Benjamin Hardy Hitch
- Born: 26 Dec 1844, Pendleton Co., KY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
- Marriage (1): Ella Fields on 19 Nov 1868 1
- Marriage (2): Ida W. Gray between 1915 and 1920 1
- Marriage (3): Anna S. Wagner (Widow) on 12 Nov 1927 1 2
- Died: 20 Apr 1934, Pendleton Co., KY 2 8
- Buried: Abt 23 Apr 1934, Concord Methodist Cemetery, Concord, Pendleton Co., KY
From "A Hitch Orchard" by Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931: "Benjamin Hardy Hitch was named for his great grandfather, Benjamin Hardy Hitch who may have in turn been named for his uncle Benjamin Hardy, his mother's brother. Joseph Hitch, grandfather of Benjamin Hardy Hitch, was determined that one of his grandchildren should bear these family names and thus come Benjamin Hardy Hitch his name. Benjamin resided on his farm "Ben - Ella", Falmouth, Kentucky and also in Neville, Ohio. Like his great grandfather Benjamin Hitch, he married three times, the last time when real old.
His grandparents, Thomas and Joseph Hitch, immigrated to Kentucky from Maryland. One on or about 1804 and the other 1806. They located near Augustus on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. They soon left that point and located in Pendleton County, Kentucky. Here their farms adjoined and were bounded on one side by the Licking River. Benjamin Hardy Hitch was very fond of music, greatly interested in civic matters, hospitable and extremely proud of the Hitch family. Though very old at the time this manuscript was compiled he did his bit by sending data.
Excerpt of letter dated Penhurst, Kentucky, Nov. 22, 1898 from Benjamin Hardy Hitch to a relative: -
"I want to tell you that this Hitch is highly respectable. For 92 years the family has lived in this county, there has never been one of them arrested for any misdemeanor or violation of the law. Not one of the ladies (I use that word advisedly, for they were and are all ladies) has a shadow of a cloud upon her character."
"We took a girl when she was eight years old to raise. She lived with us for nine years and eight months. She is married and has grown children. Then we took a little tot less than three years old who was adopted."
Note - Pearl, the last named girl, was married Jan. 21, 1900, age 19. His home was more than comfortably situated in the blue grass region. This young married couple made their home with him for a time at least. This seemed very pleasing to him. He had no children of his own.
Excerpt from same letter as above.
"I was the only Kentucky Hitch that was in the Civil War. I was a Sergeant Co. E. 7th. Cavalry, USA. I was a boy soldier for after three years service in the field, I came home at the close of the war at the age of 20."
Benjamin Hardy Hitch belongs to no church but this is an excerpt from an article written by him for a newspaper; "May the good Lord help us to be seen, heard and felt on the side of right and may we stand so firm and so far to the good from the line of demarcation between good and evil that there can be no doubt as to our right position that we, the descendants, may leave as rich a heritage to our posterity as they left to us, is our greatest desire."
He had no issue from any of his wives.
In the Civil War Service Index - Union (National Archives), it states that Benjamin H. Hitch, Private/Sargeant, Company E, 7th Kentucky Cavalry, USA. He was a Sargeant from August 12 to 16, 1862 in Paris, Kentucky. He was appointed Sargeant on June 1, 1864 and mustered-out at Edgefield, Tennessee on June 30, 1865.
In the Federal Census of 1870, Benjamin H. Hitch is indicated in a household in Pendleton County, Kentucky (page 431) as follows: - Benjamin H. Hitch, age 25, born in KY - Ellen Hitch, age 21, born in KY.
In the Federal Census of 1910, Ben H. Hitch is listed in Pendleton County, Kentucky in a household as follows: - Ben H. Hitch, age 65, born in KY - Ella Hitch, age 60, born in KY.
In the Federal Census of 1920, Ben H. Hitch is listed in Clermont County, Ohio in a household as follows: - Ben H. Hitch, age 75, born in KY - Ida W. Hitch, age 60, born in KY - Cecil R. Sullivan, age 17, born in KY.
Benjamin married Ella Fields, daughter of Ambrose Griffith Fields and Sarah Ellis, on 19 Nov 1868.1 (Ella Fields was born on 17 Aug 1849 in KY,1 9 10 11 died on 02 Jul 1915 in Pendleton Co., KY 1 8 10 and was buried about 05 Jul 1915 in Concord Methodist Cemetery, Concord, Pendleton Co., KY 10.)
Benjamin next married Ida W. Gray between 1915 and 1920.1 (Ida W. Gray was born in 1859 in KY,1 2 12 died in 1927 1 and was buried in 1927 in Concord Methodist Cemetery, Concord, Pendleton Co., KY 13.)
Benjamin next married Anna S. Wagner (Widow) on 12 Nov 1927.1 2 (Anna S. Wagner (Widow) was born on 16 Oct 1861 1.)