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Pierpoints in St Johns

Pierpoints in St Johns

Chris Paulson (View posts)
Posted: 10 Nov 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pierpoint, Pierpont, Pierrepont, Pitt
I hope someone out there can help me. I am looking for information on a David Pierpoint b. c. 1821 who married Elizabeth Richardson Pitt b. c. 1822, in St Johns in 1840. This family had six children between 1840 & 1853 before emigrating to Australia in 1855. At least two of thier children died in Newfoundland, probably in St Johns.

Many Thanks

Chris

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 5:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pierpoint/pitt
I am related to the Pierpoints of St. John's and their son william was my GGgrandfather.
Regards

jenni

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 8:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Mar 2012 8:39AM GMT
Surnames: Pierpoint, Pitt
Dear Chris,
I have only just now seen your message (12 years after you posted it!), but can offer the following information which may be of interest. David Pierpoint was born abt 1817 in Sussex and baptised in 1820 in Lewes, East Sussex. He travelled to Newfoundland at around 18-20 years of age, settled in St Johns and married Elizabeth Richardson Pitt there. During his time in Newfoundland, he was the witness for at least two marriage ceremonies in St Johns, presumably friends (one in 1847 and again in 1851). He & Elizabeth had five known children in Newfoundland: Caroline b. 1841; Elizabeth b. 1845; William b. 1845 (probably twins as this runs in our family); David b. 1848; Mary Ann b. 1852 d.1852 and Mercy b. 1853 (although some family researchers have Mercy as born in London in that year). He and his family must have returned to England briefly because they emigrated from Southampton to Port Phillip in 1855 on the vessel, Sea King. After emigrating, they settled in Geelong where David worked on the roads and was paid 15 shillings per week plus rations. Three more children were born in and around Geelong David b. 1857; Joseph b. 1860 d. 1860 and Louisa Ann b. 1861. David was a stonemason or a mason, according to various local directories and at the time of his death in 1887 was recorded as a bricklayer. He appears to have been a publican or hotelkeeper in Ballan (near Geelong) for a brief interlude around 1875-76 and was recorded with this occupation when he was declared insolvent in 1875 and again in 1876. The family moved to Shepparton, in central Victoria sometime in the 1880s which is where David died. His wife died in 1892 in Ballan which I think is where one of her sons was residing.

His probate papers show that he was a man of very small means. The family certainly did not strike it rich in the colonies, but they seem to have enjoyed a comfortable living standard - and have many descendants here in Australia - mostly still in Victoria.

Family legend has it that Elizabeth Richardson Pitt (b. 1820 Dorset, England) went to the Americas as a nanny for a wealthy family. She would have been barely 18 years of age at the time. The story goes that she knew David Pierpoint before this trip and he followed her there with a view to renewing the acquaintance. This story has been difficult to validate as I have never found any records of their voyage to Newfoundland.

I am a descendant of David Pierpoint via their second daughter, Elizabeth Pierpoint who married Joseph Briggs, an engine driver, at Creswick in 1864 and they had 12 children, all born in Creswick in central Victoria, including two sets of twins. I have a photograph of one set of twins (Henrietta and Mary Ann Briggs) taken in the 1880s with their sister, Ada Briggs who was my GG grandmother. Please email me at CoolJazz@y7mail.com if you would like a copy of this portrait. Apologies if you already have this information.

Kind Regards
Bronwyn Higgs

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 4:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pierpoints/St John to Ballan, Vic
Hello Paul
I am related to William Pierpoint, son of David and Elizabeth.
William's second wife Sarah Ann Bath, and their daughter Mercy Lillian Josephine Pierpoint is my GGrandmother.
Who are you related to?

Regards
Jenni

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 9 Oct 2012 5:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi jennie
amazing what you find when searching the web my G grandmother Mercy Pierpoint was the daughter of David & Elizabeth, she was born in London just before they left for Australia & I think she is buried in the Moe cemetery Vic. Her daughter Jessie Elizabeth Anne Paull was my grandmother.. Mercy was married to a Charles Bull
regards
Kaye.

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 3:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Kaye

You won't realise how much your Mercy P. and Charles Bull kept me fascinated as to our connection, I couldn't work out when David and Elizabeth went back to England as I have them coming to Australia directly from St.Johns.
What is that link? When did they live in England?
As single people, How did they meet, there is a rumour that they knew each other before they traveled out to St.Johns!?
Now the most common link, who has twins in the family?
We have them every generation and tongue in cheek, some one called Brad Pitt, who has twins is a very distant relative. I have asked our U.S. relatives.
So where do you live?
Regards
jenni

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 4:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: pierpoint
Dear Jennie
lovely to hear from you, I believe that Mercy Pierpoint was born in Lewes,just before the family left the uk, I don't have dates, but maybe able to source info.
Ihave twin cousins in Melbourne Their grandmother and mine is the daughter of Mercy Pierpoint. I live now in Sydney, but was born & educated in Vic. Ian Fergusson is my husband & I am using his membership.I did not know that we had any us relos, but I know we have them in the UK. MY Gran always told me that Albert Pierpoint the famous hang man was her cousin
regards
kaye.

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 5:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear Bronwyn
I have also just discovered your message, I am the GGrandaughter of Mercy Pierpoint, daughter of David & Elizabeth.My grandmother was Jessie Elizabeth ann Paull ne Bull. WE also have twins in the family Mercy pier point was born in the UK just before they departed for Aus.
I was very interested in your info.
Regards
Kaye.

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 19 Oct 2012 4:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi jenni
don't know if you got my email, so here goes again.I have information that Mercy Pierpoint ( my G Grandmother ) was born in 1853 in Stepney Middlesex England, I made a mistake in my last email, as David Pierpoint was from Lewes,Ibelieve that David went to Canada as a stone mason,don't forget that Canada was considered as part of England in those days,Do not have to much info on the Pierpoints before David,but I believe the family was originally French, as Pierpoint means STONE BRIDGE in french, I have much more info on the pitt side of the family. I live in Bowral NSW.

Re: Pierpoints in St Johns

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 11:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pierpoint family
Thank you Ian
Yes I did get your first email.
The Pierpoints did come up from France with William the Conquer as one of his Knights travelling with him. I also have a feeling that they were also attached to the Hougernouts (I can't remember the spelling!) This would be correct as William was a part of this movement. (Religious beliefs). Robert De Pierpont was granted land in Lewes from William.
I would love to have any information you have and no doubt visa versa.
So any twins in the family?
So how does your family come to be living in Bowral as David settled in Vic?
I live in Montrose Vic.
It was lovely to hear from you.
Hear from you soon.
My home email is ijmattin@bigpond.com


Kind regards

Jenni
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