Benjamin Pearson1

M, #1888, b. circa 1682/83, d. 25 September 1763
Last Edited: 26 Mar 2012

Family:

Susannah Burbeck b. 31 Dec 1680, d. 27 Jun 1745

Children:

Benjamin Pearson+ 3 b. 30 Mar 1705
Joseph Pearson3 b. 8 Aug 1706, d. 30 Aug 1738
Thomas Pearson3 b. 12 Apr 1708, d. 13 Jan 1763
John Pearson3 b. 25 Mar 1711, d. 1763
Isaac Pearson3 b. 24 Jan 1713, d. Nov 1783
Samuel Pearson3 b. 24 Mar 1716/17, d. 22 Apr 1736
Joshua Pearson3 b. 12 Nov 1719, d. Sep 1793

Notes

  • Immigration*: between 1712 and 1714; Pennsylvania
  • Note*: Parents: Lawrence Pearson & Patience (surname unknown), who were residents of Tinsley, or Tinsley-Balby, a chapelry in parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire.

    See transcription of indenture made in 1703 by Lawrence and his son Benjamin.5,6
  • Note: Immigrated with wife & family between 1712 & 1714. (Passenger list not found.) Settled in Darby, Penn.7,8
  • Note: The Darby Friends Meeting records include a statement of expenses for 1737 through 1741. Each year Benjamin Pearson was paid £1.10.0 for one years care of the meeting house. In 1738 he was paid for cutting wood, and in 1738 & 1740 he was paid for clear9
  • Note: He does not appear to have left a will.10
  • Note: The J. Granville Leach Collection contains a typed manuscript entitled "BLUNSTON-----PEARSON." which begins:

    "The following is a copy of a genealogy prepared by John Pearson, Esq., son of Thomas and Anne Pearson, of Darby, Pa., and signed by him in 1812:
    "Genealogy of the Blunston and Pearson Families.:"

    The next five and half pages concern the Blunston family, and then begins the portion concerning the Pearson family:

    "I find that Thomas Pearson, my father, settled in Darby, next house to the bridge, in 1733, at which time my mother was 21 years of age, Admitting that my father was four yers older than she was, he was born in 1708, and allowing him to be four years old when he came to this country.
    "That my grandfather, Benjamin Pearson, came in or about the year 1712, from Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, to Darby, Pennsylvania. His wife's maiden name was Susanna Burbeck. She died in the year 1745, and he deceased in 1763, in the 81st year of his age. They were of the sect of people called Quakers, as were all of the original stock of the family connections heretofore mentioned. They had been better educated than usual for those who emigrated to this neighborhood. He was a stout, robust, and laborious husbandman; disliking this country, and never endavored to acquire property in it, and would not admit that any product of it was equal to that of England except turnips. They resided in a small house near to my father's, and after the decease of my grandmother, he continued there of choice, but had his diet in my father's house. His temper was remarkably sedate. At that time the wall along the mill race was not built. Returning to his house from supper on a dark evening, he unluckily stumbled over a log, and was precipitated down the declivity into the mill race. He got out and went home. Some of us went to see him, and he was more cheerful on that occasion than I had ever seen him. By his wife Susanna he had seven children: Benjamin, Thomas and Isaac, born in England; John, Joseph, Samuel, and Joshua born here.
    "Benjamin married an English woman of the name of Parr, and had two children--William and Samuel. William married Ann Fairman, and left two sons and two daughters-William, Thomas, Susanna and Ann. The son William married Deborah Foulke and left a daughter. Thomas it is said is deceased. He lived in Jersey, but whether married or not, I do not know. Susanna married Robert Aitken and they have children."

    The remaining two and a half pages concern Thomas and Hannah (Blunston) Pearson and their children.

    So much of this document is copied here for several reasons:

    First, the description of the grandfather Benjamin's character is repeated by many writers; this appears to be the earliest version.

    Second, this document is key to demonstrating the relationships of four generations of Pearsons: from Benjamin the immigrant, to the Benjamin who married Elizabeth Parr, to the William who married Ann Fairman, and to their children. For this line, there is a paucity of wills, Quaker marriage certificates and Quaker birth registrations.

    This compiler accepts the author John Pearson as creditable. His list of his uncles is the same as those written on the Pearson/Burbeck marriage certificate (although he varies on which were born in England). His listing of his first cousin William's children is the same as in William's will, and he names all their known spouses (although mixing up which daughter married Robert Aitken). (Also, it is odd that he does not describe the families of his uncles Isaac and John Pearson, both of Darby.)11
  • Note: Please note that a major source on the Pearson family is the works of Merry Ann Pierson, particularly her two books on the descendants of Lawrence Pearson, and also her WorldConnect database 'maptfs', which contains source material not found in the books.

    This compiler is especially indebted to her for references to the J. Granville Leach Collection, and to the John Pearson manuscript within that collection, and also to the 1757 Darby Monthly Meeting minutes entry concerning William Pearson.12

Citations

  1. [S267] Lloyd Manuscripts. by Howard Williams Lloyd. Publ. 1912, New Era Print. Co. Lancaster, Pa., p. 245, Marr. Cert. of Benjamin Pierson & Susannah Burbeck.
  2. [S267] Lloyd Manuscripts. by Howard Williams Lloyd. Publ. 1912, New Era Print. Co. Lancaster, Pa., p. 244.
  3. [S267] Lloyd Manuscripts. by Howard Williams Lloyd. Publ. 1912, New Era Print. Co. Lancaster, Pa., p. 246, Birth & death dates recorded on the marriage certificate of Benjamin Pierson & Susannah Burbeck.
  4. [S409] series: Early Church Records of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Vol 1, by John Pitts Launey & F. Edward Wright; publ. 1997, Family Line Publications. Vol 2, by Henry C. Peden, Jr. & John Pitts Launey, publ. 1997 by Family Line Publications. Vol 3, The Welsh Tract, by John Pitts Launey, publ. by Family Line Publications., 3:184, Darby monthly Meeting Deaths.
  5. [S267] Lloyd Manuscripts. by Howard Williams Lloyd. Publ. 1912, New Era Print. Co. Lancaster, Pa., p. 244, 248.
  6. [S97] Descendants of Lawrence Pearson; Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, 1642-2002. by Merry Anne Pierson. publ. Westview Publ. 2003. Part downloaded 12/1/2007 from http://www.westviewpublishing.com/Bookstore/PDF/DOLP.pdf, p. 1-2.
  7. [S97] Descendants of Lawrence Pearson; Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, 1642-2002. by Merry Anne Pierson. publ. Westview Publ. 2003. Part downloaded 12/1/2007 from http://www.westviewpublishing.com/Bookstore/PDF/DOLP.pdf, p. 3, 6.
  8. [S285] "Memoranda relating to Benjamin Pearson, and some of his descendants", pp. 94-118 of "J. Granville Leach Collection, Genealogical Data, Vol IV"; FHL Microfilm 481,830. Typed manuscript., p. 94.
  9. [S429] Society of Friends, Darby Monthly Meeting, Delaware county, Pa. Filmed at Swarthmore. FHL microfilm 20,412. Original records., VIII Certificates of Removal & Miscellaneous Papers 1718-1788, p. 65-66.
  10. [S219] Index to Chester County, Pennsylvania, Wills and Intestate Records, 1713 - 1850. compiled by Bart Anderson, Dorothy B. Lapp & Marwood Darlington. Publ.: Danboro, Pa. : R.T. and M.C. Williams, 1970., p. 150.
  11. [S37] "Blunston Pearson", pp. 110-118 of "J. Granville Leach Collection, Genealogical Data, Vol IV"; FHL Microfilm 481,830. Typed manuscript, described in the first sentence as: "The following is a copy of a genealogy prepared by John Pearson, Esq., son of Thomas and Anne Pearson, of Darby, Pa., and signed by him in 1812".
    "Blunston Pearson", pp. 110-118 of "J. Granville Leach Collection, Genealogical Data, Vol IV"; FHL Microfilm 481,830. Typed manuscript, described in the first sentence as: "The following is a copy of a genealogy prepared by John Pearson, Esq., son of Thomas and Anne Pearson, of Darby, Pa., and signed by him in 1812".
    , p. 115-116.
  12. [S97] Descendants of Lawrence Pearson; Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, 1642-2002. by Merry Anne Pierson. publ. Westview Publ. 2003. Part downloaded 12/1/2007 from http://www.westviewpublishing.com/Bookstore/PDF/DOLP.pdf.