Saturday, November 18, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ Pitman of Marblehead, Massachusetts


Thomas Pitman, my 10th great grandfather, was born about 1614 in England. His origins and his parents are unknown, but he had a brother named John Pitman who might have come over with him at the same time.   It is unknown when he first arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, and he lived in the part of town that became Marblehead.  He married a woman named Joan or Jane and had six children recorded in Salem.

Thomas Pitman made a will in 1694 and died that year.  He left his house to his son Thomas Pitman, and the rest of his estate to his daughters Sarah Dodd and Mary Fortune, and to the children of his brother John.  His house and land were sold on 21 March 1716/17 to Reverend John Barnard of Marblehead, who took down the house. [Essex Registry of Deeds, book 32, leaf 98].  Thomas Pitman, Jr. was married twice, first to Mary Dennis, and second to Margaret (Gould) Stilson, my 8th great grandmother in another lineage.  Margaret was taken prisoner by Indians in Maine who had killed her husband and child in 1689. She was taken to Quebec with her daughter Mary, and ransomed back in 1695.

The daughter of Thomas Pitman and Joan, Mary (Pitman) Fortune, is my 9th great grandmother.  She married Elias Fortune and had thirteen children.  See the lineage below.

For more information on Thomas Pitman see the book Marblehead in the Year 1700 by Sidney Perley, 1910, pages 36 and 61.  This book has been digitized and is available online at the Marblehead Museum website  

Also, Sidney A. Merriam, "Notes of Pitman Documents", The American Genealogist, Volume 18, pages 17 - 19. 

My PITMAN Genealogy:

Generation 1:  Thomas Pitman, born about 1614 in England, died July 1694 in Marblehead, Massachusetts; married about 1643 in Salem, Massachusetts to Joan or Jane Unknown. Six children born in Salem:
1.  Joseph Pitman, born about 1644– no further information
2.  Sarah Pitman, born about 1646, married Thomas Dodd
3.  Mary Pitman, born about 1648 , (see below – my 9th great grandmother)
4. Elizabeth Pitman, born about 1650, married Henry Russell
5.  Thomas Pitman, born about 1652, married first Mary Dennis, married second to Margaret Gould, widow of James Stilson, (my 8th great grandparents)
6.  John Pitman, born about 1660, died 1696 in Barbadoes, m. Charity Gale

Generation 2: Mary Pitman, born about 1648 in Salem, died 1734 in Marblehead; married about 1669 to Elias Fortune.  He was born about 1640 in England and died November 1705 in Marblehead. Thirteen chidren.

Generation 3:  Mary Fortune m. Samuel Hoyle
Generation 4: Mary Hoyle m. Peter Homan
Generation 5: William Homan m. Elizabeth Unknown
Generation 6:  Thomas Homan m. Tabitha Glover
Generation 7: Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 8: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ Pitman of Marblehead, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 18, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. We share many links to Marblehead genealogy. Thomas is my 9G grandfather and his children Mary and John are my are my 8G grandparents. Then our lines diverge as my ancestor is Mary's daughter Rebecca.