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Mortimer Columbus Fitch

Mortimer Columbus Fitch

Male 1834 - 1933  (99 years)

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  • Name Mortimer Columbus Fitch  [1
    Born 12 Jan 1834  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farm laborer 
    Occupation Government - "Gate Keeper" (for toll road?) 
    Died 21 Jan 1933  Walkersville, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 23 Jan 1933  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Person ID I7775  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2011 

    Father Mortimer Fitch,   b. Abt 1808, Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Rebecca Snouffer,   b. 26 Feb 1807, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1856  (Age 49 years) 
    Married Abt 16 Feb 1829  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F2728  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan M. Barrick,   b. 5 Aug 1833, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1901, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married Abt 13 Apr 1861  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F2729  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1850 census records his father Mortimer Fitch, 42, born in Virginia, living with his mother Rebecca, 42, born in Pennsylvania, and their Maryland-born children: John F, 20; "Martin C" [sic], 15; Mary H, 13; and Melvina, 9. Mortimer's occupation was "Inkeeper" [sic]. 1850 U.S. Census, Dist. 8, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 432, Roll 293, stamped p. 419).

      On 6 Aug 1860 the census shows "M Fitch," 26, residing in the same house as "Susan Barrick," 27, and David Barrick, 19. Both "M Fitch" and David Barrick were working as farm hands. Living next door was Josiah Zimmerman, 31, a farmer, his wife Ellen, 34, and their son Milton, 6. According to Mortimer's obituary (below), he worked for Zimmerman. 1860 U.S. Census, Mt. Pleasant Dist, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 653, Roll 475, written p. 338). Where Susan actually lived is debatable. The very next day, 7 Aug 1860, Susan, 27, is shown living with Jacob Barrick, 52, and Ann Barrick 60 (perhaps her parents), and 3 apparent siblings: Ann, 21; Michael, 19; and Ellen, 16. 1860 U.S. Census, Mt. Pleasant Dist, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 653, Roll 475, written p. 340).

      The 1870 census lists Mortimer, 34, who "works on farm," living with his wife Susan, 34, who was born in Maryland. Also in the household are Jacob Berrick, 60, and Rebecca Berrick, 33 (perhaps Susan's father and sister). 1870 U.S. Census, Mt. Pleasant Dist, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 593, Roll 587, stamped p. 518B).

      The 1880 census shows Mortimer, 45, a "Gate Keeper," living with his wife Susan M, 45, who was "Keeping House." Also in the home was Ann R. Barrick [sic], 44, a "Boarder" who was employed as a seamstress. 1880 US Census, Mt. Pleasant Dist, Frederick Cnty, MD (T 9, Roll 510, stamped p. 417).

      In 1900 the census shows Mortimer, 66, living in Walkersville with his wife Susan M. It records that he was born in Jan 1834, in Maryland, and that she was born in Aug 1833, also in Maryland; and that they had been married 29 years and had no children. Mortimer was employed as "Sexton at Church." 1900 U.S. Census, Walkersville, Frederick Cnty, MD (T 623, Roll 622, stamped p. 100).

      Obituary, The Frederick [MD] Post, p. 8 (23 Jan 1933):
      "Mortimer Fitch Dies
      "Mortimer Columbus Fitch, believed to be Frederick county's oldest man, died at 2 am Saturday [21 Jan] at his home on Main street, Walkersville. Mr. Fitch was 99 years old on January 12 and for the past four weeks has been confined to bed as the result of a fall in which he sustained a fractured left hip.
      "Mr. Fitch was the son of the late Mortimer Fitch and Rebecca Snouffer Fitch and was reared by the late Josiah Zimmerman. After growing to manhood he was engaged in farming for Mr. Zimmerman for many years, and later kept the tollgate near Walkersville. After the death of his wife, he resided with his wife's nieces, Misses Cora and Zoa Hardy on Main street, in Walkersville.
      "Although not in such robust health until his fall, the deceased was accustomed to walk about the streets of Walkersville and was well known in the community. He barely missed participating in the Civil War and remembered clearly the Mexican, Spanish and World War periods of which he was accustomed to converse with interested persons. He was a member of Glade Reformed church, Walkersville. About a month ago he slipped in the house and sustained injuries, from which he never recovered.
      "The deceased is survived by a number of nieces.
      "Funeral leaving the late home this afternoon at 2 o'clock, with services at Glade Reformed church. Interment in Mt. Olivet cemetery."

  • Sources 
    1. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary".

    2. [S415] MD Census 1900, Frederick, Maryland, Frederick Cnty, Frederick, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 622, p. 100).

    3. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 34366528.

    4. [S28] Myers Marriages 2|, Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], 1811-1840, (Family Line Publications, Silver Spring, MD : 1987), pp. 77, 228.

    5. [S413] MD Marriages 1667 |, Jordan Dodd, "Maryland Marriages, 1667 - 1899", (Liahona Research, The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT (database on-line), www.Ancestry.com).