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Thomas Hitch
(Abt 1748-Bef 1790)
Jenny Ann Maddux
(Abt 1750-)
Nehemiah Hitch
(Abt 1773-Bef 1797)
(?) (?)
William A. Hitch


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1. Eliza* Collins

2. Rosannah Bayne

William A. Hitch

  • Born: 1791-1794, Somerset Co., MD 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Eliza* Collins about 21 Mar 1818 in Portsville, Sussex Co., DE 1
  • Marriage (2): Rosannah Bayne on 28 Jul 1829 in Somerset Co., MD 2
  • Died: 1830-19 Apr 1831, Somerset Co., MD 5 6 7


This line is based a lot upon the ownership of land "Denwoods Den" or "Denards Den" as it was later called.

This may be the same William Hitch who is listed in the National Archives Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army 1798 to May 17 1815 as:
Rank: Recruit, 14th U.S. Infantry Height: 5'-0" Dark Eyes, Hair and Complexion. Age: 21 from Wor. County, Maryland Enlisted: Jul 14 1814 at Salisbury by Enos Sampson in the War period. Recruiting retired in Salisbury on Jul 26 1814. Deserted at New Castle, Delaware on Oct 9 1814. He is listed on the register of deserters and M.R. of Capt. J. Marechalls Co., Buffalo, Dec 31 1814.

In the Federal Census of 1820, William Hitch is listed on page 118, District 1, Somerset County, Maryland in a household comprised of one male under age 10, two males age 26-45, one female age 16-26 and one female age 26-45.

In the Commissioners of the Tax Ledger for Election District 1 in Somerset County in 1823 (Folio 189), William Hitch (of Nehemiah) is assessed as follows: - "Denwood Denn", 103 acres: $205 - 2 beds etc., 2 cattle, other: $25

In 1830, William A. Hitch was listed in the Somerset County Tax Assessment Ledger, Quantico District, and assessed for the following: - "Denwoods Denn", 103 acres; Lot bgt of William Smith, 8 acres: $555 - 3 cattle, 13 hogs, 3 beds: $45 - other property: $30 In 1837, a notation was added: - by removal of personal property: $75 (Folio 58)

On Apr 19 1831, the Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings state, "William Freeney, administrator of William A. Hitch." And, in the same record, "Summons issued for Robert Hitch and Isaac Vinson, witnesses to will of William A. Hitch." (SoOCP-1829/38:79)

On May 3 1831, the Princess Anne (Maryland) newspaper, "The Village Herald," ran an article regarding William Freeny, administrator of William A. Hitch.

In his will written on Jun 10 1827 and probated on May 22 1832 in Somerset Co., Maryland; William A. Hitch names his family with their associated birth dates as follows:
- To oldest son, Marsels Ridgley Hitch, born Aug 1819, 20 acres on southside of "Denards Den" plantation.
- To sons, Andrew Elliott Hitch, born Dec 2 1820 and Oliver Jackson Hitch, born Sep 26 1825
- To daughter, Luassey Adeline Hitch, born Jan 28 1824
Witnesses: Robert Hitch, Isaac Vinson, Sarah Smith (deceased by 1832). (SoW-JP4:201)

On Mar 16 1833, William Freeny brought forth Hitch's account at $241.85 1/2 which mentioned debts were paid to a variety of people including Benjamin Hearn, Elijah C. Johnson, Levin H. Patrick, James L. Waller, William W. Handy, Robert Hitch, Isaac Vinson, Levin Phillips, George Handy, David Howard, Hooper & Irving, James Wright, William Freeny, Richard Lemmon, John Parsons, Benjamin I. Dashiell, William S. Disharoon, Joshua Johnson, Daniel Parker, Nancy Pookham, Cotty Cox, Ledekiah H. Williams, Jonathan Waller, Francis Mezick, Jehu Parsons & Co., and William Freeny & Co. (SoAA-JP9:205)

In the Somerset County Assessment Ledger for 1841-1852, William A. Hitch (heirs) is listed for Election District 9, Salisbury, as follows: William A. Hitch, heirs, 1841: - To "Denwoods Den", 103a - To Mrs. Smiths for . . . 8a=111a: $445 1846 added: - By William Freeny for "Denwoods Den", 103a - By Mrs. Smiths for 8a: $445 (Folio 21).

William married Eliza* Collins about 21 Mar 1818 in Portsville, Sussex Co., DE.1 (Eliza* Collins was born in 1775-1794 3 and died on 28 Dec 1828 in Sussex Co., DE 8.)

William next married Rosannah Bayne, daughter of Stephen Bayne and Unknown, on 28 Jul 1829 in Somerset Co., MD.2 (Rosannah Bayne died on 20 May 1833-24 Nov 1835 in Somerset Co., MD 9.)


1 "Memorandums of Isaac Sullivan Portsville, Delaware."

2 Somerset Co., MD Marriage Records.

3 1820 MD Census, Listed as age 26-45 in the 1820 District 1, Somerset Co., MD Census.

4 Somerset Co. Commissioners of the Tax - 1823, William Hitch is listed as "of Nehemiah" in Election District 1.

5 Somerset Co., MD Land Records, Liber AH, Folio 118 cites a date for his LWT as 6/10/1827, however the will was not proven until 5/22/1832.

6 Will of William A. Hitch Probated 5/22/1832.

7 The Village Herald - Princess Anne, MD, Article dated May 3, 1831 announces that William Freeny is administrator for William A. Hitch's estate.

8 Diary of Isaac Sullivan of Portsville, DE.

9 Will of Rozannah Hitch probated 11/24/1835.

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