Peter McKinney Hitchcock

 


Picture: Elizabeth Cornell (Peter's wife), Peter M Hitchcock, their daughter Della Hitchcock. 

 

Peter McKinney Hitchcock's great-grandfather was Luke Hitchcock from Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1795 (22 September), Luke Hitchcock was one of hundreds of settlers to sign the Oath of Allegiance at Missisquoi Bay in Lower Canada. In 1801, he received a land grant of 1000 acres in the Township of Stanbridge.  Upon Luke's death c1839, his land was divided among his children including his son, the Rev.  Barnabas Hitchcock. In late 1857, Peter Hitchcock took over his grandfather Barnabas' farm in what became known as Stanbridge Station, Quebec. See in ascending order from IX:  A. Hogle,  B. Hitchcock, Mrs. L'Hote, J. Brown for the Hitchcock land.  Walling Map 1864

Barnabas moved to Pigeon Hill, Quebec (16 km, 10 miles away) with his second wife. See Mrs. Hitchcock Walling Pigeon Hill Close-up map

 A collection of letters that has come down from generation to generation is presented here. This is essentially the content of Peter's writing box and includes correspondence from friends and various members of his family.

We have charted the Hitchcock family and extended family relations mentioned in the letters: Corey, HungerfordMcKinney

To help situate the reader geographically, see the Missisquoi Museum's Maps Project for historical references and for present day locations,  click here.

Most of the letters were originally transcribed by Ronald Charles Smith, Peter's great-great-grandson. The letters appear here as written. We update the notes as new information becomes available.

  • 1853

                 3 July

  •  1854

                 7 June; 19 September; 17 October; 7 November

  • 1855

                 13 January

  • 1856
                 26 April; 25 May; 18 July; 27 July; 4 August; 17 August; 21 September; 16 October
  • 1857
                 13 April; 19 April; 24 April; 17 May; 15 June; 27 June; 19 July; 16 September; 21 October; 17 November
 
  • 1858
                 12 January; 13 January; 9 March; 22 March27 April; 25
  • 1859
                 26 February; 14 December
  • 1860
                12 August 
  • 1864
                 19 June
  • 1868
                 18 November
  • 1869
                 9 February; 27 September
  • 1871
                 1 March; 18 April
  • 1880

                20 June

  • 1888

                8 June

  • 1889
                 7 February; 15 June; 21 June
  • 1890
                 8 February; 3 March
  • 1891
                 17 November
  • 1896
                 11 May; 29 November
  • 1897

                15 April; 9 June; 25 August; 29 November

  • 1907

                 18 March; 21 March; 2 April; 16 April; 1907