Charles Jackson Hitchings (1900-1971)

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Charles Jackson Hitchings
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Charlie Hitchings July 1912
Born: 27 Mar 1900 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Died: 21 Apr 1971 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: James Jackson Hitchings
Mother: Augusta Christina Melching
Siblings: Frances M. Hitchings
James H. Hitchings
Charles Jackson Hitchings
Mildred Lucile Hitchings
Glen Elon Hitchings
Ruth Elsie Hitchings
Katie Doris Hitchings
Spouse: Beatrice V. Chattaway
Married: 15 Aug 1924 Petoskey, Michigan
Children: Charles Jackson Hitchings, Jr.
Arthur John Hitchings
Reva Elizabeth Hitchings
Margaret Ellen Hitchings
Gerald Eland Hitchings
Constance Jean Hitchings
Christine Tinitte Hitchings


Petoskey News-Review, Thursday, 22 April, 1971

Charles Hitchings Rites Monday

Charles J. Hitchings, sr., 71, native of Petoskey died yesterday at Lockwood-MacDonald Hospital where he had been a patient for two days.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. from the Stone Funeral Home. Rev. Dale McAlvey will officiate and interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born in Petoskey March 27, 1900 and attended Petoskey Public Schools.

On August 15, 1924 he married the former Beatrice Chattaway and she preceded him in death in 1953.

Mr. Hitchings was a member of the Petoskey Police Department from 1922-25.

Then he was employed by the former Chattaway Grocery Store as a meat department manager. In 1937 he owned his own store, "Charlie's Home Market" and from 1942 until 1945 he operated Petoskey Garbage Collection.

Mr. Hitchings retired in 1953.

Survivors include three sons, Charles J., jr., of Petoskey, Arthur, of Grand Rapids and Gerald, of Flint; three daughters, Mrs. Vilnis (Reva) Atkalns, of Petoskey, Mrs. Carl (Constance) Lawrence, Grand Ledge and Christine Hitchings, of Lapeer; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Von (Mildred) Smith, of Detroit and Mrs. Harry (Ruth) Starks, of Dearborn and a brother, James Hitchings, of Monroe.

Friends may call at the Stone Funeral Home beginning Saturday afternoon.


  • Birth: Emmet County, Michigan Birth Records: Page 64A, Number: Delayed Births
Hitchings, Charley Jackson
Born: 27 Mar1900
Recorded: 15 Jun 1942
At: Petoskey, Mich
Parents Residence: Petoskey, Mich
Male, white, Legitimate
Father: James Jackson Hitchings, born in New York State
Mother: Augusta Christina Melching, born in Ohio
  • 1920 Federal Census, Emmet Co., Michigan
Hitchings, James J.
, Charles, son, male, white, abt 1901
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Marriages, #74
Groom: Charles Hitchings
Age: 24, white
Residence: Petoskey
Birth Place: Michigan
Occupation: Policeman
Father: James J. Hitchings
Mother: Augusta Melching
Date: 15 August 1924 at Petoskey
By: Rev. W. J. Dobson, Rector, Emmanuel Episc. Church
Bride: Beatrice Chattaway
Age: 19, white
Residence: Petoskey
Birth Place: Michigan
Occupation: Clerk
Father: Percy Chattaway
Mother: Violet Murry
Witnesses: Fred and Beulah Sifert of Petoskey
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
HITCHINGS, Charles & CHATTAWAY, Beatrice
Date: 8/15/1924
Liber: 4
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Date of Death: 4/21/1971
Liber: 1971
Folio: P82
Place of Death: Petoskey, Michigan
  • Death: Social Security Death Index:
Hitchings, Charles
Birth Date: 27 Mar 1900
Death Date: Apr 1971
Social Security Number: 371-10-8736
State Number Was Issued: Michigan
Death Residence Zip Code: 49770
Locality: Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan
Greenwood Cemetery
Hitchings, Charles J., Sr.
Age: 71
Birth: 03/27/1900
Died: 04/21/1971
Burial: 04/26/1971
Cemetery: Greenwood, Petoskey
Stone Funeral Home at Petoskey
Lot: H -163-4
Obit: Petoskey News Review 04/22/1971
  • Birth: Family Records of Arnold L. Howse
  • Melching Family Bible, copy given to Arnold L. Howse