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Thomas Pearson Sr. (1653 - bef. 1734)

Thomas Pearson Sr.
Born in Pownall Fee, Cheshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 18 Feb 1683 in Pownall Fee, Chester (Cheshire), Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Marple, Delaware, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Mar 2011
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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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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[4] 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.[5][6]

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.[7]

Thomas Pearson died in 1734. His Will was written in 1730 and filed 24 Mar 1734.[8]


Robert b 3 Dec 1683[9][10]
Thomas b 23 Oct 1685[9][10]
Laurence b 20 Dec 1697[11][9]
Enoch b 12 May 1690[9][10]
John b 1 Dec 1692[9][10]
Abel b 9 Apr 1695[9][10]
Sarah b 8 Apr 1697[9][10]
Benjamin b 1 Feb 1698[9][10]
Mary b 20 Jul 1701[9][10]
Margery b 23 Sep 1703[9][10]


  1. Society of Friends' Registers, Notes and Certificates of Births, Marriages and Burials. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, RG 6. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England. Piece 1256: Quarterly Meeting of Cheshire and Staffordshire: Cheshire (1667-1721), Frame 54
  2. Society of Friends' Registers, Notes and Certificates of Births, Marriages and Burials. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, RG 6. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England. Piece 1036: Monthly Meeting of Cheshire, formerly Morley (1655-1741), Frame 38
  4. The Pearson Family History by Ralph E. Pearson 929.273 P317a found through Family Search>Books>Pearson Family History This document can be difficult to read but has a great deal of information, generally with documentation.
  5. See Chester County Deed Book E, Vol. 5, Page 282.
  6. All other Deed references: The Pearson Family History by Ralph E. Pearson 929.273 P317a found through Family Search>Books>Pearson Family History
  7. Smith & Cope, History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, LH Everts, Philadelphia, 1881. Note that Thomas' name appears spelled both Pearson and Person in this book and he is usually identified as "of Marple" to distinguish him from others named Thomas Pearson.
  8. Pennsylvania. Chester County. Estate Papers, 1700–1820. Gale Cengage Learning. Microfilm, 85 rolls. Chester County Archives, West Chester, Pennsylvania. Wills 496-624
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Births 1677; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR Ph 99
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Register Book, 1681; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 92
  11. Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Genealogy of Berks; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR-PH 170

Research notes

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).


  • Profile was cleaned, edited and changed to inline citations by T Stanton September 2019.
  • WikiTree profile Pearson-842 created through the import of AustinMoserJohnsonStover Tree.ged on Oct 16, 2011 by Ken Austin.
  • WikiTree profile Pearson-1486 created through the import of nicholson.ged on Nov 16, 2012 by Jimmy Nicholson.
  • The WikiTree profile Pierson-294 was created through the import of DIXON.GED on October 11, 2011 by Glenn Dixon.

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Most sources state that Thomas and Margery had 10 children. I have found at least two Quaker birth records for 10 children. The children Alice and Simon do not appear in any of the Quaker birth records found to date. They only appear in some internet genealogies without sources. I do not believe that they are members of this family. They are perhaps children of the other Thomas Pearson but I have not explored that potential as yet.
posted by T Stanton
Pearson-3988 and Pearson-393 appear to represent the same person because: Either Margery Ellen Smith should be removed as wife on Pearson-3988 or it should be merged into Pearson-393 (and then the two wife profiles merged which has been pending since March). There were at least two Thomas Pearsons in Chester County at this time but only one married Margery Smith (there is no "Ellen" in her name in any official records of the period). The Thomas Pearson who married Margery Smith is almost always referred to in Chester records as Thomas Pearson of Marple in order to distinguish him from others.
posted by T Stanton
Smith-38471 and Pearson-393 do not represent the same person because: Apologies, tagged the wrong two profiles for the merge.
posted by T Stanton
Smith-38471 and Pearson-393 appear to represent the same person because: These appear to be the same person. Smith-38471 (appears to be generally undocumented information so the date issues aren't relevant) should be merged into Pearson-393 which is more complete with better sources.
posted by T Stanton
Do the PMs mind if someone does a bit of cleanup/editing on this profile? I have documented sources not listed to add but there are two different Source lists, two different biographies, and some redundant sections from various merges. I think it would also help to switch everything to inline citations and remove the Ancestry sources which are undocumented user submitted information (of course leave the ones that are documented and make them inline citations).
posted by T Stanton
Does not seem likely that his age at death was almost 200 years old.
posted by Philip Smith
I approved the proposed merge from my side. When it's completed, I would not recommend keeping January 1 as part of the birth date, as I believe that's a default filler from Glenn Dixon's gedcom upload.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Rose Dixon was not the spouse of this Thomas Pierson. She was the wife of the other Thomas Pierson (Pierson-242).
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

Thomas is 16 degrees from Mary McCauley, 22 degrees from B. W. J. Molier and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.