1935 Canandaigua Messenger
the have this 2:30 The CITIZEN STORY IS WRITTEN History of Ancestors Is Subject of Essay of Kathryn Fitch As to recently Senate part. Buck and S for and one drive Aux- and Mrs RUSHVILLE -- Pupils m the seventh grade, after studying Elias Lieberman's poem, "I Am An American," have been interested in looking looking up the history of their own families. The following written by Kathryn Fitch, niece of Judge H. Fitch of Canandaigua, lepresents the type of family portrayed in the first part of the poem I Am An American For generations my family have been Amencans, although we can trace back to the time when our ancestor. John Fitch, lived m England in 1294. Following this line was Rev James Fitch who was born England in 1622, but came to America in 1638 He was the first minister minister of Savbrook, Connecticut. He mamed Abigigal Whitefield. There were six children, all sons. She in 1657. James Fuch moved and with Major John Ma,son founded city of Norwich, Conn. He married Mason's daughter Pnscilla, and they had eight childien, six of whom weie sons. He again moved and founded the village of Lenon, Conn. Heie he died and was buried Nathaniel, son of James and Puscilla Mason Fitch is our ancestor. Jonathan was the son of Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Joshua was the son of Jonathan, and Horace was the son of Joshua. Horace moved liom Connecticut to Biistol, Ontano County, New Yoik, wheie he farmed and ran a county tavcin His son Walter, who was my gieat giandfathe;, was born Bristol, and was 16 yeais old his parents purchased the Pciry faim in the town of Pottei, about thice miles east of Rushville Here j my giandfather, George Fitch, and his biolhei Horace, also my father, AVilson Fitch, weie bom. The family has contnbuted much to the education ol Amenca Major James Fitch, a son of the Rev James Fitch, gave 634 acies of also nails and glass, foi the purpose of founding Yale University. He directly lesponsible for the founding of this school, as attested by in Yale library, and the msciiption on Fitch gateway of Harkness oml quadi angle at New Haven. first pi esident of William College New Haven, Mass., was Ebenezer Fitch, descendant of the Rev. Fitch The present president of William College is Er Hairy Gai- field, the eighth generation from Rev James Fitch thiough Ebenezei Fitch. Because of my long line of American ancestois, I have the right say, "I Am An American '