Elizabeth Prettejohn Harris
- Born: 1812, Loddiswell, Devon
- Christened: 19 Oct 1812, Loddiswell, Devon
- Marriage: Nicholas Pitts on 28 May 1833 in Loddiswell, Devon
- Died: 28 Aug 1877, Kingsbridge at age 65
- Buried: 1877, Chivelstone Church
Cause of her death was Embolism leading to cardiac arrest.
Elizabeth was described as aged 25 (actually 29) - the ages were rounded in the 1841 census.
Extract from a Stokenham occasional paper dated 1981 by W. A. Roberts:
The senior branch of the Prettejohn family descended from Nathaniel, the eldest son being called Nicholas in the four succeeding generations, the first of whom was the last to be described, when he was buried at Stokenham in 1684, as being of Dunstone. He had married into the March family of Chivelstone and from them it seems that some acres of land at South Allington came into the family.
After Nicholas Prettejohn of the fourth generation died without issue the land at South Allington went to his brother Walter Prettejohn, and it was through Walter's daughter's daughter (Elizabeth Prettejohn Harris), who married Nicholas Pitts, that the land there went to the Pitts family who retained it until the 1960's (When Peter Pitts' father sold it off to the then tenants of the farm.
Extracts from the Will of Nicholas Pitts drawn in 1862 and executed after his death in 1870:
And I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Elizabeth Prettejohn Pitts the sum of five hundred pounds sterling to be paid to her for her immediate use within one month after my decease. Also I give her the right of occupying my dwelling house at South Allington aforesaid as a residence for herself and my daughters for the period of twelve calendar months next after my decease free of rent and taxes. I also give and bequeath unto my said wife my four large family portraits, all my pianos and such articles of plate linen china pictures books and household furniture belonging to me in my said dwelling house as she may select for her absolute use.
And I hereby declare and direct that the said annuities or yearly rent charges of seventy five pounds each shall commence from the day of my death and be payable and paid by even quarterly payments the first payment thereof to be made at the end of three calendar months next after my decease and a proportionate part of the said annuities respectively to be paid to my said wife or her executors administrators or her assigns up to the day of her decease. And I hereby further declare and direct that if the said several annuities or yearly rent charges or either of them or any part of either of them shall at any time be unpaid for the space of twenty one days next after any of the days or times hereinbefore appointed for the payment of the same respectively it shall be lawful for my said wife or her assigns to enter into and distrain upon the premises on which the annuity or annuities so in arrear is or are hereby charged or upon any part of the same premises respectively and to dispose according to the law of the distress or distresses then and there found to the intent that thereby or otherwise the said annuities or such of them as shall from time to time be in arrear as aforesaid and every part thereof and all expenses occasioned by or in consequence of the non-payment thereof shall and may from time to time be fully satisfied and paid. And if the several annuities or yearly rent charges or either of them shall at any time be unpaid for the space of forty days next after any of the days or times hereinbefore appointed for the payment of the same respectively of any quarterly payment thereof it shall be lawful for my said wife or her assigns to enter into and upon and to hold the premises on which the annuity or annuities so in arrear is or are hereby charged or upon any part of the same premises respectively and to take the rents and profits thereof until she or they shall have been fully paid and satisfied the amount due to her or them respectively for or in respect of the said several annuities so in arrears as aforesaid and all arrears thereof afterwards to become due whilst in possession of the said premises together with all expenses which she or they shall sustain by reason of the non-payment of the said annuities or such of them as shall be in arrear such possession or several possessions when taken being without impeachment of waste.
Noted events in her life were:
• Parents Names. Thomas Harris (In Great Gate) and Elizabeth Prettejohn (1781 - )
• Cause of Death. Cardiac Problems for 3 years culminating in an embolism lasting 19 days before death.
Elizabeth married Nicholas Pitts, son of Nicholas Pitts and Elizabeth Clark, on 28 May 1833 in Loddiswell, Devon. (Nicholas Pitts was born 1799 Q4 in Stokenham, Devon, christened 19 December 1799 - See Notes, died on 28 Feb 1870 in Lower Knowle, Devon and was buried in 1870 in Chivelstone Church.) The cause of his death was Apoplexy (Stroke) - 25 days duration.