I say Isle of Wight but it is now modern Southampton County, VA. The early IOW and Surry Counties extended all the way to the NC border. Hence, any surviving records are found all over several county record books.
This first guy is undoubtedly the son of Thomas Pitman d 1730. He and his brother Arthur are noted in the will of Thomas. The most remarkable item in this deed is the mention of the “Country Line”. I have no doubt this is the Meherrin River area where it crosses the VA and NC border… that is where Thomas died in 1730. My purpose merely is to show where this guy was… note in the lower part of the page… Arthur is living next to John and they are near the “country line”… that has to be the VA/NC border. Arthur is dead by 1758, leaving an inventory; John dies 1780s.
This second John Pitman is living several miles northeast of modern Emporia, VA.
Note his neighbors…
Macklemore, Wright. grantee.
Title Land grant 1 August 1734.
Summary Location: Isle of Wight County.
Description: 140 acres on both sides of the Poplar Swamp.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 15, 1732-1735 (v.1 & 2 p.1-522), p. 241 (Reel 13).
Mackelmore, Wright. grantee.
Land grant 25 July 1746.
Location: Isle of Wight County.
Description: 200 acres on the south side of Nottaway River. Beg.g &c. in John Pitman’s line; thence &c. in Owen Myrick’s line.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 25, 1745-1747, p. 149 (Reel 23).
Myrick, Owin. grantee.
Title Land grant 20 August 1745.
Summary Location: Isle of Wight County.
Description: 375 acres on the south side of Nottaway River. Beg.g &c. by the side of this three creeks.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 22, 1743-1745 (v.1 & 2 p.1-631), p. 400 (Reel 20).
Wiggins, Thomas. grantee.
Title Land grant 30 March 1743.
Summary Location: Isle of Wight County.
Description: 200 acres on the south side of Nottaway River. Beg.g &c. on the north side of the Reedy branch, a corner of John Pitman’s man.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 21, 1742-1743 (v.1 & 2 p.1-674), p. 263 (Reel 19).
This William Wrey (Ray) may be connected to the older William Pitman of Surry (Pitman is purported to marry a widow of Wray)… I suspect this John Pitman is a son.
A William Wray in 1748… Brunswick County…
Pole for Drury Stith William Wall John Steed Baxter Davis James Denman William Petty Chris. Tatum Henry Embry William Randle George Sims John Moutrey William Wray John Wall Giles Kelly Benjamin Lanier Robt. Rynolds [sic] William McKinney John Moore John Davis William Maclin Robert Hicks Edward Robinson James Speed John Hicks Joseph Burnett Hazekiah Massie Thomas Dean James Clack Thomas Loyd (Sworn) John Randle Abraham Phenix Lewelling Jones Charles Goulfter Chas. Matthis (Sworn) Robert Christy John Maclin William Short Thomas Bull William Read John Hagood Richd. Hagood Peter Simmons James Hicks Randal Brasie Isaac House James Taply William Jones Geo. Clayton John Johnson
WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY – Brunswick County VA, 1748 Poll List, Vol. 26, No. 1, p. 59, BRUNSWICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA. POLL LIST 1748
This deed has John Pitman in Edgecombe in 1746… I’m not sure why the name is in parentheses and would like to see the deed… This reference is also interesting because this Thomas Hicks may be a grandson of Robert Hix (Hicks) the notorious Indian Trader. Perhaps this is a clue to what John Pitman was doing in the area of Three Creek, VA .
Edge. Co. (Halifax) Db 3, page 45, deed date 7 aug 1746, recorded Nov
Ct 1746, Thomas Hicks, Edge. Co to (John Pitman), said county for 20
pds Va, a tract on the north side of White Oak Swamp containing 150
acres being the plantation whereon said (John Pitman) now lives
beginning at a white oak on the north side of said swamp then south 80
east 153 poles to the center of two pines then north 10 east 153 poles
to a red oak then north 80 west to the White Oak Swamp then down said
swamp to the first station, signed Thomas Hicks, wit Edward Seayers,
Mary Vaughn (mark). Abstracted 7-02-06, NCA film C.047.40002, CTC.
…background on Hicks…
Brunswick County, Virginia
Deed Book 3 (1744-1749)
Indenture made 25 January 1745, between Thomas Hicks of the
Province of North Carolina and Nathaniel Edwards of Brunswick
County, £40, 250a, is the lower part of a Tract of Land
containing about 400a whereon Daniel Hicks late of Brunswick
County aforesd. at the time of his Death did Dwell &; which said
250 acres of Land the said Daniel Hicks by his last will &;
Testament dated 17 December 1734 did Devise to the said Thomas
Hicks as by the said last will &; Testament of the said Daniel
Hicks duly proved and recorded in the County Court of Brunswick.
Signed Thomas Hicks. Witnesses: John Wall, Junr., George Hicks,
James Hicks, Junr., John Irby, Junr. Henry Bedingfield, Francis
Price. Court February 6, 1745, Indenture, Memorandum and Receipt
proved by the oaths of James Hicks Junr., Henry Bedingfield &;
Francis Price. Deed Book 3, Page 141.
I would think this an earlier generation (but I don’t know)…
Arthur Kavanaugh, of Surry County, VA., to Thomas Hicks. 200 acres on branch of Indian Town Creek, as per patent in my name, dated August 11, 1707. Deed dated July 19, 1715. Test, R. Hicks, Jon Gordon Hathaway, pg 289
Another Virginia reference …
Isle of Wight, VA
(p 496.) 24 July 1747. Thomas WIGGINS of EDGECOMBE COUNTY IN NORTH
CAROLINA to John Davis 200 acres on the south side of Nottoway River adj.
John Pittman. Wit: Richard Jones, Lewis Harris., J James Ridley. Signed:
Thoms Wiggins; Joanna (x) Wiggins. Rec. 13 Aug 1747.
Edgecombe County 1760s…
1760 22 Sep. Wright (XY) McLemore of edgecombe Co. to WILLIAM PITMAN, for £10 a tract of 100 acres on the White Oak Swamp, granted to said McLemore by deed bearing date June 28, 1760. Wit: Eth’d Exum, Moses (M) McLemore. Deed Book 00, p. 159.
William Pitman is purported to marry Judith, daughter of Wright Maclemore… I’d like to see some proof because at about this same time a daughter of Andrew Ross, also named Judith, marries a William Pitman. (noted in Ross’ will)
1760 26 Dec. Wright McLemore of Edgecombe Co. to Drewry McLemore, for £5 a tract of 60 acres on the north bank of White Oak Swamp adjoining JOHN PITMAN, which land was granted to Wright McLemore by a deed bearing date June 28, 1760. Wit: Etheldred Exum, Moses McLamore. Deeb Book 00, p. 360.
1762 4 Jan. WILLIAM (X) PITMAN of Edgecombe co. to Drewry HIggs of same., for £35 a tract of 100 acres on White Oak Swamp, it being a patent granted to Wright McLemore by deed dated June 28, 1760. Wit: Eth’d Exum, John (X) Mials. DB 1, p. 312.
22 April 1763 Drury (X) Maclamoar of Edgecombe Co. to JOHN PITMAN, for £10 a tract of 60 acres on the north side of White Oak Swamp, it being taken out of Rite Macklamour’s patent. Wit: Arthar (A) Philups, Robt. Armstrong. DB C, p. 67.
22 April 1763 JOHN (X) PITMAN of Edgecombe Co. to Robert Armstrong, £45 Virginia money the 210 acre plantation whereon said Armstrong then lived on the north side of White oak Swamp. Wit: Arther (A) Philups, Drury (X) Maclamar. DB C, p. 70.
1764 20 Apr. Robert Armstrong of Edgecombe Co. to WILLIAM PITMON of same, for £5 Virginia money a tract of 60 acres on the north side of White oak Swamp on Tantroft Branch, it being taken out of Rite McLemore’s patent. Wit: JOSEPH PITMON, HANNAH (X) PITMON. DB C, p. 251
Karen’s note: Jacob Pitman married Hannah Best 19 Mar 1764, Isaac Wilson was bondsman, Thos. Cavenah was witness.
1765 8 Oct. WILLIAM (x) PITMAN of Edgecombe Co. to Nathan Harriss of same, for 46/13/4 current money a tract of 210 acres on the north bank of Whie Oak Swamp in two patents: (1) 150 acres granted to Joseph Wall; (2) 60 acres granted to Wright McLemore by a patent deed dated June 28, 1760. Wit: Eth’d Exum, Arthur Philips, Mark Mason. DB C, p. 360.
1766 25 Nov. Wright (M) McLemore of Edgecombe Co. to Moses McLemore of same, £20 a tract of 118 acres on the north bank of Whate Oak Swamp at the mouth of Tan Trough Branch adjoining Drewry McLemore and WM. PITMAN. Wit: Eth’d Exum, Jhn Exum. DB C, p. 437.
1769 10 Feb. Moses (x) McLamore of Edgecombe Co. to Etheldred Exum of same, £5 a tract of 118 acres on the north bank of White Oak Swamp at the mouth of Tantrough Branch adjoining Drewry McLamore and WILLIAM PITTMAN, it being part of a patent deed gratned to Wright McLamore bearing date 28 Jun 1760. Wit: Bathshaba (B) Sikes, John Exum. DB D, p. 114.
1770 22 May. Etheldred Exum and wife, Rachel (X) Exum, of Edgecombe Co. to John Spell of same, for £17 a tract of 118 acres on the north bank of white Oak swamp at the mouth of Tantrough Branch adjoining Drury McLamore and WILLIAM PITMAN, it being a Granville grant to Wright McLamore bearing date June 28, 1760. Wit: Arthur Philips, John Exum, Junr. DB D, p. 241.
The death of Arthur Pitman in 1758 allows for some interesting speculation…
This is evidently the sons of Thomas Pitman d 1730:
Abstracts of Deeds Northampton County, N.C., Margaret M. Hoffman, 1968.
pg. 258 THOMAS THORNTON of Northampton Co. to CHAPLIN WILLIAMS of Isle of Wight Co., Va. 9 Mar. 1746 50 pounds Va. currency 230 acres on the north side of Maherrin river, joining the old co. line and the river, all houses, orchards, gardens etc. a tract of land granted to WILLIAM BENNETT 1 Mar. 1739 Wit: JOHN PITMAN, ARTHUR PITMAN, DANIEL BENSTEN, THOMAS (???) Reg. Northampton Co. May Ct. 1746 Robert Forster C. Ct.
pg. 265 SAMUEL HAYES of Northampton Co. to MARGRITT BRADY of Isle of Wight Co., Va. 25 Aug. 1746 10 shillings current money of Va. 50 acres more or less on the south side of Maherrin river, joining the co. line on the river bank, part of a track granted to BENJAMIN WILLIAMS 7 May 1722 Wit: JOHN PITMAN, ARTHUR PITMAN Reg. Northampton Co. Aug. Ct. 1746 Robert Forster C. Ct.
My interest is this Arthur…
Edgecombe deed book 1 p 89 Edgecombe Co NC: Elizabeth PITTMAN of Edgecombe Co to Arthur PITMAN planter, 26 Sep 1761, 90 acres north side of Tar River…Granville grant to said Elizabeth…May 1749.
Edgecombe County Court Minutes Dec 1761-Mar 1762
ABSTRACT OF WILLS, EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N.C., VOL. I, 1732-1792 by David B. Gammon, 1992, pp 36-37: John Hatcher, 1 Oct. 1765, Jan Ct. 1766, A/153 (Book A, p. 153). Will names son Jeremiah Hatcher, 100 acres at the mouth of the Dividing Branch adj. Hendricks Creek. Wife Dorothy – life estate in my remaining land with reversion to my daughter Sarah Hatcher. Daughter Mary – bed. Son John Hatcher – ten shillings. Wife – lend all moveable estate for her lifetime with reversion to my four children Hancock Hatcher, Jeremiah Hatcher, Sarah Hatcher and Mary Hatcher. To ARTHUR PITMAN – ten shillings. Ex. Hancock Hatcher. Wit: John Miall, Isom Pitman.
JANUARY, 1766: LWT of John HATCHER proved by John MYALS and Jesse PITMAN & Executors qualified.
Course… I have no idea who he is…
This could nail down the second John as the son of William of Surry if it researches out… I found this on a post from Guy Baker http://genforum.genealogy.com/pitman/messages/1557.html
“Posting (not mine) – I found a deed where where William Wray or Ray of Southwarke Parish, Surry co Va bought 175 acres on south side of Three Creeks from Thomas Goodwynne but it does not say which county but I believe it was Brunswick co Va but it might have been Surry co Va at that time and that part of Surry co Va became Brunswick co Va. I will research that. It was witnessed by Edward Goodrich, Arthur Kavanaugh and Marmaduke Johnson.Lois had posted that William Wrey (Wray) received a patent 18 March 1717 for 175 acres in Surry co Va on the south side of the Three Creeks adjoining Maj Charles Goodrich’s land. As noted this patent was witnesee by Edward Goodrich. This must have been the same land. Maybe it was recorded in 1720. this was from the Virginia Land Patent Book No. 19 page 370 or 373. The only problem with this deed is it lists William Wray’s wife as Elizabeth. Was it a mistake?”
William Pitman of Surry married the widow of Wray Sr…
1 Jun 1731. Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories, 1730-1800, by Lyndon H. Hart, III, 1983, pg 4. Page 138. William Ray. Will. Date: 1 June 1731. Rec.: 20 Oct’r. 1731. William Ray, Executor. (torn). Eldest son: William. Wife: —-. Brother-in-law: William Pittman. Witnesses: Howell Briggs, William Clary and Richard Parker. Surry Co., VA., Deeds & Wills, 1730-1738, page 138. William Ray, will dated 1 June 1731: ((Entire will only about 6-8 inches long, torn out at center, sides and edges water-damaged and faded.)) Only words that can be read:—my Brother in Law—Pittman— (and right before that looks like the word “Father”)— these were to be Executors.
19 Jan 1731/2. Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories, 1730-1800, by Lyndon H. Hart, III, 1983, pg 4. Page 150. William (W)Ray. Inventory. Date ordered: 20 Oct 1731, Rec: 19 Jan 1731. William Wray, Executor. John Deberry, Nicholas Porter and Roge Williams, Appraisers.
Wray, William, Jr. grantee.
Land grant 28 September 1728.
Description: 724 acres on both sides of Stoney Hill Run.
Wray, John. grantee.
Land grant 7 July 1726
Description: 280 acres on the north side of the Three Creeks.
Arthur Kavanaugh was an Indian Trader who lived somewhat near the area of John Pitman when he was in VA east of Emporia. If the senior William Wray was near Hick’s Ford about 1717 then odds are he was Indian Trading…. notice all the suspects that are mentioned: a son of Robert Hicks, Arthur Kavanaugh, John Wall is in the later Brunswick Co area (a Joseph Wall is son in law of Thomas Pitman)…… Thomas Pitman was involved in Bacon’s Rebellion. Sounds like fodder for some interesting history.
Patent to Robert Hix, Gent., dated September 28, 1730, for 2610 acres, old and new land, Surry County; on North side of Maherin River; adjoining Henry Wyche; on the Myery Branch, at mouth of the Meadow Run; William Lucas; Capt. Thomas Goodwin; land formerly Major Charles Goodrich, dec’d; on Reeves’ Swamp; near Arthur Kavanaugh’s house. 1070 acres part granted said Hix, October 31, 1716; & 140 acres granted him, July 9, 1724, for 7 Lbs. money. Virginia Patent Book 14, page 124, page 125. (see WREY deed above on map referencing Maj Goodrich)
Arthur Kavenaugh, of Surry County, VA., to Thomas Hicks. 200 acres on branch of Indian Town Creek, as per patent in my name, dated August 11, 1707. Deed dated July 19, 1715. Test, R. Hicks, Jon Gordon. [Hathaway pg. 289]