NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
This family is supposed to have come originally from the county of Wiltshire, England, where it has been numerous from the time of William the Conqueror. Anciently there were two families bearing coats-of-arms, one as follows: Argent on a cross azure five fleur-de-lis or in the dexter chief quarter a lion rampant gules. Crest: a castles gules on the tower a lion's head erased, in the mouth a round buckle. Motto: Esee quod opto.
There were several immigrants of the name to America: Thomas and William Hitchcock, who settled in Virginia, and Matthias, Luke and Edward, who settled in New England.
(I) Luke Hitchcock came probably from Fenny Compton, county Warwick, England, and settled in Connecticut. He married Elizabeth, a sister of William Gibbons, of Hartford, Conn., who came from Fenny Compton, and who left a bequest in his will to his "brother Hitchcock." Luke Hitchcock took the freeman's oath at New Haven in company with Edward Hitchcock, July 1, 1644. He was living in Wethersfield in 1646 and served on the jury at the court held at Hartford. He was by trade a shoemaker, and lived in the centre of the village. The house now (1910) standing on the place was built by Silas Dean some time before the revolution. He was selectman of Wethersfield in 1655-56. How owned considerable land there. It is said that he was very friendly with the Indians, who gave him in return for his kindness a deed of the land which comprises the town of Farmington. His deed was a clear and valid title to the land, but was so little thought of that his wife used it to cover a pie in the oven, and it was destroyed.
In 1659 Luke signed an engagement to remove to Hadley, but died Nov. 1, 1659, and proved Nov. 8, 1659. His widow married (second) Oct. 2, 1661, William Warriner, of Springfield, where she removed, taking with her John and Luke Hitchcock, her sons. She married (third) Sept. 17, 1678, in Milford, Conn., Joseph Baldwin, of Hadley. Again becoming a widow, she returned to Springfield, where she died April 25, 1695.
John, mentioned below.
Hannah, born 1645, died Aug. 31, 1733; married, Oct. 2, 1661, Chileab Smith, of Hadley.
Luke, born June 5, 1655, married, Feb. 14, 1676, Sarah Dorchester.
(II) Deacon John, son of Luke Hitchcock, married, Sept. 27, 1666, Hannah Chapin, born Dec. 2, 1644. He was a deacon of the church in Springfield, Mass. He was admitted a freeman in 1682, and was constable in 1672. In the meeting house he was seated "In ye backe Seate above the Pillars on the North Side."
On May 19, 1676, he was wounded in the fight at Turner's Falls, one arm shot through and the other broken. Major Pyncheon asked the governor to give Ensign John Hitchcock a lieutenant's commission for gallant conduct.
On Nov. 9, 1686, he was on a committee for the settlement of the town of Quaboag, now Brookfield, and also to make fortifications there. He died Feb. 9, 1712. His will, dated Feb. 5, 1711-12, was proved March 25, 1712.
1. Daughter, born and died SEpt. 4, 1667.
2. Hannah, born Sept. 10, 1668, married Samuel Parsons.
3. John, born April 13, 1670.
4. Samuel, born Aug. 21, 1672, mentioned below.
5. Luke, born March 23, 1674; married Elizabeth Walker.
6. Nathaniel, born Aug. 28, 1677; married Abigail Lombard.
7. David, born Feb. 7, 1678-79; married (first) Elizabeth Batt, widow; (second) _____.
8. Jonathan, born Nov. 26, 1682, died Feb. 26, 1683-84.
9. Sarah, born Jan. 11, 1686-87; died April 17, 1690.
(III) Samuel, son of John Hitchcock, was born in Springfield, Mass. Aug. 21, 1672. He settled in New Milford, Conn. in 1713, and united with the church there Nov. 17, 1716. He married, Nov. 17, 1695, Sarah, daughter of John and Mary (Alford) Weller. She was born in Deerfield, Mass., April 15, 1678, and died April 13, 1671.
He died Dec. 9, 1727.
Samuel, born Sept. 17, 1699.
Jonathan, April 25, 1701.
Sarah, Feb. 5, 1702-03.
Esther, July 11, 1705.
Deborah, Oct. 9, 1710.
John, Sept. 28, 1716, mentioned below.
Hannah, Jan. 1, 1719-20.
(IV) Captain John (2), son of Samuel Hitchcock, was born in New Milford, Conn., Sept. 28, 1716. He settled as early as 1745 on the south end of Rocky Mount, New Milford; was justice of the peace, captain of the militia and representative in the state assembly. He and his sons, Isaac and Asahel, were grantees of the town of Hinesburg, Vermont.
He married (first) May 17, 1736 , Sarah Barnum, born Aug. 11, 1717, died May 10, 1754; (second) Dec. 26, 1754, Sybil Sherwood, of Woodbury, Conn., who died July 12, 1759. He married (third) May 21, 1760, Mrs. Rebecca Buel, of Kent, Conn.
He died June 27, 1796.
Children of first wife:
Isaac, born Feb. 26, 1737.
Asahel, Sept. 16, 1740, mentioned below.
Eunice, April 12, 1743.
Abigail, Oct. 24, 1747.
John, May 17, 1753.
Children of second wife:
Zina, born Nov. 6, 1755.
John, May 17, 1759.
Children of third wife:
Sarah, born Feb. 22, 1761.
Buel, April 1, 1763.
Hannah, Aug. 28, 1764.
(V) Asahel, son of John (2) Hitchcock, was born in New Milford, Conn., Sept. 16, 1740, amd married (first) Dec. 15, 1766, Hannah Collins, born March 11, 1743, died June 11, 1799; (second) Feb. 24, 1780, Mrs. Anna (Beach) Northrop, born Feb. 19, 1753, at Kingsbury, New York. He moved from Warren, Litchfield county, Conn., to Kingsbury, N.Y. in February, 1785. In 1795 he was justice of the peace for Kingsbury. He died there May 6, 1829. His widow died there Feb. 25, 1842.
Children of first wife:
Collins, born Dec. 1, 1767.
Prudence, Oct. 2, 1769.
Noble Barnum, mentioned below.
Child of second wife:
Hannah Ann, born April 4, 1791.
(VI) Noble Barnum, son of Asahel Hitchcock, was born Sept. 9, 1775, and married, May 11, 1800, Peggy Freeman. She was born Jan. 18, 1783, and died in Kingsbury, July, 1862. He died in October, 1860.
Caroline, born April 4, 1801.
Polly, June 11, 1803.
Asahel, July 26, 1805.
John Vernon, June 5, 1808.
Minerva, March 25, 1815.
Alfred F., mentioned below.
(VII) Alfred F., son of Noble Barnum Hitchcock, wsa born in Kingsbury, Feb. 16, 1818. He was for many years a farmer in his native place; later engaged in the grocery business at Glens Falls for a short time; subsequently purchased a farm in Monroe, where he lived until his death. He was active in town affairs in Monroe, and was, at the time of his death, supervisor of the town. He was held in high esteem by his fellow townsmen.
He married, May 23, 1849, Phebe A., daughter of Jeremiah Finch. She was born March 10, 1825, at Kingsbury.
He died Dec. 5, 1872.
1. Alerich (?) Freeman, born March 19, 1850, at Kingsbury, married, Jan. 3, 1878, Fanny J. Roberts.
2. John J., born SEpt. 16, 1853, died July 4, 1898; married, Feb. 15, 1881, Hattie A. Parke; children: i. Harriette Louise, born 1882, married Lester J. Backus, and had Willard Hitchcock, born Aug. 1908, and Elizabeth, Dec. 14, 1910. ii. Alfred Augustus, born 1888; iii. George Parke.
3. Alfred Willard, born Nov. 13, 1856; married, June 20, 1889, Mrs. Harriette R. Tearse, daughter of George and Martha M. (Sherman) Rugg.
4. Mary Elizabeth, born June 4, 1865; married, Jan. 8, 1889, Eugene L. Ashley; child: Katherine R., born April 21, 1891.
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