Steven: By any chance was your John Pitcher in a mining venture in Idaho. I have some old Pitcher letters in reference to some mining venture and I believe there was a John Pitcher involved. I will check this letter out and will get back to you with what I can come up with. I got all this information from some papers after my brother-in-law passed away.His mother was Louise Pitcher ( Lewis ) possibly a sister to your John. Hope to hear from you.