(Born 7/20/1765 Bedford Co., now Fulton PA - Died 3/14/1839 Morrow OH).
In 1784 he married Sarah Truax (Born 4/9/1765 Bedford Co. PA -
Died 5/9/1849 Gilead, Morrow OH). In May 1806 Elias and Sarah of Belfast Twp paid $1000 for a tract of land on Conoloway Creek (later
named Tonoloway) called "Pittfield" Survey on a warrant dated 9/5/1787 granted to Richard Truax, became vested to Elias Sr. to
have 311 Acres. This was witnessed by Obediah Truax and John Truax Jr.
Elias Pittman Sr. and Sarah Truax Pittman are both buried at Sunfish Cemetery, Gilead Township, Morrow County, (formerly Richland
County), Ohio. A large stone marks the grave site. It is reported that this cemetery now also contains many unmarked graves from the
county home for the poor.
(Not listed in Elias Sr.'s will, reason unknown)
Born 11/17/1784 Belfast, Bedford Co. PA - Died 1861 Andrews Co., MO).
Elias married Katherine Clark (Born 8/12/1786 PA- Died ?) and had nine children:
▪ Anna Pittman (born 3/8/1807 PA-1/30/1875 Maryville, Nodaway, Missouri) married Joshua Frazee (6/11/1808 Westmoreland PA-12/22/1881 Maryville, Nodaway MO), children Ida,
Alice, Joseph, Charlotte, John P., Sarah, William;
(3/28/1809 Sunsbury Twp., Monroe Co., OH-1895 Bartholomew Co., IN) in 1831 in OH married Anna Rebecca (1808 OH-1850 Monroe OH),
children Isaac, Andrew, Absolom, Rebecca S., Harvey, Barbara, Hannah Jane, Elias; in 1850 in Ohio, Thomas married Elizabeth Moore
(2/16/1824-OH-9/24/1881 Washington, Brown IN), children Eli, Clark, Delila, Pernina A., Francis Marion, Rachel J., Mary Iva, Susan;
▪ Eliza Pittman;
▪ Melissa Pittman;
▪ Richard Pittman;
▪ Andrew Pittman;
▪ Sarah Pittman;
▪ Benjamin Pittman (born about 1825 OH) married Rebecca, child Joshua (6/30/1849 Nodaway MO-4/17/1928 La Junta, Otera CO). Joshua
married Alice Sureldia McKinney and had son John Harvey (born 1890 Elk City, Montgomery KS-1963 Independence, Montgomery KS);
▪ Mary Pittman (born 1828 OH) married John Martin 4/29/1869 in Nodaway MO, child Clara (2/1/1861).
(listed in Elias Sr.'s will as the first son)
(Born 5/17/1786 Bedford Co. PA - Died 6/28/1870 Canaan Township, Morrow Co., OH). John married Anna Nancy Clark (Born 1/27/1789 - Died 6/9/1865 Canaan Township, Morrow OH). Before 1820 they made the
500 mile trip from PA to Morrow OH, unbroken forest, and cleared the land. Ten Pittman families were farming near each other. Most of
these remained in Monroe Co. OH. But in 1839 John's family, including brothers Elias and Joseph, moved their four children to Gilead Twp., Marion Co. OH.
Children of John and Nancy Pittman:
▪ Andrew Jackson Pittman
(1814 Ayr Twp., Bedford PA-1883 Missouri) who married Lucinda Smith (1825 TN-4/1/1888 Iowa) and had children Elisa, George H., James,
John, Jackson, Clark, Charlotte, Henry L. William, Lafayette.
▪ John Pittman Jr.
(Born 3/17/1823 Monroe OH - Died 5/26/1889 Canaan Township, Morrow OH) who married Lydia Rice (1839-7/28/1894) and had these children:
Orlando 1859 OH, Franklin 1861 Morrow OH, Mary Luella 1863 OH, James 1866 OH, Alice A. 1872 OH, and Ada 1876 OH who died 11/20/1896 at
age 20 in Monroe Co OH (John Pittman Jr's son Franklin married Annie B. Wooldridge 1872 on 12/24/1889. Alice A. Pittman married John C.
Fox 1852 on 8/13/1892.);
▪ Solomon Pittman
(Born 7/5/1828 Monroe Co OH - Died 1/20/1874). Solomon and Jane M. Parcell (2/9/1828 Knox OH-4/7/1912 Monroe Co. OH) had these children:
John Washington Pittman (9/12/1852 - 1854 Morrow Co. OH-10/28/1932 Ranfurly, Alberta, Canada) who on 4/15/1875 in Monroe Co OH married
Amanda Melvina Price and had children Clark 1890 KS, Carrie Liewellyn 1/18/1893 K), Geraldine 1896, and Myrtle 1898. In 1901 he
moved the family to Strathcona, Albert, Canada; he was back in Sunsbury, Monroe OH 1910-1930 census records, but died in Canada in
1932 at age 80.
Note: John and Amanda's Carrie married George Spaulding Carner (10/19/1888 Spink SD-12/7/1949 Creek MI) and had children Shirley
(12/19/1909 Viking, Alberta, Canada-1/5/2003 Asheville Buncombe NC), Delbert Lem Carner (12/12/1913 Wayland, Allegan
MI-10/18/1993 Marshall, Madison NC who married Jean Hereford born 1917), and Donals Carner (1915 MI). John and Amanda's daughter
Carrie and her husband George Carner's daughter Shirley Leone (photo
below) married Alan E. O'Donnell (7/17/1904 RI-1949 RI) and had
children Christina, Mary and Shirley.]
Children of John Washington Pittman continued...
▪ Andrew C. Pittman (11/15/1853)
▪ Ada Pittman (1856 OH) married Thomas L. Miller
▪ Eva L. Pittman (1858 OH) married Hiram Hart on 5/22/1879 in Monroe Co OH and had a son Milo J. Hart born 1881 OH.
▪ Thomas Jefferson Pittman (8/16/1862 Morrow OH) married Laura Hispher (1869 Caledonia Marion OH) on 12/26/1888 in Monroe Co OH. Their
children were Naomi Belle (1/9/1890 OH-11/7/1967 Columbus, Franklin OH) and Evelyn R. (1907). Thomas Jefferson Pittman's bio is featured
Children of John and Nancy Pittman continued...
▪ Clark Pittman (Born 10/18/1830 Monroe OH-4/21/1903 Atchinson Co. KS). He married Mary Dillon (1840 Morrow Co. OH-1964) and had son
Franklin. He married Louise Barbara Ellinger (4/30/1849-1925) and had children Ely, Homer, Lillie, Mamie, Marcia and Grace 6/18/1874
KS-3/6/1967 Almeda CA) who married William Mortimer Armour.
▪ Caroline (1835-2/26/1911 Caledonia, Clarison Twp., Marion OH) married Franklin Thomas (1830-1865) and had children Viola (1858)
and Charles (1859 Canaan Morrow OH-3/1917 Vinita, Craig OK).
(listed in Elias Sr.'s will as the first daughter)
(Born 2/9/1788 Bedford PA - Died 1847 Morrow OH). In 1806 in Bedford PA, Rebecca married Samuel M. Truax (Born 10/2/1784 Bedford Co. PA -
Died 12/30/1863 Mt. Gilead, Morrow OH) and they had ten children:
▪ Elias (Born 6/30/1808 PA-1850 Andrew MO) in 1830 married Elizabeth Truex (1815 VA) and had children Rebecca 1832, Mary 1835, Sarah
1836, Sally 1836, Pacheon 1837 OH, Jackson 1837 MO, Rachel 1839, Stillwell 12/15/1840 Monroe OH, and Elizabeth 1848 MO.
▪ Sarah (7/31/1810 Bedford PA-2/16/1896 Owl Creek OH) who on 12/28/1830 married Amos Mellott (11/30/1808 Belmont OH-3/23/1892
Belmont OH and had children:
Rachel (3/18/1832-4/19/1851 Owl Creek OH);
Samuel (10/7/1833 Gilead, Morrow OH-5/11/1911 Robinson, Brown KS)
who married Mary E. Iler (12/12/1839 Gilead, Morrow OH-9/4/1931 Robinson, Brown KS) and had children Rosetta E. (1861-1888), Sarah
Bethenia (1865-1945), John Clement (1872-1873), Orie Belle (1875-1953), Otis Ames (1875-1959), and Myrtle Edna (1877-1959);
Isaac (1838-11/11/1984 Morrow OH);
Lydia Sally (1839-1896 Noble IN) who married Kincaid Faux (1834
Northumberland PA-1904 Noble IN) and had children Elnora (1865-1943 or 1964-1916?), Joanna "Josie" (1866-1926) and Judson V. (1870-1950);
Crawford (11/3/1843 Morrow OH-9/15/1901 Morrow OH) who married
Sarah E. Sutherland (3/4/1848 Morrow OH-9/26/1899 Morrow OH) and had children Edward J. (1868-1936), Minnie Isador (1870-1944), Tom
Fabies (1872), Tollie Otto (1873-1924), Clyde Amos (1876-1957), Norris Otto (1877-1967), Cuba Blanche (1880-1966), Rose Ella
(1882-1958), Willard B. (1886-1968) and Ford D. (1893-1969).
▪ Stilwell (7/1/1812 Bedford OH-2/22/1899 Andrews Co. OH) who on 1/21/1834 married Dorcas Morrison (12/1/1815 Baltimore MD-2/22/1899
Leona, Doniphan KS) and had children:
Mary Clarinda (5/13/1837 Gilead, Morrow OH) who married Robert L.
Morris (1835) and had son Napolean Bonaparte (12/10/1857 Springfield, Conway AK);
William T. (9/8/1842 Savannah, Andrew MO-8/11/1913 Robinson, Brown KS) who married Jane Cowley (1843 Isle of Man, England-4/23/1907
Robinson, Brown KS) and had children Elmira (12/1871 KS) who married George Morton (1871 KS) and had children George N. 1897 and Almira J
Caleb Marion (11/7/1845 Andrew MO-8/31/1909 Robinson, Brown KS) who married Louise E. Fiechter (9/16/1849 Savannah, Andrew MO-11/8/1898
Robinson, Brown KS) and had children Emett Leslie (8/26/1968 Leona, Doniphan KS who died in Wichita KS), Bessie Eurena (7/22/1872
Robinson, Brown KS), and Everett L. (3/31/1879 Robinson, Brown KS-7/23/1951 Vacaville, Solano CA).
Lucinda (8/12/1848 Savannah, Andrew MO-8/1850 Ontario, Canada);
Cinderella Ann (8/12/1849 Andrew MO) who married Cary Finley (9/1848 OH) and had children Maud May (2/1872 KS), Nellie V. (2/1875 KS), and Grace (1887);
Filena Elvira (9/4/1852 Andrew MO-1916 Robinson, Brown KS) who married Columbus R. Martin (7/1844 OH-1914) and had children Tolly
S. (1872-1899), Nellie A. (1875-1882), William (1877), Leroy (1881), Ray (1885), Earl (1889), and Frank (1891);
▪ Esther or Hester (7/24/1814 Monroe OH-2/27/1879 Richland Co. OH) married Jesse Truax (7/16/1812 Monroe Co. OH-4/3/1885 OH). Their
children were Matilda or Melinda (2/28/1883-11/27/1883), Solomon (1/13/1884 Gilead, Morrow OH-1915 Gilead, Morrow OH), and Johnson
(4/19/1846 Gilead, Morrow OH-3/4/1926 St. Joseph, Andrew MO). Johnson Truax married Delilah Kinney (9/30/1851 Gilead, Morrow OH)
and had children Artie May (9/28/1870 Gilead, Morrow OH-After 1880); Homer Orrin (2/11/1874 Gilea,d Morrow OH); Ellsworth Benson
(6/3/1878 Gilead, Morrow OH-1/13/1908) who married Myrtle Rupe (10/1891 KS) and had children Verta, Jessie Eileen (1899 KS-7/1987
Indiana PA); and Lida Gertrude (4/5/1891).
▪ William (7/7/1816 Bedford PA-5/15/1865 Clark Co. IL) married Jane Lavering (9/6/1826-5/9/1913 Roscoe MO);
▪ Meriam Ruby (born 8/18/1819);
▪ Delilah (born 8/2/1821 OH) married Elias L. Pittman (1820 OH) and had children Perry and and Lydia Jane (4/24/1859 Andrew MO-5/11/1923
Hiawatha, Brown KS) who married Alexander Holt Lambert (12/26/1854 Holt MO-9/8/1934 Hiawatha, Brown KS) and had children Vista C. (1887
KS) and Perry H. (4/28/1892 KS). An unknown William Pittman (1824 OH) resided with them in 1850 Census Nodaway, Andrew MO;
▪ Crawford (born 11/9/1823 OH) on 9/3/1847 in Knox OH married Sarah Gates (1824 PA);
▪ Lavina (born 1/6/1828 OH) who on 2/1/1857 in Richland OH married Nicholas Creswell (1823 Maryland);
▪ Elizabeth Truax (born 4/18/1832 OH, died in KS) married Allen
Kelly Mellot (1823 Sunsbury OH, died in KS) and had children
William L. ((1859 Congress, Morrow OH), Samuel Hubbard (1860
Congress, Morrow OH), and Cora J. (1865 OH).
(listed in Elias Sr.'s will as second son)
(Born 4/25/1790 Bedford, PA - Died 2/23/1864 Madison, St. Joseph Co. IN). In about 1809 in OH, Jacob Pittman married Charity ? (Born 1792 PA - Died 1879 Madison
Twp., St. Joseph Co. IN). They may have had thirteen children (three known sons and two daughters are named in a later census). Jacob and
Charity arrived in St. Joseph County between 1841 and 1850. (Note: Jacob's brother also had a wife Charity who was born in 1800, 8
years younger than Jacob's wife Charity.)
(not listed in Elias Sr.'s will, reason unknown)
(Born 1792 Bedford Co. PA - Died 9/4/1854 Elkhart Co. IN). In 1839 in OH, Joseph married Charity Holloway (Born 6/12/1799 PA - Died
6/16/1879 IN). In the 1850 Census
, Joseph (58) and Charity (51) resided in Gildead, Morrow OH with their thirteen children (all born in OH):
▪ Anna Pittman;
▪ Perthena Thenny Pittman (1820 OH-1883);
▪ Bethena Pittman (1824 OH);
▪ Maria (1826 OH);
▪ Margaret Pittman (1828 OH);
▪ William Pittman (1829 OH);
▪ Jane Pittman (1833 OH);
▪ Joseph Pittman (1834 OH);
▪ David Pittman (1836 OH);
▪ Nathan Pittman (6/26/1836 OH-1/6/1894) who on 8/28/1866 in Elkhart Co. IN married Catherine Holdereed or Katherine Holdread
(5/1/1846 OH-3/3/1926 Marshall Co. IN), photo below with their children Gilbert, Rosella (1874), Ellenora (1878), Emma A. (1880),
William C. (1884), and Betha B. (1887).
Nathan Pittman and Catherine Holdereed
Nathan and Catherine Pittman's children were:
Gilbert Irven (11/19/1868 Elkhart Co. IN-2/11/1950 Bourbon IN) married Margaret Fishburn (born 1875 Mishawaka IN) on 12/24/1891 in
St. Joseph Co. IN. and had children Chloa M. (1892 IN), Chester John (9/6/1894 Marshall Co. IN-9/18/1975 North Liberty, St. Joseph Co.
IN), Glenn R. (1900), Grace (1906), Esther (1911), Lloyd I. (1913), Robert C. (1915), and Leroy Gilbert (1915). John Chester Pittman
(9/6/1894 Marshall Co. IN-9/18/1975 North Liberty IN) who married Alice Harriett Green (6/6/1894 Marshall Co. IN-10/28/1981 North
Liberty IN). John and Alice’s children were Clifford, Doyle, Geraldine, Harold, Iris, Velma, Wayne Glenn (5/4/1926 Plymouth
Marshall IN-8/4/1997 Lakeville, St. Joseph IN), and Gilbert L. (10/6/1931-10/11/2007 North Liberty IN) who married Judith I. Wilder
(6/24/1941 South Bend, St. Joseph Co. IN-10/9/2007 N. Liberty, St. Joseph Co. IN), whose obituaries are posted on Ancestry.com) and
had sons Jerry L. and Mark A. Pittman and daughter Sherry J. Pittman Crump;
Joseph F. (1871)
Rosella May (1874 IN-7/19/1960 St. Joseph Co. IN) married William Baker (4/1867 IN-10/15/1943 St. Joseph Co. IN) and had children
Roland Ellsworth (10/4/1893 Lapaz, Marshall Co. IN-12/12/1978 Elkhart, Elkhart Co. IN), Ralph W. (7/1899 IN-1910), Claude E.
(11/24/1901 IN-3/7/1967 South Bend, St. Joseph Co. IN), Carl H. (1/18/1904 IN-10/6/1977 South Bend, St. Joseph Co. IN), Ernest G.
(4/12/1906 IN-5/26/1981 South Bend, St. Joseph Co. IN), Lester W. (5/14/1912 IN-9/3/1994 South Bend, St. Joseph Co. IN)
Ellenora (1878) who married Charles Albert on 2/21/1897 in Marshall Co. IN.
Emma A. (10/1880-1960 Marshall Co. IN)
William C. (1884-4/15/1937 Marshall Co. IN)
Bertha B. (1887)
▪ George W. Pittman (1839 Morrow OH-6/25/1913 St. Joseph Co. IN) around 1867 married Aurelia Ward (1847-8/13/1912 St. Joseph Co. IN
and had these children: David L. Pittman [(4/19/1896 Locke, Elkhart IN-1961 IN) who on 12/31/1891 in Walkerton married Ida Russell 91871
Marshall Co. IN-19490 and resided in Polk, Marshall Co. IN with children George R., Leroy E., Albert Earl, Marion E., Herman B.,
Forrest O., Hazel R., Ruth M. and David A.]; Zoella Evelyn Pittman [(1870 Elkhart Co. IN-1906 ND) who in 1888 IN married Frank Gilmer
(born 1868 IN) with children Harriet W., Howard G., Harley B., ND]; Lucy Pittman [(1876 Marshall Co. IN-1958 St. Joseph Co. IN) married
Will Kasner (1/18/1880 Sutton, Clay Nebraska-1948 Hamilton OH), daughter Helen (born 1911 IN)]; Laura Elsie Pittman [(1879 Marshall
Co. IN-1923 St. Joseph Co. IN); Ida M. Pittman (1881 Marshall Co. IN-1901 St. Joseph Co. IN); and Anna E. Pittman [(1883 Marshall Co.
IN-1901 St. Joseph Co. IN) married Edward Albin (12/20/1878-6/13/1953) in St. Joseph Co. IN];
▪ Sally Pittman (1842 OH);
▪ Louisa Pittman (1844 OH).
Joseph and Charity Holloway Pittman came with their children to Marshall County in 1851. Joseph was deceased before the
when Charity (60) resided with her children David (23), Nathan (22), George W. (20), Perthena (30), Sarah (16), Louisa (14)
in German Twp., Marshall Co. IN. In the
Charity (70 ) resided in German Twp., Marshall Co IN with her son William
(40), Christina (44) either a daughter or William's wife, and William Martin (17), unknown relationship. Charity died in 1879.
(Co-Executor of Elias Sr.'s will and his main beneficiary)
(Born 1794 Bedford Co. PA - Died 1850 Nodoway, Andrews Co., MO). First spouse Elizabeth, then married Mercy (Born about 1795). No
record of children.
(listed in Elias Sr.'s will as the second daughter)
(Born 7/28/1795 Bedford Co. PA - Died 4/7/1875 Elkhart, Elkhart Co. IN). On 1/16/1815 in Monroe OH, Sarah Jane Pittman married her first
cousin, Elias O. Pittman (Born 7/5/1793 Bedford Co., Fulton PA - Died 12/19/1861 Elkhart, Elkhart Co. IN). Elias O. was the son of
Obediah Pittman and Bethena Truax. Elias O. and Sarah Jane had a son Eli (Born ? Fulton PA - Died ? Elkhart, Elkhart Co. IN). On
2/26/1846 in Elkhart, Elkhart Co IN, Eli married Mary Truax (Born 3/8/1829 Morrow OH - Died 11/10/1868 Elkhart, Elkhart Co. IN). Eli
and Mary Truax Pitman had three children, all born in Elkhart: Sarah E. (1850), John P. (3/3/1851), and David W. Pittman (8/27/1863). On
9/15/1870 in Elkhart, John P. married Magdalena Yoder (Born 5/16/1852 Nappanee - Died 6/27/1921) and had sons William and Frank.
(Frank married Pearl Stevicks; children John, Jack, Nettie, Mattie, and Lena Pittman.)
(Pernelia was deceased in 1837 when Elias Sr.'s will was written)
(Born 1797 Bedford Co. PA - Died 1830 Morrow Co. OH) married Elias Rush (Born 1795). No record of children.
(Probably 1809 PA-1895 IN) Click here to view Brown County
1850 U.S. Census
, Thomas (44) was widowed. His wife Anna Rebecca from Ohio (born about 1808) died in 1/1850 at age 42 of
typhoid fever after being ill nine days, along with their 4-month-old son Thomas. The widowed Thomas was living with his eight
children, all born in Ohio:
▪ Isaac Pittman (1831 OH-1900 Bartholomew IN) in 1850 in OH married Mary Kelly (born 1835 OH), children Mary Jane, Charles Thomas,
Tobitha; in 1832 in OH he married Emily Rush, children Doras and Andrew J.
▪ Andrew Pittman (1883 Monroe OH-1875 OH);
▪ Absalom Pittman (born 9/24/1834 Monroe OH-9/7/1904 Brown Co. IN) married Sarah Jane Wayt (7/14/1837 Monroe OH-1/30/1923 Brown Co.
IN), son Andrew Jackson (4/10/1862 OH);
▪ Rebecca Susannah Pittman (2/1837 Monroe OH-11/15/1909 Brown Co. IN) in 1856 married Otha Roberts (6/21/1821 Brooke WV-6/28/1891
Brown Co. IN), children Jemima, George Melvin, Anna, Elmer, Clara Mae, Hugh D., Lucy Bell, Homer C., Lewis;
▪ Harvey Pittman (1839-1885) on 9/3/1864 Brown Co. IN married Jemima Jane Taylor (1843 Smith, Belmont OH-9/20/1915 Brown Co. IN),
children Thomas Clinton and Mary A.;
▪ Elias Pittman (1/1843 Sunsbury, Monroe OH-3/1/1936 Bartholomew IN) on 10/26/1864 in Brown Co. IN married Adaline Rush
(1846 Monroe OH-1875 Brown Co. IN), children Andrew Jackson, Hannah Jane, Charles Thomas, Henry Isaac.
Elias Pittman then married Mary Ann Thompson (6 children including daughter Eunice in photo at left with his wife Mary Ann
(see note below this section
on Elias Pittman House), followed by Amanda S. Harden (5 children)–most in Brown Co. IN;
▪ Twin Barbara Pittman (4/10/1847 Monroe OH-2/13/1926) married a Bowman;
▪ Twin Hannah Pittman (4/10/1847 Monroe OH-1905) married Benton Lazear;
▪ Thomas Pittman (1850 died at 4 mos. of typhoid, along with his mother Anna Rebecca)
Later in 1850 Thomas married Elizabeth Moore (2/16/1824 OH-9/24/1881 Washington, Brown Co. IN) and they had seven more children:
▪ Clark Pittman (7/28/1851 Monroe OH-4/12/1931 Washington, Brown IN) who had six wives and numerous children;
▪ Delila Pittman (3/4/1856 Monroe OH-6/3/1938 Brown IN) on 7/30/1881 in Brown Co IN married Samuel Thompson (5/28/1851-9/24/1902 IN),
children Mary Ann, Martha E., George Thomas, Emma Tabitha;
▪ Pernina A. Pittman (3/2/1857 Brown IN-2/24/1935);
▪ Francis Marion Pittman (2/28/1859 Brown IN-1/18/1935);
▪ Rachel J. Pittman (1860 Monroe OH);
▪ Mary Iva Pittman (1/11/1864 Brown IN) who married Elisha Penrose and had son Thomas Cleveland;
▪ Susan Pittman (4/22/1866 Brown IN-2/28/1917 Van Buren, Brown Co. IN) on 4/9/1886 in Brown Co. IN married Augustus Marion Moore
(3/16/1862 Van Buren, Brown Co. IN-3/16/1953 Columbus, Bartholemew IN), children Mary Vena, Pearlie Celestial, DeWitt Clinton, Lula
Mae, Levi J., Mary V., Courtney Alonzo.
"As far as can be found,
the farm buildings were constructed for Elias and Mary Pittman when they bought the property in 1867. Long time
residents still refer to it as the “Pittman Place.” It remained in the family until 1932, with only two owners since. There was a large
log cabin, a double log barn, smoke house, chicken house, several wells and other small out-buildings."
In 1967 the Elias Pittman farm was in the hands of descendant
William Pittman and was the first recipient of the Hoosier Homestead
Award, given for the farm operated by the same family for over 100
years. This is documented thoroughly on "Suzie's Ancestry" on
to see former photo of Elias Pittman's house.
"The scenery drew the first tourists, primarily artists, to Brown County nearly 100 years ago. Traveling
by horse and buggy, some bringing tents for shelter, they endured rugged conditions to paint in the beauty of the wooded hills of
southern Indiana. Since the early 1900’s, Nashville and Brown County have flourished as an Art Colony.
The artists were inspired by Brown County’s majestic hills, valleys, and streams. Log cabins, split rail fences, vibrant flower gardens,
and the country folk added to the charm. They called this place “Peaceful Valley.” In the early days, the Pittman Inn was the
favorite place for the artists to stay and visit with the other artists and tourists. Unfortunately, the Pittman Inn did not survive
to add to our local heritage. The Artists Colony Inn was built in memory of this earlier period of our village."
William H. "Bill" Pittman 1869-1913 ran the Pittman Inn and a
mineral water spa and a livery service, then a taxi service in the
prospering tourist area. (His lineage follows through Absalom
Pittman 1834-1904, back to Thomas Pittman 1809-1895, back to Elias
Jr. Pittman 1784-1861, back to Elias Sr. Pittman 1765-1839. Elias Jr
was therefore brother to our direct ancestor Jacob Pittman 1790-1864
who married Charity (maiden name unknown).
was named in Elias Sr.'s will as his third daughter. She was apparently unmarried
in 1837 when will was written. Elias Pittman Sr.'s WILL named his third son William Pittman, along with John Forgy, as executors who
were required to provide bonds and security in the sum of $400. The court appointed Simeon Brooks, Joseph Vanator and Bartley Findley as
appraisers on March 25, 1839, in Congress Twp. in Richmond Co. Ohio. In essence, Elias bequeathed "to my beloved wife Sarah Pittman, in
lieu of dower, her support and living, while she live. I give to my oldest son John Pittman the sum of one dollar, to my eldest daughter
Rebecca Truex the sum of one dollar, to my second son Jacob Pittman the sum of one dollar, to my second
daughter Sarah Pittman one dollar, to my third son William Pittman all my chattles and goods and all the money owed to me by Notes or
Book Accounts, also the undivided half of the lot on which I now reside, known by the west half the the South East quarter of Section
30 Township 18 Range 20, also 80 Acres of land known by the East half of the North West quarter of Section 31 Township 18 Range 20,
to him the said William Pittman and to his heirs forever. I give my third daughter Charity Pittman the sum of one dollar."
Elias' will showed who owed money to his estate. Included were Absolum Clark, Corttin
Skinner, George Van Horn, Jacob Pittman, Elias O. Pittman, John Pittman, John Geiner(s), and Joseph Pittman.
Jacob and Elias O. (probably husband of Sarah) contested the will in 1842, but the suit was dismissed by the court. (Marion County
Elias and Sarah Pittman resided in Salt Lick Twp., Fayette Co. OH in 1820. Elias' son Jacob who married Charity about 1809 resided in
Sunsbury Morrow County OH in 1820 according to the
1820 U.S. Census
, as did several of Elias Pitman's other children and grandchildren. This
is what the environment would have been like in 1820 for Jacob, Charity, and their six unknown daughters:
Sunsbury Township was organized on June 24, 1819. It lies on a high ridge dividing the waters of Captina
Creek on the North and Sunfish Creek on the South. The following were among the first settlers of Sunsbury Township: Abner Barrett;
John Linn; Citizen Beall; George Stewart; Robert Wilson; John Nelson; George Decker; John Palmer; Elias Pitman; Samuel
Mellott; Henry Smith; Samuel Starr; Noah Stewart; Jesse Morris; and the Trembly family. The first settlement was made around 1812 about
3/4 mile South of Beallsville. It is believed that two or three years earlier, the first cabin was built by John Linn and Abner
Barrett. The first child born in Sunsbury Township was Joshua Barrett, the son of Abner and Anna Barrett.
The first election was held on John Linn's farm about one mile West of Beallsville in 1819 or 1820.
It is said that eleven votes were cast -- ten of the votes being those of John Lin; Caleb Linn; John Nelson; Robert Wilson; Benjamin
Truex; Jacob Truex; Abner Barrett; John Wink; Citizen Beall; and George Stewart. The first officers of Sunsbury Township were as
follows: John Linn, Clerk; Abner Barrett, Justice of the Peace; David Palmer, Constable; John Linn, Treasurer; Casper Hendershot,
Trustee; George Stewart, Trustee; and John Smith, Trustee.
It is believed that William Green built a water grist mill in 1816 on the Piney Fork. In 1820, Henry
Balding built a horse-power grist mill. The horses, hitched to a sweep, traveled in a circle giving motion to the mill gearing
overhead. The mill was made of round logs with a height of ten or twelve feet, The clapboard roof was held in place by weight poles.
It is believed that Joseph Dillie built a water saw mill in 1819. Its location is not known but it is known that the mill was of
little service. John Truex built a saw mill on the Piney Fork in 1820.
The first school, about one mile South of Beallsville, was taught by a man named Mr. Rodgers in 1815
with a total of eight scholars. The school was a primitive building. There were seven good, substantial, and comfortable frame school
houses in Sunsbury Township on 1880. The school house in Beallsville, however, was made of brick and was two stories high.
Our ancestors moved to northern Indiana over a period of time from 1844-1851,
settling in the tri-county area near Nappanee where St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall Counties adjoin. Jacob Pittman Sr., Joseph
Pittman and Sarah Jane Pittman
(children of Elias Sr. and Sarah Jane Pittman listed below) were the forerunners of the Pittmans in this area.
[SIDE NOTE: Jerry Beehler (son of Clayton and Fern Pittman Beehler), located a tombstone in the Primitive Baptist Cemetery on Co. Rd. 46 north of Nappanee IN
and made a note that while most of it was illegible it definitely said "Charity". It was broken off,
but was lying next to Joseph's tombstone. Tombstone of Jacob (father of Jacob E.) is in the same or next row a little to the south. He
has been back to the cemetery many times but has not been able to relocate the stone with "Charity" on it. There are a bunch of old
broken stones piled under a tree.]
Jacob Pittman (Born 4/25/1790 Bedford, PA - Died 2/23/1864 Madison, St. Joseph Co. IN). Probably in 1809 PA,
Jacob Pittman married Charity (Born about 1792 PA - Died around Jan. or Feb. of 1879 Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co. IN), last name unknown.
In January of 1865, Jacob's son Jacob E. became the guardian of Charity, almost a year after Jacob died.
Charity had a dower interest in 80 Acres of land situated in Monroe Co. Ohio, also a dower interest in 240 Acres situation in Marion Co. Ohio, worth
[Note: Charity had a sister-in-law also named Charity who was married to Jacob's brother Joseph. And Jacob and his brother Joseph
Pittman also had a sister named Charity who was named in Elias Sr.'s will. This always confuses the genealogy research!]
Jacob Pittman tombstone at Primitive Baptist
(Trinity Baptist) Cemetery on Co. Rd. 46 north of Nappanee.
Note from Jerry Beehler: The date given in the Primitive Baptist cemetery index
(d. Sep 8, 1886 aged 27 y. 10m. 5 d. on p. 361 on the Elkhart Co. index in the Nappanee Public Library) is incorrect.
I have examined
that stone (row 6 #8) very carefully several times and am convinced it is our Jacob (abt 1790 - 1864).
It appears to say he died Feb 22,
I have Feb 23, 1864 for his death.
Jacob and Charity may have had 12 children (7 daughters, 5 sons).
We know the names of only three sons and one daughter from later census records.
The 1820/1830/1840 U.S. Census only names the head of household and marks the number of males/females in each age category. From that we
can infer that the children were born between 1810 and 1836, our patriarch Jacob E. being the last child. Possible birth order (last
name still spelled Pitman at the time):
▪ Possibly a first unknown daughter born about 1810 in Sunsbury OH
[SIDE NOTE: In 1850 Census, a Nancy Stukey/Stuckey resided next door to Sarah Pittman, Jacob and
Charity's daughter and her husband Samuel and their family with her six children (Emily, Lorenzo, Albert, Jacob and Sylvester)
who were fathered by Samuel Pugh. She was unmarried, retained
her maiden name Stuckey, and was a housekeeper for Samuel Pugh
and his wife Sarah Pittman. Her last name on the 1850 Census is misspelled "Stookey", not Pugh as some
records in Ancestry.com would indicate. In 1860 Nancy Jane Stuckey and her six children were living WITH Samuel and Sarah and their
children. Nancy may have been ill, for she died after 1860 and her children were dispersed. Samuel died in 1862, so Sarah's family was
in disarray also. Nancy Jane may have been another relative of Charity and Abigail. However, I have no
(5/3/1811 Sunsbury OH-3/21/1875): See Notes
(Born 1813 OH-1851 OH): See Notes Below
▪ Four unknown daughters born between 1810-1820;
▪ One unknown son born between 1821-1830 OH;
(Born 1821). At age 40 in 1861 a St. Joseph Co. Court inquiry was made into the insanity of Elias J.
"His age is about 40 years...the mother of the patient is now 66 years of age and has been insane about 40 years past..."
Witnesses were John Pittman, Jacob Pittman, and Dr. Lewis Humphreys.
(Born 1830 OH): See Notes Below
(Born 1831 OH);
(Born 1832 OH);
8/14/1836 Belmont Co. OH-7/2/1883 IN)
MORE INFORMATION ON DAUGHTER SARAH PITTMAN:
Sarah married Samuel Pugh (3/7/1804 Belmont Co. OH-1862). Sarah and Samuel's children were:
▪ Clarissa Pugh (no information)
▪ Louisa Pugh (no information)
▪ Melinda Pugh (no information)
▪ Edwin or Edward Pugh (10/8/1830 OH-2/26/1906 Perche, Boone MO) who married A. Martha (1838-1920) and had children Morgan (1857), Darwin
(1859), Elizabeth Helen (1861), Levozier (1862-1932), Sarah A. (1866), and Samuel (1867-1899). In the 1870 Census, an Isabella Pugh
from OH (age 31) lived next to them in Missouri, along with a Martin and Eugene from Missouri, unidentified Pughs evidently related to
▪ Morgan Pew/Pugh (Born 6/3/1832 OH):
[NOTES ON MORGAN: Sarah and Samuel's son Morgan Pew/Pugh married Hannah Hoffsinger (Born 1832) and had son David (Born 1850) on whom
I find no record after age 10 in the 1860 U.S. Census. Morgan was wealthy and he and Hannah usually had a young servant residing with
Their daughter Elizabeth married Jason D. Hendershot (5/10/1843 Peavine Creek, Belmont Co. OH-12/27/1917 Peavine Creek, Belmont OH)
on 9/16/1863 and had eleven children:
-John M. (9/8/1867-12/29/1869)
-Thomas J. (3/12/1869-7/31/1916)
-James Berton (3/10/1871) who first married Maude Mary Hendershot (5/7/1880 Goshen, Belmont Co. OH-3/3/1974 Los Angeles CA) on
8/3/1898 and had children Lundie R. (1902 Belmont Co. OH) and Herbert R. (1907 Belmont Co. OH-11/22/1979 Cambridge, Guernsey OH)
who was married at his time of death to an unknown woman; James Berton then married Alice Schnegg (4/13/1898 Monroe OH-12/11/1982
Monroe OH) and had children Inez I. (10/13/1918 Goshen, Belmont Co. OH-5/28/1999 Canton, Stark Co. OH) who married a Paul Lubacher,
Helen L. (1922 Goshen, Belmont Co. OH) and Marjorie E. (1923 Goshen, Belmont Co. OH).
-Samuel David (3/21/1873 Peavine Creek, Belmont Co. OH) married Myrta Minnie Perkins (1878-3/17/1921 Peavine Creek, Belmont OH) and
had the following children: Samuel (1895), Leona A. (1897-1989), Frederick D. (1898-1907), Carrie B. (1900-1973), Della V.
(1901-1981), Elsie M. (1902), Velma O. (1903), Fonda M. (1909-1979), Laura Olive (1908-1994), Hazel (1909), Willard A. (1911-1991), Mona
A. (1913), Paul A. (1914), Eldred L. (1918-1934), and Dale E. (1921)
-Hershel Isaac (1/27/1875 Peavine Creek, Belmont Co. OH-10/29/1949 Beallsville, Belmont Co. OH) who married Lottie Schnegg (1881-1968)
and had children Lester L. (1907), Chalmer (1912-1982), Ira Jacob (1914), Robert G. (1916-1976), Berdina (1918-1942), Mary Edith
and Donald H. (1921-1974).
-Xeniphon Francis (10/27/1877 Armstrong Mills, Belmont Co., OH-10/19/1957 Shadyside, Belmont Co. OH) who married Della Keyser
(1882-1962) and had children Alfred (1906), Bertha (1907-1997), Edna (1909), Francis E. (1912-1987), Alberta (1914-1986), Albert (1914)
and William E. (1923).
-Clark R. (3/12/1880 Peavine Creek, Belmont Co. OH) who married Stella Lulu Crooks (1888) and had children Lewis, Effie (1910),
Lovis (1911), Hilda (1912) and Roy (1916).
-Bessie M. (3/22/1882 Peavine Creek, Belmont Co. OH) who married George T. Schnegg (1884-1953) and had children Ernest R. (1910) and
Celestia M. (1913).
-Leah L. (9/18/1886 Peavine, Belmont Co. OH-1916 Washington, Belmont Co. OH) married Albert Rock.
-Todd Roger (7/9/1888 Armstrong Mills, Belmont Co. OH-10/23/1973 Caldwell, Noble Co. OH) married Anna Marie Schnegg (1894-1934) and
had children Clyde F. (1916-1972), Lowell C. (1919), Gladys Mae (1921) and Grace Marie (1921).]
▪ Gordon Pugh (1835)
▪ Samuel Pugh (7/27/1837 OH-11/13/1905 Caldwell Twp., Appanoose Co. Iowa) who married Dicinda Phillips Baker (1843-1932) and had
children Lora C. (1872), Van H. (1876), Venevra H. (1876), Sanford Colman (1878-1962), Lucy S. (1880), David (1882), Blanche (1885).
▪ Rebecca Jane Pugh (1935)
▪ Sarah Ann Pugh (1841 OH-1868 Clayton, Iowa) who married Azariah Hines (1837-1905) and had daughter Emma E. Hines (1861-1949).
▪ Helen Pugh (1842)
▪ Betty Pugh (1847)
▪ Matilda Pugh (1849)
▪ Thomas Jefferson Pugh (1852 OH) who married Susan (1858) and had children Mary B. (1883), Ira R. (1885), Mazella W. (1890), Leah A.
(1894), and Carrie Belle (1896-1969).
▪ Lavina E. Pugh (1855)
MORE INFORMATION ON DAUGHTER
Jan Oneacre Wilson of NJ contacted us in 2008 with information about REBECCA (1813-1851), a previously unknown daughter
of Jacob and Charity!
Rebecca was born in Ohio and married John Pew/Pugh (born 1798).
John Pew/Pugh had two children from a previous marriage (Margaret 1831 and Mahlon 1834). John Pew/Pugh then married Rebecca Pitman
(1813-1851), daughter of Jacob and Charity Pitman/Pittman. John and Rebecca's children were Nicanor (born 1837), Harriet (1838), Lavina
(1840-1910), Anthony Wayne (1841), Ithamer (1843), Morgan Thomas (1844), Jemima (1845-1895), John J. (1847), and Ursula (1848). In
1850, John Pew/Pugh (51) and Rebecca Pitman Pew/Pugh (37) lived in Washington Twp., Belmond Co., OH, with their children Margaret (19),
Mahlon (16), Nicanor (13), Harriett (12), Lavina (11), Anthony Wayne (10), Ithamer (9), Morgan (7), Jemima (5), John (3), and Ursula
(2).They were neighbors in 1850 to Charity and her children Nancy, Joseph, and William P. Rebecca died the following year in 1851. John
Pugh then married Rebecca's sister Nancy (1830-1863) who was Charity's youngest daughter. Nancy and John Pew/Pugh then had four
more children: Jacob (1854 who died young), Hudson Thomas (1856), Clark (1858), and Alonzo (1861). Nancy died two years after Alonzo's
birth, in 1863. John Pew/Pugh was apparently widowed three times, and his last two wives were two of Jacob and Charity
Pitman/Pittman's daughters who died in 1851 and 1863. This certainly may have contributed to Charity's mental instability.
[*Rebecca's son, Morgan Thomas Pew, may have been named after Rebecca's sister Sarah's husband Morgan Pew Jr. It was Rebecca's son
Morgan Pew Jr who witnessed the transfer of guardianship in 1865 of Charity Pittman (his grandmother) to Charity's son, Jacob Pittman
(Morgan Pew's uncle). Rebecca was already deceased at that time. That information is noted below in 1860 notes.]
Jacob Pitman (20) and Charity (18) are first found in the
as newlyweds with no children in Belfast, Bedford PA. Immediate
neighbors were Charles Pitman and Jacob Melott.
In the 1820 Census
, Jacob (30) and Charity (perhaps 28) were living in Sunsbury, Monroe OH with Rebecca (born 1813), four unknown daughters
between ages 1-9 (born between 1811-1820) and one unknown daughter age ten (born about 1810). Charity could not read or write.
In the early 1800s in Monroe Co., government land was plentiful to settlers amid wilderness and almost
unbroken forests. Few can realize the hardships endured by the early settlers of the county. Being without mills, they were compelled to
resort to grating corn for bread in the early fall and, when too hard for that, to hominy, pounding it in large wooden mortars called
"hominy blocks" with iron wedges on the ends of round sticks of wood for a pestle. "Hog and hominy", "johnny cake", wild game, mush, and
milk constituted their chief diet. When hand mills were introduced, they were, indeed, a great acquisition but the horse mills were a
still greater acquisition. At that time, every farmer had his own flock of sheep and a patch of flax. The wool was carded with
hand-cards, spun and woven at home, and made into garments. Nice suits were made of "fulled cloth" and nice gowns for women were made
of "pressed flannel". The flax was pulled, spread out in rows on the ground, "rotted", and then "broken and swingled" -- thus preparing
it for combing and the "little wheel" as the machine was called on which the flax was spun to distinguish it from the larger machine
for spinning wool. It was woven into cloth for table covers, toweling, sheeting, and shirting.
In the 1830 Census in Wayne, Belmont OH
, Jacob (40), Charity (perhaps 38), the prior 1820 six daughters are listed: one
under age 10, two between ages 10-14, two between ages 15-19 (which would have included Rebecca 17), and one age
20-29. Between 1829-1843, a Jacob Pittman bought and sold land in Ohio (Belmont and Monroe). See sample photo below, which would have
become his wife Charity's dower interest.
In the 1840 Census in Adams, Monroe OH,
Jacob (50), Charity (perhaps 48), Jacob E. (4), William (7), Joseph (9), two unknown sons between
ages 10-19 (born between 1821-1830); unknown daughter age 5-9 (born 1831-1835), Nancy (10), two unknown daughters of the first six in
1820 (ages 20-29, 30-39). Rebecca had left home and married John Pew/Pugh by then.
In the 1850 Census in Washington, Belmont OH
, Jacob's wife Charity Pitman (listed
in error as 65) is noted as insane, living with their children Nancy (20), Joseph (19), and William (18), next door to daughter Rebecca
and her large family with John Pew/Pugh. Neither Charity's husband Jacob nor her son Jacob E. were listed in the household. Jacob (62)
and Jacob E. (14) were living together away from the family in Elkhart, Elkhart Co. IN. This is the last record of Jacob and
Charity's son William P. Nancy at age 23 married neighbor and brother-in-law John Pew/Pugh (age 55) after her sister Rebecca died
the following year in 1851. Jacob and Charity's son Joseph married in 1856 and moved to Iowa.
[Side note: In the 1850 Census, a John
Pittman (age 15) was living with Charity's grandson Morgan Pew Jr., who witnessed the agreement giving his uncle Jacob custody of
Jacob's mother and Morgan Pew Jr.'s grandmother Charity after Charity's husband Jacob passed away. Perhaps this John was related
to Morgan Pew Jr.. No documentation yet, however, of that relationship.]
In the 1860 Census in Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co, IN
, after the death of Rebecca in 1851, Nancy marrying Rebecca's widowed
husband in 1853, and Joseph marrying in 1856 and moving to Iowa, Jacob (70), and Jacob E. (24), now became the sole caretakers of
Charity (68) who is again noted to be insane, cause unknown, in St. Joseph Co. IN (name misspelled Pilman). Charity's husband Jacob died
2/3/1864 at the age of 74 in St. Joseph Co. and is buried in Providence Primitive Baptist Cemetery on Co. Rd. 46 just north of
On 1/4/1865 Jacob E. at the age of 25 was "by the Probate Court within the County of
Belmont, Ohio, duly appointed Guardian of the Person and Property of Charity Pittman, an insane person aged about 75 years". He was paid
$1000 for this obligation. Jacob E.'s father had died on 2/23/1864, so this happened almost a year later. Charity had a dower interest*
in 80 Acres of land situated in Monroe Co. Ohio, also a dower interest in 240 Acres situated in Marion Co. Ohio, worth about $400.
Jacob E. was married at this time and already had one child and another on the way with his wife Matilda (next section). Two other
names listed on this bond were James G. McGaughy and Morgan Pew Jr.
(Both of Jacob and Charity's daughters Sarah and Rebecca married Pews/Pughs and had sons they named Morgan. Rebecca's family lived
very close to Charity, and Sarah's family lived a little further distance in the same township. Morgan Pew Sr. was a neighbors in the
same township to Charity Pittman when she was living with children Nancy, Joseph and William, in Belmont OH. Morgan Pew was also a
neighbor in 1870 to a Ruth Pittman, age 50, who lived with Charity Pittman and her sister Abigail Stuckey, with 15-year-old Isaac
*"Dower Right" refers to an interest in real estate established by state law
that is intended to protect a non-title holding spouse. Ohio is one of the few remaining states that still provide for such rights.
Under this doctrine, whenever a married person buys real estate in Ohio, the married person's spouse is automatically the recipient of
this "dower" interest.
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