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Pearson family
page 3 - Generation III


10. George W. Pearson
(Richard 2, John 1)
He was born in Bombay Hook Island, DE November 26, 1823.  Julia Hunt wrote of her husband: "George Pearson, your father, was born Nov. 26, 1823 (the same year that his father was married) on an island in Chesapeake Bay called Bombakok [sic] close to Maryland." 

Julia's memoirs continued: "In abt 1833 the family removed to ILL and finally in 1838 to Clayton Co. IA....your father was 10 years old.    He found a little work and bought his mother a large blue sugar bowl with the first money he earned.  She always kept it and we still have it in the family. In abt 1834 they removed across the Mississippi River into IA and settled in Guttenberg. There was no school nearer than Dubuque but his mother and sister Susan taught the boys at home.  He was quick to learn and soon outgrew the teaching.  His father wanted him to be a doctor so sent him, as soon as he was grown up, to study with a good Dr. in Dubuque. He learned rapidly and became a very fine penman which was of great use to him in after years."  "Before the year was quite over he got in bad company and ran away with them to Chicago.  He knew how to play cards and most always won.  He was well dressed and his father kept him in spending money.  Shortly after at a hotel in Chicago some gamblers who thought he was a rich man's son, invited him to go out with them one evening.  When they began to play, the one next to him told him to bet and said he would show him how to play.  He began to win and when that game ended he won all that was on the board.  He scraped it into his cap and left on the run for his hotel. The old manager saw him coming and said  'my boy let me send you home to your father,'  but he did not want to go home so kept on his way to ruin. He went up and down the river to New Orleans. Once while there he went broke and went to work with the negros rolling cotton bales."  "Soon after this, he got into trouble and sent home for help from his father who by this time had become quite influenced and was an intimate friend of Governor Dodge, who was, I think the first Gov. of Iowa. They settled the trouble.  They persuaded him to enlist in the navy and sail as midshipman with Admiral Porter to Vera Cruz.  Admiral Porter had charge of a fleet in the bombardment of Vera Cruz. At their arrival [George] was climbing up to go on board the Mexican ship when a man on that ship struck at him with a cutlass, hitting him on the left temple.  But a man on that ship shot him and broke the force of the blow but left a serious wound and left a seamed scar on his face for his lifetime." "By this time he had sown his wild oats and reformed.  As soon as he recovered he returned home but meanwhile Gov. Dodge had given the appointment at West Point to his own Nephew. [George] then went to Ft. Crawford at Prairie Du Chein and hired out to help move the Indians to Ft. Atkinson, IA.  But in a short time he went with troops to Ft. Snelling, MN.  He was hired by Capt. Rice as commissary clerk for the company and drew all their rations and pay checks.  That sumer he raised a field of oats where Minneapolis is now. After a year or so he gave up his job and went down home for a visit.  He met a young lady who had just graduated from Oberlin College and was married in March of 1851 and went farming."

George W. Pearson married twice.  He married Maria A. Weber in Garnavillo, IA, March 6, 1851.  I know almost nothing of Maria Weber.  Census records give birth-place as Mass., New Jersey, Wisconsin & New York. Her birth year also varies depending on the record (1831-1835). I don't know who her parents were.  The library archives at Oberlin College in OH have no record that even remotely could be that of Maria Weber.

George W. Pearson

Maria Weber Pearson

George & Maria  lived near Garnavillo, Clayton Co. IA and he was a farmer.  In October of 1854 he won first prize for his wheat at the first Clayton Co. Fair. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Garnavillo Lodge #20. The records of Garnavillo and Clayton Co. mention George W. Pearson many times through the years.  When the Civil War broke out he was already 36 years old, and had a family.  He enlisted in the Militia 171st Sub-district, Garnavillo twp. Clayton Co. IA, second class, in September 1862. 

Julia Hunt Pearson wrote:   "Your father had a farm at Garnavillo, but kept a hired man and worked in the recorders office at the county seat and was Deputy Sheriff at one time.  In a few years he sold out and bought a farm at Giard.  After living at Giard for a few years he went up to Hardin to live in 1866, where his father and brother Richard were living.  His wife died the following year, and he had sold the farm at Giard and bought the one he had when he died."

He married second Julia Marcella Hunt [
#18 Hunt family] in Hardin, Clayton Co.IA, April 16, 1868.  Julia was born in Rodman, Jefferson Co. NY on May 23, 1850.  She was the daughter of Horace Stoughton Hunt and Harriet Louise Bailey. They lived on an 80 acre farm, just east of the larger farm originally owned by his father,  near Hardin, Monona twp. Clayton Co. IA.  He was a dyed in the wool Democrat, so when the Postville Review ran this item in 1898, it would have been quite a piece of news:  "One of the strangest things on record is that Geo. Pearson, of Hardin, has apparently left the democratic party.  If his conversion is genuine the republicans will let him in with the thousands of others that are leaving the democratic party."

George was frequently mentioned in newspaper items and refered to as G. W. Pearson, Esq.
The first mention I find of G.W. Pearson in the Postville/Hardin area is from the Postville Review of January 21, 1874.  He is paid  'justice' fees of $14.25  by the Allamakee Co. Board of Supervisors. George is mentioned over the years as he presides over marriages, subscribes to the newspaper,  was appointed 'Vice-president of the Day' for the 1887 4th of July celebration in Postville &  in 1892 he appears on a lengthly list of men on twp. committees for the solicitation of donations for funds and unshelled corn for starving poor of Russia, via the Russian Famine Relief Committe of Allamakee Co., Iowa.

Maria A. Weber died July 9, 1862 in Hardin, IA.  Julia M. Hunt died August 18, 1941 in Postville, IA, at 91 years of age.  George W. Pearson died November 13, 1900 in Hardin, IA, at 76 years of age.  Cause of death was heart and lung trouble. All are buried in the Grand Meadow cemetery, Clayton Co. IA.   The graves of his  wives are found on either side of him; and his parents nearby.  George has two markers in this cemetery.

George W. Pearson and Maria A. Weber had 5 children:

14. Maria  S.  Pearson   (1852-1855)
15. Fannie Pearson  (1854-?) +
16. Gertrude Pearson  (1856-1856)
17. Libby Pearson   (1857-?)
18. Richard Victor Pearson +

George W. Pearson and Julia Marcella Hunt had 6 children:

19. Georgia Pearson +
20. Jessie June Pearson +
21.  Mattie Pearson +
22.  Bertrude Louise Pearson +
23.  Katherine Pearson +
24.  Chester Arthur Pearson +


11. Jane Pearson
(Richard 2, John 1)
Family lore mentions a daughter Jane, born between 1824 and 1828 before her parents removed to Iowa. 
I know nothing more of her, although this 1884  newspaper item may be a clue: "A sister of old gentleman Pearson, who has been visiting at Hardin with the later, left on the B.C.R.& N. passenger train Thursday for her home at Atlantic, Io."   Jane is not mentioned in her father's obit or will.


12. William Henry Pearson
(Richard 2, John 1)
He was born March 19, 1829 in Lewiston, Mifflin co. PA.   He  removed to IA with his parents in 1838.

In the latter part of the 1840's, William served in the Mexican War, as a member of an Iowa regiment.

He  married Elizabeth Alida Rutan on January 1, 1852, probably in Iowa. Elizabeth was born c1831 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of James Rutan and Mary Predmore, both natives of NY.

He is mentioned in a Garnavillo, Clayton co. Iowa history as a patron of the Forbes store in the 1850's.   William and Elizabeth removed to Minnesota in 1855, first locating on section 36, Eyota township, Olmsted co. They were among the first settlers in that county. By 1870, they have moved to Rochester twp., section 12, same county

By 1880, William is a widower & the family is living in Pleasant Grove, Olmsted, Minnesota.   William attended his mother's funeral in 1880 & his father's funeral in 1882.  Richard Pearson SR's will bequeaths William a team of horses, which apparently William had bought, but not paid his father for.

William was an early charter member of the A.O.U.W. at Rochester.

Elizabeth died February 13, 1874 of consumption. William  died of pulmonary consumption on November 26, 1894 in Olmsted Co. MN.   They are buried in the Marion twp. cemetery, Olmsted Co. MN.  Their young son Willie H. is buried next to them, as are her mother and her brother Samuel.

William H. Pearson & Elizabeth Rutan had 9 children:

25.  Maria Autonille Pearson (c1853 - ?)
26.  Olin Hamlin Pearson (c1854 - ?)
27.  Jennieve Elizabeth Pearson (1857-?)
28.  William H. 'Willie'Pearson (1860-1862)
29.  Robert Len Pearson (1862 - 1918)
30.  James Jackson Pearson (1865-?)
31.  Cecil Margaret Pearson (1867-?)
32.  Mildred E. Pearson (1868-?)
33.  Paul Richard Pearson (1872-1915)

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13. Richard M. Pearson
(Richard 2, John 1)
He was born on August 1, 1833, possibly in PA. 

He removed to Iowa with his parents abt 1838 and settled in Clayton Co. He is found on the 1850 Jefferson twp. Clayton Co. IA census, age 19; and living with his parents.  By 1866 he was living in Hardin, Clayton Co. IA.

Richard married Louisa 'Eliza' Bockover on November 28, 1850.  Louisa was born abt 1834, the daughter of Abram Bockover & Tabietha Slades.  She is found on the 1850 census, Clayton co. Garnavilla twp.; enumerated 1/10/1850. Living with Timothy & Henrietta Killam (or Tillman). Age 16, occupation teacher. On this census, her surname is given as Bockover, although her sister Annetta is listed as a Cayton. Her mother & step-father (James Cayton) and siblings are living in the same twp.

After Eliza died (probably in childbirth), Richard married her sister, Annette Bockover / Cayton, on September 24, 1856.  Annette was born abt. 1836. They farmed in the area of Hardin, Clayton co. IA during the 1860's, then possibly to Jackson co. around 1870. I am unable to find the family on the 1870 census in Iowa or anywhere else, but the 1885 Iowa state census gives Jackson co. Iowa as the birthplace for 2 of their children, William Duane in 1871 and Tina in 1873. They removed to Cass Co. Iowa in 1874. After Richard's mother died in 1880, his widowed father moved in with the family. 

The History of Cass Co. Iowa, 1884:  "The Occidental House, of Atlantic, was erected in 1878.  It is a three story frame structure, 70X70 in ground area, and cost $7,765.  E.O. Hoyt erected the building and conducted the same until the spring of 1881, when he disposed of the property to R.M. Pearson, who sold the same to Charles Treede in November 1884." "Richard M. Pearson was born in Pennsylvania, August 1, 1833, and is the son of Richard and Mary (Merch) Pearson, natives of Maryland.  His father was a pioneer of Iowa, being among the first to enter land in all the great Hawkeye State, having settled in Clayton county in 1837...."  and "The subject of this sketch came to Clayton Co. Iowa, with his parents when 6 yrs. of age, which at that time was an unbroken wilderness, inhabited by the red man.  He remained here until May, 1874, growing to manhood and witnessing the settlement and development of that country, when he came to Atlantic, where he has since resided."  and "Mr. Pearson was alderman of Atlantic for four years and in politics is a "dyed in the wool" Democrat."

He is found with his family on the 1880 census, Atlantic, Cass Co. IA.  He is listed as a liveryman. In 1882 he was appointed sole executor of his father's estate & was left property in the will. Between 1885 and 1895, the family left Atlantic, and removed for a brief time to Marshalltown, Iowa. By 1897, Richard & Annetta they are back in Clayton co., living on her mother's farm in Grand Meadow twp.

Eliza died December 23, 1855 & is buried in the Old Cemetery in Garnavillo, Clayton Co. Iowa.  I visited her grave in September 2000 and found the stone lying flat on the ground, nearly overgrown.  It is adorned with a weeping willow and the verse: "In God are crowning thy fair young brow.  Therefore should I weep." 
Richard M. Pearson died June 10,1900 in Grand Meadow twp. Cause of death was pneumonia.  Annette died March 28, 1914.  They are buried in the Postville, IA cemetery. 

Richard M. Pearson  and Louisa 'Eliza' Bockover had 1 child:

34. Ella Pearson    (1855 -?)

Richard M. Pearson and Annette Bockover had 5 children:

35.    Thomas Pearson  (1857-?)
36.    Ann Pearson       (1859-?)
37.    Cora Pearson      (1860-?)
38.    Duane William Pearson  (1869-1905)
39.    Netina 'Tinnie' Pearson +
40.    Minnie T. Pearson    (1872-1884)

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