While gathering my thoughts to entertain the bartender with some of my genealogy theories I was struck by a profound epiphany… “Well Hell!…one of those Anderson boys knocked up that Pitman gal from across the creek!”
(excerpt from will of Elizabeth Anderson 1733)
I give to my Daughter Elisebeth Pitman, one paire of Small Mill Stones
I give my Daughter Elisebeth Pitmans Son William Anderson one Hiefer.
(William Anderson was the son of either the blood daughter of Elizabeth Anderson and illegitimate or the child of Elizabeth Pitman from next door. Either way he was a bastard. Or in a tidy world a “deceased son” of Elizabeth Anderson prompted her to remarry ______ Pitman and he also died prior to 1748… leaving her a widow. The “deceased son” is a viable theory because there was a shadowy man in the Bertie records named Thomas Anderson.
In 1716 James Anderson acquires some property near Occoneechee Neck… he buys it from Matthew Capps. Initially Capps seems to make a deal with one Thomas Anderson but then the final deal is with James… what to make of it all? I have a copy of the deed and there is no mention of a Thomas?
Chowan County, North Carolina Cross Index to Deeds – Grantees 1696-1878 Vol B
1st Grantee Last Name: Anderson
1st Grantee First Name: Thomas
Grantor First Name: Matthew
Grantor Last Name: Capps
Page #: 345
Here is Hofmann’s abstract:
CHOWAN PRECINCT. NORTH CAROLINA , 1696-1723 Margaret M. Hofmann Deed Book B #1
#889 pg. 345, Matthew CAPPS and Elizabeth CAPPS to James ANDERSON, 12 July 1716, assignment of a sale of land formerly belonging to William BRASSWELL. Wit: William BRASSWELL, Edward HOWARD. Reg. 6 Aug. 1716
CHOWAN PRECINCT, NORTH CAROLINA 1696-1723, GENEALOGICAL ABSTRACTS OF DEED BOOKS, by Margaret M. Hofmann
DEED BOOK C #1, Chowan County, N.C.
#1552 pg. 360 JAMES COURLEE to WILLIAM DOWNING 27 Mar. 1721 assignment of a Pattent dated 7 Mar. 1717/18 for 320 acres
Wit. THOMAS ANDERSON, WILLIAM SHARP Ack. 29 Mar. 1723 before me C. GALE, C. Just. Reg. 6 Apr. 1723
So I am left clueless to find anything else concerning this Thomas Anderson…
William Byrd, with all his pomp and circumstance, while surveying the “Dividing Line Twixt Virginia and N Carolina” in 1728 prided himself in carting around a minister to “legitimize” the great unwashed North Carolina heathens…his remarks literally dripped with disdain. As example, his remark concerning Carolus Anderson- “We went to a House just by the River-Side, belonging to a Man, who learnedly call’d himself Carolus Anderson, where we christen’d his child.” In his manuscript designed for the public Byrd did not hesitate to correct the arrogance of the “learned” man from NC and called him Charles. My point is this there were no ministers in this part of NC and the only “legal” marriage was by an Anglican minister, i.e. Church of England. For reasons, noted later below, I think it likely she was a widow.)
Isle of Wight County this third Day of March 1728–
Whereas I Thomas PITMAN of the County aforesaid do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First, my Soul I desire to return to God who gave it, My Body to be decently Buried, and for my Estate real and personal to be disposed of as follows (viz) My Son Thomas I desire may have an entry of Land lying up the Creek containing an hundred and fifty Acres and he having two thousand Nails to build him a house out of the Estate. For my Son Samuel I desire may have the Plantation lying on Dicks Marsh bounded by a line of Mark Trees containing an hundred Acres. To my Son Robert a piece of Land lying on the upper side of the Long Grand containing fifty Acres. For my Son Ambrose the upper part of the Survey lying above the Marsh branch containing forty Acres. For my sons John and Arthur the place called the hedge pen Neck and containing One Hundred Acres. My Sons Samson and Joseph my mannour plantation containing an hundred and Ten Acres. To my six Daughters Five Pounds to each being Ann, Olive, Pratta, Elizabeth, Lucy, and Faith and for the rest of my Estate after my debts are paid I desire may be equally shared by my Trustees among all my children. I do appoint Robert Lancaster, Wm John Dunkley and Robert Monger jun, Trustees and my son Thomas PITMAN Executor of this my last Will. I do desire my Trustees may value my Estate and equal share it without any Cost, Charges and carefully take care of it.
Joseph E. Strickling Thomas ( tp ) PITMAN
At a Court held for Isle of Wight County the 28th day of September, 1730–
The last Will and Testaament of Thomas PITMAN Deceased was presented in Court by Thomas PITMAN Executor and being proved by the Oaths of the Witnesses thereunto is admitted to Record. Test. James Ingles CC
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)
In 1748 Elizabeth Pitman obtained a survey for 300 acres surveyed by James Alston with Gregory Stalings and John Stalings as chain carriers. The land was “Lying on the No side of Tarr river beg. att a Red Oake in James Pittmans”.
The James Pitman noted above had property from a patent he received in 1743… it adjoined the property that Elizabeth Pitman received in 1749. However, James Pitman had left Edgecombe by 1746. I believe this was the son of William Pitman Jr of Isle of Wight Co, VA. In 1748 James Pitman leaves a track of records in IOW. Hence, he was not the husband of this Elizabeth Pitman and she was not his widow. A maddening coincidence is that the wife of James Pitman was also named Elizabeth… go figure.
Elizabeth Pitman received her Granville grant March 25th, 1749; her adjoining neighbor, William Anderson, had his survey for 240 acres performed on April 4th, 1752.
“May. 5. 1753. Then laid out unto William Anderson 240 Acres of Land in Edgecomb County Joyning the Lands of Andrew Ross and Widow Pittman beginning at a white Oak…”
Chaincarriers were Arthur Anderson and James Anderson
The Estate Sale noted below “may” be this Elizabeth Pitman living near her “possible” brother Robert Pitman (near modern Enfield, NC) in 1744…
1744 – Estate Sale of Joseph Redding, merchant – deceased.It appears to me this court document is from the area now in Halifax County. (The majority of names mentioned correspond to the area east of Enfield)
Several names appear on this inventory which caught my eye:
Elizabeth Pittman John Mchinne (McKinne) Robert Coleman Andrew Ross
I think this is the sister of Robert Pitman. None of the other Pitmans are noted on this Estate Sale so I am assuming this is the independant Elizabeth Pitman and not the wife of either of the 3 Pitman brothers also in the immediate area at this time. (namely- Thomas, Ambrose and Robert Pitman). My point is that this lends more evidence to her having moved with her brother Robert from Meherrin River near Carolus Anderson to Edgecombe Precinct around 1738. This also places her miles north of James Pitman when he first got his land at Tar River in 1742.
Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1715 -1716
North Carolina. General Assembly
November 17, 1715 – January 19, 1716
Volume 23, Pages 1-96
An Act for Preventing Disputes concerning Lands already Surveyed.
VII. And Be It Further Enacted by the Authority afors’d that all Surveys or Patents hereafter to be made or granted for the land or Plantation of any Deceased person the same shall be made & granted in the name of the Heirs at Law which nevertheless shall not Bar any that have Title by Dower or Curtisie or by the Will of the Deceased possessor: but that every Title or Claim shall stand good & strong in Law as they might or ought to have done if the Deceased possessor had in his life time Surveyed & taken out a Patent for the same in his own name.
An Act Concerning Proveing Wills and Granting Letters of Administration and to prevent Fraudes in the Management of Intestates Estates.
VIII. And Be It Further Enacted by the Authority afors’d that all & every person or persons for whom Administration shall be granted shall distribute the surplusage of such Estate or Estates in manner following, that is to say One Third part of the said Surplusage to the Wife of the Intestate & all the rest by Equal portions to & among the Children in case any of the said Children be then dead, other than such Child or Children (not being Heir at Law) who shall have any Estate by the settlement of the Intestate or shall be advanced by the Intestate in his Lifetime by portion or portions equal to the share which shall by such distribution be Allotted to other Children to whom such distribution is to be made. And in case any Child other than the Heir at Law who shall have any Estate by settlement from the said Intestate or shall be advanced by the said Intestate in his Lifetime by Portion not equal to the share which will be due to the other Children by such distribution as afors’d (such settlement or advancement to be adjudged to the Value it was worth at the time of the settlement or Advancement) then so much of the surplusage of the Estate of such Intestate to be distributed to such Child or Children as shall have any land by Settlement
rom the Intestate or were Advanced in the Lifetime of the Intestate as shall make the Estate of all the said Children to be equal as near as can be estimated. But the Heire at Law notwithstanding any land that he shall have by descent or otherwise from the Intestate is to have an equal part in the Distribution with the rest of the Children without any consideration of the Value of Land which he hath by descent or otherwise from the Intestate.
IX. And in Case there be no Children nor any Legal Representatives of them then one Moiety of the said Estate to be allotted to the Wife of the Intestate the Residue of the said Estate to be distributed equally to every of the next of kindred to the Intestate who are in equal degree & to those who legally represent them.