- Born: Abt 1724, Somerset Co., MD
- Marriage (1): Sarah Lank about 1745 in Somerset Co., MD
- Died: 16 Oct 1774-22 Mar 1775, Somerset Co., MD
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" (Carmichael?) 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, tract "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 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).
Nehemiah Hitch's will was written Oct 16 1774 and probated Mar 22 1775. (MdPrW-40:384)
Nehemiah married Sarah Lank, daughter of George Langkake and (?) Cannon?, about 1745 in Somerset Co., MD. (Sarah Lank was born about 1725 and died before 27 Jun 1778 in Somerset Co., MD 1.)