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Col. Robert Pitt

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bristol, Dorset, City of Bristol, England
Death: Died in Isle of Wight Co. VA.
Immediate Family:

Son of William Pitt, II and Mary Marlowe Pitts
Husband of Hester Martha Pitt and Martha Pitt
Father of Robert Pitt; Elizabeth Nasworthy; Hester Bridger; Mary Brashear; Martha Pitt and 4 others
Brother of William Pitt, III; Capt. Henry Pitt; Mary Newell; Thomas Pitt; Anne Pitt and 2 others

Occupation: Captain of the Thunder, a merchant ship out of Bristol and a Colonel in the Virginia Militia, Colonel/ Captain of "Thunder"/Large dealer of land and servants. Plymouth Colony.
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About Col. Robert Pitt

Colonel Robert Pitt was born about 1607 in England and was like most of his family a sailor and served as Captain of a privateer out of Bristol named the "Thunder", aiding the Huguenots in the war against France in 1628 - Source: Bristol Privateers, Powell, page 84.

As a sea merchant he owned a fleet of ships which sailed out of the Port at Bristol, England. He had moved to the colonies by 1637 as he had patented 550 acres of land in the Isle of Wight, Virginia, on February 14, 1637. This land was located on the New Haven River which was later renamed the Pagan River.

On April 17, 1648, he patented 300 acres adjacent to the original land. On June 7, 1654, he patented an additional 1,200 acres. In 1664, he patented 3,000 acres on the Blackwater with his son-in-law, Captain Joseph Bridger, and William Burgh. Also, he patented 1,000 acres in Accomac on March 12, 1662 and 3,000 acres in Accomac on October 2, 1663.

Between 1649 and 1660 he served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses for the Isle of Wight. In 1662, as a Lt. Colonel, he commanded the Isle of Wight Militia and served on the Governor's Council.

Colonel Robert Pitt died before January 9, 1674, as his Will was recorded on that date, it was dated June 6, 1672 and witnessed by Richard Jones and Thomas Hill. His wife, Martha, had died before that date as he left in her memory, a parcel of land with the stipulation that his executor would build one house of twenty-five feet within four years of his death on the land to be used for poor women. He also left in memory of his daughter, Martha, "two cows and two female cows, which cattle and their increase are to be put upon the aforesaid land and not to be disposed of until they increase to a number of twelve which number is to be continued upon the aforesaid land, and what shall be over that number of cattle shall be disposed of by the Sheriff, then one half of the benefit of the cows and the whole benefit of the land to be for the estate of poor women and the other half of the benefit of the cattle to be for the estate of poor female

orphans".

(Will of Col. Robert Pitt recorded in Isle of

Wight County, Virginia.)

-------------------- Colonel Robert Pitt born about 1607 in England was like most of his family a sailor and served as a captain of a privateer out of Bristol named the "Thunder", aiding the Huguenots in the war against France in 1628. (Bristol Privateers, Powell, Page. 84)

1649 - 1660 he served as a member of the House of Burgesses for Isle of Wight. He also served as Lt Col in 1662 commanding the Isle of Wight militia.

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Col. Robert Pitt's Timeline

1605
March 16, 1605
Bristol, Dorset, City of Bristol, England
1625
1625
Age 19
Of Isle Of Wight. Virginia
1628
1628
Age 22
Of Isle Of Wight. Virginia
1629
1629
Age 23
Isle of Wight Co., VA
1630
1630
Age 24
1631
1631
Age 25
Bristol, Somersetshire, England
1631
Age 25
England
1640
1640
Age 34
Isle of Wight Co., VA
1645
1645
Age 39
Isle of Wight Co. (probably), Virginia
1645
Age 39
Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States