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.
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.