the meaning shall be altered and I think it is sufficiently plain for any person to understand.

Riten with my o wn hand and in my perfect mind this twenty third day of May Eighteen hundred and forty-nine.
Mary Elizabeth Hitch

NB this will may be coppied if thought nessary by a lawyer and shall be done ten ^and proven^ ten days after my decease.

In the Federal Census of 1850, Mary E. Hitch is indicated in Warren County, Mississippi (page 203) in a household as follows: - Mary E. Hitch, age 38, $1,000 in land, born in MD - John Whitington Hitch, age 10, born in MS.

In Fisher's Funeral Home Records 1854-1865 (Vicksburg, MS - original manuscript), it states for "April 2, 1857: Mary E. Hitch, age 47½, residence Warren Co., Dr. Harper. Coffin, case, grave and hearse $35.00; extra trip $3.00 for a total of $38.00. Thomas Hackett Dr."

The "Vicksburg Weekly Whig" of April 8, 1857 ran her obituary stating "Died on the 2d of April 1857 in the vicinity of Vicksburg, in the 48th year of her age, Mrs. Mary E. Hitch, relict of J.W. Hitch. Esq., formerly merchant of this city."


   521 M    i. John Oscar Whittington Hitch was born on 21 May 1840 in Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS,829 830 831 died on 1 Jul 1862 in Malvern Hill, VA,832 and was buried on 2 Jul 1862 on the Battlefield at Malvern Hill, VA.

Death Notes: Was killed in the Civil War at the Battle of Malvern Hill (VA).

General Notes: In an article I wrote for the "Hitch Family Newsletter": "This is the story of John Oscar Whittington Hitch. His story might otherwise be forgotten were it not for some modern coincidences that happened with me and my everyday business travels. You see, John O.W. Hitch was the last generation in an extinct branch of the Hitch family that began with the patriarch Adam Hitch, through his son John Hitch, his grandson Joshua Hitch, and his great-grandson John. John Hitch had son Joshua W. Hitch born 1799 in Maryland. Joshua married Mary Elizabeth Whittington on March 30, 1825 in Worcester County, Maryland. She evidently died shortly after the marriage as we see Joshua remarrying to Mary E. Dennis on September 6, 1826, again in Worcester Co., Maryland.

In 1835, Joshua W. and Mary E. Hitch moved to Vicksburg in Warren Co., Mississippi where he became a merchant in the young city. Joshua died on June 9, 1844 and was listed in an obituary in the Vicksburg Daily Sentinel for June 10th of that year that states, "Died yesterday morning, J.W. Hitch. Mr. Hitch was formerly of Maryland, but for several years past has been a merchant in the city. He left a wife and one child." The same newspaper for June 17, 1844 indicates the Sexton's report for the two weeks ending June 15 saying, "J.W. Hitch, (died age) 45 years, congestion of bowels."

The Constitutionalist of Vicksburg for June 1844 gives an obituary as, "Departed this life on Tuesday evening last, Joshua W. Hitch, in the 45th year of his age. Mr. Hitch was a native of Maryland, but the last nine years a citizen of this place. He left a wife and little son." Joshua left no will so his estate was divided through the Chancery Court over several years following his death (See folder 1072, Warren Co., MS Chancery Court Records). The "little son" referred to in each obituary is the subject of our story, John O.W. Hitch and this is where the "coincidences" come in that I alluded to earlier in this article.

You see, I work as the Director of Engineering in a small company specializing in computers and communications. In the course of that work, I have developed a sizable account with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which has a large scientific and engineering installation in Vicksburg called the Waterways Experiment Station (WES). To manage the account, I travel to Vicksburg quite often and this is where, in the old records of the Vicksburg Courthouse, I stumbled onto the story of John O.W. Hitch.

John O.W. Hitch was born on May 21, 1840, so he was only 4 years old when his father died in 1844. His mother, Mary E. Hitch passed away on April 2, 1857 and he was left without a family at the age of 16. Mary Hitch left a will written on May 23, 1849 where she wished to lay out provisions for "the raising, education and management of my Dear Boy." In the will, she appointed "Mr. and Mrs. Brown, My Neighbours" to be his guardians. The will was filed in court on April 28, 1857 (folder 1637, Warren Co., MS Chancery Court Records).

Consequently, just before his 17th birthday, John O.W. was left to his own with what remained of his mother's property including four (4) slaves; Eby, Margaret, Mary and William. John, who by now went by the name of Oscar Hitch, shows up in the 1860 Census in Vicksburg as a clerk, born in Mississippi, and living as a boarder in the household of one A. Naora.

For the years leading up to that time, tensions had been building in the U.S. which eventually caused the outbreak of the Civil War and John O.W. Hitch, like many other young men of the era, felt the call to serve. He enlisted in Company A of the 21st Mississippi Infantry, the "Volunteer Southonors", on May 15, 1861, six days shy of his 21st birthday. Two weeks earlier, on April 30th, he composed his will in consideration of the extreme dangers he would face in the war. The will was filed for probate in Vicksburg on August 2, 1862, meaning that John Oscar Whittington Hitch had died. (NOTE: The complete will is transcribed at the end of this article.)

This was basically the end of my research in Vicksburg. I was quite pleased with my discoveries and my ability to uncover the story of this young man. However, on my flight back to the Washington area, I was bothered with the thought of what exactly happened to John O.W. Hitch. How did he die? Where? I had to have some more answers.

My trip then took me to the National Archives in Washington, DC where there are extensive records on microfilm of both Union and Confederate units and individual soldiers. In the index there, I found John O.W. Hitch of Company A, 21st Mississippi. The records showed how John O.W. Hitch, single, age 21, joined the army "for the (duration of the) war" on May 15, 1861 at Vicksburg, Mississippi where he was employed as a clerk. He was signed into service by Captain D.N. Moody.

Most of this information I already knew, so I had done little but to confirm my research to that point. But, as I read on, I saw in black and white, John O.W. Hitch's engagements in the Civil War. The records stated: "Seven Pines, May 31, 1862, unhurt; Savage Station, June 29, 1862, unhurt; Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, killed." John Hitch had died in battle at Malvern Hill on the first of July 1862! Success!

At this point, I was beside myself and ready to call it quits for a job well done. However, I had one more loose end to tie up - how did our John Hitch come to be in Malvern Hill on that fateful day? Thinking my obsession to be completely out of control, I didn't know whether to forge on or go home and take some tranquilizers. Fortunately, I embarked on the former.

In the Archives, they also have all the records of the various units who fought in the Civil War. So, in an underlit backroom there, I found a microfilm with the compiled records of the 21st Mississippi Infantry. It gave the handwritten record of that group from its organization in May 1861 through the end of the war!

The 21st Mississippi left Vicksburg in May and arrived in Richmond, Virginia in June 1861. It camped there until July 20th when it then went to Manassas, arriving on July 22, 1861. The 21st saw no action and stayed in Manassas until November 9, 1861. Then it marched to Leesburg to camp over the winter until March 7, 1862. From there, it marched to "Rapid Dam Station" and took the "cars" back to Richmond, then a boat to Yorktown where it arrived about April 7th.

The 21st commenced the retreat from the Peninsula on May 4th and arrived back at Richmond about the middle of May 1862 "after much suffering from excessive heat, severe rains, and short rations resulting in many cases of severe illness." The 21st Regiment was "on the field" at Seven Pines on May 31st and performed "arduous picket duty" until June 29th, but did not engage the enemy. They did engage, however, on June 29, 1862 with only slight casualties.

Finally, on June 30th, the 21st Mississippi reached Malvern Hill and met a "heavy force" of enemy that was "positioned strongly." At 4 P.M., they charged several times to try to dislodge the Union troops from the position but failed. Hurting, they withdrew from the field having suffered wounded or killed of at least one-third of its men. This is where John O.W. Hitch fell, single with no wife or children, thus ending that line of the Hitch family. While it was the end of the road for our John Hitch, the 21st Mississippi went on to serve bravely at Gettysburg, New Market, and Petersburg before the war ended in 1865.

To me, this story is an amazing mix of family history, American history, and personal sacrifice that makes genealogy a most embracing pastime. I hope you all catch the genealogy "fever" and yearn explore your past.

His will is transcribed as follows:

Will of J. Oscar W. Hitch, Vicksburg, April 30th 1861: Being about to depart to the wars and knowing the certainty of death at all times and that it would be double more so in an engagement, I deem it my duty as well for my own satisfaction as for the satisfaction of my friends to leave behind my wishes with regard to the distribution of my property which I direct as follows. That first all debts which I may owe at the time of my death be paid forthwith. Arthur who has always been a faithful servant with Eby to be free and to be left in charge of some good person who will take the ownership of them and who will not receive any money from them than would be necessary to remunerate said person for the trouble or expense which they might be at to said person. Mary I give & bequeath to Mrs. William Brown (now residing in Port Gibson in this state) who has always been a friend to my mother and since her death been to me as a mother. Margaret and William wills together with my Real Estate and the money that remains after distributing as I have already directed or may hear (sic) after direct I give and bequeath to Mrs Elizabeth Cannon and Miss Mary E.L. Cannon to be divided equally who are now living at Newtown Eastern Shore Maryland. To William Brown Jr. son of the above named Mrs. Brown I give my Sharps Rifle should it not be disposed of before my death. To Samuel Folkes a cripple now living in town I give $500.00 Five Hundred Dollars. I also give $250.00 to Episcopal Sunday School for the purpose of raising a library. I direct that the silverware, Bed quilts together with other things that may belong to the household to be divided between Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Mygatt, Mrs. Hackett and Mrs. Suvis to be divided equaly (sic). It is my desire should it be my fate to be killed on the Battle Field that my body be brought and intered (sic) next to my mother and that Mr. Lord of whoever may be the rector of the of the (sic) Episcopal Church at Vicksburg be requested to preach at my funeral Sermon. I have herein expressed briefly my wishes and I think plainly and explicitly enough to be understood and it is my last request they that (sic) be carried out to the letter. Should I come to my death before the 21st of May 1861, this will is to be null and void as there has already been a provission (sic) made should I die in my minority. Written in good health and sound mind,

I now bid adieu to all my friends and Enemys (sic) should I have any and hope that I may meet them all in heaven reaping their reward. I am done. J. Oscar W. Hitch (Folder 1637, Warren Co., Mississippi Chancery Court)"

In the Federal Census of 1860, "Oscar" Hitch is indicated in the City of Vicksburg, Warrne County, Mississippi (page 942) in the household of A. Naora as follows: - Oscar Hitch, age 21, born in MS, clerk.

In the Military Service Records - Civil War, CSA, it states that John O.W. Hitch was a Private, Company A, 21st Mississippi Infantry. Single, age 21 and employed as a clerk when he joined on 5/15/1861 at Vicksburg, MS "for the war." Signed on by Capt. D.N. Moody. He fought at Seven Pines (VA) on May 31, 1862, Savage Station (VA) on June 29, 1862 and was killed in the Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) on July 1, 1862.

The story of J.O.W. Hitch does not end there. My curiosity had me wondering where John Hitch was buried. Had he made it back to Vicksburg, as he wished, after dying on the field at Malvern Hill? Had Minister Lord conducted his funeral service? I had been corresponding with a Mr. Jeff Gambrione for quite a while - he being an employee of the Vicksburg Historical Society. He had sent me a lot of the material on John's mother. Mr. Gambrione had not found any record of John O.W. Hitch being buried in Vicksburg. I even made a three-hour trip from my Washington, DC suburb home in Maryland down to the Malvern Hill National Battlefield to try and see if John O.W. Hitch was buried down there. I had no luck in finding him and had given up hope of ever doing so.

Then, Jan 1999, I get a letter in the mail from Jeff Gambrione (who I had not correspond with in over a year!). In the letter, he enclosed a copy of a newspaper article from the "Vicksburg Dispatch" of May 10 1898. The article was about the 21st Mississippi Infantry and, within the words, it stated the following:

There were many accessories to the ranks of the Southrons, however, after they arrived at, Richmond, Virginia, and at other points during the wan Among them poor Harry Eggleston, W.H. Denio, Richard Clarke, Hal Lewis and others of our city, whose names the writer of this does not now recollect. At Richmond, Virginia, Bartlett, the Winn Boy, Choc Barksdale and George K. Birchett joined us. But where are the noble spirits that composed the gallant company on the morning of May 29 1861, as they marched to the music for old Tom Roach, up Washington street? Go to the Richmond cemetery and there find Frank Hume and Beach Reading, Jr., who were the first to fall in battle, wounded at Savage Station near Richmond. And who can forget that grave on Malvern Hill, that contains all that is mortal of poor Will H. Brown, Will O. Brecount, Joseph H. Heath, Oscar Hitch, Harry Eggleston. It was a sad moment as five or six of this company, having gotten the mangled bodies of those six noble spirits together and deposited them in one grave, far from home and where they fell in defence of what they believed was right, stood around the grave with bowed heads and listened to the beautiful burial sermon of the Episcopal church, as read by Joe Lyons (by the way another recruit, whose spirit we learn has since winged its light, may we hope for the better world). But we cannot dwell too much on giving the names of those who fell, nor the battles in which they fell, fearing we would tire our readers.

Wow, I may have actually walked over the unmarked common grave of these valiant soldiers as I explored the battlefield in Malvern Hill that winter's day

247. Thomas Hitch was born in 1784 in Somerset Co., MD195 and died in 1851-1859 in Quantico, Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: This line of Thomas Hitches of the original James Hitch are linked based upon circumstantial evidence of the name James remaining within the given names. "James" was an uncommon given name for Hitches in early Maryland.

On April 6, 1823, "Thomas Hitch and wife, executors of Asa Leatherbury, not appearing to give counter security to Jonathan Huffington and John Goslee - their securities, their administration revoked and granted to John Goslee; sureties, Jonathan Huffington, James Sims" (Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings 1811-1823, Folio 207).

On May 6, 1823, the same source states, "James Goslee and Henry Gale to adjust accounts between Thomas Hitch and wife (late executors of Asa Leatherbury) and John Goslee, present administrator" (Ibid., Folio 211)

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823, Thomas Hitch is assessed as follows: - 2 beds etc., silver watch, other property: $20 - 3 cattle, 6 hogs, 3 sheep: $24 (Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823, Folio 167)

In the Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger for the Quantico District in 1830, 1835 and 1836, Thomas Hitch is assessed for the following: - Slave Lovey (age 22), 1 horse, 1 cow: $220 - 10 hogs, 2 beds, other: $45 - 2 cattle: $10 1835 added: - To John Byrd, 1 horse: $40 - To Purnell Toadvine, 1 horse: $40 1836 added: - To Elihu Jackson, 1 horse: $40 - To Joshua Hitch, slave Esther: $40 (Somerset Co. Tax Assessment Ledger - 1830, Quantico District, Folio 62)

In the Federal Census of 1840, Thomas Hitch is listed on page 188 in the Upper District in Somerset County as with one male age 10-15, one male age 15-20, one male age 20-30, one male age 50-60, one female age 40-50 and one slave. (The males are probably sons George W. and Thomas J. Hitch and step-son Jesse Leatherbury.)

In the Somerset Co. Assessment Ledger 1841-1852, Thomas Hitch "Sr." is listed in Election District 9 ledger, Salisbury, an assessed as follows: Thomas Hitch Sr., 1842: - To 1 yoke oxen, 1 cow, 4 hogs: $45 - To 2 beds etc., other: $30 Total: $75 (Folio 63)

On March 16, 1842, for $200, Thomas Hitch sold all kinds of household and farm goods to Jesse Leatherbury. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber AH, Folio 87)

Thomas married Mary Huffington, daughter of Jonathan Huffington Sr. and Sarah Weatherly, on 31 Dec 1822 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Mary was born in 1791 in MD833 and died after 1850 in Somerset Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

   522 M    i. George W. Hitch was born in 1821-1825 in Somerset Co., MD834 and died in 1863-1869 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the 1850 Federal census for Somerset County, Maryland, George W. Hitch is indicated on page 532, the Quantico District, in a household as follows: - George W. Hitch, age 25, farmer - Thomas Hitch, age 66, none - Mary Hitch, age 59 - Thomas J. Hitch, age 23, farmer - Henry Leatherbury, age 4 - Jesse Leatherbury, age 35, farmer All were shown as born in Maryland.

In the will of Jesse Leatherbury written June 4 and probated August 20, 1850, Leatherbury mentions half-brother George W. Hitch to get his farm "Warwick" where he resides until the year 1866 when the farm was to go to "Hary I. Byrd" son of Thomas I. Byrd. The will also mentions Jesse's mother Mary Hitch. (Somerset County Wills, 1837-1859, Folio 173 and 174)

In the Civil War Registration List of July/August 1863 for Maryland Congressional District 1, George W. Hitch is listed as age 41, farmer, born in MD. He MAY be the G. Hitch in the records as in Company D of the Maryland Purnell Legion USA where it lists in Nov 1862 that he was absent, wounded at Antietam.

Although this George W. Hitch could be confused in the records for George Wilson Hitch quite easily, the preceding seem to be the only records referencing this George W. Hitch.

+ 523 M    ii. Thomas James Hitch was born in 1827-1828 in Somerset Co., MD835 836 837 838 and died after 1890 in Wicomico Co., MD.

255. Sovereign Tully Perdue was born on 20 Mar 1792 in Somerset Co., MD196 and died on 25 Aug 1863 in Lowndes Co., AL.196

Sovereign married Elizabeth Watson on 22 May 1822 in Wilcox Co., AL.196 Elizabeth was born on 28 Feb 1805 in Edgefield Co., SC196 and died in 1889 in Patsburg, Crenshaw Co., AL.196

Known children from this marriage were:

   524 M    i. William Watson Perdue was born on 14 May 1825 in Lowndes Co., AL196 and died on 24 Aug 1903.196

   525 F    ii. Permelia Caroline Perdue was born on 16 May 1828 in Lowndes Co., AL196 and died on 3 May 1908.196

   526 F    iii. Matilda Clara Perdue was born on 22 Nov 1829 in Lowndes Co., AL196 and died on 3 Jul 1912.

   527 M    iv. Monroe Wimberly Perdue was born on 10 Jun 1832 in Lowndes Co., AL196 and died on 30 Mar 1913.196

   528 F    v. Elizabeth Narcissa Perdue was born on 24 Nov 1836 in Lowndes Co., AL196 and died on 3 May 1908.196

   529 M    vi. Sovereign Tully Perdue Jr. was born on 24 Nov 1836 in Lowndes Co., AL196 and died in 1917.196

261. Elizabeth? (Betsy?) Harris .

Elizabeth? married Thomas Hitch, son of Thomas Hitch and Mary (Molly) Rencher, about 1828. Thomas was born in 1794-1795 in MD165 166 and died in 1866-1869 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: Thomas Hitch was indicated as a grandson of Thomas Rencher Sr. in his will written August 18, 1806, Codicil; September 29, 1806; and probated October 15, 1806.

In the Federal Census of 1840, Thomas Hitch is indicated in the Upper District, Somerset County, Maryland (page 201) in a household comprised of one male age 10-15, one male age 40-50, one female age 10-15, one female age 20-30, one female age 30-40 and four slaves.

In the Federal Census of 1850, Thomas Hitch is indicated in the Salisbury District, Somerset County, Maryland (page 504) in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 56, farmer - Mariah Hitch, age 43 - Thomas B. Hitch, age 3 - Mary E. Hitch, age 2 - Alfonso Hitch (female), age 10 months - Elizabeth Hitch, age 21 - Lucy Goslee, age 36 All were born in Maryland.

In the Federal Census of 1860, Thomas Hitch is indicated in household 1655 in the Quantico District, Somerset County, Maryland in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 65 - Maria Hitch, age 52 - Thomas Hitch, age 13 - Molly Hitch, age 10 - Alphonso Hitch (female), age 9 - John Hitch, age 7 All were born in Maryland.

On November 19, 1862, Thomas Hitch and wife Maria G. Hitch took out a mortgage and Bill of Sale due to Edward Long for $166 for collateral: negroes Isaac, Hannah, George, & Minta, 2 horses, 9 head of cattle, 3 sheep, 14 hogs, all household and kitchen furniture which accrued to Thomas Hitch from the will of Sally R. Byrd and "also one four wheel carriage.". (Somerset Co. Land Records, Liber LW No. 7, Folio 498).

(Duplicate Line. See Person 226)

262. Temperance Harris was born between 1804 and 1806 in Somerset Co., MD204 205 206 and died between 10 Jun 1879 and 22 Nov 1879 in Somerset Co., MD.19

Temperance married Capt. William A.D. Bounds, son of (?) Bounds, on 16 Feb 1836 in Somerset Co., MD.129 William was born between 1811 and 1813 in Somerset Co., MD.839 840 841

Known children from this marriage were:

   530 F    i. Elizabeth A. Bounds was born in 1836-1837 in Somerset Co., MD.842 843

+ 531 F    ii. Mary Elnora Bounds was born on 16 May 1840 in Somerset Co., MD,202 844 845 846 died on 27 Sep 1878 in Somerset Co., MD,202 and was buried about 30 Sep 1878 in Cemetery Plot Of William A.D. Bounds, Hangary Neck ("Lott" On The Wicomico River), Somerset Co., MD.202

   532 F    iii. Sarah Williams Bounds was born between 1841 and 1845 in Somerset Co., MD.847 848 849

Sarah married (?) Donnock.

   533 M    iv. William Emery Bounds .

+ 534 M    v. George A. Bounds was born in Jan 1848 in Somerset Co., MD.850 851 852 853 854 855 856

264. Thomas Rencher was born in 1800-1802 in Somerset Co., MD and died in Jun 1841 in Somerset Co., MD.19 200

Thomas married Mary Louisa (?) about 1834. Mary was born in 1797-1798 in MD857 858 859 and died after 1880.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 535 M    i. Thaddeus W. Renshaw was born on 12 Nov 1835 in Somerset Co., MD,200 860 861 862 863 864 865 died on 27 Dec 1912 in Somerset Co., MD,200 862 and was buried about 30 Dec 1912 in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Near Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD.

+ 536 M    ii. Henry Thomas A. Renshaw was born on 6 Apr 1839 in Somerset Co., MD.200 866 867 868

270. George Thomas Renshaw was born on 15 Sep 1812 in Somerset Co., MD,76 214 215 216 217 died on 19 Feb 1890 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 22 Feb 1890 in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Near Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD.

George married Anastasia Barbon, daughter of Thomas Barbon, on 5 Mar 1849 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Anastasia was born on 5 Mar 1824 in Somerset Co., MD,869 870 871 died on 28 Mar 1876 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 31 Mar 1876 in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Near Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

   537 F    i. Elizabeth Renshaw was born in Feb 1850 in Somerset Co., MD.872

+ 538 F    ii. Susan A. Renshaw was born in Dec 1851 in Somerset Co., MD.798 873 874 875 876 877 878

   539 F    iii. Florence (Flora) A. Renshaw was born in Jun 1856 in Somerset Co., MD.879 880 881 882 883 884 885

General Notes: Never married.

   540 M    iv. William Burnett Wallace Renshaw was born on 20 Jun 1860 in Somerset Co., MD,886 887 888 889 890 891 892 died in 1955 in MD,76 and was buried in 1955 in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, Near Mt. Vernon, Somerset Co., MD.

277. James Drew .24

James married Caroline P. (?) 893 about 1825.893 Caroline was born about 1799 and died on 28 Dec 1835.

Known children from this marriage were:

   541 F    i. Jane E. Drew 24 was born about 1828 and died on 22 Feb 1876.

   542 F    ii. Emma R. Drew 893 was born in Feb 1831 and died on 14 Jul 1869.

   543 M    iii. George H. Drew 24 was born on 3 Jun 1840 and died on 7 Oct 1914.

   544 F    iv. Susan* Drew 893 was born before 1847.

279. Eunice Tripp Hitch was born on 24 May 1796 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,24 220 221 222 223 died on 15 May 1831 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,24 223 224 and was buried about 18 May 1831 in Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Eunice married Charles A. Grinnell, son of Capt. Moses Grinnell 893 and Susannah Barney,24 on 31 Mar 1818 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.24 25 223 Charles was born on 11 Jun 1783 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,893 died on 13 Jan 1855 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,24 and was buried about 16 Jan 1855 in Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Known children from this marriage were:

   545 F    i. Ann Hitch Grinnell 893 was born on 8 Jan 1819 and died on 23 Mar 1912.

Ann married Charles A. Rhodes,24 son of James Rhodes 24 and Sarah (?),893 on 8 Oct 1845 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.24 Charles was born on 17 Nov 1814 and died on 13 Jun 1892 in Westfield, MA.

   546 M    ii. Francis Smith Grinnell 224 was born about 1822 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,24 died on 17 Mar 1824 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA,893 and was buried about 20 Mar 1824 in Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

   547 M    iii. Charles G. Grinnell 24 was born in 1825 and died in 1825.

   548 F    iv. Nancy Hitch Grinnell 893 was born in 1826 and died in 1826.

   549 M    v. Charles Francis Grinnell 24 was born in 1829 and died on 11 Jul 1829.

   550 M    vi. George Hitch Grinnell 893 was born in Apr 1831 and died on 3 Jul 1832.

282. Frederic Delano Hitch 35 was born on 21 Oct 1833 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA,223 232 233 died on 21 Mar 1911 in Newburgh, NY,8 223 and was buried about 24 Mar 1911 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

General Notes: From "A Hitch Orchard", Daisy Hitch Davies: "Frederick Delano Hitch began his business career in Maryland. He went to China in 1860 and entered the service of Russell and Co., Merchants and Bankers. For a number of years he managed a fleet of 14 steamers which plied the Yangtze River from Shanghai. He made two visits to America and resigned in 1884. He was a trustee of The Laura Franklin Free Hospital for Children in New York City and for nearly 24 years was its treasurer. His wife was Annie Lyman Delano of Algonac, Newburgh, NY. He died at Algonac."

Frederick D. Hitch was an uncle to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States. (His wife was sister to Roosevelt's mother).

The following comes from "Delano-Hitch Families":

"Frederic Delano Hitch was born in Fairhaven, Bristol county, Massachusetts, in 1833, son of Captain George and Abby (Church)Hitch. After completing his education, he began his business career in the State of Maryland, where he was successfully engaged until 1860, in which year he went to China and entered the service of Russell & Company, merchants and bankers, the leading American firm in their line in that country. For a number of years Mr. Hitch served in the capacity of manager of a fleet of fourteen steamers which plied the Yangtse river from Shanghai, the most important maritime city of China, situated on the left bank of the Hwangpoo river, under the name of the Shanghai Steam Navigation Company.

The company sold out to the Chinese in the late seventies, the line then becoming known as the China Merchants Company. With the exception of two visits to his native country, Mr. Hitch remained in China until his resignation as a partner from the firm of Russell & Company in 1884, whereupon he returned to the United States, taking up his residence in the "Algonac," Newburgh, New York, where he became a prominent and influential citizen, identifying himself, as does also his wife, with various phases of social work, not alone in the city of Newburgh, but throughout the State of New York, having been especially active in the Associated Charities of Newburgh, St. Luke's Hospital, the Newburgh Agency for Dependent Children, the State Charities Aid Association, and the Church of Our Father at Newburgh. Mr. Hitch also served as a trustee of the Laura Franklin Free Hospital for Children, in New York City, and for nearly twenty-four years acted as its treasurer. Mr. Hitch was scrupulously honorable in all his dealings with mankind, and therefore won a reputation for public and private integrity, and his career is well worthy of emulation.

Mr. Hitch married, October 16, 1877, Annie Lyman, daughter of Warren and Catherine (Robbins) Delano, of "Algonac," Newburgh, NewYork. Mr. Hitch died at "Algonac," March 21, 1911."

In the Federal Census of 1900, Frederick D. Hitch is listed on page 094 in Boarding School in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts as follows: - Frederick D. Hitch, age 17, born in MA

In the Federal Census of 1900, Fred D. Hitch is listed in Kings County, New York in a household with six servants as follows: - Fred D., born 10/1833 in MA - Annie D., born 1/1848 in NY.

Paraphrased Obituary: Frederic Delano Hitch died today at his residence Algonac from heart disease. He was in his 78th year. Born in Fairhaven, MA in 1833, he went to China while still a young man engaging in the tea exporting business and became wealthy. He came to Newburg, NY 25 years ago. ("New York Times," March 22, 1911, page 11, col. 5).

Frederic married Annie Lyman Delano,35 daughter of Warren Delano II and Catherine Robbins Lyman, on 16 Oct 1877 in Newburgh, NY.8 223 Annie was born on 8 Jan 1849 in New York City, NY,8 894 895 died on 6 Mar 1926 in Newburgh, NY,8 223 and was buried about 9 Mar 1926 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1920, Annie D. Hitch is listed in Orange County, New York in a household as follows: - Annie D. Hitch, age 65, born in NY - 6 servants.


   551 M    i. Frederic Delano Hitch Jr. 35 was born on 14 Jan 1880,223 died on 14 Jan 1880,223 and was buried about 17 Jan 1880 in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

General Notes: Died in infancy.

283. Joseph Franklin Hitch was born on 12 Jul 1837 in Bristol Co., MA8 24 223 234 235 236 and died on 19 Jun 1918 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.8 24 223

General Notes: In the Massachusetts State Census of 1855, Joseph Hitch is listed in household 253 (with Nathaniel Church) in the South District of Fairhaven, Bristol County as follows: - Joseph Hitch, student, age 18, born in MA.

In the Federal Census of 1900, Joseph Hitch is listed in Kings County, New York in a household as follows: - Joseph Hitch, born 7/1837 in MA - Louise Hitch, born 1/1847 in NY - Laura Hitch, born 7/1881 in NY - Robert Hitch, born 7/1883 in NY.

Joseph married Anna Louise Scrymser on 21 Apr 1880 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.8 223 Anna was born in Jan 1847 in NY8 896 897 and died on 23 Jun 1923 in Kings Co., NY.8 24 223

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1920, Annie L. Hitch is listed in Champlain, Kings County, New York in a household as follows: - Annie L. Hitch, age 70, born in NY - Ida Serysmer, age 50, born in NY (sister).


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 552 F    i. Laura Delano Hitch 35 was born on 4 Jul 1881 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA8 223 898 and died on 3 Mar 1963 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.223

+ 553 M    ii. Robert Scrymser Hitch was born on 14 Jul 1883 in Newburgh, NY8 899 900 and died on 4 Dec 1931 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY.223

284. Adelia Jenne 24 was born in 1803 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 22 Feb 1860 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Adelia married Jonathan G.W. Kempton,901 son of Deacon Manasseh Kempton 901 and Abigail West,24 on 28 May 1822 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.901 Jonathan was born about 1798 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA and died on 5 Apr 1834 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Known children from this marriage were:

   554 M    i. Ebenezer Jenne Kempton 24 was born in 1823.

   555 M    ii. Abner W. Kempton 901 was born in 1824.

   556 M    iii. Charles Grinnell Kempton 24 was born in 1825.

   557 F    iv. Susan Kempton 901 was born in 1828.

   558 M    v. William Macy Kempton 24 was born in 1833 and died in Mar 1835.

Adelia next married William P. Taylor 901 on 24 Aug 1843 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.901 William was born about 1802 and died on 20 Nov 1864 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

285. Elizabeth Eldredge Jenne 24 was born in 1805 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 22 Apr 1891 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Elizabeth married Hiram Henry Stackpole,901 son of Absolom Stackpole 901 and Nancy Markham,24 on 15 Jun 1822 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.901 Hiram was born about 1795 in South Berwick, ME and died before 1850.

Known children from this marriage were:

   559 M    i. Henry Hiram Stackpole 24 was born about 1826 and died on 6 Jan 1863 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

   560 M    ii. Francis Augustus Stackpole 901 was born about 1828 and died on 1 Mar 1895.

   561 F    iii. Harriet Stevens Stackpole 24 was born about 1831 and died after 1865.

   562 F    iv. Eunice Grinnell Stackpole 901 was born about 1833.

   563 M    v. William Stevens Stackpole 24 was born about 1835.

   564 M    vi. Charles H. Stackpole 901 was born about 1837.

   565 M    vii. Barry Benekiah Stackpole 24 was born about 1839.

   566 F    viii. Sarah Ann W. Stackpole 901 was born in Nov 1842 and died on 23 Jan 1909 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

289. Elizabeth Ann Long 24 was born in 1823 and died on 9 Jul 1894 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Elizabeth married Elisha Babcock Jr.,901 son of Elisha Babcock Sr. 901 and Sarah (?),24 on 2 Jun 1846 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.901 Elisha was born in Nov 1820 in CT and died on 11 Dec 1888 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

Known children from this marriage were:

   567 M    i. Charles A. Babcock 24 was born on 15 Apr 1847 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA and died on 10 Sep 1847 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

   568 F    ii. Abby Louise Babcock 901 was born on 9 Feb 1850 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY and died on 11 Nov 1875 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

   569 F    iii. Mauritia Ann (Minnie) Babcock 24 was born on 25 Mar 1861 in Mauritius Island and died on 8 Dec 1928 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.

   570 F    iv. Elizabeth A. Babcock 901 was born in Aug 1864 and died in 1947.

   571 M    v. Elisha F. Babcock 24 was born on 15 Dec 1866 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA and died on 30 Nov 1935 in Taunton, MA.

290. Sarah H. Long 901 was born on 25 Apr 1828 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA and died on 14 Aug 1899 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

Sarah married Joseph C. Neil 24 in 1850.24 Joseph was born about 1819 and died on 18 Oct 1902 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

   572 F    i. Lizzie W. Neil 901 was born in Feb 1854 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA and died on 10 Jul 1856 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA.

291. Thomas A. Hitch was born on 8 Oct 1797 in Somerset Co., MD185 241 242 243 and died before 13 Mar 1863 in Worcester Co., MD.244

General Notes: The Somerset Parish records indicate that Thomas Hitch, son of John and Milly Hitch, was born on October 8, 1797 and baptized April 29, 1798.

In his will written on January 22, 1819 and probated May 7, 1822, Jacob Morris listed wife Nelley Morris and children Betsy, Thomas, and William, and Josiah Morris. Thomas Hitch, James D. Hayman and Henry Pollitt were witnesses. (Somerset County Wills, 1820-37, Folio 40)

On January 24, 1829, William Hitch paid $500 for 250 acres of land from Hyram and Letty (Hitch) Lankford, Mary Hitch, Ellendor (Hitch) Hayman, and Benjamin Pitts Hitch of "Somerset County" with "Thomas Hitch of Worcester County". This is the land that they fell heir to after the death of their father John Hitch "that lyeth in Worcester County where said Hitch lived on the Worcester side of the County road". This land is that bought from Joshua Morris along with another 50 acre plot. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber AU, Folio 519, 520).

In the Federal Census of 1830, Thomas Hitch was listed in Worcester County on page 258, 6th District, in household with one male age 20-30, one female under age 5, one female age 5-10, one female age 20-30 and one slave. This may indicate a marriage to Letiticia sometime between 1821 and 1825.

On August 23, 1830, Thomas Hitch and Letiticia his wife paid $1,000 to Thomas Fooks for parts of three tracts; "Fort Neck", "Long Acre", and "Fooks". (Ibid., Liber AW, Folio 460). Also, at the same time, a bond was transferred from Nancy Cathell to Thomas Hitch for that land that bordered land of Nancy Cathell, Thomas Hitch, Thomas Fooks, James Toadvine and a road laid out by James Bussells and Elijah Ennis. (Ibid., Liber AW, Folio 461).

On September 28, 1833, Thomas Hitch of Worcester County paid $40 to William and Jennie Gunby of Somerset County for tracts called "Fookes Cash", part of "Long Acre" and part of "Stripe". (Ibid., Liber AZ, Folio 352).

On March 7, 1839, Thomas Hitch was bound to Winder Disharoon for $500. Thomas Hitch and Nancy S. Cathell sold said Disharoon a small piece of land near Disharoon's Grist Mill. This record is very hard to read. (Ibid., Liber GMH No. 2, Folio 380).

In the Federal Census of 1840, Thomas Hitch was listed in Worcester County on page 302, Western District (District No. 6), with one male under age 5, one male age 40-50, one female age 15-20 and one female age 30-40.

On February 10, 1840, For $248, Thomas Hitch of Worcester County paid James Bayly, attorney for Obed Bayly of Dearbourn County, Indiana; Thomas and wife Mariah Fooks (of Worcester County); Milton and wife Leah Bussells (of Somerset County); and Elinor Jones (of Somerset County) for land that Leah Fooks purchased of William Gunby called "Long Acre" and "Fookes Last Try?" totalling 44 acres. (Ibid., Liber GMH No. 3, Folio 283).

On February 18, 1840, Elinor Jones of Worcester County and widow of John P. Jones of Somerset County became is indebted to Thomas Hitch of Worcester County for $100. Land she received from her grandmother Leah Fooks was used as security. (Ibid., Liber GMH No. 3, Folio 284).

In 1843/44. Thomas Hitch made bond between he and Elijah Toadvine, Ebenezer Disharoon, and James Bussells. (Ibid., Liber GMH, No. 7?).

In the Federal Census of 1850, Thomas Hitch is indicated in Worcester County, Maryland (page 191) in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 51, farmer, $1,000 in real estate - Eliza E. Hitch, age 27 - John A. Hitch, age 14 - William E. Hitch, age 10 - Catherine A. Hitch, age 3 - Jane Hitch, age 4 months All were born in Maryland.

On September 30, 1858, James W. and Henry T. Bailey of Somerset County sold land for $100 to Thomas Hitch of Worcester County. The land was a house and lot situated on the west side of the County road leading from Forktown to Shad Point, bordering the land of James Disharoon (occupied by Samuel Williams) to the south. Borders to the north and west by Louis W. Morris and Thomas Ritchie. This is land Bailey purchased from Noah Rider and contained 1 acre. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber LW No. 5, Folio 689).

In the Federal Census of 1860, Thomas Hitch is indicated in the Nutters District, Worcester County, Maryland (household 2042, page 287) in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 62, farmer, $2,000 in real estate, $600 in personal property - John A. Hitch, age 23 - William E. Hitch, age 20 - Catherine Hitch, age 11 - Eliza J. Hitch, age 9 - Hester A. Hayman, age 30 All were born in Maryland.

On October 15, 1860, Thomas Hitch and Isaac H.A. Dulany paid $325 to Henry and Sally Malone for land at Sharps Point on the south side of the Wicomico River bounded by "Net Island", "Hog Neck", and "Mount Sinai." (Somerset County Land Records, Liber LW No. 6, Folio 662)

The Worcester County Estate Docket indicates that Thomas Hitch's will was proven on March 13, 1863 with Administrator John A. Hitch and sureties J. Dulaney and L. Irving.

In his will written June 26, 1849 and probated March 13, 1863, Thomas Hitch who was "sick and weak" but having a "sound, disposing mind" bequeathed:

- To son John Albert Hitch: land where I live containing 100 acres more or less that borders a tract called "Fooks Cost?" and near Gunby's Mill Dam. Also borders Fooks lands now belonging to Elijah Toadvine and lands of Winder Disharoon, near Disharoon Mill Pond. Also border road leading to John Carey's Mill and the land of Catherine Toadvine. Also left John Albert Hitch a clock, the family bible, smallest walnut table, the best bed and stead, brass shovel and tongs, small stand table, yoke of yearlings, brindle cow and calf, one sound horse, a saddle and bridle.

- To son William Edwin Hitch, land divided from John Albert's. Also, negro Caleb, $15 cash, pine bed and stead, large walnut table, silver spoon house, etc.

- To daughter Catherine Amelia Hitch all the property her mother inherited from her mother and grandfather John Pollitt and the side board in the hall.

Executors: George Parsons of I., Henry Pollitt Witnesses: James M. Cathell, Benjamin Livingston, and John B. Toadvine (Worcester County Wills, Liber TT No. 8, Folio 175)

On June 4, 1864, for $345, John A. Hitch, as administrator of Thomas Hitch, deceased of Worcester County and Isaac H.A. and Anna Marie Dulaney of Somerset County, sold Capt. William Fletcher land at Sharps Point on the south side of the Wicomico River bordered by Nett Island, a tract called "Hog Neck", land owned by Allison Smith, Sharps Creek, and land owned by Samuel Somers deceased. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber LW No. 8, Folio 396)

Thomas married Leticia Fooks, daughter of Thomas* Fooks and Leah Disharoon, on 20 Dec 1820 in Worcester Co., MD.806 Leticia was born about 1800 in MD and died in 1841-1846 in Worcester Co., MD.

Known children from this marriage were:

+ 573 M    i. John Albert Hitch was born in 1836-1837 in MD902 903 904 and died on 18 May 1875 in MD.905

   574 M    ii. William A. Edwin Hitch was born in Nov 1838 in Somerset Co., MD906 907 908 909 910 911 912 and died on 15 Oct 1907 in Wicomico Co., MD.913

Death Notes: From his Death Certificate: William E. Hitch, born in Maryland, died 10/15/1907, age 69. Was a farmer. Father born in Maryland. Wife is deceased.

General Notes: On Sep 17 1862, William E. Hitch is listed in the U.S. Adjutant General Enrollment for Worcester County Election District No. 2 list as age 21 a farmer, Forktown P.O.

On March 16, 1874, John A. Hitch bought land from William E. Hitch for $40. Land was described as bordering the road from Bethel Church to Joseph Disharoons Mill, adjoining Union Church and division line between William E. Hitch and James Toadvine's lands. It consisted of 2 acres, part of "Long Acre", "Fooks Cost", and "Fort Neck." Witness: John D. Truitt. (Wicomico County Land Records, Liber SPT No. 1, Folio 61).

On October 13, 1878, William E. Hitch sold land to William F. Ellis for $16. It was described as one acre of land on Manners Branch on hill towards the public road. Ellis to have right of way to the road running by Union M.E. Church. Witnesses: William J. Riggen and Samuel Webb. (Wicomico County Land Records, Liber SPT No. 3, Folio 198).

In the Federal Census of 1900, William E. Hitch is listed in a household in Nutters District, Wicomico County, Maryland (ED119, sheet 2 (or 8), line 19) as follows: - William E. Hitch, born 11/1838 in MD

From William E. Hitch's death certificate he is listed as born in Maryland and died on October 15, 1907, age 69. He was a farmer with his father born in Maryland and his wife deceased.

In his will written April 15, 1907 and probated October 29, 1907, William E. Hitch left the following: - To Soadie Taylor, wife of Dennis Taylor, land I now reside in Nutters District - To Cora B. Vincent, my wife's things (includes a small Bible) He also made specific mention of the family graveyard on his property: "In case the place is sold, the graveyard to be excepted and retained with a right-of-way to said graveyard." Witnesses were John A. Parker and Frank Watson (Wicomico County Wills, Liber LJG No. 1, Folio 219)

William married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pollitt on 2 Dec 1881 in Wicomico Co., MD.914 Elizabeth was born in 1845915 and died before 1900 in MD.916

Thomas next married Elizabeth E. Pollitt, daughter of John E. Pollitt 175 and Susan (?), on 17 Feb 1846 in Somerset Co., MD.129 Elizabeth was born in 1823 in MD917 and died in 1851-1859 in Worcester Co., MD.

General Notes: Her father is John Pollitt, however, I am not sure that she connects to this John Pollitt. More research required.


Known children from this marriage were:

   575 F    i. Catherine Amelia E. Hitch was born in 1845-1849 in Worcester Co., MD918 919 920 921 922 and died in 1881-1899 in Wicomico Co., MD.

Catherine married John Edward Dykes, son of Peter Dykes and Mary Pryor, on 18 Oct 1876 in Wicomico Co., MD.914 John was born in Jun 1825 in MD923 924 925 926 927 928 and died after 1900.

   576 F    ii. Elizabeth Jane (Jennie) Hitch was born in 1850 in MD929 930 931 and died after 1870.

292. Leticia (Letty) Hitch 245 was born on 9 Mar 1799 in MD,246 247 died on 18 Feb 1849 in Somerset Co., MD,76 and was buried about 21 Feb 1849 in Antioch Methodist Church, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.

Leticia married Hiram W. Lankford,246 son of Tubman Lankford 246 and Amelia (Betsy?) Hayman, on 30 Aug 1820 in Somerset Co., MD.129 247 Hiram was born on 30 Aug 1797 in Somerset Co., MD,201 246 247 died in 1852 in Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD,240 and was buried in 1852 in Antioch Methodist Church, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.

Marriage Notes: Married by Rev. Henry White.


Known children from this marriage were:

   577 M    i. John W.H. Lankford was born on 17 Nov 1822 in Somerset Co., MD247 and died on 15 May 1844 in Somerset Co., MD.247

   578 M    ii. Tubman I. Lankford was born on 16 Dec 1824 in Somerset Co., MD247 and died on 25 May 1842 in Somerset Co., MD.247

+ 579 F    iii. Caroline A.E. Lankford was born on 26 Jan 1827 in Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD,240 247 932 died in 1856 in Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD,240 and was buried in 1856 in Antioch Methodist Church, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.

   580 F    iv. Henrietta B. Lankford was born on 12 Feb 1830 in Somerset Co., MD.247

   581 M    v. William M. Lankford was born on 11 Jun 1835 in Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD,240 247 933 died in May 1858 in Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD,240 and was buried in May 1858 in Antioch Methodist Church, Princess Anne, Somerset Co., MD.

William married Josephine Adams on 3 Jun 1857 in Somerset Co., MD.240 Josephine was born about 1840.240

294. Benjamin Pitts Hitch 245 was born in 1801-1804 in Somerset Co., MD240 248 and died on 17 Feb 1843-1849 in Somerset Co., MD.

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1820, Benjamin Hitch is listed on page 45 in Somerset County with a household of one male age 10-16, one male 16-26, one male 45+, one female 16-26 and one female 26-45.

On January 24, 1829, William Hitch paid $500 for 250 acres of land from Hyram and Letty (Hitch) Lankford, Mary Hitch, Ellendor (Hitch) Hayman, and Benjamin Pitts Hitch of Somerset County with Thomas Hitch of Worcester County This is the land that they fell heir to after the death of their father John (it may say Joshua) Hitch "that lyeth in Worcester County where said Hitch lived on the Worcester side of the County road". This land is that he bought from Joshua Morris along with another 50 acres plot. (SoLR-AU:519,520).

On September 17, 1836, William and wife Nancy (signed Ann) Hitch sold to Benjamin P. Hitch for $150, 50 acres of land, part of tract called "Mount Pleasant" on the east side of the county road dividing the counties of Worcester and Somerset . This land was that deeded from Benjamin Hitch to Joseph Hitch, then from Joseph to John Hitch and finally bequeathed by John Hitch to William in his last will and testament. (WoLR-JCH4:1).

On May 5, 1841, Benjamin P. and William Hitch, James Anderson, and George Price paid $875 to Benjamin and Ann E. Gordy of Somerset Co. for 200 acres of land called "Dormans Conclusion" and "Chance" that Ann E. Gordy had inherited from her father Levin Doorman Jr. who got it from his father Levin Doorman Sr. as a Deed of Gift. (SoLR-LH:699)

In his will written April 15, 1838 and probated March 22, 1842, John Pollitt mentions sons Henry and Levin Pollitt; daughters Eleanor Hayman and Nancy Hitch; and granddaughters Elizabeth Pollitt and Mahala Hayman. Benjamin P. Hitch, Benjamin Pusey and J.W. Bayly were witnesses. (SoW-1837/59:67,68)

In the Federal Census of 1840, Benjamin P. Hitch was indicated in Somerset County on page 216 for the Middle District with a household of one male under age 5, one male age 5-10, one male age 15-20, one male age 20-30, one male age 30-40, one female under age 5, one female age 5-10, one female age 30-40, one female age 50-60 and three slaves.

On November 29, 1842, for $147.35, Benjamin P. Hitch bought from Hiram Lankford one negro girl called Leah and one negro boy called Caleb. (SoLR-AH:362) On February 17, 1843, Amelia Hitch paid $300 to Benjamin P. Hitch for all kinds of tools, looking glasses, household goods, etc.. (SoLR-AH:455)

On February 20, 1843, Benjamin P. Hitch was involved in a court case: Levin Meredith, use of Levin Handy, versus Benjamin P. Hitch about a judgment of $65 plus 83½¢ cost disputed from March 1, 1842. Benjamin was ordered to sell property to pay debt. Property sold is "Doorman's Conclusion" and "Chance", the same land Benjamin H. Gordy and wife sold to Benjamin Hitch on May 5, 1841 totaling 50 acres. Levin Handy bought the land for 50¢ per acre. (SoJ-LH:326)

On March 14, 1843, Benjamin P. Hitch was involved in another court case: William and John Gunby versus Benjamin P. Hitch about a judgment of $184.79. Court orders Benjamin to sell land called "Fork" totaling 100 acres. Advertisements for the sale are to be set up at the Courthouse in Somerset Co., also in Forktown, also at the store of William and John Gunby, at the tavern of William Collier in Princess Anne, and at the tavern of Thomas J. Dashiell in Princess Anne. (SoJ-LH:328)

Benjamin married Mary (Molly) Lankford,246 daughter of Tubman Lankford 246 and Amelia (Betsy?) Hayman, on 8 Jun 1830 in Somerset Co., MD.129 246 Mary was born in 1810 in MD248 934 and died in 1851-1859 in MD.

General Notes: In the Federal Census of 1850, Molly Hitch is indicated in Princess Anne District, Somerset County (page 422) in a household as follows: - Molly Hitch, age 40, $200 in RE - Rebecca Hitch, age 18 - Joseph Hitch, age 16, laborer - Ellen Hitch, age 15 - William Hitch, age 11 - Levin Hitch, age 8 All born in MD.


Known children from this marriage were:

+ 582 F    i. Rebecca E. Hitch 246 was born in 1832-1833 in MD935 936 937 938 and died after 1880 in LA.

   583 M    ii. Robert Joseph Hitch was born in 1834 in MD.939 940

General Notes: There were apparently two (2) Robert J. Hitches in Maryland in 1860, born about the same year. Robert John Hitch was son of Robert(?) Tubman and Mary (Malone) Hitch and Robert (?) Joseph Hitch was son of Benjamin Pitts and Molly (Lankford) Hitch. One must take care as the two can easily be confused when examining records of the time period. Robert(?) Joseph Hitch was in Baltimore by 1860 where Robert John Hitch remained in and around Allen, MD until his death in 1901.

In 1856, Robert J. Hitch made application as a seaman in Philadelphia as: Robert J. Hitch, age 23, from Maryland. (Seaman Protection Certification Applications for the Port of Philadelphia 1824-1861)

Robert married Mary White? about 1859. Mary was born in 1839 in MD.941

+ 584 F    iii. Amelia Ellen Hitch was born in 1834-1838 in MD942 943 944 and died before 1880 in MD.

   585 M    iv. William H.H. Hitch was born in 1839-1840 in Somerset Co., MD945 946 and died on 21 Dec 1864 in CSA Hospital in Salisbury, NC.947

General Notes: On Sep 30 1862, William H.H. Hitch is listed in the Adjutant General Enrollment for Somerset County Election District 7 as age 22, Trappe P.O. with note that he is a volunteer in the U.S. Cavalry.

William H.H. Hitch is listed in the Index to Military Service - Civil War, Union (National Archives) and who joined for service on Sep 18 1862 in Baltimore as a Private, Co. C, Purnell Legion, Maryland Cavalry, age 22. He is described as 6'-0" tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, a farmer from Somerset Co., MD. The muster rolls record his service as follows:
- Enlistment to Dec/ 1862: Present
- Jan to Apr 1863: Present
- May/Jun 1863: Absent on detachment at Smyrna, DE
- Jul to Dec 1863: Present
- Jan to Jun 1864: Present
- Jul to Oct 1864: Absent, missing in action since Aug 21 1864 at Weedon RR (near Petersburg, VA), also states he was wounded.
- Next, William Hitch shows up on POW records as:
- Aug 21 1864: Captured near Petersburg
- Aug 22 1864: Confined at Richmond, VA
- Nov 30 1864: Sent to Salisbury, NC and admitted to hospital there.
- Dec 21 1864: Died of "Catarrh" at hospital in Salisbury, NC.

   586 M    v. Levin H. (Mathias?) Hitch was born about Aug 1841 in MD948 949 950 951 and died on 22 Aug 1875 in Orleans Parish, LA.952

General Notes: On September 1, 1868, Levin H. Hitch and Elijah A.J. Powell paid $6,000 for land to James Powell. It was described as the same land that James Powell bought from Mollie Miles on November 20, 826 (rec. Liber GH No. 3, Folio 393,394), 183 acres called "Chance" and "Addition to Chance". Also land Henry W. Long and wife sold to Powell on March 4, 1843 (rec. Liber AH, Folio 471,472) 52 7/8 acres called "Vasterage" and "The Fifty Acre Priviledge". Also land Powell bought from John R. Franklin on May 29, 1854 (rec. Liber LW NO. 3, Folio 87,88) 172 acres called "Dormans Conclusion". Also land Powell bought from Teagle Townsend and wife on January 25, 1855 (rec. Liber LW NO. 3, Folio 393, 394) 52 acres, and finally land Powell bought from William W. Powell on March 3, 1855 (rec. LW NO. 3, Folio 442) called "Addition Cut Close". (Somerset Co. Land Records, Liber LW No. 11, Folio 224 - A 7-year mortgage was taken out on this transaction in Folio 225-226)

On November 4, 1868, a deed of trust from Elijah A.J. Powell to Levin H. Hitch was executed for all property to rid himself of debt. (Ibid., Liber LW NO. 11, Folio 251).

In the Federal Census of 1870, "Leven" Hitch is indicated in Orleans Parish, Louisiana (page 3, 1st Ward, New Orleans) in a household as follows: - Leven Hitch, age 28, grocery clerk, born in MD. He is in the household of his brother-in-law Paul Mitchell.

He is listed as died in Orleans Parish, LA on Aug 22 1875, age 34.

295. William Hitch was born in Apr 1803 in Somerset Co., MD249 250 251 and died on 10 Jul 1877 in Somerset Co., MD.252

General Notes: William Hitch is not mentioned by name in his father John Hitch's will. However, there is no doubt to this father-son connection. William is mentioned in several Worcester Co., Maryland land transactions as the son of John Hitch.

He seemed to be a man of some means as he bought and sold land in his native Somerset and Worcester Counties almost at will.

In the will of John Morris (of Jacob Morris), written December 6, 1825 and probated December 30, 1825, it mentions wife Ann Morris (this happens to be William Hitch's future wife) and nephew William P. Morris, son of James Morris. William Hitch, James D. Hayman and Henry Pollitt were witnesses. (SoWills, Folio 105).

On November 24, 1827, William Hitch paid $50 to Thomas Morris, both of Somerset Co. for 7½ acres of land called "Morrises Conclusion", "Come By Chance", and "Fork" (or "Point of the Fork") bounded at the edge by the County road dividing Somerset and Worcester called the New Road by Isaac Hayman to Princess Ann. Also bounded by "Cockmore" belonging to William Hitch and wife and by the private road leading from Thomas Morris' to William Hitch's. (SoLR-GH4:66).

On January 24, 1829, William Hitch paid $500 for 250 acres of land to Hyram and Letty (Hitch) Lankford, Mary Hitch, Ellendor (Hitch) Hayman, and Benjamin Pitts Hitch of Somerset Co. and Thomas Hitch of Worcester Co. This is the land that they fell heir to after the death of their father John Hitch "that lyeth in Worcester Co. where said Hitch lived on the Worcester side of the County road". This land is that bought from Joshua Morris along with another 50 acre plot. (WoLR-AU:519,520).

On May 31, 1830, James Christopher of Worcester Co. paid $25.50 to William Hitch of Somerset Co. for part of tract "Timber Lot". The land borders "Priviledge" currently owned by William Hitch as well as "Friends Goodwill" and "Polks Folly". (Ibid., AW:362).

On March 3, 1832, Thomas Easkridge of Worcester Co. paid $30 to William Hitch of Somerset Co. for the 5½ acre tract called "Priviledge" bordering the private road from Thomas Morris to Charles Hayman. (Ibid., AY:156).

On January 11, 1833, Matthias Taylor of Worcester Co. paid $170 to William Hitch of Somerset Co. for 85 acres comprised of tracts called "Haymans Outlet", "Morris' Loss Recovered", and "Friends Goodwill" being land John Hitch purchased from Joshua Morris. Lands border that of Charles Hayman and Thomas Morris. (Ibid., Liber AZ, Folio 9).

On December 22, 1835, William Hitch is listed in the Orphans Court Records as follows: "James B. Moore, administrator dbn. of James Bailey, revoked. Administration granted to Henry Pollitt. Sureties: William Hitch, Levin Pollitt" (Somerset Co. Orphans Court Proceedings 1829-38, Folio 295)

On August 24, 1836, William Hitch received a deed for land called "White Oak Swamp", "Woolf Pit Ridge", & "Bains Addition" from William & Anne E. Ward for $20. The document mentions "assigns rights to certain lands belonging to Stephen Ward on county road from Princess Anne to ForkTown". (SoLR-GH8:551).

On August 25, 1836, William Hitch received a deed for 135 acres of land called "Green Brier" and "Addition to Little Neck" from William and Sarah Ann Wailes for $250. (Ibid., Folio 401).

On September 14, 1836, William Hitch of Somerset Co. paid $20 to James Ward of Baltimore City for lands of Stephen Ward on the north side of the county road leading from Princess Anne to Fork Town called "White Oak Swamp", part of "Wolf Pitt Ridge", part of "Baines Addition" and "Pine Swamp" now ¼ owned by Randal Hayman, ¼ owned by William Ward and ½ owned by Gillis and Sarah Ward. (SoLR-GH9:41).

Three days later, on September 17, 1836, William and wife Nancy (signed Ann) Hitch sold to Benjamin P. Hitch for $150, 50 acres of land, part of tract called "Mount Pleasant" on the east side of the county road dividing the counties of Worcester and Somerset . This land was that deeded from Benjamin Hitch to Joseph Hitch, then from Joseph to John Hitch and finally bequeathed by John Hitch to William in his last will and testament. (WoLR-JCH4:1).

On January 31, 1837, William Hitch paid $100 to Nelson Loga, both of Somerset Co., for land James Stewart was trustee to sell real estate of Randal Hayman, deceased who sold to Samuel Brown who sold to Benjamin Simpson who willed to Nelson Loga. (SoLR-GH9:42).

On January 11, 1838, William Hitch of Somerset Co. sold to Mathias Taylor of Worcester Co., land called "Morris' Conclusion" for $100. It was land resurveyed for Joshua Morris Sr. deceased that he willed to Joshua Morris Jr. who conveyed it to John Hitch, father of said William Hitch. It totalled 29 acres and was bounded by land of Levin Pollitt and William Gunby. (WoLR-GMH2:374).

On July 12, 1838, William Hitch of Somerset Co. sold to William Gunby, a free black of Worcester Co. set free by Elisha Gunby of Somerset Co., part of tract called "Morris' Conclusion" for $90. It was part of land resurveyed by Joshua Morris and conveyed to John Hitch, father of William Hitch. (Ibid., GMH1:420; This record was difficult to read.).

On November 25, 1839, for $800, William Hitch of Somerset Co. bought from John F. & wife Mary A. Taylor of Somerset Co., land on the public road leading from Fork Town to Princess Anne that divides Somerset and Worcester counties. The land was conveyed to John F. Taylor by deed of his father William Taylor where he resided. (Ibid., GMH3:125).

In the Federal Census of 1840, William Hitch is indicated on page 219 for the Middle District of Somerset County in a household comprised of one male age 5-10, one male age 15-20, one male age 30-40, one female under age 5, one female age 5-10, one female age 10-15, one female age 30-40 and eight slaves.

Between 1841 and 1852, William Hitch is listed in Election District 7 of Somerset County, Trappe, and assessed as follows; William Hitch, 1841: - To "Cockmore", 163¾a; "Morris' Conclusion", 7a: $850 - To "Woolf's Pit", 60a; Ben Simpson land for 75a: $330 - To "Stanford's Finding", part of "Green Brier", 150a: $600 - To Milly (21), Matthias (18), Hamilton (20), John (20): $1000 - To Henny-infirm (41), Silvy (4), Joc (43), Sarah Elizabeth (4 months): $220 - To 5 horses, 3 yoke oxen, 4 cows, 6 cattle, 30 sheep, 65 hogs: $485 - To 1 ?? w. carriage, plate, 7 beds etc., notes, other: $455
Total $3940 1843 added: - To 1 cow, 1 cattle, from Wm. Costen: $15 1844 added: - To Mrs. Nancy Miles for 1 yoke oxen, 1 carriage: $125
Total $4110 1843 added: - By Hamilton, John, Silvy: $530 - By Joc, Notes: $175 - By Levin Doorman for land from Ben Simpson, 75a: $150 - By 1 horse, dead: $30
Total $885 1852 added: - By Silvy Anderson, 150a: $600 - By 1 horse, 2 yoke oxen, 3 cows, dead: $130 - By 4 cattle, 15 sheep, 35 hogs, dead: $70
Total $1685 (Somerset Co. Assessment Ledger 1841-1852, Folio 25)

On May 5, 1841, Benjamin P. and William Hitch, James Anderson, and George Price paid $875 to Benjamin and Ann E. Gordy of Somerset Co. for 200 acres of land called "Dormans Conclusion" and "Chance" that Ann E. Gordy had inherited from her father Levin Doorman Jr. who got it from his father Levin Doorman Sr. as a Deed of Gift. (SoLR-LH:699)

On April 12, 1842, William Hitch and Jeptha Hayman, administrators of John Pollitt Sr., apply to sell his personal estate. (SoOCP)

On May 5, 1842, William Hitch paid $50 to Theodore Hayman, both of Somerset Co., for 11½ acres of land called "Ranes Addition" adjoining the land of William Hitch, William Morris, and Benjamin Pusey. (Ibid., AH:138)

On February 9, 1843, for $2901, William Hitch sold to William and