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Capt Samuel Fletcher Hildreth
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Birth: Dec. 21, 1814
Cumberland County
Maine, USA
Death: Oct. 30, 1882
Jefferson County
Indiana, USA

Son of Hosea & Lucy Fletcher.
Married Tabitha Elder Case 7 October 1840 - Clermont Co., OH.
Twin to his sister Rhoda Wright Hildreth.
*******October 26, 1882 (newspaper unknown)
Located in Madison Jefferson County Public Library files

A Rather Remarkable Life

The Old Steamboatman's log.

Capt. Samuel F. Hildreth died at his residence in this city at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. About two years ago, as he was passing down the stairway of the steamer Sherly, of which he was commander, he slipped and received an injury from which he never recovered. Eight months ago the progress of disease upon him became so great that he was forced to abandon his position as captain of the steamer between this point and Cincinnati. His case developed into a bold form of kidney disease, with attendant great and acute suffering, and incident extreme nervousness and physical prostration, which continued with him through all his sickness.

Captain Hildreth was a noted man. From boyhood up and all through his life he understood and fully recognized the full duty before him in all the relations that met and surrounded him, and he never was found wanting in any matter of business requirement or moral or social obligation. He was endowed with those manly characteristics, which were necessary to bring forward and make this nation what it now is. We feel sad when we see men thus endowed passing away before us, and see none others similarly endowed and ready to occupy the various places which they have filled.

Captain Hildreth was born in Brunswick, Maine, in 1814, and was 68 years old when he died yesterday. His father died when he was but 5 years old, but his mother lived to advanced age, and continued her residence in Brunswick to her death. When she died, besides the Captain, she left four other sons and four daughters, of whom but one son and two daughters are now living.

When but 17 years old, Samuel Hildreth sought and obtained employment as a common sailor on a sail vessel on the ocean, and he remained upon the decks of crafts on the billowy seas for four years. His last voyage upon the brimy waters was from Liverpool to New Orleans in 1837. When he arrived at the latter port he concluded to abandon the sea faring life and settle in the West, which then was considered as between the Allegheny Mountains and the Pacific Coast. He took a steamer coming northwestward, and stopped awhile in Louisville, thence he went to Cincinnati and soon after arriving there was employed as second mate on the Mail Line steamers between that city and Louisville. In this lower position he continued but one month, when he was advance to the position of first mate. In this station he remained eight years, discharging its duties most faithfully and satisfactorily to his employes. Then he was placed in the pilot house of the principal steamers of the company, and held the wheel with a steady hand and vigilant eye for many years. His record in that line of duty is clean. His capabilities and worthiness were appreciated and recognized by the company, and he was taken from the pilot house and placed on the hurricane deck in full command as captain. In this superior position he continued with but short intervals up to the time of his death. He was in the employ of the Cincinnati and Louisville Mail Line Company in these various capacities for 47 years and never proved false to nor was found wanting in any of them. In all this extended time of employment by this company and during the greater part, he was captain of the steamers on the through line between Cincinnati and Louisville, with occasional change between Cincinnati and Madison.

In 1840 he married Miss Tabitha Case, in Chilo, Ohio. Her brother was employed on the boat with Capt. Hildreth at the time, and it was through this association that the Captain became acquainted with and obtained his most estimable partner for life. The result of this marriage was ten children—eight daughters and two sons—and of these eight are still living, one son and one daughter having died after attaining maturity. In the domestic circle, Capt. Hildreth exhibited his true and noble manhood, faithful in all his relations in this sacred precinct, living kind, and considerate to the full extent of the obligation resting upon him, and the willingness of an affectionate hear to bestow. The writer of this for a time was his neighbor, and knew him for 37 years, and feels warranted in bearing this meritorious testimony.

Captain Hildreth was a member of Trinity Methodist Church of this city, where the funeral services occurred this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Dr. F. C. Holliday, minister in charge. The floral offerings were profuse and magnificent, and were the generous gifts of his river friends and associates. One was an anchor with the initials "S F H", and the words "Steamer Sherley" artistically worked in violet immortelles, also a pillow and an anchor combined, and constructed with the same beautiful emblems of the Resurrection. The pall-bearers were Captain Andres, Captain Thomas Phillips, Captain Orrin Marshall, Captain Charles Dufour, Captain B.C. Lepper, Captain Betten, Mr. Ella D. McGuire and Mr. James White. The burial took place in Springdale Cemetery. The attendance of friends and citizens generally was very large.
Family links: 
  Tabitha Elder Case Hildreth (1820 - 1895)*
  John Fletcher Hildreth (1841 - 1915)*
  Mary Frances Hildreth Lamson (1842 - 1923)*
  Caroline W Hildreth Lamson (1845 - 1877)*
  Rhoda Wright Hildreth Heberhart (1853 - 1912)*
*Calculated relationship
Springdale Cemetery
Jefferson County
Indiana, USA
Plot: East ˝, Lot 478, Plat 5
Created by: Karen Phillips
Record added: May 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90376277
Capt Samuel Fletcher Hildreth
Added by: Karen Phillips
Capt Samuel Fletcher Hildreth
Added by: Karen Phillips
Capt Samuel Fletcher Hildreth
Added by: Karen Phillips
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