Saturday, June 6, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ PEARSON of Lynn and Reading, Massachusetts

There were two John PEARSON  immigrant families in Massachusetts, one lived in Rowley, and the other lived in Lynn.  As far as I can tell, they are not related to each other.  Be careful researching, because both John Pearsons lived at the same time in the same county (Essex County).  The John Pearson (about 1615 – 1679) who settled at Lynn is my 9th great grandfather.  He was in Lynn about 1637 and removed to Reading about 1639 (now the town of Wakefield).   He married Maudlin (sometimes spelled Madeline),  probably the daughter of Robert Bullard, and they had five children.

John Pearson’s will mentions his wife “Maddlin”, son John, daughters Sarah Townsend, Mary Burnap and Bethia Carter, as well as a servant John Lilly.  He is buried in the old cemetery at Wakefield (originally in the town of Reading).   His tombstone carved with the name "John Person" and is described in the book Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols, 1650 - 1815, by Allen Ludwig, 2000, page 83. 

His daughter Sarah married John Townsend of Lynn on 27 January 1669 in Lynn.  They had three children.  My Pearson line daughters out early.  For more information on the TOWNSEND lineage, please see the blog post published on 16 May 2015 at this link: 

For more information on the PEARSON family of Lynn see The Essex Genealogist, Volume 13, pages 200 – 209, Volume 14, pages 39 – 44.

My PEARSON genealogy:
Generation 1:  John Pearson, born about 1615 probably in Yorkshire, England,  died 17 April 1679; married to Maudlin/Madeline Bullard, daughter of Robert Bullard and Ann Unknown.  Five children.

Generation 2: Sarah Pearson, born 20 January 1647 in Lynn, died 9 July 1689 in Lynn;  married on 27 January 1669 in Lynn to John Townsend as his first wife, son of Thomas Townsend and Mary Newgate.   Three children.  He was born about 1640 in Lynn, and died 14 December 1726 in Lynn.  Thomas remarried second to Mehitable Brown on 23 April 1690 in Lynn. 

Generation 3:  John Townsend married Sarah Boutwell
Generation 4:  Sarah Townsend married Brown Emerson
Generation 5:  John Emerson married Katherine Eaton
Generation 6:  Romanus Emerson married Jemima Burnham
Generation 7: George Emerson married Mary Esther Younger
Generation 8:  Mary Katharine Younger married George E. Batchelder
Generation 8:  Carrie Maud Batchelder married Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 9:  Stanley Elmer Allen married Gertrude Matilda Hitchings


Published under a Creative Commons License
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Family Reunions, 2015", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 6, 2015 ( : accessed [access date]). 


  1. The surname Pearson jumped out at me. I'm a descendant of a Thomas Pearson, born ca. 1750; family tradition says he was born in Yorkshire, England. He immigrated to America and was a Revolutionary War patriot from Virginia. Interestingly, there was another Thomas Pearson from VA who was also a Rev War patriot! My Thomas stayed in VA; the other Thomas moved west to Kentucky. We might be cousins! :)

    1. Yes, indeed we might be cousins way back in England. I don't know if there has been a DNA study of the different PEARSON families, but I wouldn't be surprised to find out some are related to each other.

    2. Have you ever I seen these two books? I have never been able to find a complete copy of either, but I have seen portions of both. I bet they can be found in New England.

      "The Cooper-Pierson-Griggs Connection" by Thomas W. Cooper Long Island, Massachusetts and Buckinghamshire, England published in October 1989 in The American Genealogist, Vol. 64, No. 4

      "Pierson Millennium" by Richard E. Pierson and Jennifer Pierson, Heritage Books, Inc.

    3. Hi Brian, I searched the NEHGS online card catalog, and the "Pierson Millennium" is not in their records. However, they have all the TAG journals online. TAG = The American Genealogist