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Deborah Chickering Smith

Last updated 5 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 3 Sep 1831 in Collins Center, Erie County, New York, United States

Died: 11 Mar 1905 in Highgrove, Riverside County, California, United States

Father: Barak Smith (1787 – 1868)

Mother: Mary Palmer (1788 – ?)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Erie County, Collins, page 290B (stamped on page 290A) or 580 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "New York > Erie> Collins" image 16; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 499 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 113

Comment: Source includes name (Deborah Smith).

census-us-1860-ps-ia-grundy-felix-228: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Grundy County, Felix Township, page 228 (424); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Grundy > Felix” image 4; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Deborah Pierson).

census-us-1880-ps-ks-osage-37-28: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Osage County, Superior Township, enumeration district 37, page 28 (form/penned) or 167D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nov 2021) > “Kansas > Osage > Superior > 037” image 28; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 392 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 45, dwelling 261

Comment: Source includes name (<spellling> C. Pearson). See research notes for spelling detail.

census-us-1900-ps-ca-losangeles-117-8: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, California, Los Angeles County, Pasadena Township, enumeration district 117, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 317A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nov 2021) > “California > Los Angeles > Pasadena Precinct 05 > District 0117” image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240091]

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 171

Comment: Source includes name (<spelling> Pierson). See research notes for spelling detail.

census-us-iowa-1856-cedar-springdale-312: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale, pages 312, 313; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “1856 > Cedar > Springdale” image 15; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 38, dwelling 26

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Deborah [spelling]). See research notes for spelling detail.

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, left side, entries 1,3 with right side entry 1

Comment: Source includes name (Deborah Chickering [Smith]).

military-widowpen-deborah-pierson-1864: Widow Pension File for Deborah Pierson (1864); Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 2 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Infantry > Regiment 32 > Company K > Pierson, George (WC62769)” pages 1–39; citing “Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 – 1934; Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, 1849-1930; Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; NARA Catalog ID: 300020”

Additional detail for reference: Page 2 (in Fold3 record), “Claim for Widow’s Pension 1864” (and most other pages)

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Deborah C. Pierson).

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birth

census-us-1900-ps-ca-losangeles-117-8: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, California, Los Angeles County, Pasadena Township, enumeration district 117, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 317A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nov 2021) > “California > Los Angeles > Pasadena Precinct 05 > District 0117” image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240091]

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 171

Comment: Source includes date (Sept/1831), age (68), and location (New York). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1900 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1831 to 1 Jun 1832, which encompasses the given date.

census-us-iowa-1856-cedar-springdale-312: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale, pages 312, 313; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “1856 > Cedar > Springdale” image 15; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 38, dwelling 26

Comment: Source includes age (24) and location (Do ["ditto" meaning NY]). Using the official census date of 15 Jul 1856 gives a birth date range from 16 Jul 1831 to 15 Jul 1832.

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, right side entry 1

Comment: Source includes date (3 of 9mo 1831) and location (Collins, Erie Co. NY).

census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Erie County, Collins, page 290B (stamped on page 290A) or 580 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "New York > Erie> Collins" image 16; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 499 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 113

Comment: Source includes age (18) and location (New York). Using the official census date of 1 June 1850 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1831 to 1 June 1832.

census-us-1860-ps-ia-grundy-felix-228: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Grundy County, Felix Township, page 228 (424); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Grundy > Felix” image 4; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes age (28) and location (do ["ditto" meaning New York]). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1860 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1831 to 1 Jun 1832.

census-us-1880-ps-ks-osage-37-28: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Osage County, Superior Township, enumeration district 37, page 28 (form/penned) or 167D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nov 2021) > “Kansas > Osage > Superior > 037” image 28; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 392 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 45, dwelling 261

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (New York). See research notes for conflict detail.

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death

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Deaths page, right side, entry 5

Comment: Source includes date (March 11th 1905) and location (Highgrove, Calif.)..

military-widowpen-deborah-pierson-1864: Widow Pension File for Deborah Pierson (1864); Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 2 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Infantry > Regiment 32 > Company K > Pierson, George (WC62769)” pages 1–39; citing “Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 – 1934; Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, 1849-1930; Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; NARA Catalog ID: 300020”

Additional detail for reference: Page 16 (in Fold3 record), “Pensioner Dropped 1905”

Comment: Source includes date (Mar. 11, 1905).

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,
father

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, left side, entries 1,3 with right side, entry 1

Comment: Source identifies Deborah Chickering [Smith] as a child of Barak Smith. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, left side, entries 1,3 with right side entry 1

Comment: Source identifies Deborah Chickering [Smith] as a child of Mary Palmer Smith. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: George Pierson (1831 – 1864)

Married: 31 Oct 1854 in Gowanda, Erie County, New York, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Marriages page, right side, entry 3

Comment: Source notes that Deborah Smith was married to George Pierson.

military-widowpen-deborah-pierson-1864: Widow Pension File for Deborah Pierson (1864); Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 2 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Infantry > Regiment 32 > Company K > Pierson, George (WC62769)” pages 1–39; citing “Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 – 1934; Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, 1849-1930; Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; NARA Catalog ID: 300020”

Additional detail for reference: Page 8 (in Fold3 record), “Marriage Witness Statement 1864”

Comment: Source includes date (31st day of October in the year 1854) and location (Village of Gowanda, Town of Collins and County aforesaid [Erie County, New York]).

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Child: William Merrett Pierson (1855 – ?)

Child: Elnora Pierson (1858 – ?)

Child: Barak Pierson (1860 – ?)

Child: George Henry Pierson (1861 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

Residence: 1 Jun 1850 at Collins, Erie County, New York, United States

Residence: 15 Jul 1856 at Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1860 at Felix Township, Grundy County, Iowa, United States

Residence: 21 Jun 1864 at Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1880 at Superior Township, Osage County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 4 Sep 1882 at Barclay, Osage County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Erie County, Collins, page 290B (stamped on page 290A) or 580 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "New York > Erie> Collins" image 16; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 499 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 113

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1850) and location (Collins in the County of Erie State of New York).

census-us-iowa-1856-cedar-springdale-312: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale, pages 312, 313; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “1856 > Cedar > Springdale” image 15; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 38, dwelling 26

Comment: Source includes official census date (15 Jul 1856) and location ([Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa]).

census-us-1860-ps-ia-grundy-felix-228: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Grundy County, Felix Township, page 228 (424); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Grundy > Felix” image 4; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and location (Felix Township in the County of Grundy, State of Iowa).

military-widowpen-deborah-pierson-1864: Widow Pension File for Deborah Pierson (1864); Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 2 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Infantry > Regiment 32 > Company K > Pierson, George (WC62769)” pages 1–39; citing “Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 – 1934; Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, 1849-1930; Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; NARA Catalog ID: 300020”

Additional detail for reference: Pages 3,4 (in Fold3 record), “Personal Statements 1864”

Comment: Source includes date (21st day of June A.D. 1864) and location (Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa).

census-us-1880-ps-ks-osage-37-28: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Osage County, Superior Township, enumeration district 37, page 28 (form/penned) or 167D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nov 2021) > “Kansas > Osage > Superior > 037” image 28; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 392 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 45, dwelling 261

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1880) and location (Superior Township, in the County of Osage, State of Kansas).

military-widowpen-deborah-pierson-1864: Widow Pension File for Deborah Pierson (1864); Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 2 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Infantry > Regiment 32 > Company K > Pierson, George (WC62769)” pages 1–39; citing “Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 – 1934; Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, 1849-1930; Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; NARA Catalog ID: 300020”

Additional detail for reference: Page 29 (in Fold3 record), “Transfer Application 1882”

Comment: Source includes date (about 1880 ["has been for the last preceeding two years" for a document dated 4 day of Sept 1882]) and location (State of Kansas, County of Osage)

military-widowpen-deborah-pierson-1864: Widow Pension File for Deborah Pierson (1864); Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 2 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Infantry > Regiment 32 > Company K > Pierson, George (WC62769)” pages 1–39; citing “Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 – 1934; Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, 1849-1930; Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; NARA Catalog ID: 300020”

Additional detail for reference: Page 29 (in Fold3 record), “Transfer Application 1882”

Comment: Source includes date (4 day of Sept 1882) and location (Barclay[,] Osage Co[,] Kansas).

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 3 Sep 1831. The 1880 U.S. Census gives an age of (47), which, when applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1880, gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1832 to 1 Jun 1833. [census-us-1880-ps-ks-osage-37-28]

SPELLING

Surname: This database uses Pierson. The 1856 Iowa Census uses Pearson. [census-us-iowa-1856-cedar-springdale-312]

Given Name: This database uses Deborah. The 1880 and 1900 U.S. Censuses use Debora. [census-us-1880-ps-ks-osage-37-28, census-us-1900-ps-ca-losangeles-117-8]

FOLLOWUP

The 1860 U.S. Census includes a line for C.[G.?] H. Pierson, a 5 month old boy as of 1 Jun 1860, the official date of the census. There is no other record of C.H. that I can find so far. This child should be a 2 month old Barak. George and Deborah Pierson also had a child George Henry Pierson (G. H. Pierson), but he wasn't born until 1861.Was Barak renamed when he was an infant? [census-us-1860-ps-iowa-grundy-felix-228]

Deborah brought her four children to California. [This happened long after George died, as they were in Kansas in the early 1880s, but were in California by 1900.] [interview-<private>-2009]

Deborah is buried at Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Altadana, California. There is a Find A Grave entry for her (177395611) showing a flat gravemarker in Alpine Meadow, lot 143, grave 4. However, the marker doesn't include a surname, only noting "Deborah C. / 1831 - 1905" and no image is provided of a surname stone that is clearly identified as relating to her. (There is an image of the area that shows a flat stone in front of a Pierson marker, but the flat stone appears to be Theodore.) The father-in-law of Deborah's son Barak is also buried in this lot, in grave 3.

A death registry notes that Deborah died of chronic bronchitis in Highgrove, California. (from California, U.S., County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980, Ancestry, path "Riverside > Death > 1893-1905", image 43)

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1860-ps-ia-grundy-felix-228: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Grundy County, Felix Township, page 228 (424); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “Iowa > Grundy > Felix” image 4; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 16, dwelling 25

census-us-1880-ps-ks-osage-37-28: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Osage County, Superior Township, enumeration district 37, page 28 (form/penned) or 167D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nov 2021) > “Kansas > Osage > Superior > 037” image 28; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 392 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 45, dwelling 261

census-us-1900-ps-ca-losangeles-117-8: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, California, Los Angeles County, Pasadena Township, enumeration district 117, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 317A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nov 2021) > “California > Los Angeles > Pasadena Precinct 05 > District 0117” image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240091]

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 171

census-us-iowa-1856-cedar-springdale-312: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale, pages 312, 313; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2021) > “1856 > Cedar > Springdale” image 15; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 38, dwelling 26

interview-<private>-2009: Notes from telephone conversation with <private>, 21 Jul 2009; privately held

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