Re: The 1730 Will of Thomas Pitman, Isle of Wight Co VA
Before 1730, or in and before 1730, William Pitman possibly lived on the land of his brother Thomas Pitman based upon Robert Lancaster’s testimony in Isle of Wight County court regarding land which was devised by Thomas Pitman to a son, land which Lancaster said was “the Plantation whereon his brother lived.” This was land from a 400 acre-grant south of Tarrara Creek and north of Meherrin River to Thomas Pitman, Jr., 24 Mar 1725, which was on the 1733 Edward Moseley map directly across the river from the Carrolus Anderson land and which was in Newport Parish. William Pitman lived in Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County, from 7 Jul 1726 to 3 Nov 1740.
On 28 Sep 1730, Lancaster said: “To his Son Samuel Pitman the Plantation whereon his brother lived . . . To his Son Ambrose Pitman a parcel lying between his Son Thomas and his Son Samuel . . .” (adjoining land).
The following shows that was a total of 290 adjoining acres.
The will of Thomas Pitman said: “My Son Thomas I desire may have an entry of Land lying up the Creek containing an hundred and fifty (150) Acres . . . For my Son Samuel I desire may have the Plantation lying on Dicks Marsh bounded by a line of Mark Trees containing an hundred (100) Acres. . . For my Son Ambrose the upper part of the Survey lying above the Marsh branch containing forty (40) Acres . . .”
Sources cited by King: Isle of Wight County, Virginia Will Book 3 with Inventories and Accounts 1726-1734, microfilm no. [Reel 23] page 220 Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia, and, William L. Hopkins, ed., Suffolk Parish Vestry Book Nansemond County, Virginia 1749-1784 and Newport Parish Vestry Book Isle of Wight County, Virginia 1724-1772 (1988; reprint, Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1993), 89, 115.