BRICK WALL #1:
Samuel Hitchcock - b. 28
Feb 1730/31 in New Milford, Litchfield, CT, d. 19 Feb 1801 in
Sheffield, Berkshire, MA.
He leaves no will/no grave/no evidence of actual death date.
Marriage1 - Abt. 1766 in Middletown, Middlesex, MA, Sarah Sears - b. Abt. 1746 in
Barnstable, MA and d. Aft. 1771
in New Marlborough, Berkshire, MA. No real evidence of Sarah’s birth
(although she is listed in the S.P. May book mentioned
below)/marriage/death or births of children:
Ebenezer Hitchcock (b. 1767)
Reuben Hitchcock (b. 1769)
Jerusha Hitchcock (b. 1771)**
Marriage2 – Abt. 1773 in New Marlborough, Berkshire, MA, Elizabeth "Betsey" Sears (b. 19 Jun
1738 Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA and died abt 1809, probably NY - and
sister of Sarah). Child:
Silas Hitchcock (b. 1779)
The ONLY record I find for Sarah Sears is a Sarah listed in the family
of Joshua and Rebecca (Mayo) Sears in the Sears Genealogy by Samuel P.
May(1) and reads: “married to a _____ Hitchcock.” I believe this
is my Sarah. Her sister, Betsey Sears is also in this book and
reads: “m. Samuel Hitchcock.”
Samuel May leaves no sources that I can find.
Samuel was a Rev. War Soldier from MA and his record shows Betsey as
and 1800 Sheffield, MA Censuses show Samuel Hitchcock and family (but
Sheffield can find NO grave for Samuel).
I can’t find a grave for
Resources already consulted: (I
also have an 11-page research log of other sources checked)
1) Samuel P. May, 1890: “The
Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass (1638-1888)”
2) Rev. Edmund H. Sears, 1857: "Genealogy and Biographical
Sketches of the Ancestry and Descendents of Richard Sears, the Pilgrim"
3) Mrs. Edward Hitchcock, Sr., of Amherst, Mass, 1894: “The Genealogy of the Hitchcock
Family” (lists Samuel’s children but no wife/mother).
* Family notes only indicate that Samuel and Sarah were married in
Middletown, Middlesex, CT but there are specific dates given for the
birth of their children.
** My Ancestor -- presumably Sarah died giving birth to Jerusha, or
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