Pitkin, William, son of William, of Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, plebeian. Matriculated from Broadgates Hall [later known as Pembroke College] on 6 February 1628/9, aged 20. BA next day, MA 17 October 1631.
There is a slight discrepancy here with the date of birth which you give but otherwise it would appear to be your William Pitkin. In the entry, 'plebeian' denotes a status applied to Pitkin. As part of their matriculation procedure, all new undergraduates were required to state their father's social rank. This information dictated the fees the students were obliged to pay to the University. Pitkin has registered as a son of a plebeian which meant that his fees were towards the lower end of the scale. (This doesn't seem consistent with how his father is describe in other documents).
As regards Pitkin's date of matriculation (6 Feb 1628/9) this means that in the original register, the year is given as 1628 but this is 1629 by modern reckoning; until 1752, in England, the number of the year changed on 25 March not 1 January so, for example, the day after 24 March 1628 was 25 March 1629. The entry in the printed Register is given as 1628/9 to reflect both the dating in the original source and how we interpret that date now. It is unusual for a student at this time to have matriculated on one day, and graduated BA on the following day. I have checked the original registers of degree conferrals here in the Archives to see if any reason is given for this, but I have not been able to find anything.
The colleges in Oxford maintain their own archives and it is possible that Pembroke College may hold additional information on William Pitkin. If you haven't already done so, you might contact Pembroke directly to see what they hold. The Archivist there is Amanda Ingram who can be contacted at email@example.com .
Assistant Keeper of the Archives (Mon-Fri, mornings only)
William passed away on 16 December, 1694 in East Hartford, Connecticut, Hannah would live another 30 years and passed away on 12 February, 1724.
William's sister Martha Pitkin had followed her brother to American in 1661. She was described as educated, very attractive and immediately had many suitors. She married Simon Wolcott on 17 of October 1661. The Wolcott's were a prominent family of considerable wealth and prestige. Martha and Simon had nine children. She was mother to Gov. Roger Wolcott, grandmother of Oliver Wolcott and great-grandmother of the second Oliver Wolcott and Gov. Roger Griswold. Gov. Ellsworth was a lineal descendant and her great-grand daughter married Gov. Matthew Griswold.
William and Hannah's son William was born in 1664 in Hartford, Connecticut. He married Elizabeth Stanley in 1686 and they had ten children, seven lived to adulthood including; Elizabeth, Martha, William, Joseph, Thomas, Sarah, John and Jerusha. William IV, was a jurist and was a member of the committee of war that was appointed with plenary power to send troops into Massachusetts and the frontier towns of Connecticut, and that ordered, on 1 January 1704, 400 men to be in readiness for any sudden occurrence. He studied law with his father, and was judge of the county and probate courts and of the court of assistants from 1702 till 1711 when the superior court was established in place of the court of assistants, and of which he was chief justice in 1713. This office was held by four successive generations of William Pitkins.
Their son Thomas was born 18 June 1700 and would be know in later years as Captain Thomas Pitkin. His first wife was Rebecca Welles born 3 October 1704. She died 17 February 1725 at age 21. Thomas and Rebecca had one son, Thomas Pitkin born in 1724. Captain Thomas Pitkin would later marry Rebecca's sister Martha Welles.
Thomas Pitkin, Jr., married Martha White 25 of July 1744. They had a son named Paul Pitkin who was born 17 October 1759. Paul Pitkin married Abigail Lathrop in October of 1784. They had ten children, the youngest being Paul White Pitkin born 17 of May1801. Paul White Pitkin was profiled in the previous post.
Sources: Those mention in text
Pitkin Family of America, Genealogy of the Descendants of William Piktin, by A.P. Pitkin, Hartford,
Connecticut State Archives, Connecticut State Library
Up next: A shorter synopsis of the last colonial Governor of Connecticut and his connection to Benjamin
Franklin (Captain Thomas Pitkin's brother).