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Name: Mary Pitt

Burial Number: 1744

Gender: Female

Occupation: Lady's Companion;

Born: 00/00/1869

Died: 2/02/1942

Buried: 06/02/1942


Mary Georgina and Robert William Ready were born in Croydon. Their father, Edward Ready, changed his name from Ready to Pitt in between 1873 and 1876, and all his subsequent children were called Pitt. Edward Ready studied at Wadham College, Oxford.

Edward married Anne Mary Hale in 1868, in Lambeth. Edward’s father, Thomas Ready had been a Vicar at Mountnessing, in Essex, just before his death in 1866.

Anne’s father William Hale, was a Merchant, and in 1834 was elected to the Company of Spectacle Makers in the City of London and elected to the Freedom of the City by patrimony – his father had the freedom of the City. There was, as part of this, a declaration that William was the legitimate son of his father, Ford Hale, also a Spectacle Maker.

Anne was William and wife Anne (Price)’s first child, born in London.

In 1871, Edward and Anne were living in Croydon with daughter Mary and Edward’s widowed mother Francis (nee Van Voorst). Edward was described as ‘Clergyman without care of souls’. They also had a Nurse and a female Domestic Servant.

By 1881, Edward was Rector of Bagthorpe St Mary, Norfolk, but living in Hunstanton – there are about 12 miles between the two places. Bagthorpe is an ancient parish, it was founded before 1185, and the Norman Church demolished and rebuilt in 1853.

With Edward and Anne were their seven children, including Mary, Robert and William Octavius, a Nursemaid, and a General Servant.

In 1891 Edward (now Rector of Bagthorpe) and Anne were living at Waverley House, in Hunstanton, with the youngest six of their children – William Octavius aged 10, among them – and one Domestic Servant.

Mary, in 1891, was a student at Oxford College in Clacton. This was a small Private Girls’ School, for about 30 students.

Edward, now retired, had settled in Cambridge by 1901, with Anne and their children Rose, William, Marcus and Winifred, plus a Housemaid and a Cook.

By 1901 Mary was living in Ramsgate with Florence Weatherly, described as a Lady’s Companion, aged 30, and London born.

Mary, in 1911, had moved to Bexhill, living on Private Means, with Florence Weatherly still her Companion.

Mother Anne, now widowed (Edward died in 1907), was living, in 1911, in Chiselhurst, with son Robert, a Stock Exchange Clerk, daughter Rosa, a Housemaid and a Cook. Anne died in 1921.

Robert was living at 122 Rowlands Road when he died. Brothers William Octavius and Philip were granted Probate.

William O, General Practitioner, was living in Worthing by 1939 – in Victoria Road – with his wife Eleanor and son, another William, a Medical Student.

In 1939 Mary was living in Park Avenue, Worthing, with a different Companion, Esca Hawker.

She died on February 2nd, 1942.

From the Worthing Herald, 6th Feb 1942

“Dr W. 0. Pitt, Worthing Police Surgeon, has been bereaved by the death of his sister, Miss Mary Georgina Pitt, who died suddenly at her home, 26 Park Avenue, on Monday. Miss Pitt, who was 72, had been talking to a workman who was examining the water system, when she suddenly collapsed.”

Probate was given to brother William.

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: WB Row: 1 Plot: 43

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In loving memory of Robert William Pitt called home suddenly Feb 5th 1932

Further Information


Name: Mary Georgina Pitt

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1869

Town: Croydon

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name:Ready

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Information at Death

Date of Death: 2/02/1942

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 26

Address line 3: Park Avenue

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

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