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Elizabeth Barnhill (Janney) Pearson (1620 - 1662)

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Elizabeth Barnhill [uncertain] Pearson formerly Janney
Born in Cheshire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Pownall Feemap
Descendants descendants
Died in Moberly, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Aug 2010
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Elizabeth was a Quaker


NOTE This Biography need WORK


Mother's death before birth of child noted.


Birth 07 JUN 1620 Pownall Fee, Cheshire, England
Birth also found 7 Jun 1630
Also found Birth:  :: Date: Abt 1646
Death 13 AUG 1662 Mobberly, Cheshire, England

Elizabeth Janey (Janney), 1620 - 1675, wife of Lawrence Pearson and mother of Edward and Thomas Pearson, is buried in St. Wilfred's Church, Mobberley, England. For an image of the church and other information, visit the website of Craig Thornber. A thumbnail history of Lawrence and Elizabeth is given by Rootsdigger. Lawrence was married in the Quaker meeting to Elizabeth Janney, of a very active Quaker family. Elizabeth, wife of Lawrence, was buried 13 Aug 1662 at Mobberly. She was dau[ghter] of Randle Janney and Ellen Allred.

In 1657, Lawrence Pearson of Wilmslow Parish refused to pay a tithe, and had a horse worth three pounds confiscated to pay an eight shilling tithe. In 1665 Lawrence Pearson of Pownall Fee was arrested at a Quaker meeting and jailed for two months. In 1650, Lawrence Pearson was imprisoned for testifying in the streets at Highfield, County Derby. In 1660, Robert Pearson, his brother, was put in jail for refusing to take an oath.

The story has a ring of truth. Elizabeth lived until 1662, Lawrence until 1673 or 1674. In his will he identified his profession as mason. His will left "unto my sonne Edward the dishboard, the little plow, and the little pair of plow irons, etc." The other children, including Thomas, received shares of the tiny estate.

Consider that Lawrence and Elizabeth's two sons Edward and Thomas left England about 1683 and settled in Quaker communities in Pennsylvania.

Notes on Parents

There is little evidence to support Elizabeth's relationship to Randle Janney and Ellen Alrodd.

William Davis's history of Bucks County claims that Randle Janney and Ellen Alrodd had four children: Thomas (bp 27 Jun 1605), Randle (bp 26 May 1608), Heine (bp 24 Mar 1610), and Richard (bp 20 Feb 1613)[1].

Researcher Paul Palmer has been unable to identify any proof that Elizabeth Pearson was a Janney:

Randall died in 1613, seven years before such a daughter's improbable birth. I have a photocopy of and have transcribed his estate papers. I also have the christening records of all four of his children, one of whom pre-deceased him and the fourth of which was born posthumously. None was an Elizabeth. ....
I located, had photocopied, and transcribed the 1619 will of Randall's father-in-law, John ALLRED (1564-1620) of Wilmslow Parish. ... Among other things, John ALLRED named ALL his grandchildren. None was an Elizabeth Janney.
I have searched the Wilmslow Parish Register repeatedly and failed to locate any person named JANNEY who was a suitable candidate to be Lawrence PEIRSON's wife. We know he had a wife named Elizabeth and that she was the mother of some of his children ~ probably all except the eldest, daughter Mary. We know that she died in the summer of 1662 and was buried in the Quaker burying yard at Mobberley in Cheshire.
Thus far we do NOT know 1.) what her birth surname was; 2.) who her parents were; 3.) when she was born; 4.) where she was born; 5.) when and/or where she was married to Lawrence PEIRSON.[2]

Alternate possibility

There is an Elizabeth Barnhill b 1620 in Pownall Fee, Cheshire,d d 13 Aug 1662, Mobberly, 13 Aug 1662, married Laurence Pearson (and had the same children) sourced from :


  • Janney-215 was created by Al Alexander through the import of Alexander Jr Family Tree.ged on Jan 11, 2015.
  • Source: S-468370550 Repository: #R-996643787 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note:
  • Repository: R-996643787 Name: Address: Note:
  • Source: S4 Abbreviation: Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Vol IV., Flushing Monthly Meetings (2) Title: Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Vol IV., Flushing Monthly Meetings (2) Repository: #R2 Paranthetical: Y
  1. Davis, William W. H, A Genealogical and Personal History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. pp. 54-55
  2. Chester County Genealogy, "Pearson ( Peirson) Family: Bogus Ancestries"

Further Notes

Had birth date as June 7,1620, birth before marriage.[Pats Families 3.FTW]
Had birth date as June 7,1620, birth before marriage.

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On 19 Jan 2018 at 01:52 GMT Kevin Nauta wrote:

Cheshire, England, Select Bishop's Transcripts, 1576-1933 indicate a burial for Elizabeth Pearson of 13 Dec 1675 in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England. That matches the provided biography. The 1662 death date would invalidate Margaret as being Elizabeth's daughter. Birthdate for the 1675 Elizabeth Janney Pearson is given as 7 Jun 1620 in Wilmslow.

On 6 Aug 2014 at 15:31 GMT Mary Knox wrote:

Janney-1 and Janney-131 are not ready to be merged because: May be same person but needs more research. Interesting that both records list her sister as having the same name. Birth dates different but could be typo.

On 24 Jun 2014 at 20:12 GMT Ron Pearson wrote:

I have Elizabeth's birth year as 1620, not 1630.

On 30 Apr 2014 at 13:47 GMT Ron Pearson wrote:

Janney-127 and Janney-1 appear to represent the same person because: I believe same person except birth date is wrong on one>

On 15 Apr 2014 at 13:32 GMT Ron Pearson wrote:

Janney-127 and Janney-1 appear to represent the same person because: Names, dates, locations are the same.

Elizabeth is 17 degrees from George Barnes, 22 degrees from Amy Utting and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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