Captain Thomas Pittman, I

Male 1614 - 1691  (77 years)


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  • Name Thomas Pittman 
    Title Captain 
    Suffix
    Born 1614  Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1691  Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I51604  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2018 

    Family 1 Frances LNU,   b. ~1618, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Oct 1666, Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married 1635  (Monmouthshire, Wales) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Thomas Pittman, II,   b. Bef 1661, Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1730, Isle of Wight County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     2. William Pittman,   b. (Surry County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Edward Pittman,   b. (Surry County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Pittman,   b. (Surry County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Francis Pittman,   b. (Surry County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F19252  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha LNU,   b. ~1614,   d. 1672, Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1666  Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F19253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Lydia Gray,   b. Bef 1640, James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Mar 1678, Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married 1672  Surry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F19254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1614 - Monmouthshire, Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1635 - (Monmouthshire, Wales) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Oct 1666 - Surry County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1672 - Surry County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1691 - Surry County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Capt. Thomas Pitman I formerly Pittman
      Born 1614 in Monmouthshire, Wales
      Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
      [sibling(s) unknown]
      Husband of Frances (Unknown) Pitman married 1635 [location unknown]
      Husband of Martha (Unknown) Pittman married 4 Oct 1666 (to Oct 1672) in Surry County, VAmap
      Husband of Lydia (Gray) Pittman married 1672 in Surry County, VAmap

      DESCENDANTS descendants

      Father of William Pittman, Joseph Wall, Edward Pittman, John Pittman, Francis Pittman, Thomas Pittman II and Susannah (Pittman) Wall
      Died 1691 in Surry, Virginia
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      Categories: Monmouthshire Pitmans.

      Biography
      Captain Thomas Pittman was b 1614 Monmouthshire England, and immigrated to Jamestown, VA between 1642-1649 with his wife Frances and several children.

      Extant records establish the fact that Thomas Pitman was a carpenter (sued for not finishing a house on time), a farmer (tobacco was grown by most of the settlers), and a partial owner of a grinder mill; he and Francis Pitman sold their half of the mill in 1661, and Thomas Pitman agreed to do the repairs in the future. Early in his career in Virginia he was listed as a Captain in the Virginia Militia as early as 1651. That he had been a Cavalier under King Charles, probably an officer, and had fled to save his head is pure speculation, but he was referred to consistently until his last decade as "Captain."

      Surry Co. Court Records 1671-1691 shows that Thomas Pitman had contracted to build a house for Wm. Browne, but that Browne stopped the work.[1] The court was instructed to see how much payment Pitman deserved for the amount of work and 3 men were appointed to study the situation and report back to the court in 7 days. [2]

      Thomas Sr. must have been an honorable man, called as witness and to represent friends in court on several occasions.[3]

      Capt. Thomas Pittman is listed a total of 36 times in these two books of county records.

      Marriages

      With his first wife Frances (Unknown), he had at least 5 children. Legend says that Thomas and Frances were married and had several children before immigrating to the colony, but no record of their marriage has been found.

      Thomas married Martha (Unknown) Atkinson Gwaltney, a widow, in 1666, and acquired the care of a young step-son, William Gwaltney (bc 1655).

      After Martha's death in 1672, Thomas married a 3rd time, to Lydia Grey Judkins. She had three sons, Samuel, Robert, and Charles, and at the time of her marriage to Thomas at least Charles was a minor; Thomas was put in charge of Charles' inheritance, a responsibility he gave up a few years later to the eldest brother Samuel.

      Involvement in Bacon's Rebellion <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon%27s_Rebellion>

      Along with several other residents of Southwark and Lawnes Creek Parishes, Thomas was involved in Bacon's rebellion with two of his Judkins stepsons. In a deposition of John Price, aged about 27, on 3 July 1677, he recounted Thomas Pittman's part in the rebellion:

      "That aboute ye 23d of September last ye Depont. being a prisoner at the house of Mr. Arthur Allen, did heare Arthur Long ordr. & Command Tho. Gibbons to take his Gun & shoote some one of the sd. Mr. Allen's Cattle, & if he could not find any of the old Steeres to kill the first he could meete with upon which the sd Gibbons went out & killed a beast wheather Steere or Cow the Depont. knows not but that night (to ye best of yr. Deponts remembrance) the said Long with Capt. Pitman gave him Leave to goe home Conditionally that he should bring his dogs with him in the morning to Catch Mr Allen's Cattle if any of them should be shott & not killed, but the depont. returning according to time (but wthout his dogs) mett the sd. Long in ye old field neare his owne house."[4]

      Thomas Pittman and his step-sons Robert and Samuel Judkins were pardoned by the King 6 February 1676/7,[5] and was placed under peace bond by Gov. Berkeley on 26 March 1677.[6]

      Will

      In his will, Thomas lists Joseph Wall as a son-in-law, and William Pitman as a grandson (son of Thomas 2). Some think that his son William Pitman must have died without children. William is listed in Tithables in Surry County consistently from 1679[7] until 1703, the last year I have available.[8]

      Age

      Thomas gave a lengthy deposition in 1677 in a property suit between Thomas Warren and Thomas Rolfe, stating that he was 63 years old, and had been born in England.[9]

      Evidence of his age can be found in the Tithables for Surry County, where he appears consistently in the Lawnes Creek parish record from 1667 onward. In 1682, Thomas, due to age, infirmity, or poverty, is put on "parish only" tax roll.[10] This means he had to pay the parish tithe but was no longer liable for Crown taxes.

      The last record of him is an entry in the Surry County Tithables recorded 8 June 1691, where he is noted as "Tho: Pittman at Tho: Pittman junr."[11] He must have died shortly thereafter at age 77.

      There is a spreadsheet attached to this record with the Tithables listings[12] for Thomas 1, his sons, William 2 and Thomas 2, and Thomas 2's sons Thomas 3, William 3, and Edward 3.

      I can add some about the Pittman in James City, Virginia in 1635. His name was Captain Thomas Pittman. He was born in 1614 at Monmouth (Monmouthshire County aka Gwent), Wales. He was a Cavalier under King Charles and fled to America. He arrived between 1640-1642. His oldest child, William, was born in 1640, but the location of this his birth is given as Wales and Virginia. His daughter, Susannah Pittman was born in 1642 in Virginia. Their mother was Frances. Thomas was very active in Virginia. Plug his name into your web browser! I have gotten a lot of information about him from the web. I am a direct descendant of him through his daughter, Susannah. She married Joseph Wall at Virginia. Their granddaughter, Judith Wall, married William DeLoach at Virginia in 1725. William and Judith DeLoach's 2great granddaughter, Georgiana Victoria DeLoach married Malachi Stabler in 1869 at Alabama. Malachi and Georgiana's grandson, Gerald Wayne Stabler was my grandfather. My mother is a Stabler by birth and she married a Daniels - thus me. Barbara Daniels[13]

      Thomas was born about 1614. He passed away after 1684.

      Sources
      ? Haun, book 4.
      ? Davis, pgs. 8, 9, 12, 179, and vol. 2, pg 166.
      ? Davis vol. 2, p. 166.
      ? Boddie, p. 128, quoting Order Book 2, p. 133.
      ? Boddie, p. 136, quoting Order Book 2, p. 149.
      ? Boddie, p. 137, quoting Order Book 2, p. 119.
      ? MacDonald, p. 41.
      ? MacDonald, p. 176.
      ? Boddie, pp. 68-69.
      ? MacDonald, p. 56.
      ? MacDonald, p. 105.
      ? MacDonald.
      ? Need sources for this information.
      Boddie, John Bennett. "Colonial Surry. Reprint of Southern Book Co., Baltimore, 1948, by Clearfield Publ. Co., Inc., 1974; reprint by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, 1992.
      Davis, Elizabeth Timberlake. Surry County Records, Surry County, Virginia, 1652 to 1684. 1980. This volume is a typed transcription of the original record books.
      Haun, Weynette Parks. Surry County, VA, Court Records 1671-1691. Durham, North Carolina: W. P. Haun c1986-c2004. 11 vols.
      MacDonald, Edgar, and Richard Slatten. Surry County [Virginia] Tithables 1668-1703. Reprinted for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland, 2007.
      Pope Genealogy

      end of biography [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S12961] "Thomas (Pittman) Pitman I (1614 - 1691)", Biography, Pedigree & Registry, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pittman-1252, a.

    2. [S12959] "Judith Pittman (abt. 1726 - 1793)", Registry & Pedigree, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pittman-316, abstracted by David.