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the Problem Pitman updated

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See to the right under “Pages”… I have made my point more comprehensible…  (I am a graphic artist by trade, a writer by wishful thinking).

The point?   The Joseph Pitman who signed the will of William Anderson d. 1789 was the son of Robert Pitman of Halifax, Co, NC.  

Update… now I don’t think so… that is why I call him the Problem Pittman…

Why is it important?  Because it lends an incredible amount of credibility to this account:

From the research of Donald Gordon (a Pittman descendant):

Thomas Pitman,of Monmouthshire, England, fled England during the Cromwell rebellion and landed in Virginia in 1649. He purchased land in Surry County, Virginia and had two sons Thomas and William. This grandson, the third Thomas moved about 1707 to Isle of Wight County. His daughter Elizabeth and son Robert, with Robert’s two sons, Samuel and Joseph moved to Edgecombe County North Carolina about 1738. Deeds in Edgecombe County show Robert, Samuel, Joseph and Elizabeth holding several hundred acres in the area North and West of Tarboro. Joseph who first appears on Edgecombe records as a bailiff of the court had a son Abner (b. 1758) and grandson born 1787. By this time the Pitmans became Pittmans and all spelled their name with two tees . The Pittmans held land North of Leggett stretching into southern Halifax County. Here Joseph and his wife Mary had a son Henry Elias born 1828. In 1850 Henry married Lucy Anderson who in 1852 gave birth to Biscoe Pittman who married Martha Alice Walston. To this marriage was born, as the last of eight children, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899) at Epworth.


I checked the Pittman file at the Blount Bridgers house – The item you had was an exact quote from the paper by Donald Gordon who was a nephew of the artist Hobson Pittman. There is no other information about Elizabeth and Donald’s research was not documented. He came down through Abner and Joseph’s lines which he worked on. (Monika Fleming, Tarboro, NC)

Simply put, I think Mr. Gordon may have had the luxury of speaking with some older relatives and related their memories and family tradition.  That is surely hearsay but if it can afterwords be proven then it becomes fact.   Robert with two sons Samuel and Joseph DID move to Edgecombe about 1738.

The Elizabeth Mr. Gordon mentions is the subject of my Page “that Pitman gal”.  Again, simply put, I have not proven that “theory”.

For some reason I can’t comprehend, one of my commenters has posted some thoughts concerning my theory of that Elizabeth Pitman and William Anderson.

I just shake my head.

Guy… chill out, its a hobby.


(from an older post)…  perhaps this is the new problem Pitman…

James Pitman 1740s

I’ve previously identified some of his land being below the Anderson property near Swift Creek and adjacent the Elizabeth Pitman property.  My current thought is that this is a non-issue in that he promptly sold the property shortly after acquiring it and probably never lived there.

Edgecombe County Land Records:

p. 216: James Pitman and Elizabeth Pitman of Edgecombe Co. to JOHN STALLINGS of Edgecombe Co., 21 February ____, 20 pounds current money of

Virginia. 200 acres on north side of Tar River, joining Falling Run.    Witness: Abram Evans, Robert Coleman, Jr., Thomas Woodard. Registered: Feb Court, 1743.

James is noted here after 1744

1769       20 Feb. Benjamin (B) Lane and wife, Mary, of Edgecome Co., planter , to Newit Lane of same, planter, £60 Proc money two tracts of land: (1) 100 acares on the north bank of Tar River a little above Green’s Path, it being part of a patent for 200 acres granted to Thomas Brown on 2 Mar 1744, conveyed by said Brown to JAMES PITMAN, conveyed by said Pitman to Nathaniel Bradford, and conveyed by said Bradford to said Benjamin Lane; (2) 35 acres adjining the aforesaid tract on the ban of Tar River at the mouth of Little Creek, it being part of another survey. Wit: William Chapman, Robert (X) Young, Edward Lane. DB D, p. 69.

I’ve since found another reference that could also be this James Pitman:

NC Records (Online MARS)

1742   Book 5, pg 340  (this isn’t the Edgecombe Book 5, pg 340) ?

File No. 536, James Pitman

May 5, 1742, 200 acres…”S. side of Sapponey creek”

(Sapponey Creek is in present Nash County. In 1742 Edgecombe went all the way to the Mississippi River.)


1742   Book 5, pg 359

File No. 551, James Pitman

May 15, 1742, 200 acres… “S. side of Sapponey Creek”


1742   Book 10, pg 211

File No. 935, James Pitman

May 5, 1742, 200 acres… “The So. side of Soppony Creek”



This may be Samuel Pitman (the son of Robert of Halifax) born 1736.

See page 20 of this bible reference…

Written by anderson1951

July 15, 2011 at 2:19 am

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