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Generation No. 1

1. STILES11 HOTCHKISS (AMRAPHEL10, DAVID9, GIDEON8, STEPHEN7, JOSHUA6, SAMUEL5, JOHN4, ALLAN3, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1)1 was born January 07, 1793 in Windsor, Broome Co. NY1, and died 1869. He married LYDIA BEECHER1 October 04, 1813 in Windsor, Broome Co. NY1, daughter of JUSTUS BEECHER and SARAH HOTCHKISS. She was born December 06, 1794 in Windsor, Broome Co. NY1, and died July 28, 1883 in Staunton, VA.

More About LYDIA BEECHER:

Burial: VA

 

Children of STILES HOTCHKISS and LYDIA BEECHER are:

Generation No. 2

2. JEDEDIAH12 HOTCHKISS (STILES11, AMRAPHEL10, DAVID9, GIDEON8, STEPHEN7, JOSHUA6, SAMUEL5, JOHN4, ALLAN3, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1)1 was born November 30, 1828 in Windsor, Broome Co. NY1, and died January 17, 1899 in Stauntion, VA. He married SARA ANN COMFORT December 1853. She was born Abt. 1824 in PA.

Notes for JEDEDIAH HOTCHKISS:

The Hotchkiss Brothers' school the Lock Willow Academy in Churchville, VA was also their home. Nelson's family(his brother) shared the "Mansion" on the hill with boarders. Jeb and Sara lived and held classes in a White House which still stands. Jeb and Sara handled admininistration and instruction while Nelson and his wife Harriet ran the farm.

For more than three years during the Civil War, Jed served as a topographical engineer to some of the great leaders of the Confederacy. He worked closely with Thomas J "Stonewall" Jackson, Robert E Lee, Richard Ewell, Jubal Early, John B Gordon and others. His job as topographer was to learn as much as possible about the terrain in the army's area of operations and transmit that knowledge to his generals. In a war in which maps were scarce and commanders often moved blindly, an effective topographer like Jeb was an indispensable asset to his generals. Several of Jeb maps are now in the Library of Congress. Map of the Battlefield at Spotsylvania(VA) Courthouse is one of Jeb's finest.

When Confederate veterans began organizing fraternal groups to support each other, Jeb was in the forefront in forming, with others, the Stonewall Jackson Camp of United Confederate Veterans in Staunton(VA). He was known as "Major Hotchkiss". He had never been commissioned in the army and his wartime rank of CAPT had been temporary and largely honorary.

Jeb's health declined steadlily through the latter part of 1898 and in Jan 1899 he took to his sick bed. He died on 17 Jan 1899.

More About JEDEDIAH HOTCHKISS:
Nationality: He was of Scottish decent.
Religion: Presbyerian and taught Sunday School.
Source of Info: Mapping for Stonewall by Wm J Miller.

Notes for SARA ANN COMFORT:

Anne Lydia's birth was a difficult birth and it took a long time for Sara to recover.

More About SARA ANN COMFORT:

Family: Sara was four years older than Jeb.

 

Children of JEDEDIAH HOTCHKISS and SARA COMFORT are:

Endnotes:
    1. Shirley H Wheet, Date of Import: Dec 23, 2000. Submitted to Broome Co GenWeb March 2, 2001


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