Leah Pitman and Joseph Hull of Somerset, England and NSW, Australia
Family History of Leah Pitman
This is the information I have on Leah Pitman. Any additions or corrections to this would be welcome.
Grandaughter of William Pitman & Mary Raison, of South Petherton, Somerset, England, and daughter of Charles Pitman & Martha Paul.
Leah Pitman was christened November 3rd 1824 at South Petherton, Somerset, England to Charles and Martha.
In December quarter 1845 she gave birth to a son, Benjamin Godden Pitman (no father named), at South Petherton. However his father could have been a Godden. Usually the surname of the father of a child born out of wedlock was given as a second Christian name upon registration of the birth.
In 1853 Leah, Benjamin, and Leah’s parents, Charles and Martha sailed on the ship Talavera from Southampton, England on 1st June 1853 to New South Wales, Australia. Arrived 25th August 1853.
Film number 2465
Leah’s brother, William, and her sister, Eliza were already in NSW, Australia.
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:
Charles and Martha's 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.
William Pitman, Leah's brother came to N.S.W. Australia in 1850, age 22, on the “Cornwall”. Film number: 2136, & 2461
Leah's sister, Eliza Griffin nee Pitman, age 24, and her husband, Henry, age 26, arrived in N.S.W. Australia in 1849, on the “Julindur”. Film number: 2135 & 2459.
In 1856 Leah gave birth to a daughter at Camden, NSW Registration: 4105 (no father named), however that year she married Joseph Hull.
(Camden is about 50 km southwest from Sydney)
The child was eventually named Elizabeth Mary H. (the H could stand for HULL).
In 1856 Leah married Joseph Hull at Parramatta.
Leah and Joseph had the following children:
Elizabeth Mary H. 1856 Camden
Female 1860 Camden Could have been Sarah A
Emily 1862 Camden
Joseph W. 1864 Camden died Dubbo in 1883
Anney J.(or Amy Jane) 1868 Dubbo
The books “Dubbo to the Turn of the Century” by Marion Dormer published 1981 and “Dubbo 100 years of Local Government” printed 1972, and “Early Pioneers of Dubbo pre 1882 & Pioneer Register of Dubbo & Western Region of NSW” mentions the Hull family.
Joseph Hull had 1,600 acres at "Berida" about 50 miles from Dubbo, on which he grazed 3,000 sheep. He also rented 1,280 acres from his brother, the property known as "New Berida".
NB: Berida is just north of Collie, between Gilgandra & Warren, off the Oxley Highway. There is information about Berida Station historical records at the University of New England Heritage Centre. Berida Station is located midday between Gilgandra and Collie on Marthaguy Creek.
Leah Hull died 1900 at Dubbo.
Information on children of Leah and Joseph:-
Elizabeth Mary H. Hull (Pitman) born 1856 at Camden died 1949
married Thomas Henry Purvis (known as Henry) in 1874
Female Hull born 1860 at Camden
If this is Sarah A. she married William Hall in 1888 at Dubbo.
Emily Hull born 1862 at Camden
Married Alexander Murray D. Black at Dubbo in 1882
Joseph W. Hull born 1864 at Camden. Died Dubbo in 1883
Anney J. born 1868 at Dubbo
If this is Amy Jane she married Joseph A. Brown in 1886 at Dubbo
The following could be Leah’s parents death dates:-
A Martha died 1854, age 55 years, in NSW
A Charles Pitman died Dubbo, NSW in 1876