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Deborah R (Richmond) Pierson (abt. 1824 - abt. 1867)

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Deborah R [uncertain] Pierson formerly Richmond
Born about in Schoharie, NYmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about in Franklin, New Yorkmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Franklin, Delaware County, NYmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Jun 2017
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Deborah Richmond was born about 1830 in Schoharie County, New York, [1]to parents John Richmond and Eunice Billings. [2]

The Find a Grave memorial indicates an 1830 birth date for Deborah. This is in contradiction with information engraved on the gravestone (see photo) which supports a 1824 birth date. Census records are inconsistent. [3] [4]

Deborah had six siblings: Margaret, Eliza, Minnie Cornelia, John F, Lydia, and Ann J. [5]

Around 1849 she married a young farmer whose property neighbored her parents' in Franklin, Delaware, New York. In July 1850 Deborah and her husband James A Pierson had their first child, Charles Addison Pierson. [6] [7]

In 1855 Deborah and James were farming in Masonville, New York (Delaware County). By this time the family had begun to grow: Charles was four years old; his brother Wellington was 3 and little Elizabeth was one year old. [8]

Deborah and James soon returned to Franklin (1860). James took over the family property neighboring his brother's (Robert Jr ) valued at 3500 dollars. By now Charles is 10, Wellington is 8 and Elizabeth is 6. Their younger siblings are Cornelia, 4; John R, 2; Irving R, 4 months. [9]

Deborah Pierson died in 1867, five years after giving birth to her youngest child, a daughter, Eliza Pierson [10]

Post Scriptum

Husband James A Pierson remarried prior to 1870. He and his second wife, Augusta, did not have children.

Deborah's youngest daughter Eliza is listed in the 1870 census.

James' farm is valued at 7000 dollars. [11]

Research Notes

Deborah Pierson's birth date. Gravestone reads " Deborah, wife of Jas A Pierson, died June 13, 1867 aged 42 yrs 8 ms & 18 ds." 67-42=25. This would indicate an 1824 birthdate.

Deborah's son Irving who would have been 10 is not listed; perhaps he did not survive.

Maria Piersen, age 14, is listed in 1870 census. Her birth year would be 1856, the same as Cornelia Pierson in previous censuses. Minnie C Pierson, age 24, is listed in 1880 census. Conclusion: Maria, Minnie and Cornelia are one and the same person. [12]

I've found no birth or marriage or census records attesting relationship to parents John Richmond and Eunice Billings. By 1850 Deborah was married to James A Pierson, and thus was not cited in the 1850 census at her parents' address. The same year, 1850, Eunice and John Richmond appear on the same Census page (i.e. geographically near) as Deborah and James Pierson. (Ryder-1228 17:05, 3 October 2017 (EDT))


  1. In 1855 N.Y. State Census, Deborah's place of birth is Schoharie County.
  2. No record has been found to certify relationship to parents. One source is ancestry tree by hbruceboats.[1]
  3. "Find A Grave Index, database with images [2], Memorial 167825847, Deborah (Richmond) Pierson, (Sep 26, 1830- June 13,1867), Delaware Litereary Institute Stone House, Franklin, Delaware, New York; gravestone photograph and memorial created by Sky at blueskyzupabove.
  4. See also Research Notes
  5. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), John Richmond, spouse Eunice, children Margarett, Eliza, Cornelia N, John T, Lydia E, Anna. Place: Franklin, Delaware, New York, United States; citing family 337, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. Note: Parents John and Eunice Richmond (house number 320) are listed on same 1850 census page as Deborah and her husband.
  7. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), James A Pierson, 23; spouse Deborah, 20; child Charles A, 0; Franklin, Delaware, New York, United States; house number 324, citing family 341, Line Number 20, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). Film Number 494; GS Film Number 17070; Digital Folder Number 004196782; Image Number 00105.
  8. "New York State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 September 2016), James H Pierson, Masonville, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. , line #41, family #256, county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 832,847.
  9. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 26 July 2017), James A Pierson, spouse Deborah. Children: Charles A, age 10; Willington J, age 8; Elizabeth, age 6; Cornelia, age 4; John R, age 2; Irving R, age 0. House Number 31; The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) ; Publication Number M653; Film Number 743; GS Film Number 803743; Digital Folder Number: 005170324; Image Number 00009.
  10. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 August 2018), memorial page for Deborah Richmond Pierson (26 Sep 1830–13 Jun 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167825847, citing Delaware Literary Institute Stone House, Franklin, Delaware County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Sky at (contributor 47507075) . [3]
  11. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), James A Piersen, spouse Augusta. New York, United States; citing p. 27, family 249, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,422.
  12. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 September 2017), James Pierson, spouse Augusta. Franklin, Delaware, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 69, sheet 167A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0823; FHL microfilm 1,254,823.

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On 7 Jul 2017 at 00:04 GMT Howell Hunt wrote:

Richmond-2249 and Richmond-2233 appear to represent the same person because: Deborah Richmond Pierson was listed in your tree first - sorry! Got ahead of myself while uploading photos.

Deborah is 22 degrees from Walter Morrison, 27 degrees from Alison Wilkins and 18 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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