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The HITCHENS family of Polperro

The Hitchens family, originally from Devonshire, arrived in Polperro in the mid 18th century with William and Rebecca Hitchens. Their two sons, William (1764-1846) and Peter (1780-1864) both settled on the Lansallos side of Polperro. Peter married Hannah Hill in 1803 and farmed at Tregue. Of the couple's eight children, three remained unmarried at Tregue: Susannah (1805-1886); William (1819-1886); and James (pictured, left: 1821-1891).

Another of Peter and Hannah's sons, also named Peter (1810-1846), married Jane Rundle Couch at Lansallos in 1832, the eldest daughter of Dr. Jonathan Couch, the eminent surgeon and naturalist of Polperro. Peter and Jane's eldest son, Richard Couch Hitchens (1832-1867) died of yellow fever in Mauritius, leaving a wife and two children, while their youngest daughter, Rebecca (1846-1897) married Richard Congdon, the blacksmith in Polperro.

Further details of the Hitchens family of Polperro can be obtained from Jeremy Rowett Johns:

E-mail: jeremy.johns@polperro.org

Further information on the family would also be welcomed.

Jeremy Rowett Johns, Polperro Heritage Press © 2015

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