2/16/14

Selina Rides Upon The Wings of Time

The only daughter of Ichabod Byrd and Francis Jackson Stone Pittman, Selina Ann, like her older brothers Thomas and Rene was born in Columbia County, Georgia.  As the first girl child born into the Kiokee Creek Pittman Family since her Aunt Lucy Eunice, Selina was surely doted upon by her paternal grandparents John and Lucy Eunice Pittman.

Also referred to in some family documentation as Emeline Selina,  her appearance in early census was as a number in the category of 'free white females' while living under the roof of her father.  It was not until the 1850 Census that her name first appeared in the Census as the wife of Drury N. Dunn.

Based on the 1850 Census and the birth of her first child, her marriage date has been estimated to be in 1832 when she was 17 years of age.  It is not known how the couple came to know each other and marry as Drury Dunn hailed from Tennessee and no documentation or hearsay has been found to explain his appearance in Georgia.

By the time the 1850 Census was taken, Selina and Drury were enumerated  as Free Inhabitants in California District in the County of Cobb, State of Georgia.  Drury's occupation listed as Farmer with real estate valued at $225.  He was 42 years of age and Selina was 35 with children Francis 14, Robert 15, Sophia 13, Mary 12, Caroline 9, Washington 7, Elender 5, and Marshall 2. 

Listed just above the Dunn's on a neighboring property was Selina's younger brother Joseph Marshall Byrd Pittman, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Eugenia.  His property was valued at $5000, which brings to question whether Drury's $225 was in real estate or personal property.  More than likely Selina and Drury were living on her inherited property which was included in her brother's 1850's listing.

According to records, Selina had one more child in 1852...day and month unknown.  Lucius T. Dunn was her tenth child in twenty years of marriage.  The following year, 1853, on the 11th of November, Selina  died at age 38.   The cause of death is unknown and no documentation has been found.  However, there was an epidemic of yellow fever that swept through Georgia that year.

Drury was a widower at age 47 with ten children between the ages of 19 and 1 year old.  Three months after Selina's death, a marriage citation was issued to Drury Dunn and Elizabeth B. Hammock who were wed on February 23, 1854.

The Dunn Family's next documentation was in the 1860 Census taken in Township 15 Range 12, Calhoun, Alabama.  Drury, Elizabeth and 8 of Selina's children were listed as residents.   From all indications and later years of Census Records, most of Selina's children remained in Alabama with their father and step mother Elizabeth who bore Drury one more child.

Drury Dunn lived to the age of 77 years.  He died in Cleburne County Alabama and is buried in Upper Cane Creek Cemetery, in Fruithurst, Alabama.  His Find A Grave Memorial...HERE.
 Selina's children buried in Upper Cane Creek Cemetery are: son Marshall Pittman Dunn and daughter Caroline Dunn Thompson.  Son Robert Edward Dunn is buried in Terrell Cemetery, Marion County, Alabama.  There is no record of Selina's death or the whereabouts of her final resting place.   She is, however, fondly remembered and documented here on
Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors as the sister of my
2xGreat Grandfather Rene Marion Pittman.

Photo Disclaimer....Photo of children not intended to depict any person named herein.  Headstone photo from ancestry.com public domain.  Wedding dress and accessories from authors personal collection...photo ©property of Sue Pittman McPeak.

1/30/14

Father of Fifteen...Husband To Two

Thomas Augustus Pittman was born in the fall of 1808 in Columbia County, Georgia, where the Pittman name held a measure of historic and notable significance.  He was the great-grandson of Rev. Daniel Marshall, who established the first Baptist Church in Georgia. 

His grandmother Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman upheld her father's Baptist influence by raising eight sons and a daughter to abide by the scriptures.   Her first son and Thomas' father,  Ichabod in turn continued to put down roots in Columbia County near his homestead along Kiokee Creek and the Kiokee Creek Baptist Church.

By the time Thomas was seventeen years of age, his parents had completed their family with three more children.  A small number of offspring for the times when most farming families boasted ten to twelve children.  As the oldest son, Thomas began his work on the family farm just a few years before his father's untimely and early demise in 1927 at age 45, just 20 years after his Georgia Bonded Marriage to Frances Jackson Stone.

Thomas married young at the age of 17 the year before his father's sudden death.  His June Bride, Sarah B. 'Salley' King were married on June 15, 1826.  Salley was the daughter of a Revolutionary War Soldier from North Carolina who migrated to nearby Wilkes County, Georgia and then to Taliaferro County where Thomas and Salley were married.

Thomas and Salley made their home in Taliaferro County near her parents and large extended family, with all eight of their children born there.

 Salley died on February 14, 1852, apparently either in childbirth or soon after giving birth to James, who apparently did not survive either.  There are no official death records for either of them. 

However, less than one month later Thomas age 43, married Lucy Ann Bramblett age 24.  Lucy was the daughter of Ambrose S. and Nancy M. Huckabay Bramblett of Gwinnett County, Georgia.
It was not uncommon for a widower left with young children to remarry sooner than later.  There was a large extended Pittman Family in the Gwinnett , Columbia and surrounding counties known by all and known to be a family of upstanding community minded people with strong Christian beliefs and morals.

As Lucy was a single 24 year old woman close to the Pittman Family of Gwinnett County, she was a likely bride for Thomas and a mother for his children.  Given the short time between Sallye's death and Lucy's wedding, it would not be unthinkable for the union to be another of Georgia's Bond Marriages. 

Thomas and Lucy had seven children over a period of fifteen years.  Their oldest living child was Georgia Anne Pittman who died at age 86 years in 1947.  She never married and at the time of her death, her only living relatives were the children of her thirteen siblings and half siblings.  Between the two marriages, Thomas Augustus Pittman more than made up for his parents lack of a large family with fourteen of his fifteen children living to adulthood. 

~The only exception to at least a mid-life age was Asa Pittman who died at age 20, a casualty of the Civil War.
~William Thomas-served in Co I, Georgia 16th Infantry Regiment, enlisting one month after the death of his brother Asa.
 ~Simpson Clabus-served in Co A, Georgia 42nd Infantry Regiment, enlisting in March 1862...one month before his brother Asa's death.
~Jackson G.-served in Co I, Georgia 16th Infantry Regiment enlisting July 16, 1861.

Thomas Augustus Pittman lived the last twenty years of his life in Gwinnett County, Georgia with his second wife Lucy.  He died in 1872 at the age of 64 years old in Hog Mountain, Gwinnett County, Georgia. 

Lucy was almost half his age and lived another twenty-eight years.  She died January 13, 1900.  Thomas, Lucy and Sallye are buried in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County Georgia.

Rest In Peace 2nd Great Uncle and Aunts.  You are remembered as the Third Generation Georgians in Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors.


1/28/14

The Third Generation

 
Ichabod Byrd Pittman married Frances Jackson Stone on
October 12, 1807 in
Columbia County, Georgia. 
KNOW all Men by these Presents, That we
Ichabod Pittman & Washington W. Stone
are held firmly bonded unto the Court of Ordinary of Columbia County,
in the form of
EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN DOLLARS and FOURTEEN CENTS,
to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs,
executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents,
sealed with our seals and dated this 12th day of October 1707
The Condition of the above Obligation is such
That, whereas there is a MARRIAGE intended to be Solemnized between the above named
Ichabod Pittman and Francis J. Stone
if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same, then this Obligation to be void,
else to remain in full force and virtue.
 
Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged in the presence of
A. Crawford, clk
 
With the Marriage Bond and Wedding Rings,
Ichabod Byrd and Francis J. Stone
were married on October 12, 1807.
 
The documents mistaken date of 1707 was not a cause to void the marriage which ended Twenty Years later in 1827 with the death of Ichabod Byrd.  The dowry (present) of $857.14 helped to establish the young couples home in Columbia County Georgia where Ichabod was born and raised...his story...First Son~Second Generation. 
 
The document, signed by Ichabod and Francis' brother Washington W. Stone, bound the couple together in Solemn Matrimony and gave lawful cause for future Heirs....The Third Generation.


1/17/14

First Son~Second Generation...Ichabod Byrd Pittman


Although there is not a great deal of documentation on the life of Ichabod Byrd Pittman, he was born in a well documented and historically significant time in the life of his parents and grandparents who were pioneers in the expansion of the American Colonies in Georgia and the pursuit of Religious Freedom.

The first son of John Ichabod and Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman, his birthdate has not been definitely established.  His parents were married in 1781 and his brother Marshall is documented with a birth year of 1783, therefore, it is accepted that Ichabod was born in 1782.

Ichabods mother, Lucy Eunice was the daughter of Daniel Marshall, the Patriarch of the Marshall Family and the Kiokee Baptist Church whose rich history is well documented in the realm and the pursuit of Religious Freedom and the establishment of the first Baptist Church in Georgia. 

Ichabod's father John and his Colonial parents John and Mary Rowe Pittman were followers and founding members of Daniel Marshalls Kiokee Baptist Church established in Columbia County, Georgia in 1772. 

It is highly probably that Ichabod Byrd was Baptized in the Kiokee Baptist Church Baptismal Pool which today is recognized as a Georgia Historical Landmark along with the Church that occupies the original land of the First Kiokee Baptist Church.

Ichabod Byrd Pittman and Frances Jackson Stone were married on October 12, 1807.  Frances was the daughter of Marvel and Mary Julia Napier Stone who prior to 1807, had been residents of Wilkes County, Georgia. 

In the 'Condition of Obligation' Certificate, which states what is assumed as her dowry of EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN DOLLARS and FOURTEEN CENTS, Frances' brother Washington Ware Stone signed, sealed and acknowledge the document.

The wedding was likely to have taken place in the Kiokee Baptist Church with the Reverend Abraham Marshall performing the ceremony.  Abraham was Ichabod's Uncle who would have taken over the Ministry of his father Daniel who died in 1784, two years after the birth of his grandson Ichabod.

 By 1820 Ichabod and Francis were well established in Capt. Horatio Gatrells District in Columbia, Georgia, as seen in the 1820 US Federal Census.  This early Census was numerical enumerator only with the only name that of the Head of House/Landowner.  The following matches names with the numbers:
~Free White Males under 10.......Rene Marion Pittman
~Free White Males 10-15............Thomas Augustus Pittman
~Free White Males 26-44............Ichabod Byrd Pittman (38yrs)
~Free White Females under 10....Selina Ann Pittman
~Free White Females 26-44...........Frances Jackson Stone Pittman(37yrs)
Ichabod and Frances would have one more child, Joseph Marshall Byrd Pittman born July 24, 1823.

Four years and one month after Joseph's birth, Ichabod Byrd Pittman died on August 23, 1827.  Records of his death and burial have not been found.  The cause of death is not known, but there was an epidemic of Yellow Fever that swept through Georgia in 1827 which could attribute to the lack of death certification and a quick burial. 

Ichabod Byrd Pittman...3xGreat Grandfather
Memorial Burial at Family Cemetery
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery...Unmarked grave.
Both of his Parents, brothers Hiram and Jeptha and sister Lucy Eunice Jenkins are buried there.
Frances Jackson Stone Pittman...3xGreat Grandmother 
Lived another 30 years, remained a widow and lived in Gwinnett County, Georgia
for most of the rest of her life.
Died January 28, 1857...Buried Paulding County, Georgia
Flint Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery 
 
 Her four children all grew to adulthood with son
Rene Marion Pittman
becoming the next Direct Ancestor and the beginning of the
Third Generation of American Pittmans
featured in
Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors.

1/15/14

Lucy Eunice...A Legacy Moniker

Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman was no doubt 'The Matriarch Pittman' of the 'Second Generation Georgians'.   So beloved by her children and grandchildren that at least one of her names...Lucy, Eunice or Marshall...was bestowed on her descendants, both boys and girls. 

By the time Matriarch Lucy had her one and only daughter after seven sons, there were over ten grandchildren named after her.  Without hesitation, Lucy Eunice the first, passed her remarkable name to her daughter born around 1800.

Would she live up to the 'Lucy Eunice Legacy'?

Only time would tell...and tell it has.  After two hundred and fourteen years to date, Lucy Eunice II's history is vaguely documented and uncommonly missing in the well documented lives of her parents and brothers. Her exact birthdate is unknown.  In death, she was Laid to Rest in an unmarked grave.

Even so, Lucy Eunice Pittman has a story to tell.

"I will not pay any debts by William H. Jenkins, who I married in 1832...Lucy E. Jenkins, July 8, 1837."  Gwinnett County Records/Newspaper Notice

"NOTICE:  I  deny posting Libel against my husband, William H. Jenkins....Lucy E. Jenkins, July 29, 1837."  Newspaper Notice

It appears that after five years of marriage, Lucy and William have had their problems.  At this time there is no documentation or mention of children born to this union.  There is also no records to indicate that Lucy and William separate or diviorce...which would have been unacceptable in the eyes of society and the prominent Pittman Family.

"NOTICE:  March 31, 1843...Sheriff's Sale...Land Sale of William H. Jenkins to satisfy a Judgement by J.W. Cardwell."

Lucy and Williams undocumented...'No more News Notices'...life must have gone on for another seven years.  At least until the 1850 Gwinnett County Census where the Pittman name appears not only as a Resident of the County but also as the Enumerator of the 1850 Gwinnett County Census.
It is revealed by an earlier 'Pittman Family Historian' that Daniel N. Pittman noted in this Census that his sister Lucy Eunice Pittman Jenkins declared herself as Widowed.  However, her husband, William H. Jenkins was alive and likely not so well, living right next door.  It seems that the brother and Magistrate Daniel N. Pittman of Lucy Eunice had found a way to end the union without marring the family name.
Declaration by Daniel N. Pittman...The 1850 Morality Schedule
A woman may be declared a widow if she has been abandoned.
"Natural spring water, vegetation, and the 'Inebreating' fluid which is so bountifully manufactured on many of the streams of this division.  But the men must (?) partake of the juice manufactured into alcohol and are held captive by the evil one at his will.  The apple is a delicious fruit but when fermented and distilled ought not to be placed to his neighbor's mouth by the bottle which beggars many citizens of all descriptions discovering their nakedness truly as said the prophet Habakkuk chapter 2nd verse 15th." 
In his strong words backed up by the Bible, Daniel, legally and morally declared his brother-in-law a captive/maker of the devils brew, a drunk, unfit husband and dead.
Regardless of his Magistrate Brother-In-Laws 1850 Declaration as to his 'Dead ToUs' status and Unfit Family Man, William H. Jenkins survived another ten years to appear in the 1860 Gwinnett County Census.  This Census is extremely important in revealing the history of Lucy Eunice's life between the time she married William in 1832 until August 23, 1860, the date of this Census.

First, it reveals a child born to Lucy and William.  Robert born in 1837 when Lucy recanted her Libel Notice against her husband.  There is no denying Roberts birth and birthrights as the son of Lucy and William and the grandson of Lucy Eunice and John Ichabod Pittman.  His existence helps explain Lucy's staying in close proximity to her husband and father of her child.  It is suspected that Lucy's marriage and choice of a husband was less acceptable to her brother Daniel than to Lucy, and that she was caught in the proverbial  'rock and a hard place'.

Secondly, it confirms the Pittman Family Landholdings before the Civil War with Robert apparently having inherited his Mother's real estate valued at $1,500 with a personal estate of $4,000 which for the time indicates a moderate to wealthy status.  Since his father William is listed as a member of the household and not the head, it reinforces Robert's wealth came from the Pittman side of the family, since William's land was sold off in a Sheriffs Sale nearly twenty years earlier.

Next, the absence of Lucy Eunice Pittman Jenkins in any of the 1860 Census indicates that her death must have occurred in the ten year period between the Census'.    Another interesting note is the occupation listed for William...carpenter.  He must have been quite a 'Jack of All Trades' and a patriot as his Find A Grave Memorial notes:
WM. H. Jenkins is listed as Muscian in County A, 39th GA Volunteer Regiment Infantry,
Murphy Guards, Sept. 26, 1861.
This record suggests that at age 59/60 William H. Jenkins was an early enlistee in the Confederacy.  He, however, was not a casualty of the Civil War but died of a 'Fever' in August 1869 as documented in the US Federal Census Mortality Schedule of 1870.  He is buried in an unmarked grave in Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery where Lucy II, Lucy I and many other Second Generation Pittmans are interred.
Lucy Eunice Pittman Jenkins

1/13/14

Time Hurried On for Hiram the Seventh Son

Hiram Pittman was the seventh son of John Ichabod and Lucy Eunice Pittman. At the age of 23 he was appointed a First Lieutenant in Georgia's 131st District Company Militia by Governor John Clark. His military career of four years ended in May 1824.

Two years passed before he married Elizabeth Daughtery in 1826.  It is after this marriage that Hiram first appears in the court records of Columbia County, Georgia.  Elizabeth was the sixteen year old daughter of Neail Daughtery whose estate settlement prompted Hiram to petition the court on behalf of his young wife.

Court records show that Hiram's Hearing of the Petition took place on Monday, September 3, 1827.  He signed a receipt approximately six months later on February 23, 1828 for one fifth of the estate which included one lot of land valued at $660.67, negro slaves Betty, Peter, Tom, Sally and her three children, Peggy and Chebra with a value of $1900.  In addition Hiram and Elizabeth received $161.86 from the sale of personal property belonging to the estate. By this time Elizabeth had given birth to their first child, John M. born December 18, 1826.

John M. Pittman became one of the largest landowners in Gwinnett County with as much as 500 acres in the Pinkneyville area.  Some of his holdings were from land inherited from his father Hiram who died in 1839 when John was 13 years old.  He and his younger siblings Joseph, Emily and Louisa along with their mother Elizabeth (29 yrs.) appear in the 1840 Gwinnett County Census as living on the estate of Hiram Pittman along with 36 slaves.  One year later a notice releasing Administration of the Estate from young John and Elizabeth was published in the newspaper.

In November 1841, Peter F. Hoyle gave Bond in Gwinnett Inferior Court as Guardian for John,Joseph, Emily and Louisa Pittman, orphans and minors of Hiram Pittman.  Peter Hoyle was a wealthy and highly respected physician in Decatur and had a large estate of lands, Mills, and Negros.  In the DeKalb County 1850 Census he has listed the widowed Elizabeth as his wife and her children as members of his household.  Emily and Louisa were listed with real estate holdings of $800 and John M. now 24 yrs. old as a farmer with $1200 in real estate.  Son Joseph Hiram Pittman, migrated to Texas where during the 1880's he was elected District Clerk of Goliad, Texas.

The cause of Hiram's early demise is not known.  The inscription on his tomb suggests that perhaps he died of a sudden illness.  The tomb also is inscribed...In Memory of Hiram Pittman who died in the 42nd year of his age AD 1839.  Erected by Mrs. Elizabeth H. Pittman, His wife, AD 1841.   The inscription date is after Dr. Peter Hoyle was awarded guardianship of the estate and Hirams children.

Elizabeth and Dr. Hoyle had three daughters together.  They lived in Decatur for many years where he was a practicing physican and planter until he suffered a heart attack.  They moved to Jacksonville, Florida and lived with their daughter Fredonia and husband Doctor William Haddock.  Dr. Hoyle died in January 1871 and Elizabeth in February 1882.  They are buried in Jacksonville, Florida.

Hiram and Elizabeth's son John M. died at age 52 in Gwinnett, Georgia and is buried in a nearby cemetery to his father Hiram and his grandparents John Ichabod and Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman.

Emily died in August 1852 at age 21 and is buried in Decatur's Old Cemetery.   Her Tomb, much like her father's is surrounded by a decorative iron fence and is inscribed  with words from a poem by L.H. Sigourney published in 1842...
Gone where no dark sin is cherished
Where no woes nor fears invade.
Gone are youth first bud had perished
To a youth that ne'er can fade.
 
Louisa Susan Pittman married William Augustine Green in 1853, had four children and last appeared in the 1860 Census with wealthy land owner husband listing his real estates value as $30,000 and personal estate of $12,000.  It is indicated that her husband died not long after the 1860 Census leaving Louisa a wealthy young widow.  It is likely she remarried and due to a change in her last name, the rest of her life and death can not be researched at this time.
 
Hiram and Elizabeth's youngest child and son Joseph Hiram Pittman as mentioned earlier migrated to Goliad, Texas where another branch of the Pittman Family has prospered.  Joseph died in February 1898 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Goliad, Texas.  He married Laura Word in Cass County Georgia and they had six children who became citizens of Goliad County, Texas.
 
Hiram Pittman   
1789~1839
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery
 
As You this Mausaleum view
Think that a home as small awaiteth you.
Time hurry's on, nor long will death delay
To take the life and leave nothing but clay.
 
Oh Hiram, you left so much more than Elizabeth could possibly have known on that day!

7/14/13

Daniel~Trusted Son, Brother and Father

The Sixth Son of John Ichabod and Lucy Eunice emerged as the strongest link in their family chain of children.  Through out his adult life he was the one his siblings turned to and relied on to take care of family business. 

While his older brothers established their own homes and families on the Pittman Plantation lands, it appears from records that Daniel was the son who spent his life as the caretaker of his father's original home in what finally became Gwinnet County, Georgia.  He was educated, motivated, capable and dedicated to his family and country.

Certainly, Daniels handling of the Pittman Plantations during the 1820's into the 1840's was a period of significant financial growth as well as accumulations of land and prestige among Southern Plantation owners.   In the 1830 Census, Daniel, his wife Asenath, infant daughter and his father John Ichabod age 78, were listed as residents of the home with thirty-five slave workers...the majority of them being women and children.  Daniel was thirty-two when he married Asenath Haynes Baber, twenty, on March 17, 1826.  Their first child was named Eunice Marshall after his mother Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman who died in 1821.

Daniel and Asenath had five more children...two sons and three daughters.  Three years after Eunice, Abigail Baber was born.  Abigail lived to the age of 96 and was the source of much of the family history being preserved in her letters to later generations.  One of which has been included in Eight Is Enough...Second Son's Testament to The Scriptures

Daniel J. was born in 1837, and as an adult he was probably instrumental in the legal complications that would befall the Pittman land holdings by the 1840's through the 1860's as the US government began what is generally accepted as Pre-Civil War land taxes.  Known as the Honorable Daniel J. Pittman of Atlanta, he followed in his father's footsteps, not as a farmer, but as a well educated and civic minded Attorney and Judge. 

The two younger daughters, Lucy Asenath and Henrietta Lucinda were born in 1844 and 1846, respectively.  Lucy married Billings Socrates Ivy who had the distinction of being the first male child born in Atlanta, Georgia.  His family were early Pioneers in Atlanta and Lucy and 'Sock' lived their entire married life in the city where he was a Foundry Foreman.  Lucy's mother Asenath was listed as residing with them in the 1880 Census which would have been nine years after Daniel's death in 1871.  Lucy and 'Sock' had four children, one son Lyman and three daughters Cora, Mary Ellen and Rosamond.  These four 2ndCousins3xRemoved, along with other Cousins from this Second Generation will be profiled in 'Georgia Cousins'...a later section to come.

Before I lay Daniel to rest, there is the matter of what is referred to by previous family historians as the 'Financial Reversals of the Wealthy'.  A National Financial Crisis in 1829 through 1838 resulted in multiple Court Judgments against Daniel Pittman et. al, in the sale of land by Gwinnet County Sheriff's Land Sales.  Lots of Pittman Land were sold off in 150 to 500 acres at a time. The  Court Judgments were conducted well into the 1840's with hundreds of acres of the Pittman Family land sold to satisfy Banks and private citizens claims.  Also during these years, Daniel represented Gwinnett County in the State Legislature and served in the State Senate. 

In the 1850 Census, Daniel lists himself as a farmer on property valued at $800.  His land dealings had to do with the donation of five acres for the formation of Mount Carmel Methodist Church where his parents are buried as well as other family members.  Missing from the 1860 Census, it is presumed that Daniel, Asenath and their children continued their lives on the same property as was enumerated in 1850.  However, it is known that Daniel served the Confederacy during the 1860's Civil War.  His daughter Lucy Pittman Ivy wrote that he was stationed in Pensacola and Mobile.  He was in several battles but was not injured. 

At the end of the Civil War and documented in the 1870 Census, Daniel and Asenath were living in Evans District in DeKalb County which was next to Gwinnett County.  It is not known by this author if the lines of the counties were redrawn or if Daniel and Asenath were on a different property, which Daniel listed as valued at $1000 and personal property valued at $745.  On this property, Daniel had one farm hand, 18 year old John M. Tweedy.  The ravages of the Civil War and the beginnings of the Re-Construction of the South had taken a toll on Daniel and the Pittman Family holdings in Georgia. 

Daniel died on August 18, 1871 at the age of 78.  He is buried at Stone Mountain Cemetery near Stone Mountain Baptist Church where he and Asenath were founding members.  Stone Mountain is in DeKalb County, not far from Atlanta where Asenath went to live with daughter Lucy and husband Socrates Ivy.  Asenath died ten years later on October 29, 1881.  Her obituary appeared in the Atlanta paper.

PITTMAN.~Mrs. Asenath Haynes Pittman, widow of the late Daniel N. Pitman, deceased, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. B.S. Ivy, No 113 Walton Street, Atlanta, Georgia, at sunset, Saturday evening, October 29th, 1881.  She was born in Oglethorpe county, Georgia, August 24, 1805, and died in the 78th year of her age. 
Funeral services at her grave in the cemetery at Stone Mountain, 10 o'clock a.m., Monday, October 31st, 1881.  Rev. H.C. Hornady, of the Baptist church, will officiate.  Friends and acquaintances affectionately invited to attend.  Train leaves the union passenger depot at half-past eight o'clock Monday morning.

Daniel a Hebrew name meaning 'God is my judge'.
Inscription on his headstone...
He trusted in the Lord God of Israel.

7/13/13

Jefferson~Born In Time of Peace~ Died In Time of War

By 1820 Jefferson 'Jeffery' Pittman, the fifth son of John Ichabod and Lucy, had married his brother's wife's sister, had two children, and was farming in Columbia County.  His farm was most likely in close proximity to his fathers and brothers and for all practical purposes was probably still land owned by his father and sectioned off for Jeffery and his wife Rachel's home.

Jeffery and Rachel were married on July 7, 1814 when he was just twenty-two years of age.  In those days that was considered quite young for a male to marry.  However, in Jefferson's case, he was the son of a wealthy land owner, and was financially stable.  Rachel was the sister of Priscilla Harden Pittman, the wife of her husbands older brother Marshall...his story Eight Is Enough...Second Son's Testament to The Scriptures.

In the next ten years, by 1830, Jeffery and Rachel had completed their family of six children with the youngest Mordecai having been born in 1829.  Jeffery was now thirty-eight, a successful farmer in his own right whose farm supported his family of eight and several families of slaves numbering thirteen.  As was his fathers and brothers, Jeffery's farms main crop was cotton, and by this time, Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin in 1793 was making a major impact on the Pittman Plantations.  Although the cotton gin was not  patented and validated until 1807, Whitney's early model had a monumental impact on the Cotton Industry of the South.

By the 1840 Census, Jeffery's family structure and numbers had changed only slightly with only one of his older children, Henry Harden, having married and established his own home.  Still at home and shown on the 1840 Census as employed in agriculture were eight persons.  Daughters, America and Lucy would not marry for several years more, and younger children, Jabez Pleiadas, Martha and Mordecai were in school which was also documented for the first time on the Census Form.  Schools-Primary and Common and Schools-No. of Scholars (Pri/Comm): were the two categories enumerated.  As has been noted previously, the Pittman's interest and endeavors in education were of great importance.  In the category of No. of Scholars, 60 was the number listed.

In 1850, Jeffery and Rachel were in their late fifty's.  All their children had married and settled in homes and communities nearby.  Their daughter Martha and her husband, Benjamin Franklin Miller, a school teacher were living with them on the farm.  Daughter America had married in 1846 to Jackson Boyd Sloan, who would later become a Second Lieutenant and survivor of the Civil War.  They had five children, three sons and two daughters, with daughter Mary living until 1943.

Rachel died on February 12, 1858 at the age of 65.  Two years later her daughter Lucy died at age 37.  Lucy had married Bodwell E. Wells, a Civil Engineer and had six children before her early death in 1860.  Her husband remarried and left Georgia for Texas where he was laid to rest at age 80 in 1900 at Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard County, Hill, Texas. 

Jefferson 'Jeffery' Pittman died at age 71 on August 29, 1863.  He was born at a time of prosperity, lived during the golden age of cotton in the South, and died with the knowledge that life as he had known it and hoped it would be for his children and grandchildren would be forever changed with the outcome of the Civil War.  This he knew a year before President Abraham Lincoln said:

"There is more involved in this contest than is realized by every one. 
There is involved in this struggle the question whether your children and my children
shall enjoy the privilege we have enjoyed."
August 22, 1864 ~ Speech to the 160th Ohio Regiment

He died in Resaca, Gordon County, Georgia, most likely at the home of his daughter America and son-in-law Second Lieutenant Jackson Boyd Sloan, Confederate Army, Resaca, Georgia, a short three months after one of the best documented and described battles of the Civil War...The Battle of Resaca.

7/10/13

The Missing Life of Jeptha

Born in 1787. Died in 1864. That is all. There's not one record of anything inbetween for John and Lucy's fourth son, brother of Ichabod, Marshall and John.  Not a scrap of information that he was even on the roll of the early census when the count was determined by the number of  Free White Males living in a household.

At the time of his death at age 77, Jeptha surely would have been buried near someone in his family even if he had never married or fathered any children.  He was one of nine children....five younger than he, and with many nieces and nephews who as family tradition dictated took care of old uncles.

Gone But Not Forgotten for old Jeptha, did not seem to be written on any tombstone, either.  Instead it seems he was 'Gone and Forgotten' for his name does not appear in any of the cemeteries that were the final resting places of his family.  There are several that bare his family name and Mount Carmel Methodist Church Cemetery where his parents are buried on land donated by his brother Daniel for the church and cemetery.

So for Jeptha, we will have to be satisfied knowing that his early years were lived much like his brothers, and he grew up with the same values and good intentions for living a Christian life with the idea that he too would marry, have children and grandchildren and be buried in a family plot.  Most likely all of that did happen for Jeptha.  However, there is always the possibility that a completely unforeseen turn of events sent him down a different path...at least at the end of his life.  It was, afterall, during the Civil War.

The one bit of information that hints at the possibility of his death being related somehow to the Civil War is the place of his death....Whitfield County, Georgia.  Whitfield was a hotbed of  skirmishes  in 1864 from January through October, and Whitfield organized almost 20 outfits of Infantry, Volunteer and Guard Units.  Even at age 77 Jeptha could have been in one of the Home Guard Units or a Volunteer fighter at the Battle of Buzzards Roost or the Battle of Nickajack Gap.  Perhaps one day, another scrap of information will be found, and the missing life of Jeptha will be found.  Until then...

Rest In Peace, Uncle Jeptha in your virtual cemetery beside your parents at Mount Carmel.

You may be Gone but You are Not Forgotten in Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors...for as I continue to say....

"Every person in your Family Tree is 'Significant In Time' for there is no such thing as a life not meant for the person living it."

Your 4th Great niece from Texas

7/9/13

John...Son of John, Grandson of John and On and On John's

If one was inclined, one could trace their family John's all the way back to Yochanan ben Zechariah aka John the Baptist.  The names John and William shared the most popular names in English-speaking countries from around 1550 until the middle of the twentieth century. 

Since John was the MOST popular name given to male infants in the US until about 1924, it is no surprise to find fifteen John Pittman's from 1726 through 1882 in our Direct Line only.

John, son of John Ichabod and grandson of John and Mary Polly, the Colonials, was born September 11, 1784 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the third son of Lucy Eunice and John Ichabod. From birth through his youth, what as been said about his brothers Ichabod Byrd and Marshall also applies to John as boys raised by a successful farmer father and a mother who instilled a strong Christian faith on one hand with a firm grip on discipline on the other.

There are not many records to shed light on this John, as has been the case with his father and grandfather, however it is known that in his 58 years of life in Georgia, he was married twice,  fathered at least eight children and laid to rest one wife and three children before his own death on January 14, 1843.   At the age of 29, he married Mary Nobles in January 1814 and by June that same year he was a widower.  The cause of Mary's death is not known and it is also not proven that she was somehow related to John's Aunt Zilpha through her marriage to Blanton Nobles.  That story titled Colonial Daughter's Biblical Name Prophecy.

In 1819 at the age of 34, John and Martha Drucilla Johnson, 18 years of age were wed.  Martha gave birth to eight children from 1821 through 1842.  She outlived all of them and her husband, John.  Two of the children died as infants including son John, their only daughter Martha Elizabeth died at age ten, other sons died in their twenty's including Columbus C., a casualty of the Civil War.  His profile sketch will be in the Civil War section.

John, son of John, Grandson of John died on January 14, 1843.  His namesake, grandson John Anderson born in 1853, the son of John's son Joseph, would be the last hope for this line of John's to pass on the name John.  John Anderson's father Joseph was the longest living of John and Martha Drucillia's children.  He died at age 39 in August 1864...possibly another son lost to the Civil War.

This John's most notable contribution to the Pittman Family Tree may have been his second wife Martha Drucilla.  Without her, there would not have been  his namesake John Anderson and a direct line of descendants.  Martha Drucilla remarried after John's death to a man whose last name would change only tree letters of her last name....Isaac Pitts.  Thankfully his first name was not John. 

She died in 1868 at age 68 in Dooly County, Georgia where records indicate her son and grandson John Anderson resided.  She and all John's are perfect examples of.....
Every person in your Family Tree is 'Significant In Time' for there is no such thing
 as a life not meant for the person living it. 

7/7/13

Eight Is Enough...Second Son's Testament to the Scriptures

To say that Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman must have been one tough woman would be an understatement. With her right hand on the Bible and the left carrying a switch, it's not hard to imagine her riding roughshod over a bunch of boys.

After all, Lucy was raised with seven brothers who as youngsters lived among a tribe of Mohawk Indians on the Susquehanna River. Her father, Daniel Marshall felt called to the Missionary service of converting the Mohawk to Christianity.  That experience and Lucy's education on living with a tribe of wild children has been written about in the Colonial period...Making Tracks Out of Virginia.

It is with this background, a strong moral character, and prominent and successful husband that Lucy Eunice raised eight sons and one daughter.  Her husband as a large land owner and farmer, relied on those sons to become caretakers of their properties and to carry on the family ethics of hardworking, Christian and community minded citizens.

The first born, and my direct ancestor was Ichabod Byrd, and although there is a question as to the exact date of his birth was born  about 1782.  Because he is the Direct Ancestor and the link to the next  generation of Pittmans in Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors, his 'Profile and History' will be last in the list of Second Generation Pittmans.
That brings us to Marshall, the second son, third great uncle and father of  eleven First Cousins 4xRemoved.   His given name of Marshall was his mother Lucy's maiden name and bestowed in honor of her father the Reverend Daniel Marshall.  He shared that namesake honor with  brother Daniel, ten years younger.  Marshall was born in March 1783 in Franklin County, Georgia, most likely at home on the property his father had earned for his service in the Revolutionary War.  His birth would have been remarkable and memorable as he was one of the first children born in the newly formed county.

Franklin County, located in Northeast Georgia was the first county established in the state after the American Revolution.  At that time members of the Lower Cherokee Indian tribe lived there until the Treaty of Augusta established the land claim from the native residents.   The county was named after Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Franklin.  Marshall's father Ichabod was no doubt one of the first settlers to make a claim to the heavily forested land that was covered with mainly oak and hickory trees which were cleared for large tracts of land devoted to agriculture.

At age 29, Marshall married 19 year old Priscilla Ann Harden on November 17, 1812.  Two years later on July 7, 1814 his brother Jefferson married Priscilla's sister Rachel making their combined 17 children 'Double Cousins' with 9 sons to carry on the Pittman name.  Marshall and Priscilla's  eleven children were all born in Georgia.  Several of their sons headed west to Arkansas and Nevada, son Calvin died at age 15, and son John died at age 41 on June 18, 1865, a casualty of the Civil War.  His biographical sketch will be presented in the Civil War section. 

Marshall and Priscilla were residents of Macon, Georgia in the years after their marriage in Columbia County.  Sometime after the birth of their last child, a daughter, the family moved to Mississippi.  The reason for the move West has been documented by earlier family historians as a way of protecting the property rights of their daughters.  At the time, these rights were better protected by Mississippi statues than those of Georgia.  This change to an out of state residence was common among wealthy land owners.

Priscilla died in January 1845 in Mississippi.  She was 52 years old, and Marshall was 62.  Her death took a toll on Marshall, and not long after he returned to Georgia.  The last years of his life were fraught with bouts of erratic behavior as described in a letter written by his niece Abigail, daughter of his brother Daniel.


 In 1914 she wrote to her Pittman cousin, "Your grandfather Marshall was immensely wealthy and lived in Macon, which is a hundred miles south of here.  He was a southern cotton planter and buyer and his wife, Aunt Cilla, said he went wrong.  I remember when he passed our house and she begged my father to persuade him to buy a farm near us on the Chattahoochee River, but they could not do a thing with him.  He seemed to quote scriptures all the time, and was down on Masons and Methodists.  He was as fine a looking man as you ever saw.  He was well educated and talented but got wrong, his daughters said...or he would have never left Mississippi." (this in part letter submitted to ancestry.com on July 23, 2010)

Marshall Pittman died on September 14, 1861 in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia, where he had been confined in the Milledgeville State Hospital.  His burial place has not been found as of yet by this author, but it is hoped that his family made arrangements in perhaps the Pittman Family Cemetery, and that Marshall is not one of the unknown graves at Cedar Lane Cemetery...the burial grounds for the state hospital. 
Through out his life and to the very end, Marshall's one constant was
his namesake minister grandfather Marshall's legacy of devotion to the scriptures.

7/5/13

Beaver Dam Creek Land Grant Leads To Soldiers Fortune

With his casualty discharge papers and 'Land Grant' abstracts in hand, John Ichabod made his way home to Kiokee Creek.  Waiting for him there were his mother, sisters, and Lucy Eunice Marshall. 

In time, after recovering from his wounds received on the battlefield,  John traveled to Franklin County and his Bounty Land Grant of 287.5 acres on Flat Creek which later was known as Beaver Dam Creek.  He filed his Grant with Franklin County, and the original is now in the Georgia Dept. of History and Archives.

John Ichabod and Lucy Eunice were married in 1781, two years after his discharge.   There is some question as to the place they were married as some records indicate they were married in Richmond County, near Kiokee Creek where both of their parents resided in 1781.  Another source claims they were married in Windsor, Connecticut where Lucy was born, and where she and her father the Reverend Daniel Marshall had relatives.

During the first year of their marriage, at least, they resided in Richmond County where their first son, Ichabod Byrd was born.  By 1783 the couple had moved to Franklin County, presumably having established a home on the Bounty Grant land.  Their second son Marshall was born in March 1783 in Franklin County.  A year later a third son, John was born, but records show him as born in Gwinnet County.

Again, Franklin County Records indicate John sold some of the Land Grant acreage to neighbors, and as late as 1821 his name is associated with land transactions of Beaver Dam Creek, although his name does not appear on the Extant Tax Lists.  Finally in 1821 and Executor's Deed gives a new boundary for the John Pittman Property and is granted to the descendent of one of the early neighbors.

In 1788, John is recorded as a Magistrate Judge in Richmond County which confirms the change of residence as early as 1784 when son Marshall was born.   It is known that he later sold his Bounty Land Grant property in Franklin County along with other land in Washington and Wilkes Counties and moved to Gwinnet County between Pinkneyville and the Chattahooche River. A Ferry across the Chattahooche River was called Pittman's Ferry and Pittman's Crossing on the Southern Railroad was well known.

After son John, the rest of the Pittman children were born in Gwinnet County.   Altogether, eight sons and one daughter were born to the union of John and Lucy Pittman.  They spent the rest of their lives in Pinkneyville, Gwinnet County, and at the time of his death, John Ichabod was one of the richest men in the state of Georgia.  He resided with his son Daniel N. at the time of his death on December 12, 1831.  Lucy Eunice died ten years earlier on October 17, 1821.  It is believed they were both buried in The Pittman Cemetery near Pinkneyville.  However, their gravesites are in question and therefore, their Find A Grave Memorials are registered at The Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Norcross, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  A rather ironic twist of fate for a Baptist Preachers Daughter and  the son of a Baptist Deacon.

7/3/13

Fourth Great Grandfather A Continental Freedom Fighter

Headquarters, Savannah, Georgia 19th August, 1778
The first Battalion is ordered to march to the western frontiers, as soon as possible; those in Savannah must be sent to Augusta immediately, and Lt. Colonel Harris will give the necessary directions for having the remainder who are to the southward marched after them. As the laws of self preservation will justify the measures, such of that battalion who are prisoners of war are ordered to be armed, for the purpose of securing helpless and innocent women and children from the scalping knife of the bloody allies of the British King.
By order of Commander Colonel Samuel Elbert
2nd Georgia Battalion, Continental Army

From: The Collections of the Georgia Historical Society Vol. V. part 2 Order Book of Samuel Elbert, Colonel and Brigadier General in the Continental Army, Oct. 1776 to Nov. 1778

The order given by Brigadier General Elbert for the 2nd Georgia Battalion to be sent to Augusta immediately, set into motion Private John Ichabod Pittman's march into battle against the British King and his bloody allies.   As a soldier under the command of Colonel Elbert and Captain George Hancock, it is probable he saw action at The Battle of  Kettle Creek, a major encounter in the back country of Georgia, near what would become the Pittman Plantation in Wilkes County.  That February 14th of 1779, the Continentals decisively defeated and scattered a Loyalist force that was on it's way to British-controlled Augusta. 

The 2nd Georgia Battalion under Col. Elbert met the British again in the Battle of Brier Creek.  On the afternoon of March 3, 1779, the Continental Army camp was warned of the approaching British, and hurriedly deployed about 900 troops with a short supply of ammunition and varying muskets.  They finally arrived at Brier Creek and positioned their troops in the center formation with a North Carolina regiment to their right and a large gap and the river on the left.  The British engaged with long range artillery forcing the Americans to split ranks and advance into the British Calvary and foot soldiers armed with bayonets.  Outnumbered and armed with only muskets, the Patriot Militia broke and ran without firing a shot.  The North Carolina regiment fired a few shots and then abandoned the fight.  Col. Elbert's 2nd Georgia Battalion held formation in the center while the militia around them fled for the swamps, and were eventually surrounded, forcing Elbert to surrender.  Two hundred of his re-enforcement troops arrived too late, and withdrew before getting caught in the surrender.

In the aftermath, the British counted five dead and eleven wounded.  The devastation of the Americans was never fully tallied, as many militiamen retreated all the way back to North Carolina, and an unknown number drowned in the swamps.  The British claimed that 150 American bodies were found on the battlefield, and 227 captives were taken, mostly from Colonel Elbert's Continentals.

Several months after the Battle of Brier Creek, Private John Ichabod Pittman's name was among the names on the 'Casualty List' in Augusta.  The extent of his injuries is not known, but he survived and  was among the Pittman Revolutionary Soldiers to receive land grants for their service in the Sons of Liberty Militia and the Continental Army.  He was discharged in September 1779 as a result of his injuries.

John Ichabod Pittman  was 28 years old at the end of his service in the Continental Army.  He lived a long and prosperous life on the 287.5 acres from the land grant and other Georgia land he bought and sold throughout his life.   His descendants continued to farm and raise families on those properties as well as continued to serve the State of Georgia, the Confederacy, and the United States Armed Forces in World War I and II. 

The Colonial Period for Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors has been a genealogy dream come true with the discovery of  Fifth Great Grandparents John and Mary Polly Rowe Pittman.  The events of their lives in conjunction with the historical events of their time has enriched my knowledge and appreciation for Colonial America, The Revolutionary War, the History of Georgia, and my Ancestors.  

"Yesterday the greatest question was decided... and a greater question perhaps never was nor will be decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states."
John Adams, Letter to his wife, Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776

The Second Generation

 
John Ichabod Pittman as son of the First Generation of Pittmans in America has been established in that periods history and referenced numerous times.  His early years are as described in the previous accounts of his brothers Buckner and James Greene.  Their migration from Virginia through South Carolina and settlement in Georgia are documented in the earlier writings of the Pittman Colonials.  Although, John Ichabod was born and raised in the Colonial Period, as our Direct Descendant, he will stand as the first of 'The Second Generation of Georgia Pittman's.
 
Lucy Eunice Marshall's early years have also been written about and closely connected with the Pittman Family as a result of religious ties between her father, Reverend Daniel Marshall and John I. Pittman Sr., father of John Ichabod.  Their association and lifelong friendship have been written about in length in this account of Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors.
 
With that said and their background firmly established in the Colonial Period,  we will begin
'The Second Generation' of Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors with
John Ichabod Pittman ~ Private Continental Army
Second Georgia Battalion
Commanded by Brigadier General Samuel Elbert

Revolutionary Soldiers Monuments


Erected A.D. 1967
In Loving Memory of
Soldiers of the Revolutionary War
John Pittman 4th Art. ACG. S.C.
SONS
Bunckner - VA. Troops
John Jr. 2nd Bat.
James - Lt. GA.
Phillip & Timothy
*****
WAR of 1812
John Green Pittman
Maj. 53rd Bat. GA. Militia
*****
Sarah Christian Pittman
James Gresham Maddox
Guard Andersonville Prison CFA
*****
Chas. Wm. Gresham Maddox
Clara Melissa Stark
by Maddox Descendants
 
 
Bronze Marker of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812
Secured through the efforts of great-granddaughters of James Greene Pittman.
Honoring John Pittman and Sons - Revolutionary War
James Greene Pittman - War of 1812
Erected in the Pittman Cemetery ~ Madison County Georgia
John Pittman - 5th Great Grandfather
John Ichabod Pittman -4th Great Grandfather
James Greene, Buckner, Phillip and Timothy Pittman - 4th Great Uncles
John Green Pittman - 1st Cousin 5xRemoved
 
General George Washington
"We have therefore to resolve to conquer or to die. Our own, our country's honor, calls upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion; and if we now shameful fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us then rely on the goodness of our cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions. The eyes of all our countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a freeman contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth."
George Washington - General Orders, July 2, 1776

6/30/13

Colonial Will and Summary of 1700's Ancestors

State of Georgia, Richmond County
I, John Pittman, being in a low state of health, but in perfect sense and memory give and bequeath my estate, as followeth, both real and personal.
I give and bequeath unto my wife, Mary Pittman, my Kiokee plantation of 200 acres of land, and Tony and Jack during her life and widowhood, and then I give and bequeath the said plantation of land unto my well-beloved son Timothy, and the two Negroes to be equally divided among Grace Pittman, and if they die without heirs the land and Negroes to be divided among my five youngest children.
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Phillip Pittman 200 acres of land in Wilkes County.
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter Patty Pittman 100 acres of said tract.
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved grandson, Jesse Pittman, 100 acres of the same tract.
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Buckner Pittman, one shilling.
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, John Pittman, one shilling.
I give and bequeath the rest of my estate to be equally divided among my 7 youngest children, Mary Rogers, James Pittman, Patty Pittman, Zilpha Nobles, Phillip Pittman, Timothy and Grace Pittman and them that have received beds, the other to be made equal out of the estate, and the rest divided, only James Pittman is to be paid 25 pound Sterling.
I leave my well beloved son-in-law Peleg Rogers and Phillip Pittman whole and sole Executors of my estate this being my last will and testament as Witness my hand and seal this 19th day of April 1782.
Signed:  John Pittman
Attest:  William Courson, Zachariah Marshall, James Simson
Execution and Subsequent Events of John Pittman's Last Will and Testament
(in order as named in the will)
~John Pittman died three years later, to the day of signing his will at age 58.  Wife Mary Polly Rowe lived out her life on the Kiokee Plantation.  She died on May 1, 1810 at the age of 80 years.  It is believed that she and John were buried on the plantation.
~Timothy Pittman lived in Columbia County as late as 1816, most likely on the land left to him in said Will.  He married Sarah Lazenby  on Feb. 21, 1796...they had twelve children.  In the 1850 Census his residence was Randolph County, formerly Columbia County, presumably the Kiokee Plantation.  He died in 1854 at the age of  87.
~Phillip Pittman was granted 287.5 acres of land in Washington County, Georgia for his service in the Revolutionary War even though, if records are correct, he was only 10 years old.  Other than his father's will his name does not appear again until is marriage to Espie Jasper 1792 in Jackson County, Georgia.  In 1820 he lived in Wilkinson County and later at the time of his death at age 74 he resided in  Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia.  It is not know at this time if he ever lived on or sold the land in Wilkes county he inherited from his father's estate.
~Patty Pittman married David Langston in 1791 taking her dowry of 100 acres in Wilkes County to the marriage.  Her story:  Colonial Daughter's Dowry 100 Acres of Cherokee Land.
~Jesse Pittman was the son of Buckner Pittman from his first marriage.  His mother died in childbirth, and Jesse was raised by his grandparents when Buckner left Georgia for Kentucky.  He married Jincie Garrett in 1790 and fathered at least twelve children.  In 1820 and 1830 Census he was listed in Wilkinson County, Georgia.  At the time of his death in 1836, he was in Yalobusha, Mississippi, where several of his children resided including Samuel Moon and Buckner Pittman.  Buckner having been named after Jesse's father who eventually settled in Missississippi.  The Wilkes County land inherited from his grandfather John appears to have been passed down through Jesse's descendents who remained in Georgia.
~Buckner Pittman was bequeathed one shilling, which converts to under $10 in today's (2013) market.  Buckner having left Georgia and settled in Mississippi after his service in the Revolutionary War in Kentucky, most likely never returned.  As the oldest son and apparent heir to his fathers estate, his son Jesse was given his inheritance.  Buckner's stories:  Colonial First Born Son and Revolutionary Soldier Pennsylvania to Kentucky In A Flat Bottom Boat, The Patriot and The Pennsylvania Farmer's Daughter.
~John Pittman was also bequeathed only one shilling.  Due to the fact that both of his older sons John and James Greene Pittman were granted land for their service in the Revolutionary War and had become what was considered at the time wealthy land owners in their own right, they were not in need of an inheritance from their father.  John Ichabod Pittman's one shilling was, it seems, simply a way of recognizing him as a descendent.  John Ichabod married Lucy Eunice Marshall, the daughter of Rev. Daniel Marshall and one of John and Mary Polly's most beloved friends.  John Ichabod and Lucy Eunice's story as our Line of Direct Descendants to follow.
~Mary Pittman Rogers, wife of Beloved son-in-law Peleg Rogers.  Their story:  Colonial Daughter Weds for Love. 
~Zilpha Pittman Nobles was the seventh child of John and Mary Polly.  She was married to Blanton Nobles at the time of the Will's writing.  She later married Simon Peacock.  Her story:  Colonial Daughter's Biblical Name Prophecy.
~James Pittman was the third born child of John and Mary Polly.  His 25 lb. Sterling inheritance converts to about $40 in todays (2013) market.  As stated earlier James Greene Pittman was a wealthy man in his own right.  Georgia history and records make him the most Notable of John and Polly's children.  His story:  Colonials Third Son A Georgia Soldier, Statesman and Judge.
 
John and his wife Mary Polly Rowe moved from Virginia to Edgefield District, South Carolina about 1770 and later to Georgia, settling in the part of St. Paul's Parish that became Richmond and then Columbia County.  He left a will in Richmond County, where he died April 19, 1785.  He and his five sons were Revolutionary soldiers.

John Pittman was of Scotch-English descent.  He lived in Bucking ham County, Virginia then moved to Edgefield, South Carolina.  Prior to 1770 he moved to St. Paul's Parish, Georgia and settled on Kiokee Creek.  His plantation was located in that portion of land later named Richmond County and in 1790 was cut off and named Columbia County, Georgia.

John Pittman and some of his children were charter members of Kiokee Baptist Church, the first Baptist church established in Georgia.  (Kiokee Baptist Church established by Reverend Daniel Marshall, father of Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman, wife of John Ichabod Pittman). 

John Pittman enlisted on December 18, 1778 in the 4th Artillery Regiment of South Carolina, commanded by Col. Barnard Beckman.  He served as Matros in Capt. Harmon Davis's company.  Five of his sons also saw service in the Revolutionary War.  While they were in service, the Torres invaded their home and Mary Pittman was thrown from the front steps and crippled for life when she tried to resist the invasion of her home.

John Pittman's name is last borne on the roll for the period from November 1,1779 to January 1, 1780 with remark:  "Paid to Jan 1, 17__," and signed "Col. F.C. Ainsworth, USA."  (See National Numbers DAR 36513, 87362, 178600). 
From the book: 
Pittman Descendants of the Revolutionary Soldier John Pittman 1725-1784
by Lynne Pittman Selzer
(listed on Amazon.com as 'out of print-limited availability')