Capt. Marcellus Ridgely Hitch
- Born: Aug 1819, Somerset Co., MD 4 5 6 7 8
- Marriage (1): Mary Jane Lankford on 21 May 1843 in Baltimore, MD 1 2
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth M. Lankford on 03 Feb 1855 in Baltimore, MD 3
- Died: Abt 15 Sep 1887, St. Mary's Co., MD 9
On February 17, 1842, for $200, Marsellus Ridgely Hitch of the City of Baltimore, sold to William Freeney, of Somerset County, lands willed to him by his father William A. Hitch, and lands descended to him by death of his brother Olliver Jackson Hitch, named "Denwoods Den" (or "Dennards Den"). (Somerset County Land Records, Liber AH, Folio 118).
Marcellus Hitch was in Baltimore by 1847 for, in the Dec 7 1847 edition of the (Baltimore) Sun newspaper, there is a brief mention where Marcellus Hitch is found not guilty of assault on Henry Secht.
In the 1850 Federal Census for Baltimore City, Marcellus Hitch (incorrectly named Matthew) is indicated on page 38, 1st ward, in a household as follows: - Matthew Hitch, age 35 - Mary Hitch, age 35 - William S. Hitch, age 4 - Hester Lankford, age 20 All were born in Maryland
In the 1860 Federal Census for Baltimore City, Marcellus Hitch is indicated in a household on page 38, 1st Ward as: - Marcellus Hitch, age 45, mariner - Elizabeth Hitch, age 45 - Mary E. Hitch, age 12 - Roxa A. Hitch, age 5 - William T. Hitch, age 15 - Andrew Hitch, age 43 - Mary E. Foy, age 15 All were born in Maryland
In the 1867/1868 Baltimore City Directory, he was listed as "Captain Marcellus Hitch, Mariner, 151 S. Washington Street."
In the 1880 Federal Census for Baltimore City, Marcellus Hitch is indicated in Baltimore in a household as follows: - Marcellus Hitch, age 67 - Andrew Hitch, age 66 - William Nelson, age 43 - Roxy Nelson, age 24 - Bessie Nelson, age 3 - Nellie Nelson, age 1 All were born in Maryland
In the "St. Mary's Beacon" for September 15, 1887, a notice indicates "Marcellus Hitch, dead and removed, 1st District" (v48, i353, p2, c3)
From: Jane Kowalski [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:11 AM
Subject: RE: Some corrections for you
So glad to be able to contact you. I'm attaching some pdf's for you.
Regarding Marcellus, his only child with Mary Jane was William. The William you have is NOT their child. Their William drowned along with Elizabeth's grandchild, William Dorman, 9 Dec 1876, but their funerals weren't held until 9 Feb 1877. Same day, same address. Trying to locate a news clipping about the accident or recovery.
Marcellus' second wife, Elizabeth, was married 11 Sep 1832 to John Taylor in Somerset Co. They had three daughters--Matilda, Sarah & Mary E (she's ours). When Elizabeth married Marcellus in Baltimore, she was listed as a Taylor. Looks like EVERYONE was from Somerset Co before moving to Baltimore.
Their only joint child, Roxy, married the Nelson who witnessed Eliz's will. Matilda's husband, William Dorman died in 1865, and she then married William Stevens. Sarah also married a Stevens, in this case, Steven T. Our Mary E. married James T. Mathaney. I'm planning another upload to Rootsweb late Sunday night, but you can take a look at what I have so far. It's a lot.
I also have photos of Mary E:
I'm also a little curious about Andrew Hitch. Did he have some sort of disability? I have him starting in the 1860 census living with Marcellus but he never seems to have an occupation and can't read or write. He's fallen off my census radar after Marcellus dies, so I was glad to see your entry re: his death. I'll look it up at the Balto Sun online index and see if there's any kind of obit.
Lastly, I want to thank you for the extensive documentation. I'm also using Legacy but put all my documentation in the general notes. Haven't figured out the other way.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'd love to find more info on the Lankford girls.
--- On Sat, 2/12/11, Mike Hitch <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: Mike Hitch <email@example.com>
> Subject: RE: Some corrections for you
> To: "'Jane Kowalski'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 10:35 AM Please let me know - I
> always thought he as a mystery....he left the Eastern Shore for
> Baltimore....I tied his lineage through the land tract DENWOODS DEN -
> a tract on the Northern end of present day Salisbury, MD. This is
> land tied back to Nehemiah Hitch (c1724-1774/75). But the lineage to
> Marcellus is a little confusing...
> Best regards,
> Mike Hitch
> "So oftentimes it happens that we live our lives in chains and we
> never even know we have the key." - Eagles
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jane Kowalski [mailto:email@example.com]
> > Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2011 10:29 AM
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Some corrections for you
> > I have some corrections re: Marcellus Hitch.
> > Jane
Marcellus married Mary Jane Lankford on 21 May 1843 in Baltimore, MD.1 2 (Mary Jane Lankford was born in 1815 in MD 10 and died in 1851-1855.)
Marcellus next married Elizabeth M. Lankford on 03 Feb 1855 in Baltimore, MD.3 (Elizabeth M. Lankford was born in 1815-Dec 1821 in Somerset Co., MD,11 12 died on 13 Mar 1879 in Baltimore, MD 13 14 and was buried on 16 Mar 1879 in M.E. Cemetery On Philadelphia Rd., Baltimore, MD.)