Benjamin Pitman witnessed the will of John Halleman (Holleman) with William Pitman in Surry Co VA on 18 Sep 1736 (at least 17 in 1736, born in or before 1719). He applied for and had surveyed a grant for 590 acres in Isle of Wight Co VA before 12 Feb 1742 and on 27 Feb 1743 he transferred 200 acres of that to his “brother” Joseph Pitman and 150 acres of that to his “friend” John Williford. His 590-acre grant was published on 20 Mar 1743 and on 7 Mar 1744, Benjamin Pitman and wife Fortune Pitman of Nottoway Parish sold/transferred the remaining 240 acres to his “friend” Thomas Pretloe (Pretlow). This might possibly have been a case of four people pooling money to buy land and then Benjamin Pitman giving the other three their shares of the land as soon as the grant had been approved (and before it was published).
Benjamin Pitman’s son Moses Pitman should have been at least 14 in 1750 (as he witnessed a deed in 1750), born in or before 1736, and there was May 1756 Crown Docket case, The King vs Moses Pitman (and others) in Edgecombe Co NC and Moses Pitman should have been 21 in 1756, born in or before 1735, so Benjamin Pitman probably married (1st) before 1735 in Surry Co VA (which suggests that if Benjamin Pitman was at least 21 in 1735, he was born in or before 1714).
By 12 Aug 1749, Benjamin Pitman was in Edgecombe Co NC near Rocky Mount where James Pitman had received a grant on 5 May 1742 (sold, with Elizabeth Pitman, on 21 Feb 1743); Elizabeth Pitman (shown in later records as a widow) received a grant on land adjoining James Pitman’s former land on 25 Mar 1749. Joseph Pitman bought land nearby on 10 Feb 1750. Benjamin Pitman’s land (200 acres, bought on 12 Aug 1749) was on the south bank of Tar River, bordering Buck Swamp branch, and Joseph Pitman’s land was very close to Benjamin Pitman’s land (Moses Pitman and Joe Pitman witnessed the 10 Feb 1750 deed).
Before 23 Aug 1755, Benjamin Pitman married (2nd or 3rd) Ann (Unknown), identified in his will, and she died after 22 Sep 1763. Benjamin Pitman was listed as a soldier in the Edgecombe County Militia, North Carolina, Captain Aqueler Suggs’ Company (before May 1756).
Benjamin Pitman wrote his will on 23 Aug 1755 (proved in May Court 1756, Edgecombe Co NC) and his will showed: the birth order of his sons as Moses, Jacob, Micah and Sampson; and the birth order of daughters as Patience Faulk, Mary Bottom, Abigal, Lucy, Cela and Jemima. His will devised to his wife Ann Pitman the use of his plantation where the lived for her lifetime with reversion to his son Jacob Pitman (probably reverting to the second son, Jacob, as the oldest son, Moses, already owned land in Edgecombe Co NC).
Widow Ann Pitman sold the land to Jacob Pitman on 22 Sep 1763 (witnesses, John Faulk and Aaron Baker); Jacob Pitman sold the land to Samuel Longbottom on 7 Mar 1764; Samuel Longbottom sold the land to David Pridgeon on 9 May 1767; David Pridgeon and his wife Mary sold the land to Samuel Longbottom on 23 Aug 1769; and, (the next day), Samuel Longbottom (Samuel L Bottoms) and Mary Pitman had been married at least 14 years (23 Aug 1755 to 24 Aug 1769) sold the land to Newit Pitman (in a deed showing the land was “on the south side of Tar River and on Buck Swamp.”On that date (24 Aug 1769), Samuel Longbottom (Samuel L Bottoms) and Mary Pitman had been married at least 14 years (23 Aug 1755 to 24 Aug 1769), not counting the days, months and possibly years before 23 Aug 1755.
1_Moses Pitman married Elizabeth (Unknown)
2._Patience Pitman married John Faulk, son of William Faulk
3_Mary Pitman married Samuel L Bottoms/Longbottom, Sr. (his first wife)
4_Jacob Pitman married Hannah Best
9_Cela Pitman married Samuel L Bottoms/Longbottom, Sr. (his second wife)