Biography - Henry Hitchings

Henry H. HITCHINGS, farmer, P. O. Raymond, was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., December 27, 1837, to John P. and Eliza HITCHINGS (see history); at the age of eight years, removed to Jackson County, Mich., with his parents, where he received his education in the common schools. When nineteen years of age, he removed with his parents to Montgomery County, Ill., and, two years later, entered into business for himself as a farmer, which occupation he still follows; his first purchase of real estate was a small tract of land near Harvel, where he eventually accumulated 120 acres, which he sold in 1873; he then rented a farm near Raymond, where he remained two years, and at the end of which time he purchased his present farm, consisting of 200 acres, which was then unimproved prairie; he has erected fine buildings and made all other improvements necessary for comfort, and which are found upon all well regulated farms, and everything about the premises denotes his energy and ability as a first class farmer. In 1879, he purchased eighty acres of land near Harvel, which he is now renting. In November, 1859, he was married, in Montgomery County, to Miss Martha E. WELKER; she died in 1871, aged twenty-six years; she was the mother of four children, of whom George H. and Clara are still living; John, the oldest son, and an infant, deceased. In September, 1873, Mr.HITCHINGS was again married, in Montgomery County, to Miss Jane KING, daughter of John KING (see history); she is the mother of four children, viz.: John M., Eliza Ann, William and Catherine. Mr. HITCHINGS is a member of the Masonic order at Raymond. Politically, he is identified with the Greenback party. Mrs. HITCHINGS is a member of the Methodist Church.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 222-223.

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