Tewkesbury is a medieval town at the confluence of the rivers Severn and Avon in the extreme north of Gloucestershire, close to the boundary with Worcestershire.
The earliest reference we have found to a Pitman in Tewkesbury is John Pitman, who was a carrier, and married there in January 1693. However, he was from Stow-on-the-Wold, as were several other Pitmans in Tewkesbury in the early eighteenth century, none of whom left descendants to carry on the Pitman name in Tewkesbury. Almost all the Tewkesbury Pitmans of the nineteenth century were descendants of William Pitman and Honour Watts who married there in 1729. So far we have been unable to discover William’s origins but he appears to have been unconnected with the earlier Pitmans who resided in the town.