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Thomas Pierson (1653 - 1722)

Thomas Pierson
Born in Bristol, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 16 Oct 1686 in New Castle, Delawaremap
Husband of — married 1690 in Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in East Caln, Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
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Thomas was a Friend (Quaker)

The birth date and place of Thomas Pierson are not yet documented though some place his birth as about 1653 and in Bristol. It would appear enough is known (see below) of his family to perhaps find his birth records through additional research. Thomas Pierson has been removed as father of this Thomas Pierson for reasons of impossible geography and dates.

The work of Quaker researcher Herbert Standing of Haverford College[1] has shown that his mother's name was Susanna Pierson (no father given). He completed an apprenticeship in Bristol, England in 1675 and sailed to Maryland the following year with William Dixon, brother of his second wife Rose. He returned to England in 1682 it seems to secure property willed to him by his deceased sister's husband but with the witnesses being Quaker and unwilling to take an oath to support the claims he was unsuccessful.

He arrived in Chester (then Upland) in the fall of 1683. He served as a surveyor in New Castle County for many years. He married Rachel Sharpley in 1686 (she died 1687). He then married Rose Dixon in 1690.[2]

The daughters of Thomas and Rose, Susannah and Rose, married the brothers John and Aaron Mendenhall. Both Thomas and Rose Pierson died in 1722.

Thomas Pierson's Estate

The Mendenhall Family Association has a transcript of the estate record for Thomas, filed by his son-in-law John (m Susannah) Mendenhall.

The record begins:

Inventory of Tho's Piersons Estate
filed ye 27th 9th 1722 [27th of November, 1722]
The Inventorey of Thomas Pierson goods and chatels
of the township of Caln
deseased the twenty ninth of September 1722

Additional Information

A G2G question about what happened in September 1722 yielded the following answer from Tom Bredehoft:

Conflicting information, Family of Henry Dixon, says:

Rose DIXON (b. 1661, Seagoe, Armagh, Ireland; d. 29 Sep 1772), East Caln Twp., Chester, PA m. Thomas PIERSON (b. 1653, Pownall Fee, Chester, (Cheshire), England; d. 27 May 1734, Marple, Chester, PA. (NOTE: this entry confuses this Thomas Pierson with another Quaker named Thomas Pearson who was born in Pownall Fee, Cheshire in 1653. They are not the same person, not of the same family, and this information must be disregarded as incorrect. T Stanton 28 May 2019.)

On the other hand, a report of his will written 27 September 1722 says he died 29 September 1722, two days after making his will.

Thomas was 69, Rose was 61; could have been sickness took them both.

None of the sources I found ( mentioned an unusual cause of death.


  1. Quakers in Delaware in the time of William Penn, by Herbert Standing, p 128 [1]
  2. Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Births and Deaths, 1686-1739; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 267 (marriage record with Rose Dixon with clear marriage date 01 1st 1690 (1 Mar 1690). See attached PDF.
  • 1. Hayden Virginia Genealogies p. 354
  • 2. Immigration of Irish Quakers to PA 1682-1750 by Albert Cook Myers 1902 p. 119
  • 3. PA Mag. Vol XXI p. 506-7
  • 4. Main Archive Record

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PMs, Please add [email address removed] as one of the Project Managers so this profile may be tracked and improved by the project. Thank you.
posted by T Stanton
Have marked the attached parents as uncertain. Lack of documentation that meets pre-1700 guidelines.
posted by T Stanton
Does this profile need continued Project Protection? If so, which project should be (co-)managing the profile?

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posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Perhaps a note I made during my own research will help with the confusion: This Thomas Pierson should not be confused with the Thomas Pearson born the same year in Pownall Fee, Cheshire. See and for this Thomas Pierson b 1653 d 1722 who had only two wives: Rachel Sharpley and Rose Dixon. Thomas Pearson 1653-1734 was married to Margery Ellen Smith. Confusing matters is that they both lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania at one time but the records appear to be of two different individuals of different families and occupations when various wills, birth, marriage and death records are examined. Some WikieTree records also have these two different families confused--the dates in some of those lineages do not work.
posted by T Stanton
According to Wikitree, Thomas Pierson's father, Thomas, Sr., was born in New York, but moved back to England to father Thomas, Jr. at the age of 11. Something is clearly not right here.
posted by Daniel Steilen