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Samuel Hitch
(1703-1750)
Rachel Hardy
(Abt 1705-1771/1773)
Sylvanus Allen
(1706-)
Jemima Starbuck
(1712-)
Capt. Samuel Hitch
(1740/1741-1825)
Lydia Allen
(1745-1834)

Capt. Joshua Hitch
(1777-1838)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Mary (Polly) Wilkey

2. Abigail Sherman

Capt. Joshua Hitch

  • Born: 14 Sep 1777, Bristol Co., MA 3 4 5 6 7 8
  • Marriage (1): Mary (Polly) Wilkey on 21 Oct 1802 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA 1
  • Marriage (2): Abigail Sherman on 21 Apr 1821 in Bristol Co., MA 2
  • Died: 16 Aug 1838, Bristol Co., MA 3 9

  

From the book, The Founders and Builders of the Oranges, we find the following: "Capt. Joshua Hitch son of Samuel was born in Fairhaven Mass He was a well known sea captain and a brave and fearless officer. During the War of 1812, he commanded the privateer Governor Gerry. She was schooner built and thoroughly equipped for business. After landing a cargo of silks and other valuable goods in some French port she came out July 29 1813 and ran directly into a fleet of British men of war. She was given chase and only surrendered after she had carried away all her spars. Capt. Hitch carried the first American flag to Rio Grande Brazil. He married Mary Wilkey and had a son Henry Hiram."

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.1 (Mary (Polly) Wilkey was born on 08 Mar 1785 3 4 and died in 1817.)


Joshua next married Abigail Sherman, daughter of Isaac Sherman and Elizabeth (?), on 21 Apr 1821 in Bristol Co., MA.2 (Abigail Sherman was born about 1789 3 and died in 1851 3.)


Sources


1 New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA Marriages to 1850.

2 MA Vital Records (Library of Congress).

3 "A Hitch Orchard", by Daisy Hitch, 1931.

4 1810 MA Census, Listed as age 26-45 in the 1810 Bristol Co., MA Census.

5 1800 MA Census, Listed as age 16-26 in the 1800 Bristol Co., MA Census.

6 1820 MA Census, Probably listed under the Samuel Hitch tally as age 26-45 in the 1820 Bristol Co., MA Census.

7 1830 MA Census, Listed as age 20-30? in the 1830 Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA Census.

8 Arthur L Close Genealogy (WWW), aclose@home.com, 7/3/1998.

9 Correspondence from Ernest J. Towers, 54 Witchwood Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664-2911, dated March 11, 2000. Sent copy of pages from the book, "Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845", Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts, States, Capt. Joshua Hitch (died) at Fairhaven, 18 Aug 1838 paper.


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