The Hitts of Mississippi and related families

Lazarus HittAge: 7317501823

Name
Lazarus Hitt
Given names
Lazarus
Surname
Hitt
Birth about 1750 33 20

Birth of a son
#1
Henry Hitt
1771 (Age 21)
Death of a paternal grandfatherPeter Hitt
1772 (Age 22)

Birth of a son
#2
Jesse Hitt
1773 (Age 23)

Death of a paternal grandmotherElizabeth Otterback
1774 (Age 24)

Birth of a daughter
#3
Hitt
1775 (Age 25)

Birth of a son
#4
John Hitt
1777 (Age 27)

Birth of a daughter
#5
Sarah Anne Hitt
1779 (Age 29)
Birth of a son
#6
Reuben Hitt
1781 (Age 31)
Birth of a daughter
#7
daughter Hitt
1783 (Age 33)

Birth of a son
#8
Benjamin B. Hitt
August 15, 1786 (Age 36)
Death of a fatherJoseph Hitt
1790 (Age 40)
Death of a motherMary Cuntz
1790 (Age 40)

Residence 1790 (Age 40)
Residence 1800 (Age 50)
Marriage of a childBenjamin B. HittAmelia “Millie” RushingView this family
1805 (Age 55)
Death of a brotherPeter Hitt
February 3, 1806 (Age 56)
Birth of a daughter
#9
Evie Hitt
1814 (Age 64)

Death of a sonJesse Hitt
before 1823 (Age 73)
Death of a daughterHitt
before 1823 (Age 73)

Death of a wifeAgnes Martin
1823 (Age 73)

Text
[written by Lucile Hitt Hollingsworth around 1972]

Lazarus disappears from the Fauquier County records the same time that his father Joseph did. Since no will of Joseph and Mary has been found naming their children, it was hard to prove that Lazarus was the son of Joseph. Joel Reuben Hitt of Clin ton, MS, worked out an argument that Lazarus was the son of Joseph through the process of elimination. Since that time, as proven records of the children of the other sons of Peter have come in, it has been generally accepted that Lazarus was in f act the son of Joseph.

Here is Joel Reuben's argument that Lazarus was a son of Joseph.

Deed book F page 466, 21 December 1798, Lazarus Hitt buys for 45 pounds sterling money 80 acres of land lying on Cain creek in Laurens County, SC, witnessed by Henry Hitt and Curtis Curnal. This indicates that Lazarus Hitt was the son of Joseph Hit t and Mary (Polly) Coons. The probability is strengthened by the following:

1. The number and ages of the children of Lazarus Hitt as shown by the census of 1790 prove that he could hardly have been born later than 1750.
2. In that case he was likely a son of one of the sons of the immigrant Peter Hitt.
3. The immigrant Peter had only 5 sons as shown by his will: Peter, Henry, John, Joseph and Harmon.
4. The distribution of the estate of Peter, will Book 5, page 115, Fauquier County, VA, shows that he had no son Lazarus.
5. The deed of Harmon Hitt, Deed Book 13, page 432, to a trustee for his children shows that he had no son Lazarus.
6. Likewise, the records of Henry and John contain no reference to a Lazarus.
7. This leaves Joseph to be the father of Lazarus.

Lazarus Hitt married Agnes Martin, granddaughter of the immigrant John Joseph Martin and his wife Mary Catherine Otterback, and the daughter of Henry Martin and his wife Mary Ann Martin. The 1790 census shows Lazarus Hitt, with his wife, 3 daughter s, 4 sons under 16 years, and 1 son over 16 years, living in Laurens County, SC. It has not been found just when Lazarus Hitt first bought land in SC, but is assumed that he bought about the same time his brother Peter did. At any rate, he first so ld land in 1793: Clerk's Office, Laurens, SC, Book F, page 48. Indenture made Dec.8, 1793 Lazarus Hitt, planter of Laurens Co., sold to John Smith, Jr. for 55 pounds sterling, a tract of land on waters of Saluda River, and on the north side of Ba nk's Branch, containing 100 acres, being the same more or less granted to William Esler in 1773 by his excellency William Ball, Governor of SC. Witnessed and sealed Dec. 29, 1793.

Witnessed by Wm. Smith, James Smith, and Henry Hitt. Wm. Smith swore to transaction on March 19, 1795 -- before Angus Campbell, J.P. This that he had bought land before he bought the 80 acres on Cain creek in 1798.

Lazarus Hitt's name appears on numerous legal documents in Laurens Co. Transcripts of these documents are in my possession. Lazarus was a minister and preached often although there is no record of his ever having been ordained. His wife, Agnes, die d and he married again about 1813 a woman named Elizabeth. They had a daughter, Evy, who was a minor when Lazarus died in 1823. His son John was administrator of his estate.

[Lucile Hitt Hollingsworth goes on to list transcriptions of several legal papers that mention Lazarus found in Laurens County, SC in bundles 35 and 36. Another document, found in Box 85, Bundle 27, show's that Martin Ball became the guardian of E vie Hitt, minor of Lazarus Hitt, after his death.]

Death August 2, 1823 (Age 73)
Burial
Cemetery: Bethabara Cemetery
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Note

1790 census

males: 2 age 16- 4 age <16

females 4 total

1800 census

males 1 under 10 1 10-15 2 16-25 1 45-

females 1 under 10 1 10-15 1 16-25 1 26-45 1 45-