My name is Patrick (Pat) Stewart and I am origanaly from Jefferson County, New York.I am Pitcher on my mother's side descending from Gabriel Pitcher.I have communicated with John Pitcher and it appears that this line also may be also of a Palatine or Dutch (Waloon) descent.Gabriel was born in approximately 1822.He had a brother Walden.However, nothing can be found of who their parents were.
You had mentioned in one of your postings that one of your ancestors went to Onieda, New York.Do you know if this was Onieda County or the community of Onieda.The community of Onieda is located in Madison County which is southwest and adjacent to the present day Onieda County.Onieda County came into existence in 1798 and originally extended north encompassing the Tug Hill region and the Black River valley to the St. Lawrence River and west from there to the eastern shore of Lake Ontario.In 1805 Lewis and Jefferson counties were formed from Onieda County.In 1816 part of Oswego County came from Onieda County.I hope this can help with your search and does not add to your confusion.
There was a Pitcher line in Henderson, Jefferson County but have not been linked to my line.Several of them I know relocated to Ohio.Also there are Pitchers (not related) in Oswego, Clay, Palmera, and Volney all located in Oswego, County.
I have the following quote taken from "A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY NEW YORK" by Edgar C. Emerson published in 1898. Page 7 and after listing property owners and tax payers (none of which were Pitchers) the following statement is made:
"In addition to those whose names have thus been recalled, the south part of the town (using John Sheldon's own words) an unprofitable lot of Mohawk Dutch, nearly all of whom subsequently removed to Ohio."
The town referred to was Watertown, the county seat.