Family of Scion PRITCHARD (7) & Hannah WILLIAMS
On 22 Dec 1835 when Mary Ann was 15, she married Peter PEARSON Senior, son of John PEARSON (1781-1842) & Penelope TAYLOR (1784-1870), in Henderson County, Tennessee. Born on 11 Oct 1814 in Anson County, North Carolina. At the age of 72, Peter died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 16 May 1887. Buried in May 1887 in Pearson Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in District 10, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860. Occupation: Legislator/Farmer.
Hon. Peter Pearson, and old and respected citizen of the Eighth District, was born in Anson County, N.C. in 1814, a son of John and Penelope (Taylor) Pearson. The father was of French-Welsh descent, born in Perequimans County, N.C. In 1836, he immigrated to Henderson County, Tenn. where he died at the age of sixty-eight. His wife was of Irish descent, a native of Edgecombe County, N.C. She lived to be the age of ninety years, was the mother of four children, only two of whom are living. Nathan, who is about two years older than Peter, is also a resident of Henderson County. The subject of this sketch came to Tennessee about one year earlier than his father, and December 3, 1835, married a daughter of Scion and Hannah Pritchard, Miss Mary, who was born in North Carolina and died January 26, 1864, at the age of forty-six years. She left seven children: James N., John D., Peter S., Jemima, wife of Dr. G.W. Laws, and Martha, wife of William Milam. In July 1873, Mr. Pearson married, the second time, Harriet McMurray, born in Maury County, Tenn. Mr. Pearson is a stanch Democrat, an influential man in his party. Pervious to the war he was magistrate for four years. In 1863 was elected on a general ticket as representative, and for three terms represented his people in a manner highly creditable and satisfactory. He is an old and honored member of the I.O.O.F, head officer at the lodge at Wildersville. Mr. Pearson commenced life as a poor man, and the property he accumulated was all destroyed during the war, but by industry, courage and judicious management he is now possessor of a fine farm containing acres of valuable land, well cultivated, stocked and improved. He is a man of sound judgment, a good adviser, whose council is often sought. He is highly esteemed wherever he is known.
Obituary: Henderson County News: The Honorable Peter Pearson for many years a leading citizen of Henderson, who represented us in the Legislature two or three times since the war, died Monday morning full of years. He was trusted and respected by all that knew him. In the death of Peter Pearson, the people lose a good man and patriotic citizen. [Marker: October 11, 1814 - May 16, 1887]
Peter Pearson, 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee, owned 16 slaves during the 1860 Census.
They had the following children:
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