Joseph Pitts & Mary
This has been my biggest challenge. Grandma Presse said we were related to William Pitt
(1708-78), the Prime Minister of England. I don't think we were direct
descendants since his two sons had no children that are known.
But he may be a great uncle?
I don't have much info on Joseph Pitts & Mary Connor.
My 10 year search for her maiden name ended last summer (2001) when
I found her son Thomas's catholic baptism.
Here is the story of Thomas Pitt.
He was baptized on Oct 5 1777 by the Church of England (Anglican) in
Quebec City. It listed his
parents as Joseph Pitts & Mary.
(No maiden name for the mother).
He married Josette Hausman on July 31 1800 in Riviere Ouelle,
Quebec. This did not list his parents names. He was a lawyer in Riviere Ouelle. His son William was also a lawyer whom we also descend
from. He probably died in
1814 since his legal records end then.
Last summer I found him baptized again on May 6 1789 at Notre Dame de
Quebec in Quebec City (Catholic).
It said he was 12 years old.
His parents were both deceased.
And it gave his parents names as Joseph Pitts and Mary Connor. WOW! Was
I excited to find this!
I'm corresponding with a distant cousin Paul, who is also researching this
couple. He gives me the
Joseph Pitts immigrated to the USA.
He came up to Canada at the age of 11 or 12 with a couple from
Holland. His parents name
were Joseph Pitts and Mary Cannon.
(I've got Connor - close enough).
He supposedly received a sum of money from William Pitt, Lord
Chatham. Interesting, isn't it?
Well, my search continues!
The Pitt Descendants
He married Marie Connor prior to 1777.
Married on July 31, 1800
in Riviere Ouelle, Que
He was baptized by the Church of England.
Guillaume (William) Pitt
Married on August 7, 1827
in St-Francois du Lac, Yamaska, Que
Sieur Hermenegilde Pitt
DeMoiselle Henriette Boisvert
Married on October 27, 1863
in St-Thomas de Pierreville, Que
Marie Louise Ayotte
Married on Febuary 2, 1891
in Ste-Anne, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA
Rose Anna Pitt
Married on April 12, 1915
in St-Louis de Blandford, Que