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Edmund Pitts

Birthplace: Hackford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Pitts and Elizabeth Pitts
Husband of Ann Pitt (Cooke)
Father of Peter Pitts; Ann Eastman; Deborah Whiton; Sarah Pitts; Mary Pitts and 4 others
Brother of Leonard Pitts and Elizabeth Holbrook

Occupation: Weaver
Managed by: Richard Reese Buehler
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Immediate Family

About Edmund Pitts


A great deal of confusion regarding Edmund Pitts is extant in available online resources. Per a single set of genealogies, Edmund Pitts was / is the son of William Pitts II (circa 1592 / Hingham, Norfolk - circa 1623 / Weymouth, MA) and Elizabeth Alley (1596 / Hingham, Norfolk - Apr. 15, 1655 / Hingham, MA). Per this set of genealogies, Edmund Pitts was born circa 1615 in Dorchester, Dorset and married Mary Wilchen (March 6, 1598 / Norfolkshire - 1632 / Hingham, Norfolk) on October 29, 1619 in Hingham, Norfolk. Purported issue to this marriage was / is Peter Pitts, said to have been born in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1625. (1) A certain degree of plausibility accrues to William Pitts' purported year of death, as Weymouth was founded as the "Wessagusset Colony" in 1622. Less plausibility accrues to Peter Pitts' purported year and place of birth (1625 / Taunton, MA) inasmuch as Taunton was not established until 1637!!............A more credible secondary source notes that Edmund Pitts was born in 1613 in Hackford, Norfolk. Per this source, Edmund Pitts emigrated to Hingham, MA in 1637, accompanied by his "wife (Anne Cooke) and child (Mary, who died in 1641)" and his brother Leonard Pitts, "a mariner and master". Referenced source also notes the arrival of a William Pitts in Hingham, MA in 1638 as "a servant of Phillip James" and notes that he "was also born in Hackford and probably related to Edmund". (2) By comparison and contrast, Edmund Pitts would necessarily have been six years old when he purportedly married Mary Wilchen (age 21) in 1619 and twelve years old when son Peter was born in the yet to be established community of Taunton in 1625!!. It is fortuitous indeed that the details of Edmund Pitts' marriage to Anne Cooke and the issue thereof are much better documented and straightforward.

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2.) "Hingham, Norfolk: Old Hingham Emigrants" /


Edmund was a weaver.

He came from the English Hingham in 1639 with his wife Ann. He was admitted freeman in 1640 and was selectman in Hingham in 1668, 1672, 1677 and 1680.

As stated in "Thomas Joy and His Descendants" by Thomas R. Joy published by James Richard Joy, Plainfield, NJ, July 4, 1900; compiled by James Richard Joy, New York:

"Edmund Pitts, weaver, came from the English Hingham in 1639 with his wife Ann. He was admitted freeman 1640, and was selectman of Hingham, MA, 1668, 1672, 1677, 1680. He died 1685, and his wife died the next year. He was for many years sexton and was called 'Goodman Pitts.'

Immigration 1639

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Edmund Pitts's Timeline

Hackford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 12
Hingham, Norfolk, England
December 29, 1641
Age 28
Hingham, Plymouth, MA, USA
September 8, 1642
Age 29
Hingham, Plymouth, MA, USA
December 22, 1644
Age 31
Hingham, Plymouth, MA, USA
April 12, 1646
Age 33
Hingham, Plymouth, MA, USA
April 25, 1648
Age 35
Hingham, Plymouth, MA, USA
November 6, 1651
Age 38
Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 27, 1653
Age 40
Hingham, Plymouth, MA, USA