Josiah Chitty
(1658-c.1715) of London

Josiah CHITTY (1658-c.1715), younger son of Abraham II and brother of Abraham III, was a Liveryman of the Brewers' Company (1696, 1700 and 1710 listings). In 1688 he sued his brother regarding the Crondall estates left by their father, but he was named as an overseer of his Will in 1703.

He married, 1681 Sep 15 at St James, Duke's Place, Sarah HUSE, daughter of Abraham HUSE of Wokingham, Berks, and sister of Joseph HUSE and of Elizabeth, wife of John MERLOTT of Muntham, Itchingfield, Sussex - the estate destined to come into the possession of his descendants some 136 years later.

Five of the sons of Josiah and Sarah rose high in the City Companies, though not all maintained their success. (Lt-Col A.A.E. MERLOTT-CHITTY - denoted subsequently by the letters M-C had letters exchanged between some of these brothers).

Josiah's Will was dated 1715/4 Mch 24 and proved 1715 Mch 5, and his widow was buried at St Laurence Pountney 1727 Feb 1.

Of their children, five will require separate accounts:

1. Abraham
born 1683 Feb 6, died 1759 Apr 9. Cooper.

2. Josiah II
b 1685 Mch 26, d 1750 Jun 9. Grocer.

3. Joseph
b 1690 Jan 2, d 1767 Jan 18. Brewer.

4. Jacob
b 1693 Nov 11, d 1771 May 1. Merchant Taylor.

5. Thomas
b 1696 Nov 5, d 1762 Oct 17. Salter; Lord Mayor.

6. James - died in infancy, according to Sir Charles William CHITTY - unknown from other records or references.

7. Sarah b 1697 Jul 29, d 1765, of Thames Street, 1728 Dec 5, when she married, St Olave Jewry, Walter GIBBONS of Lincoln's Inn, widower, admitted to Lincoln's Inn 1722 Feb 1 and died 1773. He had married (1st) ? and (2nd) by licence 1723 Feb 12 Mary SPATEMAN of St Clement Danes. Sarah had a daughter who died in infancy (family tradition). Josiah noted that, as his youngest child, Sarah had been left a handsome estate by her grandfather Abraham HUSE - provided that no younger child was born and survived.

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Page created 29 Sept 2001 by Mike Chitty, based on the late Erik Chitty's 1975 text