William Hill Pitt (1813 - 1873)

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Birthplace: Dymock, Gloschester, England
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Utah
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"...William Hill Pitt (August 16, 1813 – February 21, 1873) was a prominent bandleader in the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His band, known as the Nauvoo Brass Band, was the main band in Nauvoo, Illinois, and played an important role in the crossing of Iowa during the Mormon pioneer trek. Pitt was born in Dymock, England. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1840. By 1842, Pitt had moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. There he organized a band that originally served as a band for the Nauvoo Legion but soon expanded to performing at a full array of community events. During the Mormons' trek across Iowa in 1846, Pitt's band not only helped to keep people happy with its music but also raised money by holding ticketed events in communities through which they passed. Pitt was in the original group to go to the Salt Lake Valley with Brigham Young in 1847. In 1852, Pitt served as a missionary in England for the LDS Church. Although his band existed in Utah Territory it was not as prominent as it had been previously..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Pitt (Mormon)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 June 2011, 20:40 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Pitt_(Mormon)&oldid=436209971> [accessed 5 February 2012]

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Pitt, William

Birth Date: 16 Aug 1813 Death Date: 21 Feb. 1873 Gender: Male Age: 37 Company: Edward Hunter Company (1850)

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Apparently the middle name of "Hill" was added by a descendant to distinguish him from other men by the name of William Pitt. "Hill" does not appear on any contemporary document, including his personal Bible.

SOURCE: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneerdetails/1,15791,4018-1-5635,00.html

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William Pitt's Timeline

1813
August 16, 1813
Dymock, Gloschester, England
1861
December 12, 1861
Age 48
Salt Lake City, UT
1873
February 21, 1873
Age 59
Salt Lake City, Utah