Joseph, 1830

1830 (Prestbury) – 1888 (Cheltenham)

Our 2xgreat grandfather Joseph Pitman was born in Prestbury near Cheltenham, Glos in about 1830 and was baptised there that year. He was the second son of William Pitman and Mary (née Barnes). Joseph’s mother died when he was about 4 years old and his father remarried four years later.

In 1859 Joseph enlisted in the 8th King’s Regiment of Foot but was discharged from the army (“unfit for further service”) about 2 years later. The comments made regarding his conduct suggest that his short army career was not particularly illustrious! Apart from this short spell as a soldier Joseph was a labourer.

In July 1863 Joseph married local girl Sarah Ann Price at Cheltenham Register Office. They lived in Cheltenham and had 3 sons and 3 daughters during the following 18 years.

Joseph’s life came to an untimely end in July 1888 as the result of an accident at work about 3 weeks before in which he fell 9 feet from the top of a load of hay and was left paralysed. The newspaper reports state that all the men involved were sober when the incident occurred!

The inquest into Joseph’s death was reported in several local newspapers: this is from the Gloucester Citizen of 20 July 1888

Sarah Ann Price     28 July 1863     Cheltenham (Register Office)

Agnes Eliza          1864 – 1944
Henry                   1866 – 1888
Mary Jane            1871 – 1953
Charles George  1875 – 1875
Arthur Edward    1876 – 1937
Louisa                  1882 – 1891