Biography of Francis E. Fitch
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Fitch, Francis Ellery, a descendant of the Thomas Fitch who was born in Booking, Essex, England, came to this country in 1638, settling at Norwalk, Conn. He was the father of the Thomas Fitch who died in that place in 1684, and left a son Thomas, who was born in 1665. This last Thomas was the father of James Fitch, who was born in 1700, and he was the father of Elijah, Sr., who was married in 1752. His son, Elijah, Jr., born in 1773, married, in 1793, Mary Olmstead. In 1799 they moved to Cooperstown, Otsego County, N. Y., and in 1831the family came to Troy, Pa. Stephen H. Fitch, the father of Francis E., was born at Cooperstown, N. Y., February 25, 1814, and in 1839 married Lucina, daughter of Thomas and Betsey Manley, of East Canton, Bradford County, Pa. The brothers of Stephen H. were Lewis H., Thomas N., Andrew M., Curtis T., and Horace H. The sisters were Sarah, Amarilla T., Lydia, and Hannah. Francis Ellery Fitch married, February 9, 1864, Julia A., daughter of Caleb S. and Jane E. Burt, of Springfield, Bradford County, Pa. They have had five children, of whom three girls died in infancy. The others are Burt S., born March 6, 1865; Nellie G. (adopted), born August 22, 1869; and Francis Ellery, Jr., born December 27, 1884. Mr. Fitch entered the service of the Williamsport and Elmira Railway Company in November, 1855, as telegraph operator at Troy. Pa., was made train dispatcher January 1, 1864, and in 1872 was made trainmaster for the Northern Central Railway Company at Elmira, which position he now holds,

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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