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Family of Nicholas William Prettyjohn PITTS and Mary Jane PEARCE

Husband: Nicholas William Prettyjohn PITTS (1834-1915)
Wife: Mary Jane PEARCE (c. 1832-1891)
Children: Nicholas Alfred PITTS (c. 1858-1883)
Bertha Elizabeth Harris PITTS (1862-1914)
Marriage Q2 1857 Kingsbridge Registration District, Devon, England1

Husband: Nicholas William Prettyjohn PITTS

Name: Nicholas William Prettyjohn PITTS2
Sex: Male
Father: Nicholas PITTS (c. 1799-1870)
Mother: Elizabeth Prettejohn HARRIS (1812-1877)
Birth 30 Apr 1834 Chivelstone, Devon, England3
Baptism 28 May 1834 (age 0) Chivelstone, Devon, England
Occupation Farmer (356 acres, 9 men 2 boys!) in 1871 becomes Magistrate farming 260 acres with 6 men and 3 boys by 1881
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 7) Chivelstone, Devon, England4
South Allington
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 75) Modbury, Devon, England
Nicholas is living with single daughter Bertha, both described as of Private Means. Nicholas has been recorded as Richard. They have a housekeeper, a coachman, a cook and a domestic.
Death 24 Jan 1915 (age 80) Kingsbridge, Devon, England3

Wife: Mary Jane PEARCE

Name: Mary Jane PEARCE2
Sex: Female
Father: John PEARCE ( - )
Mother: -
Birth c. 1832 Stokenham, Devon, England
Death 18 Feb 1891 (age 58-59)3

Child 1: Nicholas Alfred PITTS

Name: Nicholas Alfred PITTS2
Sex: Male
Birth c. 1858 Churchstow, Devon, England
Death 22 Jun 1883 (age 24-25)3

Child 2: Bertha Elizabeth Harris PITTS

Name: Bertha Elizabeth Harris PITTS2
Sex: Female
Birth 25 Sep 1862 Modbury, Devon, England3
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 48) Modbury, Devon, England
Bertha is unmarried and with her widowed father
Death 20 May 1914 (age 51)3

Note on Husband: Nicholas William Prettyjohn PITTS

In 1851 at school in Lee, Kent. Farming from Whympston House, Modbury,Magistrate


Referred to as Mr N W P Pitts of Modbury in the South Hams Gazette's account of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, on 24 June 1887.


Reference is also made to the Misses Pitts of Kingsbridge - which ones?


Nicholas leaves most of his property to his nephew Charles Hugh Harris Pitts, and some to his nephew Arthur Edward Seaton.His son Nicholas William Harris Pitts gets his great uncle's organ.


According to his Great nephew Peter Pitts, Nicholas lost alot of money due to investment in Germany before the first world war.By the time the estate was sold and death duty paid there was little left.


1"GRO". Kingsbridge 5b 355. Cit. Date: "Apr-Jun 1857".
2"Nick Heard". This GEDCOM is predominantly the work of Nick Heard, but it incorporates the collaborated work of many other family historians. You are welcome to use the information herein but please acknowledge the source. Every effort has been made to ensure the data is accurate, but any use you make of it is entirely at your own risk. (c) Nick Heard 2009
3"Modbury parish church tombstones".
4"Census 1841 Chivelstone,Devon ED10 HO107/211 Book 8 Folio 6 Page 6 (Nicholas Pitts)".
Text From Source: Name Age Occupation Where Born
Nicholas Pitts 40 Yeoman
Elizabeth Prettejohn Pitts 25
Nicholas William Prettyjohn Pitts 7 Scholar
Elizabeth Harris Pitts 5 Scholar
Thomas Harris Pitts 3
Walter Lamble Prettejohn Pitts 3 mths
ED10 HO107/211 Book 8 Folio 6 Page 6. Cit. Date: 6 June 1841. Assessment: Secondary evidence.