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This new section is for those who have forebears from Dorchester and its environs and who wish to share some element of their family history.
We start with the Pitfield family, who have links with Fordington. Michael Pitfield writes “I can tell you that many poorer members of the family in the 19th century lived in Mill Street and were mainly agricultural labourers while the wives and daughters were laundresses. There were also a number of illegitimate children and child deaths. Mary Pitfield referred to in para two of the below, who was transported, lived in Mill Street. George John Pitfield, publican of The Bull’s Head was my great-grandfather.”
Photographs copyright Michael Pitfield.
George Pitfield. Innkeeper of the Union Arms, Fordington, and his son, George John Pitfield with his wife Alice Mary, Innkeepers of The Bulls Head, Fordington.
For those with an interest in the Pitfield family, an extensive genealogy put together by Hugh Pitfield, is available here for download.
See also Michael Pifield’s blog about Mary Pitfield. “Crime – or was it poverty? – and Punishment”.