linux nvidia

I hosed the nvidia configuration on my linux box when I tried to set up a second monitor.  I kept trying to fix things by reinistalling the driver and running “nvidia-xconfig” like a prompt in nvidia-settings told me.  But each time I tried to run nvidia-settings, it told me that it did not appear I had the nvidia driver loaded.  When I needed to do was run “sudo nvidia-xconfig”, then run “sudo nvidia-settings”.  Once everything was set up, I was able to save the new configuration file (since I was su now).

Who was Maberry Hitt?

Renee Ryan asked me if I had any information on Maberry Hitt.  He shows up in four federal censuses 1850-1880.  His place of birth is listed as South Carolina and his date of birth was probably 1823.  He is listed in some internet databases being born in Laurens County, SC as the son of Lazarus Hitt and Edna Fache.

Maberry is not in my list of children of Lazarus and Edna, so to check this possibility, I looked at the 1830 Federal Census information from Laurens County.

The 1830 census lists the “Head of Household” as well as categorical data by gender and age range (ages 0-4, 5-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, etc.

There are four families from Laurens County listed with surname “Hitt.”

1830 Census, Laurens, SC

Males Females
Name 0-
4
5-
9
10-
14
15-
19
20-
29
30-
39
40-
49
50-
59
60-
69
70-
79
80- 0-
4
5-
9
10-
14
15-
19
20-
29
30-
39
40-
49
50-
59
60-
69
70-
79
80-
Lazarus Hitt 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Reuben Hitt 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Larkin Hitt 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
William Hitt 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Reuben Hitt (1881- 1855) in this census was married to Martha Hamilton. Their oldest son was Lazarus who was married to Edna Fache (their birth dates are ambiguous among the various censuses). The Larkin Hitt in the census was a first cousin of Reuben’s. One of Larkin’s daughters, Nancy (b. 1822), would become Reuben’s second wife. Finally, the William Hitt in the census was a first cousin of Lazarus’s (and a nephew of Reuben’s).

From the census data, we see there is no male child listed in the 5-9 year range.  So this does not support the claim that Maberry Hitt was born in Laurens County in 1823.  Since census data collection is prone to errors, this does not disprove the claim, but it does bring it into question.

The only male child in the above table I cannot account for is William Hitt’s son age 0-5 (born 1825-1830).  I have no idea who that is.  The first male child of his that I have is Benjamin Hitt born 1832.

If Maberry Hitt did not come from Laurens County, he might have come from another area of South Carolina, such as Edgefield or Greenville.  There were two Hitt families listed in the 1830 census in Edgefield: Martin and John. John has no sons in the 5-9 year old category, but Martin has two. In Greenville, there were four families, three of which have a 5-9 year old son. These were the families of William Hitt, Robert Hitt, and Peter Hitt. I don’t know these families, but I will see what I can learn.

Hitt families also show up in Pickens, SC and Abbeville, SC, but they don’t have sons of the appropriate age. I also checked a few variant spellings of Hitt in the 1830 SC census, but I didn’t turn up any leads.

I think the best bet is to focus on the Martin Hitt of Edgefield, SC who had two sons 5-9.

St. Olaf Choir Concert

Time:  7:30 p.m., 31 January 2009

Place:  War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Teagan and I attended this concert.  Nashville was the first stop on a southeastern tour of the 75-person choir.  During the 2 1/2 hour concert they performed about 20 selections, so we got our money’s worth.

Their singing was top notch.  It was a pleasure to hear a choir that was trained to blend together and not allow stronger singers stand out.

They performed a wide variety of pieces.  Some were very difficult like the Penderecki Agnus Dei.  I especially enjoyed some of the modern selections like the three selections of Eric Whitacre they sang.

This was a wonderful concert that represented St. Olaf College very well.