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Mary Dorothea Pitts

Mary Dorothea Pitts was born in 1845 Chivelstone (South Allington) and her birth was formally registered at Kingsbridge during the third quarter of that year. She remained unmarried during her short life and resided at South Allington House until she died at the age of 23 in April 1869, pre-deceasing her father, Nicholas. The special provisions concerning her in her father’s will indicate that she had some form of physical or mental disability.

The special provisions in the Will of her father Nicholas Pitts were as follows:

".......And I hereby direct and declare that the legacy hereby given to my daughter Mary Dorothea Pitts shall not at any time be paid over to her by my said sons or their representatives but shall be retained as a charge on the lands hereby charged therewith and the income arising from the said legacy shall be paid to my said daughter for her life for her sole and separate use free from the control of any husband she may marry and without the power of anticipation. And upon her death the principal of the said legacy and all interest thereon shall be divided in equal shares among all of the children of the said Mary Dorothea Pitts and the issue of any deceased child or children such issue taking his her or their parents share only, and if more than one in equal shares. But in case the said Mary Dorothea Pitts shall happen to marry with the consent of her then eldest surviving brother and sister, or if her brothers shall be dead with the consent of her two eldest surviving sisters then the principal of the said legacy shall be settled, if desired, so that subject to the life interest of the said Mary Dorothea Pitts therein the said intended husband may enjoy a life interest in the income arising from the said legacy with remainder to the children if any. But in case the said Mary Dorothea Pitts shall never be married, or shall happen to die without leaving any children or such children shall all happen to die under the age of twenty one years then I direct that the principal of the said legacy and all the income arising therefrom shall be applied and disposed of to and among my then surviving sons and daughters or any of their issue in such proportions manner and form as the said Mary Dorothea Pitts shall by her last will and testament or any codicil thereto duly executed direct or appoint. And in default of any such appointment the same shall be held upon trust for the equal benefit of all my sons and daughters who shall be living at the decease of the said Mary Dorothea Pitts and of the issue of any deceased son or daughter, such issue taking his her or their parents share only and if more than one in equal shares."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen Clarke Pitts

Ellen Clarke Pitts was born in Chivelstone, Devon (South Allington) in 1848 and her birth was formally registered between January and March of that year at Kingsbridge. Clarke was the name of her paternal grandmother, Nicholas Pitts’s mother, who was Elizabeth Clarke. At the time of the 1861 Census and in a family document in 1862 Ellen was recorded as living at South Allington House with her parents. At the time of the 1871 Census which occurred after the death of her father, Nicholas, she was no longer residing at South Allington and was living at Lower Knole. The 1881 Census recorded her as a visitor at Stoke Villa, in Stokefleming near Dartmouth, at the home of the Cornish family together with her sister Louisa Prettejohn Pitts. There was another visitor at this address on the night of the Census, Louisa Harris, aged 20. It is possible that she was related to Ellen Clarke Pitts's mother, Elizabeth Prettejohn Pitts (née Harris). Eliza's marriage between April and June 1883 was recorded in Kingsbridge. She married William Scoresby Seaton who was born in 1854. William was 6 years old at the time of the 1861 Census. It was recorded that he was living at home at Custom House Square, St Columb in Cornwall and his father Thomas L Seaton was described as a General Merchant. Ellen Clarke Pitts and William Scoresby Seaton had three children namely Geoffrey Scoresby Seaton who was born in 1884, Arthur Edward Seaton, born in 1885 and Ellen Dorothy Seaton who born in 1890. The 1891 Census recorded that Ellen was a visitor at 4 Spencer Terrace in Plymouth, home of the Langford family. She was there at that time with two of her three children, Geoffrey and Arthur Seaton. She was reported as "living on her own means". At the same census in 1891 her husband, William Seaton remained at home with the baby, Ellen. The home address was 12 Fore St, Kingsbridge. His occupation was described as a Bank Manager ( Bristol and West of England Bank). Interestingly, Ellen's two sisters, Elizabeth Harris Pitts and Anne Eliza Pitts were reported as living at Fore St, Kingsbridge at the 1881 and 1891 Census. Arthur Edward Seaton married Daisy Seaton who died on 15 November 1946. At that time Arthur was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. He bought Cross Park in Teignmouth South Devon for £1800 on 17 November 1945. In his will his uncle, Nicholas William Prettejohn Pitts left some of his property to his nephew Arthur Edward Seaton. It has not been established when Ellen Clarke Pitts died.

 

Louisa Prettejohn Pitts

Louisa Prettejohn Pitts was born in Chivelstone, Devon (South Allington) between October and December 1850 and her birth was formally registered at Kingsbridge. She was never married. The 1851 and 1861 Census records and family papers provide evidence that she was living at home with her parents at South Allington during the period up to 1862 and in all liklihood resided at South Allington until her age of majority in 1870 or 1871. Certainly in 1871 she was no longer living at the family home. Her father, Nicholas Pitts, had died the previous year in 1870 and her brother Thomas Harris Pitts had inherited the South Allington properties. Louisa, in common with all her female siblings, had inherited an annuity which gave her a measure of independence. At the time of the 1881 Census, she was recorded as a visitor at Stoke Villa, in Stokefleming, near Dartmouth, at the home of the Cornish family together with her sister Ellen Clarke Pitts. By the time of the 1891 Census she was living with her sisters Elizabeth Harris Pitts and Anne Eliza Pitts in Fore Street, Lower Knole, Kingsbridge. They had a cook and a housemaid. The 1901 census indicated that Louisa Prettejohn Pitts and her sisters Elizabeth Harris Pitts, and Anne Eliza Pitts were living on their own means in Plymouth. Her death was registered at Plymouth in the fourth quarter of 1927.

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