1. JAMES M. (PITTMAN) PITMAN, born
1811 in North Carolina; died 1877 in Alabama.
He married (1st) LYDIA JANE REYNOLDS.
She was the daughter of ELIJAH
REYNOLDS and RACHEL WINDHAM.
Notes for JAMES M. (PITTMAN) PITMAN:
I have not found too much on James Pitman.
Some reports and info have the spelling
Pittman, others Pitman. In the 1850 census of
Randolph County, GA, there is a lot of
Pitman's, but James is not there, could not
find him in Dale County, AL either. Perhaps,
he could have been married before and 2nd
marriage was to Lydia Jane Reynolds
1860 Census Randolph County, GA Cuthbert
Page 42 Pittman, James M. 49 NC Carpenter Pittman, Jane 25 AL Pittman, Henry 13 AL Pittman, Sarah F. 8 AL Pittman, Moses L. 8 AL Pittman, Fredonia 6 AL Pittman, Mary 1 GA
? Gelpin, G.W. 40 GA Carpenter
1870 Covington County, Alabama Shirley
Page 485 Pitman, Jane 35 AL $700.00 Pitman, Sarah 16 AL Pitman, Mary 14 AL Pitman, Arenia 11 AL Pitman, Rebecca 7 AL Pitman, Carol (male) 3 AL Pitman, William 5 AL
*NOTE: Where is James? If he died in 1877, he
should be somewhere. I have a census from GA,
and, maybe, the age is wrong on the 1850 GA
census,and the M in his name stands for
1870 Baldwin County, GA Milledgeville
Attendants at Lunatic Asylum of the State of
GA. Pitman, Moses 46 SC Pitman, Joel T. 24 GA (NOTE: Could
this be Henry? The age is about right.) Pitman, Moses L. 17 (Could this be
Moses from above?)
Didn't find in 1880.
1900 AL Soundex than went to the 1900 AL
Page 173b Newton, Dale County, AL Pct 4 Williams, Maryiam Mar 1853; AL; AL;
AL; Widow; Married; 30 years; 1 Child; 1
Living Pitman, Jane (sister); Dec 1832; AL;
AL; AL; Widow; Married; 49; 8 Children; 6
Living Mullins, Earnest; Servant; Born
5/1882; AL; AL; AL; Farm laborer
*NOTE: Lydia Jane was in still in her
father's household in 1850, so she must have
gotten married ca 1851. I have not searched
for another marriage for Lydia Jane. I have
just found the obituary in March of 1999. I
am wondering if they have her mixed up with
another Lydia Jane. She was only 14 in
Notes for LYDIA JANE REYNOLDS:
Found a obituary in the ADCOCK Family
book in the Ozark, Dale County, Alabama
Mrs. Lydia Jane Pitman, a
mother in Isreal, has gone to her reward in
the great beyond. Her maiden name was
Reynolds. She was the daughter of
Elijah and Rachael Reynolds, who moved
from the Darlington District, South Carolina,
to Dale County, Alabama, in the early 30's.
Mrs. Pitman was born in Dale County, March
3rd, 1835, near Newton. She was twice
married; first to John Conner. To them
were born two children; Mrs. Sallie
Brackin,of Enterprise,Ala., and Mrs.
Masey Thompson of Newton, Ala. While
these two children were still very small,
"Aunt Jane" as she was called her for
many of her later years, was married to
James M. Pitman of Cuthbert, GA. In
the Early 60's Mr. Pitman joined the
Confederate army, going entirely through that
trying period and remaining in a northern
prison a whole year after the struggle was
over. When Mr. Pitman left Cuthbert to join
the army, Mrs. Pitman returned to Dale County
near her father's and struggled bravely to
earn a living for herself and little children
on a farm. To Aunt Jane's second marriage
were born five children, one of whom died
young. Four still survive: Mrs. G.H.
MULLINS, Newton,Ala.; Mrs. J.M.
ANDREWS, Center, Texas; Mrs. W.I.
STEPHENS and Mrs. Sam Miller, of
Newton,Ala. After the war was over, Mr.
Pitman returned to Dale County and made this
In 1877, Aunt Jane was again left a widow. In
her widowhood she struggled against poverty
and on her little farm near the Newton Bridge
on the Choctawhatchie River she reared her
six little girls; besides, also caring for
and raising an orphan boy.
On the little farm mentioned, Aunt Jane lived
comfortably by her own work and that of her
children till she became too feeble to look
after her own affairs anymore, which,
however, was only a year or two before her
call came to the world beyond. She stayed on
at the sacred spot she had called home so
long, even after her daughters had all
married. Her last days, however , were spent
with her two daughters Mesdames MULLINS and
She first joined the Missionary Baptist
Church, but later united with the Methodist
Episcopal Church South, in the communion of
which she remained till she was called to the
Among the most enjoyable features connected
with her last days was the building of
Pitman's Chapel by her children and friends,
and naming it in her honor. Her membership,
until the time this building was erected a
short distance south of Newton, had been at
old Spring Hill, on the Ozark road. She often
shouted in good old Methodist style when
under the preached word.
But Aunt Jane is gone. After a brief illness
of about a week she gave way to the reaper,
death, on April 19, 1909. She was at the home
of G.H. and Mrs. Mollie Mullins when the end
came. She was gathered as a ripened sheath,
ready for the garner above. Those who loved
her know where to find her.
She left six children, thirty-five
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
These rise up to call her blessed. May her
memory be as ointment poured forth.
She was laid to rest in the Lee grave yard
near Spring Hill Church to await the
A Former Pastor.
Children of JAMES PITMAN and LYDIA
REYNOLDS PITMAN are:
i. MARTHA REBECCA PITMAN, born May
05, 1865 in GA; died June 20, 1948 in HOUSTON
CO, ALA.; married WILLIAM ISAAC
STEPHENS December 18, 1884 in DALE,CO.,
NOTES for MARTHA REBECCA PITMAN:
(Person Still living) TOLD ME
THAT WHEN THEY WOULD BE AT GRANDMOTHER
STEPHENS HOUSE TO EAT THAT SHE WOULD SAY
"CHILDREN THERE'S NOT MUCH OF IT BUT EAT IT
ALL" HE SAID THAT THERE WAS ALWAYS PLENTY OF
FOOD TO EAT.
(Person Still living) SAID THAT
IF SOMEONE WAS SICK THAT SHE WAS THE ONE
PEOPLE WANTED TO SAY PRAYERS FOR
(Person Still living)AND OTHERS
HAVE SAID THAT SHE WAS A TRUE BELIEVER IN
AUNT (Person Still living) SAID
THAT GRANDMOTHER DIDN'T LIKE TO VISIT TOO
OFTEN SO THE FAMILY WENT TO SEE HER.
I WAS TOLD THAT SHE MAY HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF
THE METHODIST CHURCH IN
NOTES for WILLIAM ISAAC
COLUMBUS NEWSPAPER DATED APRIL 19,192O:
MR. W.J.(SHOULD HAVE BEEN I)
STEPHENS,AGE 61, DIED AT THE FAMILY
RESIDENCE, 3229 PARK AVENUE, BIBB CITY
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT 4 O`CLOCK OF
SURVIVING HIM ARE: HIS WIFE, THREE SONS AND
FOUR DAUGHTERS, ALL OF WHOM RESIDE OUTSIDE
THE REMAINS WILL BE SHIPPED TO OZARK, ALABAMA
ON THE 4:30 TRAIN THIS AFTERNOON AND THE
FUNERAL AND INTERMENT WILL OCCUR SOME TIME
WEDNESDAY NEAR OZARK.
ii. MARY Rachel "MollY" PITMAN,
born February 21, 1859 in CUTHBERT, GA; died
December 22, 1947 in ALA.; married G.HAZY
iii. HENRY PITMAN, born 1847 in
iv. SARAH PITMAN, born 1852 in
ALA; married Mr. Brackin.