Samuel Pitts (1655 - 1696) MP

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Birthplace: Dighton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Death: Died in Taunton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts
Managed by: Tammy Swingle (Tucker)
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About Samuel Pitts

Samuel Pitts, eldest son of Peter and Mary (Andrews) Pitts, was born "about 1655" in Taunton, Massachusetts. In contrast to the patriarch Peter Pitts, Samuel emerges as less well documented. As with all other males age sixteen to sixty, Samuel enrolled in the Taunton Militia circa 1671. Samuel followed his father's lead and became involved in real estate development circa age seventeen, in 1672. In that year, Peter and Samuel were members of a consortium purchasing lands from the Natives that became known as "The South Purchase". "The South Purchase" was incorporated as the community of Dighton soon thereafter. As noted in "David Benton and Nancy Pitts: Their Ancestors and Descendents" -- "Peter and Samuel Pitts were among the purchasers, and following this the name of Pitts appears among the prominent families of Dighton, Mass. before the Revolution." (1)

At age twenty - four, Samuel Pitts married twenty - two year old Sarah Bobbitt. Date of marriage is recorded as March 25, 1680 in Taunton. Sarah was the second child and eldest daughter of Edward Bobet / Bobbitt and Sarah (Tarnes) Bobbitt. As previously developed, both Peter Pitts and Edward Bobbitt are first documented in the 1643 muster roll of the Taunton Militia and both were stockholders in "The Bloomerie" (i.e. Taunton Iron Works).

As of April 8, 1682 Samuel Pitts was a member of the 2nd Squadron of the Taunton Militia. The militia roster of that date lists both Peter Pitts and Samuel Pitts. Per the roster, militia members were advised "The Court order is that every soldier bring his arms fixed to Meeting when it is his turn, with six charges of powder and shot, and if any refuse or neglect to perform therein, to be fined two shillings and ten pence, if it appear to be contempt". (2) The source immediately thereafter references "In the Rosters of following years and in expeditions against the Indians, the records continually show the names of Peter, Samuel, and Ebenezer Pitts, as well as other Pitts".

In common with his father, Peter, Samuel Pitts also "contributed to support Reverend Samuel Danforth" in his appointment as pastor of the Taunton Church. Extant documentation does not clarify whether Samuel's support for the appointment of Reverend Danforth was financial or moral.

Samuel Pitts led a relatively short life of 40 / 41 years, surviving his father by only three years. Samuel died of indeterminate causes in late 1695 / early 1696, with extant documentation noting that his estate was inventoried Feb. 6, 1696. (3) This researcher notes that Samuel passed away during the time of King William's War (1689 - 1697), suggesting that Samuel may have been injured in the line of duty by the French and their Abenaki allies. King William's War is alternatively remembered as "The Second Indian War" (the first being King Phillip's War in 1675 / 1676) and / or "The First French and Indian War". Further research to clarify this hypothesis is indicated.

The Pitts Family Chronicles / Chapter 2 Charles Phillip Pitts, M.A. / 2011

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Samuel Pitts's Timeline

1655
1655
Dighton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1680
March 25, 1680
Age 25
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1681
March 10, 1681
Age 26
Taunton, Bristol, MA, USA
1683
March 10, 1683
Age 28
Taunton, Bristol, MA, USA
1685
March 12, 1685
Age 30
Taunton, Bristol, MA, USA
1687
July 13, 1687
Age 32
Taunton, Bristol, MA, USA
1689
February 3, 1689
Age 34
Taunton, Bristol, MA, USA
1692
August 8, 1692
Age 37
Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
1694
November 27, 1694
Age 39
Taunton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
1696
February 6, 1696
Age 41
Taunton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts