Frederick Augustus Hitch
Caroline Amanda Soule
A.L. Fields
(?) Bolles
Capt. Ebenezer Vose Hitch
Mary Beatrice Fields
(Abt 1845-1897)
Caroline Field Hitch


Family Links

1. Jokichi Takamine I

2. Charles P. Beech

Caroline Field Hitch

  • Born: 05 Aug 1866, Falmouth, MA 1 2 3
  • Marriage (1): Jokichi Takamine I on 10 Aug 1887 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA 1
  • Marriage (2): Charles P. Beech in 1926 1
  • Died: 25 Nov 1954, AZ


From "A Hitch Orchard": Caroline Hitch was a beautiful girl residing in New Orleans at the time she married Dr. Takamine, the noted scientist. After her second marriage, she went to live on a ranch in the west.

From: Bill Shurtleff []
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 1:08 PM
To: Hitch, Michael G. (WFF-8020)
Subject: Hitch

Mike: Look at this big discovery on the subject of what happened to Caroline Hitch Takamine
after her husband, Jokichi, died in 1922?

Arizona Daily Star. 2006. June 20. "Vail congregants to worship in roomier surroundings."

"Catholics in the exploding community of Vail southeast of Tucson are at
long last getting a reprieve from overcrowding that has plagued their church for the past decade." The original St. Rita's sanctuary, which continues to draw tourists from around the world, will continue to be used for weekday Masses. Tourists also are often drawn to the history of the shrine, which was dedicated in 1935 to Japanese chemist Jokichi Takamine - a Buddhist who converted to Catholicism - by his widow, Caroline Takamine Beach. Takamine Beach moved to Arizona from New York City to marry Vail rancher Charles P. Beach after her first husband died in 1922.

"The altar and tabernacle are made from stone from the nearby Santa Rita Mountains. The altar weighs 5 tons. Stations of the Cross made of Mexican tile in the church are from the original 1935 construction.

"The church was able to acquire extra land for its new building with more
than $200,000 left in a trust by the Beach and Takamine families, for use
only if St. Rita's was still attracting worshippers.

"Parameters set out by the families forbade any alterations to the chapel. But no one in 1935 could have predicted the surge in Vail's population. The church was originally built for what was then a large population of migrant Mexicans
who worked on ranches and for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Note: Charles Beach was born in 1865."

Bill Shurtleff
Soyinfo Center
P.O. Box 234
Lafayette, CA 94549-0234 <>

Phone: 925-283-2991
For UPS or Express Mail: 1021 Dolores Dr., Lafayette, CA 94549

Caroline married Jokichi Takamine I, son of Sei-Ichi Takamine and Yuki (?), on 10 Aug 1887 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.1 (Jokichi Takamine I was born on 09 Nov 1854 in Kanazawa, Kaga, Japan 1 and died on 22 Jul 1922 in New York City, NY 1.)


Story is told in "Where the Wings Grow" by Agnes De Mille published by Doubleday, NY, 1978.

Caroline next married Charles P. Beech in 1926.1


1 "A Hitch Orchard", by Daisy Hitch, 1931.

2 1870 LA Census, Listed as age 4 in the 1870 Orleans Parish, LA Census, born in MA.

3 1880 LA Census, Listed as age 13 in the 1880 Orleans Parish, LA Census, born in MA.

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