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 Yarmouth, 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 his widow.
1790 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 Sarah.
Resources already consulted: (I also have an 11-page research log of other sources checked)
1) Samuel P. May, 1890: “The Descendants of 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 shortly after.
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