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JOHN MARSHALL HITCHCOCK, deceased, formerly a resident of this county, was born in York County, Pa., Sept. 3, 1820, and was born in York County, Pa., Sept. 3, 1820, and was the son of Caleb and Elizabeth (Marshall) Hitchcock, and grandson of Isaac Hitchcock, a native of England.
The grandfather came to this country during the Revolution and was a pedagogue by profession. Caleb Hitchcock was born and reared to manhood in Maryland. He first saw light in Hartford County, near Baltimore, that State, Jan. 18, 1797.
He there learned the trade of a miller, and followed the same in Maryland for some time, and then in Ohio, whither he had removed. Later in life he was engaged in mercantile pursuits and also carried on a large farm in Harrison Township, Perry Co., Ohio. He spent the last years of his life on the farm in that county, dying there in 1875.
The mother of our subject was born in Baltimore, and died at the home of her daughter in Morgan County, this State, in 1879. Eleven children were born to the parents.
Our subject attended the public schools in his younger years, and when he was of sufficient age assisted in the labors on the farm. He lived at home with his parents until his marriage, and then engaged in trade at Oakfield, Perry Co., Ohio. He was thus occupied for two years and then bought a farm in that county, where the city of Corning is now situated, and carried on farming.
He sold his place in September, 1851, and bought another near the home of his father, and located upon it. In 1852 he went to California, via the Isthmus, and was absent from home until August, 1856, his wife in the meantime residing with his and her parents. While living in California he engaged in mining, meeting with partial success.
Returning home he continued his farming operations until the breaking out of the late war and then, Sept. 20, 1861, enlisted in Co. A, 62d Volunteer Infantry [ed., 62nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment], and served his country faithfully and well until Sept. 24, 1802, when he was discharged on account of disability. He was in the Army of the Potomac and participated in several important battles.
May 20, 1864, he again enlisted, this time for 100 days, and joined Co. G, 161st Ohio National Guards [ed., the 161st Ohio Volunteer Infantry consisting of the Ohio National Guard from several counties was formed at Camp Chase, Ohio, on May 9, 1864, to serve 100 days]. He was mustered in as Sergeant, and continued to serve until the close of the war. He participated in all the engagements in which his regiment fought, which were numerous and bloody, and escaped from the field of conflict without serious injury.
Returning from the war he, in 1865, sold his farm in Ohio and that year came to this State, and bought a place in Mt. Hope Township, this county. He farmed this place for nine years, then rented it, and purchasing the McLean Hotel, filled the position of "mine host" until Sept. 20, 1876, the date of his demise.
Mr. Hitchcock was married to Miss Mary J. Rink, May 12, 1850. She was born in Baltimore County, Md., March 3, 1832. Her father, John Rink, was a native of Germany. He came to America with an uncle when one year old, his mother having died in the old country. He was reared to manhood in Pennsylvania.
There he learned the trade of a tailor, and moving to Baltimore, Md., worked at his trade until 1845. He then went to Perry County, Ohio, and continued working at his trade until 1872, when he moved to Armstrong, Tazewell Co., Ill., and continued laboring at his vocation until a short time before his death, which occurred in November, 1880.
The maiden name of the mother of Mrs. Hitchcock was Belinda H. Marshall, a native of Baltimore County, Md. She died in Ohio in June, 1868.
After the death of our subject Mrs. Hitchcock continued to manage the hotel until 1880. July 14 of that year the building was destroyed by fire, and Mrs. Hitchcock then went to Atlanta [ed., probably Atlanta, Ill.], and rented a hotel which she conducted on her own account.
She then returned to this county, and in 1882 had the present hotel erected. It is commodious and conveniently arranged and is well kept. Mrs. Hitchcock is the mother of two children by our subject, Addis and Mazilla. She and her daughter Addis are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]
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