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Name: Amelia Pitman

Burial Number: 0518

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1830

Died: 00/00/1907

Buried: 08/01/1907


In 1874, in Meltham Mills, Yorkshire, Joseph married Amelia Fossick, nee Birchall. She was the daughter of Alfred and Mary Birchall, and was born in Leeds. She had been married before, to William Fossick, in 1858, but he died in 1867.

In 1881, in Meltham, Amelia, and step-daughter Pauline, were described as ‘Lady’ on the census return. Joseph was a Cashier at a Cotton Thread Works, and Henry was a Book-keeper at a Cotton Thread Works.

By 1891 Joseph and Amelia, with Pauline, were living at Sandown, in Byron Road. (They were in Sandown by 1885.) Joseph was described as a ‘retired Cashier’. They had one female Domestic Servant.

In 1901, Amelia, with Pauline and Henry, was still living at Sandown. Amelia and Pauline living on their own means, and Henry a ‘Retired Cashier’, at 46.They had a local Domestic Servant, Jessie Greenfield, aged 20.

Henry Osmond died in Worthing in 1905, aged 50.

Amelia died in 1907, in Brighton. She gave probate to Guilbert Howard Pitman, Publisher, of London, who was one of Joseph’s younger sons.

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Amelia Pitman

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 1 Plot: 18

Exact Location (what3words): filled.marble.suffice

Ashes or Urn: Unknown





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Further Information


Name: Amelia Pitman

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1830

Town: Unknown

County: Yorkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Fossick, nee Birchall

Marriage Date: //1874

Spouse First Name: Joseph

Spouse Last Name: Pitman

Town of Marriage: Meltham

County of Marriage: Yorkshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 00/00/1907

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 9

Address line 3: St James's Avenue

Town: Brighton

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 9th Jan 1907

Death of Mrs Pitman – It will be seen, from an announcement  which appears elsewhere, that Mrs Amelia Pitman died at Brighton on Saturday. The deceased lady was the widow of the late Mr. Joseph Pitman (brother of Sir Isaac Pitman, the inventor of Phonography), who came to Worthing to live in 1885, first taking up his residence in Christ Church Road, and afterwards moving to Sandown, Byron Road. His death took place at the later address in April 1895, but Mrs Pitman continued to reside there for some years.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Bankfield, Meltham Yorkshire. Joseph’s occupation is a cashier at Meltham cotton mill. His Wife Amelia is shown to be a Lady along with their Daughter Pauline


Living at Sandown, Byron Road, Heene, Worthing. Pauline, Joseph’s Daughter is still showing as living at home and dependant on her Father


Amelia is living at Sandown Byron Road, where she continued to live until moving to 9 St. James’s Avenue Brighton. Her children Pauline and Henry Osmond are still living at home

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette 15 May 1907

Letters of administration of the estate of Mrs Amelia Pitman, of 9, St James’s Avenue, Brighton and formerly of Worthing, who died on the 5th of January, have been granted to Mr Guilbert Howard Pitman, of 86 and 87, Fleet Street, E.C., publisher, who has sworn the value of the property at £2404.15s.10d. gross and £1554.8s.3d. net.