William Merrett Pierson

Last updated 5 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 15 Sep 1855 in , , Iowa, United States

Father: George Pierson (1831 – 1864)

Mother: Deborah Chickering Smith (1831 – 1905)

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 17, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes name (Wm 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 46, dwelling 261

Comment: Source includes name (William 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 39, dwelling 26

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

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 14 (in Fold3 record), “Child’s Birth Witness Statement 1867”

Comment: Source includes name (William Merrett 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 17, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes age (4) and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1860 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1855 to 1 Jun 1856.

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 46, dwelling 261

Comment: Source includes age (24) and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1880 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1855 to 1 Jun 1856.

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 14 (in Fold3 record), “Child’s Birth Witness Statement 1867”

Comment: Source includes date (15th day of September 1855).

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,
father

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 14 (in Fold3 record), “Child’s Birth Witness Statement 1867”; Page 31 (in Fold3 record), “Widow Statement 1867”

Comment: Source identifies William Pierson as a biological child of George Pierson.

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mother

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 identifies William Pierson as a son of Debora C. Pierson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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 14 (in Fold3 record), “Child’s Birth Witness Statement 1867”; Page 31 (in Fold3 record), “Widow Statement 1867”

Comment: Source identifies William Pierson as a biological child of Deborah C. Pierson.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

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

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

Residence: 1 Jun 1880 at Superior Township, Osage County, Kansas, 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 39, 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 17, dwelling 25

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and location (Felix Township in the County of Grundy, State of 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 46, dwelling 261

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

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

SPELLING

Given Name: This database uses William Merrett. The 1856 Iowa census gives a middle initial of W. [census-us-iowa-1856-cedar-springdale-312]

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

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

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 39, dwelling 26

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