||Thomas Pearson Sr. was a part of William Penn's Pennsylvania Settlers community.|
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Thomas Pierson is believed to have been born about 1653 in Pownall Fee, Cheshire, England. He married Margery Smith in 1683. Both marriage records show his wife's name as simply Margery Smith, the additional name Ellen is not found. Ellen was the name of Margery's mother. From the second marriage citation we also learn that Thomas is a mason and that the marriage occurred in the house of Thomas Janney.
Thomas and Margery sailed from Liverpool to the Delaware River on the ship Endeavor, under master George Thorp, with his brother John and Margery's sister Mary landing 29 Jul 1683. Some genealogies state Thomas came to the Pennsylvannia Colony with William Penn on the Welcome and that five years later he was joined by other members of his family. Known dates do not align for that particular suggestion. Ralph Pearson makes the argument that the Thomas Pearson William Penn refers to as his friend is this Thomas Pearson and that Chester County was named at the request of Thomas Pearson. This would indicate that Thomas had made a trip to Pennsylvania prior to bringing his family in 1683 (we know that his brother had probably made an earlier trip in 1681 due to property records although the purchase might not have been made in person).
Thomas bought the following tracts of land in what was then Chester County, Pa. It is now in Delaware County. It is probable that Thomas first moved on to the land which his brother, John, bought from William Penn in 1681. On 29 Dec 1697 he bought 300 acres of land. It adjoins the lot on which the Springfield meeting house stands. On 28 Feb 1703 he bought 250 acres from his brother John. This was the tract John bought from William Penn in 1681. On 12 Apr 1703 he bought another tract of 300 acres north of the second tract. Later Thomas and Margery deeded this tract to their oldest son Robert. On 20 Jan 1723 he bought a tract of 50 acres lying between the first and second tracts. This made a farm of 900 acres. In 1731 he and Margery deeded, to their oldest son Robert, 300 acres of land being a part of the first, second and fourth tracts of land which he bought.
Thomas Pearson was Supervisor of Highways in 1684, Member of Council in 1687, in 1690 was one of those tasked with receiving subscriptions for the new meeting house in Chester, and member of Assembly in 1708.
Thomas Pearson died in 1734. His Will was written in 1730 and filed 24 Mar 1734.
Another Thomas Pierson (who married Rose) was the father of two girls, Susannah (1691-1765) and Rose (1693-1771). A profile for another Susannah (1697-1756), periodically gets attached to him or his wife, but she is more likely a daughter of this Thomas.
There were two Thomas Pearson (Pierson) families in Chester County, Pennsylvania. A great deal of information has been generated on both and frequently mixed together. One lived in Marple Township (son of Lawrence and Elizabeth Janney Pearson, married Margery Smith and a mason) while the other lived in Caln Township (unsure about parentage, married Rose Dixon and a surveyor).
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