Hitchcock Family History

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The Family  
Rev. George Beckwith Hitchcock-Jan. 9,1812 to Aug. 4,1872

The great, great, great grandfather of Rev. Hitchcock was Matthias Hitchcock, who was born in England in 1606. Along with his wife, Elizabeth Perry, and son, Eliakim, he came to America in 1635 on the bark "Susan and Ellen."

David Hitchcock, Rev. Hitchcock's grandfather was born May II, 1745, and was one of five children. He was an honest, industrious shoemaker but a series of misfortunes reduced the family to the lowest state of poverty. He was determined that his eldest son, David Jr., should be educated, having shown an early inclination to learn. When money and clothing permitted, David Jr. attended school between his 5th and 12th year, at which age his father died.

At the age 17, David Jr. was apprenticed to a shoemaker at $1 a month plus board. At age 20, he moved to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts to be employed as a shoemaker at $3.33 per month. He later became a journeyman and at age 26 he married Sarah Swan. They had eleven children of which George was the middle child. David Jr. authored three religious books that are on microfilm at the New York Historical Library. His last years were spent in Fairfield, Iowa, as a shoemaker and died there in 1847.

The eldest of David Jr. children was Harvey Rexford Hitchcock who became a missionary to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). The eldest daughter was a teacher and one of the youngest sons, Allen, graduated from Yale Divinity School and organized and preached at a Congregational Church in the Davenport area.

George Hitchcock's life seemed to be plagued by illness. He was attending college at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. In 1835, at age 23, he was unable to continue due to illness, one of the many recorded periods of incapacity.

He married Carolyn Grossman at Jacksonville in that same year and began farming in Scott Co., Iowa. In 1841, he was pastor of a church in Oskaloosa, Iowa, although his first commission from the Home Missionary Society is dated Nov. 14, 1844. In 1847, he was a stone mason and was preaching in both Oskaloosa and Eddyville and while working in the quarry, a particle of stone flew into one eye and destroyed his sight.

 

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