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Thomas Pitman d. 1754/5 (the missing sons)

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(from his will…)

Thomas Pitman d. 1754/5  wife Anne

….. Lot

….. Thomas

….. “my eight sons”

….. “my two daughters”

( after wife’s decease, plantation to son Lot)

“the land I hold on Tar River I desire may be Equally divided among seven other sons”

(this deed shows sons Lott and Thomas had removed to Robeson Co. before 1779…)

Halifax County Deed Book 14, p138

8 January 1779 – from Lott Pitman and Thomas Pitman of Blanden County [Bladen, now Robeson], North Carolina – to McKinnie Howell of Halifax County, North Carolina – consideration of L 550 current money of North Carolina – conveying 320 acres of land on north side of Beach Swamp, in Halifax County, adjoining land of Pope, part of a tract granted to Colonel William Whitehead by patent, date unknown, and conveyed by said Whitehead to Thomas Pitman, deceased, by deed dated 21 August 1739 and devised by said Thomas Pitman, deceased, and being the tract or plantation whereon Thomas Howell now livees – witnessed by Samuel Pitman, Lacy Simmons, and John Pitman – proved by oath of Lacy Simmons at Halifax County Court held February 1779.

(this deed shows son Newitt selling Tar River property, witnessed by his brother Thomas, 1776… I note that this may not have been all the property- from will “the land I hold on Tar River I desire may be Equally divided among seven other sons”… his manor plantation went to son Lot.)

Edge. Co. Db 3, page 139, deed date 21 Sept 1776, recorded Jul Ct 1777, Newt Pitman (Pittman), Edge. Co. to Etheldred Gray, Surry County, Virginia, 100 pounds current money of Virginia, a tract of land containing 200 acres on the south side of Tar River beginning at a white oak on the river side then south 25 west (160) poles to a pine tree then north 50 west 300 poles to a pine tree at (Records) line then along Records line 160 poles to the river then along the river to the beginning, except one acre of land laid off by the Edgecombe County Court for Moses Horn to build a water grist mill on Buck Swamp, signed Newit Pitman, wit Lott Pitman, Hardy Pitman, Simon Gray. Abstracted 6-21-04, RD copy, CTC

(Newett Pitman leaves a will in Robeson Co. 1787 naming a son Hardy which ties in nicely to the above deed and also indicates he is obviously the brother of Lot.)

(the will of Rev. Isham Pitman b.1728 d.1825 makes references to “nephews” and researchers have deduced the other brothers of Isham and sons of Thomas Pitman d.1754,  i.e.  Nathan, Jesse and Joel Pitman.)                source:

(see here for more specific info…

Thomas Pitman d. 1754/5  wife Anne

….. Lot

….. Thomas

….. Newitt

….. Nathan

….. Jesse

….. Joel

….. Isham

….. Joseph?   could this be the Quaker of Rich Square MM b.1724?

Joseph Pittman, son of Thomas Pittman, was born on January 11, 1724-
1725, and settled in lower Edgecombe County. His wife Elizabeth was
born on January 11, 1724 (?) and died on March 31, 1761. They were
members of the Rich Square Monthly Meeting of the Quaker Society by
September 6, 1760, but he was on November 16, 177- “dismissed for
proposing marriage to one outside of the Society.: (This reference
could have been to Thomas Pittman, Jr.)

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth Pittman:

Faith Pittman was born on October 30, 1747.
Amy Pittman was born on May 2, 1749.
Elizabeth Pittman was born on January 4, 1752.
Thomas Pittman, Jr., was born on October 8, 1756.
Abia Pittman was born on March 12, 1758.
Patience Pittman was born on September 21, 1760.

There were quite a few Pitmans or Pittmans living in Edgecombe County
by 1760, but no one appears to have worked out all their
relationships. Joseph Pitman the Quaker, witnessed the will of Moses
Pitman on March 24, 1759. One Joseph Pitman made his will on
December 18, 1786, and another on October 9, 1762, but the lists of
legatees do not indicate that either was the father of the above

Hugh Johnston
Rocky Mount Telegram
June 6, 1958

(I also suspect the above Joseph may be a son of Thomas Pitman d.1730 … more research is needed.)

Written by anderson1951

January 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

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  1. This is great. So, if this Joseph is a son of Thomas d. 1754/5, and the land was to be divided between the sons, are there records of the land division to give us more info on this Joseph? Do you have an indication of the birth order/ages of Thomas’ children?


    Traci Thompson

    January 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

    • Much of the info is still being hashed out by folks concentrating on the Robeson Co. records (which is where I found the wills)…

      It is probably a herculean effort to figure out the birth order/ages… it makes my head hurt and I really lose interest at the Edgecombe county line. 🙂

      Writing up this post is the first time I’ve seriously considered the Quaker Joseph b.1724 being his son… together with the mention of Thomas d.1755 having property “on Tar River” according to his will (near Buck Swamp according to the deed reference)… this is some serious clues and seem plausible…

      Perhaps this will persuade a serious Pitman researcher to dig around in the Tarboro records…



      January 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

  2. I am looking for information on Joseph Wesley Pittman, Birth 21 sept 1873 in Tarboro, Edgecomb Co., N.C. We are trying to get farther on,our family tree. To date…
    Bessie Mae Lewis was my grandmother. Her mother was Gattie Miranda Pittman Lewis, married to Wiley Brooks Lewis. Gattie’s father is Joseph Wesley Pittman, above. He married
    Martha “Mattie” Clementine Burns, Birth Oct 1851 in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, USA. This is all we have. Can you help?
    Diane Rogers


    Diane Brown Rogers

    April 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  3. I would like to know if Thomas Pittman b. 1704 VA d. 1754 NC married to Ann Gay Coffield Pittman b. 1703 d. 1754 NC are related to Nathan Pittman b. 1740 d. 1799 NC married to Charolotte Catherine Meis Pittman and Nathan William Pittman, Jr., b. 1763 NC d. 1843 MS married to Elizabeth Etheridge b. 1778 NC d. 1799 NC and Lindsey William Henry Pittman b. 1794 NC d. 1883 GA married to Sara Prescott Pittman b. 1808 SC d. 1888 GA. and Noah Pittman b. 1833 d. 1881 GA
    I am having a hard time connecting the above to my grandmother Louella Pittman Touchton b. 1870 d. 1954 GA This is my mothers family and until I complete my journey I cannot rest.


    Jimmie (Echo) Barrett-Hopkins

    February 16, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    • Try here…

      North Carolina, Estate files, 1663-1979, Edgecombe County, P… Pitman, Joseph (1856)

      In that record is a mention of a Daniel ETHERIDGE….. looks like a clue to me… good luck




      February 17, 2015 at 4:57 am

  4. Marc, thank you! I have just begun my search and trust me, its like a muse…I will definitely try this clue. Echo


    Jimmie (Echo) Barrett-Hopkins

    February 17, 2015 at 8:01 am

  5. I am going through papers inherited by my husband. Among them I have found a Will of Lott Pitman, 1775 plus 2 letters from Asa Yelvington of Middleton Miss. to William Pitman of Gaddysville, NC dated 1848 & 1849. I am willing to share them but not sure how to on this site. I wonder why his family ended up with these ancient documents. He goes back to Amanda B. Pitman, md. J. R. Oliver and d. in Marion Co., SC 1928 age 80 the dau. of William Pitman and Helen Mitchell. All have Robeson Co., NC connections. Any advise on how to share here would appreciated.


    Linda Smith

    October 7, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    • Hi Linda…
      There are several mystery Pit(t)mans I am interested in.. there may be some clues in those letters.
      If you can possibly take an iPhone picture (highest quality) and forward the images to me, I can work with the digital images and post them.

      This could be a rare instance of old letters to shed some new light!
      Looking forward to your response…


      Please include any info on the backsides of the letters if appropriate (dates, postal info, etc..)



      October 8, 2021 at 3:29 am

  6. My great father’s name was Harold Dean Pittman , his father was John Pittman and his great grand father was Benjamin Pittman great great grand father was William Pittman. So interesting to see my family history



    January 18, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    • Hi Victoria,
      The progenitor of this line has not been identified to my satisfaction… it seems to be a William Pitman. But then, which William?

      This is a trap to ensnare another researcher… beware… run away! …smiling



      January 18, 2023 at 5:24 pm

      • From my research the Pittman last name started out being spelled Pytman , Pitman and then later Pittman. After William Pitman I have his father as Jesse Pitman then his father as Thomas Pitman.



        January 18, 2023 at 6:30 pm

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