- Born: 1745-1746, Somerset Co., MD
- Marriage (1): Hannah Weeks on 21 Jan 1765 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA
- Died: 28 May 1812, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA
- Buried: Abt 31 May 1812, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA
Much of the data relevant to the George Hitch line that settled in and around Fairhaven, MA was provided to me by two individuals. The first is Ernest Towers of Yarmouthport, MA. Between 1998 and 2002, he provided many informational tidbits and anecdotes. Cynthia S. McNaugthen, in her study of the George Hitch genealogy (a copy of which I received in 2001), also provided much depth to this line.
On Jan 21 1765, George Hitch and Hannah Weeks filed their intent to marry in Bristol County, Massachusetts (Marriage Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to 1850, DAR). On Apr 8 1765, Joseph Hitch bought 50 acres called "Chance" and 25 acres called "Last Choice", from his brother George Hitch, mariner of Dartmouth, Massachusetts (land that was conveyed to George by his father John Hitch, deceased), for £75. The land "Chance" was granted to John Hitch on Apr 14 1760 and "Last Choice" granted to John Hitch on Oct 17 1759. No metes and bounds given in this record. (SoLR-C:249)
In father's will, he was favored as the second son. He moved to Dartmouth, Massachusetts by Apr 8 1765 where it was indicated he was a resident (SoLR-C:249). He was a Corporal in Captain Thomas Crandon's Company when he enlisted on Jul 17 1775 for a service term of 5 months and 17 days in "defense of the seacoast." (Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution)
He was a Private under Captain Benjamin Dillingham in the Revolutionary War where he enlisted on Apr 15 1776 and was stationed at Dartmouth for the defense of the seacoast for 7 months, 13 days. He was also a Private under Captain George Claghorn's Company, Colonel Abiel Mitchell's Regiment where he enlisted on Jul 31 1780 and discharged on Oct 31 1780. That regiment was raised to reinforce the Continental Army for 3 months. (Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, pg 955)
In the 1790 Federal Census, George Hitch is indicated in New Bedford Town, Bristol County, Massachusetts in a household comprised of two males age 16 or more and six females. In the 1800 Federal Census, George Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 425) in a household comprised of one male age 45+, one female age 10-16, two females age 16-26 and one female age 45+. In the 1810 Federal Census, George Hitch is indicated in Bristol County, Massachusetts (page 291) in a household comprised of one male age 45+ and one female age 45+.
Deaths Recorded in the New Bedford Mercury 1807-1845, Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts. States George Hitch (died) at Fairhaven, in the 5 Jun 1812 newspaper.
George married Hannah Weeks on 21 Jan 1765 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA. (Hannah Weeks was born in 1747 in Nantucket, MA and died on 07 Aug 1812 in Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA.)
From Dartmouth, Massachusetts Marriages to 1850.