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Lawrence and Mary Catharine (Will) Pitman

Lawrence Pittman gravestone
Inscription on Lawrence Pittman's burial
vault in Mount Jackson Cemetery,
Shenandoah County, Virginia.

Lawrence was the youngest of four children born to Nicholas and Catherine (Snapp) Pittman, born 1773 in (then Dunmore County) Shenandoah County, Virginia. He married Mary Catharine Will in 1794 in York County, Pennsylvania and settled along the Shenandoah River. Lawrence died in 1850 and Mary Catherine died in 1832. Both are buried in Mount Jackson Cemetery located just south of Mt Jackson, Shenandoah County, Virginia.

Wayland (1927) offers this background information about Lawrence Pittman, the youngest son of Nicolaus Pittman, who remained in Shenandoah County, Virginia and ...

pg. 719:

"...became a man of affairs in his community, being the builder and manager of the Red Banks mill and a tavern near by, a famous hostelry in the days of teamsters and stage-coaches. Upon his estate of several thousand acres, in 1802, he erected as his home the handsome brick dwelling now standing upon the Valley Pike and overlooking the Shenandoah River..... The estate known as Red Banks extended almost to Edinburg on both sides of the Valley Pike, across the Shenandoah and east and northward along the Massanutten Mt."

pp. 455-457:

"The records in Woodstock show that on August 8, 1803, Lawrence Pittman bought 347 acres (evidently Red Banks tract) from Abram Bird and Rachel his wife for $5555.56. The price indicates that the land was well improved with buildings. The said tract is described as being "on the northwest side of the north river of Shenandoah, it being part of 550 acres conveyed to Abram Bird by George Ruddle and Magdalene his wife, February 10, 1776."

"...where in 1802 (perhaps 1803 or 1804) he erected the large brick house now owned by Mr. Tiffen Allen. Red Banks was a favorite stopping place for travelers from Baltimore going to the Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs. "

" ...on September 1, 1849, Lawrence Pittman, Sr., sold Red Banks farm (375 acres) + another tract (186 acres), ... to William Ripley for $18,500. William Ripley's son, Valentine, was the father of Laura Ripley (Mrs. Tiphen Allen, Jr.), whose heirs are the present owners."

Ten children are known to have been born to Catherine and Lawrence, though birth dates are not known for all.

  1. Susan, born 1795, married John Carter in 1818, died 1866, buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Frederick County, Virginia.
  2. Philip, born 1797, married Mary Susan Houston, buried in Snapp Cemetery, Shenandoah County, Virginia.
  3. Andrew, born 1798, married Catharine Allen in 1825, died after 1880 in Warren County, Virginia.
  4. Joseph, born 1800, married Eleanor Amanda William in 1828, died 1872 in Fauquier County, Virginia.
  5. Lawrence Jr., born 1810, married Jane Almond, no other information available.
  6. Mary Catherine, born bet. 1812-1813, married William A. Carter in 1836, died 1898.
  7. Mary L., born 1815, married William Ripley in 1846, died 1857, buried in Old Union Church Cemetery, Mt. Jackson, Shenandoah County, Virginia.
  8. Elizabeth Cordelia, married John A. Carter in 1842, died 1905 in Clarke County, Virginia.
  9. John, married ____ Watkins.
  10. Rebecca, married ____ Dickinson.

"Red Banks", the home built by Lawrence Pittman ca. 1803.


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