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Captain John "Old John" Pearson

Also Known As: "Pierson", "Johannis"
Birthplace: Yorkshire, Howden Parish, England (United Kingdom)
Death: October 21, 1570 (52-53)
Yorkshire, Howden Parish, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Yorkshire, Howden Parish, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas of Kepty Pierson; Lucy Pemberton and Catherine Middleton
Husband of Catherine Pearson and Elizabeth Pearson
Father of William Pearson; John Pearson; Robert Pearson; Agnes Pearson; William Pearson and 7 others
Brother of Thomae Pearson; Georgii Pearson; Guilieli Pearson; Richard Pearson; Walter Peirson, of Quhytfeild and 2 others
Half brother of Adam Pearson, of Kepty, Smiddie Croft, Lamblaw Croft and of Lochlands

Occupation: M6MAY1547ELIZABETH TINSLEY, a monk
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About Captain John "Old John" Pearson

John Pearson (1517 - 1570), son of John "Old" Pearson (1497-1570), was born in 1510 at Kneeton, Notthinghamshire, England; he died at the age of 53 on 21 October 1570 at Howden, Yorkshire, England. He married (1) Catherine Unknown (1518 - 1546), (2) Elizabeth Oglethorpe (1515 - 1564).

Marriages and Children

  1. Catherine Unknown (1518 - 1546)
    1. William Pearson (1541 - 1587)
    2. John Pearson (1543 - 1546)
    3. Agnes Pearson (1545 - 1546)
  2. Elizabeth Oglethorpe (1515 - 1564)
    1. Henrie Pearson (1549 - 1583)
    2. William Pearson (1550 - 1614)
    3. Jana Pearson (1551 - )
    4. Jennet Pearson (1553 - )
    5. Marion Pearson (1559 - )
    6. Joan Pearson (1563 - )
    7. Edward Pearson (1563 - 1619)

John Pearson, who was born about 1517, is the one called "Old John Pearson" in parish records who was buried at Howden, Yorkshire, England on 21 Oct 1570. It is believed that he married 1st about 1538 Catherine (maiden name unknown) who was buried 7 Oct 1546 at Howden, Knedlington, or Booth (all in Howden parish), and married 2nd about 1548 Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) who was buried 6 Jan 1564/5 at Howden. The only firm record of children by John is Thomas who was c. 18 Nov 1549. However, based on analysis of Howden Parish records, John Pearson is believed to have had:

Children by his first wife, Catherine:

1. Robert Pearson, born about 1539, butcher, bur. 18 Nov 1581 at Howden, and had grandchild Thomas who inherited the estate of Moscraft alias Molescroft near Beverley;

2. William Peerson, born about 1541, of Asselby (4 miles west of Howden within Howden parish), bur. 16 Mar 1587/8, m. 23 Jan 1562/3 Julian Collin, had grandchild Rev. Abraham Pierson who went to America in 1639, also had grandchild John Pearson who went to America in 1637;

3. John Pearson, born about 1543, buried 18 Mar 1546/7 (no parent given) at Howden, Knedlington, or Booth;

4. Agnes Pearson, born about 1545, buried 10 Jul 1546 (no parent given) at Howden, Knedlington, or Booth.

Children by his 2nd wife, Elizabeth:

5. Thomas Pearson, our direct line, c.18 Nov 1549 Howden, butcher, bur. 15 Feb 1583/4 Howden, m. 23 Nov 1572 Elizabeth Fawne at Howden, had grandchild Henry Peirson who went to America in 1639;

6. Henrie Pearson, born about 1551, m. 27 Apr 1574 Margaret Williamson at Howden;

7. Jennet Pearson, born about 1553, m. 8 May 1571 William Dun Jr. at Howden;

8. Marion Pearson, born about 1559, m. at Howden 15 Sep 1577 Thomas Middleton of Hambleton (12 miles west of Howden);

9. John Peerson, born about 1561, of Skelton and Howden, bur. 1 Oct 1592 Howden, m. 15 Nov 1584 Elizabeth Stamp of Kilpin at Howden;

10. Edward Pearson, born about 1563, of Howden, bur. 22 Aug 1619, m. 1st about 1584 Isabell ______ (bur. 9 Dec 1592), m. 2nd about 1593 Anne ______;

11. Joan Peerson, born about Jan 1564/5, m. 5 Aug 1583 Richard Leaven of Goole at Howden.

A. Old John Pearson, born about 1517, probably having all of the 11 children listed above, is the oldest generation of record in Howden Parish. We are at the beginning of written records for ordinary citizens at this location. However, these same Howden records show others (below) within Howden parish who are likely Old John Pearson's siblings:

B. Thomas Pearson, born about 1520, bur. 27 Mar 1569 of Saltmarshe, probably had seven children;

C. William Pearson, born about 1523, of Howden, who had children Robert c. 24 Jul 1545 (no parent given) (who probably had grandchild Bartholomew Pierson who went to America in 1639), Margaret bur. 10 Mar 1549/50, George c. 3 Apr 1550 (bur. 16 Nov 1551), and Cuthbert c. 17 Apr 1552 (perhaps the father of Cuthbert Pearson of Lavendon, Buckinghamshire, who had son William & 4 daughters.);

D. George Pearson, born about 1525, bur. 8 Feb 1569/70 at Howden, m. 27 Jul 1546 Agnes ______ (bur. 28 May 1571 Howden), had children, all at Howden, John bur. 12 Dec 1550, George c. 25 Nov 1550, Alicia c. 17 Feb 1551/2 (who m. 10 Aug 1572 Thomas Richardson of Howden), Richard b. ca. 1556 (m. 5 Jul 1579 Alice Hartfirth), and Dorothie bur. 19 Dec 1559;

E. Richard Pearson, born about 1533, m. about 1554, had child Anna c. 26 Feb 1555/6;

F. Robert Pearson, born about 1540, bur. 13 Sep 1589 Swinefleet (located 4 miles south of Howden on the south side of the River Ouse within Howden Parish);

G. Alicia Pearson c. 16 Jul 1546 at Howden, no parents given. The parents of Old John Pearson and his probable six siblings are not identified in Howden Parish records. Between Old John Pearson and his siblings and Nicholas Pierson, who was sheriff of York in 1477, lie two generations. It is unknown if a direct line exists between them, though a Nicholas given name does carry down in two of Old John Pearson's sons: Robert Pearson (b. ca. 1539) who had son Nicholas c. 22 Oct 1565 at Howden; and William Peerson (b. ca. 1541) who had son Nicholas c. 2 Feb 1572/3 in Howden parish records.

Lizzie Pierson's 1878 book, Pierson Genealogical Records, under English Notes:

"Pierson of Yorkshire. Of this branch, came the American Piersons:

70 Thomas Pierson (born about 1591 based on his grandson's christening in 1637), recorder of Beverley in Yorkshire. He inherited the estate of Moscraft, which escheated to the crown, 1700 or 1800, by death of last Pierson. He had chd. 71 Nickolas and 72 Hugh.

71 Nickolas (M.D.) (born about 1614 based on his son's christening in 1637), was supposed to have been a doctor before taking orders and becoming vicar of St. Mary's, Beverley (photo at left). Removed from Beverley, during the civil wars (1642 to 1660), and appears to have been a Puritan. He h. chd. 73 Samuel, bapt. at St. Mary's, Beverley, 1637, and 74 Nick. (Jr.) bapt. at St. Mary's, 1638, M.D. or V.M.D. At the time of the restoration (1660) was incumbent of a parish in the Isle of Perbeck, in Dorset, d. 1693. Had w. Mary Hayward, and chd. 75 Nick. (III) b. 1691 (who mar. Constance Budden), and a dau. b. 1666, who was mar. and left Eng.,1689, and d. in France.

72 Hugh, of Moscraft, near Beverley, was buried in Beverley Minster (photo at left), 1669."

Lizzie Pierson's comment "Of this branch came the American Piersons" is part of a large group of information whose source is given by Lizzie as obtained from English state papers, wills, subsidies, and church records, and from family records of all Pierson families in America who responded to her letters in 1877. It is estimated that this “70 Thomas Pierson” was born about 1591, 46 years before his first grandson, 73 Samuel, was baptized in 1637. With the three generations after 70 Thomas Pierson containing a Nickolas, one would expect Nicholas to appear in his ancestors list.

The chart below includes Lizzie's information above, plus three earlier generations, a christening within Lizzie Pierson's information, and a wife's name within Lizzie's information:

"Of this branch came the American Piersons."

“Old John Pearson” b. ca. 1517, m. 1st ca. 1538 Catherine, bur. 21 Oct 1570 at Howden, Yorkshire | Robert Pearson b. ca. 1539, butcher, bur. 18 Nov 1581 Howden, Yorkshire m. 16 Sep 1560 Hellen (Ellinor bur. 19 Sep 1581) at Howden, Yorkshire | Nicholaus Pearson c. 22 Oct 1565 Howden, Yorkshire | “70 Thomas Pierson” (c. 7 Dec 1591 Howden, Yorkshire) (m. ca. 1614) Recorder of Beverley (East Riding, Yorkshire) Inherited the Estate of Moscraft (2 miles north of Beverley) which escheated to the crown 1700-1800 by death of last Pierson ____________________|_______________________ | | Rev. Nickolas Pierson Hugh Pierson (b. ca. 1615) (b. ca. 1617) M.D., Vicar of St. Mary's, Beverley of Moscraft near Beverley Puritan, left Beverley civil wars (1644-1660) buried Beverley Minster 1669 (m. ca. 1636 Mary [see adm. bond Apr 1645]) had chd: | _ __|________________________________ | | Samuel Pierson Rev. Nickolas Pierson Jr. c. 1637 St. Mary's Beverley c. 1638 St. Mary's Beverley

1660 Isle of Perbeck, Dorset died 1693 m. Mary Hayward (ca. 1665) | ________________________________|______ | | daughter Pierson Nickolas Pierson III b. 1666 b. 1691 m. & left Eng. 1689 m. Constance Budden died in France

70 Thomas Pierson's christening 7 Dec 1591, father Nicholas Pearson, was found 19 miles west of Beverley at Howden, Yorkshire. From parish records of Howden, Thomas had siblings: John bur. 9 May 1589; another John c. 8 Oct 1590; Henrie c. 30 Sep 1593, bur. 3 Jan 1593/4; and Robert c. 6 Jan 1597/8, bur. 10 Jan 1597/8. No marriage was found for Thomas Pierson, though a diligent search was made. For Thomas Pierson's son, Nicholas (b. ca. 1615), record of his estate administration and wife's given name were located:

"Administrative bond granted April 1645 to Mary Pearson, relict of Nicholas Pearson of Kingston Upon Hull."

No marriage was found for Thomas' father, Nicholas Pearson, who was christened 22 Oct 1565 at Howden, Yorkshire, father Robert. From parish records of Howden, Nicholas had siblings: Janeta c. 7 Dec 1561; Francis (M) c. 7 Feb 1562/3; Elizabeth c. & bur. 13 Aug 1564; Katherina c. 16 May 1568, bur. 6 Nov 1568; Joan bur. 17 May 1569; Alicia c. 23 Jan 1572/3, bur. 11 May 1574; Catherine c. 6 Dec 1576; and Frances (F) bur. 1 Dec 1583.

Nicholas' father, Robert Pearson, was born about 1539, was a butcher, and was buried 18 Nov 1581 at Howden, Yorkshire. Robert Pearson married 16 Sep 1560 Hellen (surname unknown) at Howden, Yorkshire (called Ellinor when buried 19 Sep 1581 at Howden) . Further defining her name, a land sale (feet of fines) in 1567 shows that "Robert Pereson and Elienora his wife" sold two tracts of land with the buildings thereon in Howden to John Gregory.

While Robert Pearson's parents are not given in Howden parish records, location and others present indicate that he was probably the eldest son of John Pearson who was buried 21 Oct 1570 at Howden, Yorkshire, called "Old John Pearson" in the Howden parish burial record.

Historically, Howden was the capital of a district called Howdenshire, which was a Wapentake in the East Riding of Yorkshire under the Danelaw in 900 AD. According to Pratt's History of Howden, it is probable that its early inhabitants were of Danish extraction due to its close and constant connection with Denmark. That is consistent with the Viking history of the region.

A collegiate church existed at Howden beginning sometime after the 1066 Conquest, but it was dissolved in the first year of the reign of King Edward VI (1547) and its facilities became vested in the crown where they remained until 1582 when Queen Elizabeth granted them by letters patent under the great seal of England to Edward Frost, John Walker, and others, their heirs and assigns forever.

Above, St. Peter's Church at Howden dates back to the eighth century. The Minster tower can be seen for miles. The church is particularly noted for its chancel ruins (see the photo on the next page).

"Howden is a market town of considerable antiquity and of local importance. As early as the year 1200, King John granted a license to Philip de Poictou, Bishop of Durham, to hold an annual fair at Howden, on the second and following day of October. The fair is held in a field near the town, but the general business extends over a full fortnight, and is carried on in every town and village around, as well as in the town of Howden."

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Captain John "Old John" Pearson's Timeline

Yorkshire, Howden Parish, England
November 18, 1541
Asselby, East Riding ? West Riding, Yorkshire, England
Asselby, Howden Parish, Yorkshire, England
November 18, 1549
Howden, Yorkshire, England