Bela Fitch

2 June 1774–22 November 1852 (Age 78)
Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Bela

When Bela Fitch was born on 2 June 1774, in Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States, his father, Eleazer Fitch, was 31 and his mother, Sibbel Bass, was 25. He married Elizabeth Austin about 1806, in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 22 November 1852, at the age of 78.

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Bela Fitch
Elizabeth Austin
Marriage: about 1806
Charles Fitch
George William Fitch

Spouse and Children

about 1806
Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 7

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 26

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English: of disputed origin. Reaney rejects the traditional explanation that it is a nickname derived from early modern English fitch ‘polecat’, as this word is not recorded in this form until the 16th century, whereas the byname or surname Fitchet is found as early as the 12th century. He proposes instead that the name may be from Old French fiche ‘stake’ (used as a boundary marker), but with the sense ‘iron point’, and so a metonymic occupational name for a workman who used an ironpointed implement.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William in entry for George Fitch, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Bela Fitch, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Wm. Fitch in entry for George W. Fitch and Pheba A. Shores, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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