CHARLES H. HITCHCOCK, a well-known farmer of Cazenovia, was born in the town of Fabius, four miles from his present residence, October 7, 1832. Jeremiah Hitchcock, father of Charles, also a farmer of the same town, though later of Smyrna, was born in 1791, and died in Gooseville near this place in 1854, at the age of sixty-three years. His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Crumb, was a native of Rhode Island, where she was married to Isaac Pendleton, with whom she came to Madison County. After the death of her first husband she became the wife of Jeremiah Hitchcock, to whom she bore three sons and two daughters, whose record briefly is as follows: Cordelia, widow of Thomas Russell, resides at Smyrna, Chenango County. Her husband served his country in the War of the Rebellion, being a private in the same company and regiment as his brother-in-law, Charles, whose name heads this sketch. He died in the hospital at Hilton Head, S.C., in 1864, being at that time in the prime of life. He left his widow with two sons and two daughters. Fidelia, who died in Michigan, the wife of Christopher Kenyon; Daniel L., who died in Binghamton, leaving six children, four sons and two daughters; Charles H., the subject of this biographical notice; and Thomas J., who served as a private in Company D, One Hundred and Fourteenth New York Infantry, and was wounded in the head by a rebel bullet at the battle of Winchester and reported as dead, but came home alive, and died near Ionia, Mich., in 1884, when forty-nine years old, leaving one daughter and one son.
Charles H. Hitchcock was reared on his father's farm, and received but a limited education in his youth. August 22, 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York Volunteer Infantry, Company F, Captain Stone, and continued in active service for three years. He received a wound in the right hand, but otherwise escaped unscathed. His health, however, was greatly impaired in consequence of the exposure and hardships incidental to life in the field. On August 1, 1865, his duty to his country faithfully performed, he laid down his arms, and returned to the farm and home of his widowed mother at Smyrna and the peaceful avocations of civil life. At this place she died in 1883, being then over seventy years of age, and leaving but a small estate.
In 1854 he married Olive Havens, who bore him two daughters and two sons, of whom two now survive, namely: Mary, wife of Jeremiah Hitchcock, with whom he is making his home, they being the parents of three daughters and one son; and Wallace, a farmer of the town of Madison, this county, who has one daughter and one son. De Etta died when a child of three, and John in early infancy. Mr. Hitchcock is a member of Hunt Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of DeRuyter. He was formerly a Democrat in his political views, but of late years has supported the Republican party, voting for Harrison for Present in 1892. He is a natural mechanic, and, although he never served an apprenticeship to any trade, is an excellent carpenter, and can do anything in a mechanical line that he has ever undertaken. It is such men as he who form the representative citizenship of our country, and who are at once its defence in time of peril and its strength and pride in time of peace.
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