CALEB HITCHCOCK. Notwithstanding the forbidding elements of frontier life during the early settlement of Nebraska Territory, there drifted to it many men of admirable qualities, just such men as were needed to develop its resources and bring it to its present state. In making mention of these, the name of Caleb Hitchcock cannot very properly be left out of the category. Although an individual quiet and unobtrusive in his life, he has made his impress among the agricultural interests of Clay Precinct and has constructed one of its most creditable homesteads. A man honest and upright in his dealings, he possesses in a marked degree the solid respect and esteem of his neighbors, while his industry has placed him upon a sound footing financially.
In looking back to the source from which our subject sprang, we find that he is the son of Lucien Hitchcock. and that his paternal grandfather, Isaac Hitchcock, was a native of Maryland, where he was reared to man's estate and married, and where his son Lucien was born. Later the family all emigrated to Perry County, Ohio, during the early manhood of Lucien, settling upon a tract of land from which they constructed a homestead, where Grandfather Hitchcock and his estimable wife spent their last days. Lucien was married in Perry County to Miss Penelope Marshall, who bore him nine children, of whom Caleb, our subject, was the second. Of these six are still living.
Caleb Hitchcock was reared to man's estate in his native county, becoming familiar with the various pursuits of farm life and acquired his education in the district schools. He was united in marriage on the 9th of October, 1851, his bride being Miss Mary Brown. This lady was the daughter of Joseph and Ann (Kelley) Brown, the former of whom served as a drummer boy all through the War of 1812. Mr. Hitchcock continued farming in the Buckeye State until 1853, then removed with his little family to Tazewell County, Ill., where he sojourned and carried on agriculture until the fall of 1877. His next removal was to this county, and his first purchase was a farm one and onehalf miles south of Pawnee City. He occupied this until 1884, then purchased a farm of 200 acres on section 15, which comprises his present homestead. He also has eighty acres located elsewhere in Clay Precinct.
Mrs. Mary (Brown) Hitchcock departed this life at the homestead in Clay Precinct, Oct.3, 1884, when a little over fifty years of age, having been born May 10,1834. She had united with the Methodist Episcopal Church when a maiden of seventeen years, in the faith of which she lived and died triumphantly. She was a lady possessing all the Christian virtues, and left a bereaved husband and six children to mourn their loss. Their eldest son, George W., is a resident of this county; Mary L. is the wife of Robert Cruse; Amanda E. is Mrs. Joseph P. Fost; Sarah J. is the wife of Walton Peterson; John M. is living at home; James F. died in infancy; Jacob A. is at home. Their first child died in infancy unnamed.
On the 27th of June, 1886, Mr. Hitchcock contracted a second marriage, with Miss Jennie, daughter of George W. and Charlotte (Hoops) Reed. The parents of this lady were natives of Perry County, Ohio, where also she was born April 4. 1856. Mrs. Reed departed this life in 1837. Mr. Reed is still living and a resident of Rawlins County, Kan. They were the parents of two children both daughters. The elder sister of Mrs. H. is Emma, wife of James Tannyhill. Mr. Reed was thrice married after the death of his first wife.
In religious matters Mr. and Mrs. Hitchcock are partial to the doctrines and observances of the Methodist Episcopal Church, but as there is no society of that denomination convenient to them they identified themselves with the United Brethren. Mr. Hitchcock, politically, is a firm supporter of Republican principles.