Thomas A. Hitch
- Born: 08 Oct 1797, Somerset Co., MD 3 4 5 6
- Marriage (1): Leticia Fooks on 20 Dec 1820 in Worcester Co., MD 1
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth E. Pollitt on 17 Feb 1846 in Somerset Co., MD 2
- Died: Bef 13 Mar 1863, Worcester Co., MD 7
The Somerset Parish records indicate that Thomas Hitch, son of John and Milly Hitch, was born on October 8, 1797 and baptized April 29, 1798.
In his will written on January 22, 1819 and probated May 7, 1822, Jacob Morris listed wife Nelley Morris and children Betsy, Thomas, and William, and Josiah Morris. Thomas Hitch, James D. Hayman and Henry Pollitt were witnesses. (Somerset County Wills, 1820-37, Folio 40)
On January 24, 1829, William Hitch paid $500 for 250 acres of land from Hyram and Letty (Hitch) Lankford, Mary Hitch, Ellendor (Hitch) Hayman, and Benjamin Pitts Hitch of "Somerset County" with "Thomas Hitch of Worcester County". This is the land that they fell heir to after the death of their father John Hitch "that lyeth in Worcester County where said Hitch lived on the Worcester side of the County road". This land is that bought from Joshua Morris along with another 50 acre plot. (Worcester County Land Records, Liber AU, Folio 519, 520).
In the Federal Census of 1830, Thomas Hitch was listed in Worcester County on page 258, 6th District, in household with one male age 20-30, one female under age 5, one female age 5-10, one female age 20-30 and one slave. This may indicate a marriage to Letiticia sometime between 1821 and 1825.
On August 23, 1830, Thomas Hitch and Letiticia his wife paid $1,000 to Thomas Fooks for parts of three tracts; "Fort Neck", "Long Acre", and "Fooks". (Ibid., Liber AW, Folio 460). Also, at the same time, a bond was transferred from Nancy Cathell to Thomas Hitch for that land that bordered land of Nancy Cathell, Thomas Hitch, Thomas Fooks, James Toadvine and a road laid out by James Bussells and Elijah Ennis. (Ibid., Liber AW, Folio 461).
On September 28, 1833, Thomas Hitch of Worcester County paid $40 to William and Jennie Gunby of Somerset County for tracts called "Fookes Cash", part of "Long Acre" and part of "Stripe". (Ibid., Liber AZ, Folio 352).
On March 7, 1839, Thomas Hitch was bound to Winder Disharoon for $500. Thomas Hitch and Nancy S. Cathell sold said Disharoon a small piece of land near Disharoon's Grist Mill. This record is very hard to read. (Ibid., Liber GMH No. 2, Folio 380).
In the Federal Census of 1840, Thomas Hitch was listed in Worcester County on page 302, Western District (District No. 6), with one male under age 5, one male age 40-50, one female age 15-20 and one female age 30-40.
On February 10, 1840, For $248, Thomas Hitch of Worcester County paid James Bayly, attorney for Obed Bayly of Dearbourn County, Indiana; Thomas and wife Mariah Fooks (of Worcester County); Milton and wife Leah Bussells (of Somerset County); and Elinor Jones (of Somerset County) for land that Leah Fooks purchased of William Gunby called "Long Acre" and "Fookes Last Try?" totalling 44 acres. (Ibid., Liber GMH No. 3, Folio 283).
On February 18, 1840, Elinor Jones of Worcester County and widow of John P. Jones of Somerset County became is indebted to Thomas Hitch of Worcester County for $100. Land she received from her grandmother Leah Fooks was used as security. (Ibid., Liber GMH No. 3, Folio 284).
In 1843/44. Thomas Hitch made bond between he and Elijah Toadvine, Ebenezer Disharoon, and James Bussells. (Ibid., Liber GMH, No. 7?).
In the Federal Census of 1850, Thomas Hitch is indicated in Worcester County, Maryland (page 191) in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 51, farmer, $1,000 in real estate - Eliza E. Hitch, age 27 - John A. Hitch, age 14 - William E. Hitch, age 10 - Catherine A. Hitch, age 3 - Jane Hitch, age 4 months All were born in Maryland.
On September 30, 1858, James W. and Henry T. Bailey of Somerset County sold land for $100 to Thomas Hitch of Worcester County. The land was a house and lot situated on the west side of the County road leading from Forktown to Shad Point, bordering the land of James Disharoon (occupied by Samuel Williams) to the south. Borders to the north and west by Louis W. Morris and Thomas Ritchie. This is land Bailey purchased from Noah Rider and contained 1 acre. (Somerset County Land Records, Liber LW No. 5, Folio 689).
In the Federal Census of 1860, Thomas Hitch is indicated in the Nutters District, Worcester County, Maryland (household 2042, page 287) in a household as follows: - Thomas Hitch, age 62, farmer, $2,000 in real estate, $600 in personal property - John A. Hitch, age 23 - William E. Hitch, age 20 - Catherine Hitch, age 11 - Eliza J. Hitch, age 9 - Hester A. Hayman, age 30 All were born in Maryland.
On October 15, 1860, Thomas Hitch and Isaac H.A. Dulany paid $325 to Henry and Sally Malone for land at Sharps Point on the south side of the Wicomico River bounded by "Net Island", "Hog Neck", and "Mount Sinai." (Somerset County Land Records, Liber LW No. 6, Folio 662)
The Worcester County Estate Docket indicates that Thomas Hitch's will was proven on March 13, 1863 with Administrator John A. Hitch and sureties J. Dulaney and L. Irving.
In his will written Jun 26 1849 and probated Mar 13 1863, Thomas Hitch who was "sick and weak" but having a "sound, disposing mind" bequeathed:
- To son John Albert Hitch: land where I live containing 100 acres more or less that borders a tract called "Fooks Cost?" and near Gunby's Mill Dam. Also borders Fooks lands now belonging to Elijah Toadvine and lands of Winder Disharoon, near Disharoon Mill Pond. Also border road leading to John Carey's Mill and the land of Catherine Toadvine. Also left John Albert Hitch a clock, the family bible, smallest walnut table, the best bed and stead, brass shovel and tongs, small stand table, yoke of yearlings, brindle cow and calf, one sound horse, a saddle and bridle.
- To son William Edwin Hitch, land divided from John Albert's. Also, negro Caleb, $15 cash, pine bed and stead, large walnut table, silver spoon house, etc.
- To daughter Catherine Amelia Hitch all the property her mother inherited from her mother and grandfather John Pollitt and the side board in the hall.
Executors: George Parsons of I., Henry Pollitt Witnesses: James M. Cathell, Benjamin Livingston, and John B. Toadvine (WoW-TT8:175)
On June 4, 1864, for $345, John A. Hitch, as administrator of Thomas Hitch, deceased of Worcester County and Isaac H.A. and Anna Marie Dulaney of Somerset County, sold Capt. William Fletcher land at Sharps Point on the south side of the Wicomico River bordered by Nett Island, a tract called "Hog Neck", land owned by Allison Smith, Sharps Creek, and land owned by Samuel Somers deceased. (SoLR-LW8:396)
Thomas married Leticia Fooks, daughter of Thomas Fooks and Leah Disharoon, on 20 Dec 1820 in Worcester Co., MD.1 (Leticia Fooks was born about 1800 in MD and died in 1841-1846 in Worcester Co., MD.)
Thomas next married Elizabeth E. Pollitt, daughter of John E. Pollitt and Sarah D. Jones, on 17 Feb 1846 in Somerset Co., MD.2 (Elizabeth E. Pollitt was born in 1823 in MD 8 and died in 1851-1859 in Worcester Co., MD.)