Lewis* Hitch 3
- Born: 08 Nov 1808, Caroline Co., MD 4 5
- Marriage (1): Mary McClain on 26 Dec 1837 in Pike Co., IL 1
- Marriage (2): Lucy Fitch on 29 Jun 1851 in Adams Co., IL 2
- Died: 28 Apr 1857, Adams Co., IL 6
- Buried: Abt 01 May 1857, Old Barry Cemetery, Barry, Pike Co., IL 4
This line is still uncertain, but compelling. There is no doubt that Lewis Hitch comes from this line - the doubt is only with his direct parentage.
Lewis Hitch's son, Edwin is listed in 1850 as age 6 and then in 1860 as age 17 in the household of John McClain. McClain is probably the maiden name of one of Lewis' wives as one of his sons, Rufus McClain Hitch is named after it. He moved to Illinois sometime after he purchased land there in 1836 and before 1838 when his oldest son John was born.
Lewis' son, Marcus Finley Hitch stated in a letter penned in 1901, "My father moved from Delaware first to Ohio and later to Pike Co., in the western part of Illinois where I was born and raised." This suggests that he may have come from the Caroline County, Maryland/Sussex County, Delaware line that moved to Ross County, Ohio (William and Nancy [Ross?] Hitch) in the early part of the 19th century.
On September 9, 1836, we find the following information in the Illinois State Land Sales Archives for Adams County, Illinois: Purchaser: Lewis Hitch Date: September 9, 1836 Acres: 80 Price: $1.25/acre Type of Sale: Federal Sale County, Section, Township: 1, 32, 03S Meridian: 4 Arch. Vol. No., Page: 701, 015 Record ID: 244491 Section Part, Range: E2NE, 05W.
Also, on November 25, 1837, we find another entry: Purchaser: Lewis Hitch Date: November 25, 1837 Acres: 40 Price: $1.25/acre Type of Sale: Federal Sale County, Section, Township: 1, 32, 03S Meridian: 4 Arch. Vol. No., Page: 701, 015 Record ID: 244492 Section Part, Range: NWSE, 05W.
In the Federal Census of 1850, Lewis Hitch is listed in Beverly, Adams County, Illinois (page 8) in a household as follows: - Lewis Hitch, age 40, farmer, $1,000 in land, born in MD - Mary Hitch, age 37, born in KY - John Hitch, age 12, born in IL - Cyrus Hitch, age 8, born in IL - Edwin Hitch, age 6, born in IL - Mary E. Hitch, age 4, born in IL.
Lewis* married Mary McClain, daughter of John Richard McClain and Mary Coffee, on 26 Dec 1837 in Pike Co., IL.1 (Mary McClain was born on 20 Mar 1811 in KY 4 7 and died on 08 Sep 1850 in IL 8.)
Lewis* next married Lucy Fitch, daughter of Samuel Fitch and Naomi Sumner, on 29 Jun 1851 in Adams Co., IL.2 (Lucy Fitch was born in 1816 in NY 9 and died in 1876.)