In the Line of Duty
Insights into the
Real American West
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Johnstown, Colorado 80534
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|Family Group Record Sheet
This is a pdf file. You can print it
and record your family members.
Then send a copy to me for our
Please include photographs,
|"Between 1856 and 1874, John Nathan Hittson rose from poor
dirt farmer to become one of the wealthiest cattlemen in the
United States. Hittson and his family Bill Hittson, Jess Hittson,
James Hart, and John Hart, all became rich by discovering the
earliest markets for longhorn cattle and prospering from the
great beef market that exploded immediately after the Civil
Among his many achievements, "Cattle Jack" Hittson became
the first sheriff of the tough and primitive Palo Pinto County in
north-central Texas. During the Civil War he served in the
Confederate militia, survived numerous Indian battles, and
nearly starved to death. After quitting the farm, Hittson made
several dangerous trips to the South, where he hauled salt and
later drove cattle to Mexico. The meager profits from these
trips caused him to become known as the richest man on the
Hittson gained national fame when he hired a large, private
army of gunmen and brazenly invaded New Mexico Territory
in search of cattle-thieving Comancheros. Though he denied it,
his gunmen killed several ranchers and townspeople who
attempted to stop the Texas marauders. Ultimately, Hittson
recovered $250,000 worth of stolen Texas cattle and horses for
his neighbors. Aided by the U.S. Army, Hittson was so
powerful that he defied the territorial government and even
advertised his exploits in the local New Mexican newspapers. "
Vernon R. Maddox, author of "John Hittson, Cattle King on the
Texas and Colorado Frontier," and confirmed with John
Hittson's Great-Great Granddaughter, "John Hittson is "Top-Gun."
Saturday, 1 May
Palo Pinto, Texas
|Copyright © 1996 The Hittson Project, Pathfinder Ltd., Boulder, Colorado
All rights reserved.
|"Lives of great men all remind us ~ We can make our lives sublime ~ And departing leave behind us ~ Footprints on the sands of Time"
hired on as a "cowpuncher"
with John Hittson in 1867.
The stories he wrote and the
evidence he presented to the
U.S. Army are the most
important primary sources
Hittson history in Texas.
Saturday, 5 Sep 2015
|Family Genealogy Indexes
Patriarch Peter Heite/HITT
Matriarch Elisabeth Heimbach OTTERBACH
Alexander Hittson Ancestry
Rhoda Dodson Hittson Ancestry
Alexander Hittson History
Descendants Generation One **Virginia**
Descendants Generation Two **Tennessee** **Carolinas** **Georgia**
Descendants Generation Three **Arkansas** **Mississippi** **Missouri**
Descendants Generation Four **Indiana** **Colorado** **New Mexico**
Descendants Generation Five **California** **Alabama** **Arizona**
Descendants Generation Six **Tennessee** **Arkansas** **Texas**
|To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child. For what is the value of
human life unless it is woven into the lives of our ancestors by the records of history?" -Cicero, 46 B.C.