Rowan County, North Carolina was formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County. In 1770, the eastern part was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County.
John Pitts was born about 1754 in Rowan County, North Carolina. His parents were Andrew Pitts and Martha Stroud. He was born in a part of the county that became Stokes County in 1789.
He married Amelia Crutchfield.
John and Amelia's childen may have included:
Amelia Pitts (1785, married Jesse Crutchfield),
Martha Pitts (1789, married Thomas Phillips),
James Pitts (1791, married Sarah Baldwin),
Henry Pitts (1796),
John Pitts (married Elizabeth Pattison), and
Andrew Pitts (1797, married Elizabeth Johnson).
In 1786 John received a warrant for 250 acres on the Deep River. According to the warrant his land bordered the land of the widow Martha Pitts, John Patterson, Greenberry Patterson and his brother, Samuel Pitts.
At the time of the 1790 census John's household in Stokes County consisted of a man and a woman over 16.
From the Stokes County, North Carolina records:
This indenture made the 14th day of September 1794,
between Martha Pitts of Stokes County, North Carolina of the one part,
and John Pitts, of the county and state aforesaid, of the other part,
witnesseth that the said Martha Pitts,
for the natural good will and affection she hath and beareth for the said John Pitts, her son Martha deeds 20 Cripple Creek acres to John.
She also deeds Samuel, her son, 85 acres of land.
James Pitts + Sarah Baldwin ~ 18 Dec 1813 bond ~ John Pegg
Andrew Pitts + Elizabeth Johnson ~ 24 Jan 1822 bond ~ Hezekiah Johnson
The 1820 tax list for the Deep River included:
John Pitts, Sr.,
The 1821 tax list for the Deep River District included
John Pitts, Sr. &
The 1822 tax list for the Deep River District included:
John Pitts, Jr.
Stokes County, North Carolina was formed in 1789 from Surry County.