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 Descendants of Michael Pearson - See Pearson Endnotes here.

Generation One

Michael Pearson was born Abt. 1694 in Culpepper Co., VA, and died Abt. 1781.  He married Ann XXXX.  She was born Abt. 1698 in Culpepper Co., VA.

Notes for Michael Pearson:  A record on by Cheryl L. Dau ([email protected]) shows that Michael was born in Atwick, Yorkshire, England about 1700.

Child of Michael Pearson and Ann XXXX is:

i Charles Pearson, born Abt. 1726 in Culpepper Co., VA; died Aft. 1800.



Generation Two

Charles Pearson was born Abt. 1726 in Culpepper Co., VA, and died Aft. 1800.  He married Sally Weathers

Notes for Charles Pearson:  Not proven to be the father of Shadrack.

Notes for Sally Weathers: Not proven to be the wife of Charles or the mother of Shadrack.

Children of Charles Pearson and Sally Weathers are:

i Shadrack Pearson, born Abt. 1754 in Bromfield, Culpepper Co., VA; died Abt. 1848 in Scottsburg, Scott Co., IN.  My line, more below.
ii Meshack Pearson, born Abt. 1754 in Broomfield, Culpepper Co., VA; died August 15, 1847 in Christianburg, Shelby Co., KY.  More About Meshack Pearson:  Burial: Indian Fork Cemetery, Shelby Co., KY
iii Abednego Pearson, born Abt. 1754 in Culpepper Co., VA.
iv Charles Pearson, born Abt. 1756 in Culpepper Co., VA; died Abt. 1780 in NC.  Notes for Charles Pearson:  Statement as to his death in the Revolution was given by Shadrack.
v William Pearson, born Abt. 1758 in Culpepper Co., VA.
vi Son Pearson, born Abt. 1760 in Culpepper Co., VA


Generation Three

Shadrack Pearson was born Abt. 1754 in Bromfield, Culpepper Co., VA, and died Abt. 1848 in Scottsburg, Scott Co., IN.  He married (1) Rachael Clinch August 23, 1781 in St. Marks Parish, Episcopal Church, Culpepper Co., VA, daughter of Jacob Clinch and Jean XXXX.  She was born July 18, 1762 in Culpepper Co., VA, and died March 20, 1826 in Scott Co., IN.  He married (2) Mary George May 1826 in Scott Co., IN. 

Notes for Shadrack Pearson:  He, Mesheck and Abednego were triplets.

He was inducted in VA as a private for 3 years and assigned to James Taylor (Roll Box 93).

Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Vol. 1:  Know all men that I, Shadrack Pierson of Bourbon Co., Ken. heir at law of Charles Pierson, decd. appoint Thomas Miller of Richmond Va. my Atty. Signed 20 July, 1819.  Acknd. before D. Thomas, J. of P.

I, Shadrack Pierson of the county of Bourbon, state of Ken. declare that I was a Soldier of the Rev. in Captain Richard Taylors Comp. in Co. Richard Parkers Continental Regt. of Va.  That my brother Charles Pierson of Culpepper Co., Va. where we both enlisted in 1776; he enlisted in said Richard Taylors company to serve three years that soon after he enlisted he was made a Corporal in the said company and served as Corporal the said three years, and was honorably discharged.  I served in the same company the whole three years.  That Charles Pierson immediately reenlisted as a Soldier in Capt. Tarleton Paynes Company of the said Regt. for the war, which enlistment was at Bound Brook, New Jersey; he was made Corporal in that Company, and was marched South, where he was killed in a skirmish with the Tories near the Catawba River, N.C. in the fall of 1780; he was then a Corporal.  His discharge papers were lost at the time he was killed; that I was in the same Company with my brother when he was killed.  Signed, Shadrack Pierson.  Sworn to before D. Thomas J. of P. Bourbon Co., Ken. 20 July, 1819.

I John Barbee of Shelby Co., Ken. Sergeant in Captain Taylors Comp. certify that Charles Pierson was Corporal in the same Company, etc. (his deposition same as Pg. 385 that of Shadrack Piersons).  Signed and sworn to before O. G. Waggener, J. of P. Franklin Co., Ken. 2 Oct, 1819.

Sergeant Daniel Barbee, of Mercer Co., Ken. who was in Captain Richard Taylors Company, also knew Charles Pierson, and made the same declaration, as those above.  Signed and sworn to before John Clemens, J. of P. Franklin Co., Ken. 23 Jul, 1819.

Note.  On the reverse side of this paper is the notation - Shadrack Piersons claim as heir of Charles Pierson, decd. for the Bounty land of said Charles Pierson as a Corporal for three years and then for the war in the Va. Contl. line - Rejected, not sufficiently authenticated.

Then another notation - 1820.  The heirs of Charles Pierson, decd. Corporal in the Va. Contl. line allowed for services till end of the war.

Warrant 6385 was issued 16 Jun 1820 for 400 Acres, Book 3, pg 78, L. Off.

Also noted: the Lib. Report, 1911-12 does not give the name of Mesheck Pierson, but has the name of Shadrack Pierson, with references: W.D. 12, I, and states that he was of the 1st Va. Regt.  The report of 1910 gives the names of both Piersons, and for Mashack there is a bounty warrant on file in the Archives Dept. of the Library.

The Knapp Ancestors web page ( show that he died 8 Mar 1834 in Scott Co.  In the same file it shows he was in the 1st VA Regt. and the 10th VA Regt (they have copies of his pay vouchers for May 1777 to Nov 1779).  After the Revolution, he and Rachael moved to Bourbon Co., KY and then to Scott Co., IN.  After Rachael died, Shadrack married Mary George (aka Belamany George) in 1826.  He is said to have had scars on his feet from having them frozen at Valley Forge.  Burial: Craig Cemetery, Scott Co., IN

Notes for Rachael Clinch:  Knapp Ancestors,, shows her born in 1763 and died 22 Mar 1826.

More About Rachael Clinch:  Burial: Craig Cemetery, Scott Co., IN

Children of Shadrack Pearson and Rachael Clinch are:

i Frances Pearson, born June 20, 1782 in VA; died January 29, 1853 in Jefferson Co., IN.
ii Bartholomew Pearson, born November 17, 1787 in Culpepper Co., VA; died September 08, 1862 in Paragon, Morgan Co., IN.  My line, more below.
iii Nancy Pearson, born Abt. 1788 in VA.
iv James Weathers Pearson, born March 14, 1790 in Culpepper Co., VA; died April 11, 1855 in Jackson Co., IN.
v Sally Pearson, born Abt. 1793 in KY.
vi William C. Pearson, born Abt. 1797 in Bourbon Co., KY.
vii Shadrack Pearson, Jr., born Abt. 1799 in Bourbon Co., KY; died 1856 in Crawford Co., IL.
viii George Washington Pearson, born Abt. 1804 in Bourbon Co., KY; died Bef. 1860 in Scott Co., IN.
ix Cassandra Pearson, born Abt. 1805 in Bourbon Co., KY; died Aft. 1850 in Elizaville, Fleming Co., KY.
x Henry Clinch Pearson, born Abt. 1806 in Bourbon Co., KY; died October 25, 1842 in Scott Co., IN.



Generation Four

Bartholomew Pearson was born November 17, 1787 in Culpepper Co., VA, and died September 08, 1862 in Paragon, Morgan Co., IN.  He married Margaret Hampton July 26, 1813 in VA.  She was born Abt. 1792 in VA.

Notes for Bartholomew Pearson:  He is named as Elizabeth's father in her pension request papers.  The pension papers also show Carter Pearson and Newton Hill as witnesses but doesn't mention whether Carter is related to her.

1850 Morgan Co., IN, pg 68, Ray Twp, 20 Nov:

#807/807 Bartholomew Pierson, age 62, blacksmith, $1400, VA; Margret, age 59, PA; John, age 17, laborer, IN; Sarah, age 14, IN; Alford, age 13, IN.

806/806 George Pierson, age 26, farmer, KY; Malinda, age 28, KY; Mary A., age 3, IN; William, age 3 months, IN.  George is probably a son of this Bartholomew.

Is this the Barthalomy Pearson who married Frances M. Durham in Butler Co. 10 Oct 1854?

Children of Bartholomew Pearson and Margaret Hampton are:

i Elizabeth E. Pearson, born August 13, 1820 in VA; died December 18, 1902 in Muhlenberg Co., KY.  My line, more below.
ii George Pearson, born Abt. 1824 in KY.  He married Malinda Irons; born Abt. 1822 in KY.  Notes for George Pearson:  Not proven to be a son of the Bartholomew I'm looking for.
iii Carter Pearson, born September 11, 1826 in VA; died July 09, 1885 in Butler Co., KY.


Elizabeth E. Pearson was born August 13, 1820 in VA, and died December 18, 1902 in Muhlenberg Co., KY.  She married Jackson W. Buck2,3,4 July 23, 1845 in Sumner Co., TN, son of XX Buck.  He was born Abt. 1827 in TN, and died May 15, 1862 in Mt. Vernon, IN5.

Notes for Elizabeth E. Pearson:  Alternate spelling: Pierson.

In July 1864, Elizabeth applied for a widow's pension.  Her statement said that Jackson had died at a hospital in Mt. Vernon, IN of chronic diarrhea as a result of the shock of the Battle of Shiloh.  She said she married Jackson on the 16th day of Jul 1846 at her father's residence, Bartholomew Pearson, in Sumner Co., TN by Justice of the Peace Joseph Smith.  She listed their children by name and birth date.  A statement provided by one Carter Pearson (relationship not mentioned) as to her marriage and was on file.  Butler Co. residents N. M. Peay and Jesse Lee provided statements that they were personally acquainted with Elizabeth and knew that she was married to Jackson W. Buck.  In Dec 1864, she received her pension certificate for $8 per month.  In Nov 1869, she applied for an increase and again gave the names and birth dates of her children (the dates for some were different this time).  Carter Pearson and Newton Hill, both residents of Butler Co., gave statements supporting her testimony.  In May 1870, she testified that "discrepancies in the names and birth dates of her children" were the fault of her previous lawyers (the Government must have challenged her on that).  Apparently the Government told her to return the original certificate which she did, thinking she would get the increase in allotment.  The last piece of correspondence in the file was dated 10 Sep 1870 and was a plea to have her pension reinstated.  She was living in poverty and relying on her neighbors for her needs.  There is no record that her pension was reinstated.

1870 Butler Co. Census: #16/16 Elizabeth Buck, age 41, VA; Emaline, age 18, KY; George, age 14, KY; Elvira, age 10, KY; Willis, age 7, KY.  There is also a George Buck, age 22, Logan Co. (Shocco Dist.), born in TN.  He may be a nephew or cousin of Jackson.

I haven't found Elizabeth in any census for 1880 - under her name or any of her children and/or their spouses.

1900 Butler Co. Census, Mag. Dis. 23, 26 Jun 1900, pg 134A: #308/310 James Smith, head, Sep 1836, age 63, married 27 years, farmer, TN VA VA; ?? (Dortha?), Jul 1852, age 47, 5 children/5 living, KY VA TN; James Jr., son, Sep 1887, age 12, farm labor, KY TN KY; Emma (?), daughter, ??, age 8, KY TN KY; ?? ?? (different last name - Minton?), daughter, Sep 1878, age 21, married, KY TN KY; Elizabeth Buck, mother-in-law, Aug 1820, age 78, widow, 7 children/3 living, TN VA VA.

Possible relatives:

In the 1860 Butler Co. Census, page 98, Rochester, 30 Jul: #717/665 John Pearson, age 49, farmer, real estate $150, personal $200, can't read/write, VA; Reesa, age 47, spinning, can't read/write, VA; Howard, age 22, day laborer, can't read/write, TN; Elizabeth, age 19, sewing, can't read/write, TN; Jane, age 17, sewing, TN; James, age 15, farm labor, TN; Rice (male), age 13, attended school, KY; Charles, age 11, attended school, KY; Rothy (female), age 6, attended school, KY.  John could be a brother to Elizabeth.

In household 718/666 Landon Harrison home, William Pearson, age 24, farm laborer, personal $160, TN.

Possibly another son of John Pearson.

More About Elizabeth E. Pearson:  Burial: East Union Cemetery, Muhlenberg Co., KY

Children of Elizabeth Pearson and Jackson Buck are:

i James Bartholomew Buck6,7,8,9, born July 23, 1846 in TN (White Co. ?); died Aft. 1910 in Orange Co., IN.  He married (1) Amelia Ann "Millie" Pendley10 April 28, 1866 in Butler Co., KY11; born October 04, 1840 in Butler Co., KY; died May 22, 1925 in Butler Co., KY.  He married (2) Nancy J. XXXX Abt. 1873; born August 1859; died Aft. 1900 in Orange Co., IN.  My line, from here see the Buck line.
ii Sarah Ann Buck, born August 20, 1848 in White Co., TN; died December 30, 1926 in Henderson Co., KY.  She married Lorenzo Dowel Ragan February 17, 1870 in Butler Co., KY13; born Abt. 1849; died Aft. 1895.
iii Matilda Sophia "Sophie" Buck, born June 19, 1850 in Butler Co., KY; died May 29, 1936 in Henderson Co., KY.  She married Charles Smith February 11, 1869 in Butler Co., KY14; born Abt. 1838 in TN; died Aft. 1880.
iv Dorotha Emaline "Rothie" Buck, born July 24, 1853 in Butler Co., KY; died Aft. 1880.  She married James Smith October 31, 1872 in Butler Co., KY15; born Abt. 1842 in TN; died Aft. 1880.
v George Washington Buck, born Abt. 1856; died Aft. 1922.
vi Elvira Armitty J. Buck, born June 20, 1859; died Bet. 1877 - 1880 in Butler Co., KY.  She married Albert Young Gidcumb16,17 October 27, 1875 in Butler Co., KY18; born January 13, 1855 in KY; died January 12, 1938 in Ohio Co., KY.
vii Willis Hawkins Buck, born June 25, 1862 in KY; died January 02, 1944 in Henderson, Henderson Co., KY.  He married (1) Lucy Grant Ball December 26, 1886 in Muhlenberg Co., KY; born April 1868 in KY; died 1907.  He married (2) Susan M. Brooks Bet. 1909 - April 1910; born Abt. 1875; died Aft. 1944.



 From here see the Buck line.


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