The Hitts of Mississippi and related families

Reuben HittAge: 7417811855

Name
Reuben Hitt
Birth 1781 31 26
Birth of a sisterdaughter Hitt
1783 (Age 2)

Birth of a brotherBenjamin B. Hitt
August 15, 1786 (Age 5)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJoseph Hitt
1790 (Age 9)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Cuntz
1790 (Age 9)

Birth of a son
#1
Lazarus Hitt
1801 (Age 20)
Note: The date of birth on his grave marker looks like 1792, but this doesn't correspond with his reported age on several censuses. A date of 1801 or 1802 for his birth is more consistent with other facts.
Birth of a son
#2
James Hitt
January 23, 1810 (Age 29)

Birth of a half-sisterEvie Hitt
1814 (Age 33)

Death of a brotherJesse Hitt
before 1823 (Age 42)
Death of a sisterHitt
before 1823 (Age 42)

Death of a fatherLazarus Hitt
August 2, 1823 (Age 42)
Death of a motherAgnes Martin
1823 (Age 42)

Death of a brotherHenry Hitt
August 28, 1830 (Age 49)
Residence 1830 (Age 49)
Marriage of a childJames HittMartha ParkerView this family
July 27, 1837 (Age 56)

Birth of a daughter
#3
Sarah (Sally) Hitt
February 22, 1844 (Age 63)
Death of a brotherJohn Hitt
August 6, 1846 (Age 65)

Birth of a son
#4
Henry Hitt
June 3, 1847 (Age 66)

Birth of a son
#5
Reuben Martin Hitt
April 16, 1849 (Age 68)
Death of a sisterSarah Anne Hitt
September 15, 1849 (Age 68)
Death of a brotherBenjamin B. Hitt
September 11, 1850 (Age 69)
Birth of a daughter
#6
Nancy Ann Hitt
February 9, 1851 (Age 70)
Birth of a son
#7
George Washington Hitt
December 16, 1853 (Age 72)
Text
[written by Lucile Hitt Hollingsworth in 1972]

Reuben and his family left Virginia when he was 4 years old to move to Laurens County, South Carolina in 1785. The first U. S. census in 1790 shows him living with his parents in Laurens County, South Carolina as a 9-year-old boy. His grandfather, Joseph, and his uncle, Peter, came to South Carolina from Virginia about the same time. They bought land which they paid for with ``Virginia money.'' It is possible they came earlier than Reuben because they disappeared from the Fauquier County records in 1783, which could indicate that they left Virginia as early as 1782. At any rate, the first deed in Laurens County, South Carolina to a Hitt was dated 1785. Reuben had been born during the Revolution and as soon as the war was over ma ny of the Virginia Hitts moved out to seek new lands. Washington had declared the war at an end in April, 1783, and the final treaty was signed in September of the same year.

Reuben Hitt married a daughter of Robert Hamilton, Martha Hamilton, as shown by Robert Hamilton's will, Box 32, Bundle 15, Laurens, SC. Executors of this will were Reuben Hitt and Robert Holingsworth, another son-in-law. Martha died before this e state was settled in 1816, and Reuben received her share.

Reuben Hitt bought 142.5 acres of Mudlick creek for $213.75 in 1813 (Clerk's office, Laurens County, SC, Book K-137). After his wife died, he lived there until the early 1830s when he decided to move his family to Mississippi. His oldest son, Laza rus, had married in SC and may have come to MS before Reuben since Lazarus sold his land in 1826. It's more probable though that they all came at the same time. Many of the SC Hitts had started moving out in the early 1820s, moving south to Alaba ma seeking fertile land. Many who came to Alabama moved on over into East Mississippi. Reuben and his children came directly to Choctaw territory and settled there. Although parts of Mississippi (south, south central, along the Gulf coast and up the Mississippi River) had been settled before, the north and northeast was a densely wooded wilderness. Choctaw County was formed in 1833 and Chickasaw in 1836. With no roads and slow modes of travel, the north Mississippi Hitts seldom saw thei r kin living in east Mississippi. In fact, it was quite a trip to visit nearby. In those days of frontier life, the settlers wore little that was not made at home (homemade coonskin caps and deerskin leggings) and ate little that was not produced on the farm.

Reuben bought land in what is now Webster County organized in 1874, and his boys bought land nearby that was formed into Calhoun County in 1852. Soon after coming to Mississippi, Reuben's youngest son, William, died and is the first person buried in Gary Cemetery near Embry, Mississippi. He was 18 years old. His other children married, and settled in homes of their own. Reuben must have been lonely because he went back to South Carolina in the early 1840s and wooed and won Nancy Hitt, a 20-year-old cousin whom he had held on his knee when she was a baby. Nancy was the granddaughter of Peter Hitt and his wife Mary Hitt, being the daughter of their fourth son Larkin Hitt. She was only 20 years old when Reuben married her. Reuben was 61. Their first child was born in Laurens, SC, and when she was 9 months old they returned to Mississippi where they had five more children.

Reuben died in 1855, but Nancy lived on until 19 September 1899. Both are buried in Gary Cemetery (about six miles south of Slate Springs near the post office called Embry, MS in Webster County).

Old Reuben was a full-blooded German, being directly descended from five of the twelve German immigrants who came to Virginia in 1714. His mother was Agnes Martin, granddaughter of John Joseph Martin; his grandmother was Mary Cuntz, daughter of Jo seph Cuntz; one of his great grandmothers was Elizabeth Otterback, daughter of Hermann Otterback; another of his great grandmothers was Catherine Weaver, daughter of John Henry Weaver. Hermann Otterback and his two sons died soon after reaching Am erica, leaving only daughters so he has no descendants by name.

Reuben hated slavery and there is no record of his ever owning one, although his brothers did. He was full of the pioneering spirit. An old handwritten note states the Reuben went to Indiana in 1839 but found the climate so cold that he stayed le ss than a year. He was 72 years old when his last child was born and still in good health until he sickened and died in 1855.

Death 1855 (Age 74)
Burial
Cemetery: Embry Cemetery
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elder brother
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3 years
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3 years
younger sister
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Family with Nancy Hitt - View this family
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Note

The 1830 US Federal Census shows a Reuben Hitt as a head of household in Laurens County, SC. It lists the following others living in the household:

White Males 1 under 10 1 10-15 1 16-17 1 18-25 1 26-44 1 45-

White Females 2 10-15 2 16-25 1 26-45 1 45-

1850 Rubin Hitt age 70 farmer born VA Nancy Hitt age 28 born SC Sarah Hitt age 7 born SC John Hitt age 3 born MS Morton Hitt age 1 born MS Rebecca Hitt age 33 born SC

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