Charles Pitman & Martha Paul of Somerset, England
CHARLES PITMAN was son of William Pitman and Mary nee Raison of South Petherton.
Charles Pitman born abt 1799 and christened in 1800 at South Petherton. He married Martha Paul, daughter of William Paul and his wife, Elizabeth. Martha born abt 1799 at possibly Martock. She was christened at Martock on 7th January 1799. William Paul was later the South Petherton Constable. Both William and Eizabeth Paul were deceased before 1853, according to Martha’s immigration records when she and Charles sailed to Australia in 1853.
Charles was a carpenter by trade.
The following transcriptions of SS Peter and Paul parish records show:
Born to Charles Pitman and Martha:-
Leah Baptised 3rd November 1824 at South Petherton.
Migrated to Australia. Married Joseph Hull in Parramatta, NSW, Australia in 1856.
Eliza Baptised 29 August 1827 at South Petherton. Born about March 1826.
Married Henry Griffen at South Petherton on 21st August 1848, and migrated to Australia.
William Baptised 29 August 1827 at South Petherton. Born 5th August 1827.
Migrated to Australia. May have married Cathrine Calder in Sydney, Australia in 1854.
Ann Baptised 25 November 1830 at South Petherton. Born 29th August 1830.
& possibly Ebenezer born about 1825. (Ebenezer was in 1841 census records. Have not found him again).
& possibly Charles who born April 8th 1840,and christened April 16th
1840 and died South Petherton on 22nd April 1840 age 10 days. Transcripts say he was born to Charles and Leah Pitman. This possibly should have been Martha.
1841 census sees Charles and Martha Pitman living at Whitehall Street, Yeovil, Somerset. Very near the town of South Petherton. They are with their daughter, Ann, age 9 years. Charles is a carpenter.
1850 Directory of South Petherton and Martock shows Charles Pitman as a carpenter.
1851 census sees Charles and Martha Pitman living in South Petherton with Leah and Ann, their daughters. And Benjamin Pitman, age 5, Charles grandson. We later find he was born to Leah.
Charles Pitman and his wife, Martha left England for Australia in 1853. Their son, William, and daughter, Eliza were already in Australia. Charles and Martha took Leah with them, and Leah’s son, Benjamin.
Charles and Martha, with daughter, Leah, and grandson, Benjamin, sailed on the ship "Talavera" from Southampton, England on 1st June 1853 to New South Wales, Australia. Arrived 25th August 1853.
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Ship’s records contain the following information:
Charles Pitman age 50 Born South Petherton, Somerset.
Parents: William & Mary, both deceased. Church of England.
Occupation: Carpenter. Can read & write. In good health.
Martha Pitman age 50 Born Martock, Somerset.
Parents: William & Elizabeth, both deceased. Church of England.
Wife of Charles. Can read & write. In good health.
Leah Pitman age 27 Born South Petherton, Somerset.
Parents: Charles & Martha, both on board ship. Church of England.
Occupation: Domestic Servant. Can read & write. In good health.
Benjamin Pitman age 7 Born South Petherton, Somerset.
Parents: on board ship. Church of England.
Notes on the family:
Have a son, William, & daughter, Eliza, both living at Woolomooloo, NSW. Son, William Pitman paid 34 pounds for travel cost under the ??? regulations.
As inspected by Immigration Board September 1853.
The ship was released from quarantine following inspection on 6th September 1853.
Charles died about 1876 in Dubbo, NSW, Australia.