Thomas Harris Pitts
- Born: 1837 - Fourth Quarter, Chivelstone, Devon
- Christened: 10 Dec 1837, Chivelstone
- Marriage: Mary Andrews on 12 Apr 1866 in St. Sidwells, Exeter, Devon
- Died: 12 Dec 1910, Kingsbridge, Devon at age 73
Thomas (Aged 3) was reported in the Census of 6 June 1841. He was living with his parents at South Allington House in Chivelstone, the family home.
By the time of the 1851 Census on the 30th March of that year, Thomas was in Plymouth, Devon at 5 Princess Square, where Thomas was boarding in the school of a Mr William Bennett of Saltash.
By 7 April, 1861, the date of the Census, Thomas was managing the family farming interests at South Allington and other properties in close proximity.
Thomas was promoted to Lieutenant in the 2nd Devonshire Regiment of Militia on 9 May 1861.
The Pall Mall Gazette (London, England), Monday, April 16, 1866; Issue 369.
Pitts---Andrews---At St. Sidwell's, Exeter, T. Harris, youngest son of Mr. N. Pitts, of South Allington House, Kingsbridge, to Mary, only child of the late Mr. C. Andrews, M.D.., 12th inst.
Government Appointment - 1866:
Statutes Public General
27 and 30 Victoriae C58, 59
An Act to appoint additional Commissioners for executing the Acts for granting a land tax and other rates and taxes. (6 August 1866)
For the County of Devon
Inter alia: Thomas Harris Pitts, South Allington, Chivelstone
In 1870, after his father's death, Thomas Harris inherited properties at South Allington and East Prawle, and some in Stokenham and East Portlemouth. See an extract of the Will below.
The 1871 Census collection reports that Thomas was farming at South Allington and he described himself as a Captain of Militia and farmer of 150 acres employing 5 men, 1 boy and 1 woman.
The 1881 Census revealed that Thomas was now a Major in the Militia, a magistrate, and a farmer of 150 acres employing 6 men and 1 boy.
There is a publication which mentions a T. Harris Pitts in the South Devon Gazette's accounts of the Queen's Jubilee in the South Hams, June 24 1887.
In the 1891 Census, Thomas described himself as a magistrate, a farmer, and a late Major of the South Devon Militia. Apart from the Pitts family there was a housemaid aged 17, a parlourmaid aged 21 and a cook aged 17
In the 1901 census Thomas (by now 63 years old), although described as head of the household, was also described as living on his own means. His son, Charles Hugh Harris Pitts was described as the farmer of the South Allington property. Apart from the Pitts family, there were a domestic servant aged 30, a cook aged 19, a housemaid aged 20 and a groom aged 24.
Extract of the Will of Nicholas Pitts drawn in 1862 and executed in 1870 after his death:
And I give devise and bequeath unto my second son Thomas Harris Pitts all those my messuages lands and tenements situate at or near South Allington aforesaid and commonly known by the names Cornish's and Garlands tenements and also all my cottages and other lands and hereditaments situate at or near South Allington aforesaid and also the rent charge in lieu of tithes payable out of lands situate at East Prawle in the said parish of Chivelstone which I purchased from the trustees under the will of Richard Tucker and also all those messuages farms and lands called Down and Hollacombe situate in the parish of Stokenham in the said county, and also the several cottages and gardens with the appurtenances situate at Hallsands and Beesands in the said parish of Stokenham which I purchased from the trustees under the will of the late Sir Robert William Newman and also a tenement called Woodpark situate in the parish of East Portlemouth in the said county with all manorial and other rights privileges and appurtenances to the said premises respectively belonging, and all other if any the lands tenements and hereditaments of which I am seized or possessed situate in the said parishes of Chivelstone, Stokenham and East Portlemouth or either of them but not including my moiety of certain leasehold lands and tenements situate in Holset in the said parish of East Portlemouth and held for terms of years determinable on the death of Messieurs Thomas Cornish and Browse Prettejohn which I intend shall pass under the residuary devise hereinafter contained to hold the same with the appurtenances subject nevertheless and charged with the payment of the clear yearly rent charge of seventy five pounds to my said wife during her life in part payment of the jointure of one hundred and fifty pounds which is secured to her by the settlement executed previous to my marriage, and charged on certain of my lands situate at South Allington aforesaid and also subject to and charged with the payment of the sum of seven thousand and two hundred and fifty pounds in part payment of the legacies hereinafter given to my daughters and to be raised and paid at the times and in the manner hereinafter mentioned unto and to the use of my said son Thomas Harris Pitts his heirs executors administrators and assigns according to the nature and quality thereof respectively for ever or for and during all my estate and interest therein respectively. And thereby so far as I am enabled to do so release exonerate and discharge my lands at South Allington from the payment of the sum of seventy five pounds per annum one half of the annuity or yearly rent charge of one hundred and fifty pounds charged thereon and payable by way of jointure to my said wife and her assigns during her life.
And I also hereby expressly charge all and singular the lands and hereditaments hereby given and devised unto and to the use of my said son Thomas Harris Pitts with the payment of the annuity or yearly rent charge of seventy five pounds only to be paid to my said wife and her assigns for her life as hereinafter mentioned.
And I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Harris Pitts for his absolute use all my household goods and furniture plate linen china pictures and books except such articles are hereby given to my said wife or as may be selected by her under the bequest hereinbefore contained and also all my live and dead farming stock and implements of husbandry, and all other property of every description (except documents of title and money and securities for money) which shall be in and upon my dwelling house farm and lands at South Allington aforesaid at the time of my decease.
And I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my two sons Nicholas William Prettejohn Pitts and Thomas Harris Pitts all the residue and remainder of my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments and all other my real estate, and all my monies and securities for money, and all the residue and remainder of my personal estate of every description whatsoever to hold the same with their respective appurtenances unto and to and for the absolute use and benefit of my said sons Nicholas William Prettejohn Pitts and Thomas Harris Pitts and their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns in equal shares as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. And I hereby nominate and appoint the said Nicholas William Prettejohn Pitts and Thomas Harris Pitts to be the joint executors of this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke all former wills.
Thomas married Mary Andrews, daughter of Charles Andrews and Unknown, on 12 Apr 1866 in St. Sidwells, Exeter, Devon. (Mary Andrews was born 1843-1844 Approx in Guernsey and died in Feb 1916 in Totnes Registration District, Devon.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage Certificate ref: 5b 152