NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
(N.B. - In the early New Jersey records the name is written Peirson. The present form of spelling appears to have been adopted during the third generation of the family in America). Have these webpages helped you?
(I) James Peirson, born in England about the year 1699, was left an orphan in his boyhood, and at the age of sixteen years was sent to America by his unscrupulous relatives in order that they might usurp his inheritance. His earliest recollections were of living in a fine house in luxury with his father, an old man, and his mother, who was much younger, there being one or more sisters much older than himself, but no brother; of the death of his parents, and of being taken by his relatives to a farm house in Wales for his health, whence, after some time, he was conveyed by an uncle, or brother-in-law, to a ship bound for America. Upon his arrival the shipmaster, in order to secure his passage money, apprenticed him to a man in New Jersey, with whom he remained during his minority. After his majority he settled in, or near, Newark, but later removed to Hanover, N.J., and acquired considerable property. It was his intention to return to England for the purpose of recovering his inheritance, but as he grew older his interest in that direction waned, and he at length decided to send his eldest son, Moses, when of age. The latter never undertook the mission.
James, Peirson married Esther Williams. His will, which was made in Hanover, N.J., Sept. 3, 1761, provided for his wife and four daughters, and bequeathed the remainder of his estate to his son, Moses.
(II) Moses, only son of James and Esther (Williams) Peirson, was born in Newark, Oct. 17, 1733. He resided in Parsippany, N.J., until obliged to dispose of his property in order to liquidate a debt incurred by his father for the benefit of a son-on-law, and purchasing a tract of wild land at Shelburne, Vermont, containing one thousand acres or more, he and his family settler there in 1770. During the revoltionary war his family were exposed to the depradations of Tories and Indians, and, after a desperate attack upon the house, in which their assailants were temporarily driven away, the pioneers took refuge in Shoreham, later going to Rutland. His sons Ziba and Uzal, aged seventeen and fifteen respectively, were captured by the Indians and taken to Montreal, but succeeded in making their escape and finally rejoining their parents after a forty days' journey through the woods. After the close of hostilities, Moses Peirson and his family returned to their home in Shelburne and proceeded with the clearing and improving of their large estate, a considerable portion of which was brought to a good state of fertility. At one time four sons and three daughters occupied farms which had been allotted them from the original tract.
Moses Peirson died in Shelburne, Feb. 28, 1805.
He married, March 27, 1754, in New Jersey, Rachel Smith, born Oct. 13, 1735, died March 22, 1813. During the attack upon the house mentioned above, she as confined to her bed with an infant, but she preserved her self-possession, although for several hours the battle raged fiercely within a few feet of her room, and she escpaed unhurt.
Eight were born in New Jersey, and the others in Shelburne.
(III) Uzal, third son and fifth child of Moses and Rachel (Smith) Peirson, was born in Parsippany, New Jersey, May 4, 1763. At the age of seven years he accompanied his parents to their new home on the frontier, and share in their hardships and vicissitudes. having survived the terrible ordeal, previously mentioned, he took kindly to the life of a pioneer, and, after the close of the revolutionary war, receiving his portion of the family estate in Shelburne, he resided there for the remainder of his life, which terminated Jan. 11, 1836.
He married Dorcas Frisbie, born Jan. 10, 1767; died May 22, 1848.
7. Smith Frisbie.
(IV) Uzal, second child of Uzal and Dorcas (Frisbie) Peirson, was born Nov. 7, 1791; died Aug. 2, 1872; married Nov. 10, 1813, Polly Smith, born Sept. 14, 1793; died June 1, 1848.
1. Hanson C., born Oct. 8, 1814; died June 12, 1848, at Tyler, Illinois. He married Elizabeth Comstock, Sept. 12, 1844. She died Sept. 2, 1842. Child: George.
2. Addie A., born at Shelburne, Vermont, Dec. 4, 1816; died Oct. 16, 1863; married Oscar L. Holabird of Shelburne; seven children.
3. Helen Maria, born March 30, 1819; married Dec. 11, 1844, Curtis J. Pattridge. Children: Mary E., born Nov. 4, 1845, married Alvin Leander Inman; Hanson C., born Dec. 24, 1847. Frank S., born June 29, 1850; George P., born Dec. 6, 1852; Fanny C., born April 11, 1855; died May 17, 1848; Clara H., born April 26, 1860.
4. Edward, born Aug. 15, 1821.
5. Jane, born July 3, 1823; married Dec. 28, 1846, George J. Pattridge; resides at Shelburne; eight children.
6. Mary R., born Oct. 26, 1825; died July 3, 1864; married Dec. 10, 1849, Enos Peterson; seven children.
7. Cornelia, born June 27, 1828; died March 27, 1832, at Shelburne.
8. Allen Smith, born Dec. 18, 1830; died March 27, 1832.
9. Cornelia, born Aug. 8, 1833; still living [this pub in 1910]; married Horace R. Nash of Burlington, Vermont; nod children.
10. John Henry, born Oct. 6, 1838; married April 18, 1864, Eleanor L. Lawton; one son.
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