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Re: Pitts of Onondaga
Posted by: Karen Pritchett (ID *****5087) Date: March 07, 2007 at 08:36:48
In Reply to: Pitts of Onondaga by Jo Ann Miller of 1914

Samuel and Hannah Pitts are my ggggg-grandparents, through their son John and his first wife. Boltwood (Genealogy of Thomas Noble) says John's first wife was a "____ Wright", but I have been unable to identify her to this date. John's daughter, Ellenora (b. 1823 in Onondaga Co) married Cyrus N. Hibray in Michigan in 1851. When Ellenora died, the information for her death certificate was provided by her son Cyrus Ezra Hibray, who said that Ellenora's mother was Lydian Holbrook. This is interesting, since John's brother Noble Pitts was first married to Ama Holbrook. However, I cannot find a Lydian/Lydia Holbrook.

In addition, John's first wife died sometime between 1823 (when Ellenora was born) and Feb of 1829 when Ellenora was admitted to the Onondaga Poorhouse. According to Ellenora (as told to her granddaughter-in-law and then to me), her mother died when she was very young, but she did not enter the poorhouse immediately. She was "taken care of" by "some other people" until the money left by John for her care ran out.

John Pitts remarried (prior to about 1834, when his first child from the second marriage was born). Ellenora was discharged from the Poorhouse on August 7, 1832 at the age of 9. The records do not say who took her, but according to "The Poorhouse Lady", she was not bound out or adopted, as this would show in the records. Ellenora said she moved with her father and stepmother to Wakarusa, Indiana in 1834.

Interestingly, John's second wife appears on the census as Elizabeth. So, I have three names and two marriages....this is a longstanding brick wall.

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