Biography of A. Thustin Pearsall
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A. THUSTIN PEARSALL, was born at Florence, Ala., April 22, 1839, and when four years of age came with his parents to Nichols in this county. His father was Thomas Pearsall, a native of Chenango county, but who moved with his family to Hooper's Valley in 1828. With his three brothers, who are conspicuously mentioned in Owego town history, Thomas Pearsall became interested in land, lumber and mill enterprises in this county. He was also at one time editorially connected with the Owego Gazette. He removed to Alabama in 1837 and was likewise associated with the Florence Gazette. He went south, however, as a bridge building contractor, remaining in Alabama eight years, then in 1845 returned to Hooper's Valley and resumed his former business interests and connections. He was an active man in every undertaking, a firm and unyielding democrat but took no especial interest in politics. His children were Grace E., widow of the late F. F. Ford of Newark Valley; Esther, who died in 1883; Thomas C., of Washington, D. C., cashier of the Citizen's national bank, and Dr. A. Thustin Pearsall, of Owego. The wife of Thomas Pearsall was Martha Thustin, daughter of Major Thustin of Chenango. After his elementary education was completed Dr. Pearsall attended Dr. Reed's preparatory school at Geneva, then entered Hobart college, remaining one year. He went to New York and attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons and. was graduated in October, 1861. He then went south and was assistant surgeon in the Confederate aimy six months, and then was General William C. P. Breckenridge's brigade surgeon until the close of the war. He was assistant surgeon in the Winder hospital at Richmond, Va., and in the famous "Fair ground Hospital" at Atlanta, Ga. He was then in active service in the field and was so engaged at the close of the war. From 1868 to 1878 Dr. Pearsall was practicing medicine in Montgomery, Ala., then came north and has since been a resident practitioner in Owego village. While living in Alabama in February, 1869, Dr. Pearsall was married with Mary A. Graves, daughter of Payton T. Graves. One child was born to them, Eleanor M., wife of William J. McNamara, of Pueblo, Col.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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