Charles, 1820

1820 (Condicote) – 1887 (Hobart, Tasmania)

Condicote church

Charles Pitman was born in Condicote near Stow-on-the-Wold, and baptised there on 14 May 1820, the ninth of the twelve children of Thomas Bignell Pitman and his wife Sarah Gibbs (née Davis). There is a second entry in the baptism register for the same combination of names, this one in April 1822. Other documentary evidence suggests that both baptisms relate to the same child, and the age given for Charles when he died fits the earlier year.

We have not positively identified Charles in the 1841 census, although he may be the Charles Pitman who is a servant in St Marylebone, Middlesex. In any event, he was living in the Stow area (in the farm known as Ganborough) in October 1846 when he married Elizabeth Perkins. In 1852, Charles, Elizabeth and their two children emigrated to Australia, arriving in Melbourne, Victoria in January 1853. At some time that year Charles was widowed and married Maria Davies, a widow with a young son, also originally from England. In April 1854 the family sailed from Melborne to Hobart, Tasmania, with both Charles and Maria taking employment for 6 months as farm labourer and farm servant, respectively. Maria died in 1879, and two years later Charles married for a third time, to Jane Gibbens, over twenty years his junior, who bore him two sons.

In about 1858 Charles had begun a career in the Hobart City Police Force, working his way up from constable to sub-inspector by the time he retired in 1882. He died less than five years later, in February 1887, and was buried at Queenborough Cemetery, Hobart.

Hobart about 1880 (photo by J W Beattie)

Elizabeth Perkins     13 October 1846     Longborough, Glos

Ellen                                  1847 –
Albert / Henry Albert     1851 – 1925

Maria Davies (née Rogers)     1853     Melbourne, Victoria

Isabella Maria                 1854 – 1855
Charles Bignell                1856 – 1923
George Tasman              1858 – 1896
Thomas Alfred                1861 – 1919
Francis Aubin                  1863 – 1933

Jane Gibbens     9 August 1881     Hobart, Tasmania

William Henry                  1881 – 1946
Frederick Rupert             1882 – 1882