Biography of Philip Pirson


Pirson, Philip, formerly a well known resident of Tonawanda, but now of Buffalo, was born in the town of Tonawanda, November 19, 1837. John Adam Pirson, his grandfather, was a native of France, a farmer and salt dealer; his wife was Elizabeth, and they raised three sons and five daughters. In 1882 he came to America, bringing with him his wife, one son and his four daughters, his other children remaining in Europe. He settled in the town of Tonawanda, and died in 1849 at the age of sixty-nine. John, the father of Philip, was born in France in 1812; he was a lifelong farmer and fairly successful. He settled in Tonawanda near his father, where he owned a farm; in politics he was a Democrat. His wife was Eva Knoche, born in Germany, and daughter of Philip Knoche, who came to Tonawanda in 1832, and to them were born thirteen children; four sons and four daughters grew to maturity. They were members of the Lutheran church; he died in 1881, and his wife survives and resides on the homestead, now an old lady of eighty two years. Philip Pirson received a limited education in the district school and worked on his father's farm until twenty-one, when he began farming and stock raising on his own account. Owning a fine farm during the high prices paid for land in the town of Tonawanda, he availed himself of the opportunity in 1892 and disposed of his farm at a fair price. He then moved to Buffalo, where he erected a fine residence at No. 16 Oxford avenue, where he lives retired enjoying the fruits of many a hard day's work and careful business transactions. In politics Mr. Pirson has always been a consistent Democrat, and though not an office seeker he was persuaded by his friends to accept the office of commissioner of highways, which office he filled three years. He has been twice married; his first wife was Magdalene Friese, who was born December 14, 1836, and a daughter of Peter Friese, and they had these children: Caroline, George H., John A. (deceased), Maria E. (deceased), and Julia A. Mrs. Pirson died October 20, 1867, and Mr. Pirson married, December 28, 1868, Mary Kibler, a native of Germany, born November 14, 1849. and their children were William, Emma C., Charles A., Ada L. (deceased), Emil P., Lorena, Eva and Elma L. Mr. and Mrs. Pirson are members of the Lutheran church.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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