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George Pierson

Last updated 5 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: Bet 17 Aug 1831 and 1 Jun 1832 in , , New York, United States

Died: 1 Mar 1864 in Brownsville, Hinds County, Mississippi, United States

Supporting evidence for:
name

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 15, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes name (George Pierson).

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 37, dwelling 26

Comment: Source includes name (George [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: Marriages page, right side, entry 3

Comment: Source includes name (George Pierson).

military-gravereg-george-pierson-1864: Grave registration for George Pierson (1864); Iowa, Adjutant General's Office, Grave Registration Service, Cemetery Records, 1800-2000, collection with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 3 Nov 2021), image 1017; DGS 008616274, image 1017; citing “Iowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society, Iowa City”

Comment: Source includes name (Pierson, George).

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 many other pages)

Comment: Source includes name (George Pierson).

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birth

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 15, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes age (28) and location (New York). Using his 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-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 37, dwelling 26

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

military-gravereg-george-pierson-1864: Grave registration for George Pierson (1864); Iowa, Adjutant General's Office, Grave Registration Service, Cemetery Records, 1800-2000, collection with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 3 Nov 2021), image 1017; DGS 008616274, image 1017; citing “Iowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society, Iowa City”

Comment: Source includes age (30) and location (New York). Using his age and his enlistement date of 16 Aug 1862 gives a birth date range from 17 Aug 1831 to 16 Aug 1832.

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death

military-gravereg-george-pierson-1864: Grave registration for George Pierson (1864); Iowa, Adjutant General's Office, Grave Registration Service, Cemetery Records, 1800-2000, collection with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 3 Nov 2021), image 1017; DGS 008616274, image 1017; citing “Iowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society, Iowa City”

Comment: Source includes date (Mar. 1, 1864) and location (Brownsville, Miss.).

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 6 (in Fold3 record), “AG Application Receipt 1864”

Comment: Source includes date (March 1, 1864) and location (near Brownsville, Miss).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Deborah Chickering Smith (1831 – 1905)

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

Events

Military Enlistment: (Company K, 32nd Regiment, Iowa Volunteers) 16 Aug 1862 at Albion, Marshall County, Iowa, United States

Military Unit: (Company K, 32nd Regiment, Iowa Volunteers) 6 Oct 1862

Supporting evidence for:
events

military-gravereg-george-pierson-1864: Grave registration for George Pierson (1864); Iowa, Adjutant General's Office, Grave Registration Service, Cemetery Records, 1800-2000, collection with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 3 Nov 2021), image 1017; DGS 008616274, image 1017; citing “Iowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society, Iowa City”

Comment: Source includes date (Aug. 16, 1862) and unit (Co. K, 32nd Iowa Inf.). Although the document identifies his residence as Albion, I believe this was the location of the enlistment office, as noted in the Widows Pension granted to his wife, Deborah.

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 6 (in Fold3 record), “AG Application Receipt 1864”

Comment: Souce includes date (16th day of Augus[t], 1862), location (Albion, Ia), and unit (Co. K, 32nd Regiment of Iowa Volunteers).

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 6 (in Fold3 record), “AG Application Receipt 1864”

Comment: Source includes muster date (6th day of October, 1862) and unit (Co. K, 32d Regiment of Iowa Volunteers).

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Attributes

Occupation: (farmer) 15 Jul 1856

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

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jun 1860

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

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

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 37, dwelling 26

Comment: Source includes official census date (15 Jul 1856) and occupation (farmer).

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 37, 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 15, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and occupation (Farmer).

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 15, dwelling 25

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

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General Notes and Anecdotes

The records for Deborah Pierson's widow's pension notes that George died of "... remittent fever while on the Meridian Expedition from hard marching and exposure while in the line of duty ... " Note that remittent fever is not a specific disease, but a symptom of a variety of infectious diseases. [military-widowpen-deborah-pierson-1864]

George was honored with an inscription on the Soldier's monument in Tipton, Iowa. [Since this honor, many of the inscriptions have worn thin and are becoming difficult to read so two red granite slab monuments were erected near the monument, including the names of the recorded Civil War veterans. George's name can be found on one of these slabs, and is noted as being on the east side of the original monument. [military-gravereg-george-pierson-1864]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

military-gravereg-george-pierson-1864: Grave registration for George Pierson (1864); Iowa, Adjutant General's Office, Grave Registration Service, Cemetery Records, 1800-2000, collection with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 3 Nov 2021), image 1017; DGS 008616274, image 1017; citing “Iowa State Historical Department, Division of the State Historical Society, Iowa City”

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 27 (in Fold3 record), “Evidence of Death 1865”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

SPELLING

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

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]

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 15, dwelling 25

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 37, dwelling 26

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Sources

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