Hezekiah Knight Hotchkiss

9 December 1793–after 1851 (Age 57)
Amherst, Virginia, United States

The Life of Hezekiah

When Hezekiah Knight Hotchkiss was born on 9 December 1793, in Amherst, Virginia, United States, his father, Jared Hotchkiss, was 32 and his mother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Knight, was 27. He married Lydia G. Mead on 5 January 1813, in Roane, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Ruddell Township, Independence, Arkansas, United States in 1850. He died after 1851, in Independence, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 59.

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Family Time Line

Hezekiah Knight Hotchkiss
Lydia G. Mead
Marriage: 5 January 1813
Mariah Louise Hotchkiss
Hezekiah Hotchkiss
Merril Hotchkiss
Henry Hotchkiss
Jarrard Hotchkiss
Merle Hotchkiss
Lydia Hotchkiss
Elizabeth Hotchkiss
Matilda Hotchkiss
Eli Cleveland Hotchkiss Sr.
Melissa Hotchkiss
Harriet Hotchkiss

Spouse and Children

5 January 1813
Roane, Tennessee, United States


    Mariah Louise Hotchkiss


    Hezekiah Hotchkiss



    Matilda Hotchkiss


    Merril Hotchkiss


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Elihu Hotchkiss


    Louisa L. Hotchkiss


    Jared Hotchkiss


    L. Hotchkiss


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 1

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 7

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.

Age 19

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

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

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Sources (3)

  • H K Hotchkiss, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Hezekiah K Hotchkiss, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • H K Hotchkess, "Tennessee State Marriage Index, 1780-2002"

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