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John Chester Hitchcock
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1832
Genesee County
New York, USA
Death: May 8, 1924
Utah, USA

John Chester Hitchcock was born in Warsaw, New York. His mother was Sally Ann Rhodes. He was just two years old when his father, Seth Hathcock, died of cholera in Zion's Camp in Missouri. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints March 1, 1941. After his mother remarried, John said he left home at about the age of eight years old because his stepfather was brutal to him. He said he was bound out and made his own living from that time. He had many homes and did all kinds of work.
When the Saints had to leave Nauvoo and Illinois, John left with his sister Louisa Samantha and her husband Ancil Twitchell. He stayed in Winter Quarters, Iowa with them. When Ancil was called to serve in the Mormon Battalion, John drove the team for Louisa to Utah. They came in the Heber C. Kimball Company in 1848. He undoubtedly went to San Bernardino, California, with the Twitchells in 1849. He said he drifted into Mexico and worked on a ranch for about five years. He learned the Spanish language and was a favorite of his employer, who wanted him to stay and marry one of his daughters. He at one time split rails and also panned for gold in California.
At age 25, John Chester Hitchcock, married Petrea Jensen, daughter of Soren and Kristina Marie Jensen. They were married in Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah March 5, 1857. They were pioneers of Sanpete County. During the Indian troubles he served in the Melitia. He was Captain over 10 hearders who cared for all the cattle in Spring City. Many raids were made on the herd and it became a very dangerous job at times. He was in the company of James T. Allred.
He went with others to help emigrants cross the plains. They went to Missouri to meet them. The boat with the emigrants came on was delayed two weeks because of sickness and when they finally unloaded into the wagons, many were still sick. This illness proved to be cholera. John said he never witnessed anything so terrible. At every campground they buried 1-9 bodies. He was Sergeant of the Guard on this trip of 200 wagons. One man named Bradley was hauling a family of 9 and they all died. They put 4 more into his wagon and they all died. When they wanted to put more into his wagon Bradley said "No,"... he would haul freight but no more persons". Such was the terrible illness.
John moved his family to Ferron, Emery, Utah, in 1899 after living in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah. He was one of the first pioneers of Castle Valley, and endured many hardships of homesteading at the time. Only four of his twelve children lived to maturity.
He was a man respected by all who knew him. He testified of the Prophet Joseph Smith, of whom he was personally acquainted. He said he sat on Joseph's knee many times as a boy. At the time of Joseph and Hyrum's death, he was 30 miles from the place but knew it happened and told his employer he was going home for the prophet was dead and he wanted to see him. He was a faithful Latter-Day Saint and lived to the age of 92 years. He died at Valley City, Utah at his daughter Melissa Burdick's home. He was buried near his wife who died August 15, 1920.
(Written by Olive Hitchcock Olsen, granddaughter) 
Family links: 
  Petrea Sorensdatter Jensen Hitchcock (1840 - 1920)*
  John Seth Hitchcock (1857 - 1857)*
  Franklin Richard Hitchcock (1859 - 1940)*
  Louisa Jane Hitchcock (1861 - 1863)*
  Marian Hitchcock (1863 - 1863)*
  Melissa Petrea Hitchcock Burdick (1865 - 1933)*
  Maria Lavina Hitchcock (1868 - 1868)*
  Violet Hitchcock (1869 - 1869)*
  William Henry Hitchcock (1870 - 1958)*
  Willard Hitchcock (1873 - 1904)*
  James E Hitchcock (1875 - 1886)*
  Leonora Hitchcock (1878 - 1878)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Hitchcock (1880 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Ferron City Cemetery
Emery County
Utah, USA
Plot: 063302
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: Aug 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20798302
John Chester Hitchcock
Added by: Paul & Sherida Hodel
John Chester Hitchcock
Added by: Paul & Sherida Hodel
John Chester Hitchcock
Added by: Rhonda
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John Chester Hitchcock is my Great Great Great Grandfather and I can not wait until I get to actually kiss his sweet face....
- peggy nyberg
 Added: Aug. 12, 2012

- Guy Nelson
 Added: Apr. 4, 2010
He is My Great-Great-Great Grandfather.
- Penny Burgess Gough
 Added: Feb. 25, 2009

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