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Pearson family
page 4 - Generation IV



15. Fanny F. Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
She was born in or near Hardin, Clayton co. Iowa in 1854.

She married John D. Collins on November 3, 1873 in Prairie du Chien, Crawford co. Wisconsin.  John was born in Kentucky in April 1852 & removed with his parents to Clayton co. Iowa at a young age.

John, Fannie & their daughters are enumerated on the 1880 Federal census living in Pilot twp. Cherokee co. Iowa. John is farming. In 1882 he was a partner in the firm Collins & Minor and living in the town of Cherokee.

By 1900, the family moved to Council Bluffs, Kane twp. Pottawattamie co. Iowa where John sold real estate for over 2 decades.

I am unable to locate either John or Fannie on the 1930 census, and presume they are deceased. I do not know their death dates or burial place. Fannie's brother Richard's 1938 obituary states that he was predeceased by 5 sisters & Fannie is not listed among the surviving family members.

Fanny F. Pearson and John D. Collins had at least 4 children:

41.  Edith Collins (1874-bef 1910)
42.  Allie Collins (1878-bef 1910)
43.  Frankie Collins (1881-bef 1910)
44.  Earl H. Collins (1890-?)


18. Richard Victor Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
He was born in Garnavillo, Clayton co. Iowa on February 22, 1861 and lived there until about the age of 5, when his parents moved to Hardin, Allamakee co. Iowa. 

He married Alice Louisa Alvida Smith on February 22, 1886.  Alice was born in National, Clayton co. IA on September 12, 1857.  Her parents were Benjamin Smith & Abigail Wilkins.

Alice Smith Pearson
Richard V. Pearson

He farmed in the area around Monona twp., Clayton Co. IA.  He is listed under both Luana & Monona in the phone books  1932 & 1935; phone #236F261. 

The Postville Review mentions him several times throughout the years & he was a subscriber to that paper.
May 1899: "Several cases of lung fever have been reported at Hardin.  A daughter of Fritz Sanders, Loren Buttolph and Victor Pearson..." and in 1909: "There will be an ice cream social at the home of R.V. Pearson in Hardin on Friday evening, June 11th, for the benefit of the pastor.  A cordial invitation extended to all."

He was a member of Brotherly Love Lodge No. 204, A.F & A.M. in Postville.

Richard died suddenly of a heart attack on January 11, 1938. Alice died February 23, 1938, at 80 years of age. They are buried in the Postville, IA cemetery.

Richard Victor Pearson and Alice Louisa Smith had 5 children:

45.  Lillian Pearson +
46.  Lloyd Pearson +
47.  Coral Abbie Pearson +
48.  Nettie Pearson +
49.  Leonard Victor Pearson +


19. Georgia Mae Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
She was born in Hardin, Allamakee co. Iowa on May 20, 1871. 

She lived in St. Paul, Minnesota for a time prior to her marriage; possibly attending school or working.

Georgia M. Pearson

She married Wilbur Edward Sawdey in Hardin, Allamakee Co. IA, December 21, 1898.  Wilbur was from Chamberlain, S.D. at the time of his marriage. I believe he was the son of Edward & Martha Sawdey.

They lived in Chamberlain for a few years, but evidently ranch life didn't appeal to them as they removed to Portland, OR in about 1907.  The 1917-1926 Portland directories list the family living on their farm near Shattuck station & Wilbur is delivering the mail.  The 1920 census Multnomah Co. OR:  Wilbur is a rural mail carrier and Georgia is the farm manager.  After Wilbur died, I cannot locate Georgia for a couple of years.  Perhaps she went to S.D. to take care of the property there or went to Iowa to visit her mother.  Georgia is again found in the Portand directory in 1932, having moved into an apartment with her daughter Helen Elizabeth, who is a teacher.

Wilbur died April 17, 1929 in Portland Co., OR.   Georgia died January 23, 1957 in Multnomah Co., OR, at 85 years of age.  They are  buried side by side in Riverview cemetery, Porland, OR. 

Georgia Mae Pearson and Wilbur Edward  Sawdey had  1 child:

50.     Helen Elizabeth Sawdey +


20. Jessie June Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
She was born in Hardin, IA June 8, 1874. 

She married Frederick 'Fred' Raymond Ernst in Prairie du Chien, Crawford co. WI on August 28, 1890. At the time of his marriage Fred was living in Mason City, Iowa.

Fred was born November 29, 1869, in Belvidere, IL., a son of Jefferson M. Ernst & Sarah A. Ewing.  When he was six months old his parents removed to Luana, Clayton Co. IA  and they settled on a farm near town.  After two years of farming his father went into the dray business, running a dray between Luana and McGregor. 

Fred was a railroad man & they lived in many places in the  years following their marriage.  He started as a brakeman and then became a conductor for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad.  After 10 years he changed over to the Northwestern system (Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha) and spent 9 years with them.  Three days after quitting this job he went to work for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy line.  He worked 9 years with this road. During these years they  lived at Mason City, Marquette and St. Paul, Minn. The next 2 years found them on a farm near Wadena in northern Minnesota.  Then they sold their farm and moved back to St. Paul, where they ran a hotel a year.  They farmed the next 3 years near Amery, Wis., but moved back to St. Paul, where Fred  railroaded again for the Minnesota Transfer Line. For five years he stayed at this job, then they removed to a ranch near Santa Ana, Calif. Two years later found them back in St. Paul.  This time Mr. Ernst worked in an iron foundry. Five years later, in 1931, they  moved to Postville town.  Fred never suffered a serious injury in all the years he worked for railroads, but in 1938, after returning to Postville he fell and broke his hip. 

On the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary, Jessie is quoted as saying:  "Mother lived in the same house for 40 years, but I can't say as much, because Mr. Ernst and I have lived in about 40 houses in 50 years."

Fred & Jessie Ernst 50th Wedding Anniversary
at the 'Old Stone House

They had 67  anniversaries together.

Fred died January 15, 1957 in Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, at 87 years of age.  Jessie died December 30, 1964 in Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, at 90 years of age. They  are buried in the rural Luana, Iowa cemetery.  Nearby are his parents J.M. and Sarah A. Ernst.

Jessie June Pearson and Fred R. Ernst had 4 children:

51.  Leslie Ernst (1891-1971)
52.  Paul Ernst  (1895-1976)
53.  Theodore Ernst 
54.  Leo W. Ernst 

  • I would like to make contact
    with an Ernst descendant.


21. Mattie Agusta Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
She was born in Hardin, Allamakee Co. Iowa on August 22, 1876. 

She married Henry Harrison Dunning  on March 12, 1893 in Allamakee Co. IA at the home of her parents.  Henry was born in Allamakee Co. Iowa in 1873.  He was the son of William H.H. Dunning & Emeline Jamison.   

In 1897, Edgar R. A. Brainard wrote a note in the Postville Review:  "Mr. and Mrs. H. Dunning, of Luana, were callers at our bee ranch and took home a small box of bees."  They removed to Oklahoma around the turn of the century. Census records show them in Texas, OK in 1910 & 1920. When Henry registered for the draft during WWI, their address was RFD Texas, OK. By the 1930 census, they have moved to Alva, Woods co. with their 2 youngest children.

Mattie & Henry  attended the 50th wedding anniv. of her sister Jessie in Aug. 1940 and Mattie attended  her mothers funeral  in August 1941.  While back home for the funeral she attended a "Pioneer Homecoming" at the Big-Four-Fair in Postville in Sept. 1941.

Mattie was an officer of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Oklahoma in 1941, serving as Patriotic Instructor.

Mattie  died May 16, 1952 in Alva.  Henry  died July 15, 1959 in Alva.  They are buried in the Alva Municipal cemetery; Alva, Woods Co. OK.

Mattie Pearson & Henry H. Dunning had 6 children:

55. Harry Herbert Dunning +
56. Winnifred Dunning (1896-?)
57. Ethlyn Dunning (1900-?)
58. Marion Dunning (1903-?)
59. Marguerite Dunning +
60. Henry Max Dunning (1918-1971)

  • I would like
    to contact a descendant of this family


22. Bertrude Louise Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
She was born in Hardin, Allamakee Co. IA on January 26, 1879.  She was baptized in the M.E. church at Hardin in the winter of 1888, and was confirmed in the Lutheran church at Postville, June 18, 1905.  On the 1900 census, Allamakee Co. IA, Franklin twp. she is shown living at home with her widowed mother, working as a servant.

Bertha Pearson

She married Charles Frederick Reincke [#4 Reincke family] in Clayton Co. IA, December 10,1903.   Bertha  wrote a letter to her mother in 1920,  when she was a young mother with two growing children.  Her words sound cheerful and full of life and happiness.  Sadly, she died less than a year later on  January 6, 1921 in Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, at 41 years of age, of a ruptured  appendix & pneumonia.   Her funeral was held January 9, 1921 at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Postville, IA.  It was held at 2:00 pm and the Rev. E. Schmidt officiated.  She is buried in the Postville Cemetery.   Many years later her husband Charles joined her, on  February 24, 1958.

Bertrude Louise Pearson and Charles F. Reincke had 2 children:

61.   Delmar Reincke +
62.   Dorothea M. E. Reincke +


23. Katherine 'Kate' Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
She was born in Hardin, Allamakee Co.  IA on  January 26, 1882. 

She attended school in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1899 & is found on the 1900 census for Allamakee Co., Franklin twp. IA; age 18, living at home with her widowed mother, working as a school teacher.

Katherine Pearson

Katherine married three times. First to Fred Niblock on December 12, 1901 in Waukon, Allamakee co. Iowa. Fred was the son of David & Fannie Niblock, and was born in January 1878. I have not discovered what happened to Fred ..... whether he died or they were divorced.

About 1908, Katherine married Albert E. Evans. Albert was born c1880 in Illinois. The 1910 census shows them living in Tooele, Grantsville Pct, Utah. Albert is a government sheep inspector. Kate's young son, Guy, is living with his grandmother Julia Pearson in Iowa.

By 1920 Albert, Kate & Guy are in Williamsburg, Silver Bow co., Montana, he is a meat inspector. In 1930 they remain in Silver Bow co. MT & Albert's occupation as vetinary doctor. By October 1930 they have removed to Pueblo, Colorado where Albert either died, or they divorced.

Katherine married again after 1941 to unknown Burlingame / Bermingham.

Kate died between 1957 and 1964. I don't know where she, or any of her husbands are buried.

Katherine Pearson and Fred Niblock had 1 child:

63. Guy L. Niblock (1902-?)

  • I would like to make contact with a descendant of Guy L. Niblock or anyone who has information on Kate Pearson's husbands.


24. Chester Arthur Pearson
(George3 Richard2 John1)
He was born in Hardin, Allamakee Co. IA on August 11, 1885.

In the early 1940's his daughter Mary E. wrote: "When Chester was a boy of 14 years, his father, then 76 years of age, passed away. This boy of 14 was left to carry on the farm work in company with his mother.  The partnership, thus started, continued through his life...."

He married Eula Lee Jones on June 25,1912.  Eula was born  on November 23, 1892 and was the daughter of Benjamin Jones & Ella Collins

Chester & Eula's wedding photo

Eula's brother Colby Jones also married into the Pearson family when he married Chet's half- niece Coral Abbie Pearson (daughter of Richard V. Pearson).

They moved to a small farm west of Hardin which he had purchased, and later he became the owner of the Swenson farm in the Bethel Church neighborhood.  At the close of WWII they moved into the town of Postville, Allamakee Co. IA.  His daughter Mary E.:  "After a year or two of residence in town, he resumed farming operations on the place he later called the home farm about 3 miles northeast of Postville.  He, also, later acquired a 140 acre piece of land which he called the Grand Meadow farm which lies about two miles southeast of the home place.  He enjoyed trading and was a splendid salesman.  His name became well-known in this section of N.E. IA through the fruit and vegetable sales which he conducted as a side line to his farming operations each fall and spring.  His name was also well-known in a number of other communities in central eastern IA which he visited annually with carloads of fruits and vegetables."

Chester died July 7, 1942 in Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, at 56 years of age.  Cause of death was cancer of the colon.  Eula died 1971 in Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, at 78 years of age.  They are buried in the Grand Meadow, Clayton Co. IA cemetery.  Next to their stone are the stones of his parents Julia Hunt and George Pearson.  Just a few feet away are his grandparents, Richard Pearson and Mary Ann Murch Pearson.

Chester Arthur Pearson and Eula Lee Jones had 3 children:

64.    Hilda Pearson + 
65.    Frances Wilma Pearson +
66.    Mary Ella Pearson +


39. Netina 'Tinny' Pearson
(Richard3 Richard2 John1)
She was born in 1872, Jackson co. Iowa.  She was a twin, her sister being named Minnie.  She was nicknamed 'Tinnie'.  Her twin. Minnie died at age 12, when the family lived in Atlantic, Cass co. IA.

Netina married Isaac L. Cady in 1922 or 1923.  She was his second wife.  Isaac was born c1850 in New York state. Isaac can be found on the 1880 census Atlantic, Cass Co. IA; living with his first wife, brother Frank & mother-in-law. He was a merchant. There are no children listed. Isaac's first wife died in 1922 and he remarried shortly thereafter to Netina. I believe that Isaac & Netina's father were business associates.

On the 1930 federal census, I find Isaac and Netina listed as guests staying at the Wells Hotel in Tulsa, OK.

Isaac Cady  died  in 1930 and Netina Pearson died in 1935.  They are buried in the Postville, Iowa cemetery in the Pearson family plot with her parents and brother Duane.


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