Zachariah, 1695

1695 (Longhope) – 1754 (London)

Our 7xgreat great-uncle Zachariah Pitman was baptised in Longhope on 7 November 1695, the youngest child of our 8xgreat grandparents Richard Pitman & his wife Joane Crumpe. Richard was a blacksmith, and Zachariah took up a similar occupation, as a brazier. In January 1712/13 he was in London, apprenticed to Charles Appleby, and from 1721/2 until 1749 he was master to apprentices of his own, being a member of the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company and a citizen of the City of London.  For the first part of his working life Zachariah lived in the parish of St Giles Cripplegate, in the City, later in Mulberry Court in the parish of St Leonard Shoreditch.

We know of eight young men who were apprenticed to Zachariah, including his nephew, Henry Mould, in 1749. Henry was the son of Zachariah’s sister Ann and her husband William Mould. Six years later Henry married his cousin Amelia, daughter of Zachariah and his first wife Elizabeth Cleaver. The apprenticeship of another young man, Thomas Onion or Onyon, ended at The Old Bailey, where, in 1753, he was convicted of stealing fourteen brass bottoms of warming pans from his master, and sentenced to transportation.

Zachariah’s first wife died late in 1737 or early 1738 (she was buried on 3 January), and he married Elizabeth Bybe (Biby?) just over a year later (June 1739). We have not established Elizabeth’s background, but after Zachariah’s death in March 1754, she continued as a brazier, taking on at least two apprentices. The first of these was Zachariah’s great-nephew, Richard Pitman, from Longhope, who remained in London, becoming a master in his turn.

Crest of the Armourers & Brasiers’ Company, from Armourers’ Hall, London
(photo copyright SilverTiger,

Elizabeth Cleaver          25 March 1721/2      London (St Katherine Cree)

Susanna                    – 1728
Hannah            1724 –
Charles             1725 –
Zachariah        1727 – 1727
Elizabeth          1728 –
Amelia              1729 –
Elizabeth          1731 – 1733
Hannah            1735 – 1736
Ann                   1737 – 1738

Elizabeth Bybe            1 June 1739      London (St Leonard, Shoreditch)

Elizabeth          1741 –