Lee County Biography


Sampson C. Hittle, deceased, carried on general farming in Washington township for many years. He was born in Nachusa township, Lee county, Illinois, December 27, 1847, and is the seventh in order of birth in a family of eight children whose parents were Jacob and Nancy (Culp) Hittle, both of whom were natives of Somerset county, Pennsylvania. The former was born in 1804 and the latter in 1808. In Pennsylvania the father engaged in business as a teamster until 1840, when he moved westward to Lee county, Illinois. There he turned his attention to farming and became the owner of two hundred acres of good land. In addition to cultivating the fields in the production of crops best adapted to soil and climate, he engaged in the raising of fine Morgan horses. His political belief was that of the republican party and he took an active and helpful interest in its work. His religious faith was that of the German Baptist church, and his life ever measured up to high standards of honor and manhood. He died in the year 1877, survived by his wife for five years, her death occurring in 1882, in Illinois, as had his. They had one son, Alexander P., who came to Iowa in 1863 and enlisted in the Ninth Iowa Cavalry, of which he became a sergeant. He had his second finger shot off in the battle of Shiloh, but he recovered from his injuries and lived until 1883. George W. Hittle, another son, was wounded and died in battle at Perryville, Kentucky.

In taking up the personal history of Sampson C. Hittle, we present to our readers the life record of one who was widely and favorably known in this county by reason of his active connection with public affairs as well as agricultural interests. He was educated in the common schools and through the summer months aided his father in the work of the fields, thus gaining practical experience in the best methods of tilling the soil. He remained upon the home farm until twenty-two years of age and then began cultivating his father's land on his own account. In addition to general farming he raised shorthorn cattle and made a specialty of Poland-China hogs. He remained a resident of Illinois until February, 1884, and then removed to Buchanan county, Iowa, where he so lived as to win the high regard and good will of all of his fellow citizens. In the year of his arrival he purchased land and was the owner of one hundred and sixteen acres in Washington township, which he cultivated with the aid of his son.

On the 5th of February, 1874, Mr. Hittle was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Albright, who was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Frederick A. and Caroline (Specht) Albright, both of whom were natives of Germany and came to America in childhood. They were married in Pennsylvania, where Mr. Albright followed the carpenter's trade, but after their removal to Illinois he turned his attention to farming. His political allegiance was given to the democratic party and he held membership in the Lutheran church. His family numbered thirteen children, of whom Mrs. Hittle was the fourth in order of birth. The father died in 1900, at the age of eighty-two years, and the mother passed away in 1902, at the age of seventy-five years. To Mr. and Mrs. Hittle were born seven children: Anna, the wife of W. a. Robinson, a farmer and horseman of Buchanan county, by whom she has four children, Myrtle, Lucius, Wilmer and Palmer; Elva, the wife of Palmer Ramsey, a retired farmer of Independence, by whom she has one child, Ruth Atta; May, who is a professional nurse; Harry L., a farmer of Leo, Alberta, Canada; Minnie, at home; Edna, the wife of Park Walker, a farmer of Hewitt, Minnesota, by whom she has one child, Delbart; and Arthur, who operates the home farm, which presents a neat and thrifty appearance, indicating his careful supervision and practical methods.

Mr. Hittle was a stanch republican in his political views, active in the work of the party, and he held some minor township offices. The religious faith of himself and family is that of the Presbyterian church and they are people of sterling worth who display many admirable traits of character and rank high in the community in which they reside. They are living lives of usefulness and worth, and their many splendid qualities have gained for them high regard.

Contributed by Elsie Harmon
From History of Buchanan County, Iowa, and its people / by Harry Church and Katharyn Joella Chappell. Chicago : S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914. 2v. LaCrosse, WI : Brookhaven Press, 2000. [Reprint] Contributed to them by Dick Barton

Additional Information from Elsie Harmon
Additonal information by Elsie Harmon: Jacob Hittle was born in Northampton Co., PA. May 8, 1809, date shown in his obituary in the Dixon, IL newspaper dated Feb. 22, 1877; Hittle descendants say he was b. in 8 May 1807. Died Feb. 6, 1877, Lee Co., IL. The funeral marker reads: Died 6 Feb 1877 69 years, 8 months, 28 days. Depending on whose calculations you use the birthdate could also be 9 May 1807. Nancy (Culp/Kulp) Hittle was b. in Luzerne Co., PA. Sept. 11, 1811, Died Sept. 23, 1882 in Lee Co., IL.
Both buried in Emmert Cemetery near Nachusa, IL.

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