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Abraham Pierson

Also Known As: "Pearson"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Settle, North Yorkshire, England
Death: August 9, 1678 (64)
Newark, Essex, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Old Burying Ground, Newark, Essex, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Pierson and Christina Pierson
Husband of Abigail Pierson and Unknown 2
Father of Mary Miller; Rev. Abraham Pierson; Thomas Pierson; Abigail Davenport; Grace Kitchell and 3 others
Brother of Rebecca Pierson; Edward Pierson; Abigale Pierson; Grace Pierson; John Pierson and 2 others
Half brother of Thomas Pierson

Occupation: Minister of the Guilford Church
Managed by: Lawrence W. Murphy
Last Updated:

About Rev. Abraham Pierson

1. Rev. Abraham PIERSON was born about 1609 in Yorkshire, England and was christened on 23 Sep 1609 in Branford, Yorkshire, England. He died on 9 Aug 1678 in Newark, New Jersey and was buried in 1678 in Newark Burying Ground, Newark, NJ.

BIOGRAPHY: Abraham Pierson was a pastor in England and Lynn MA, and the first pastor of the new settlements of Southampton Long Island NY, Branford, CT and Newark, NJ.

He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1632. On 23 September 1632, he was ordained deacon at the Collegiate Church, Southwell, Nottingham, England.

He was a strong Puritan, and left England for America. He was admitted a member of the church in Boston on 5 September 1640. In 1640, he was ordained as the minister in Lynn MA.

He and other settlers left Lynn, MA and founded Southampton, Long Island NY in December 1640. He was strongly opposed to Southampton joining the Connecticut Colony in 1644 because Connecticut did not require Freeman to also be church members. In 1647, he moved to Branford, New Haven Colony, where he organized a church and served as minister for 20 years. He was prominent in the affairs of the New Haven colony.

In 1667, he and most of his congregation went to New Jersey when New Haven was absorbed by Connecticut. There they founded Newark. It was to be the last Puritan theocracy in America, where the church laws were almost indistinguishable from the civil laws. Pierson remained the pastor there until his death.

Pierson was a stern and strict Puritan who was held in high regard in both civil and clerical circles. Cotton Mather characterized him as a "godly, learned man" and "wherever he came he shone." When he died, his library included over 400 books (one of the largest collections in the colonies), which were left to his son, Abraham.

Abraham married Abigail MITCHELL10.


From Wikipedia

Pierson married Abigail Mitchell, daughter of Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood. The often repeated claim that she was Abigail Wheelright was proven wrong in Winthrope, MA by Col Charles Banks and Mr Horace Dickerman of New Haven.

9. Donald L Jacobus. History And Genealogy Of The Families Of Old Fairfield[1932]:II:1076.

From Yale Indian Papers Project

Pierson, Abraham, 1610 to 1678

Abraham Pierson (Cambridge 1632) was possibly the son of Thomas Pierson of Guiseley, Yorkshire  After his graduation at Trinity College, Cambridge and subsequent ordination, Pierson immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony around 1639 The following year, he removed to Southampton, Long Island as the towns pastor but removed once more to the Colony of New Haven, where he settled at Branford, the former Quinnipiac village of Totoket In 1651, with encouragement and support from the Corporation in England for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Indians in New England and the Commissioners of the United Colonies, Pierson began to preach to the Quinnipiac in hopes of converting them to Christianity. In that effort, his son Abraham Pierson, Jr. (1646-1707) often assisted Three years later, with the interpreter Thomas Stanton, Pierson authored a catechism designed for Native people of southern Connecticut, Some Helps for the Indians: A Catechism (published in 1659)  After the merger of New Haven with the Colony of Connecticut in 1665, he and a number of his parishioners removed to Hackensack Indian territory to settle Newark, New Jersey. Frederick Lewis Weis, The Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1978), 129. ANBDO; ODNB

  • Born c. 1610
  • Died August 9, 1678



  • A list of Mr. Pierson's family has been furnished us by an antiquarian. It is not known whom he married. His children were
  • Abigail, bom about 1640, who married Mr. John Davenport, Jr., of New Haven, Nov. 27, 1662;
  • Thomas, bom about 1643, married to Mary Taintor, daughter of Mr. Michael Taintor, of Branford; also, Nov. 27, 1662, and removed to Newark with bis father, 1667;
  • Abraham, bom about 1645, afterwards "Rector of Yale College;"
  • John, bom 1647;
  • Grace, born at Branford, June 13, 1650 ;
  • Susannah, bom Dec. 10, 1652;
  • Rebecca, Dec. 10, 1654;
  • Theophilus, May 15,1659,
  • and perhaps others. ID: I69829 Name: Abraham PIERSON Given Name: Abraham Surname: PIERSON Sex: M Birth: 1615 in Yorkshire, England Death: 9 Aug 1678 in Newark, Essex, NJ _UID: 31C05D72B5BE44F2BBF02BF379B6E4A1E698 Change Date: 29 Oct 2006 at 17:58

Father: Abraham PIERSON b: 1589 in Shadwell, Parish of Stefury, Middlesex, England Mother: Christiana JOHNSTON b: 1587 in Shadwell Parish, Stepney, Middlesex, England

Marriage 1 Abigail MITCHELL b: 26 Sep 1618 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England Married: Change Date: 29 Oct 2006


  1. Susanna PIERSON b: 10 Dec 1652 in Branford, CT

In 1666 he was the first Pastor of the first Presbyterian Church. This was located on Broad St. in Newark, NJ. Also see note for Thomas. "Pierson Genealogical Records" collected and compiled by Lizzie B.Pierson of Andover, Mass. - Albany, N.Y., Joel Munsell, Printer - 1878preface by Geo. R. Howell. (Library of Congress call # CS71.P362 1878) Was a minister of the Gospel.

From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996. Information found "First Church of Newark N.J." by Stearus, p 25-36; Talcott's "Guilford Families" Vol. 3, p 484


Abraham Pierson graduated from Trinity College in Cambridge, England in 1632. He was ordained a deacon at the Collegiate Church in Nottingham in 1632. In 1639, he came to Boston from England with brothers, Henry and Thomas. His wife's name was Abigail.

The family removed to Southampton, Long Island, New York and were there from 1640 to 1647, and next to Branford in New Haven Colony. Rev. Pierson was the first minister of Branford and remained there for 20 years. In 1665, he united with Rev. Davenport against the union of New Haven Colony with the Colony of Connecticut due to the laxness of the religious beliefs of the latter. His family left Branford in 1667 and removed to Newark, New Jersey where he died.

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Rev. Abraham Pierson's Timeline

September 22, 1613
Settle, North Yorkshire, England
- 1616
Age 1
England, United Kingdom
Age 15
Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Age 18
Trinity College, Cambridge
Age 27
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 28
New York, Queens County, New York, United States
Age 30
Southhampton, Suffolk, New York, United States
July 3, 1650
Age 36
Branford, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)