Sharyls Cabin presents:

Pearson family
Delaware to Iowa

(page 1 generations I-III)

"The surname Pearson is English
or possibly of Danish origin.  The
name dates to the Norman Conquest
in England."

George Burton Pearson, M.D., 1932


1. John Pearson
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:

2. Joseph Pearson  1782-1830
3.  Nancy Pearson   1784-1862
4.  Elizabeth Jane Pearson   
5.  Mary Pearson    1794-1818
6.  William Pearson  1794-1878
7.  Dorcas Pearson  1795-1827
8.  Abraham Pearson  1797- ?
9.  Richard Pearson SR +
10.  Maria Pearson      1802- ?
11.  John  Pearson       1805- ?
12.  Sarah Pearson       1808-1857
13.   Martha Pearson     1811- ?

John Pearson and Catherine Clemens had 4 children:

14.   Catherine Pearson    1824-1912
15.    Robert Lusby Pearson     1825-1916
16.    Samuel Fitler Pearson     1827-1909
17.    Elizabeth Pearson      1829 - ?

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This page was updated on 10/4/2003