Delaware to Iowa
(page 1 generations I-III)
Pearson is English
|He was born in Duck Creek,
Smyrna, DE on April 14, 1759. He likely
was the son of Richard Pearson & Elizabeth
unknown. The father was a farmer and owner of a
sailboat freight-line between Philadelphia and points
along the Delaware River.A biography, written by G.Burton
Pearson, says of John: "He was tutored at home
& attended private schools at Smyrna. As a
young man he was tall, erect, muscular and strongly
resembled his father. He .... enlisted as a private,
January 1, 1777, under Capt. Robt Kirkwood in the
Delaware Infantry. He served until near the close
of the war when he was wounded....." (unfortunately
G. Burton Pearson does not give the source for his
information and I have not yet verified it)
Information from the Delaware Archives casts a shadow of doubt on the above account of the military record of John Pearson.
-----The abstract & payroll of Capt. Robt Kirkwood's Company; in the DE Battalion for:
Month of Dec. 1776 & Janry 1777: Jany 1, 1777 enlisted Jno. Pearson, deserted Jan. 20. Served 20 days, pay 1pound, 13 shillings 4 d.
Month of February 1777: Jno. Pearson, dead or deserted Jan. 20. No pay.
-----Muster roll of Capt. Robert Kirkwoods Co, commanded by David Hall, Colonel: Private Jno. Pearson
inlistd Jan 1. Deserted Jan. 20.
More research must be done before drawing conclusions.
John Pearson married twice. He married Martha Hacker in 1781. She was born in Masseys Cross Road, Kent Co. MD and died in 1820 in Bombay Hook, DE. He married 2nd Catherine Clemens Lusby, a widow, in 1823. Interestingly, in a family memoir written in 1939 by Julia Hunt Pearson [the wife of John Pearson's grandson George Pearson], she wrote that John wanted to marry the young widow of a Methodist preacher but when the widow married his son Richard instead; a rift developed between father and son and they became estranged. Only then did John Pearson marry Catherine Clemens.
John Pearson can be found enumerated in Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle Co. DE on the 1810 & 1820 census.
John died November 12, 1829 in Duck Creed, Smyrna, DE, at 70 years of age. He left a will, in which he names children Joseph, William, John, Richard, Abraham, Maria, Sarah, Martha, Darcas & Nancy; 3 grandchildren (children of Darcas) and his wife Catherine.
Catherine died September 7, 1841.
John Pearson and Martha Hacker had 12 children:
Pearson and Catherine Clemens had 4 children: