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H. H. Hardesty's History of Wetzel County, West Virginia

     George Hitchcock is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Washington county, May 22, 1824. In 1847 he accompanied his parents, Joshua and Rhoda (Stouton) Hitchcock, to Wetzel county, which ahs since been his home. His father, born in Maryland, in 1804, died in 1882, and his mother, born in Pennsylvania in 1805, died in 1878. Joshua and George hitchcock were the only two men of their district who voted for Abraham lincoln in 1860, and the Republican ticket still has the support of the latter. When the war following Lincoln's election was begun Joshua Hitchcock, and two sons, George and Walter H., enlisted for the Federa service, all in Company H, 1st West Virginia Infantry. The subject of this sketch enlisted in October, 1861, and was discharged for disability in 1862. Walter served his full term of enlistment. Their father was taken prisoner in the Virginia campaign, sent to Belle Isle, and kept six months, coming out with the disease fastened upon him from which eventually he died. In Wetzel county, June 19, 1851, George Hitchcock was joined in wedlock and Roanna D. Ferrell, and their children were born: William Perry, February 19, 1852; Mary E., October 14, 1853; Susannah, August 20, 1855; Rhoda, September 21, 1857; Lutitia, August 25, 1859; Melissa J., June 11, 1861; Virginia S., September 16, 1863; Sarah A., October16, 1866; Georgianna, August 24, 1869; Frances J., October 13, 1871. The wife of Mr. Hitchcock was born in Monroe county, Ohio, February 27, 1832, a daughter of Elisha and Sarah (Haynes) Farrell. George Hitchcock has served as constable for the past six years. He owns and carries on a farm near New Martinsville, Wetzel county, West Virginia, which is his address.