Biscoe (Bisco) Pittman was born in Edgecombe County, NC, the 2nd of 5 known children born to farmers, Henry Elias Pittman and Lucy Anderson of Edgecombe County, NC. He was grandson of Joseph Pittman & Mary Weeks, and great-grandson of Abner Pittman & Sarah B. Pitt, who settled in Edgecombe County about 1738. The family roots trace back to Surry County, Virginia, where his ancestor Thomas Pitman (name later changed to Pittman), a Royalist fleeing Oliver Cromwell's reign, had settled in 1649.
Biscoe was only 7 when his father died, and was raised by his widowed mother in the Upper Fishing Creek district of Edgecombe County.
He was 22 when when he married Martha "Alice" Walston of Edgecombe, then just 15 years old. The couple took up farming in the Lower Fishing Creek district of Edgecombe Co, later opened a grocery store at Epworth, near Fishing Creek, which grew into Biscoe becoming a successful merchant and businessman.
Epworth was just a cross-roads community in eastern North Carolina consisting of the Pittman general store and post office, a church built by the Pittman's, and Biscoe's home. As a merchant, Biscoe made regular buying trips to Norfolk, Baltimore, and New York. In 1906, when he was 54, he turned the store over to his eldest son, Rowland, to devote more of his attention to a housing construction business which he had started in Tarboro, ten miles away.
The couple would be married 38 years and raise 8 known children: Rowland Pittman (1879), Margaret A.(Maggie) (1881), John Henry (1884), Lena Rivers (1887), Harvey Tillman (1893), Juanita (1895), and locally renowned artist, Hobson Lafayette Pittman (1899). Most of the children received their education at boarding schools in Greensboro, however, the youngest, Hobson, attended Tarboro Academy.
Biscoe Pittman died in 1912 at age 59. His wife died three years later in 1915, at age 55.
Their daughter, Lena Rivers Pittman, would marry George Earl Weeks, DDS and remain in Tarboro. Their youngest child, Hobson Lafayette Pittman, would find fame as an artist.
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