Thomas Fitch

Thomas FITCH (1590 – 1633) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, one of 4,096  in this generation of the Shaw line.  He was also Alex’s 10th great grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line.

Thomas Fitch - Coat of Arms

Thomas Fitch was born on 13 June 1590 in “Brazen Head”, Bocking, near Braintree, Essex, England. His parents were George FITCH and Joan THURGOOD.  He married Anna REEVE on 6 Aug 1611 in St. Mary’s Bocking, Essex, England. Thomas died on 18 Jan 1632/3 in Bocking, Essex, England and was buried in Sawbridgeworth, Co Hertfordshire, England.

St Marys Bocking, Essex Exterior

St Mary's Bocking Essex Interior

Anna Reeve was born about 1590 in Garret Manor, Bocking, Essex, England.   Her parents were John REEVE and Mary BROCK. Other info shows her birth in 1593 in Gosfield, Essex, England.  Son James and maybe John too must have approached their mother, and his brothers about settling in America, and in about 1650, Anna Fitch and her sons Thomas, Samuel and Joseph sailed from England, to join James. Anna died on 20 Jan 1667/68 in Norwalk, CT

Children of Thomas and Anna:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Capt. Thomas Fitch 14 Oct 1612 Bocking, England Anne Stacie
16 Nov 1632
Bocking, England
Ruth Clark
1662 in Milford, New Haven, CT
14 Apr 1704 Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
2. Elizabeth Fitch 3 Apr 1614 Bocking, England 11 Nov 1615 Bocking, England
3. Capt. John FITCH 16 Jul 1615 Bocking, England. Ann Hillier

ca. 1645
Probably Rehoboth,
21 Jan 1697/98 Rehoboth, Mass.
4. Anna Fitch ca. 1616 Bef. 1630
5. Zachary Fitch ca.  1617 Bocking, England Mary [_?_]
Bocking, Essex, England
9 Jun 1662
Reading, Mass
6. Rev. James FITCH 24 Dec 1622 Bocking, England Abigail Whitfield
18 Oct 1648 Guilford, New Haven, CT

Priscilla MASON

2 Oct 1664 Windham, CT
18 Nov 1702 Lebanon, New London, CT
7. Nathaniel Fitch 26 Dec 1623 Bocking, England 8 Mar 1649 Prittlewell, Essex, England
8. Jeremy Fitch 5 Aug 1625 Bocking, England 28 Dec 1651 Bocking, England
9. Samuel Fitch 9 Nov 1626 Bocking, England Susanna Goodrich (widow of William Whiting)
2 Jan 1651 Hartford, CT
Hartford, CT
10. Capt. Joseph Fitch 24 Dec 1627 Bocking, England Mary Stone
Hartford, CT
26 Jun 1727
Windsor, Hartford, CT.
11. Mary Fitch Mar 1629 Bocking, England. Thomas Sherwood
1641 in Stamford, CT
John Banks
6 Jan 1694 in Rye, Westchester, NY
12. Ann Fitch 6 Aug 1630 Bocking, England. 17 Apr 1704 Hartford, CT
13. Sarah Fitch 24 Jul 1631 in Bocking, England. Thomas Crosby
Eastham, Mass
Jehu Burr
Jun 1719
Fairfield, CT

Thomas Fitch was a cloth manufacturer in Bocking, Essex, England.  He was mentioned in his father’s will in 1605 as “my eldest son.” He inherited an estate near Braintree, Essex, England.   He was involved in a number of land transactions. His will was dated Dec. 11, 1632, proved Feb. 12, 1632/33.

The Fitch family traces its first settlement in England to the era of the Norman Conquest A.D. 1066. Morant’s “History of County Essex, England,” says that ‘Robert Gernon or de Gernon came from France along with William the Conqueror and that he was a relative of the Conqueror and of the House of Bologne. One of his sons took the name of de Montfitchet, or de Montifiquet – the name is written these three ways in the Doomsday Book.

Thomas Fitch Bio

Thomas Fitch Bio 2


Thomas’ grandparents were Roger FITCH & Margery [__?__]  Roger, will 12 Jan. 1558/59; d. Panfield, Essex; will proved Consistory Court, London 22 Feb. 1558/59;  m. Margery[__?__].  Admitted tenant of Hartshede, his mother’s lands in Lindsell, 25 Sep 153

Thomas’ great grandparents were Thomas FITCH & Agnes ALGER  Thomas Fitch was born about 1465 at Fitche Castle?, Essex, England, because he was said to be three years old at the time his father’s death was reported at the manor court of Widdington on 9 April 1468.  He was admitted to his inheritance at Widdington court 9 Nov 1487, i.e., when he was about 21 years old.  Thomas married Agnes Algore before 22 Dec1490 when they received land from her parents, Robert and Margaret Algore.  Agnes was the only child and heiress of her father. She brought Brazen Head Farm in Lindsell, Essex, to the marriage. In the same year, Agnes received more land when her mother, Margaret Algore, died. In 1497, Thomas received an additional grant of land at the manor court of Lindsell Hall, and in Nov 1505, he took possession of land, which his father John had left in custody of his widowed mother, Juliana.

Thomas and Agnes Fitch are commemorated in a stained glass window at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lindsell, Essex, England (Don't tell anyone this might be Thomas' son William)

Thomas died, 21 April 1514, as commemorated on a brass in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lindsell. Agnes died before 3 May 1527.  Beneath them on the brass are images of eleven children ~ six sons and five daughters.

Thomas & Agnes Fytch

On the floor before the chancel arch is a well engraved and perfectly preserved brass of the Fytch family inscribed:

“Here lie Thomas ffytch and Agnes his wife which same Thomas died the 21st day of April in the year of our Lord 1514. On whose souls may God have mercy.”

A good description of the brass is provided by Christy:

“The male figure (16 1/2 inches in height) has a half-turn to the left; is bare-headed, his long hair falling upon his shoulders; and his upraised hands, instead of being placed together as usual, are held apart. He is attired in the long gown of a civilian, beneath which his broad round-toed shoes are just apparent. It is open and turned back at the neck and down the front, showing the lining of the fur, which is also apparent at the wrists, where the extremely wide, open sleeves are turned back into cuffs. The female figure (16 1/2 inches in height) has a half-turn to the right, and the hands are placed together. Her long gown, cut low at the neck, fur-trimmed at the bottom, and having tight sleeves, turned back at the wrists into broad cuffs, which are fur covered, is loosely confined at the waist by a girdle, of which the ornamentally embroidered end falls nearly to the ground. She wears the pedimental head-dress.

The six sons (about 4 3/4 inches in height) are placed beneath their father,

Fytch Sons

while the five daughters (about 4 1/2 inches in height) are placed beneath their mother.

Fytch Daughters

The former have a half-turn to the left: the latter, to the right. Both wear costumes almost exactly similar to those of their parents, except that the gowns of the sons lack fur trimming, while the costumes of the daughters lack both fur trimming and the ceinture, and their head-dresses, having no backs, allow their long hair to fall down their backs to far below the level of the waist.” The inscription (on a plate 17 by 2 1/2 inches) immediately below the principal figure reads: Translated: Here lies Thomas Fytche and Agnes his wife, which same Thomas died the twenty-first day of April, in the year of our Lord 1514; on whose souls may God have mercy.”

Thomas and Agnes are also commemorated in a stained glass window in the same church.  This window, and a second showing their son William and his first wife, Elizabeth, were probably paid for by William, who had the advowson of the church (the right to be the patron of the church and to recommend its clergyman) from King Henry VIII.

Except for Thomas’ and Agnes’ second son, William, who prospered and had three knighted descendants, the other children were somewhat less prosperous. According to Wagner, By the early seventeenth century they had included apothecaries, clothiers and cloth makers [like our Thomas], staplers and leather sellers, several clergymen and a naval surgeon.

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lindsell, Essex

Thomas’ great-great grandparents were John FYCHE and Juliana [__?__].  John FYCH, FYCCHE, FYTCHE (William) was born no later than 1437, because in 1467 he was said to be “aged 30 years and more” First mentioned on a Court Plea in 1458, which said he was “of Wykyn.”[2] On 14 May 1467, he was again acknowledged as son and next heir and admitted to his father’s estate; and, on the same day, he received additional grants of land. He married Juliana ______. John’s death was reported at the court session of 9 April 1468, at which time it was stated that “Thomas is his son and next heir and aged three years.”   Custody of the land was given to Juliana, who later married Richard Westley.  She probably died about 1475, because a 1505 court record indicates that at that time she had been dead for 30 years.

Thomas’ 3rd Great Grandfather was  William FECCHE, FICCHE, FYCCHE, FICHE, FYCHE, FYTCHE, FITCHE* of Wicken Bonhunt, Essex Co., England. First mentioned on the Plea Rolls of 1428. Received grants of land at the manor court of Widdington in 1440/1 and in 1458/9. Death reported at Widdington court on 24 April 1466.[2] Wife’s name unknown. The court post mortem inquisition stated that “John Fytche is son and next heir of the same William.”

Anna’s great grandparents were John BROCK & Agnes WISEMAN
Anna’s grandparents were William BROCK & Margery BEDELL


1. Thomas Fitch

Thomas’ first wife Anne Stacie was born 1611 in Essex, England. Her parents were William Stacie and Anne Garrold. Anne died 20 Jan 1686 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT.

Thomas’ second wife Ruth Clark was born 20 Feb 1641 in Milford, New Haven, CT. Her parents were George Clark and Sarah Northrup Ruth died 1709 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT.

Thomas Jr. served in the Parlimentary Wars in England [1642-1646 and 1648] attaining the rank of Captain.  He immigrated about 1649 to  Connecticut  with his mother and two of his brothers.

  • He was one of the founders of Norwalk, Connecticut in 1650 and was well known, very wealthy and intellegent man.
  • He resided 1654 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Ct. He was counted in a census in 1673 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT.
  • Thomas was the wealthiest citizen in Norwalk, CT in 1663 .
  • He was confirmed by the court as Recorder of Laws in 1659 and became King’s Commissioner in 1669, an office which he held for twenty-five years.
  • Thomas was also Deputy to the General Court as well as Deputy Governor of Connecticut.
  • From a line of 3 generations, each bearing the same surname, descended Thomas Fitch, Gov. of the Colony., 1754-60.

Children of Thomas and Anna:

i. Captain Thomas Fitch   III, b: 1633 in Bocking, England; d. 1684 in Norwalk, CT; m. 1662 to  Ruth Clark

Thomas had a home lot in Norwalk, CT in 1656 and was made freeman in May 1657. He married Ruth shortly thereafter. Thomas served as an ensign in 1670, and Captain in King Philip’s War. Thomas had four children in a list of “children in the town” of Norwalk in Feb 1672. (Find extra child) He is referred to as “Thomas Fitch II” in town records during this time. Thomas was on the committee to oversee the work to build a meeting house in 1678, as was his father.

ii. John Fitch , Sr. b: 1635 in Bocking, England; m. 3 Dec 1674 to Rebecca Lindall b: ABT 1640

iii. Ann Fitch b: 1638 in Bocking, England; m1. Stephen Hart , Jr. b: ABT 1633; m2. John Thompson b: ABT 1633

iv. Mary Fitch b: 1644 in Hartford, CT; d. 25 DEC 1730 in Fairfield, CT; m. ca. 1673 to Matthew Sherwood , Sr., Captain b: 1644 in Stratford, Conn.

v. Sarah Fitch b: 1647; m. 1659 to John Burr b: 1633 in Roxbury, Mass.

3. Capt. John FITCH (See his page)

6. Rev. James FITCH (See his page)

9. Samuel Fitch

Samuel’s wife Susanna Goodrich was born 1630 in Bocking, Essex, England.   Her parents were William Goodrich and Sarah Martin.  She first married William Whiting.   Susannah died 8 Jun 1673 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT.

Samuel  immigrated about 1649 to Connecticut. He was employed as school teacher

Children of Samuel and Susannah

i. Thomas Fitch , Sr. b: ABT 1652 in Wethersfield, CT.

ii. Samuel Fitch , Jr. b: ABT 1654

10. Joseph Fitch

Joseph’s wife Mary Stone was born about 1633 in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England. Her parents were Samuel Stone  and Hope Fletcher.  Mary died 1663 Windsor, Hartford, CT.

Joseph immigrated about 1649 to Connecticut.   He bought land in 1662 in Hartford, Hartford, CT. He moved before 1672 to Windsor, Hartford, CT.

Children of Joseph and Mary

i. Nathaniel Fitch b: 17 MAR 1668/69 in Hartford, CT; m1. Abigail Buttolph b: 3 APR 1683 in Wethersfield, CT; m2. 1718 to Susannah Hill b: ABT 1680

11. Mary Fitch

Mary’s first husband Thomas Sherwood was born 1586 in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England.  He first married 21 Oct 1604 in England to Alice Seabrook (b. 23 Apr 1587 in Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England – d. 1640 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT).  Thomas died 21 Jul 1655 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT.

Mary’s second husband John Banks was born 1620 in England. John died 12 DEC 1684 in Rye, Westchester, New York.


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  4. Joseph Dillon Ford says:

    Greetings from Gainesville, Florida! We evidently share numerous common ancestors with Alex. I descend from Thomas Fitch, Sr. of Bocking, who was my 9th great grandfather.

    In reverse chronological order, starting with me:

    Joseph Dillon Ford
    Julia (Dillon) Ford
    Julia (King) Dillon
    Frederick Wells King
    Roswell (“Rossie”) King III
    Roswell King II
    Roswell King I
    Sarah (Fitch) King
    Joseph Fitch III
    Joseph Fitch, Jr.
    Joseph Fitch I
    Thomas Fitch, Sr. of Bocking

    Best regards,


  5. Gibica DE BURGUNDY born about 310 Burgundy, Marne, France
    Godomar DE BURGUNDY
    Giolahaire Bebicca DE BURGUNDY
    Gundicaire DE BURGUNDY
    Gunderic DE BURGUNDY
    Chilperic II King of Burgundy DE BURGOYNE
    St. Clothilde DE BURGOYNE
    Charibert I KING OF PARIS
    Saint Bertha, Queen Berthe (Bertha) (Aldeberge) OF KENT
    Eadbald of Kent
    King Eadbald OF KENT
    Ermifred/Eormenred KENT
    Æthelberht of Kent
    Billung VON WENDEN
    Dobiogera VON WENDEN
    Wernikind/Warnechin VON WETTIN
    Lord Bruno I
    Bruno III VON WETTIN Duke of Saxony
    Ludolph HERZOG VON SACHSEN The Great
    Heinrich (Henry) I Emperor HENRY THE FOWLER, KING OF GERMANY
    Otto I THE GREAT Holy Roman Emperor
    Gerberga QUEEN OF FRANCE
    Alberade DE LORRAINE
    Raimond Renaud Roucy DE GOURNAY
    Duke Robert III de Normandie, Duke of NormnadieHugh DE GOURNAY
    Sir. William de Montfitchet Hugh DE GOURNAY
    Baron Robert (Geron) DE MONTFITCHET
    Sir William DE MONTFITCHET Lord of Stanstead Mountfitchet
    Sir Gilbert DE MONTFITCHET Lord of Rise; Withernick
    Sir Richard DE MONTFITCHET Lord of Stanstead Mountfitchet
    John DE MONTFITCHET (John Fitche)
    William FITCH
    Thomas FITCH Sr.
    William FITCH
    John FITCH – 1435 Fitche Castle, Widdington, Essex, England
    Thomas FITCH
    Roger, the youngest son and the ancestor of the American
    Fitch/Fikes family, was born about 1500 at Lindsell, Essex.
    George FITCH
    Thomas FITCH
    Thomas FITCH born 14 Oct 1612 Bocking, Essex, England
    died 1704 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut at age 92
    John FITCH 10 Jun 1642 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut
    John FITCH/FIKE 29 Sep 1677 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut
    John Thomas FITCH/FIKE about 1711 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut
    Tyre FIKE
    George Fike
    George Fikes
    Martin Luther Fikes
    William Henderson (Uncle Billy) Fikes
    Calvin Henderson Fikes
    Marion Monroe Fikes
    Billy LaVoyce Fikes
    Billy LaVoyce Fikes Jr.

    • Stacey Sherwood-Chapley says:

      I am also a descendent of the Fitch Family. Mary Fitch married Thomas Sherwood in 1635. I am trying to piece together dates of the de Montifitchet. Your list is inspiring and any info on birth/death records to help put it all together would be wonderful.

    • alanfitch says:

      According to the Baronial Order of the Magna Carta and books by John T Fitch, there is no evidence that the Montfitchets were ancestors of the Fitch line. The BOMC has no evidence that Richard Montfitchet had any legitimate children. While there may be a connection, there is no documentation that I am aware of. If you have any, I would love to see it.

  6. LaLee says:

    I am amazed at learning about my heritage i am an ancestor through

    LADY AGNES ALGER ALGORE (1470 – 1533)
    is your 13th great grandmother
    Roger Fitch (1500 – 1558)
    Son of LADY AGNES
    George Fitch (1537 – 1605)
    Son of Roger
    Thomas Fitch (1590 – 1633)
    Son of George
    Rev. James Fitch (1622 – 1702)
    Son of Thomas
    Captain Daniel Fitch (1665 – 1711)
    Son of Rev. James
    Daniel Fitch (1685 – )
    Son of Captain Daniel
    Samuel Fitch (1719 – 1800)
    Son of Daniel
    John Fitch (1760 – 1840)
    Son of Samuel
    George Fitch (1809 – 1880)
    Son of John
    Rebecca J. Fitch (1844 – 1892)
    Daughter of George
    Erie “Eric Earie” Stone (1871 – 1933)
    Son of Rebecca J.
    Goldie Golda Stone (1908 – 1940)
    Daughter of Erie “Eric Earie”
    John W Lee (1928 – 2007)
    Son of Goldie whom is my Grandfather

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  9. tom wright says:

    related to most early Essex families
    been there and tour many sites
    great tree et al – thank you
    what a wonderful area

    you do know of Fitch, the Staemboat Inventor?????????????

    • markeminer says:

      Must be part of this family as he came from Windsor.

      John Fitch (January 21, 1743 – July 2, 1798) was an American inventor, clockmaker, entrepreneur and engineer. He was most famous for constructing the first steamboat in the United States.

      Fitch was born to Joseph Fitch and Sarah Shaler in Windsor, Connecticut on January 21, 1743, on a farm that is part of present-day South Windsor, Connecticut. He received little formal schooling and eventually apprenticed himself to a clockmaker, during time Fitch was not allowed to learn or even observe watchmaking (he later taught himself how to repair clocks and watches). He married Lucy Roberts December 29, 1767.

    • Joseph Dillon Ford says:

      John Fitch is my sixth great uncle. I’m a descendant of his sister, Sarah, and her husband, Timothy King, my fifth great grandparents, with whom he was particularly close. Just now I’m in process of completing a new symphonic work based on his autobiography and other writings. My period-style overture in his honor was just premiered in Seattle (Maple Park Church, Saturday, July 27, 2013). A recent book in which his contribution as the inventor of the world’s first commercial steamboat is documented is Andrea Sutcliffe’s *Steam: The Untold Story of America’s First Great Invention* (New York and Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

      The Fitch line has been particularly well researched and can be traced with reasonable confidence back to the fifteenth century. John Fitch himself discusses what he knew about his pedigree early in his autobiography (out of print, but available through interlibrary loan). 🙂 His nephew, Roswell King, Sr. (son of Timothy and Sarah), also born in Connecticut, founded the city of Roswell, Georgia, and was a significant but controversial figure in the antebellum history of that state.

      A conceptual fresco of John Fitch can be seen in the United States Capitol, Brumidi Corridor (included in the video at the first link and shown at the second link below):

      John Fitch

  10. Bethany (Fitch) Canada says:

    Thank you SOOOOO much for this information… I am finally getting around to doing a family tree for our “Fitch” line of the family (Fitch being my maiden name) and am so excited for what I am finding… My grandfather Alger Morton Fitch Jr. just passed away this last June, and with my Father being the last of our Fitch line (because he had for girls :0) ) I want to find out as much as I can about our heritage and share it with him :0) … If my research is correct then this Thomas FItch is my 10th Great Grandfather :0)

  11. David Fitch says:

    I have read many places that there used to be a castle in Britain that belonged to the Fitch family. This was somewhere around the time when the American side of the Fitch family left Britain. With this supposed information there was a very large sum of money that was supposed to be owed to the Fitch family (the sum was in the millions of pounds back then, which today would be an almost astronomically value). Yet no one has been able to prove lineage back to our ancestors. It has always been a goal of mine to find a way to prove this. If this is true would be a great feat. It seems that many of our ancestors were men of power. I made this goal when I was about 14 yrs old to my father. Even if our family were not entitled to money I feel that our family has been significant to American history, British history and the worlds history. With this information the contributions our family has made to human race is astounding and should never be forgotten.

    • Joseph Ford says:

      Hello, David Fitch:

      I’m keenly interested in the Fitch family. Sarah Fitch (1737–1785) was my fifth great grandmother and the wife of Timothy King, my fifth great grandfather. The Fitch family has been reliably traced back to William Fytche, who lived during the early fifteenth century. Her brother, John Fitch, was a brilliant inventor who pioneered steamboat technology in America, and he was particularly close to Sarah and Timothy (1727–1812). His autobiography gives details about the family’s history as he understood it, and though out of print, can be acquired through interlibrary loan. It also reveals how John Fitch himself was terribly mistreated, not only by certain members of his own family but by some of America’s “Founding Fathers,” including Jefferson and Franklin, whom he met in person in connection with his steamboat projects. Fitch’s steamboat was the very first commercial vehicle of its kind, but was so far ahead of its time that Robert Fulton only later capitalized on some of “Uncle John’s” ideas, garnering most of the glory.

      In addition to John, Sarah Fitch had two other brothers: Joseph and Augustus. Are you descended from any of these?



      Joseph Dillon Ford
      Gainesville, FL

      • The story as I have it is the name comes from Montfichet family from Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex, who occupied the tower in the 12th century. The tower is now just a small pile of stones but there is a Theme park where it once stood, I have informed them that the Fikes’ are rallying to come across the pond and reclaim our ancestral home.
        Montfitch – Mount Fitch – Montfitchet – Fitch – Fytche- Fycche – Fikes (there were sons named Fitch and Fikes in the same family in America.)

      • Joseph Ford says:

        Hello, Bill.

        I haven’t confirmed any connection between “Fitch” and its variants and “Montfichet,” which is French in origin. According to the John Fitch, my sixth great uncle, the “Fitch” line can be traced to Saxony (Northern Germany).and [later] to Essex, England. Below are links to several pages from his autobiography that discuss the Fitch line:

        “Brantree,” to which he refers on p. 20, is actually “Braintree.”

        My Fitch line, through my fifth great grandmother, Sarah Fitch King, is shown below without dates, since I’ve noticed some inconsistencies and don’t want to spread inaccurate information. Suffice it to say William Fytche was born around 1400 and Sarah died in 1785.

        William Fytche (b. ca. 1400)

        John Fytche

        Thomas Fitche

        Roger Fitche

        George Fitch

        Thomas Fitch, Sr.

        Joseph Fitch, I

        Joseph Fitch, II

        Joseph Fitch, III

        Sarah Ann Fitch King (d. 1785), sister of John Fitch (links to several pages of his autobiography above)

        A useful link for information about the first few names on my list above:

        The web site geni dot com takes the line back to “Montfichet,” but I tend to be skeptical absent stronger documentation. I think the line back to William Fytche, however, is pretty well established.

        As time permits, I’ll continue to refine the data I have on hand, because, as mentioned, there are some significant inconsistencies in the dates I have. I’ll try to post relevant updates here, at geni dot com and at ancestry dot com.



  12. Lyla Hartley says:

    Good morning 🙂 Would it at all be possible to share with us the link to the geni dot com site? If so, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you much! 🙂

    Grand-daughter of Hattie Belle Fitch > William Erret Fitch > Osceola Bradley Fitch > William Fitch > Josiah Fitch > Johnathon Fitch > Samuel Fitch Sr. > Thomas Fitch IV > Thomas Fitch III > Thomas Fitch Jr. > Thomas Fitch Sr. > George Fitch Sr. > Roger Fitch > Thomas Fitch > John Fitch > William Fitch > John Fitch

    • Eula Phillips says:

      I believe we follow the same line starting at Osceola Bradley Fitch, my grandfather was Charles L. Fitch and I believe that Hattie was his sister. I believe that would make us cousins.

      • Lyla Hartley says:

        Wow! I am just getting this message now on April 29th. 2015! A full 9 days after your reply! Wow! According to my records… we are definitely… COUSINS! 🙂 Feel free to e-mail me personally at and I will send you our family tree that dates back to the mid 1200’s in Bocking, Essex County, England. 🙂

      • Eula Phillips says:

        It will be interesting to see if ours match back to the 1200’s.

      • Lyla Hartley says:

        Yes we do match at Osie. Here’s the lineage. Osie is at Generation #15. My grandmather always called him Osie.

        Generation #1
        1. John Fitch (1) was born WFT Est. 1349-1378, and died WFT Est. 1402-1463
        Child of JOHN FITCH is:
        2. i. WILLIAM FITCH (2), b. 1400, Essex, England: d. 1466 in Essex England.

        Generation #2
        2. WILLIAM FITCH (2) (JOHN (1)) was born 1400 in Essex England, and died 1466 in Essex England.
        Child of WILLIAM FITCH is:
        3. i. JOHN FITCH (3), b. 1435, Essex, England; d. 1468

        Generation #3
        3. JOHN FITCH (3) (WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1435 in Essex, England, and died 1468. He married JULIANA 1460. She was born WFT Est. 1423-1445, and died WFTEst. 1468-1534.
        Child of JOHN FITCH and JULIANA is:
        4. i. THOMAS FITCH, b.1465, Widdington, Essex, England; d. 1514, Lidsell, Essex, England

        Generation #4
        4. THOMAS FITCH (4) (JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1465 in Widdington, Essex, England. He married AGNES (ALGER) ALGORE 1493 in Widdington, Essex, England. She was born in 1470 in Lindsell, Essex, England, and died 1530 in Widdington, Essex, England.
        Children of THOMAS FITCH and AGNES ALGORE are;
        i. MARGARET FITCH, b. 1494, Widdington, Essex, England; d. 1560
        ii. RICHARD FITCH, b. 1495; d. WFT Est. 1512-1585
        iii. WILLIAM FITCH, B. 1496; D. dEC. 26TH. 1578
        5. iv. ROGER FITCH, b. 1498, Widdington, Essex, England; d. Jan.1558/59, Bocking, Essex, England. m. MARGERY HUMPHREY in 1533 in Widdington, Essex, England.
        v. KATHERINE FITCH, b. 1500; d. WFT Est. 1501-1594.
        vi. JOAN FITCH, b. 1502; d. WFT Est. 1503-1596
        vii. THOMAS JR. FITCH, b. 1504; d. WFT Est. 1531-1595

        Generation #5
        5. ROGER FITCH (5) (THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1498 in Widdington, Essex, England, and died Jan. 1558/59 in Bocking, Essex, England. He married MARGERY HUMPHREY 1533 in Widdington, Essex, England. She was born 1515 in Essex, England, and died 1579 in Bocking, Essex, England.
        Children of ROGER FITCH and MARGERY HUMPHREY are:
        i. RICHARD FITCH, b. 1534 d. June 12th. 1603
        ii. JOHN FITCH, b. 1536 d. WFT Est. 1537-1626
        iii. BARTHOLEMEW FITCH, b. 1538 d. Nov. 3rd. 1598
        iv. THOMAS FITCH, b. 1541 d. WFT Est 1542-1631
        v. WILLIAM FITCH, b. 1543 d. Dec. 4th. 1588
        6. vi. GEORGE SR. FITCH, b. 1546, Widdington, Essex, England: d. May 1605, Ballingdon, Essex, England.
        vii. ROBERT FITCH, b. 1548 d. Dec. 1592
        viii. JOAN FITCH, b. 1550 d. WFT Est. 1551-1644
        ix. MARGARET FITCH, b. 1553 d. May 22nd. 1573
        x. CLEMENT FITCH, b. 1555 d. WFT Est. 1556-1645
        xi. MARY FITCH, b. 1557 d. WFT Est. 1558-1651

        Generation #6
        5. GEORGE SR. FITCH (ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1546 in Widdington, Essex, England, and died May 1605in Ballingdon, Essex, England. He married JOAN THOUROUGHGOOD Sept. 18th. 1586. She was born 1550 in Elsenham, Essex, England, and died 1600 in Edwardstove, Essex, England.
        Children of GEORGE FITCH and JOAN THOUROUGHGOOD are:
        i. JOSEPH FITCH, b. 1587 d. WFT Est. 1588-1677
        7. ii. THOMAS SR. FITCH, b. 1590 in Suffolk, England; d. Jan. 1632/33 in Bocking, Essex, England.
        iii. FRANCES FITCH, b. 1591 d. WFT Est. 1613-1685
        iv. GEORGE JR. FITCH, b. 1592 d. 1614
        v. ARTHUR FITCH, b. 1595 d. WFT Est. 1596-1685

        Generation #7
        7. THOMAS SR. FITCH, (GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1590 in Suffolk, England, and died Jan. 1632/33 in Bocking, Essex, England. He married ANNA (REVE) RIEVE Aug. 8th. 1611 in Bocking, Essex, England. She was born 1593 in Gosfieldl, Essex, England, and died Jan. 20th. 1685/86 in Hartford, Conneticut.
        Children of THOMAS SR. FITCH and ANNA RIEVE are:
        8. i. THOMAS JR. FITCH, b Oct. 14th. 1612, Bocking, Essex, England: d. 1704, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut.
        ii. JOHN FITCH, b. 1615 d. May 1oth. 1676
        iii. ANNA FITCH, b. 1616 d. WFT Est. 1617-1710
        iv. MARY FITCH, b. 1618 d. WFT Est. 1617-1710
        v. SARAH FITCH, b. 1620d. WFT Est. 1621-1714
        vi. JAMES (REV) FITCH, b. Dec. 24th. 1621 d. Nov. 18th. 1702
        vii. NATHANIEL FITCH, b. Dec. 26th. 1623 d. 1649
        viii. JEREMY FITCH, b. Aug. 5th. 1625 d. 1649
        ix. SAMUEL FITCH, b. Nov. 9th. 1626 d. 1659
        x. JOSEPH FITCH, b. Jan. 1627/28 d. Sept. 1727

        Generation #8
        8. THOMAS JR. FITCH (THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born Oct. 14th. 1612 in Bocking, Essex, England, and died 1704 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut. He married ANNE STACIE Nov. 1st. 1632 in Bocking, Essex, England, daughter of WILLIAM STACIE and AGNESS GARROLD. She was born 1613 in Essex, England, and died 1680 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut.
        Children of THOMAS JR. FITCH and ANNE STACIE are:
        9. i. THOMAS III (CAPT) FITCH, b. 1633, Bocking, Essex, England; d. 1684, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut.
        ii. JOHN SR. FITCH, b. 1635 d. WFT Est. 1679-1727
        iii. ANN FITCH, b. 1638 d. WFT Est. 1699-1734
        iv. MARY FITCH, b. 1643 d. Dec. 25th. 1730
        v. SARAH FITCH, b. 1647 d. WFT Est. 1661-1741

        Generation #9
        9. THOMAS III (CAPT) FITCH, (THOMAS JR (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1633in Bocking, Essex, England, and died 1684 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut. He married RUTH CLARK 1622 in Milford, New Haven, Conneticut, daughter of GEORGE CLARK and SARAH. She was born WFT Est. 1623-1650 in Milford, New Haven, Conneticut, and died 1709 in Woodbury, Litchfield, Conneticut.
        Children of THOMAS III (CAPT) FITCH and RUTH CLARK are:
        i. SARAH FITCH, b. 1663 d. WFT Est. 1677-1757
        10. ii. THOMAS FITCH, IV, b. 1665, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut; d. May 10th. 1731, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut.
        iii. MARY FITCH, b. 1668 d. WFT Est. 1694-1762
        iv. SAMUEL FITCH, b. 1681 d. 1687

        Generation #10
        10. THOMAS FITCH IV, (THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1665 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut, and died May 10th. 1731 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut. He married ELIZABETH LANE 1694 in Killingworth, Conneticut, daughter of ROBERT LANE and SARAH PICKETT. She was born Jan. 31st. 1676/77 in Stratford, Conneticut, and died 1707 Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut
        Children of THOMAS FITCH IV and ELIZABETH LANE are:
        11. i. SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. FITCH, b. July 1698, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut; d. Aug. 1787
        ii. THOMAS V. (GOV) FITCH, b. Jan. 16th. 1699/00 d. July 18th. 1774
        iii. JAMES SR. FITCH, b. 1702 d. Feb. 2nd. 1790
        iv. ELIZABETH FITCH, b. 1704 d. 1789

        Generation #11
        11. SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. FITCH, (THOMAS IV. (10), THOMAS III (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born July 1698 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut, and died Aug. 1787. He married SUSANNAH BELDEN 1719, daughter of DAIEL BELDEN. She was born WFT Est. 1682-1708 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut, and died WFT Est. 1745-1797.
        Children of SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. FITCH and SUSANNAH BELDEN are:
        i. SUSANNAH FITCH , b. 1720 d. Oct. 7th. 1747
        ii. ELIZABETH FITCH, b. 1724 d. WFT Est. 1750-1811
        iii. SAMUEL JR. FITCH, b. 1727 d. Oct. 11th. 1811
        iv. DANIEL FITCH, b. 1730 d. 1788
        v. ANNE FITCH, b. 1734 d. WFT Est. 1735-1828
        12. vi. JOHNATHAN FITCH, b. 1743, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut; d. July 7th. 1773

        Generation #12
        12. JOHNATHAN FITCH, (SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1743 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut, and died July 7th. 1773. He married DEBORAH HANFORD 1770, daughter of HEZEKIAH HANFORD and DEBORAH HOYT. She was born Sept. 26th. 1746 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut, and died WFT Est. 1775-1840.
        i. REBECCA FITCH, b. WFT Est. 1763-1774; d. WFT Est. 1768-1864
        13. ii. JOSIAH HANFORD FITCH, b. Apr. 3rd. 1772, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut; d. Dec. 1st. 1845

        Generation #13
        13. JOSIAH HANFORD FITCH, (JOHNATHAN (12), SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born Apr. 3rd. 1772 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut, and died Dec. 1st. 1845. He was married to ANN PLATT HANFORD Jan. 21st. 1791, daughter of JEBEDIAH HANFORD AND MARY PLATT. She was born 1772 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut, and died Oct. 20th. 1845 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut.
        Children of JOSIAH HANFORD FITCH and ANN HANFORD are:
        i. LUCRETIA FITCH, b. Dec. 17th. 1792 d. Apr. 30th. 1816
        ii. JOHNATHAN FITCH, b. Sept. 10th. 1795 d. 1878
        iii. THEODOCIA FITCH, b. Oct. 9th. 1799d. Apr. 30th. 1816
        iv. NANCY FITCH, b. July 17th. 1801 d. Jan. 26th. 1866
        v. LEWIS FITCH, b. Sept. 22nd. 1802 d. 1891
        vi. HANFORD FITCH, b. Mar. 16th. 1804 d. July 14th. 1818
        14.vii. WILLIAM FITCH, b. Nov. 2nd. 1806, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conneticut; d. 1859 Iona, Michigan.
        viii. MARY PLATT FITCH, b. Dec. 25th. 1808 d. 1832
        ix. GEORGE FITCH, b. Aug. 24th. 1809 d. WFT Est. 1826-1899
        x. HORACE FITCH, b. Sept. 14th. 1811 d. WFT Est. 1843-1902

        Generation #14
        14. WILLIAM FITCH, (JOSIAH HANFORD FITCH (13), JOHNATHAN (12), SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV. (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born Nov. 2nd. 1806 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co. Conneticut, and died 1859 in Iona, Michigan. He married (1) ADELINE REED WFT Est. 1829-1852. She was born 1817 in Ohio or N.Y., and died WFT Est. 1858-1912. He married (2)ADAH WFT Est. 1825-1837. She was born 1812, and died Jan. 14th. 1838.
        Children of WILLIAM FITCH and ADELINE REED are:
        15. i. OSIE OLA (OSCEOLA) BRADLEY FITCH, b. 1840, Michigan; d. 1922 in Florence, Marion Co., Kansas (Hillcrest Cemetary).
        ii. HARRIET M. FITCH, b. 1842 d. WFT Est. 1843-1936
        iii. HANNAH FITCH, b. 1845 d. WFT Est. 1846-1939
        iv. ZOAH R. FITCH, b. Feb. 15th. 1847 d. WFT Est. 1871-1941
        v. OTHELLO FITCH, b. 1849 d. WFT Est. 1850-1943
        vi. THEODOSIA C. FITCH, b. 1853 d. WFT Est. 1854-1943
        vii. WILLIAM HANFORD FITCH, b. 1856 d. Feb. 5th. 1921

        Generation #15
        15. OSIE OLA (OSCEOLA) BRADLEY FITCH, (WILLIAM (14), JOSIAH HANFORD (13), JOHNATHAN (12), SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born 1840in Michigan, and died in Florence, Marion Co., Kansas in 1922. He married NANCY BROWN WFT Est. 1856-1892. She was born in 1849 and died 1911 in Florence, Marion Co., Kansas (Hillcrest Cemetary).
        Children of OSIE FITCH and NANCY BROWN are:
        i. GEROGE FITCH, b. WFT Est. 1861-1890 d. WFT Est. 1886-1969
        ii. IDA FITCH, b. WFT Est. 1861-1890 d. WFT Est. 1883-1972
        iii. MARY FITCH, b. WFT Est. 1858-1883 d. WFT Est. 1900-1968
        iv. OLLIE (OLA) FITCH, b. WFT Est. 1861-1890 d. WFT Est. 1883-1972
        v. ADA ESTELLE FITCH, b. Aug. 17th. 1868 d. Aug. 24th. 1929
        16 vi. WILLIAM ERRET FITCH, b. Jan. 13th. 1871 in Wichita, Kansas d. Apr. 10th. 1940 in Florence, Marion Co., Kansas (Hillcrest Cemetary).
        vii. CHARLES l. FITCH, b. Aug. 29th. 1879 d. June 8th. 1951
        viii. LULA EDITH FITCH, b. Nov. 17th. 1889 d. Jan. 29th. 1940
        ix. ROSE FITCH, b. 1881 d. 1925

        Generation #16
        16. WILLIAM (BILLIE) ERRET FITCH, (OSIE (15), WILLIAM (14), JOSIAH (13), JOHNATHAN (12), SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1) was born Jan. 13th. 1871, and died Apr. 10th. 1940, Florence, Marion Co., Kansas (Hillcrest Cemetary). He married HATTIE BELLE CANNON WFT Est. 1890-1919, daughter of CURTIS CANNON and MATILDA J. ROGERS. She was born Aug. 10th. 1876 in Amboy, Lee Co., Illinois, and died Nov. 20th. 1946, Florence, Marion Co., Kansas (Hillcrest Cemetary).
        17. i. HATTIE ISABELLE FITCH, b. May 30th. 1912 Florence, Marion Co., Kansas d. Dec. 14th. 1987 Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon
        ii. CORA-LEIN FITCH
        iii. MILDRED FITCH
        iv. WILLIAM H. FITCH

        Generation #17
        17. HATTIE ISABELLE FITCH, (WILLIAM (BILLIE) ERRET (16), OSIE (15), WILLIAM (14), JOSIAH (13), JOHNATHAN (12), SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born May 30th. 1912 Florence, Marion Co., Kansas, died Sept. 14th. 1987 Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon (cremated and in an earn and held by her grand-daughter). She married DELBERT CHAUNCEY CARPENTER Jan. 25th. 1930 Florence, Marion Co., Kansas. He is the son of JOHN LEWIS CARPENTER and VICTORIA LEE TAYLOR. Born May 1902 Wichita, Kansas, died July 4th. 1968 Boardman, Irrigon Co., Oregon.
        i. MARVIN CARPENTER, b. Feb. 1930… still living
        ii. LARRY LYLE CARPENTER, b. Oct. 18th. 1934… still living
        18.iii. ELBERTA (ELLIE) LOU CARPENTER, b. Dec. 2nd. 1947 Walla Walla, Washington… still living.

        Generation #18
        18. ELBERTA (ELLIE) CARPENTER, HATTIE ISABELLE (17), WILLIAM ERRET (16), OSIE (15), WILLIAM (14), JOSIAH (13), JOHNATHAN (12), SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS ST. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1)) was born Dec. 2nd. 1947 Walla Walla, Washington. Co-habitated with DENNIS KEITH HARTLEY son of RALPH HARTLEY and VIRGINIA BORTHWICK. Married (1) JOSEPH LEE STONE (parents unknown), then divorced. Married (2) ROBERT HETTERLY (parents unknown), then divorced. Co-habitated then married (3) GARY FELIX (parents unknown), then divorced. Married (4) JOSEPH RAY THOMPSON son of GHELMER and INEZ (?) THOMPSON, then divorced. Married (5) STEPHEN NATHANIEL MCMANUS son of CHUCK and MARLYNN (?) MCMANUS, then was widowed Oct. 13th. 1992.
        Children of ELBERTA (ELLIE) LOU CARPENTER are as follows:
        19. i. LYLA LEA (STONE) HARTLEY, b. Oct. 20th. 1965 at 9:08AM, Hermiston, Irrigon Co., Oregon… still living. Fathered by DENNIS KEITH HARTLEY, born into the marriage with JOSEPH LEE STONE.
        ii. GAYLAND EUGENE FELIX, b. Jan. 15th. 1968, Hermiston, Irrigon Co., Oregon… still living. Born out wedlock, before the marriage to GARY FELIX. Fathered by GARY FELIX.
        iii. JOELLE JANAE THOMPSON, b. July 24th. 1978, Seattle, King Co., Washington. Fathered by and during the marriage to JOSEPH RAY THOMPSON.

        Generation #19
        19. LYLA LEA (STONE) HARTLEY, ELBERTA LOU CARPENTER (18), HATTIE ISABELLE FITCH (17), WILLIAM ERRET (16), OSIE (15), WILLIAM (14), JOSIAH (13), JOHNATHAN (12), SAMUEL (JUDGE) SR. (11), THOMAS IV (10), THOMAS III (CAPT) (9), THOMAS JR. (8), THOMAS SR. (7), GEORGE SR. (6), ROGER (5), THOMAS (4), JOHN (3), WILLIAM (2), JOHN (1) was born Oct. 20th. 1965 9:08AM, Hermiston, Irrigon Co., Oregon at the old Good Shepard Hospital. Currently resides in Tigard, Washington Co., Oregon with MICHAEL RAYMOND GUNTER SR. Changed her last name (legally) to that of her biological father (DENNIS KEITH HARTLEY) in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon in 1984. Married MICHAEL RAYMOND GUNTER SR. son of RAYMOND WALTER GUNTER and JOAN INGA (ANITA) HILL in Beaverton, Washington Co., Oregon on Dec. 30th. 1986. Divorced in Troutdale, Multnomah Co., Oregon on Apr. 5th. 1993.
        i. MANDIE RENEE GUNTER, b. Fri. May 17th. 1985 7:45 AM, Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon at Oregon Health Sciences University (O.H.S.U.). Born before the marriage to MICHAEL RAYMOND GUNTER SR. and fathered by him. Still living.
        ii. MICHAEL RAYMOND GUNTER II, b. Fri. Mar. 20th. 1987 3:14PM, Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon at Oregon Health Sciences University (O.H.S.U.). Still living.

      • Eula Phillips says:

        We are a match back to my grandfather..

  13. Fitch says:

    Do you have any information on Fitch’s that went to Pennsylvania?

  14. Alisa Harrison says:

    Your site is so excellent! I’ve been filling in the blanks on the Fitch family. Thanks so much for sharing.
    another cousin

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