12th Great-Grandmother was Lady Caroline de Bourgogne

Lady Caroline de Bourgogne-12th Great-Grandmother

My12th Great-Grandmother was Lady Caroline de Bourgogne and yours, if your parent is a child of Moses Jefferson Pearson. She is on Edward Pearson’s (6th Great-Grandfather’s wife’s side of the family in the Moses J. Pearson’s (our grandfather) line. If for example, you’re a second cousin then she’d be your 13th great grandmother.

When Lady Caroline de Bourgogne was born in 1482 in Mayenne, Mayenne, France, her father, Sir, was 22. She had two sons and three daughters with William Ashton Ledbetter. She then married Sir Simon Gilman and they had one son together. She died in 1562 in Beaune, Côte-d’Or, France, having lived a long life of 80 years.

Lady Caroline de Bourgogne was born in 1482 in Mayenne, Mayenne, France, to Sir Richard Lommois de Amiens de Bourgogne, age 22.

Her son Hugh Donnington was born in 1500 in Middlesex, England. Her daughter Maude was born in 1510 in Cheshire, England. Her daughter Katherine was born in 1504 in Thriplow, Cambridgeshire, England. Her son Christopher Ashton was born in 1506 in Buckinghamshire, England. Her daughter Elizabeth Buckler was born in 1520 in Dorset, England.

Lady Caroline de Bourgogne married Sir Simon Gilman in 1524 when she was 42 years old.

Her son Simon was born in 1525 in England.

Her husband Sir Simon passed away in 1543 in Cîteaux, Côte-d’Or, France, at the age of 36. They had been married 19 years.

Capt Robert Higgenson, 11th Great-Grandfather

One of our 11th great-grandfathers

Capt Robert Higgenson was born in 1498 in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England, the son of Anne and Thomas. He married Maude Ashton in Cheshire, England. They had two children during their marriage. He died on January 16, 1561, at the age of 63.

He was on the Lawrence John Peirson (1620-1673) side of the family who was our 7th great-grandfather. Lawrence married our 7th great-grandmother, Elizabeth Barnhill Janney and Capt Robert Higgenson comes from her line.

Moses Jefferson Pearson Newspaper Obituary

M. J. Pearson Dies Wednesday Evening

Moses Jefferson Pearson

Farmer Dies of Heart Condition and Complications – Rites Near Lena-Conover

Conover, Sept. 2 (1943) – Moses Jefferson Pearson, 62, died of a heart condition and complications at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening at his home, one mile east of Lena-Conover. He had been ill for six months prior to his death.

He was born in Monroe township, Miami county, November 14, 1881, where he resided till last spring when he moved to his present home. He was the son of Oliver and Elizabeth Pearson, in a family of three children.

A prominent farmer, he was married in December, 1907 to Marie Gentry, who survives him along with 14 children, six boys whom are in the armed forces. Five children died in infancy.

The six boys serving the country are Oliver, at Camp Amarillo, Texas; Charlies, in North Africa; John, Camp McCain, Mississippi; Wilmar, Harry and Donald, all in the South Pacific. Oliver and John arrived home before their father’s death and will be present for the funeral.

Other children surviving him are, James, Toledo; Walter of Piqua; Mrs. Laura Harmon, Urbana; Bessie, Ruth Rose, Mary and Ada at home; eight grandchildren, and one brother, Lewis Pearson of Troy.

The body was taken to the Suber funeral home in Fletcher, where friends may call until time for the services, which will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with burial in Fletcher cemetery. Mrs. Edward B. Fischer, pastor of the Federated Churches, will officiate.

Family Note: This is the transcription of the obit that ran in the local paper. He died on September 1, 1943 at the age of 61. Per the Death Certificate, he died at 8 p.m. EST and the immediate cause of death was Carcinoma of the Colon (colon cancer) and Coronary Occlusions (heart issues).

Genealogy research update

Aunt Jean

Sorry I haven’t posted anything new since I got back from visiting Aunt Jean and our cousin Rosasharon a couple weeks ago. Today I’m working on changing that and getting back into my Friday genealogy day! Plan to get some new stuff posted today so stay tuned! We did do a DNA sample with Aunt Jean and it’s currently in the lab being processed. Probably another 4 weeks till we get the results. Aunt Jean is excited about seeing her results!

Searching for George Pearson’s Grave

I will share that aunt Jean and I searched the grave records at Casstown and Lost Creek Cemeteries trying to find a grave for George Pearson, who is our uncle that died at birth, but had no luck at all. According the the death certificate it should have been one of the two places where he was buried, unless he was buried somewhere on the farm. There are a lot of unknown graves at both places as well. We’ll probably never know for sure.

Elizabeth Janey (Janney), 1620 – 1675

St. Wilfred’s Church, Mobberley, England

The 6th Great Grandmother of Moses J. Pearson

Elizabeth Janey (Janney), 1620 – 1675, wife of Lawrence Pearson [Peirson] and mother of Edward and Thomas Pearson [Peirson], is buried at St. Wilfred’s Church, Mobberley, England.

A thumbnail history of Lawrence and Elizabeth compiled via Rootsdigger.

Lawrence was married in the Quaker meeting to Elizabeth Janney, of a very active Quaker family. Elizabeth, wife of Lawrence, was buried 13 Aug 1662 at Mobberly. She was daughter of Randle Janney and Ellen Allred.

In 1650, Lawrence Pearson was imprisoned for testifying in the streets at Highfield, County Derby.

In 1660, Robert Pearson, his brother, was put in jail for refusing to take an oath.

In 1657, [her husband] Lawrence Pearson of Wilmslow Parish refused to pay a tithe, and had a horse worth three pounds confiscated to pay an eight shilling tithe.

In 1665 Lawrence Pearson of Pownall Fee was arrested at a Quaker meeting and jailed for two months.

In his will he identified his profession as mason. His will left “unto my sonne Edward the dishboard, the little plow, and the little pair of plow irons, etc.” The other children, including Thomas, received shares of the tiny estate.

Lawrence and Elizabeth’s two sons Edward and Thomas left England about 1683 and settled in Quaker communities in Pennsylvania.

Little Old Tommy

Thomas Pearson Sr.

Birth 24 March 1728 • Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death 13 October 1820 • Monroe Township, Miami, Ohio
Our 4th great-grandfather on Moses J. Pearson’s side of the family

“The first I’ll mention is Thomas Pearson, ‘Little Old Tommy,’ who lived to the greatest age of any who came from Newberry, besides being the oldest emigrant to his township and as near as I can learn, county.

Born in 1728, he was older that the Father of his Country, a fact which seemed to attach additional importance to him. In early life, he lived in Philadelphia, following the trade of saddler & harness-maker. Years before, & during the Revolution, he & his family resided in Newberry District & had their full share of its honors.

Once, when a captive, his enemies required his service in saddlery and harness work, regardless of his lack of tools. He answered them by saying that ‘Neither wise men nor fools can work without tools,’ the piquancy of which caused them to laugh & excuse him.
He appears to have occupied the first seat in the ‘Common Meetings’ of Friends.

A granddaughter of his told me that once during the solemn quiet of a meeting a partially insane woman came in with fruit in her apron and going up to him said, ‘Here, Mr. Pearson, I’ll give you the apples if you will preach today.’ Being a harmless person they got rid of her in a quiet way; but whether they regarded her interruption as a rebuke upon their silent worship I was not informed.

I think it was in 1805 or 1806, that Father Pearson left Newberry with a numerous retinue of children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Coming directly to Miami County they pitched their tents in proximity to the Jays & Jenkinses, who had preceded them.

It was not many years before his many descendants were settled comfortably around him and he saw teeming fields, in place of dark, tangled forest. His wife died and though in advanced age, he took another.

A few years more and his walk became tremulous, his eyes grew dim and his hearing blunted. The writer saw him in 1820, when he had Old Dodson’s Three Warnings: – ‘he was lame, deaf and blind. ‘He could walk only with support on both sides, could hear only by loud speaking in his ear, both day and night were alike to him. Upon asking what time it was, if answered ten o’clock, he would say and repeat, ‘Ten o’clock, ten o’clock.’ striving, but in vain, to impress it upon his memory, for it would not be long before he repeated the question.

A short time after the above-described sight of Old Thomas, the author heard a grandson of his announce his death & burial…”

From: Annals of Newberry, John O’Neall & John A. Chapman, Aull & Houseal, Newberry, SC, 1892, pp.332-333