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Mike Hitch
The Edward/Elizabeth Brown Family
Hi! Thx so much for posting info on this line. I have Edward Brown married Elizabeth (Betsy) Hitch in Somerset Co., MD c1783, she the daughter of Joshua A. Hitch (1729-1792) and Molly Taylor (a1732-aft 1792). In his 1792 will (see below), Joshua Hitch leaves his daughter Betsy Brown "negro Ben" for her life and he is then to go to her son, grandson Severn Hitch Brown. Betsy is proved to be wife of Edward Brown through the 1798 Tax List for Somerset Co. where Edward and Betsy Brown are occupants of property owned by "Joshua Hitch heirs." Also, in 1799, a land survey for "Hitches Hard Luck" was done for various children of Joshua Hitch including "Edward Brown and his wife Betsy". See below for more info. The reason I state these is to show that Henry Clay Brown and William Brown, sons of Sovereign H. Brown were not born in Baltimore, MD, but rather, Somerset Co., MD near Salisbury (modern day Wicomico Co.). William Brown's son, Sovereign H. Brown's tombstone in Wyandot Co., OH reads as Sovereign HICH Brown (not High). It is a corruption of the original Sovereign HITCH Brown of his uncle! Here are the references I mention above. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments! If you want further ancestry on the Hitch family, I have it back to 1658. Thx!
In his will written Jan 6 1792 and probated Apr 28 1792 in Somerset Co., MD, Joshua Hitch Sr. left: ·To wife Molly four negroes Jacob, Hannah, Chloe, and Abigall plus ½ of plantation for her life ·To son Joshua Hitch three negroes Old Tom, Young Tom, and Old Tamar. Also Quarter plantation on road from Salisbury to Spring Hill Chapple; dwelling plantation after death of his mother. Joshua is also to keep son Laban and "give him good and sufficient maintenance and treat him well to the judgment of William Stone, William McBryde and John Nicholson." If he does not, all of his inheritance to go to son Laban. ·To daughter Polly Hitch four negroes Will, Alice, Rachel, and Harry. And a feather bed and furniture. ·To daughter Nelly Hitch four negroes Allen, Kitty, Ruby and Luck and one feather bed and furniture. ·To son John Hitch 222½ acres of land called "Whitehaven" bought of Joseph Morris plus all of my half of mills and land belonging to me and Robert Hitch. Also, three negroes Jonathan, Easter and Jenny and one feather bed and furniture ·If son John dies before he becomes of lawful age, then all land goes to son William Hitch. If William dies before he reaches lawful age or leaves no issue, then his lands listed hereafter to go to son John Hitch. ·To son William Hitch plantation formerly owned by Joseph Hitch and three negroes Jesse, Milly and Peter. Also one feather bed and furniture and one horse or mare worth £20. ·To son Laban Hitch all my wearing apparel. ·To daughter Peggy Hitch three negroes Daniel, Saul and Tamar; one feather bed and furniture; and £10. ·To daughter Betsy Brown one negro Ben for her life then to go to her son Severn Hitch Brown. ·To daughter Sally Pollitt one negro Leah. ·All remaining estate to wife Molly, her thirds, and equally divide the rest among children Betsy Brown, Sally Pollitt, Joshua Hitch, Polly Hitch, Nelly Hitch, John Hitch, Nancy Hitch, William Hitch, and Peggy Hitch. (SoW-EB17:213/216)

In the Federal Assessment of 1798, Somerset Co., MD, Edward Brown and Betsy (Hitch) Brown occupied the property in Rewastico Hundred of Somerset County owned by "Joshua Hitch Heirs situated near Rockawalkin Branch" consisting of one framed wood dwelling house, two stories, size 35' x 20'; one framed wood cook house, one story, size 17' x 24'; one sawed log meat house, one story, size 10' x 10'; one framed wood milk house, one story, size 16' x 8'; one hewed log stable, one story, size 16' x 18'; one old framed wood carriage house, one story, size 10' x 16'. Land contained 80 perches assessed at $200. Also listed was one round pole corn house, 16' x 8'. (TA1798)

On Apr 10 1799, "Hitch's Hard Luck" was surveyed for John, William, Laban, Nancy and Peggy Hitch in Somerset Co., MD. Also for Edward Brown and wife Betsy, Joshua Pollitt and wife Sarah, William Elgate Hitch and wife Polly and Levin Handy and wife Nelly. The survey was for a new tract that included parts of tracts "High Suffolk", "Last Choice" and "Maddux's Luck" as well as tracts "Wilson's Discovery", "Hitch's Choice", and "Father's Neglect." The survey amounted to 1256 acres of land.
Added by Mike Hitch on Dec 12, 2016 8:55 AM
RE: Prospect Cemetery
I just looked through the records - Michael Beyers, Kuniganda's husband, is not in Prospect Cemetery. He's not with Kuniganda and her daughter, he's not in the Public Grounds section. I checked all the records for Byer, Byers, Beyer, Beyers, etc. Also for every Michael or Mike, etc. Thought I might come up with someone for you!
I appreciate your kind note. Always nice to know people are out there looking!
Added by Me on Nov 17, 2016 11:15 AM
Peggy Goodwin
RE: Nancy Ann (Hale) Iden
There is the city Houston, Texas and there is Houston County, Texas. It happens all the time.
Added by Peggy Goodwin on Oct 09, 2016 11:30 AM
Jane Down
Elizabeth Proper
I was looking at Elizabeth Proper's gravestone that you added (born July 10, 1785 and died Dec 12, 1867). I have a couple of questions for you. First how do you know she was married first to John Bond Shipman and then to Samuel Proper? What is your source for this information? Also it says she was born in New Jersey. How do you know this? Please tell me your source of information. Also how do you know her maiden name was Tectaiors? Again could you please share you information sources? I have seen a family history of the Cleveland family that states her maiden name was Teater. But no original documents. (Her son William Shipman married Maria Cleveland it appears.)

I have seen some of this information you state on Ancestry family trees, but no one there shares their information sources either so I am wondering if you have some primary documents that give these pieces of info??

I thank you in advance for sharing your sources. Please email me at
Jane Down from Ottawa Canada
Added by Jane Down on Aug 15, 2016 2:30 PM
Sharla Cerra
RE: Reynolds Fox Family
Is that file anything that you might share a copy of with us? I would be thrilled to have it for the Historical Society records......

Scurvy, isn't it interesting that they would know that given how many men were dying?
Added by Sharla Cerra on May 02, 2016 8:57 PM
Sharla Cerra
Sadie Fox, 2nd message
Oops! ignore my prior message asking whether she was Mary & Reynolds' daughter. Scrolled down and saw your edits for a link and will add them. Great to have this last little stone in the line of the Fox family accounted for.
Added by Sharla Cerra on May 02, 2016 6:32 PM
Sharla Cerra
Sadie Fox, 154206808
I am thrilled about your edit for little Sadie. Her stone is so degraded that I've been having a heck of a time trying to decipher it.

I am with the local Historical Society and I am dying to learn more about the Fox family. I have to assume that she is the daughter of Mary B. Fox sice she is buried next to her. Can you confirm that?

Dr. Mary B. Fox was quite a fascinating woman, coming out here and homesteading as a woman. Is anything known about Reynolds other than his service and death at Andersonville? I wish I had even a snippet about him as a person.

Anyway, thanks for the edit. I do have photos of the stone, just have been trying to get better ones to post.
Added by Sharla Cerra on May 02, 2016 6:30 PM
Joyce Niswander
RE: Anna McClure Starr
You're welcome, Barbara.
Added by Joyce Niswander on Mar 10, 2016 7:37 PM
William S. Brown 29990734
If you are a Brown researcher--
I have a bio on W.S. Brown from Montgomery Co, KS hist. Be glad to share it--if you are interested. The man was REALLY INTERESTING. Not related to me.
Added by pipp43 on Jan 07, 2016 6:43 PM
Dale Parker
Thank you
Hello Barbara. It has been several years since we met on the phone. I wanted to thank you for the memorial for my great grandfather....and for sending me all the information on the Parker history. If you have time and feel inclined please email me. Dale
Added by Dale Parker on Nov 06, 2015 8:26 PM
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