In the Line of Duty
Insights into the
Real American West
|Family Group Record Sheet
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| "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 War.
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 Texas frontier.
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," confirmed with
John Hittson's Great-Great Granddaughter,
"John Hittson is "Top-Gun."
First Saturday in May
Palo Pinto, Texas
|Copyright © 1996 The Hittson Project, Pathfinder Ltd., Fort Collins, 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"
Marshall Lafayette Johnson
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 for
Hittson history in Texas.
|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.