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William Hitch
(Abt 1719-1771/1771)
Mary Whittington?
(Abt 1730-1796/1799)
Spencer Hitch
(Abt 1750-1797/1797)
Sophia (?)
(Bef 1755-After 1814)
Garey* Hitch
(1785-1855/1855)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Mary Ross

2. Sarah C. (Sally) Ross
3. Ann R. (?)

Garey* Hitch

  • Born: Nov 1785, Williston, Caroline Co., MD 2 3
  • Marriage (1): Mary Ross in 1808-1809 in Sussex Co., DE
  • Marriage (2): Sarah C. (Sally) Ross on 19 Sep 1819 in Sussex Co., DE 1
  • Marriage (3): Ann R. (?) on 20 Aug 1844 in Sussex Co., DE 1
  • Died: 03 Jan 1855-23 Jan 1855, Caroline Co., MD 4

  

"This connection of Garey Hitch to the parents shown herein is uncertain, however, it is extremely likely that Garey Hitch comes from this line somewhere - given his close proximity in records and naming conventions of his children. A dubious link from Garey Hitch to William Hitch was made in some cryptic notes sent by Ned Boyajione to me regarding letters between Mrs. Vashti Saulsbury Garey and a genealogy research firm. The letters were written in 1909 and 1910 and stated that Vashti was the daughter of Emily Hitch Saulsbury, granddaughter of Garey Hitch and great granddaughter of William Hitch. However, there is no known William Hitch who could have fathered Garey in the correct time frame except for William Hitch, son of William and Mary Hitch, who died in 1796 apparently without issue. Garey Hitch and Spencer Hitch lived within close proximity for years and Garey's daughter Miriam was even living with Spencer and Sarah Hitch in 1870 according to the census. This strengthens a case that Garey Hitch and Spencer were brothers of the same lineage. Also, Garey Hitch and William Hitch (who went to Ross County, OH later) married Ross sisters and were involved with many land and court transactions in Sussex County, DE and Caroline County, MD in the early 1800s. Hence, it is very likely that they were brothers as well. The reader should note, however, that there is some uncertainty with the exact lineage of Garey Hitch, but this one is rated at a high probability (90%).

In the 1807 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Garey Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: capitulation 1 horse

In the 1809 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gary Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 2 horses 3 cows and calves 5 pigs 1 negro girl, Lydia, age 9 3 oz plate

In the Federal Census of 1810, "Gerry" Hitch is indicated on page 350 in Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware in a household comprised of one male age 16-26, two females under age 10, one female age 16-26 and one slave.

In the 1813 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Garey Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 2 old horses 1 colt 2 cows and calves 5 young cattle 1 sow and 9 pigs 1 negro girl, age 11 2 oz plate

On Dec 4 1813, "Garray" Hitch received a deed from Solomon Wotters and Elizabeth his wife for $340 for 150a of land, that which was deeded to Elizabeth Ross by father Clement Ross, Gentleman, deceased. Elizabeth married Solomon Wotters. (SxLR-AH31:195)

On Mar 22 1814, Job Pride Jr. received a deed from Garray Hitch and Mary his wife for $450 for 96ľa of land in Nanticoke Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware. It was described as land adjoining Peter Jackson's (deceased) Mill Pond and including lands of Polly Elliott, late Polly Collins. John Collins land was devised to his daughter Sarah Ross whose husband Clement Ross and she conveyed to their daughters Elizabeth and Mary Ross - Mary Ross now Mary Hitch and party hereunto. Garray and Mary Hitch purchased the balance of the land from Elizabeth Ross and her husband Solomon Wotters. (Ibid:422)

On May 15 1814, Andrew C. Jackson received a deed from Garey Hitch and Mary his wife for $270 for 90 acres of land that adjoins that of John Rust and that of John and Robert Collins. It is land that Clement Ross, gentleman, deeded to Mary Hitch, late Mary Ross, with her sister. (Ibid-AK33:5)

In the 1816 Tax Assessment records for Sussex County, Gary Hitch is listed in Northwest Fork Hundred with: 264 acres of land 1 negro woman Thamar, age 19 1 negro girl, Lydia, age 12 2 horses 3 cows and 2 yearlings 2 sheep 1 oz plate

On Mar 26 1816, Garey Hitch was appointed guardian to Sally C. Ross, age 13, orphan daughter of ______ Ross - she accepted the appointment. Note that this was Garey's eventual second wife and places her birth at between Apr 1802 and Mar 1803. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, entitiled the "1815 Book", unpaged)

On May 23 1816, a letter granted to Gary and William Hitch on the estate of Daniel Adams deceased in Caroline County. On the same date, letters were granted to "Garry" and William Hitch on the estate of Lovey Adams with Edward Pritchett, Roger Wright Jr., James Houston and Fred Holbrook as appraisers.. Finally, on this date, it states Gary Hitch to search? for Sally C. Ross guardian. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1)

On May 28 1816, order was granted to Gary Hitch and William Hitch to sell the estate of Lovey Adams (NOTE: Lovey Adams was Gary and William Hitch's sister-in-law, nee Lovey Ross). At the same time, Gary Hitch was appointed guardian to Anthony Adams, age 8 years and William Adams, age 6 years, orphans of Daniel C. Adams. William Hitch was appointed guardian to Edward Adams, age 1 year and Margaret Adams age 3 years also orphans of Daniel C. Adams. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1; also Orphan's Court Proceedings, "1815 Book", unpaged))

On Aug 23 1816, Gary Hitch "of Sussex County" received a deed from James Wright and Hannah his wife "of Caroline County, Maryland" for $280 for 70a of land that included tracts "Bozman's Lott", "Shore Bine Shore Fine", "Walker's Addition" (or "Walker's Second Addition"), and "Peters Epithable Lott." (SxLR-AI32:472)

On Aug 29 1816, Garey Hitch "of Sussex County, Delaware" brought a Deed of Mortgage with two endowments to have enrolled in the records of Caroline County. They concerned a mortgage bond dated January 11, 1816 that bound William Meares of Caroline County to Garey Hitch for $311. Meares used for collateral 129a of land in Caroline County that adjoined Sovern Dawson, heirs of Jacob Wright and Minous Connaway et al. (CaLR-TR/S:552)

On Sep 3 1816, Garey Hitch "of Sussex County, Delaware" bought 69˝a of land from James Wright of Caroline County for $261. The land is a tract called "Peters Epithable Lott" and "Walker's Addition" standing on the Maryland/Delaware border. (Ibid:554)

On Oct 17 1816, Gary Hitch is listed in the records of the Orphan's Court as "Gary Hitch for 4 ____________ for Sally C. Ross guardian. (Caroline County, MD Orphan's Court Minutes (rough) MSA-9988, Loc. 1/3/1/1)

On Mar 31 1818, the orphan account of Sally C. Ross was presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, Book Commencing 8 May 1817, unpaged)

On May 11 1819, the orphan account of Sally C. Ross was presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, Book Commencing Oct 27 1818, unpaged)

On Jul 9 1819, William Hitch "of Sussex County" received a deed from Garey Hitch "of Caroline County", Maryland for $2,376 for 264a of land in Northwest Fork Hundred. It was described as land formerly that of Clement Ross, deceased, devised to his son Robert Ross including the dwelling plantation that William Hitch now lives. It was near tract "Rosses Choice" and the State Line. (SxLR-AL34:296)

In the 1820 Federal Census for Caroline County, Maryland, Garey Hitch is listed on page 114 with a household consisting of two males under age 10, one male age 26-45, two females under age 10, two females age 10-16, and two females age 16-26

On May 12 1820, Garey Hitch of Caroline County sold 160a of land for $1,500 to Hugh Valliant of same. Tracts were "Lockermans" and part of "Milly Hope". (CaLR-JR/N:48)

On Oct 14 1822, Garey and Sarah Hitch sold 160 acres of land for $2,532 to William Potter, all of Caroline County. The land was where Richard Andrews was living as a tenant and was encumbered by a mortgage with Isaac and Jacob Cannon of Sussex County, Delaware. (Ibid:507)

On Aug 26 1823, Garey Hitch, Tilghman Davis, Robert Medford, and Daniel Williams were appointed commissions to sell the land of Morgan Williams. (Ibid-JR/O:149)

On Jun 29 1824, the orphan accounts of William and Anthony Adams were presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, 1821-1827, unpaged)

On May 11 1826, Jonathan Morris received a deed from Gary Hitch and Sally his wife "of Caroline County, Maryland" for $206 for tracts "Bozman's Lott", "Shore Bine Shore Fine", Walker's Addition" (or "Walker's Second Addition"), and "Peters Epithable Lott." (SxLR-AO37:363)

On Sep 25 1827, the orphan accounts of William and Anthony R. Adams were presented by Garey Hitch to the Orphan's Court, examined and approved. (Caroline County Orphan's Court Proceedings, 1821-1827, unpaged)

On Jan 12 1830, Garey Hitch sold 167˝ acres of land for $670 to William Potter, both of Caroline County. This land included tracts called "Back Hare", "Addition to Rauley", "Addition to Lisks Prospect", "Addition to Miles Swamp", and "Blackwell." The record refers to a deed of Abraham Ross and wife to Clement Ross on April 30, 1820. (CaLR-JR/Q:323)

In the 1830 Federal Census for Caroline County, Garey Hitch is indicated on page 325 in the Lower District with a household consisting of one male under age 5, one male age 20-30, one male age 40-50, one female age 10-15, three females age 20-30, one female age 30-40, and no slaves.

On May 7 1830, Garey Hitch and William Potter, Gentleman, both of Caroline County sold land for $2,215 to Joseph Vickers and Charles Davis, both of Sussex County, Delaware. The land included 443˝a of tracts "Richards Farm", "Rosses Cross", and "Out Range." (Ibid:387).

In the 1846 Tax List for Caroline County, Gary Hitch is listed in the Middle District assessed with $1,084 and taxed $6.50. (Caroline County, MD Tax List - 1846, MSA)

A sale of land was conducted in Greensborough, Caroline County, on Nov 27 1847 where Garey Hitch was highest bidder. It was part of the case Thomas A. Turner, executor of William Turner versus William and Sarah Weeks et al. The case resulted in an auction that was announced in the newspaper "Stewart's Familae(?)" and hand bills placed throughout Caroline County. The sale was conducted at Sherwood's Hotel in Greensborough at 2:00 p.m. on the said date. Garey Hitch bought land described as all that farm or percel called "Jackson's Hardship," 165a plus two 5a plots adjoining for $905. Garey paid $400 down and received surety of William A. Tatem for the balance. Other land sold as two lots on Old Tam Branch, a total of 20a, to William Sapp for $80. James L. Bartol was the trustee for the sale. (Chancery Records, Liber B-171:602; MSA microfilm SR-5172)

In 1848, Gary Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, DE and assessed $454.00 for 300a of land.

In the 1850 Federal Census, the Garey Hitch family is listed in household 0989 as follows: - Garey Hitch, age 64, farmer with $3,300 of real estate - Ann Hitch, age 48, born in Delaware - Isra E. Hitch, age 23, laborer - Emily Hitch, age 17 - Samuel S. Hitch, age 4 - Nehemiah Hitch, age 6/12 - Susan, age 27, born in Delaware - Catherine Gray, age 9, born Delaware - Georgeanna, age 12. All were born in Maryland except the ones noted as born in Delaware.

In 1852, Gary Hitch is listed in the tax assessment records for Northwest Fork Hundred, Sussex County, DE and assessed for ownership of land.

The will of Garey Hitch was written on Jan 3 1855 and probated Jan 23 1855 as being "sick and weak in body, sound and disposing mind":
·Give wife Ann R. Hitch, farm and premises I now reside
·Give son Ezra M. Hitch farm he resides containing 120a
·Give eldest daughter Ann Emily Hitch land called "Ennals Entrance" and "Addition to Venture" containing 153ľa and 18a purchased of Thomas Numbers
·Give son Samuel S. Hitch and daughter Miriam Hitch $3,675 - $80 per year to their guardian until they are of age
·Give step daughter William Catherine Gray large mahogany frame clock
·Give grandson Peter Everngan $62.50 when he is of age
·Give, after death of wife Ann R. Hitch, sell farm to highest bidder and give $600 to son Ezra M. Hitch with residue to go to other three children Ann Emily, Samuel S. and Miriam Hitch.
-Son Ezra M. Hitch, executor.
Witnesses: A.P. Saden, James R. Manship, A.A. Griffith. (CaW-WGN:11)


Garey* married Mary Ross, daughter of Clement Ross and Sarah Collins, in 1808-1809 in Sussex Co., DE. (Mary Ross was born about 1785 in MD 3 and died on 14 May 1814-1819 in Caroline Co., MD.)


Garey* next married Sarah C. (Sally) Ross, daughter of Clement Ross and Sarah Collins, on 19 Sep 1819 in Sussex Co., DE.1 (Sarah C. (Sally) Ross was born in Apr 1802-Mar 1803 in Caroline Co., MD and died in 1833-1844 in Caroline Co., MD.)


Garey* next married Ann R. (?) on 20 Aug 1844 in Sussex Co., DE.1 (Ann R. (?) was born in 1802 in Sussex Co., DE 5 and died on 15 Jun 1857-11 Aug 1857 in Caroline Co., MD 6.)


Sources


1 DE Marriage Records.

2 1850 MD Census, Listed as a farmer, age 64, in the 1850 Caroline Co., MD Census, born in MD. He had $3,300 in RE and was listed in household 0989.

3 1810 DE Census, Listed as age 16-26 in the 1810 Northwest Fork, Sussex Co., DE Census.

4 Caroline Co., MD Wills, Will written i/3/1855 and probated 1/23/1855 (liber WGN, Folio 11).

5 1850 MD Census, Listed as age 48 in the 1850 Caroline Co., MD Census, born in DE.

6 Caroline Co., MD Wills, Will written 6/15/1857 and probated 8/11/1857 (Liber WGN, Folio 56).


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