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2nd Generation: Henry Pearson (II)

Eldest son of Henry Pearson and Rebecca Donohoe
Born November 28, 1821 in Brampton, Ontario
(Churchville/Toronto Township/Home District/Peel County)
Died January 23, 1872 in Brampton, Ontario
Buried in Churchville Cemetery. A transcript of the Churchville Cemetery is available from the Halton/Peel Genealogy Society.

Spouse
Elleanor Gundy
For More information view Related Surnames.


Records Found

W.W. Smith Gazetteer & Directory of the County of Grey, 1865-1866 lists Pearson, Henry - Insurance Agent - Hill Street (Hill Street is now 4th Ave. East north of 10th St.)

Advertisement in the Owen Sound Times, August 29, 1862, pg. 4 - Henry Pearson advertised that he was selling off his entire stock of dry goods, groceries, crockery, hardware, etc. as he was giving up business there. He was located at the second building north of the market, nearly opposite Johnson's hotel. He accepted farmer's produce in lieu of cash.

Ontario Census 1871 lists Henry as head of household, age 49, occupation farmer, Toronto Township, Dist 039, subdist A Div-PG 4 Pg code 01


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Children

Rebecca Pearson: Died April 5, 1854
Inscription on headstone - died age 7 years 3 months. Buried in Churchville Cemetery.

Henry W Pearson: Died - August 18, 1848
Inscription on headstone - died 3 months 4 days. Buried in Churchville Cemetery with his twin William J below.

William J Pearson: Died August 18, 1848
Inscription on headstone - died 3 months 4 days. Buried in Churchville Cemetery with his twin Henry W above.

Eliza Jane Pearson: Died April 24, 1867
Inscription on headstone - died age 17 years 9 months and 14 days. Buried in Churchville Cemetery.

Albert Frederick Pearson: Died December 6, 1868
Inscription on headstone - died age 6 years 8 months. Buried in Churchville Cemetery.

Margaret Alice Pearson: Died January 24, 1872
Died age 11 months. Mentioned in her father's obituary. Buried in Churchville Cemetery.

Joseph Pearson (no dates yet)
Died at age 6 years, 3 months and 8 days when the family lived in Owen Sound. Buried in Owen Sound Greenwood cemetery Northern Extension.

Ephriam Ross Pearson (no dates yet)
Dies when the family lived in Owen Sound. Buried in Owen Sound Greenwood cemetery Northern Extension.

Henry James Pearson (no dates yet)
Died when the family lived in Owen Sound. Buried in Owen Sound Greenwood cemetery Northern Extension.

? Possibly two other children. Ellen (Gundy) Pearson listed herself and two infant children as the survivors of Henry Pearson at his death. One of these may be Margaret listed above who died the day after her father. The Perkins Bull papers contains the following note: "William Pearson married to Ellen Gundy - daughter married Robert Golden."


An obituary for Henry Jr. appeared in "The Evangelical Witness" written by his brother-in-law James Gundy and is contained in the Pearson family file of the William Perkins Bull fonds (R.P.A. 91.0045) :

"In my dear sister's family many have been the dead lambs found, and many the vacant chairs. Rebekah, the first born, died when about eighteen years of age; two twin brothers when three months old; Jospeh, Ephriam, Henry and Albert from five to six years; Eliza Jane, a young lady of eighteen, died in the triumph of faith, and the day before her father was interred, and who was laid in the same grave with him, Maggie, a beautiful babe of eleven months was also taken away. Henry Pearson was the eldest son of Henry and Rebekah Pearson. He was born in Toronto Township, November 28th, 1821. His father, who is now about eighty years of age, is a native of Ireland, and having spent some time in Philadelphia and other parts of the United States, came to Canada and settled on a farm near Brampton. As the country was then new, and Henry (Jr.) being the eldest of the family, much of the labor in clearing up the farm depended on him. He entered into the mercantile business about the year 1845, and was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Gundy, May 13th, 1846. The marriage ceremony was performed by Dr. Cooney, of the British Wesleyan Methodists, in which church my lamented father was then preaching at Duffin's Creek. After spending several years in business in Chingaucousy, he moved to Owen Sound, in 1865; and on the death of a young brother (Ephraim) in 1866, he moved back to the homestead, by his parent's request, to care for and support them in their old age. He passed away, January 23, 1872. His remains to the Churchville cemetery. James Gundy."


Henry Pearson is listed in the Surrogate Court Index of Ontario 1859 - 1900, Peel county Toronto Township Will # 212: the microfiche contains papers his wife had to file due to the fact that no will existed. She lists herself and two infant children as the survivors of the deceased. William Elliot and another man signed as witnesses to Ellen as executrix of the estate. There is a list of property contained in the document and statements to the fact that there are no debts outstanding.

Death registration for Henry Pearson (II) states that death occurred January 23rd, 1872. Age 51. Occupation Farmer. Cause of death hydrothorax (fluid in lungs) and inflammation of liver. Attending physician Dr. Alex Patullo. Death reported by John Cowin Township of Osprey (a John Cowin is listed on the original Beatty Petition w Henry Sr.) on February 24, 1872. Religion Wesleyan Methodist. Registered at Toronto Township, Peel.


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