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Henry Pitts Hitch
Sarah Sanders Bryant
Luther W. Hitch
Rebecca Bradley
Frank S. Hitch


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1. Lizzie Etta Farrell

2. Zella Oehler

Frank S. Hitch 3

  • Born: 13 Aug 1867, Pendleton Co., KY 1 4 5 6 7 8 9
  • Marriage (1): Lizzie Etta Farrell on 23 May 1895 in Edgemont, Fall River Co., SD 1 2
  • Marriage (2): Zella Oehler in 1925 in FL 1
  • Died: 14 Jun 1941, Belle Fourche, Butte Co., SD 1 4
  • Buried: Abt 17 Jun 1941, Custer Cemetery, Custer, Custer Co., SD


Frank Hitch's obituary of 1941:

Frank S. Hitch, 73, Spearfish, South Dakota, pioneer resident of the Black Hills, died at his home there on Saturday morning. Funeral services were held in Custer at 2PM Monday at the Heidereim Chapel. Rev. W.A. Ross was in charge of the services. Burial was in the Custer Cemetery with an escort composed of W.E Nevin, Frank Walsh, Eric Heiderheim, and Mr. Miller of Custer and N.E. Roth and Joe Brown of Spearfish. Frank S. Hitch was born in Catawba, Kentucky August 13, 1867 and went to the Black Hills in 1887. He was the last surviving stage coach driver in the Hills.

He was married in 1895 at Edgemont to Lizzie Etta Farrell. One child, Mrs. Henry W. Pearson of Deadwood was born to this union. Mrs. Hitch died several years later. In 1925 Mr. Hitch was married to Zella Oehler in Florida. They have made their home in Spearfish for several years. Survivers are the widow; the daughter, Mrs. Pearson; three grandchildren, Franklin Fred and Anna Doe; two brothers, Tull Hitch of Deadwood; Bert Hitch of Artesia, NM; three nieces Mrs. Dick Costello of Deadwood, Mrs. James Kelly of Rapid City, Maxine Hitch of Baker, MT; and three nephews J.A. Hitch of Spearfish, Gerald Hitch of Baker, MT and M.L. Hitch of Los Angeles, CA. Attending the funeral from Deadwood were Mr. and Mrs. Pearson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Costello and family and Tull Hitch, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Hitch of Spearfish and Mr. and Mrs. Kelly of Rapid City.

In the Federal Census of 1900, Frank Hitch is listed in Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska in a household as follows: - Frank Hitch, born 8/1868 in KY - Lizzie Hitch, born 3/1876 in MN - Lucille Hitch, born 3/1896 in SD.

In the Federal Census of 1920, Frank S. Hitch is listed in Kenton County, Kentucky as a lodger in a household as follows: - Frank S. Hitch, age 52, born in KY.

Frank married Lizzie Etta Farrell on 23 May 1895 in Edgemont, Fall River Co., SD.1 2 (Lizzie Etta Farrell was born in Mar 1876 in MN 10 and died about 1900 1 4.)

Frank next married Zella Oehler in 1925 in FL.1 (Zella Oehler was born in 1883 in MO.)


1 Correspondence with Harold Donovan Hitch of Covington, KY (1/6/1995).

2 Marriage listed in the May 23-28, 1895 edition of the Hot Springs Star, Hot Springs, Fall River Co., SD.

3 "A Hitch Orchard", by Daisy Hitch, 1931.

4 Obituary of Frank S. Hitch, 1941.

5 1880 IL Census, Listed as age 12 in the 1880 Adams Co., IL Census, born in KY.

6 1870 KY Census, Listed as age 4 in the 1870 Pendleton Co., KY Census, born in KY.

7 1900 NE Census, Listed as born in August 1868 in KY in the 1900 Hastings, Adams Co., NE Census.

8 1920 KY Census, Listed as age 52 in the 1920 Kenton Co., KY Census, born in KY.

9 1940 SD Census, Listed as age 72 in Spearfish, Lawrence Co., SD.

10 1900 NE Census, Listed as born in March 1876 in MN in the 1900 Adams Co., NE Census.

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