Ara-5 Fitch (Joshua-4-3, Nathaniel-2, James-1), born in Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, on 20 October 1778, son of Joshua-4 Jr. and Rebecca “Rebe” (Rood) Fitch.
Ara’s given name is revealed in the original vital and land records of Salisbury (Ara Fitch birth, Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Conn., Records of births, deaths, marriages, and town meetings, 1740–1848, 2:27 [FHL 1,509,740]; and Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Conn., land records 11:116 [Ara Fitch to Robert Rood, quitclaim, consideration $30, dated 1 Dec. 1801, recorded 22 Feb. 1803]), but he has been consistently misrepre¬sented as Asa in transcriptions and authored works. For example, John T. Fitch, Descendants of the Reverend James Fitch 1622–1702, 3 vols. (Camden and Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1996–2002), 1:184, presents his name in error as Asa. Ara is also presented as Asa in “Salisbury Vital Records,” p. 43, Barbour Collection, digital image, NEHGS (www.americanancestors.org).
Multiple members of the Beard and Fitch families resided in close proximity for decades in New England and New York, which suggests possible kinship, but research has not yielded further evidence. In particular, Ara-5 Fitch was closely associated with the family of Aaron-4 Beard Jr. (Aaron-3, John-2, Andrew-1) in Litchfield County, Connecticut; Berkshire County, Massachusetts; and Chenango County, New York. Ara has not been found in the 1820 census, but a man by the same name was enumerated in Franklinville, Cattaraugus County, New York, in 1830, and an Ara Fitch was imprisoned as an insolvent debtor in the Town of El¬licottville, Cattaraugus County, in 1837. For more information, please see the following article:
Perry Streeter, “Was Louisa, Daughter of Aaron and Lucy ([–?–]) Beard of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Chenango County, New York, the Second Wife of Thomas Streeter of Steuben County, New York?” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.The first installment has already appeared in the April 2014 issue; www.perrystreeter.com/beard.pdf will be updated as subsequent installments for the genealogical summary appear in print.
Any further information on Ara-5 Fitch will be greatly appreciated!
Perry Streeter (firstname.lastname@example.org)