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These pages tell part of the story of the Pitt family, originally from Devon in the UK, the Frost family from Buckinghamshire and the Hodson’s from Lancashire. In their way they tell the story of Australia itself, its formation and its settlement, From Samuel Pitt who came to this country guarding convicts, Ann Quinn who came as a convict, Samuels children, one who married a convict, and another the son of a convict; and the Frost and Hodson families who came to Australia as free settlers.  Through these pages I wanted to express my love for my ancestors who came to this country and to celebrate the brave and sometimes foolish things they did.

I am descended through Samuel Pitt, his son Roger, his son William and his son Alfred Leslie Pitt.

Nothing was known of the beginnings of this branch of the Pitt family (in my immediate family) until I began my research. It came as a complete surprise that our ancestors contained a sergeant in the English army and a convict as well as my “ne’er do well” great grandfather Roger.

 

It is extremely difficult to do justice to their lives as very few written records remain.

The main document found so far is the court testimony regarding my Great grandmothers trial in Ballarat/Creswick, it is the only record where her actual words are recorded. A great find by a fellow researcher Diana Steel.

 

 

 

 

PITT FAMILY TREE FILE

 

Frost Family tree

 

Hodson family tree

 

 

Stancliffe family tree

 

 

 

 

Some reproductions of certificates are available to view but unfortunately not as many as I would like. Others are scattered through the following pages.

 

Ann Quinn-Convict Description

 

Marriage of William Pitt-Bridget Penter

 

William Pitt-Death Certificate

 

Ellen Pitt-Court Report

 

Ellen Frost(Pitt)-Obituary

 

Jane Pitt-Birth

 

Samuel Pitt-Australian Biography

 

 

 

Zora Brenda Pitt-Birth

 Sarah Ann Martin-Death

 James Schott-Obituary

 

Charles E. and William Pitt's signatures 1891

 

 William Pitt-Mary Ann Gray-Marriage

 

Samuel Pitt's Will..1st page

 

Samuels Will-page 2

 Edwin Samuel Pitt-Birth

 

Samuel Pitt-Burial

 

Charles Pitt-Birth

 

 Alfred Ernest Pitt-Death

 

Ann Pitt-Death

 

Ann Carter(Walmsley)-Death

 

Charlotte Amore-Death

 

MaryAnn Francis-Death

 

Mary Jane Walmsley-Death

 

Moses Walmsley-Death

 

 Roger Pitt-Death

 

 Mary Ann Pitt-Moses Walmsley-Marriage

 

 Mary Ann Pitt-Frederick Francis-Marriage

 

 Charles Pitt-Mary Ann Grenier-Marriage

 

 William Henry Pitt-Mary Cobb-Marriage

 

 Pitt-Nutt-Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

Tiverton Church

Tiverton Church from Shrinkhills

St Swithins Pew

Tiverton 1820

Tiverton Bridge

Tiverton Castle

St Paul’s Tiverton

St Swithins Sandford

St Swithins

 

Tiverton Methodist Church

St Paul’s Tiverton

St Swithins-Vaulted Roof

 

 

 

The SuccessThe Success

 

Pedigree Collapse: Why we haven’t got an impossible number of ancestors.

 

Life in an English village

 

Map of Devon:

Maps of Buckinghamshire

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History of Devon

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       Researchers who came before me did many parts of this work, and I have borrowed liberally; my thanks to Darcy Maddock, Pamela Andre, Diana Steel, Glenys Beveridge, Ted Frost, Pat Popplewell and Neil Carmody.

 

Dedicated to the memory of Lucy Hodson, Nancye Pitt, Alfred Leslie Pitt.