Ann PITCHER (abt. 1777 - 1843)
was born in Rockhampton, Gloucestershire, in about 1777, the daughter of Benjamin PITCHER and Margaret (nee WORGAN). She was baptized on 3rd May 1778 at St Oswald's Church, Rockhampton.
The Woolaston Rector's Census of 1828 shows that one Debara WORGAN was living with her niece, Ann PITCHER.
Deborah was the sister of Ann's mother, Margaret. Although we don't know when Ann first went to live with Deborah, perhaps Deborah took Ann in as a young girl as Ann had lost both parents by the time she was about 16. Ann may also have taken care of Deborah in her old age. By 1828, Deborah would have been 85.
Deborah wrote her will in 1816 and died in 1837. She left what she had to Ann. However, the will was not proved until either 1868 or 1878 [both dates are quoted in the documents], bypassing Ann, and in turn her sole executor, John PITCHER (probably Ann's brother), and finally being proved by his sole executrix, Sarah Ann PITCHER (most likely, John's daughter). The will reads as follows...
This is the last Will and Testament of me Deborah Worgan of the Parish of Woolastone in the County of Gloucester Spinster I give and bequeath unto my niece Anne Pitcher all my ready money and securities for money goods chattels and effects of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever situate To hold to her the said Ann Pitcher her executors administrators and assigns for ever And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said niece Executrix of this my will In …? Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixteen
The mark of
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Deborah Worgan as and for her last will in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto
Arthur Pitcher – Sarah Worgan
On the 11th October 1868 Admon (with the Will annexed) of the personal estate of Deborah Worgan late of Woolastone in the County of Gloucester Spinster deceased who died 15th February 1837 at Woolastone aforesaid was granted to Sarah Ann Pitcher Spinster the sole Executrix of the Will of John Pitcher deceased whilst living the sole Executor of the Will of Ann Pitcher Spinster deceased who was whilst living the sole Executrix and Universal Legatee named in the said Will she having been first sworn The said Ann Pitcher having survived the said Deceased and died without having proved the said Will
ON the 11th day of October 1878 Letters of Administration, with the Will of the personal Estate of
late of Woolastone in the County of
Deceased, who died on the 15th day of February 1837,
were granted at the Principal Registry of the Probate Division of the High Court of Justice to Sarah Ann Pitcher of the Tithing Aylburton in the said County Spinster the sole Executrix of the Will of John Pitcher deceased whilst living the sole Executor of the Will of Ann Pitcher Spinster deceased who was whilst living the niece the sole Executrix and the Universal Legatee named in the said Will, she having been first sworn duly to administer.
The said Ann Pitcher having survived the said Deceased and died without having proved the said Will.
Effects under £800
Ann never married and as Deborah's will had not passed any property on to her (and in any case, the will was still to be proved), we find Ann was living with her brother, William PITCHER, and her sister-in-law, Sarah, in 1841. The census states the following...
Name: Ann Pitcher
Estimated birth year: abt 1781
Where born: Gloucestershire, England
Civil parish: Wollastone
Registration district: Chepstow
Sub-registration district: Lydney
Household Members: Name Age
William Pitcher 60
Sarah Pitcher 60
Ann Pitcher 60
Ann died on 14th August 1843, aged 66, and was buried four days later at Woolaston with her aunt, Deborah WORGAN, and more than likely her uncles, William and John WORGAN.
The Woolaston Church Survey, produced by the Woolaston Village History Group, has recorded the following details...
Top In memory of Ann Pitcher Spinster of this Parish who died August 14th 1843 aged 66 Years
North Dedicated To the Memory of JOHN WORGAN of this Parish ..Febr ... Also WILLIAM ...
South TO THE MEMORY of Deborah Worgan of this Parish who departed this Life the 13th Day of ... 1837 Aged 93 years.
...Some of the altar tombs at Woolaston were once inside the church, but when the latter was remodelled in the 19th century they were either rebuilt outside or dismantled and used for such things as providing hard-standing outside the church porch, lining a septic tank, farm kitchen floors and one was even found in a patio.
The England & Wales Death Index states...
Name: Ann Pitcher
Year of Registration: 1843
Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
County: Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire
And the Woolaston Parish Records, as transcribed by www.forest-of-dean.net, show the following burial details...
Entry Number: 424
Age at death: 66 years
Officiating: Minister C Bryan
Register Reference: P376 IN 1/9
Page No: 53
Parish Chapel: Woolaston
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