- Born: 29 Oct 1841, One Mile N Of Patoka, Gibson Co., IN 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
- Marriage (1): Louisa Catherine Collins on 14 Jul 1867 in Barry, MO 1
- Marriage (2): Ellen Robb on 27 Jan 1875 in Gibson Co., IN 2
- Died: 12 May 1932, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN 3
- Buried: Abt 15 May 1932, Oak Hill Cemetery, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN
From "History of Gibson County, Indiana", Gil R. Stormon, 1914, published by B.J. Bowen and Co., Inc., Indianapolis, IN:
"The early education of Nathaniel Hitch was acquired in a primitive pay school. He lived at home until he reached his twentieth year and then travelled in many parts of the south and west. He taught school in Missouri for awhile and was engaged in different businesses. . . . In 1866, Nathaniel Hitch returned to Gibson County, Indiana for a brief period and then travelled through the west for sometime. Returning in 1879 he purchased land near Patoka and engaged in farming and stock raising. He dealt extensively in land in that vicinity and in the White River Township and still owns land in the latter township. In 1910, he removed to Princeton, Indiana and located at his present home at 903 North Main Street where he is now residing in honorable retirement. Mr. Hitch is a well read and well posted man and is highly respected in his community. Always taking an active interest in politics, he is allied with the Progressive Party. In matters of religious belief he has been a member of the Methodist Church for many years."
Served as a Drummer in Company F, 91st Indiana Infantry in the Civil War. Records at the National Archives indicate:
Nathaniel Hitch, Civil War, Enrolled August 22,1862; Mustered, with consent of parents, in Captain Williams' Co., 91st Regiment Indiana Infantry at Evansville, IN. October 1, 1862 as a musician. December 1862 Absent at Caseville, KY, by Col. John Foster. January and February 1863, Absent sick at Post Hospital at Hendersonville, KY. March 1863 , absent without leave since March 10.
Nathaniel Hitch, Drummer, Co. F, 91 Regt. Indiana Infantry appears on the "Descriptive List Of Deserters" dated March 31,1863, as age 19 years, height 5 ft 11 inches; complexion - dark; Eyes - black; Where born: Gibson County, IN; Occupation: farmer; When Enlisted - August 22, 1862; Where Enlisted - Warrick County, IN.; When mustered in: June 2, 1863; Where Mustered in: Evansville, IN.; For What Period mustered in: 3 years; When deserted: March 20, 1863; Where Deserted: Hendersonville, KY.
There is a second "LIST OF DESERTERS" dated March 10, 1865 and a "COMPANY DESCRIPTIVE BOOK" that lists Nathaniel Hitch as 6'-4" in height.
Finally there is a "CO. MUSTER-OUT ROLL" Salisbury, N.C. dated June 26, 1865 that says - Last paid to - Not paid since enlisted. Notes that he deserted from Hendersonville, KY. March 10, 1863.
In the Federal Census of 1870, Nathaniel Hitch is listed in Gibson County, Indiana (page 366, White River Township) in a household as follows: - Nathaniel Hitch, age 28, farmer, born MO (?) - Louisa Hitch, age 20, born MO - William Hitch, age 2, born MO - Fleming Hitch (male), age 6 months, born MO.
In the Federal Census of 1880, Nathaniel Hitch is listed in Gibson County, Indiana in a household as follows: - Nathaniel Hitch, age 39, born in IN - Ella Hitch, age 28, born in IN - Edward Hitch, age 12, born in MO - Luella Hitch, age 4, born in IN - Chancy Hitch, age 3, born in IN - Forrest Hitch, age 1, born in IN - William Steelman, age 8, born in IN.
In the Federal Census of 1900, Nathaniel Hitch is listed in Gibson County, Indiana in a household as follows: - Nathaniel Hitch, born 10/1841 in IN - Ella Hitch, born 5/1851 in IN - Luella Hitch, born 4/1877 in IN - Chancy D. Hitch, born 5/1878 in IN - Forrest Hitch, born 1/1881 in IN - Clarence F. Hitch, born 2/1883 in IN - Alphoniel Hitch, born 3/1885 in IN - Purvis Hitch, born 8/1887 in IN - Paul Hitch, born 9/1895 in IN.
In the Federal Census of 1920, Nathaniel Hitch is listed in Gibson County, Indiana in a household as follows: - Nathaniel Hitch, age 78, born in IN - Ellen Hitch, age 68, born in IN.
Nathaniel married Louisa Catherine Collins on 14 Jul 1867 in Barry, MO.1 (Louisa Catherine Collins was born in 1850 in MO 11 and died in 1871-1875.)
Nathaniel next married Ellen Robb, daughter of David Robb and Delilah Decker, on 27 Jan 1875 in Gibson Co., IN.2 (Ellen Robb was born on 02 Apr 1851 in IN,12 13 14 died on 08 Apr 1931 in IN and was buried about 11 Apr 1931 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN.)