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Brentford Families - Pitt

Colin Pitt wrote in October 2011:

Joseph Pitt 1755 - 1815

I am a direct descendant Joseph Pitt, Esquire described as a surgeon lived in Brentford, I believe in #20 The Butts (if I understand the house arrangements).

One of his sons Lieutenant Edward William Pitt (another direct descendant) married the daughter of John CLARKE, the Lime and Coal Merchants of Old Brentford, who resided in 80 High Street.

In summary:

Joseph Pitt was born in 1755 and baptised on 30 September 1755 at Cookham, Berkshire. His father was William Pitt (b 1720 d 1790) and his mother Elizabeth (d 1764). William spent most of his time in Berkshire.

Joseph Pitt married Elizabeth BROWNE (b 8 January 1761 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire). They had two sons Edward William Pitt and George Henry Pitt.

Joseph Pitt died on the 6 January 1815, suddenly, at Brentford. I am not sure where he was buried. Elizabeth his widow died in 1816. I assume she also may be buried in Brentford.

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Research findings (Celia Cotton)

I can confirm that Joseph Pitts, Esquire, was buried at St Mary Ealing, as he was of 'Old Brentford' when he died in Jan 1815. He was buried on January 13th, 59 years old and the ceremony was performed by C. Carr, vicar. Ealing St Mary was the parish church for Old Brentford at the time. You can view the original burial entry in the parish register on ancestry.co.uk website (but this contains no additional information to what I have noted).

Elizabeth Pitt was buried in the same churchyard on 2nd Oct 1816, ceremony C. Carr, she was 72 years old and also of Old Brentford. This EP is rather older than the Elizabeth Pitt (nee Browne) baptised in 1761.

The 1792 Survey of New Brentford includes a 'J Pill' at a High Street address (north side, near Market Place): this could be Joseph Pitt.

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The Middlesex Poll, 1802 includes Joseph Pitt, occupier of a property in New Brentford owned by Rev William WILLIAMS of Maldon Essex. The Gentleman Magazine includes an obituary for Rev William Williams: he died in 1809 aged 63 and was vicar of All Saints and St Peter Maldon for 38 years (so it is not clear how he came to own a property in Brentford).

The National Archives (Google ("Joseph Pitt" Brentford) ) includes :29 Dec 1807: Surrender by Joseph Pitt, surgeon of New Brentford of Wellmead and Barn Close, both at Drayton Green. Admittance of William MORSE of Drayton Green and surrender to the use of his will.

Joseph Pitt Esq, Brentford was a Subscriber to "An account of the celebration of the Jubilee, on the 25th October, 1809; being the forty-ninth anniversary of the reign of George the Third, "the father of his people." (archive.org website)

The New Brentford Tenants list for 1810 (or 1811) shows Joseph Pitt as tenant of a property in The Butts with neighbours (assuming the list was compiled on a door to door basis: Mrs NAIRN and Elizabeth SAUNDERS. The Pitt household consisted of two males and four females. So far it has not been possible to identify which property he lived in.

Holden's 1811 directory includes reference to William SAUNDERS and H JUDKIN 'Attornies of the Marshalsea & Palace Court, 15 Clifford’s Inn & Brentford Butts'. William Saunders of Brentford Butts left a PCC will, probate granted 18 December 1810.

Joseph Pitt 'of Ealing' left a PCC will, probate was granted 22 March 1815. As he was also buried in the churchyard of St Mary Ealing it would appear he moved into Ealing parish (living in Old Brentford) between 1811 and his death. Elizabeth Pitt, widow of Ealing, also left a PCC will, probate granted 16 December 1816.

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Page published February 2012