By Linda McNatt
© March 16, 2008
It was a proud day for Robert Hitchings, a historian and archivist at the
Kirn Memorial Library, when, as a boy, he met an elderly woman who told him
that his great-great-grandmother had delivered her.
Martha Ann Hitchings, left a widow with eight children during the Civil War,
was a midwife in Norfolk.
Hitchings believes she probably delivered about 75 percent of the children
born right after the war.
It was another proud day for Hitchings on Saturday, when David D. Hitchings,
his great-great-grandfather and a member of Company B, 54th Virginia
Militia, Norfolk, was finally remembered with a memorial stone befitting his
military service and his allegiance to Virginia.
“The service held Saturday was organized by the Norfolk County Grays, Sons
of Confederate Veterans, and the Pickett-Buchanan Chapter of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy. Eleven stones were dedicated to the memory of
soldiers, their graves spread across the old cemetery.
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