01 May 2017

Military Monday : Isaac Hitchcock, War of 1812

This week's military ancestor biography is on Isaac Hitchcock who was a younger brother to one of my 5th great grandfathers, James Hitchcock. Isaac was born 15 May 1796 to Samuel Hitchcock (1760-1831) and Mary Schlippe (1760-1827). His siblings include:

  • James (1785-1858) married Peggy Meneely
  • Joel (1787-1853) married Freelove Dyer
  • Nicholas (1800-1870) married Sarah
  • Jeremiah
  • Rachel married Stephen Conger
The Hitchcock's resided in West Troy in the area of Washington Street. As a youth, age 18, Isaac volunteered at Troy to serve in the New York Militia during the War of 1812 on 05 September 1814. He served under Colonel Benjamin Higbie as an Officer's Waiter. His company became known as the "Troy Invincibles." Isaac was discharged in Troy on 10 December 1814. It is not know where he was stationed or if he saw military action. Below are two scans from his pension files.

Isaac married Nancy Meneely (1798-1858) on 23 November 1816 in West Troy. Nancy was also an older sister of Andrew Meneely (1802-1851) of the renowned Meneely bell company.

Isaac and Nancy had the following children:
  • Julia Ann (1818-1888) married Eli Fay
  • Elmina Jewel (1820-1876) married George May Wheeler
  • Margaret (1822-1904) married Luther Washington Jackson
  • Lucy (1824-1889) married Jabez P. Bowman
  • Jane Guernsey (1827-1867)
  • Isaac James (1830-1866)
  • Nancy Meneely (1833-1917)
  • Jonas C. (1836-1898) married Sarah Elizabeth Johnson
  • Mary Elizabeth (1839-1881) married Stephen Harris Seamans
Isaac was known as Captain Isaac. He operated sloops on the Hudson River for years as did his brothers James, Joel, and Nicholas. On 28 April 1847 Isaac was appointed US Postmaster in West Troy.

Isaac Hitchcock signature from his pension files
 On 24 April 1851 Isaac applied for a land bounty warrant. He was granted 160 acres. It is believed that the land was in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. because Isaac moved the family there eventually. A newspaper article from the Troy Times dated 31 August 1864 read:

Captain Isaac Hitchcock, a life-long resident of West Troy, has disposed of his residence in Washington street, and will, in the course of a fortnight, remove with his most estimable family to Illinois. Captain H. was master of a sloop on the river when passengers went to New York "by sail." He has been postmaster for two terms, and held other offices of trust. The citizens of West Troy will miss his face from the Postoffice, where for so many years he had a pleasant word or innocent joke for all. May success and long life attend him.

Isaac Hitchcock moved back to West Troy by 1880 where he remained until he died on 24 February 1882. His obituary from the Hudson Daily Evening Register dated 25 February 1882, 2:3 read:

Death of Captain Hitchcock
Captain Isaac Hitchcock, a veteran river man and prominent citizen, died at his son-in-law's residence at Port Schuyler, Thursday night.  He was 86 years of age and was the last surviving member of the "Invincibles," a company raised in Troy to fight the British in 1812.  He navigated the Hudson for 30 years.  From 1846 to 1857 he was postmaster at West Troy and was a member of the North Reformed church of that village.  He was respected by all who knew him.  He leaves a son and four daughters.

Isaac was buried in his large family plot in Albany Rural Cemetery.

Isaac Hitchcock, Albany Rural Cemetery plot

Isaac Hitchcock, obelisk inscription