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Andrew Pitcher (abt. 1621 - 1661)

Andrew Pitcher
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1641 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Andrew Pitcher migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

A previous version of this profile, without source, claimed parents Andrew Pitcher and Agnes Blatch. They have been detached. Please use G2G to discuss evidence for his origins. Thank you.

Biography

Andrew Pitcher was one of the original settlers of Dorchester, Massachusetts. He is assumed to have emigrated in 1634 based on a land grant in Dorchester on September 1, 1634. He was one of 10 original settlers receiving grants of 3 acres "up on Naponset." [1] In the list of land grants, he is grouped with other young, unmarried men; [2] this indicates that the land grant recipient was this man, not this man's hypothetical father of the same name, as some family histories have assumed.

He has not been found on any ship's records and nothing is known of his birth or residence in England, although it is assumed that he was at least 21 when he received his grant of land, making his birth year 1613 or earlier.

Andrew married Margaret Russell before 1641;[3] their first child, Samuel, was born in April, 1641. [4]

On June 2, 1641 he was named a freeman,[5] and he also signed (with an 'X') a document establishing a free school in Dorchester.

In 1652 Andrew and two other men purchased over 500 acres of land "on the westerly side of the Charles River about 3 miles from Natick." [6] He was a fence viewer in 1653 and 54. He was a farmer and lived the latter part of his life in what is now Milton. [7]

He died February 19, 1660/1.[8] His will was dated December 4.1660. An inventory of his estate was made on March 19, 1660/1 and it was valued at 286 pounds, 9 shillings and consisted mostly of real estate. [9]

  • Grantee at Dorchester in 1634, 1637, and 1647. [7]
  • 1641: Member of the Church. [7] [10]
  • 1641: Freeman. [7]

Children

Children of Andrew Pitcher and Margaret Russell:
  1. Samuel baptized 18: 2: 1641[10] April 18, 1642 [7]; married first Alice Caig at Milton on November 30, 1671. She died on November 20, 1680 and he married second Mary Blake on August 3, 1681. [11] [2]
  2. Experience baptized September 25, 1642; married Joseph son of Edward Bugbee of Roxbury. [7] [2]
  3. Mary baptized 30: 9 mo: 1644: ?wife of Isaac Rush [10]; ? or November 25, 1644; ?married ___ Mills. [7] [Note: died young as they had a second daughter named Mary. [2]
  4. Ruth baptized July 25, 1647. [10] [7]; possibly Ruth ___, the wife of Ephraim Newton. [2]
  5. John, [7] baptized 11: 6 mo: 1650 at Dorchester. [10]; married first Hannah ___ by 1684; married second Mary ___ c 1695. [2]
  6. Nathaniel, [7] baptized 18: 2mo.: 1652 [10]; died at Milton on January 12, 1736; married Mary Clap on July 8, 1685 at Milton. She died June 14, 1709. [11]
  7. Mary baptized at Dorchester on April 29, 1655; died by December 4, 1660 when she was not mention in her father's will. [2]
  8. Jonathan, mentioned in his will. [9] [8]

Research Notes

Dorchester First Church Records
Member: Andrew Pitcher 16: 2mo: 1641. (p. 5)
Dorchester Baptisms (no parents noted)
Samuel Pitcher, (decimo8to) 18: 2 mo: 1641. (p. 153)
Experience Pitcher, 7 mo: 25: 1642. (p. 155)
Mary Pitcher, 30: 9 mo: 1644 (wife to Isaac Rush). (p. 157)
Ruth Pitcher, 25: 5 mo: 1647. (p. 158)
John Pitcher, 11: 6 mo: 1650. (p. 160)
Nathaniel Pitcher, 18: 2mo.: 1652. (p. 162)[10]
Milton Marriages
Pitcher, Samuel and Alice Caig married Nov. 30, 1671. (p. 100; p. 159)
Pitcher, Samuel and Mary Blake married Aug. 3, 1681. (p. 94; p. 159)
Pitcher, Nathaniel Pitcher and Mary Clap married July 8, 1685. (p. 159)
Milton Deaths
Pitcher, Alice, wife of Samuel, Nov. 20, 1680. (p. 238)
Pitcher, Mary wife of Nathaniel, June 14, 1709. (p. 238)
Pitcher, Nathaniel, Jan. 12, 1736, in his 85th yr. (p. 238) [11]

Sources

Footnotes and citations:
  1. E. Clapp, Jr., History of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, Dorchester/Boston, MA,1859
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Anderson, Robert C. , Andrew Pitcher: in: Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2007, p. 458-471 (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) https://www.americanancestors.org/DB401/i/12155/468/23909000
  3. Torrey's New England marriages to 1700. (online database AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008)
  4. George H. Ellis, Records of the First Church at Dorchester in New England, 1636-1734, Boston, MA 1891
  5. Paige, Lucius R., Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91, List of Freemen of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1849
  6. Anderson citing SLR
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Clapp E, Jr., History of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, Dorchester/Boston, Massachusetts,1859
  8. 8.0 8.1 Pope, Charles Henry, The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and Other Contemporaneous Documents, Heritage Books, Jun 1, 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 Suffolk County Wills: Abstracts of the Earliest Wills Upon Record in the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts, NEHGS, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1984
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Records of the First Church at Dorchester in New England, 1636-1734, George H. Ellis, Boston, MA 1891
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Milton Records: Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1662-1843, Alphabetically and Chronologically Arranged, A. Mudge & Son, printers, Boston, Massachusetts, 1900
Source list:
  • Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007. featured name.subscription site
  • The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and Other Contemporaneous Documents, by Charles Henry Pope, Heritage Books, Jun 1, 2010
  • Records of the First Church at Dorchester in New England, 1636-1734, George H. Ellis, Boston, MA 1891
  • Milton Records: Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1662-1843, Alphabetically and Chronologically Arranged, A. Mudge & Son, printers, Boston, MA, 1900
  • Suffolk County Wills: Abstracts of the Earliest Wills Upon Record in the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts, NEHGS, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1984
  • See Also: Suffolk Deeds: Liber -I-XIV [1629-87], Suffolk Co. MA, 1880
  • S13:Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91 Paige, Lucius R., List of Freemen of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849
  • S14: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Title: Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 199
  • S15: Gale Research Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Filby, P. William, ed, Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010
  • S82: Savage, James.A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Originally published Boston 1860-62, reprinted April 1873 and 1884. Reproduced by Genealogical Publishing Company, Balitmore 1981.)
  • S83: Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book , New York, NY, USA: Crest Publishing Company, Inc., 1907
  • Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, Boston, MA: NEHGS (2007); Page 468 (subscription needed)
  • The Pitcher Family Book by Gerald J. Pitcher


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Daughter Mary: Anderson indicates first Mary died young and a second daughter Mary was at Dorchester on April 29, 1655 who died by Dec. 1660 as she is not mentioned in her father's will. Probably needs correction to her profile.

See comment section: https://www.americanancestors.org/DB401/i/12155/470/235143227

Dorchester Church Records p. 166 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSM7-LHKP?i=206

posted by Chris Hoyt
edited by Chris Hoyt
I added a maintenance category for Relationship check
posted by S (Hill) Willson
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posted by Steven Losey
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posted by Steven Losey
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Dob is correct. Dorchester: V 1: p. 26 https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/7693/26/142206282

Andrew Picher Deceased this Life the 19 (12) 1660. 19th day 12 month 1660 = Feb. 19, 1661 as calendar year started in March.

posted by Chris Hoyt
March 5 the birth and death dates were changed on this bio. Please, what is the source used to verify the change?
I can see in the bio that the death date change is ok, because of double dating. But that birth is way off, because he would only have been 13 when he received a grant of land.
posted by Anne B
I changed the birth date back to before 1613. The April 1621 date is the date shown on the new duplicate profile at Pitcher-1442, and it appears to be based on a theory that the immigrant was born on that date in Worcestershire, and was a son of Admiral Andrew Pitcher Sr. and Agnes Blatch. As noted here, that date of birth is incompatible with the evidence from records in New England.
posted by Ellen Smith
The parents attached are mentioned in the disputed origins section of the merging profile. They need to be detached and merged with Pitcher-8 and Blatch-1
posted on Pitcher-1442 (merged) by Anne B
Pitcher-1442 and Pitcher-7 appear to represent the same person because: biographies indicate the same man. No primary source for the parents shown, they are indicated as unproven.
posted by Robin Lee
Done. Joe (or someone else), can you clean up the bio?
posted by Jillaine Smith
It is time to remove these parents and project protect the profile.
posted by Joe Cochoit
I have information about Andrew Pitcher that differs slightly from the information you are showing.

Watson-785

Andrew Pitcher is my 7th g-grandfather.

I have a family scroll that may be greater than 100 years old. The scroll indicates that Andrew Pitcher came from Somerset, England. He lived in Dorchester, MA and arrived Plymouth, MA in 1633. He was made a freeman June 2, 1641.

posted by George Watson III
Anderson does not find evidence for William or Fay or Unknown as children of this Andrew Pitcher.

Possibly added from merge with unrelated family?

Pitcher-728 and Pitcher-7 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate
Hello Bill, May I call you attention to the fact that Anderson in his Great Migration Series makes no mention of parents of Andrew Pitcher.

Perhaps you would consider detaching them, and mention them only in the bio. If further research discovers the parents, they can always be reattached.

Thank you.

I am a direct descendant of Andrew Pitcher.

GEDMatch Id: T724124

posted by George Watson III
Not aware of any source for anything in England: birth, residence, parents, or travel to New England. Known children (per Great Migration biography at NEHGS) are: Samuel, Experience, Mary, Ruth, John, Nathaniel, a second Mary, and Jonathan. Kathie
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Is there any source for the parents listed here?

Is there any source for children: Fay Pitcher, William Pitcher, Unknown Pitcher? Thanks, Chris

posted by Chris Hoyt

Rejected matches › Andrew Pitcher (1620-)