Biography of Dwight H. Pierson of Le Roy, NY

Dwight H. Pierson, son of Philo L. and Sarah M. (Hull) Pierson, was born November 5, in Le Roy, was reared and educated on a farm,. and spent 10 years in teaching. With the exception of three years in Hardin County, Ia., he has always lived in Le Roy. In the spring of 1889 he was elected assessor. He married Catharine, daughter of Alexander McPherson, of Le Roy, and they are members of the Presbyterian Church. Philo L. Pierson, born at Stone Church in 1810, was a carpenter and builder. He built the Ingham University building in Le Roy. and his. latter days were spent on a farm. He served as assessor several terms. He had born to him 10 children, seven of whom attained maturity, viz.: Cordelia M, Helen E., Myron P., who served as lieutenant in the tooth N. Y. Regt.. and was in Libby and Columbia prisons. Halbert M.,Dwight H.,Daniel M.,and Sarah M. (Mrs. McPherson). Philo Pierson died about 1875, and his wife in 1856. He married for his second wife Lydia Pratt. His father, Simon Pierson, born in Killingworth, Conn., was an officer in the War of 1812. He married Syivia Kelsey, of Connecticut, came in 1807 to Genesee County with an ox-team and cart, being about 25 days. on the road, and located at Stone Church. The lid of his chest, which he used for a table, is now in the possession of Dwight H. He reared a family of two sons and five daughters, and died in the spring of 1864, aged 85. He was a son of Samuel Pierson, of Killingworth, who was a Revolutionary soldier and a son of Samuel, a son of Abraham Pierson. Rev. Abraham Pierson came from Yorkshire, Eng, in 1640. and was pastor of the church at South Hampton, Long Island. He had a son, Abraham, who graduated from Harvard College in 1668, and became the first rector of Yale College. He had three sons, Abraham, James, and John. Abraham died in Killingworth. Abraham, 3d, was justice for about 40 years at Killingworth, and died in January, 1852.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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