Biography of Dwight H. Pierson

Pierson, Dwight H., son of Philo L. and Sarah M. (Hull) Pierson, was born November 5, 1844, in Le Roy. was reared and educated on a farm and spent ten years in teaching school. In the spring of 1889 he was elected assessor, was supervisor of the town of Le Roy in 1894, re-elected in 1896, serving four years; served as chairman of the board of superyisors for the past two years; is chairman of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian church of Le Roy; has been secretary and treasurer of the Patrons of the Mutual Fire Relief Association; for five years was district deputy for the Grangers Association of Genesee county; and has held other positions of trust. Philo L. Pierson was born at Stone Church in 1810, was a carpenter and builder, and built the Ingham University building in Le Roy. His later days were spent on a farm. He served as assessor several terms. He was father of ten children, seven of whom grew to maturity: Cordelia M., Helen E., Myron P., who served as a lieutenant in the 100th N. Y. Reg., and was in Libby and Columbia prisons; Hobert M., Dwight H., Daniel M. and Sarah M. Mrs. Pierson died in 1856 and he married for his second wife Lydia Pratt He died in 1875. Simon Pierson was born in Killingworth, Conn., and was an officer in the war of 1812. He married Sylvia Kelsey of Connecticut and came to Genesee county in 1807 with an ox team and cart, being about twenty-five days on the road. He located at Stone Church. The lid of his chest which he used for a table is now in possession of the Batavia Historical Society. He reared two sons and five daughters, and died in 1864 aged eighty-five years. 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 Southampton. L. I. He had a son, Abraham, who graduated from Harvard College in 1688, and became the first rector of Yale College.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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