Biography of Ezra Fitch
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Fitch, Ezra, was a native of Connecticut, as was also his father. He died there at an advanced age. He served in the war of the Revolution and drew a pension, and at the time of the war sold his farm and took his pay in Continental money, which proved to be worthless. His children were Ezra, David, Joshua, James, and Ross. Ezra Fitch was born in Connecticut, December 12, 1772, and met death by drowning in Chemung River on March 28, 1840. He came to Greene, Chenango County, N. Y., where he married Lucina Hollenbeck, who was born December 15, 1783, and died July 13, 1855. She was a daughter of Abram and Margaret (Storms) Hollenbeck. Their children were Daniel K., born January 5, 1809; John S., born July 8, 1810, died March 16, 1883; Orson H., born February 6, 1812; Mason P., born December 12, 1814, died February 24, 1882; Lewis, born February 14, 1816; Margaret, born April 6, 1.818; Annis H., born May 7, 1820; Mandane, born March 13, 1822; and Hester M., born July 1, 1825. died September 1,1840. Lewis Fitch married, first, Minerva Beckwith, of Horseheads, N.Y., October 24, 1843, a daughter of Albert A. and Hannah (Griswold) Beckwith. Her father was the second sheriff of Chemung County. Their children are: Julia, born June 4, 1846, died March 27, 1847; Albert B., born February 14, 1848; Ella O.; born July 25, 1850; Townsend B., born June 23, 1852; Road C., born May 14, 1856, died March 17, 1857; and Annah M., born January 24, 1859. He married, second, Caroline S. Beckwith, sister of his first wife, who was born March 20, 1834, and died November 21, 1889. By her he had one daughter, Bertha C., born October 24, 1875. Lewis Fitch, with his father and brothers, cleared a farm in Big Flats, and his brother. Daniel K., was the leading spirit in promoting the building of the irst bridge over the Chemung River three miles above Elmira. The Fitches were extensive lumbermen in early days, and Albert B. is now a large lumber dealer in Elmira, the firm being Fitch & Aldrich.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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