1820 (Condicote) – 1887 (Hobart, Tasmania)
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.
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