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Hitt, John Wesley (1839-1908)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/8/2011 at 16:05:35

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel

J. W. Hitt, an old and respected
citizen, died at his home on south Main
street on Wednesday night, aged
sixty nine years, after a long illness.

John Wesley Hitt was brn in Delaware county, New York, on March 28, 1839 and in the fall of 1845 his parents moved to Elgin, Ill, and in 1849 moved to Coon Creek, De Kalb county, where
his father, James J . Hitt, engaged in farming. Young Hitt lived there until the war broke out, when fired with enthusiasm and patriotism he enlisted in the service of his country. On
August 27, 1861, he joined Company B, Eighth Illinois Cavalry, under the command of Captain Lorenzo Whitney.

The regiment went into camp at St. Charles, IlI., about September and on October 13th the regiment was ordered to Washington, D. G , the regiment being commanded by Colonel Farnsworth. The regiment was in camp for several weeks waiting tor saddles and arms and was then ordered across the Potomac west of Alexandria in Virginia. Mr. Hitt was given an honorable discharge on April 10, 18G2, on account of disability and returned home to De Kalb. In the winter of 1863 he was united in marriage with Mary E. Lawrence at Aurora, III. Three children blessed their union, Mrs. C. W. Garlock, of Sioux, Nebraska, Mrs. J . W. Campbell, of Kingsley, and Clarence W. Hitt, of this county. In the spring of 1870 Mr. Hitt moved with his family from Illinois to LeMars and settled on homestead in Union township, where he lived until 1905, when broken down in health he left the farm and came to LeMars to spend the remainder of his days. He lived all these years in Union township with the exception of two years that he took up his residence in LeMars when he was receiving treatment from Dr. Ensminger.

The deceased lived a faithful Christian life being a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church for many years.

He was quiet and unassuming in manner but deep in love to God and his fellow man. Last winter he suffered a long and quite serious illness but he rallied, hoping to remain
with his family many years. A few weeks ago he was taken down again and succumbed after intense bodilysuffering during which, however, he was at peace in mind and heart with
Jesus. He was a man devoted to his wife and family and deeply in love with his Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ. Funeral services will be held in the M. E. Church this, Friday,
morning at eleven a. m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. G. F . Whitfield.

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