|Mary Adeline Spain
Mary Adeline Spain 3
- Born: 07 Nov 1824, Harrison Co., IN 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
- Marriage (1): Robert P. Phillips on 27 Feb 1843 in Gibson Co., IN 1
- Marriage (2): Zachariah (Zack) Hitch on 29 Nov 1849 2
- Died: 28 Jan 1904, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN 2 3 9
- Buried: Abt 31 Jan 1904, Oak Hill Cemetery, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN
Mary Adeline Spain Phillips was a widow with two children when she married Zachariah Hitch. Her husband died August 1847 age about 47. He had been married before and had a large family by his first wife. The names of his children by his second marriage were Cordelia Phillips, b - Dec. 26,1844 - she never married - and Mary Phillips, b. Nov. 3,1846 and in 1931 was living at Petersburg, IN. She married Jan. 1,1867 William Alexander Oliphant and by this union there were May, Ray, and Adda. Adda married a Mr. George and it was she who sent the description of the Hitch home and hospitality which follows.
Excerpt from letter by Mrs. Adda Oliphant George, Petersburg, IN. dated Nov. 5, 1930:
"The home of Zachariah and Adeline Spain (Phillips) Hitch was unpretentious, located in the center of his farm and reached only by going through pastures and the opening of a succession of gates yet no house welcomed more guests. The seclusion and the gates only lent a charm - no, the charm was within the gates. Anyway it drew all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends alike.
One expression my grandmother's memory is linked with is, "If there is room in the heart there is room in the home." Besides their own children, they reared four others, one of them being a cousin, Elizabeth Spain, who when grown married one of their sons - Harrison. This Mary Adeline Spain is a descendant of Ethan Allen. A genealogist who several years ago wrote a history of the Allen family said, not, but my grandmother and her brothers remember their grandmother talked often of her Uncle Ethan and that was during the time of his military activities and where ever one of them lives they are assured of this." (The grandmother's sisters also remembered the incident mentioned above.)
"A few weeks ago a cousin told me of all her relatives, some very wealthy and she herself a city girl then, she would rather go to this Hitch home than anywhere else. She would cut all the other visits short so she might be there longer - that Aunt Adeline's rag carpets looked brighter, the stripes never faded, the hearth was always kept fresh painted red, andirons black and the back logs so big - and Aunt Adeline had the reputation far and wide as a wonderful cook and in all had a personality one never forgot. She was helpless for sixteen years (rheumatism), but uncomplaining. She seemed to live on a higher plane. Ministers came a long distance to talk with her and went away with a benediction on them. She was truly a great woman and I'm proud to have been a part of her dear name."
In the Federal Census of 1900, Mary A. Hitch is listed in Gibson County, Indiana in a household as follows: - Mary A. Hitch, born 11/1824 in IN - Cordelia Phillips, born 12/1844 in IN.
Mary married Robert P. Phillips on 27 Feb 1843 in Gibson Co., IN.1 (Robert P. Phillips was born on 10 Dec 1799 in SC 1 2 and died on 29 Aug 1847 in Gibson Co., IN 1 2.)
Mary next married Zachariah (Zack) Hitch, son of Sovereign Hitch and Malla Hatfield, on 29 Nov 1849.2 (Zachariah (Zack) Hitch was born on 26 Jan 1818 in Caroline Co., MD,2 10 11 12 13 died on 06 Mar 1888 in Patoka, Gibson Co., IN 2 3 9 and was buried about 09 Mar 1888 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN.)
RootsWeb World Connect Project, Embry GEDCOM 21706 total entries, last updated Sat Jul 21 17:07:22 2001. Katherine Embry Marek <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
"A Hitch Orchard", Volume III, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931.
Family tree sent to me by Paul E. Hitch of Savannah, GA on 1/7/1995.
1850 IN Census, Listed as age 25 in the 1850 Gibson Co., IN Census, born in IN.
1870 IN Census, Listed as age 45 in the 1870 Gibson Co., IN Census, born in IN.
1880 IN Census, Listed as Adline Hitch, age 55, in the 1880 Gibson Co., IN Census, born in IN.
1860 IN Census, Listed as age 35 in the 1860 Gibson Co., IN Census, born in IN.
1900 IN Census, Listed as born in November 1824 in IN in the 1900 Gibson Co., IN Census.
Gibson Co., IN Death Records.
1850 IN Census, Listed as age 28 in the 1850 White River Township, Gibson Co., IN Census, born in DE.
1870 IN Census, Listed as a farmer, age 52, in the 1870 White River Township, Gibson Co., IN Census, born in DE.
1880 IN Census, Listed as age 62 in the 1880 Gibson Co., IN Census, born in MD(?).
1860 IN Census, Listed as a farmer, age 41, in the 1860 White River Township, Gibson Co., IN Census, born in DE.