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Male 1653 - 1722  (69 years)


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  • Name Thomas Pierson  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born 1653  Pownall Fee, Cheshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 1LCZ-VV 
    Occupation 24 Oct 1675 
    Indenture to Joseph Kippin Fulfilled 
    Emigration 14 Sep 1676 
    First voyage to America on the "Joseph and Benjamin," with William Dixon (future brother-in-law) 
    Immigration 9 Nov 1676 
    First arrival at America on the "Joseph and Benjamin" 
    Emigration 14 Feb 1682  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Began return voyage to England on the "Comfort of Bristol" 
    Immigration 20 Mar 1682  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrived on the "Comfort of Bristol" 
    Emigration 25 Jul 1683  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Departed on the "Comfort" for Pennsylvania 
    Immigration 28 Sep 1683  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrived on the "Comfort" 
    Occupation 10 Sep 1684 to 1709 
    Deputy Surveyor for William Penn 
    Died 29 Sep 1722  East Caln Twp, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I1592  default
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2010 

    Father Lawrence Pierson,   b. 4 May 1620, Pownall Fee, Cheshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1673, Mobberley, Cheshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Janney,   b. 7 Jun 1620, Pownall Fee, Cheshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1662, Mobberley, Cheshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 1652  Cheshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F758  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margery Smith 
    Married 18 Feb 1683  Pownall Fee, Cheshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rachel Sharpley,   b. Abt 1653,   d. 2 Sep 1687, Newark, New Castle Co, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married Oct 1686  Newark Mtg, New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F757  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Rose Dixon,   b. 1661, Sego, Armaugh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1722, East Caln Twp, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 25 Mar 1689  East Caln Twp, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Notes 
    Married:
    • MARRIAGE: 01 Mar 1690 at New Castle Co, Delaware (source: www.mendenhall.org)
    Children 
    +1. Rose Pierson,   b. 7 Apr 1693, East Caln, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1771, East Caln, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Sarah Pierson,   b. Abt 1695, of East Caln, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Susanna Pierson,   b. 26 Jun 1691, East Caln, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1765, Frederick Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2008 
    Family ID F684  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Turtleback Farm [26 Mar 2006]
    Turtleback Farm [26 Mar 2006]
    Photo of Turtleback Farm, the original homesite of Thomas Pierson at Marple Twp, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania. The stone home was razed in 2004 after a developer attempted to sell the badly-deteriorated home for the outlandish price of $800,000. A very sad ending for a 300+ year-old home. This photo is of the Marple Twp Historical Society's marker at the site. Taken by Chad G. Nichols
    Turtleback Farm [26 Mar 2006]
    Turtleback Farm [26 Mar 2006]
    Photo of Turtleback Farm, the original homesite of Thomas Pierson. In the foreground is the original springhouse (the roof is not original). In the background was the original homesite until it was razed in 2004. Taken by Chad G. Nichols
    Turtleback Farm
    Turtleback Farm
    Photo of Turtleback Farm at Marple Township 30 Nov 2004, the home of Thomas Pierson. Shortly after this photo was taken the owner (a developer) razed the historic site in order to build a modern home. Courtesy of Marple Township Historical Society

    Documents
    Early Settlement of Delaware County, Pennsylvania
    Early Settlement of Delaware County, Pennsylvania
    Map of the Early Settlements of Delaware County, Pennsylvania; Lithograph of Bowen & Co., Philadelphia. A map of most of the early settlers circa 1700 to 1750. Various families are identified in the map: Maris, Mendenhall, Pearson, Newlin, Stanfield, & Woodward:

    Concord Twp: Benj Mendenhall, John Mendenhall, Moses Mendenhall, Nicholas Newlin
    Middletown Twp: Thos Woodward
    Thornbury Twp: Richd Woodward Jr
    Marple Twp: Thomas Pearon, Francis Stanfield, James Stanfield
    Springfield Twp: George Maris

    Replica of the original map in possession of Chad G. Nichols
    Inventory of Thomas Pierson's Estate
    Inventory of Thomas Pierson's Estate
    Inventory of Thomas Pierson's Estates, as researched by Dan McEver for the Mendenhall Family Association (MFA). Electronically compiled by Chad G. Nichols

    Headstones
    Unmarked Burial Location
    Unmarked Burial Location
    The headstone of Thomas Pierson is unmarked and therefore it is believed Springfield Mtg may be the correct burial place. Taken by Chad G. Nichols

    Histories
    History
    History
    "Notes on Thomas Pierson," a brief history by an unknown author.

  • Notes 
    • NAME: Nadine Holder (Woodward Genealogy) indicates some important facts about Thomas Pierson: "There were two Thomas Pierson/Pearson Families in Chester County [during the same period] and there is an enormous amount of erroneous information on both of them, to the extent that they have been pretty thoroughly mixed together. One lived in Marple Township and the other in Caln Township... It was a ways east of the two Caln Townships so records for the two Thomas Pearsons can generally be sorted easily based on location."

      IMMIGRATION: Merion Meeting records list Tho. Pierson & Marg't, his wife, late of Pownell in Cheshire, mason, and John, his brother, and Mary Smith, his sister, came in the 'Endeav'r' of London; arrived here 7 Mo. 29, 1683. John and Thos. Pearson, on Tax list for Marple 1693.

      DEATH: Thomas died intestate.

      BURIAL: Ancestral File lists burial place at 'Springfield, House Lot, Pennsylvania,' but this is likely the burial location of the 'other' Thomas Pierson. Other listing: Springfield Mtg, Springfield Twp, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania, USA

    Occupation:
    • "Bristol the 24th of 8th 1675: To all people to whome this presents shall com this I signifie and certyfie: that the: bearer hereof: Tho: Peirson: hath served me the full terme of seven years according to his Indenture recorded in the Tolzie of this City in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year above written. Joseph Kippin"

      Later, on the same document, Thomas wrote: ""on ye 12th day of ye 8th month in ye yeare 1675 I had served my Apprenticeship "

    Emigration:
    • Tho. Peirson: "on ye 14th day of ye 7th month in ye yeare 1676 I sailed from the Downes intending for Maryland in company with Wm Dixon"

    Immigration:
    • Tho. Peirson: "on ye 9th day of the 9th month in ye year 1676 I arrived in Great Wicka Comma Coe River in ye ship called the Joseph and Benjamin Mathew Pain Commander of ye same/T:P"

    Emigration:
    • Tho. Peirson: "on ye 14th day of ye 12th month in ye yeare 1681/2 I sailed from without ye capes of Cheseopeak bay in Maryland for England in the ship called the Comfort of Bristol Thomas Whitop Master"

    Immigration:
    • Tho. Peirson: "on or about ye 20th day of March 1682 I arrived in Kingroad"

    Emigration:
    • Tho. Peirson: "on ye 25th day of July in ye yeare 1683 I set saile from Kingroad in ye Comfort John Reed Master and arrived at Upland in Pennsylvania ye 28th of September 1683"

    Immigration:
    • Tho. Peirson: "on ye 25th day of July in ye yeare 1683 I set saile from Kingroad in ye Comfort John Reed Master and arrived at Upland in Pennsylvania ye 28th of September 1683"

  • Sources 
    1. [S756] Nichols Online Library, Digital Documents Researched and Scanned by Chad Nichols & Relatives, Nichols, Chad G., (Catalogue of over 40,000 relatives with more than 5,000 of them having documentation to support their place in the family tree. Some recent generation surnames include Anderson, Broman, Campbell, Cloward, Conder, Dutson, Ericksen, Farmer, Holyoak, Kump, Kylen, Mendenhall, Nichols, Nielson, O'Donnell, Richardson, Roberts, Shelley, Stone, and Walker. Most ancestors are from England, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. [online] www.nicholslibrary.org 7783 S 4950 W West Jordan, UT 84081 USA) (Reliability: 3).
      History - 001035
      Marple Twp Home [Turtleback Farm] - 003400, 003401, 003426
      Springfield Mtg Burial Ground - 003406
      Inventory of Thomas Pierson Estate - 005075

    2. [S110] Early Church Records of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Volume 2, Peden, Henry C., Jr. M.A. & Launey, John Pitts, (Westminster, Maryland : Willow Bend Books, 199?) (Reliability: 3).
      [pp 242-3]
      Thomas Pierson, son of Susanna Pierson, served an apprenticeship with Joseph Kippin of Bristol, England, which ended 12th of 8th mo, 1675. In the 12th month of that year, he went to London where he remained until the 14th of the 7th mo, 1676 and sailed for Maryland in company with William Dutton. Their ship arriving at the mouth of Wiccacomico River on the 9th of the 9th mo, 1676. Thomas returned to england [sic] early in the year 1682 to look after some property devised to him by his brother-in-law William Bulliford. On 25 Jul 1683 he again departed England on Comfort and arrived at Upland [Chester] in Pennsylvania on 28 Sep 1683. In 1686 he was appointed surveyor for New Castle Co. and in the same year married Rachel Sharples. Rachel d. on the 2nd of the 7th mo, 1687. Thomas then married Rose Dixson at the beginning of 1690 and had one known child, Rose Pierson, in 1693. Thomas and his family were members of Concord Monthly Meeting during the later part of his life and served as overseer of Caln Preparative Meeting from 1716 until his death 29th of the 7th mo, 1722 in Caln Twp. His dau. Rose married Aaron Mendenhall on the 16th of the 4th mo, 1715 and lived to see her 78th year in 1771.
      (Research & transcription by Chad G. Nichols)

    3. [S758] Pierson Family, Smith, Billy Lee, (PO Box 476, Bucklin, KS 67834) (Reliability: 3).
      [Part III, p 1]
      On the 5th da of 2nd month 1709, Thomas requested a certificate, "Thomas Pierson appearing at this meeting doth request a Certificate both as to himself and his Children's life and Conversation and Clearness in Relation to Marriage." The certificate was signed 1day, 6th month. He did not ask for a certificate for his wife, she had probable before the above date.

    4. [S34] Mendenhall Family Association (MFA), ([online] : http://www.mendenhall.org) (Reliability: 3).
      Provided Thomas Pierson life sketch; also lists birth 1653 at Bristol, England and death 29 Sep 1722 at East Caln, Chester, Pennsylvania.

      [Additional Notes from Dan McEver]
      WARRANT FROM WILLIAM PENN TO THOMAS PIERSON [my title]
      "At ye request of ye inhabitants of ye county of Chester and county of New Castle that I would grant them a warrant for ye running a dividing line between the two said counties that the inhabitants of ye respective counties which are in question may know to what jurisdiction they belong.

      I hereby nominate appoint and authorize thou Isaac Tailer of ye county of Chester in ye province of Pennsylvania and thou Thomas Pierson of ye county of New Castle in ye territories to accompany the magistrates of each county or any three of them within ye space of forty days after ye date hereof to admeasure and survey from ye town of New Castle the distance of twelve miles on a right line by ye river Dellaware upwards and from the said distance to divide between the said counties by a circular line extending according to ye Kings letters pattents and deeds of enforcement from the Duke for ye same and ye said circular line to be well marked two third parts of ye semicircle and make a true return hereof into my secretary's office to remain uppon record and for your so doing this shall be your warrant given under my hand and seale this 28 day of ye 8th month 1701. WM Penn"

      I found this original document at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. What fascinates me is that this was also the SAME DAY as the signing of the famous Charter of Privileges (28 October 1701), which was law in Penn's province and territories until the Revolution.

      Was this a coincidence? Not really. The Charter says that four persons from each county may be elected to the Provincial Assembly. However, at that time there was no clear boundary between Chester and New Castle Counties. So it was necessary to know the exact boundary, so the people could know "to which jurisdiction they belong."

      So in effect, Thomas Pierson was helping to carry out the historic Charter of Privileges! In fact, by 1704 the "Lower Counties" or the "Territories" formed their own legislature, so that "county" boundary became even more important. And of course, eventually it became a STATE boundary.

      Fifty years later (after October 28th, 1701), an historic bell was cast in order to commemorate the fiftieth year of the Charter of Privileges. It later came to be called the historic LIBERTY BELL. So this Liberty Bell in effect also marked the fiftieth year of Thomas Pierson's marching orders!

      You'll never think about the northern boundary of Delaware and the LibertyBell in the same way, will you?!

      By 1701, Pierson had been Deputy Surveyor for about 17 years. His counterpart, however, Isaac Taylor, had been Deputy Surveyor for Chester County for only about a year (or less) by 1701. I know this because I found a Henry Hollingsworth as Deputy Surveyor for Chester County in 1700. So when you think of the two surveyors doing this historic survey for William Penn, whom do you think was more likely the "boss" -- the newby Isaac Taylor, or the veteran Thomas Pierson??? Just wondering!

      Pierson and Taylor finished the survey on the 4th day of the 10th month, 1701. There were five witnesses, including Cornelius Empson and Caleb Pusey. I went to the spot where the survey began in New Castle (near the "horse dyke"), and there was a sign there. But wouldn't you know it, they got it wrong! The sign reads "surveyed by Empson and Pusey." These were WITNESSES, not the surveyors! I have a copy of the original document that is signed by Pierson and Taylor, and then the witness declaration signed by Empson and Pusey. I talked with a local historian, who said she knows the sign is in error, but it's currently not the city's top priority to put out the $$$ to make it historically accurate.

      There is irony in this as well, regarding the fact that EMPSON and Pusey got credit (on this sign) for Pierson and Taylor's work -- I have a copy of an old letter that strongly implies Pierson could not stand Cornelius Empson! Oh well.

      Much has been written about the "Taylor-Pierson" survey. There is agreement that it was imperfect, but it held for almost 200 years before it was re-surveyed, and a few adjustments were made. But when it was re-surveyed the desire was to get as close as possible to the original "Taylor-Pierson Survey."

      I have some information about Pierson's earlier years. According to Albert Cook Myers (one of the most respected historians in Pennsylvania a few generations ago), an old document dating back to 1675 most likely refers to our Thomas Pierson. Myers refers to it in The PA MAG of History and Biography, Vol. XXI, 1897, pp. 506-507. The manuscript reads:

      THOMAS PIERSON'S 'AUTOBIOGRAPHY' [my title]
      "Bristol the 24th of 8th 1675"
      "To all people to whome this presents shall com this I signifie and certyfie: that the: bearer hereof: Tho: Peirson: hath served me the full terme of seven years according to his Indenture recorded in the Tolzie of this City in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year above written. Joseph Kippin"

      (In Myers' words: "That which follows, I presume, is in the neat handwriting of Thomas Pierson himself:") [The document continues]:

      "on ye 12th day of ye 8th month in ye yeare 1675 I had served my Apprenticeship

      on ye 2d day of ye 12th month in ye yeare aforesd I went from Bristoll for London

      on ye 14th day of ye 7th month in ye yeare 1676 I sailed from the Downes intending for Maryland in company with Wm Dixon

      on ye 9th day of the 9th month in ye year 1676 I arrived in Great Wicka Comma Coe River in ye ship called the Joseph and Benjamin Mathew Pain Commander of ye same/T:P

      on ye 14th day of ye 12th month in ye yeare 1681/2 I sailed from without ye capes of Cheseopeak bay in Maryland for England in the ship called the Comfort of Bristol Thomas Whitop Master

      on or about ye 20th day of March 1682 I arrived in Kingroad

      on ye 25th day of July in ye yeare 1683 I set saile from Kingroad in ye Comfort John Reed Master and arrived at Upland in Pennsylvania ye 28th of September 1683."

      The "Tolzie" was the depository of records. Myers states regarding this document: "It seems to me from the manuscript that Thomas Pierson was a young unmarried man when he came over in the "Comfort" in 1683, and I presume it was he who married Rachel Sharply, of New Castle County, in 1686."

      It has been suggested (like in the Balderstone article, see below) that when Pierson said he arrived "in Upland," he meant New Castle. I found this original document at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and it is in surprisingly good shape. I do not know why Pierson went back to England 1682-83.

      I am convinced this 1675 document IS from our Thomas Pierson, the Surveyor. The clincher for me is Pierson the Surveyor's well-known, neat handwriting. I have compared over 15 letters of Pierson's undisputed handwriting with the 1675 document, and they are almost ALL identical. I am positive it is Pierson's writing. Besides, considering that at this early date very few people could have written so WELL as on the 1675 document (which I have seen and examined closely), and considering that not many could have written at all, it stretches my imagination to consider that that could have been written by a different Thomas Pierson! I am therefore convinced (and with good company) that these two documents (William Penn's Warrant and the 1675 document) are both referring to the same Thomas Pierson, the Surveyor -- ours!

      And now for another record. Marion Balderston wrote an article, "Pennsylvania's 1683 Ships, and Some of Their Passengers," in the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol 24:2, 1965. There is a listing for Thomas Pierson among the passengers of the Bristol Comfort, 1683 (confirming the above document). Balderstone reveals the actual luggage that was on board with all the passengers of the Bristol Comfort. Listed luggage for Thomas Pierson is:
      THOMAS PIERSON'S LUGGAGE ON THE BRISTOL COMFORT [my title]
      "5 doz. wool stockings; 6 cwt. wrought iron; 28 lbs. brass manufactured; 14 lbs. wrought pewter; 40 yds. frieze; 12 lbs. serges; 50 lbs. shoes; 1/2 chest window glass; cwt. cheese; 5 pcs. English fustian; 3 parcels wares value 3 pounds 1 s. 5d."

      Balderstone adds: "He appears to have m. Rachel Sharply and . . . appears to have been the deputy surveyor for New Castle Co., appointed 10 7m 1684."

    5. [S20] 1689 List of Land-Holders of Chester County, Pennsylvania, ([Available online] A list of land-holders appears to have been prepared by or under the direction of Governor John Blackwell, about the year 1689, and it serves in a manner to indicate the extent of the settlements at that time, though it cannot be said to be complete, while many of those whose names are given did not reside on the land. There are evidently many errors in spelling of the names, which are given as in the original.) (Reliability: 3).
      "Tho. Person," 350 acres

    6. [S123] Abstracts of Chester County, Pennsylvania Land Records, Volume 1: 1681-1730, Bryant, Carol, (Westminster, Maryland : Willow Bend Books, 1997 (2000)) (Reliability: 3).
      [22 Jan 1700, p 62]
      Deed. On 22 Jan 1699/1700 Thomas Pearson of Marple, yeoman, to Edward Davis of county of Philadelphia, husbandman. Whereas, Ralph Draycot & Elizabeth his wife & George Willard of Marple, by deed dated 29 Dec 1697, granted to Thomas Pearson 300 acres in Marple of the east side of Crum Creek, purchased by George Willard of William Penn on 22 Jan 1684 and by deed made over to Ralph Draycot & Elizabeth his wife. Ralph Drycot & Elizabeth his wife made over to Thomas Pearson 300 acres. Now Thomas Pearson for 100 grants to Edward Davis a tract in Marple bounded by Crum Creek & land of Bartholomew Coppeck, containing 200 acres. Signed Thomas Pearson. Delivered in the presence of Jonathon Hayes, Richard Maris, Adam Roads & Josiah Taylor (A1:B250)

    7. [S794] History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, The, Ashmead, Henry Graham, (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts & Co. 1884 [available online at www.delcohistory.org/ashmead/) (Reliability: 3).
      [pp 579-80]
      At the court on the 5th day of the Sixth month, 1684, occurs the first mention of Marple in the records of Chester County, at which time Jonathan Hayes and James Stamfield were appointed tax-collectors "for the Publicke Aid for Marple," and at the same court Thomas Pearson was appointed "Constable and Supervisor for the highway for Marple." In many of the early records the name is spelled Marpool; but Holmes, on his Map of the Improved part of Pennsylvania, gives this township according to the modern spelling, and as the first court record adheres to the same orthography, the word Marpool is doubtless an error. Why the locality was so called is now unknown.
      The great road of Marple, which enters the township at its southern boundary just above the Springfield meeting-house, was laid out in 1683, and ran almost due north through the centre of this district, when it diverged in a westwardly direction, uniting with the West Chester road a short distance south of Newtown line. At the southwestern end of Marple was a tract of three hundred acres, which was patented to George Willard, 22d of Eleventh month, 1684. Richard Maris, a son of George Maris, of Springfield, subsequently became the owner of one hundred and thirty acres of this land, on which he resided, and was assessed for in 1715. The remaining part of the tract was conveyed to Jonathan Coppock, Nov. 4, 1708, but beyond that fact nothing further respecting him is known to the writer. Immediately above the Willard land were three hundred acres, one hundred of which was taken up by Ralph Draycott, Dec. 2, 1689, and two hundred acres by Elizabeth Draycott, Nov. 5, 1690, neither of whom seem ever to have resided on the estate, which passed to Thomas Pearson, Dec. 29, 1697. Tradition states that this Pearson came with Penn in the "Welcome," in 1682, and it was on his suggestion that the name of Upland was changed to Chester. The records of the arrivals of the early immigrants to Pennsylvania, in the possession of the Pennsylvania Historical Society, show that Thomas Pierson, - for so the name is spelled in the list, - was by trade a mason. Margaret, his wife, John, his brother, and Mary Smith, his sister, came from Ponnall-fee, in Cheshire, England, in the ship "Endeavour," of London, arriving in the colony on the 29th of Seventh month (September), 1683, nearly a year after Penn's arrival. Sarah Pearson, the daughter of Thomas, intermarried with John West, and became the mother of Benjamin West, the noted American artist. Mary Smith, the sister of Thomas Pearson, just above his tract, took on rent, Oct. 6, 1683, fifty acres of ground. Through this land and that of her brother the road leading from Upper Providence to Springfield meeting-house was laid out May 2, 1721. Above Mary Smith's land were two hundred and fifty acres surveyed to John Pearson, who came with his brother Thomas, in the "Endeavour," in October, 1683, which subsequently became the property of Robert Pearson. On Oct. 13, 1685, Francis Stanfield, who had purchased prior to leaving England, received a patent for six hundred acres. He settled on this tract prior to the summer of 1684, for, as already mentioned, at the August court of that year he was appointed one of the tax-collectors for Marple. This large estate subsequently was divided into smaller holdings, of which Peter, John, and Joseph Worrall had various-sized plots, as also Joseph and John Rhoads. In 1713 three hundred acres of the Stanfield land became the property of Robert Pearson, who was assessed for it in 1715. Dr. Bernhardus Vanlear, in 1720, acquired two hundred and forty-eight acres of this estate, and here he resided until his death, Jan. 26, 1790, at the extraordinary age of one hundred and four years. His death being largely due to the fact that in 1788, when he was one hundred and two years old, his house was entered by burglars, and because of his refusal to inform them where he had secreted his treasure, cruelly maltreated him. Above the Stanfield tract, on Oct. 27, 1683, three hundred acres were surveyed to Peter and Joshua Worrall. The family of Worrells (for the latter is the modern spelling of the name) are believed to be descendants of Sir Hubert de Warel, who lost three sons at the battle of Hastings, which victory gave to William the Conqueror absolute possession of England. Peter Worrell (or Worrall) was a tanner, from whom the Worrals of Marple are descended; of Joshua, nothing seems now to be known. John Worrall, who settled in Chester township in 1648, came from Oare, Berkshire, England, and as he named one of his children Peter, and Peter called one of his sons John, it would appear that if not brothers, they were at least very nearly related to each other. John Worrall, Peter's son, with Bernhardus Vanlear, early in the last century, went to Germany, and graduated as a physician. Above the Worrall tract were seven hundred and fifty acres surveyed to John and Charles Bevan, June 28, 1684, which was part of the two thousand acres purchased by John Bevan from Penn, in England. It subsequently became the property of Jonathan Hayes, who, on July 30, 1684, received a patent for six hundred acres immediately to the north of the Bevan patent. He was the largest landholder in the township. He was a member of Assembly in 1689, and again in 1697, and one of the justices of the court from 1703 to 1711. In 1715 he was murdered by Hugh Pugh, a millwright, and Lazarus Thomas, a laborer. The trial of the assassins is the first case of homicide known in the records of Chester County.

    8. [S415] Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998) (Reliability: 3).
      Lists death 27 May 1734 at Marple, Chester, Pennsylvania and burial Sep 1722 at Springfield Mtg, House Lot, Pennsylvania; NAME: surname has been listed as Pearson, too

    9. [S91] Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825, Lineages, Inc., comp., ([database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000) (Reliability: 3).
      Thomas Peirson Decedent Date: 4 Oct 1722 Prove Date: 19 Nov 1722 Remarks: Thomas Peirson (of Caln). October 4, 1722, died 29 September. Adm. to John Mendenhall. Inventory by John Earl and Jos. Cloud, November 19, 1722. 74 :15 :10. Surveying instruments and what belongs thereto. 1.
      [Research by Nadine Holden]

    10. [S758] Pierson Family, Smith, Billy Lee, (PO Box 476, Bucklin, KS 67834) (Reliability: 3).
      [part III, page 1]
      Thomas Pierson's and ROSE DIZON'S names appear in Newark MM minutes as having first declared their intention on 8d, 12 mo, 1689, and their second declaration on 1d, 1mo, 1690, at which date they were granted permission to marry. Rose Dixon, who was born in 1661 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland, daughter of HENRY and ROSE DIXON.