The Hitts of Mississippi and related families

Henry HittAge: 5917711830

Name
Henry Hitt
Birth 1771 21 16
MarriageElizabeth Stephens BallView this family

Birth of a brotherJesse Hitt
1773 (Age 2)

Birth of a sisterHitt
1775 (Age 4)

Birth of a brotherJohn Hitt
1777 (Age 6)

Birth of a sisterSarah Anne Hitt
1779 (Age 8)
Death of a maternal grandfatherHenry Martin
1780 (Age 9)

Birth of a brotherReuben Hitt
1781 (Age 10)
Birth of a sisterdaughter Hitt
1783 (Age 12)

Birth of a brotherBenjamin B. Hitt
August 15, 1786 (Age 15)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJoseph Hitt
1790 (Age 19)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Cuntz
1790 (Age 19)

Birth of a son
#1
Jesse Hitt
December 14, 1797 (Age 26)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Elizabeth Hitt
1801 (Age 30)
Birth of a son
#3
William Hitt
about 1805 (Age 34)
Birth of a son
#4
Martin Hitt
about 1805 (Age 34)
Birth of a son
#5
Henry Hitt
about 1810 (Age 39)
Birth of a son
#6
Benjamin Lewis Hitt
about 1813 (Age 42)
Birth of a half-sisterEvie Hitt
1814 (Age 43)

Death of a brotherJesse Hitt
before 1823 (Age 52)
Death of a sisterHitt
before 1823 (Age 52)

Death of a fatherLazarus Hitt
August 2, 1823 (Age 52)
Death of a motherAgnes Martin
1823 (Age 52)

Death of a daughterElizabeth Hitt
1826 (Age 55)
Text
[Written by Lucile Hitt Hollingsworth around 1972, with minor editing by Leo Richard Hitt.]

Henry Hitt was a Baptist minister. He was ordained in 1801 and pastored the Bethabara Paptist Church in Laurens County, SC until his death in 1830. He was the only son of Lazarus Hitt who remained in South Carolina. He left his estate to his wife "during her natural life or widowhood consisting of Negroes, horses
and other stock, household and kitchen furniture and plantation tools, land on which he lived, 390 acres, on north side of creek (Cain Creek) for her support if she does not marry until Benjamin becomes 21.'' (Sons Benjamin, Henry and Martin were under 21 when Henry wrote his will in 1828.) Elizabeth didn't marry again, and when she died followed Henry's instructions to the letter. I have transcript of their wills - 12 pages including sale bill. The Negroes sold brought nearly $15,000. Mo st of them were bought by Henry's sons. As I have said before, it was customary to sell all the personal property by public auction, giving the members of the family of the deceased preference in the bidding. Real property was allotted by will.

Descendants of Henry Hitt still live on the original farms in Laurens County, Miss Juanita Hitt (daughter of Jesse, son of Ranier, son of Benjamin) has written that she has in her keeping a little chair that her great grandfather Benjamin held onto and pushed along to learn to walk - and so did her grandfather, her father and she. Her father told her an old, odd story of Ben Hitt. He was an extensive slave owner during that period and at a sale of slaves he bought quite a robust Negro girl. It is said that he told her that after she had given birth to 20 Negro slaves he would set her free. She gave birth to the 20 (in fact 21), but this 20th child was called "Free Jack." Free Jack later became the blacksmith for the community. The si gns of this blacksmith shop are still in the front yard of the home of H.E. Hitt (son of Henry Lewis, son of Benjamin). H.E. Hitt's widow , Bessie Hollingsworth Hitt, wrote Joel Reuben Hitt in 1937 that the old Hitt home was a simple log and frame structure and still standing in a field near her home near Cross Hill, S.C.

Death August 28, 1830 (Age 59)
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Jesse Hitt
Birth: December 14, 1797 26 26Laurens County, SC, USA
Death: December 2, 1864Laurens County, SC, USA
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