Martha PEARSON: Birth: 1650.
Mary PEARSON: Birth: ABT 1651.
John PEIRSON: Birth: 5 SEP 1654.
Robert PEIRSON: Birth: ABT 1656.
Sarah PEIRSON: Birth: 8 NOV 1658.
Edward PEARSON: Birth: 1661.
Note: A.D. 1673, Feb, 21, I LAWRENCE PEIRSON, of Pownall Fee, Co. Chester, mason. I give unto my sonne JOHN L4 unto my sonne EDWARD the dishboard, the Little Plow and the little pair of Plow irons, etc. unto my daughter MARY 1/3. It is my will that the rest of my goods, etc. be divided into four equall parts and three parts thereof be divided into equal portions unto my sonne JOHN unto my son THOMAS and unto my daughter Sarah. And the fourth equall part being divided as aforesaid I give unto my Executors to according as they in their wisdom and discretion shall see occasion. Executors my brother ROBERT PEIRSON of Pownal Fee, mason, and JOHN JOHNSON of Baguly, yeoman, and RANDLE JANNEY of Pownall Fee, husbandman. Lawrence Peirson Witnesses, Peter BURGES, John HOBSON, the mark of O for Richard NEILD. Proved 20 June 1674 by Jo. Johnson one of the Executors named. Power reserved to Robert PEIRSON, Randle JANNEY being dead. Invetoris 28 February 1674.
Imprissoned for testifying in the streets of Highfield, Derbyshire.
Know all men by theise presents that I Lawrence Peirson of pownall ffee in the County of Chester mason being in perfect memory blessed be the Lord doe hereby make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme ffollowing: viz: ffirst < at after my debts and funerall expences > I doe give and bequeath unto my sonne John the full summe of four pound to be taken up first forth of my goods or Chattells item I doe give unto my sonne Edward the dishboard and waterboard and the little plow and the little pair of plow irons and the cheesepress item I doe give unto my daughter mary the summe of one shilling item It is my will and mind that all the rest of my goods Cattells and Chattells be divided into four equall parts and three parts thereoff to be divided in equall portions unto my sonne John and unto my sonne Thomas and unto my daughter Sarah to each of them an equall portion as aforesaid: and the ffourth equall part being divided as afforesaid I give unto my executors herein and hereafter nominated to Administer to my Daughter Mary or her issues necessitie according as they in their wisdome and discretion shall see occation item I doe hereby make and ordaine my brother Robert peirson of pownall ffee = in the County of Chester mason and John Johnson of Baguly in the County of Chester yoman and Randle Janney of the afforesd pownallffee and County of Chester husbandman my true and lawfull executors to see this my last will and testament performed In wittness whereoff I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the one and twentyth day of the twelfth month called ffebruary in the yeare of our Lord god: 1673|4____
The document is signed by Lawrence Peirson and three witnesses and there is some additional writing on the occasion of his death the following year.
Refused to pay a tithe, and had a horse wrth >3 confiscated to pay the 8sh. tithe. Note: Arrested at a meeting and jailed for two months.
Alias: Lawrence /PEIRSON/ Pierson/Pearson is a common name in parish registers, according to Agatha Ann Hartley. Lawrence was a Reverend. Lawrence could read and write according to Elton Pearson's short history of the Pearson family in America and was entitled to a coat of arms. He is buried in the "Friends" Burying Ground, Mobberly , Cheshire, England. Wally Garchow and Corinne Diller show Lawrence's date of death as February 24, 1672/73. Another source indicates that Lawrence was a mason by trade. Will of Lawrence Pearson in Probate Registry, Chester, England dated February, 21, 1673:
Lawrence and Thomas Peirson, along with their families, were all very active and very early Quakers.They are all mentioned in the MM of Chester England in 1657 in a pamphlet about these "trouble makers" and the terrible treatment they received, also the tithes they paid, etc., Lawrence Peirson and Thomas Janney especially. The names of other Quakers mentioned also turn up as witnesses to the wills of the Peirsons.
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