Capt. Ebenezer Vose Hitch
- Born: 20 Sep 1841, Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA 1224
- Marriage (1): Mary Beatrice Field about 1865 in LA
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth Muriel Roberts about 1898 in IL
- Died: 01 Oct 1914, New York City, NY 1225
- BuriedMale: Abt 04 Oct 1914, Woodside Cemetery, Main & Morgan Streets, North Fairhaven, Bristol Co., MA 1096
Was Captain in General Benjamin F. Butler's troops (Union) in the Civil War. Story is told in "Where the Wings Grow" by Agnes De Mille published by Doubleday, NY, 1978. Note, this source states that there were 11 children in all - including the six listed here. However, three daughters died young of yellow fever and there were two stillbirths. He also served as a Private, Readi Company, 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry according to the Union Soldiers Index in the National Archives.
From "A Hitch Orchard", Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931: "Ebenezer Vose Hitch was the grandson of Ebenezer Vose Soule and was named for him. When Ebenezer Vose Soule was 21 years old, so tradition in the family runs, he took his first trip to England and brought back a writing desk and a miniature of himself. This desk and miniature is now in the possession of his grandson Henry A. Hitch of Bridgeport, CT. (1930) Henry A. Hitch's daughter, Carlene, looks almost exactly like her grandfather Soule of the miniature even to coloring of eyes and hair.
I never met Cousin Eben's first wife but visited at his home after his second marriage. His second wife was a pleasant English girl who has now - 1930 - been living in England for several years. Cousin Eben, a very fine man, was blind several years before his death. He resided in many places, Fairhaven, New Orleans, Chicago, New York, England where he courted his second wife and possibly other places. Business caused him to move about. His Civil War service follows; -Was a private - 3rd. Mass. Cavalry - Sept. 27,1861 Capt. 2nd. Louisiana Cavalry - July 4, 1864. Reg. consolidated with 1st Louisiana Cavalry Sept. 7, 1864. Mustered out Dec. 18, 1865. See Vol. 2 - Mass, in Army and Navy which is to be found in public library, 42nd. Street and Fifth Ave., New York City."
In the Federal Census of 1870, E.V. Hitch is listed in Orleans Parish, Louisiana (page 310, 2nd Ward, New Orleans) in a household as follows: - E.V. Hitch, age 29, bookkeeper, born in MA - Mary V. Hitch, age 27, born in LA - Carrie Hitch, age 4, born in MA - Mary Hitch, age 1, born in LA - Sarah Hitch, age 21, born in MA.
In the Federal Census of 1880, E.V. Hitch is listed in Orleans Parish, Louisiana in a household as follows: - E.V. Hitch, age 39, born MA - Mary Hitch, age 35, born LA - Carrie Hitch, age 13, born MA - Katy Hitch, age 8, born LA - Lizzie Hitch, age 3, born LA - Marie Hitch, age 1, born LA - Levin Porter, age 18, born LA.
In the Federal Census of 1900, Ebenezer V. Hitch is listed as a boarder of Mary Brown in a household in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois as follows: - Ebenezer V. Hitch, born 9/1842 in MA - Elenore Hitch, born 9/1881 in LA.
In a file of Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (Index) 1907-1933 in the National Archives, it states that Ebenezer V. Hitch was an Army invalid with "G.S.W." of left shoulder and that he died on October 1, 1914. He was a 1st Lieutenant in Company B, Louisiana Volunteer Cavalry (and later, Captain). Guardian listed in these records as Elizabeth M. Hitch, with "final report on September 12, 1922. (Cert. No. 161608)
Ebenezer married Mary Beatrice Field, daughter of A.L. Field and (?) Bowls, about 1865 in LA. (Mary Beatrice Field was born in 1841-1845 in LA,1226 died on 10 Dec 1895 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL 1227 and was buried on 12 Dec 1895 in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., IL.)
Ebenezer next married Elizabeth Muriel Roberts about 1898 in IL. (Elizabeth Muriel Roberts was born in Apr 1874 in Greenhite, Kent, England 1228 and died after Sep 1923 1223.)