Bio: Pitts, Thomas Woolcott (1881)

Contact: Janet Schwarze


Surnames: Pitts, Houston, Vroom, Baker, Potter, Edie, Severn


----Source: History of Northern Wis. (Wood County, Wis.) 1881, page 1216

THOMAS WOOLCOTT PITTS, lumber manufacturer, Pittsville, came here with his parents in 1858. His brother, Oliver came in 1856, and ran a saw-mill about two years, and his being here was the means of the family coming here to live. His father soon after bought the mill property and considerable land in the vicinity. The only persons living here when they came were Oliver Pitts and wife, Wallace Potter, William Baker and Elijah Vroom. J. Q. Severn had resided here several years, but had gone away and had not yet returned, and Mr. L. A. Houston lived some three miles south. Thomas W. was born in Springfield, Bradford Co., Pa., Feb. 17, 1844. He taught the first school ever taught in the town of Wood, in 1859 Thomas, John and Oliver enlisted in the army. John was wounded in a battle near Chancellorville, from the effects of which he died soon after, in the hospital. He was in the Iron Brigade; Thomas and Oliver in the l8th Wis., Co. G. Thomas W. was married, November, 1867, to Miss Susie M. Edie, formerly of Waukegan, Ill. They have five children Byron P., Perley B., Thomas M., Fred E., and Jessee A. He owns a large farm, also village lots of Pittsville yet unsold, in addition to mill property and timber lands. He has been Town Clerk, and is Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, and has been Postmaster since 1877.



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