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From: D Welch <>
Subject: [HAWAII-L] Pitman in Hawaii
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 00:01:49 -0400

Hello list,
Awhile back I asked if anyone knew anything about a Benjamin Pitman
living in Hilo c 1850.
I found some info, which is below. It wouldn't make sense to anyone but
a gen nut like ourselves, but it is kind of a good story.

If anyone knows more, or can tell me where to look, I'd be grateful.

Miss Maria Louise Stevens.
DAR ID Number: 162907
Born in Boston, Mass.
Descendant of Joshua Pitman, as follows:
1. Edwin Stevens (1825-80) m. 1849 Mary Elizabeth Pitman (1830-97).
2. Benjamin Cox Pitman (1790-1845) m. 1812 Sally Richardson
3. Joshua Pitman m. 1784 Sally Cox Chamberlain (1759-1801).
Joshua Pitman (1755-1822) served as carpenter on the ship “Franklin”
under Capt. Allen Hallett, 1781. He was born in England; died in
Portland, Maine.

SUFFOLK COUNTY, MA 1790 CENSUS – Town of Boston

Pitman Joshua 2 5 4 Boston Town 185

Descendants of Joshua Pitman

1 Joshua Pitman b: 1755 England d: 1822 Portland
. +Sally Cox Chamberlain b: 1759 m: Apr 29, 1784 Boston
d: 1801
........ 2 Benjamin Cox Pitman b: Feb 19, 1790
Cambridge MA
d: Sep
11, 1845 Honolulu, Oahu, HA f: 1812 Sally Richardson (1789-1858).
........... +?
.................. 3 Timothy Henry Pitman b: Mar 18, 1845
Hawaii f: parentage Assumed
........ *2nd Wife of Benjamin Cox Pitman:
........... +Sally Richardson b: Sep 22, 1789
Cambridge MA
m: 1812 d:
.................. 3 Mary Elizabeth Pitman b: Sep 01, 1813
MA d: Jul 01, 1822 Cambridge MA
.................. 3 Benjamin Pitman b: Oct 12, 1815
Cambridge MA
Parentage Assumed
.................. 3 Mary Elizabeth Pitman b: 1830
..................... +Edwin Stevens b: 1825 d: 1880

In 1859 and before and after prob., In Hilo,a boarding house owned by "
a Bostonian named Pitman, who had married a mission educated Hawaiian
woman and was doing well out of the lodging trade".[Hen Frigates,Druett
p. 222]

In' After 50 Years', the letters of Almira Hollander Pitman to her
children while on a trip to Hawaii with her husband Benjamin Franklin
Pitman, the son of Benjamin Pitman and Cheifess Kinoole-o-Liliha.

>From the Honolulu Star Bulletin, January 30 1917

Ancient Hawaiian Lineage in Bostonian coming today.

Benjamin F. Pitman, Whose blood is that of Chiefs and Monarchs to meet
remaining relations he may find in Islands.

Seeing Honolulu for the first time in almost 50 years, Benjamin F.
Pitman, descendant of the most notable and powerful of ancient Hawaiian
chieftains, arrived on the Matson liner "Matsonia" today with Mrs.
Pitman and a party of friends...Benjamin F. Pitman, who for half a
century has lived in Boston thousands of miles distant from his birth
place in Hawaii, is a descendant of the noblest, most notable and
powerful of the chiefs and monarchs of ancient Hawaii. His hawaiian
name is Keola-o-kalnai, which interpreted means"the Life of Heaven" His
father ws Benjamin Pitman, who with his family, came to Hawaii from New
England, they being among the early arrivals from the Atlantic seaboard.

Mr. Pitman's father married the Cheifess Kinoole-o-Liliha, a feudal
chiefess, whose lands and power extended all over Olaa and the district
surrounding Hilo. Her father was the High Chief Hoolulu, who in turn was
the the son of the warrior twin Prince Kameeiamoku, whose effigy appears
on the coat-of-arms of the old Monarchy, the same effigy seen in all the
souvenir replicas of the coat of arms.

Hoolulu's mother was the High Chiefess Kaloalani-kahikoloa. Mr.
Pitman's grand father , Hoolulu, was the noble chief to whose lot it
fell to conceal the bones of Kamehameha the Great, a custom of by-gone
days among the Royal families. Hoolulu, with his brother Prince Hoopili
I, are credited with the plan to remove the bones of Kamehameha from the
midst of men, conceal them and retain the secret. The two chiefs
approached the place where the bones of Kamehameha had been held in
state for some time. Hoopili remained in a canoe near the shore, while
Hoolulu watched for an opportunity to seize the bones while the
attending chiefs had their attention diverted elsewhere. At a favorable
moment the bones were taken up and wrapped in a feather cloak. Hoolulu
sped along the beach, his brother , according to tradition, following on
a parallel course in his canoe. One man, met by Hoolulu was stuck down
and apparently left for dead. The man, however recovered and told the
story of how he had met Hoolulu running along the beach carrying a
bundle, which the people immediately surmised to have contained the
bones of the monarch. The bones were concealed somewhere along the
coast, Hoolulu, according to tradition , having dived at one spot,
swimming though a narrow entrance and entering a cave. He returned
safely, met his brother and returned among his people The secret of the
burial place of Kamehameha 's bones has never been revealed.

the Chiefess Kinoole's father, Hoolulu, had control of vast areas of
land in the vicinity of Hilo and Olaa. At the time of her marriage with
Pitman, Kamehameha III gave her the use of the ahuypuaa of Hilo, thereby
making her almost a feudal lord. It is a known fact that when the first
lehuas were in blossom no native could pick and wear them, for the first
of the blossoms had to be strung into leis for the Chiefess Kinoole.
These were called the " lehuas of Panaewa'

The Cheifess' husband was engaged in business in Hilo and in Honolulu
became a banker and capitalist. He built a beautiful two story house at
the corner of Alakea and Beretania Streets, now the site of the Honolulu
Gas Company's office. The walks around it were paved with tiles, the
premises were surrounded by an iron fence, and the home was given the
name of Waialeale or Rippling Water. The Cheifess died soon after
entering her new home. Her body was taken to Hilo and a large number of
relatives accompanied the remains on the vessel. On arrival at Hilo,
Hawaiians in great numbers swam out to the boat and bore the casket on
their shoulders to the shore and even carried young Pitman, then a small
boy on their shoulders.

Mr. Pitmans was a brother of the late Mary Pitman Ailau, who was a
bridesmaid of Queen Emma who married kamehameha IV, In her younger days
she was known as the "Belle of Hilo Bay" His brother, Henry Hoolulu
Pitman, served during the Civil Was as a soldier in the Union Army, was
taken prisoner, held at Libya prison, and died from the effects of his

Soon after the death of Kinoole, Mr. Pitman took his family to Boston
where the children were schooled. Young Pitman entered the firm of L.P.
Hollander & Co and is now one of the partners. He married Miss
Hollander. Mrs. Pitman accompanies her husband on his visit to Honolulu.
She dedicated the book to her two children, and there are pictures of
them too.


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