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* Mary Magdalene Pitts*

Updated November 20, 2004

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Mary Magdaline Pitts was born in Menifee County, KY on June 5, 1924 to Robert Herman Pitts and Lucy Walker Wilson. Both her birth and death certificates spell her name as "MARY MAGDALINE PITTS". Her headstone reads "MARY MAGDALENE PITTS". By 1927, Robert Herman Pitts and Lucy Walker Wilson had parted ways, and he had moved to Argilite, Greenup Co., KY. He worked at ARMCO in Ashland and had taken in a "housekeeper" Marie Frazier.

Mary Magdaline Pitts lived with her father, his "housekeeper' and her brothers and sisters in a rugged cabin on Culp Creek in Greenup Co., until her death on December 29, 1927.

Many newspapers carried news of her death, described "the most shocking, blood-stirring criminal case in the history of Kentucky." Her death certificate says the cause of death "probably shock resulting from burns, bruises and cuts administered by father and housekeeper, Marie Frazier. Probably homicide." She was buried in Riverside Cemetery on Jan. 15, 1928. Her body was open for public viewing with an estimated 20,000 viewers. Local towns people financed an impressive monument for Mary Magdaline. Twice since it was erected, vandals have destroyed the angel which set on top of the monument. The most recent, in March 2004. A major restoration project was launched by Peggy Lynn Rowe, a movie produced from Los Angeles, Ca.

On November 13, 2004, the unveiling of a monument, honoring Mary Magdaline Pitts, took place at Greenbo State Park. The event began at 1 P. M. Guest speakers included Billy Ray Cyrus, Peggy Lynn Rowe and other special guests. Billy Ray Cyrus Foundation footed the bill for the monument, it will be on display at either Greenbo Lake Lodge or the Greenup County Public Library in Greenup.

This was a free event and was open to the public. Ms. Rowe has been in close contact with Barbara W. Ingram, who has researched the Pitts Family Genealogy for over forty years. Ingram' great grandfather, Anderson Pitts, was a twin brother to Mary Magdaline's grandfather, Ancil Pitts.

Barbara Ingram
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Frenchburg, KY 40322
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  • Greenup City Mayor Charles Veach (76 KB)
    Mayor Veach read a proclamation declaring December 29, 2004 and every year thereafter as "Mary Magdalene Pitts Day". It reads in part "It is our hope that this rememberance will help to make the inhumane treatment of childred forever a problem of the past."
  • Mary Magdalene Pitts as a little girl. (39 KB)
    Mary Magdalene is pictured with her sister, Lula Pitts, and her brother Buster Greene.
  • David Spencer, Author (82 KB)
    David Spencer, author of the booklet "The Untimely Death of Mary Magdalene Pitts December 29, 1927
  • Mary Magdalene Pitts (38 KB)
    This photo is Mary Magdalene when she was an infant.
  • Peggy Lynn Rowe, Producer (81 KB)
    Peggy Lynn Rowe told the crowd of 300-400 people that the movie, she and Billy Ray Cyrus are working on is in preproduction and filming is expected to begin in early 2005.
  • Headstone for Mary Magdalene Pitts (122 KB)
    Mary Magdalene Pitts is buried in the Riverview Cem., in Greenup, KY.
  • Unveiled angel monument (39 KB)
    Billy Ray Cyrus read the inscription on the plaque.
  • Headstone hit by vandals (81 KB)
    In March 2004, vandals destroyed the angel on Mary Magdalines' headstone.
  • The angel memorial, honoring Mary Magdalene Pitts (38 KB)
    The memorial will be on display in either the Greenbo Lake Lodge or the Greenup County Public Library
  • Birth certificate (297 KB)
    Mary Magdaline Pitts was born June 5, 1924. Sarah Barnett, a midwife, delivered the child to the unwed mother, Lucy Walker Greene. The birth took place in Menifee County, KY.
  • Mary Magdaline Pitts' death certificate (231 KB)
    Mary Magdalene Pitts' death certificate was recorded in Greenup County, KY on January 14, 1928. L. G. Staph is listed as undertaker.
  • Hubert and Doc Woods' granddaughters (80 KB)
    At Little Mary Magdaline's death, her brothers went for a local herb doctor, Doc Woods. Hubert talks with Doc Woods' granddaughters.
  • Hubert Pitts (77 KB)
    Hubert Pitts waits for the unveiling to begin. He was 11 years old and witnessed Mary Magdaline's death.
  • Estill County (Kentucky) Tribune editor, Tracy Pa (72 KB)
    Tracy Patrick, Editor of the Estill County (KY) Tribune, talks with Hubert Pitts. They are related. Hubert's grandmother, Silva Eveline Profitt Pitts and Tracy's great great grandmother, Elizabeth Profitt Bellamy were sisters.

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