Samuel Pitts1

#5071, (circa 1656 - before 6 February 1695/96)
Relationship6th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*Peter Pitts1 (1625 - b 1692/93)
Mother*Mary Andrews1 (c 1629 - )


Sarah Babbitt b. 1657/58
Children 1.Sarah Pitts7 (1681 - )
 2.Mary Pitts7 (1683 - )
 3.Samuel Pitts Jr.7 (1685 - )
 4.Henry Pitts+7 (1687 - 1764)
 5.Abigail Pitts7 (1689 - )
 6.Peter Pitts7 (1692 - )
 7.Ebenezer Pitts7 (1694 - )
Birth*circa 1656He was born circa 1656 at Dighton, Bristol Co., MassachusettsG; (Tracking a Founding Family has 1656.)1 
Marriage*25 March 1680He married Sarah Babbitt, daughter of Edward Bobit and Sarah Tarne, on 25 March 1680 at Taunton, Bristol Co., MassachusettsG.2 
9 June 1692In Peter Pitts's will dated 9 June 1692, Samuel Pitts was named as an heir.3,4 
Death*before 6 February 1695/96He died before 6 February 1695/96 at Bristol Co., MassachusettsG.5 
Probate*6 June 1701His estate was probated on 6 June 1701 at Bristol Co., MassachusettsG; division of estate.6 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S977] Almon D. Hodges Jr., Genealogical Record of the Hodges Family of New England (Boston: privately printed, 1896), p. 73.
  2. [S958] Edgar H. Reed, "Marriages, Births and Deaths in Taunton, Mass.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 16, 17 (Oct. 1862, Jan. 1863): 17:36, "Samuell Pitts, maried to Sarah Bobit, 25 M'ch., 1680."
  3. [S979] Lucy Hall Greenlaw, "Abstracts From the First Book of Bristol County 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 was to make a bequeath that would occur when the minor "comes of age." Although there may be exceptions, the language of this will giving substantial 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]
  4. [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."
  5. [S570] Tracking a Founding Family, online,, no citation.
  6. [S964] H.L. Peter Rounds, Abstracts of Bristol Co. Probate Records, 27, citing 2:70a/71a, "Div. of Est. of SAMUEL PITTS of Taun. btwn. his widow Sarah Sarah Blake" and four sons and three daughters.
  7. [S958] Edgar H. Reed, "Marriages, Births and Deaths in Taunton", 17:36, children of "Samuell Pitts, maried to Sarah Bobit."