William, 1707

1707 (Longhope) – 1789 (Didbrook)

Our 6xgreat grandfather William Pitman was the third child of Richard Pitman and his wife Bridget (nee Bowry). He was presumably born in Longhope, where he was baptised on 30 December 1707.

The old forge at Didbrook dates from the seventeenth century

The old forge at Didbrook dates from the seventeenth century

We know almost nothing of William’s life, and none of the records we have indicates his occupation. He may have been a blacksmith, a trade followed by his father, grandfather and at least two of his brothers, but perhaps he followed another trade, or was an agricultural labourer: we cannot tell.

William married Jane Whitford at Gloucester Cathedral in September 1734. At that time he gave Longhope as his home, but he and Jane seem to have moved to the Didbrook area almost immediately: their first child was baptised in Ann’s home village of Stanway, the other four at nearby Didbrook.

William was buried at Didbrook on 9 December 1789, having been over eighty years old when he died. His wife Jane had died just four years previously.

Jane Whitford     24 September 1734     Gloucester Cathedral (St Peter)

Anne           1735 –
Frances      1737 – 1788
William       1740 – 1784
Elizabeth    1742 –
Thomas      1744 – 1814