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  • ID: I09126
  • Name: Thomas PEARSON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 5 SEP 1653 in Pownal Fee, Cheshire, England
  • Birth: 3 FEB 1652/53 in Alt.
  • Death: 27 MAY 1734 in Marple, Chester Co, Pennsylvania
  • Burial: Quaker - Springfield Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania
  • Immigration: 1683
  • Note:
    Thomas was born in 1653 in Wilmslow, Cheshire County, England. Wilmslow
    is about 30 miles east of Liverpool and 12 miles south of Manchester. It
    was a strong center of Puritanism in the 1600's.
    Thomas and his family lived in tumultuous times in England. In 1642,
    eleven years before Thomas' birth, civil war broke out in England when
    Charles I wanted to rule the Puritan controlled Parliament. Oliver
    Cromwell, leader of the Puritans, took command of the government when
    Charles was killed in 1649. He ruled until his death in 1658, then was
    succeeded by his son. In 1660, when Thomas would have been 7 years old,
    the monarchy was restored when Charles II became King. In 1652, during
    the rule of the Puritans, George Fox founded the Society of Friends or
    Quakers. The Quakers expanded in number during the years of Puritan rule
    (1649-1660) and after the restoration of the monarchy. They were widely
    persecuted for their beliefs.
    Thomas Pearson, a Quaker, was born and lived in a strongly Puritan area
    of England. He immigrated to Marple Township, Chester County,
    Pennsylvania in 1683 when he was about 30 years old. We have several
    versions of his immigration. In one, according to "Pearson's Places and
    Things", the Pearson family newsletter, he came over on the ship Endeavor
    in September, 1683. Another version which comes from a book on William
    Penn and the Quakers entitled "The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America"
    by John Fiske published in 1900, a Thomas Pearson came over with William
    Penn on the ship Welcome in 1682. The ship sailed from Deal in the late
    summer of 1682 with 100 passengers and landed in Upland, PA. on October
    27, 1682. This Thomas Pearson was the maternal grandfather of the first
    famous American painter Benjamin West. Aunt Inez' original information
    shows Thomas' daughter Sarah marrying John West. These two individuals,
    it turns out, are the parents of Benjamin. The Quaker book notes that
    Thomas was a friend of Penn and, upon arrival in America, Penn said to
    Pearson, " 'Providence has brought us here safe. Thou hast been the
    companion of my perils. What wilt thou that I shall call this place?'
    'Call it Chester,' replied Pearson, who had come from that most quaint
    and beautiful city of old England." So the site in Pennsylvania was
    called Chester County after Cheshire County, England.
    History of Delaware Co., PA by George Smith, M.D. (p. 491)
    "Pearson, Thomas, frequently called Thomas Person, with his wife Margery,
    came from England with William Penn when on his first visit to
    Pennsylvania. If any reliance can be placed on tradition, it was upon
    his suggestion that the name of Upland was changed to Chester. He
    settled in Marple township on the tract marked "Thomas Perce" on Holme's
    map. His children were Robert, Thomas, Lawrence, Enoch, Alice, Sarah and
    Benjamin, all born in this country. His daughter Sarah, intermarried
    with John West, and was the mother of the great painter Benjamin West.
    His son Robert Pearson, intermarried with Catharine the daughter of James
    Thomas of Merion. Thomas Pearson the elder was alive in 1706. Pearson,
    some of the descendants took the name of Parsons, Person and Pierson."
    Benjamin West: A Biography
    Further information on Thomas Pearson is provided in a biography of
    Benjamin West entitled "Benjamin West: A Biography". The book notes that
    Thomas and Margery came over from England in 1683. It identifies Thomas
    as a mason by trade. It also notes that 10 offspring came of the
    marriage. Aunt Inez shows 11.
    Emigrants of Pennsylvania, 1641-1819,
    Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
    Edited by Michael Shipp Tepper
    "Tho. Pierson and Margt his wife late of ditto (Poonnall in Cheshire),
    mason, came in ditto (Endeavor of London, A Ketch George Thorp M.)"
    "John his brother & Mary Smith his sister, all of the same place, came in

    Thomas Pearson was born and raised in Cheshire, England. He married
    Margery Ellen Smith, February 18, 1683. They were Quakers. Shortly after
    their marriage, they emigrated to the United States on the ship ENDEAVOR,
    along with Thomas' brother John and the Thomas Janney family, ( Thomas
    Janney was probably the brother of Elizabeth Janney, Thomas' mother ).
    They settled first in Pennsylvania. Later generations migrated to South
    Carolina and then to Ohio in the 1800's. The land that Thomas moved to in
    Pennsylvania was purchased by his brother John, who had purchased it from
    William Penn before his leaving England. According to West Chester, PA
    court records, it states that this land was transferred to Thomas Pearson
    from John Pearson (his brother) who in turn transferred it to his eldest
    son Robert before his death in 1734

    Father: Lawrence PEARSON b: 4 MAY 1620 in Pownal Fee, Cheshire, England
    Mother: Elizabeth Barnhill JANNEY b: 7 JUN 1620 in Pownal Fee, Cheshire, England

    Marriage 1 Margery Ellen SMITH b: 1 FEB 1657/58 in Pownal Fee, Cheshire, England
    • Married: 18 FEB 1682/83 in Pownal Fee, Cheshire, England
    1. Has Children Enoch PEARSON b: 12 MAR 1689/90 in Chester Co, Pennsylvania
    2. Has No Children Mary PEARSON b: 2 MAY 1701
    3. Has No Children Robert PEARSON b: 3 DEC 1683
    4. Has No Children Thomas PEARSON b: 23 OCT 1685
    5. Has No Children John PEARSON b: 10 JAN 1691/92
    6. Has No Children Able PEARSON b: 1695
    7. Has No Children Margery PEARSON b: 23 SEP 1703
    8. Has No Children Sarah PEARSON b: 8 FEB 1694/95
    9. Has No Children Lawrence PEARSON b: 20 OCT 1687
    10. Has No Children Benjamin PEARSON b: 1 DEC 1698
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