I’ve had a few people ask me recently whether I know anything more about Mary Capon’s (1789-1839) connection to Sir William Pitt. She was the daughter of Mary Pitt (dates unknown) and a man whose surname was Capon. My grandmother’s tree below suggests that Mary Pitt was most likely a cousin of William Pitt (1759-1806). If they were 1st cousins, the pair would have shared a grandfather—Robert Pitt (1680-1727).
I currently do not subscribe to Ancestry’s UK resources, but I would think that the Pitt tree info must be readily accessible online given how famous the Pitts were. I will start looking into this, and perhaps those of you with access to UK genealogy databases would like to take a look-see around as well. I’m sure we will eventually crack the case. Anyone with more ideas, thoughts, or information, including knowledge of a Pitt DNA project, please feel free to share in the “Comments” box.
If that approach fails, perhaps we can see whether Mary Pitt’s father was a brother or half brother of Sir William Pitt. In that case the relationship may have been with William Pitt the Elder, who was also Prime Minister of Great Britain at one point. Or maybe, wherever the actual connection is, with Mary Pitt or her father, it involves a once-removed cousin relationship.
On a side note, for a while I had ‘Martha Nunn’ (m. ‘William Capon’ on 13 July 1779 in Newport Pagnell) in my tree as the mother for Mary Capon since I could find no evidence of the Pitt-Capon marriage, only the Nunn-Capon marriage. But just because I could not find it does not mean it’s not there. And given the Martha Nunn name was never in my grandmother’s tree, for the time being I am going to assume it does not belong there. But I will keep her on my radar in case evidence forces us to circle the wagons back around. Of course, it could be that Capon had a 1st and 2nd wife and had been married to both Martha Nunn and Mary Pitt. So when time permits, I will investigate that as well.