John Hitchcock1

#2095, (27 September 1642 - 9 February 1711/12)
Relationship7th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*Luke Hitchcock1 (s 1617 - 1659)
Mother*Elizabeth Gibbons1 (c 1619 - 1696)


Hannah Chapin b. 1644, d. 1719
Children 1.___ Hitchcock2 (1667 - 1667)
 2.Hannah Hitchcock11 (1668 - 1748)
 3.Ens. John Hitchcock Jr+12 (1670 - 1751)
 4.Samuel Hitchcock2 (1672 - 1727)
 5.Luke Hitchcock2 (1674/75 - 1752)
 6.Nathaniel Hitchcock+2 (1677 - 1761)
 7.David Hitchcock+2 (1679 - 1762)
 8.Jonathan Hitchcock2 (1682 - 1683/84)
 9.Sarah Hitchcock2 (1686/87 - 1690)
Birth*27 September 1642He was born on 27 September 1642.2 
1643He lived with Luke Hitchcock and Elizabeth Gibbons in 1643 at New Haven Colony, Connecticut (now)G.3 
26 February 1654/55In William Gibbons's will dated 26 February 1654/55, John Hitchcock was named as an heir; (Luke Hitchcock, witness.)4 
1661He removed with Elizabeth Gibbons to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1661.5 
Marriage*27 September 1666He married Hannah Chapin, daughter of Dea. Samuel Chapin and Cicely Penney, on 27 September 1666 at Springfield, Hampshire Co., MassachusettsG.6,7 
Marriage27 February 1670/71He witnessed the marriage of Nathaniel Holcomb and Mary Bliss on 27 February 1670/71 at Hampshire Co., MassachusettsG.8 
19 May 1676He fought in the Falls Fight on 19 May 1676 at Greenfield, Franklin Co. (now), MassachusettsG; the Falls Fight, or Battle of Turner's Falls.9 
Death*9 February 1711/12He died on 9 February 1711/12 at Springfield, Hampden Co., MassachusettsG, at age 69.10 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S329] Mrs. Edward Hitchcock Sr., compiler; Rev. Dwight W. Marsh, editor Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family (Amherst, Mass.: Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, 1894), Descendants of Luke Hitchcock, pp. 203 and following. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family.
  2. [S756] Gilbert Warren Chapin, compiler, The Chapin Book of Genealogical Data (Hartford, Connecticut: Chapin Family Association, 1924), p. 7.
  3. [S1091] Edward E. Atwater, History of the Colony of New Haven to its Absorption into Connecticut, 2nd Edition (Meriden, Conn.: Journal Publishing Company, 1902), p. 701, the year first mentioned in the Colony records.
  4. [S753] Charles William Manwaring, compiler, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford, Conn.: R. S. Peck & Co., Printers, 1904), I:115–16: [Vol. II] Page 82-3-4-5. Gibbons, William, Hartford. Invt. £1499-14-05. Taken 2 December, 1655, by John White, Andrew Bacon, Nathaniel Ward. Will dated 26 February, 1654-5:
    I, William Gibbins, of Hartford, upon ye River of Connecticutt, yeoman, being of perfect memory and soundness of mind, — make and ordayne this my last will & testament :
    Imp. I give unto my wife Ursula Gibbons her full thirds of ye proffitts, rents and revenues of all my houses & Lands in Hartford, Wethersfield & Pequett, during her naturall lyfe, except A prsell of swamp bought of Robert Bates, lying in Wethersfield, & a prcell of Land lying in Pennywise, which I bequeath by this my will as followes:
    As alsoe I give and bequeathe unto my wife Ursula the whole proffits & revenues of ye foresd houses & Landes, viz., the whole of my houses & landes in Wethersfield both of ye East & West side of ye river, untill my daughter Mary Gibbons shall be married or untill shee bee of ye age of eighteen years ; Alsoe the whole of my houses & Landes at Hartford & Pequett, until my daughter Sarah shall bee married or 18 years of age; (and after this age) my will is that my sd wyfe shall yet have Interest in the free and full use of one of the sellers, the Parlor & ye roomes over the Parlor, for & during her naturall life, as also her thirds of ye orchard & Garden, I give to my daughter Mary Gibbons, at her Marriadge or at 18 years of age, the full & sole propriety in all my Houses & Lands in Weathersfield, both on ye East and west side of ye River, to bee to her and her heirs forever. Except the thirds of ye Revenewes or Rents of yt to her mother during her life & ye prsell of Swampe bought of Robt Bates & the Land at Pennywise, wch sd. thirds given to her Mother shall after her decease be to my sd. daughter Mary & her heirs forever.
    Item. I give unto my daughter Sarah Gibbons, at her marridge or when shee shall attayne ye age of 18 years, the full & sole Propriety in all my Houses & Lands at Hartford & Pequett, to bee to her & her heirs forever, except the one thirds of ye profitts & revenewes thereof unto my sd. wife Ursula during her naturall lyfe, & ye Use of ye Seller, the parlor, & ye Roomes above ye Parlor, wch after her decease shall bee to my sd. daughter Sarah & her heirs forever.
    Ite. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Mary one third part & to my daughter Sarah one third & to my wyfe one third of all my Goods, Chattells, debts & other moveables, both within dores & without, my just debts & legesies beeinge discharged. My will is, that the one third part of those foresd goods & debts shall bee to my wyfe's proper use & dispose as her owne propr estate ; And for ye twoe thirds of ye aforesd goods, I give unto my twoe daughters to bee to ym & ye heirs for ever, to bee improved by ye advise of my overseers for ym until they attayne ye foresd age of eighteene years or are maried ; And if Eyther of my sd Daughters depart this lyfe before they bee married or atayne ye age of eighteen years, — then my will is that ye estate given to yt daughter that soe deseaseth shalbee Inioyd by (that) child yt Survives ; & if eyther of ym depart this lyfe after they are Married, & have noe Issue, then ye one halfe of ye estate given to yt sd daughter shalbee to her husband & ye other halfe to my survivinge childe.
    Item. My will further is, that when ye providence of God shall despose of my daughters for marridge, that then they shall consult wth their mother & my overseers herein.
    Item. My will is to give to my brothers Richard, Jon & Thomas Gibbons, in England, twenty shillings a peece, & to ye Children wch are liveinge at my decease lo Shillings apeece.
    Item. I give to my sister Hidgcoke £5 wch shee shal inioy while shee lives & dispose of yt to yt Child shee sees most deserveing. I give to the Children of my sister Hidgcocke wch are liveinge at my decease the sum of £15 to be equally divided amongst ym.
    Item. I give to my bro. Hidgcocke one sute & Coate of weareinge Apparrell.
    Item. I give his son Jno Hidgcocke one prsell of Swampe, about 9 acres, bought of Robt Bates, lieing at Wethersfield, to him & his heirs forever. Item. I give my Land at Pennywise, nowe in ye Tennoe of Jon Sadler, towards the Mayntenance of a Lattin scoole at Hartford provided ye fence be continued in ye same Line & Way of Common fence angle as yt nowe is ; & for ye prsent, until ye Lease I have made to Jno Sadler bee expired, I give out of ye Rent due from Jno Sadler 50 Shillings yearly.
    Item. I give to my honord friend Mr. Samuel Stone £5, & to Mr. Huett of Windsor 40 Shillngs, & to Mr. Warham, Mr, Newton, Mr. James Fitch, Mr. Russell & Mr. Stoe, 20 Shillings apeece. Item. I give to Mr. Samuel Welles & Mrs Mary Welles £5 apece, & to Mr. John Moudy £3.
    Item. I give to my man Isaacke Stiles £3 in case my wyfe & Overseers or any twoe of ym thinke hime deserveing ; and to my man Henry One yearc of his time ; & alsoe I give to ye Artillery in Hartford 40 Shillings ; & for ye time of payment of these foresd. sumes by legacies I leave yt to ye descreeson of my Overseers, wthin 2, 3 or 4 years. Item. I give to my trusty & beloved friends Mr. Samuel ffitch & Richard Lord the sum of £5 apeece, whom I intreat, appoynt & ordayne to bee Overseers & Supervisors of this my last Will & Testament, intreeatenge them to bee carefull & faythfull in descharge of ye Trust comitted to ym.
    Lastly I doe appoynt my beeloved wyfe Ursula Gibbons to bee sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament, leaveinge & comittinge the Care & Education of my Children in ye feare of God & all such other ways as may most advantage ym as they are capable of. In Witness hereunto I have sette my Hand. I leave ye Care of my comely cristian burial to my wyfe & Overseers.
    William Gibbons.
    Witness: Jasper Gunne, Luke X Hitchcock."
  5. [S1207] Henry M. Burt, The First Century of the History of Springfield (Springfield, Mass.: Henry M. Burt, 1898, 1899), I:45. Mentions Elizabeth, John and Luke Jr. but not Hannah, who would have been 15 or 16 yrs. of age. She marr. Chileab Smith and lived in Hadley so she is presumed to have removed with her mother.
  6. [S819] Register Editors, "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record: 1685-1711", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 123:4 (October 1969): p. 258; 27 Sep 1666, John Hitchcock and Hannah Chapin, both of Hartford joined in marr.
  7. [S1025] Massachusetts Town and Vital Records: Springfield 1640–1894, Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook), compiler, Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Copy 1, p. 120, img. 526/6014. John Hitchcock and Hannah Chapin, marr.27 Sep 166. Online
  8. [S819] Register Editors, "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record", p. 258; "ffebr 27th 1670 Nathanell Holcomb of Windsor & Mary Bliss of Springfeild / Joned in Mariage -- Sam Chapin & Jo: Hitchcock attested their Legall Publication."
  9. [S946] George M. Bodge, Soldiers in King Philip's War (Boston: privately published, 1891), 196–210. Note that contemporary dates are Old Style (before the calendar reform of Sep. 1752). Excerpts: p. 199–202:
    "I think the following is a fairly accurate account of the campaign of Capt. Turner in May, 1676, closing with the Falls Fight on the 18th....
    "A large body of the Indians were gathered near the " Upper Falls" of the Connecticut, divided into several parties, one of which was located on the high ground on the right bank at the head of the Full, another on the opposite bank, and a third at what is known now as " Smead's Island," about a mile below, and all were intent upon their fishing. Hearing, however, that the English had turned some of their cattle out into Hatfield meadows, a detachment was sent out upon May 12th, and succeeded in " stampeding" about seventy head of these cattle, and driving them safely into the woods. This fresh outrage was carried out with impunity, and so enraged the English that they urged to be led out against their enemies at once, and when Reed, abovementioned, came in on May 15th, and disclosed the carelessness of the Indians, it was resolved to wait no longer, but to gather the forces and strike a blow...
    "Preparations had been completed for several days, and the men, gathered from the inhabitants and soldiers of the several towns and garrisons, were appointed to meet at Hatfield at the summons of the commander. Day after day passed, while they waited impatiently the company which Connecticut authorities had ordered to march to their assistance. These, delayed in turn by the failure of the Sachems to appear at a promised meeting, and fearing to make any hostile movement while English captives were held by the Indians, did not move, and so on May 18th Capt. Turner gathered all his available force at Hatfield, numbering upwards of one hundred and fifty rank and file. Of the garrison soldiers I think only volunteers were taken in this expedition, as it would not be safe to weaken the garrison by withdrawing a large number of the men away from the defence of the towns, which was their proper service. A comparison of the lists below will show that a very small number of eastern soldiers are among the claimants, though the list of killed has many names not represented there. A very large part of Capt. Turner's original company had marched home to Boston on April 7th, leaving him with a company of single men, boys and servants, selected from Major Savage's forces, for garrison duty. Of this expedition the officers were William Turner, Captain ; Samuel Holyoke, Lieut.; Isaiah Toy (or Tay) and John Lyman, Ensigns ; Rev. Hope Atherton, Chaplain; John Dickinson and Joseph Kellogg, Sergeants; Experience Hinsdell and Benjamin Wait were guides.
    "This company of volunteers, thus officered, and more than one half inhabitants of the several river towns, mounted upon their own horses, and armed as each might be able, or from the garrisons, took up the line of march in the evening of May 18th, from Hatfield towards the Falls, twenty miles away, through the woods. Taking their way northward through Hatfield meadows and on by the road where both Lathrop and Beers had met disaster and death, past the ruins of Deerfield, they crossed the river at the northerly part of the meadow (a late high authority says "at the mouth of Sheldon's brook"), and thus eluded the Indian outpost stationed at a place "now called Cheapside," to guard the usual place of crossing. These Indians, it is said, overheard the crossing of the troops and turned out with torches, and examined the usual ford, but finding no traces there and hearing no further disturbance, concluded that the noise was made by moose, crossing, and so went back to their sleep. A heavy thunder shower during the night greatly aided the secresy of the march, while it drove the Indiana to their wigwams and prevented any suspicion of an attack. This danger safely passed, the troops rode forward through Greenfield meadow, and, crossing Green river "at the mouth of Ash-swamp brook to the eastward, skirting the great swamp " (says Mr. Sheldon), they at length, about daybreak, reached the high land just south of Mount Adams, where the men dismounted, and leaving the horses under a small guard, pushed on through Fall river and up a steep hill, and halted and silently awaited daylight upon the slope above the sleeping Indian camp. Here all was wrapped in profound sleep. It is said a great feast had been celebrated the night before by the Indians, at which they had gorged themselves with fresh salmon from the river, and beef and new milk from the Hatfield cattle. Not a guard had been set, and no precaution had been made, so secure were they and unsuspicious of an English raid. And now with advancing daylight the sturdy settlers gather silently down and about their unconscious foes, to whom the first warning of danger was the crashing of a hundred muskets, dealing death in at their wigwam doors. Many were killed at the first five, and scarcely a show of resistance was made. The savages who escaped the first fire were terrified at the thought that their old enemy was upon them, and fled towards the river yelling " Mohawks ! Mohawks ! and wildly threw themselves into the canoes along the banks, but many of these, overcrowding the canoes, were thrown into the river and carried over the falls to certain death ; others were shot in attempting to reach the other side ; others were chased to the shelving rocks along the banks and there shot down. It is said that Capt. Holyoke there despatched five with his own hand. Very few of the Indians escaped, and their loss was computed by contemporary writers at three hundred. One only of the English was killed, and he by mistake, by one of his comrades, and another was wounded in this attack. The soldiers burned all the wigwams and their contents, captured the tools of the Indian blacksmiths who had set up two forges for mending arms, and threw " two great Piggs of lead (intended for making bullets) into the river." But while this was being accomplished, the several larger bodies of Indians upon the river above and below, rallied, and from various quarters gathered in and about the English. A small party as decoys showed themselves crossing the river above, and succeeded in drawing a portion of our force away from the main body only to meet a large force and to regain the command with difficulty. Capt. Turner, enfeebled as he was by his disease, collected and drew off his troops towards the horses, where the guards were about this time attacked by the enemy, who hastily withdrew at the coming of the main body. Mounting their horses, the English began the march for Hatfield. The Indians in increasing numbers gathered upon flank and rear.
    "Capt. Turner led the van, though so weak from long sickness as scarcely able to manage his horse. The intrepid Capt. Holyoke commanded the rear guard, but in effect conducted the retreat. The Indians advanced upon the left and rear, and several sharp skirmishes ensued while they tried to separate the rear guard from the main. Once Capt. Holyoke's horse was shot down, and he narrowly escaped capture by the Indians, who rushed forward to seize him, by shooting down the foremost with his pistols, till his men came to his aid. On the left of the line of inarch, nearly all the way to Green river, was a swamp in which the Indians found safe cover. A rumor was started (by an escaped captive, it is said) that Philip with a thousand warriors was at hand, and a panic ensued. The guides differed as to the course, and some following one and some another, disorder prevailed, and the command was broken up. Two parties leaving the main body were cut off and lost. Capt. Turner pushed forward with the advance as far as Green river, and was shot by the Indians while crossing the stream, near the mouth of the brook upon which afterwards stood " Nash's " Mill. His body was found near the place by a scouting party a short time afterwards.
    "The whole command now devolved upon Capt. Holyoke, who led his shattered force, fighting every rod of the way to the south side of Deerfield meadow to the place now known as the " Bars " (according to Gen. Hoyt's account). That the retreat did not end in a general massacre is doubtless due to the skill and bravery of Capt. Holyoke in keeping the main body together, and in protecting flank and rear while pushing forward to avoid the chance of ambuscades. As it was, they found, on arriving at Hatfield, that some forty-five or more of their men were missing. Rev. Mr. Russell's letter of May 22d gives some account of the losses, and says that six of the missing have come in, reducing the number of the lost to thirty-eight or thirty-nine. Of the Indian losses he gives the report of Sergt. Bardwell that he counted upwards of one hundred in and about the wigwams and along the river banks, and the testimony of William Drew and others that they counted some " six-score and ten. 'Hence we cannot but judge that there were above 200 of them slain.'
    "Of the slain of our soldiers the following list is taken from the best available authorities:

    Capt. William Turner, Boston.      Nathaniel Sutliff, Deerfield.
    Experience Hinsdell, Hatfield.      John Hadlock, Roxbury.
    Sergt. John Dickinson, Hatfield.     Samuel Veze, Braintree.
    William Allis, Hatfield           Josiah Mann, Boston.
    John Colfax, "               John Whitteridge, Salem.
    Samuel Gillet, "               George Buckley.
    John Church, Hadley.          Jacob Burton.
    Samuel Crow, "               John Foster.
    Thomas Elgar, "               Joseph Fowler.
    Isaac Harrison, "               Peter Gerin.
    John Taylor, Hadley.          John Langbury.
    Edward Hodgman, Springfield.     Thomas Lyon.
    George Hewes, "               Samuel Rainsford.
    Joseph Pike, " (?)               Thomas Roberts.
    James Bennet, Northampton.      George Ruggles.
    John Miller, "               John Symms.
    John Walker, "               John Watson.
    Jabez Duncan, Worcester.          William Howard.
    John Ashdowne, Weymouth.     

    p. 206 "A List of ye Soldiers yt were in ye Fall Fight under Capt. W m Turner, approved off by ye Committee of ye Gen. Court. (Dated June, 1736.):

    Allexander, Nath’l, N. Hamp'.     Grover, Simon, Boston.     Pike, Joseph, Spring.
    Alvard, Thom’s, Hadfield.     Gerrin,* Peter, North.     Pumroy, Caleb, North.
    Arms, William, Hadley.     Griffin, Joseph, Roxbury.     Preston, John, Hadley.
    Ashdown, John.          Hitchcock, John, Springfield.     Pratt, John, Mallden.
    Atherton, Hope, Hatfield.     Hitchcock, Luke, Springfield.     Pressey, John, Almsbury.
    Baker, Timothy, North Hampt. Hadlock, John.      Pearse, Nath’l, Woburn.
    Ball, Sam’l, Springfield.     Hoit, David, Hadley.     Rogers, Henery, Spring.
    Barber, John, Springfield.     Hawks, John, Hadley.     Roberts, Thomas, North.
    Bardwell, Rob’t, Hatfield.     Hawks, Eleaz’r, Hadley.     Ransford, Sam’l, North.
    Bedortha, Sam’l, Springfield.     Howard, William, North.     Ruggles, George, North.
    Beers, Richard, of Watert.     Harrison, Isaac, Hadley.     Read, Thomas, Westford.
    Belding, Sam’l.          Hughs, George, Spring.     Roper, Ephr’a.
    Bennett, James, South Hamp     Hinsdell, Experience, Hadley.     Siky, Nath’l.
    Boultwood, Sam’l, Hadley.     Hodgman, Edward, Spring.     Suttleife, Nath’ll, Hadley.
    Bradshaw, John, Medford.     Hunt, Sam’l, Billerica.     Stebins, Sam’ll, Springfield.
    Burnap, John.          Harwood, James.          Stebins, Benoni, North.
    Burnitt, John, Windham.     Ingram, John, Hadley.     Stebins, Thomas, Springfield.
    Burton, Jacob, North.     Jones, Sam’l.          Smeade, Wm, Northampton.
    Bushrod, Peter, Northampton.     Jones, Robertt.     Smith, John, Hadley.
    Chamberlain, Benja., Hadley.     Jilett, Sam’l, Hatfield.     Stephenson, James, Springf.
    Chamberlain, Joseph.     James, Abell, North.     Seldin, Joseph, Hadley.
    Chapin, Japhett, Springfield.     King, John, North.     Scott,      Wm, Hatfield.
    Chase, John, Almsbury.     Keett, Franc. Northamton.     Salter, John, Charlestown.
    Church, John, Hadley.     Kellogg, Joseph, Hadley.     Simonds, John.
    Clap, Preserved, Northampt.     Lee, John, Westfield.     (Smith, Rich’d.)**
    Clark, William, Northampton.     Lyman, John, North.     Turner, Capt. Wm, now Swan'y.
    Coleby, John, Almsbury.     Leeds, Joseph, Dorchester.     Tay, Isaiah, Lt., Boston.
    Coleman, Noah, Hadley.     Lenoard, Josiah, Spring.     Thomas, Benj’a, Spring.
    Colfax, John, Hatfield.     Langbury, John, North.     Taylor, John.
    Crow, Sam’l, Hadley.     Lyon, Thomas, North.     Taylor, Jonathan, Spring’d.
    Crowfott, Joseph, Springfiel.     Miller, John, North.          Tyley, Sam'll.
    Cunnaball, John, Boston.     Merry, Cornelius, North.     Veazy, Sam’ll, Brantrey.
    Dickenson, John, Hadley.     Morgan, Isaac, Springfield.     Wright, James, North.
    Dickenson, Nehemiah, Hadl.     Morgan, Jonathan, Spring.     Webb, John, North.
    Drew, Wm, Hadley.     Miller,      Thomas, Spring.          Webb, Richard, North.
    Dunkin, Jabez, Worcester.     Mun, James, Alive: Colchest.     Waite, Benjamin, Hatfield.
    Edwards, Benja, North.     Mun, John, Deerfield.     Witteridge, John, North.
    Elgar, Thomas, Hadley.     Monteague, Peter, Hadley.     Walker, John, North.
    Field, Samuel, Hatfield.     Mattoon, Phillip, Hadley.     Webber, Eleaz’r.
    Fuller, Joseph, Newtown.     Man, Josiah.          Wattson, John.
    Forster, John, North.     Nims, Godfrey, North.     Wells, Thomas, Hadley.
    Fowler, Joseph, North.     Newbury, Tryall, Boston.     White, Henry, Hadley.
    Flanders, John.          Old, Robert, Spring.     Warriner, Joseph, Hadley.
    Foot, Nath’l, Hatfield.     Pumroy, Medad, North.     Wells, Jonathan, Hadley.
    Gleason, Isaac, Spring.     Price, Robert, North.     Worthington, Wm

    * In the Northampton records Peter Jerrin. In Hull's accounts two persons appear in different places, Peter Jennings and Peter Genninirs. This may be one of the two.
    **This name is in the margin, and was added after the list was made out.
    *** "eldest son of Elnathan Beers."
  10. [S1206] Clifford L. Stott, compiler, Vital Records of Springfield Massachusetts to 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003), 1:124. "Deacon John Hitchcock the husband of Hanna Hitchcock was Sick and died feb the 9th. 1711/12."
  11. [S1207] Henry M. Burt, The First Century of the History of Springfield, II:590.
  12. [S329] Mrs. Edward Hitchcock Sr., Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family, Descendants of Luke Hitchcock, 212-213.