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Henry Sleeper Pearson

  • Born: 23 May 1789, Newburyport MA
  • Marriage: Dorothy Greenleaf on 29 Aug 1814 in Newburyport MA
  • Died: 30 Aug 1878, Portland ME

  General notes:

Silversmith and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • Advertised in the Eastern Argus and Portland Gazette (Portland ME), 1810-1824, as a mathematical instrument maker and watchmaker at 9 Jones Row, Exchange Street. 3
  • He worked from circa 1810 to 1875 as a silversmith and watchmaker in Portland ME
    With a shop at 38 Exchange in 1856.

  • Watch paper, c 1825
    American Antiquarian Society

  • Plain sighting compass, c 1850-1875 1
    Mahogany with brass vanes. Compass is fitted with brass vanes but wood body is a transitional piece. Compass card has fleur-de-lis at north and a full eagle with breast shield at east. Card signed Wightman Sculpt. Brass ring dial in 1-degree gradations. Dovetailed wooden case is not fitted but appears to be original to the instrument. Case finished in old red paint. Original Jacob’s staff with all-wood locking joint and ball. Staff has what appears to be a bone ring just below the top. Staff ball and joint sock cracked and in need of restoration. One brass vane bolt a replacement. 6 inch vanes. 4 3/4 inch needle. 6 inch dial. 15 inches overall.
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Portland ME, listed as a mathematical instrument maker.
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Portland ME, listed as a mathematical instrument maker.

Henry married Dorothy Greenleaf, daughter of Enoch Greenleaf and Dorothy Ingersoll, on 29 Aug 1814 in Newburyport MA. (Dorothy Greenleaf was born on 18 Jan 1792 in Newburyport MA and died on 5 Oct 1842 in Portland ME.)

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