Any male descendants after William Pitt the younger

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Am trying to find out if our Pitt relatives are related to the famous two.

We have been led to believe we are.
in Genealogy Help by anonymous G2G Rookie (220 points)

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I haven't found a wife and kids yet, but I created a profile for William Pitt the Younger:   http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pitt-428

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (532k points)
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I think you have to go back to his father and probably before that if you want to find descendants. Pitt the elder's daughter might provide a source. Pitt the younger never married. Whether he had illegitimate children I can't discover.
by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (255k points)
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This website say, "Pitt appears to have had little in the way of a non-working life. He never married and was held to be 'indifferent' to women."  http://www.victorianweb.org/history/pms/pitt.html

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (532k points)
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I think everyone with a relative with the Pitt name must have been told they're related at some point. (I know I've been told that)

There's no suggestion of any descendants for Pitt the younger. But if you're descended from his great, great, great, great, grand father you're still related to the famous two.

I currently have four places where my tree links to famous surnames where no clear link to the significant members can be found, yet family history tells of a link...
by Mike Kanssen G2G1 (1.5k points)
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My maternal grandmothers dad (my great grandpa), Wilmur Pitt was a decendant....she had 4 boys
by Brian Brunia G2G Rookie (230 points)
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There don't seem to be very many descendants  with the Pitt name from his ancestors either.

William Pitt, the Elder was (according to Burke)  a descendant of  Thomas Pitt of Blandford, who was a younger son of the  Pitt family of Dorset.(who confusingly  became the Pitt Rivers) Their line also ran out  in the 1820s when a nephew inherited through his mother Louisa Pitt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Pitt-Rivers,_3rd_Baron_Rivers

 Then the title  became extinct in 1880 when Horace the 6th Baron Pitt Rivers died.  The  estates but not the title  were inherited by a cousin, the archaeologist  Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt Rivers who had to change his surname name from Lane Fox  in order to inherit the estates.  His descendants still own large swathes of Dorset. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Pitt_Rivers  But they aren't really Pitts.

(aha just seen the date of this question!)

 

 

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (294k points)
edited by Helen Ford

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