1782 (Didbrook) – 1847 (Moreton-in-Marsh)
Our 4xgreat uncle Richard Pugh Pitman was baptised at Didbrook on 18 March 1782, together with his brother, Joseph Greening Pitman. They were the youngest children of Thomas Pitman and his wife Mary (née Pugh).
Although, presumably, having been born in Didbrook, Richard seems to have spent most of his adult life in Moreton-in-Marsh, and in 1841 was living at Dunstall Farm to the south of the town. Newspaper bankruptcy notices in 1810 and 1812 tell us that he was a pig dealer, an occupation also followed by his elder brother William. We can find no evidence that Richard returned to dealing after his bankruptcy, and it seems that he became a farm servant or agricultural labourer, perhaps rising to bailiff, as in 1851 his widow described herself as ‘bailiff’s widow’.
Richard married at Moreton-in-Marsh in January 1826, a marriage which was reported in newspapers from around the west of England. Richard’s bride, Jane Johnson, was both deaf and dumb, and was therefore unable to speak her vows, and her father (Robert Johnson) acted as interpreter. Apparently this aspect attracted hundreds of onlookers, and no fewer than six witnesses signed the marriage register. One anomaly in the reports is the use of ‘Griskin’ as Richard’s middle name: there is no doubt that it was Richard Pugh Pitman who was marrying, and he did not use a middle name in his signature, so we can only assume the original reporter made an error which was then copied around the area’s newspapers.
Richard and Jane had two children, both baptised at Moreton-in-Marsh, and both buried there as infants. Richard himself was buried there in 1847, and Jane in 1861.
Jane Johnson 31 January 1826 Moreton-in-Marsh
Ann 1826 – 1827
Thomas 1829 –1830