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dpitts13192228
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« on: November 27, 2011, 12:30:19 AM »

Looking to find out more info on my side of the Pitts' family tree:

father Keith Irving Pitts (born and living in Michigan)

grandfather Irving Harold Pitts (born and died in Michigan)

great grandfather Harold Austin Pitts (born and died in Michigan)

great-great grandfather Ervin W. Pitts (born and died in Michigan)

great-great-great grandfather Austin ??? Pitts
BORN:  2/28/1834 New York  DIED:  2/1/1918 Port Arthur, Texas

Austin's death certificate says father was born in New York and his first name is Geo


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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 04:08:06 AM »

dpitts,
Thanks for posting your pedigree.  I looked at your ggggrandfather's death
certificate.  A public tree on Ancestry.com shows Phoebe J. Van Buren (1835-1900) to have been his spouse and shows an Ervin W. Pitts (1868-1908) as a child.  Ervin
died Sept 5, 1908 in Livingston County Michigan

Ervin Pitts spouse was Mary Ellen Radford bb 1869
Ervin and Mary Ellen Pitts had a child Harold Austin Pitts (1902-1982)

So I'm guessing that this is your tree that I found on Ancestry.com

Have you considered doing a DNA test to find out more about your ancestors?
I am one of the administrators of the Pitts DNA Project and am the moderator
of this Pitts forum.

Send me a note off list if you want to work together on your tree or discuss
the possibility of doing a DNA test.

More about our DNA project is at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pittsdnagenealogy/index.htm

David Pitts
paw281@sbcglobal.net

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jerrypittsjr
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 02:59:15 PM »

Trying to find information on my great-great grandmother.

Mary Jane Pitts Wright - Was told by a family member that she was born a Pitts and gave all her children her maiden name. We have not been able to prove or disprove this. We have traced her in the 1900 Census, widowed, and going by Mary Pitts. 1910 - 1940 Census' have her as Mary Wright. The 1910 Census says she had been married about 3 years making her marriage to Manuel Wright around 1907. We have not been able to find her prior to the 1900 Census.

This 1900 Census is the last verified record we have of Mary. We have found a few other Mary Pitts' from the area but have not been able to verify any of them is who we are looking for.

1900 United States Federal Census
about Mary Pitts Name: Mary Pitts
Age: 38
Birth Date: Apr 1862
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1900: Ellisville, Jones, Mississippi
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother: number of living children: 6
Mother: How many children: 12
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Mary Pitts  38
Jeff Pitts  16  (My great-grandfather)
Alice Pitts  12
Willie Pitts  7
Dessie Pitts  5
Homer Pitts  2

Note: In the 1910-1930 Census' Mary is married to who we believe is the same person, although he is called Mansel, Maurel, and Manuel. For the purpose of this message I will be referring to him as Manual, as I tend to believe that was his name, given my examination of the original Census records. We have found no marriage record for Mary Jane Pitts and Manuel Wright, but we did find one for Mary Jane Pitts and Maxwell Wright in 1909 in Lincoln County, MS. The problem is, we have no record of Mary ever living in Lincoln County.

In 1910 Mary is living in Covington County, MS next to her son Jeff (My great grandfather) Jeff is going by Jeff Dickens for some reason. We know he was a moonshiner so he may have been hiding from the law. But this is just speculation. Jeff had told my grandfather that his father was a man named Charlie Dickens; but this has not been proven.  In this Census Willie is living with Jeff and also listed as Willie Dickens. Only the youngest, Homer is still living at home and he is listed as Homer Wright. Alice has married John W Creel and living in Jones County, MS, and we do not know what happened to Dessie (looks like Lillie to me on Census).

1910 United States Federal Census
about Mary Wright Name: Mary Wright
Age in 1910: 46
Birth Year: abt 1864
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1910: Beat 2, Covington, Mississippi
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mansel Wright
Father's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Mansel Wright  61
Mary Wright  46
Homer Wright  10
 
In 1920 Jeff has moved to Copiah County in Wesson, MS and now going by Jeff Pitts. He was killed 9/23/1926 on his property in Wesson, MS while running his still. He was shot in the leg by a prohibition officer and bled to death before they got him to the hospital. We have his death certificate but it says, “father unknown.” Mary has moved next to her daughter Alice in Ovett, MS in Jones County. Homer and Willie have both moved on. We know Willie (James Willie) died in Biloxi, MS (Harrison Co.)and is buried as James W Pitts in Beech Cemetery in Ovett, MS. Homer died in Monticello, MS (Lawrence Co.) and is buried there in New Hope Cemetary. At what point they moved there were are not sure.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Mary J Wright
Name: Mary J Wright
Age: 60
Birth Year: abt 1860
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1920: Southeast, Jones, Mississippi
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Maurel Wright
Father's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
Able to Read: No
Able to Write: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Maurel Wright  70
Mary J Wright  60
 
In 1930, little has changed other than Jeff’s death in 1926. Mary and Manuel are still living in next to John W and Alice Pitts Creel.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Mary Wright Name: Mary Wright
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1856
Birthplace: Mississippi
Race: White
Home in 1930: Beat 4, Jones, Mississippi
Map of Home: View Map
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Manuel Wright
Father's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
Occupation:
Education:
Military service:
Rent/home value:
Age at first marriage:
Parents' birthplace: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Manuel Wright  86
Mary Wright  74
 
In 1940, the last we know of Mary, Manuel has died and Mary has moved in with her daughter, Alice. They are living in the same location. I have checked with the genealogy department at the Jones County Library. They have death records through 1943 and neither Mary nor Alice died before 1944. We plan to go to vital statistics in Jackson, MS sometime in the future in hopes of finding either Mary or Alice’s death certificates, in hopes of finding a fathers name for either. This would help us tremendously in locating our Mary prior to 1900. We have met with one of Alice's granddaughters, who was born in 1953 and she said that both were dead when she was born. We have John W Creel's obituary; He died in 1956 and neither Alice nor Mary are mentioned, only his children. We have been to Alice's grave to look for a death date but her headstone has no dates, only her name. We have not been able to find Mary's grave. We believe she is in Lancaster Cemetery in Ovett, MS where Alice is buried, but her grave is unmarked.  We know she is buried in Ovett, and have walked every other graveyard there, so whereever she is, there is no headstone.

1940 United States Federal Census
about Mary Wright Name: Mary Wright
Age: 82
Estimated birth year: abt 1858
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Mississippi
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
Home in 1940: Southeast, Jones, Mississippi
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: Moselle Ovett Road
Inferred Residence in 1935: Southeast, Jones, Mississippi
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 6A
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
John Creel  66
Alice Creel  60
Ofard Creel  18
Melton Creel  16
Jessie Dennis  32
Cloteel Dennis  16
Myrtle Dennis  12
Leaon Dennis  8
Mary Allice Dennis  2
Mary Wright  82
 
I have joined the Pitts DNA Project and have taken my Y-DNA Test. I hope to have the results by middle to late June 2014. 

If anyone has any information that may help us in locating Mary please let me know. My contact information is pitts.jerry@yahoo.com or 601-613-6784.

God Bless!

Jerry L pItts Jr
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