1782 (Didbrook) – 1845 (Stanton)
Our 4xgreat uncle Joseph Greening Pitman was baptised at Didbrook on 18 March 1782, together with his brother, Richard Pugh Pitman. They were the youngest children of Thomas Pitman and his wife Mary (née Pugh). As far as we can determine Joseph never used his middle name, and we have no idea how it came into the family.
Until the age of about 45, Joseph’s working life seems to have been spent in Didbrook, as a labourer. Strong circumstantial evidence indicates that his first marriage was to Ann Pittney, and took place in Oxford in 1814. In 1826 he was married for the second time, to Ann Evans of Temple Guiting, and at around that time he moved to Ford, near Temple Guiting and became an innkeeper (probably at the Plough Inn, although we cannot be certain of this). Sometime after the 1841 census, Joseph moved to Stanton, where he was buried in April 1845.
Joseph and his first wife, Ann had three children, none of whom lived to adulthood, and Ann herself died at the age of just 44. A fourth child, born to Joseph’s second wife, also Ann, died at the age of just one day, and Ann was only 46 when she herself died. Joseph’s third marriage, to a widow, Ann Craddock (nee Slack) produced no children, and Ann outlived Joseph by nearly thirty years.
Ann Pittney 19 December 1814 Oxford (St Peter le Bailey)
Charles 1815 – 1833
John 1817 – 1826
Caroline 1820 – 1821
Ann Evans 4 July 1826 Temple Guiting
Elizabeth Mary 1827 – 1827
Ann Craddock (née Slack) 19 April 1834 Didbrook