John, 1744/5

1744/5 (Longhope) – 1829 (Monmouth)

Our 2nd cousin 7xremoved John Pitman was baptised at Longhope on 18 January 1744/5*, the youngest of the three children of Zachariah Pitman and his wife Elizabeth (née Gardiner).

A late 18th century painting by Michael Angelo Rooker, of Tibb's Bridge at Monmouth with the spire of St Mary's church in the background

A late 18th century painting by Michael Angelo Rooker, of Tibb’s Bridge at Monmouth with the spire of St Mary’s church in the background
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In October 1784 he married Elizabeth Upton in Monmouth, about fifteen miles west of Longhope, and apparently spent the rest of his life there. John seems to have established himself as a timber merchant in the town, being listed as such in the ‘London & County Directory’ for 1811, whilst his will includes a bequest of thirty pounds to “my old workman William Morgan of Monmouth Sawyer”.

As far as we can ascertain John and Elizabeth had no children: we have found no baptisms and none were mentioned in John’s will of November 1828, although it detailed various friends and relations. The will shows that John owned several properties in and around Longhope, which he left to a great-niece and great-nephew (grandchildren of his sister Elizabeth).

John died in late March or early April 1829, according to an announcement in The Cambrian, but we have not yet found his burial, which we presume would have been at Monmouth where his wife was buried two years previously.

Marriage:
Elizabeth Upton     26 October 1784     Monmouth (St Mary)

* Old Style Dates