The Pitt/Pitts family is said to derive from the Norman Gervase de la Puette,
born about 1160 in what is now the Normandy province of France. Following
are the reported generations after Gervase:
Thomas de la Pitte was born about 1200 in England
Simon de la Pitte was born about 1230 in England
Thomas Ithe Putte was born about1260 in England
Robert Ithe Pyte was born about 1284 in England and died about 1361 in
Simon Atte Pitte
Richard Pyts, who married Johanna de la Poole
Johannas (John) Pitt was born in DeCurvyard, DeLaPyrne, married Dorothia
_____, and died in 1438
William Pitt was at Stoke, married Katherine Broughton and died after 1400
Sir Edward Pitt, Sir, who married Elizabeth Nicholai Willford, and died
William Bithe Pitte was born in 1477 in Dorset and died in 1528
Nicholas Pitt was born in 1474 and died after 1545
- William Pitt, who married Helena Haviland,and who died October 14,
1540 and was the ancestor of British Prime Minister William Pitt, the
Earl of Chatham, through his son John
Thomas Pitt who was born in 1547 and died in 1613. He was a merchant in
Bristol and Chamberlain.
William Pitt who was born in 1573, and married Mary Gibbs
The source of the preceding line is unknown and is not documented.
Robert Pitt, Captain of the Thunder
The first Pitt to emigrate to America was Robert Pitt, who was born in England
in 1607. Robert was captain of the Thunder, a merchant ship out
of Bristol. He must have liked what he saw in Virginia and decided to
emigrate. He married Martha Lear. He served as a Colonel in the Virginia
Militia. Robert died on June 16, 1672 in Virginia.
Robert and Martha's son John was born in 1637 in Bristol, England. He died
about 1702 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He first married Sarah Moone
and second Olive Hardy. It appears that the Pitt, Bridger, Driver, and
Holladay families, all of whom emigrated to Isle of Wight, Virginia, seem
to have been neighbors and intermarried in Gloucester. John served as
a Lt. Col. in the Virginia Militia.
John and Olive's had the following children:
Martha Pitt, who married George Norsworthy and died before 1706
Mary Pitt, who married a Drury
Robert Pitt, who married Sarah Smith
- Sarah Pitt, who married Tristam Norsworthy and died before 1724. Their daughter
Sarah Norsworthy married John Pitt III, son of Sarah's brother John
- Prudence Pitt, who was born before 1698 and married Charles Driver
- John Pitt, Jr. (see below)
Henry Pitt, who was born before 1711 and died February 09, 1747/48
- James Pitt, who born before 1711
John and Olive's son John Pitt, Jr. was born in 1705 in Virginia and died in
1761 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia (North Carolina?). He married Priscilla
_____. Their children were:
- John Pitts III, who was born in 1740 in North Carolina d: 1787 in
Effingham Co, Georgia. He served as a Captain in Revolutionary War.
He married first his cousin Sarah Norsworthy, daughter of Sarah Pitt,
and then Frances Griffin.
- Elizabeth Pitts .....
- William Pitts
John and Priscilla's son John Pitts III was born in 1740 in North Carolina
and died in 1787 in Effingham Co., Georgia. He served as a Captain in
the Revolutionary War.
John first married his first cousin Sarah Norsworthy, and they had the
- Daniel Pitts
- Elizabeth Pitts, who married Daniel Dampier and died in 1825.
- Lorena Pitts
- Anthony Pitts, who was born 1765 in North Carolina and married Nancy
Ann Rawlinson. He died in1825 in Jones Co., Mississippi .
John next married Frances Griffin, and they had the following children:
- Tabitha Pitts, born in 1782 and married Obadiah Edwards. She died
- Hardy Griffin Pitts, who was born in 1787 and married first Elizabeth
Porter, married second Elizabeth Scruggs.
John and Sarah's son Anthony was born in North Carolina in 1765 but moved
to Savannah, Georgia. He died in Jones Co., Mississipi in 1825. He married
Nancy Ann Rawlinson, and they had the folowing children:
Daniel Pitts, Sr b: 1797 in Savannah, Effingham Co., Georgia d: 1894 in
Ellisville, Jones Co., Mississippi ......... +MARGARETTE Walters b: 1803
in South Carolina d: 1894 in Ellisville, Jones Co., Mississippi .....
- John C. Pitts b: 1800
- Jesse L. Pitts b: 1805
- John G. Pitts b: 1808
- George Washington Pitts b: March 02, 1809
- John G. W. Pitts, who was born in 1815
- Joshua PItts
- Nancy Pitts, who married James Edwards
Jones County, Mississippi
Daniel Pitts was born in 1797 at Savannah, Effingham Co., Georgia and
married Margarette Walters, a South Carolina native of unknown parents.
It appears that Daniel and Margarette were in Mississippi by about 1830.
Daniel died at Ellisville, Jones Co., Mississippi in 1894.
- John Alfred Pitts, who was born April 04, 1827 and married Eliza
- Mary Ann Pitts, who was born in 1829 and married Henry Beech
- Elizabeth Ann Pitts, who was born in 1830 in Mississippi, married
(1) William Carter (2) Linson B. (Charlie) Landrum (3) Elijah Shoemake,
and died in Nacogdoches Co., Texas
- Nancy Pitts, who was born January 26, 1833, married (1) Hanson A. Walters
(2) Ira Walters, and died January 18, 1915
- William A. Pitts, who was born in 1835, married Tracy Wade, and died
in 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi
- Harriett Pitts, who was born in 1837 and married Nathan L. Pearson
- Sarah F. Pitts, who was born in 1839 and married Obediah Lyons
- Margaret Pitts, who was born in1841 and married John W. Adams
Louise Pitts, who was born in1843, and married Claudie Pitts
Eleanor Pitts, who was born in1844 and married Henry (Pete) Rose
Daniel Pitts, Jr., who was born June 03, 1845, married Serena Margaret
Knight, and died April 06, 1937
W. Norvel Pitts, who was born April 12, 1846, married Mary Ann Knight,
and died July 17, 1934
Jessie E. Pitts, who was born in 1849, and married Barbara Shoemaker
Elizabeth Ann Pitts
Elizabeth Ann Pitts was born in 1830 in Mississippi,
the daughter of Daniel Pitts, Sr. and Margarette Walters, and died in
Nacogdoches Co., Texas. In 1847 she married Linson B. (Charlie) Landrum,
son of Henry Landrum and Rachel Jane _____. Charlie and Elizabeth lived
in Jones County in 1850 and 1860. Linson purchased land in Jones County
in 1855, and in 1857 he contracted with J. G. Dunn to build a grist mill
on his land on Tullahoma Creek. In 1861 Linson and Elizabeth sold land
to Daniel Pitts.
Linson served in the Civil War, but he apparently deserted
to Union forces of the Army of the Potomac in December, 1864. Evidence of
this is that he immediately took the oath of loyalty and went to New Orleans,
which was then under Federal control, where he apparently remained until his
death in a smallpox epidemic in 1865, never returning to his Mississippi home.
Some say that Linson joined the Union Army there.
Elizabeth and Linson Landrum had the following
- Jesse Irving Landrum (1849-1914) Born August 5, 1849, Jones County,
Mississippi. Married Emiline Lambreth, formerly of Winston County, Mississippi,
December 5, 1868, Hamilton County, Texas. Lived at Mt. Enterprise, Rusk
County, in 1870. Lived in Van Zandt County, Texas in 1880. Children
were Kinnie L. (1873); Eliza E. (1874); Jimmie M. (1877); John L. (1878);
Emiline E. (1880); Martha, who married William Madison Thornton; Zora
(Zode), who married an Oliver; Jenny, who married Bill Warren; and Lizzie,
who married John Warren. Died January 23, 1914, Ratcliff, Houston County,
- Martha Landrum (1850-????) Resided in Texas in 1870.
- Maston Lee (Shrimp) Landrum (1851-???? )
- Willam A. Landrum (1852- ????) Married Esther Jane Cooley. Moved
to Greene Co., Mississippi.
- Isabel Landrum (1854-????) Lived in Jones County in 1870. Married
Philip Vincent West.
- John Wycliff Landrum (1855-1887) Born January 7, 1855, Jones County,
Mississippi. Lived in Jones County in 1870. Married Martha Kimbriel.
Died November 27, 1887, Van Zandt County, Texas.
- Stephen Allen (Steve) Landrum (1858-????) Born 1858. Lived in Jones
County in 1870. Married Matilda (Mattie) Johnson, sister of Maston's
wife Mary Jane Johnson, July 22, 1882, Angelina County, Texas. Children
were Floyd, who married Ellen Pitts, daughter of Nehemiah Pitts; Florence;
and Tom. After Steve's death, Mattie married an Edwards, and they had
children named Jess, Gordon, Roy, Evy, and a child of unknown name.
- Zachariah L. (Zack) Landrum (1860-1901) Born March, 1860 (or 1862).
Lived in Jones County in 1870. Married Jane (Janie) Young, February
24, 1880, Nacogdoches County, Texas. Children were (1) Ed; (2) Zack;
(3) Charlie, who married Ella Stanaland Johnson, widow of John Edgar
Johnson, and lived at Diboll, Texas; (4) Lence; and (4) Minnie. Married
Barbara Pace January 18, 1895, in Nacogdoches County, Texas. Died October,
1901 and buried at Ryan's Chapel Cemetery, Burke, Texas.
- Charles Linson (Charlie) Landrum (1864-1955) Born 1864. Lived in
Jones County in 1870. Married (1) Martha Hough, and (2) Oda Mae Norman.
Died 1955, Love County, Oklahoma.
Elizabeth remained in Jones County for some time
after Linson's death and still lived there 1870. In 1878 Elizabeth Landrum
and her children sold the "Linson Landrum deceased tract." Son Maston
was already living in Texas at the time, and he returned to Mississippi
to settle the estate.
Elizabeth later moved to Nacogdoches County, Texas,
where she married Elijah Shoemake in 1882. They had two sons, Erastus (Rass)
My Pitts Line
- M. Lee Murrah
- Ina Gertrude Johnson m. Earvin Elroy Murrah
- Hester Ann Laura Forsythe m. Samuel Virgil Murrah
- Sarah Alice Darenda Landrum m. William David Forsythe
- Maston Lee Landrum m. Mary Jane Johnson
- Elizabeth Ann Pitts m. Linson B. Landrum
- Daniel Pitts, Sr. m. Margarette Walters
- Anthony Pitts m. Nancy Ann Rawlinson
- John Pitts III m. Sarah Norsworthy
- John Pitt, Jr. m. Priscilla _____
- John Pitt, Sr. m. Olive Hardy
- Robert Pitt m. Martha Lear
- William Pitt m. Mary Gibbs
- Thomas Pitt m. _____
- William Pitt m. Helena Haviland
Published Genealogies and Other Sources
Other Pitts Internet Resources
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