Sarah Ellegood Hitch
- Born: 1780, Somerset Co., MD 1
- Marriage (1): Littleton Ayres Jr. on 29 Jan 1799 in Somerset Co., MD
- Died: 1851-1859, Baltimore, MD
On Nov 25 1783, Sarah Ellegood Hitch received a deed for land "Come By Chance" and "High Suffolk" from Esme Bayly totaling 100 acres for £0.5.0 (SoLR-G:441). This same record states that she is the daughter and heir-at-law of Robert Hitch, late of Somerset County, deceased. Beginning at a chestnut post thence S 60 perches, thence N65E 22 perches, thence S70E 45 perches, thence N70E 40 perches, thence S45E 40 perches, thence N75E 78 perches, thence N54-15W 55 perches, thence N1W 81 perches, thence a right line to beginning chestnut tree - 100 acres. On Aug 10 1784, the Somerset County Orphans Court records indicated "Orphan: Sarah Ellegood Hitch (of Robert), under age 14; appointed guardian: Sarah Hitch; sureties: William Handy and Hope Adams (SoOCP-1777/92:74)
In the Somerset County Assessment Record for the years 1793-1796, Sarah All. (Alligood, or Ellegood) Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed for the following beginning in 1795: 400 acres of land, £500; one male/female slave under age 8, £5; one male/female slave age 8-14, £15; two male slaves age 14-45, £90; one male/female slave over age 36/45, £20. This evidently came from Sarah Hitch, (her mother). Total assessment was £0, £0, £630, £630 for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796, respectively (SoTA-1793/96). In the 1798-1803 Commissioners of the Tax Received Report for Somerset County, Sarah E. Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred and assessed taxes for 400 acres of land at £500, two male/female slaves age 8-14 at £30, two male slaves age 14-45 at £90, one male/females slave over age 45/36 at £25 and other personal property at £10. All this totaled £655, £655 for the years 1798 and 1799. She is not assessed after 1799 (the record states "to Littleton Aires") reflecting her marriage to Littleton Aires that year. (SoTC-1798/1803)
In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Sarah Hitch was listed in Rewastico Hundred as occupant of property "situated at Rockawalkin Branch" owned by "William Ellegood's heirs "consisting of one framed wood dwelling house, two stories with 12' studs, size 30' x 18'; one framed wood cook house, one story, size 18' x 18'; one framed wood milk house, one story, size 8' x 8'; one round pole meat house, one story, size 12' x 12'; one round pole stable house, one story, size 16' x 14'; contained 80 perches assessed at $300. Also lists one framed wood store house, one story, 16' x 12'; two log corn houses, 15' x 6'; and one blacksmith shop of slabs, 16' x 18'. She was also listed as Superintendent for Littleton Aires Jr., owner of 5 slaves, 3 over age 12 (TA1798). On Jan 6 1800, William E. and Polly Hitch bought land "Dumbarton" from Littleton and Sarah Ellegood Aires (nee Sarah Ellegood Hitch) for £0.5.0 (SoLR-M:48).
On Aug 10, 1784, she is indicated in the records as "Orphan: Sarah Ellegood Hitch (of Robert), under age 14; appointed guardian: Sarah Hitch; sureties: William Handy and , Hope Adams (SoOCP-1777/92:74) - this puts her birth year after 1770.
Sarah married Littleton Ayres Jr., son of George Ayres Sr. and Amelia Jones, on 29 Jan 1799 in Somerset Co., MD. (Littleton Ayres Jr. was born on 16 Oct 1776 in Somerset Co., MD 2 3 and died in 1851-1859 in Baltimore, MD.)