Source: Mary Rabold
Source: Mary Rabold has 1830 but his will probated 1832
Title: Marriage Bonds and Ministers' Returns of Brunswick Co.,VA 1750-1810
Author: Catherine Lindsay Knorr
Publication: The Perdue Co.,Pine Bluff AR,1953
**Census and Tax Records** 1782 Tax list, Brunswick Co., VA - shows John Pearson, Jr. owning 501 acres and 3 slaves. 1810 Census, Brunswick Co., VA - 1 male over 45; 1 male 16-26; 4 females 16-26; 1 male 10-16; 2 males under 10; 1 male not taxed; 11 slaves. ----- A third wife, Mary (maiden name unknown) appears on a land deed to Morris Pearson, before Aug. 1825. There were no children born to this marriage. ----- On a deed dated 20 July 1789, John and his wife Susannah sold 280 acres on Quarrel Swamp, adjoining Joel Woolsey and Randell Woolsey's old line. ----- July 21, 1789, John Sr. and his wife deeded 231 acres with all houses, orchards, etc. to John Pearson Jr., for 5 shillings. This land was on Fountain Creek. ----- There are many legal documents and transactions for John Pearson, Jr. in Brunswick Co., VA. He bought and sold land, gave land to his children, witnessed many documents, and was executor of several wills. ----- His will dated 21 July 1830, probated in the August 1832 Court, Brunswick Co., left most of his property and slaves to his 3 daughters, Elizabeth A., Rebecca W., and Susan J. He also left Rebecca "property which was her sister Mary's and left to Rebecca by Mary". To son Jessie A., he left a slave;To son John R., daughter Sally King, and son Henry J., "in addition to what I have already given them, the sum of five dollars". The balance was to be sold and his son William W. was to receive $550. He left $20.00 to be divided among the children of Littleton. Then, should a surplus remain, it was to be equally divided among the children of Littleton and John R. Pearson. The executor was his friend Benjamin D. Chapman. Witnesses were W. C. Harrison and Drury Pearson. When the will was interpreted as meaning the children of Littleberry and the children of John R., instead of the implied "to John R.", John R. contested the will. Depositions were given by John Jr.'s family particularly the three daughters, that their father had been upset when John R. sold the land he had deeded him, and moved to Kentucky, and wanted the grandchildren to have John R.'s share. Because John R.'s three younger children (Bins, William, and John) were under age, John R. filed for guardianship of them. Records in both Allen County, KY and Brunswick County, VA granted his request. ----- After the death of John Pearson, Jr., his daughter Susan J. (Pearson) Goodrich, and the children of Littleberry, continued to live in Virginia. The others left Virginia. John R. already lived in Allen Co., KY; William Wiggs moved to Warren Co., KY; Henry J. settled in Madison Co., TN; Sally (Pearson) KIng moved to Williamson Co., TN; Jesse Allen moved to Tennessee and then to Van Buren AR; and Rebecca and Elizabeth sold their father's land and moved to Warren Co., KY to be near their brothers. -----
Marriage CD shows a John Pearson Jr. married a Middy Warmock on 3/17/1824 in Brunswick VA
THE PEARSONS - AN ADDITIONAL REPORT by Harry S. Holman, 25Aug1995 as forwarded by Jo Anna Dale-In Volume seven of the first series of the William & Mary Quarterly, page 239, which shows one John Pearson worked as an overseer on the plantation of Francis England of Isle of Wight. He was mentioned in England's will, written in May of 1677. At that time Isle of Wight included what's now Southampton County, which has a western border as near as about thirty-five miles from where the Pearsons lived in Brunswick. If he were eighteen at the time of England's will, he would've been born about 1659 and was likely a grandfather of your John Pearson. A thorough search for Pearsons in Isle of Wight and Southampton could be fruitful.
26-July-1784 Pearson & Wife to Powell (as supplied by Selenda Billington [email protected]@ti.com) THIS INDENTURE made this twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four BETWEEN John Pearson and Susanna his wife of the County of Brunswick of the one part and John Powell of the same county of the other part WITNESS that the said John Pearson & Susanna his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds current money of Virginia to them in --ound paid by the said John Powell the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and themselves therewith satisfied hath granted, bargained, sold aliened released & confirmed and by these presents for themselves and their heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred and eighty acres lying and being in the County of Brunswick aforesaid and parish of Mehemin & bounded as followeth (to wit) BEGINNING at a small oak near the road on James Greens line thence a long said line to a large corner pine on William Carpenters line thence along said line to a small branch that divides the said Carpenter and Jack Woolsey. Thence along the said Woolsey line to a corner black oak on Randle Woolseys old line thence along said line nearly a South course to Quarrel Swamp Creek thence down said creek to the Spring Branch on said land. Thence up the said Branch to said Woolsey old line. Thence across said Branch along said line to a large pine on or near James Phillip's Spring Branch. Thence up the said Spring Branch to a yurn on the Road. Thence up the said Road to the beginning with all houses, orchards, gardens, fences, woods & underwoods , water & water courses Thereon stand growing & being will all profits commodities & advantages and appurtenances and also the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders thereof & every part or parcel thereof TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said granted Land & premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said John Powell his heirs & assigns forever and they the said John Pearson and Susanna his wife themselves and their heirs doth ---- grand and to and with the said John Powell his heirs and assigns that he and they shall and may at all time hereafter peaceably and quietly hold proper--- to enjoy the said granted land and premises with every of its appurtenances free from all former sales gifts mortgages nights of diver or any other encumbrance whatsoever and they the said John Pearson and Susanna his wife and their heirs shall and will warrant and forever defend the said granted land with every of its appurtenances unto the said John Powell his heirs and assigns forever against all and every other person or persons whatsoever that shall lay any claim hereunto and further the said John Pearson and Susanna his wife and their heirs shall and will at any time within the space of twenty years at the costs and change of him the John Powell his heirs and assigns made do and execute all such further Act or Deed for the better conveying the said granted Land as he the said John Powell his heirs and assigns shall advise or require IN TO ONES whereof the aforesaid John Pearson Junior and Susanna his wife hath hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written. Signed Sealed & } Delivered In the prescence of us: John Jones, Henry Manguon, Charles Hicks John Pearson (SS) Susanna X Pearson (SS) her mark Brunswick county court 26th day of July 1784 This Indenture was acnowledged in court by John Pearson and Susanna his wife parties thereto & ordered to be Recorded previous to which the said Susanna being privately examined as the Law directs did voluntarily assent hereto.
25-August-1825 Harrison to Pearson (as supplied by Selenda Billington [email protected]@ti.com) THIS INDENTURE made and entered this eighth day of August in the year or our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty-five between Joseph Harrison and wife Anna, Samuel Avent Families. --- John Pearson & Jesse A Pearson. WITNESSETH that the said Joseph Harrison did on the 25th day of August 1824, by his certain and --- to Tamlin Avent among other things a certain tract of land known and called by the name of Laniers, containing two hundred acres more or less and also one other tract containing one hundred & two & two third acres more or less bounded by the lands of Littleton Hallton Clement Green and Benjamin D. Chapman res--an Trust to secure the payment of money --- mentioned due to the said Samuel Avent from the said Joseph Harrison which deed of Trust was subsequently admitted to Record in the Clerks office of Brunswick County Court on the 18th September 1824 and the said Tamlin Avent as Trustee aforesaid foreceeded to make sale of said lands on the 8th January 1825 and did himself become the purchaser but by contrast bearing date on the said 8th January 1825 ag---- item the said John Pearson should be the purchaser for the sum of four hundred & sixty dollars and gave bond with security to secure the title to the said John Pearson. NOW these presents are to testify that a said John Pearson having paid to the said Tamlin Avent the purchase money for said lands and the said John Pearson account of the natural & affection which he have to his son Jesse A. Pearson being willing and desirous that the said lands as above search lying in the county of Brunswick should be conveyed & decreed to him the said Jesse A. Pearson the parties heretofore mentioned to wit Joseph Harrison & wife Anna, Tamlin Avent, Samuel Avent, and John Pearson have by this aforesaid conveyed and confirmed and to surely convey and confirm to the said Jesse A. Pearson and to his heirs forever all rights & title to the aforesaid described tracts of land and for by these presents covenant & agree for ourselves & heirs respectively forever to warrant and defend the right of tile to the said lands unto the said Jesse A. Pearson & his heirs against the claims of desceased & themselves and all other persons whatsoever. In testimony of the several presence the parties have herewith respectively en ---- their names and affixed this seals this day and year fixed above and written. Anthania Harrison Samuel Avent Tamlin Avent John Pearson Brunswick County to wit Mr. John H Chapman and Benjamin I Chapman , Justice of the Peace in the county of Brunswick and State of Virginia do hereby certify the Joseph Harrison and Anna Harrison his wife Tamlin Avent and Samuel Avent and John Pearson parties do a certain deed bearing sale on the eighth day August 1825 and hereto answered personally appeared before us in our County aforesaid and acknowledge the issue to be --- all of deed and desired as to certify the deed acknowledgment to the clerk of the County Court of Brunswick in order that the said deed my be recorded given under our hands of seals this 8th day of August 1825 John H Chapman Benj. A. Chapman Brunswick County to wit Mr. John H Chapman and Benjamin I Chapman , Justice of the Peace in the county of aforesaid and State of Virginia do hereby certify that Anna Harrison the wife of Joseph Harrison parties to a certain deed having sale the eighth day August 1825 and hereto answered personally appeared before us in our County aforesaid and being examined by us privately and apart from her husband and having the deed aforesaid fully explained to her she the said Ann Harrison acknowledged the same to be her act of deed and declared that she had willingly signed, sealed and delivered the same and that she wished not to retract it. Given under our hands & sealed this 17th day of August 1825. John H Chapman Benj. A. Chapman Brunswick County Court office August 24th 1825 The indenture of Bargain & Sale was returned into the Clerks office together with the certificates ---- and admitted to Record according to Law Teste AVTurnball Brunswick Co.,VA Will Book 11, 1832-1836 Micro Reel 24, p.2 (as supplied by Selenda Billington [email protected]@ti.com) 21 July 1830 John Pearson's Will In the name of God Am. I John Pearson being advanced in years and knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of live, and having a small portion of this worlds goods, wherewith God has blessed one, do by this, my last Will and Testament design to dispose of them in manner and form following. Viz.: 1st - I wish my body decently committed to the dust from which it was made and my soul I commit to God its maker, and --- for His m-- for it s preservation. 2nd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth A. Pearson , the tract of land wherever I now live, and bonded as follows - Beginning at Mr. Mannings corner at the head of my land, and from thence to a corner cherry tree at my garden, thence east to a white oak, thence to a hickory in the bottom, thence to a persimmon tree, thence to an old corner, that was between myself and Hall King, thence along that old line to Rattlesnake Creek, thence up said creek to Drury Pearson's line thence along his line to a corner maple near my field, and from said Maple to a white oak in my ---- South of my house, and from thence to the beginning - And also one Negro woman, Fanny, and her children and further increase, one bed and furniture, one buffet which stands in my chamber to her and hers forever. 3rd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Reb W/M. Pearson the whole of my land lying South and South West of t the line which I have mentioned above and also a Negro woman Louisa and here children and future increase, one bed and furniture, and the property which was her sister Mary's and left by her to her sister, Reb W/M Pearson, to her and hers forever. 4th. I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan J. Pearson the tract of land called the Hall King Tract and also a Negro woman, Charlotte and her children and future increase and also one Negro girl Clary Ann Pinkney with her future increase and one bed and furniture , and the buffet which stands in my Big room to her and her heirs forever. 5th. I give and bequeath to my son Jesse A. Pearson one Negro man, Robin to him and his heirs forever. 6th. I give to my son John R. Pearson in addition to what I have already given him the sum of five dollars. 7th. I give to my daughter, Sally King, formerly Pearson in addition to what I have already given her, the sum of five dollars. 8th. I give to the children of Littleton Pearson decd. the sum of twenty dollars to be equally divided among them 9th. I give to my son Henry J Pearson in addition to what I have already given him the sum of five dollars. 10th. The balance of my estate not divised by this my will I wish sold on a credit of twelve months and out of the moneys arising from said sale, I wish my just debts to be paid, and a sufficiency remain for my son William W. Pearson to have the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars, and should there still surplus remain for it to be equally divided among the children of Littleton Pearson and John R Pearson, to them and their heirs forever. Lastly, I nominate and appoint my fried, Benjamin D Chapman Executor to this my last will and testament Affixed? my hand and seal this 21st of July 1830. Witnesses W. C. Harrison John Pearson, Jr. Drury Pearson John Pearson (SS) Brunswick county court August Term 1833 This last will and Testament of John Pearson dec'd was proved by the oath of William C. Harrison and Drury Pearson two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Benjamin D. Chapman the Executors therein named who made oath thereto according to law and together with Nathaniel Mason, Robert Turnbull, Benjamin Phipps and Allen James his securities entered unto and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of twenty thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs certificate if granted him for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form
Following are Selenda Billington's notes: 1810 Census -Brunswick County, Virginia, there are two John Pearsons page 759 - Head of Family, John 1 m 45+ before 1765; 1 m 26-45 1765-1784; 1 m 10-16, 1794-1800; 2 m <10 1800-1810; 4 f, 16-26, 1784-1794; 1 other and 11 slaves page 760 Head of Family, John 1 m 16-26, 1784-1794; 1 m <10, 1800-1810; 2 f 16-26, 1784-1794, 1 f <10, 1800-1810. Marriages in Brunswick County, Virginia 1751-1850 John Pearson m. Martha Britt 30 Oct 1794 John Pearson m. Rebecca Wright 27 Sep 1801 Speculation: In 1794 John Jr. married Martha Britt and in 1801 he married wife #2, Rebecca Wright. Their son, Jesse A. was born in 1806, and is our ancestor. Other children of John Jr. were Elizabeth A., Rebecca W., Mary, Susan, Sally, John R., Littleton, Henry J. and William W. Not certain if Martha or Rebecca is the mother John Jr. died in 1832 and he too left a will and an estate valued at $20,000.00. The census of 1830 listed his age as between 70 and 80 and he reported 21 slaves. He left a great deal of land when he died, and he had already given land to several of the children during his life time. PEARSON, James m. DAY, Susanna 23-Jul 1781 PEARSON, Littleberry m. THOMAS, Mary Nov 1786 PEARSON, Morris m. BREWER, Nancy 22-Dec 1788 PEARSON, James m. WALTON, Mary 22-Feb 1792 PEARSON, John m. BRITT, Martha 27-Oct1794 PEARSON, Rebecca m. WEBB, James 26-Nov 1798 PEARSON, William m. FLOYD, Ann 28-Feb1799 PEARSON, Littleton m. BREWER, Sally 5-Mar1800 PEARSON, John m. WRIGHT, Rebecca 27-Sep1801 PEARSON, Johnson m. BREWER, Sally 18-Dec1805 PEARSON, Patsey m. BREWER, Kinchen 18-Dec1805 PEARSON, Cesley m. WESSON, Washington 31-Mar1809
The Following was written by Dr. Claude Woodring Pearson and sent to me 6/98: John Pearson Jr. was born in Brunswick Co.,VA about 1760. He was the son of John Pearson Sr., probably the oldest son. His mother's given name was Sarah. Her family name is unknown. He was a Private in the Revolutionary War, enlisting on 9Jul1777 in Captain James O'Hara's Independent company of Regulars stationed at Fort Pitt. Two muster rolls are found: The first, dated 6Oct1779, shows him to be in the 9th Virginia Regiment commanded by Col. John Gibson. This roll at Fort Pitt shows an enlistment date of 9Jul1777, term of enlistment for the duration of the war and, on the date shown, he was stationed at Fort Armstrong. The second Muster Roll is dated 13Feb1780, shows that he is on furlough. All other information is the same as the preceeding Muster Roll. His father, John Pearson Sr., was a Revolutionary War Patriot who furnished a gun to the Virginia Militia fighting under the Marquis de Lafayette and furnished beef to the Continental Army. John Pearson Jr. married first Susannah Woolsey, the daughter of Jacob Woolsey. The date and place of the marriage is unknown, but the probabilities are that they were married in Brunswick Co. between 1775 and 1777. They had seven children:
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