GEORGE PIERSON, who has resided on his present estate for about sixty years, in the town of Hamptonburgh, is
well known in Orange County. He came from one of the oldest and most respected families of the state. His great
grandfather, Silas Pierson, who came to this county front Long Island about 1750, and settled on the old Pierson
farm in Hamptonburgh, was the great grandson of John Pierson, who emigrated from England about 1650 and settled
at South Hampton, Long Island, where he died in 1669.
George Pierson was born January 1, 1824, and is the son of Henry Pierson, also a native of the same place. His
mother was Miss Mary Shaw, a native of Orange County, and four of her eight children grew to manhood and womanhood.
Of these George was the eldest. Mr. Pierson's father died in 1866 and his mother in 1853. George Pierson obtained
his early education at the district school and afterward became a student of the Amherst Academy, at Amherst, Mass.
He married Miss Mary E Thompson, daughter of Oliver Thompson, December 20, 1848. Their union resulted in the birth
of four children. In 1849 Mr. Pierson moved to his present farm where he has resided over fifty years. He is interested
in all public affairs and has held the office of justice of the peace since 1869, having served continuously with
the exception of two years. He served as assessor from 1884 to 1899. He is a member of Goshen Lodge, No. 365, F.
and A. M. He was a trustee of the Hamptonburgh Presbyterian Church for thirty nine years. At the time of Henry
Clay's nomination for president, in 1844, Mr. Pierson was not quite of age, but he attended the next town meeting
and has been in attendance ever since with one exception, in 1888, which was the only time he failed, and has attended
every general election since he was of age. He was a member of the old Campbell Hall Grange. now out of existence.
Mr. Pierson has a well stocked dairy farm and is now retired.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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