Peter Pitts1

#5073, (3 April 1625 - before 9 January 1692/93)
Relationship7th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*Thomas Pitts2 (c 1582 - )
Mother*Ruth Oldis2 (c 1587 - )

Family

Mary Andrews b. 1631
Children 1. Samuel Pitts+1 (c 1656 - b 1695/96)
 2.Mary Pitts10 (1657 - )
 3.Sarah Pitts10 (s 1659 - )
 4.Ebenezer Pitts10 (s 1669 - 1734)
 5.Peter Pitts Jr.10 (b 1672 - 1756)
 6.Alice Pitts10 (b 1672 - )
Birth*3 April 1625He was born on 3 April 1625 at St. Mary at Hil, London, England.1 
before March 1655He migrated to MassachusettsB from England before March 1655.3 
Marriage*after 15 March 1654/55He married Mary Andrews, daughter of Henry Andrews and Mary Williams, after 15 March 1654/55 at Taunton, Bristol Co., MassachusettsB; Hodges does not give a surname ("_____") for Mary.4,5 
9 June 1692He left a will on 9 June 1692 at Taunton, Massachusetts.6,7 
Death*before 9 January 1692/93He died before 9 January 1692/93 at Bristol Co., MassachusettsB.8 
Inventory*9 January 1692/93His estate was inventoried on 9 January 1692/93 at Massachusetts.9 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis

Citations

  1. [S570] Tracking a Founding Family, online www.heritageregistry.net/html.pages/grpf09121.html, http://www.heritageregistry.net/html.pages/grpf05567.html
  2. [S570] Tracking a Founding Family, online www.heritageregistry.net/html.pages/grpf09121.html, http://www.heritageregistry.net/html.pages/grpf05568.html
  3. [S520] VWH, marriage to Mary Andrews, Mar 1665, in Taunton MA.
  4. [S977] Almon D. Hodges Jr., Genealogical Record of the Hodges Family of New England (Boston: privately printed, 1896), 72, noting that this date, 15 Mar. 1654/5, is the same on which dau. Mary (Andrews) Hodges testified to the correctness of her deceased husband's estate inventory and also executed a deed of gifts to her children that included an item to "bind Peter Pitts, in case I make him my husband, to perform the conditions of this my deeed of gift". Hereinafter cited as Genealogical Record of the Hodges Family.
  5. [S974] Almon D. Hodges, "Henry Andrews of Taunton and the Calves Pasture", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 52 (Jan. 1898).
  6. [S979] Lucy Hall Greenlaw, "Abstracts From the First Book of Bristol Coounty Probate Records", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 62–64 (July 1908–1910): 62:232–33
    [70] Will of Peter Pitts of Taunton he 'being Sick of body", dated June 9, 1692. To my son Samuel Pitts that parcel of land by the Mill River that he hath already in possession, being part of that late joining Samuell Waldron his now dwelling house, and twenty acres on the other side of Browns Brook so called, only the privilege of fire wood shall belong to those that inherit my now dwelling house, also I give him all that meadow between that which I have already fenced toward Muddy Cove, and half a purchase right, he paying five pounds to his sister Alce [sic] his mother having the use thereof during her life. To my son Peter the other part of that land, barn and orchard joined to Samuell Waldron, the other part of the land on the other side of the highway joining to John Hodges, six acres of land at the head of the aforesaid lot and all my land at Weniconett, and half a purchase right, his mother having the use thereof during her life. To my son Ebenezer my now dwelling house and the home lot belonging to it, being six acres, and the meadow at the South purchase at Secreegancet belonging to the house aforesaid and a half purchase right, he paying five pounds to his sister Alce, his mother having the use thereof during her life. To my daughter Mary, she having received something already, ten pounds more. To my daughter Sarah that land called the paddock and forty acres more belonging thereto as yet not laid out, and a quarter purchase right and a half share of two silver cups, her mother having the use thereof during her life. To my daugter Alice my half share in the old Iron works, a North purchase right, a half share in two silver cups and ten pounds to be paid by her brothers Samuell and Ebenezer. Rest of the estate to my wife Mary Pitts, whom I make sole executrix, revoking all other wills by me heretofore made. I desire that John Hodges and Henry Hodges be overseers.

    [Typically, twenty-one years would be the required age to receive an inheritance, and so the practice wa to make a bequeath that would occur when the minor "comes of age." Although there may be exceptions, the language of this will giving substantioal assets, including a half-share in the iron works, would make it certain that all of Peter;s children were "of age" at the time he wrote his will. vwh]
  7. [S964] H.L. Peter Rounds, compiler, Abstracts of Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Records (Baltimore: Geneaological Publishing Co., 1987, 1993, 1996), 6, citing 1:69, "Will of Peter Pitts of Taun., dtd. 9 June 1692, prob. 12 Jan. 1692 [/3]. Wife Mary. Sons: Samuel, Peter & Ebenezer. Daus.: Alce, Mary & Sarah. John Hodges and Henry Hodges, Overseers. Witns.: John Pollord, Samuel Thresher & Samuel Waldron.". Hereinafter cited as Probate Abstracts of Bristol Co.
  8. [S979] Lucy Hall Greenlaw, "Abstracts From the First Book of Bristol Coounty Probate Records", 62:232, "[69] Inventory of the estate of Peter Pitts dec'd taken by John Pollerd and Henry Hodges, Jan. 9, 1692."
  9. [S979] Lucy Hall Greenlaw, "Abstracts From the First Book of Bristol Coounty Probate Records", 62:232, "[69] Inventory of the estate of Peter Pitts dec'd taken by John Pollerd and Henry Hodges, Jan. 9, 1692." His widow Mary swor to the truth of the inventory, "a very antient & infirm Woman not being able to trauile."
  10. [S977] Almon D. Hodges Jr., Genealogical Record of the Hodges Family, 73.