J. (Pearson) Salsbery
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J. (Pearson) Salsbery

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J. Salsbery formerly Pearson
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private brother (1950s - unknown)] and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], [private son (1960s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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J. (Pearson) Salsbery is a member of the Casteel Name Study Project.

GENEALOGY: The systematic and highly obsessive practice of collecting DEAD RELATIVES. - Unattributed quote.

February 2019, I published a family history book covering the ancestry of my paternal grandparents. OUR EXTRAORDINARY ANCESTORS; The Ancestors of Clinton Wilbur Pearson and Bessie Adelaide White. I am now writing a book covering the ancestry of my maternal grandparents.



My journey to discover my ancestors began when I was 17 years old. As the years went by, I dabbled at it occasionally, with lots of stops along the way as I was busy with raising a family. My efforts were renewed when my paternal 2nd cousin Sarah Z. discovered that two of our 10th great-grandfathers, Richard Warren and Francis Cooke, and his 13 year old son John Cooke, were Pilgrim Separatists and passengers on the Mayflower in 1620. Sarah shared everything and I, like her, joined The Mayflower Society. I wanted to share all of these wonderful ancestors with my family. I am thankful for the generosity of others who shared their information with me, and I like to pay it forward and share with others.

We found many more ancestors who were early settlers in America, and were part of the Great Migration. They settled mainly on Nantucket Island, Cape Cod and Rhode Island. Some of their descendants went west until they reached Montana, Oregon and California.

My mother's ancestors appear to be primarily from Scotland, and have been the most elusive. They seem to have settled mainly in North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama, moving on to Oklahoma, Oregon and California. One 3rd great-grandfather is rumored to have been a Choctaw Chief!

One grandmother's parents came from Belgium and Prince Edward Island and met in South Dakota.

In my spare time I read, mainly historical fiction, mysteries, general fiction and non-fiction. I am trying to learn more about genetic genealogy. I spend time with my family; camping and hiking. I am an avid book collector of all kinds, including genealogy books.

I gave birth to 3, but 8 call me Mom (one is now in heaven). I have 13 grandchildren (one is in heaven) and three greats. My genealogy research is devoted to them, with love.

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.” ― Saul Bellow, Herzog

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." James 4:14 KJV

What is a First Cousin, Twice Removed?


  • The General Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • The Winthrop Society
  • International Society of Genetic Genealogy
  • Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers

Argument for the Homersfield Ancestry of Andrew Warde

Also posted at Academia

Notable Kin

Notable people have a page on Wikipedia.

Early New England Settlers


Early Germanna Colony, Virginia Settlers

Scottish Ancestors & Their Clans


Honoring Preservers of the Family Tree

My most heartfelt thanks to all of those who have shared their family records, especially these wonderful genealogists;

  • Gladys Pearson Johnson, my aunt and author of Pearson Family Saga, Memories of 3rd daughter, Gladys Irene Johnson.
  • Sarah Z., my 2nd cousin 1x removed, who connected us to the Mayflower & shared everything.
  • Lora Lee, my 2nd cousin, author of The Pearson Book & diligent searcher for Benny.
  • Carolyn Tibbetts Ballantyne, my 2nd cousin 1x removed, Keeper of the White Family Tree.
  • Julie Spencer, my 2nd cousin 1x removed, helped with the Taylor and McFarland families.
  • Bessie White Pearson, my grandmother and my great aunt Leila Ellis Ewing, answered all of the family questions they could, when I was 17 years old and sent them questionnaires to fill out. Aunt Lee wrote out her family story.
  • Carolyn C., my 3rd cousin, Keeper of the Schollaert Family Tree.
  • Philip Besselievre, my 3rd cousin, who broke down the Parsons Brick Wall.
  • Robin R, my 3rd cousin, of the awesome White family.
  • Cathy S., my 3rd cousin 1x removed, one of several awesome Oklahoma Blalock cousins.
  • Thomas Milne, my 4th cousin, Keeper and Detective Extraordinaire, of the Blalock Tree.
  • Jim D., my 4th cousin, Veteran Keeper of the Blalock Tree.
  • S. Burroughs, my 5th cousin, broke through the Bowles Brick Wall and connected us to the Germanna Colony.
  • Carol R., my husband's 2nd cousin 1x removed, Creative Keeper of the Janes/Jaynes Tree.
  • Isabelle Rassinot, native and resident of France, generously spent many hours researching our Schollaert & Huysmans ancestors in French-speaking Belgium records. I am overwhelmed and overjoyed at all of the new ancestors Isabelle discovered and documented for us.

Magna Carta Surety Barons


  • Owen Coffin who gave his life that others might live. Hero of the Whaleship Essex - My 5th cousin 5x removed

Some Black Sheep

Where I have added "possibly," it looks doubtful to me but requires more research.

Relationship Finder Quick Links

My Connections to the US Presidents

Presidential Trivia

In 1968 I was a waitress for awhile at Shoney's Big Boy, in College Park, Georgia. One day I approached a booth where two men were seated. One of them stood up, shook my hand, and said "Hi, I'm Jimmy Carter and I'm running for Governor!"

American Founding Fathers

War Veterans

Revolutionary War Veterans

Many of my ancestors of the period were Quakers, and remained neutral during the war.

Civil War Veterans

World War I Veterans

Korean War Veterans

Vietnam Era Veterans

My Brick Walls

My Brick Walls


I like islands and used to live on an island between 1967-1984. During the course of my genealogy research, I was surprised to find how many ancestors were born, or lived, on islands. The list so far includes;

Research Tools

Published Genealogist Cousins

Are You My Cousin?

Click on the link above to check out my table of Wiki cousins. Are we related?

My Ancestors Research Statistics

My Ancestors Research Statistics
Generation Number Direct Relation to J. (Pearson) Salsbery Total # of Possible Ancestors Total # of Identified Ancestors Total % of Identified Ancestors
3Great Grandparent88100.00%
42nd Great Grandparent1616100.00%
53rd Great Grandparent322371.88%
64th Great Grandparent642945.31%
75th Great Grandparent1283427%
86th Great Grandparent2565120%
97th Great Grandparent5125010%
108th Great Grandparent1024495%

Many thanks to Campbell Braddock for creating the code and gifting this neat chart to me! Last updated August 20, 2017.


Advance Directive

What a great idea this is! I saw it on another Wiki Profile and copied it.

To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreers, whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists:

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with J. or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • J. (Pearson) Salsbery: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1a3, FTDNA kit #B54446
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with J.:

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I would to thank you for all your contributions towards the goals of the England Project during the past six months. We've achieved a huge amount during this period and we couldn't have done it without you and our other project members.

As the England Project Leaders, we are completing our six monthly check-in with all project members.

Are you happy to stay in your current project teams? Which teams are you most active in? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

Also, do you have any feedback on what the project is doing well and anything we could do better in the future?

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Joan, England Project Leader


It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

I am happy with the projects I am in, and pleased with Google Groups. I am currently hard at work researching my maternal line, many of whom came from Scotland.

posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
As part of an annual checkup of the WikiTree US Presidents Project we are asking members if they are planning to continue their contributions to the project. We are establishing a page where everyone can identify the President or Vice President that they wish to manage. Just respond to this message to let me know 1) Are you planning to continue with the Project and 2) do you have a specific President or Vice President that you are interested in.
posted by Robin Lee

I have not had time for the project these days and I am not currently working on any particular president.


posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
Hi J,

It's that time of the year again: check-in time! As England Project Leaders, we like to check in with you every six months or so to see how things are progressing. Back in May, we didn't ask for a response due to the rapid emergence of Covid-19 because we understood that people's lives were changing rapidly. While we are still living in a Covid world, we do need to hear back from you this time around

First of all, how are you doing? What are you currently working on? Are you happy with the team(s) you're in, or would you like to change things up?

Secondly, we're looking for some feedback on the Google Group and our Discord server. Do you use either or both of these? If you don't use either, why not? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve participation and collaboration, either generally or for you personally?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Lizzie, Amy, Joan

England Project Leaders

Hi J,

We're sad to inform you that the Black Sheep Project is being dissolved. All BSP's subprojects will be moved in pieces under the Notables Project as categories and perhaps as Teams, depending on interest. Witch Trials will become a subproject of Notables.

Your BSP project member badge will soon be removed. If you'd like to join the Notables project, please let one of us know and we'll get you a Notables badge.

Please email either of us if you have any questions and if you'd like to join the Notables project.

Thanks, Susan McNamee & Traci Thiessen ~Co-leaders, Black Sheep Project

posted by Susan McNamee
Hello J, the England Project is changing the way that "Category:England Project" is used, from identifying England Project Members to a category for the England Project Free Space Pages and admin pages.

I would therefore be very grateful if you would remove "Category:England Project" and "Category:United Kingdom" from your personal profile. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.

Many thanks, Jo, England Project Leader

posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
I think a profile you manage, Kirkpatrick-1987, is a son of Kirkpatrick-1712. Will you look and let me know if you agree? If you do I will add the connection.

Thanks! Tammy

posted by Tammy Kirkpatrick
I have no idea. Andrew Kirkpatrick-1712 has no sources at all; nothing to tell us the names of his children. I got the information for Charles Kirkpatrick-1987 from McTeer, Frances Davis; McTeer – Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis McTeer, 1975.

She said he was probably a son of Charles and Agnes Kirkpatrick. So, what makes you believe that Charles is a son of Andrew?

posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
Based on the information in the image I put on the profile for Andrew Kirkpatrick-1712. Just trying to share some information.
posted by Tammy Kirkpatrick
Aha! Sorry, I had not noticed the image you posted! Awesome, it looks like Charles is the son of Andrew. Go ahead and make the connection. Thank you!
posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
Great page! I'll chime in on relationship. It came up as the renown Unknown-371019.....Rebecca Harndell? But, Philip Tabor-527, my ninth gt grandfather, is probably a match. Thanks.
posted by Dave Jenkins
Thank you Dave! And nice to meet another cousin!
posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery

We'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Jan,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles and particularly your work in the Arborist Team.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do.


Thank you Joan. I am happy with my current role and only wish I could do more. I love being involved with Wikitree. But I live next door to four small grandchildren and am involved with their lives daily. I am also writing a 2nd family history book, have a husband who needs attention, a garden and lots of weeds to contend with. Even during these difficult times, life is as busy as ever! Stay well and thank you for your efforts!


posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
Hi J.,

I noticed that you were currently following the CEMETERIES tag, but were not yet a member of the Cemeteries Global Cemeteries Project.If you are interested in more details about the project, or are just ready to sign up, please head on over to our G2G Welcome Post for more information.

I look forward to seeing you around the tree!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Steve, I was part of the old Cemeteries team and contributed, but haven't had time to keep up on that. I think I will stop following the Cemeteries tag. Thanks!
posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
Hi J.,

Would you please remove the now-retired category Category:Scottish_Clans from your profile?

Bobbie Hall
Scotland Project Co-Leader
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hello J,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Sarah, At this time I am hard at work researching my maternal lines for my next family history book. Many of the lines are from Scotland and Ireland and sources can be difficult to come by. Sometimes I can shift from one family to the next, if I find sources that lead me to the next branch of the family with more documentation. Examples are Colquhoun, Iverson, Boswell, Blacklocke/Blaylock and McFarlane/McFarland. When I discover new information that is not already entered at Wikitree, I add the new contribution. I would like to be a member of the Scotland Project but I can't promise to devote a lot of time to one clan.
posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
Hi J,

That is no problem at all. The Scotland Project has a lot more than just the clans teams. We have location-based county teams, topical teams like our new Castles team or the new Nobility team, and the PIT crew (Profile Improvement Teams) has sourcerers, connectors, and data doctors teams. Have a look at the project page and let me know what strikes your fancy. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Scotland


posted by Sarah Mason

Could I be a team member for Clan MacIver?


posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
Absolutely, J! I'll get you on the page for Clan MacIver. Thank you.
posted by Sarah Mason
Thank you, that was fast work!
posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery

I could also take on Clan Boswell and Clan Logan.


posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
On Joel Pinson - I would say yes, but I don't know for sure. He was listed as a Land Agent in the 1850 Census, was found in 1820, 1830 and 1836 in Lincoln, TN, before moving to Pontotoc, MS
Thank you for posting about the Wright-Washington connection information. https://archive.org/details/tylersquarterlyh04tyle/page/n161

Tyler's quarterly historical and Genealogical Magazine Vol 4. No. 3. Jan 1923 The Washington-Wright Connection and some descendants of Major Francis and Anne (Washington) Wright.

posted by Genie (Velvin) Haley
Hi J,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Arborists. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current team and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

J, Thanks for quickly adding Notables as a manager for Fletcher Christian-1376. When I said "locked," I meant Project Protected, which is recorded in the database and change history as "Locked Status", and separate from Privacy/open status. It's still locked.

I had based my comment on the message you left on Chris Double-67's profile. He hasn't been active for a while now.

posted by Nathan Kennedy
Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hello, J,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the Worldwide Disasters Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi J, I haven't heard back from you re:

WorldWide Disasters Project. As we haven't heard from you, we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

We understand that interests shift and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to their ancestors. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Mary~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi j.

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Southern Colonies Project. I may have missed your reply. As we haven't heard from you, we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

We understand that interests shift and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to their ancestors. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Mary~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi J,

I haven’t heard back from you about the break up of the United Kingdom Project. I hope all is well with you. I assume you don’t wish to join any of the country-level projects at present, and will go ahead and remove the United Kingdom badge. If you wish to join England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland in the future, you would be most welcome to do so via the respective G2G sign-up post.

Many thanks for all your contributions,

Susie :-)

Hi, J!

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Military and War Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute.

2) Added MILITARY_AND_WAR to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the Project Coordinator with your email address to be added to the Google Group.

4) Bookmarked the Activity Feed to monitor the project watchlist.

Thank you!

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham