Guide to the Papers of Rev. George Pierson and George Wilson Pierson1824-1878MG 1619

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Letters, 1824-1877

Series 2: Receipts, 1824-1878

Series 3: School, ca. 1840

Guide to the Papers of Rev. George Pierson and George Wilson Pierson1824-1878MG 1619Inventory prepared by Lynn E. Gates.

Guide to the Papers of Rev. George Pierson and George Wilson Pierson
1824-1878

MG 1619



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Inventory prepared by Lynn E. Gates.

Finding aid encoded by Lynn E. Gates. November 2003. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rev. George Pierson
Title: Rev. George Pierson and George Wilson Pierson Papers
Dates:1824-1878
Abstract: The papers consist mostly of letters and receipts. There are also some school essays, and a math word problem.
Quantity: 2.1 linear ft. (16 folders)
Collection Number: MG 1619

Biographical Note

George Pierson, the fifth of the ten children of Nancy Crane (1775-1841) and Dr. Isaac Pierson (1770-1833), was born on October 16, 1805 in Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton College (now University) in 1823 and became the pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Orange and then the First Presbyterian Church of Wantage, New Jersey. He married Eliza L. Day in Orange, New Jersey and with her and their family moved to Florida, New York, where be became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church there.

Eliza and George Pierson had eight children together: Sarah Ann, George Wilson, Isaac (d. young), Caroline Ellet (b. 1837), Stephen Day (b. 1839), Fanny E. (1841-young), Mary (d. 1849), Charles W., and Ellen Collins. After Eliza Pierson's death, George Pierson married Caroline Stoll.

George Wilson Pierson, George and Eliza's son, studied at the Flushing Institute from 1847-1849 and from there moved to Newark, New Jersey where he studied to become a doctor. He married Sarah C. Wheeler, and with her had at least two children: Charles W. and Eliza D.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers, 1824-1878, consist mostly of letters and receipts. There are also some school essays, and a math word problem.

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Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:

Series 1: Letters, 1824-1877

Series 2: Receipts, 1824-1878

Series 3: School Papers, ca. 1840

The items are arranged chronologically within each series.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, and forms documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Pierson, George.
Pierson, George Wilson, fl. 1848-1877.
Pierson, Sarah Ann, fl. 1848-1851.
Document Types:
Accounts.
Essays.
Letters (correspondence)
Promissory notes.
Receipts.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 422, Crane-Pierson Family Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1619, Rev. George Pierson and George Wilson Pierson Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The source of this collection is unknown.

Processing Information

These papers were originally housed with Manuscript Group 384. At the time of processing, they were removed and formed into a separate collection. The letters and most of the receipts are in good condition, however, many of the receipts are beginning to show wear. The ink and pencil on some of the letters and receipts is fading.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

 

Series 1: Letters, 1824-1877

Scope and Content:

The letters are from and to various Pierson family members. The majority of them are either written to George Wilson Pierson or by Sarah Ann Pierson. The letters are generally of a personal nature detailing what is happening and information on other acquaintances. There are a couple business letters written to the Rev. George Pierson that refer to the church were he was pastor.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Incoming letter: Cyrus Gildersleeve1833 Jan 10
11Incoming letter: John S. Smith1834 Jan 2
11Incoming letter: William L. Collins1839 July 25
11Incoming letter: Sarah A. Pierson1848 Feb 2
11Incoming letter: Kingman J. Lion1849 May 4
12Incoming letter: Sarah Ann Pierson1850 Apr 10
12Incoming letter: A. Pierson1850 July 8
12Incoming letter: Sarah Ann Pierson1851 Jan 16
12Incoming letter: Sarah Ann Pierson1851 May 9
13Incoming letter: Caroline, Eliza L., and Fanny Pierson1852 June 2
13Incoming letter: Stephen D. Pierson1852 June 8
13Incoming letter: Samuel Jesrups1852 Oct 5
13Incoming letter: Caroline E. Pierson1853 May 21
13Incoming letter: G. Pierson1853 June 1
14Incoming letter: Hattie1875 May 3
14Incoming letter: Ellen1875 Dec 30
14Incoming letter: Mary1876 Sept 19
14Incoming letter: Mary E.1877 Feb 18
15Incoming letter: H. H. Schultzundated
15Incoming letter: Hannahundated
15Incoming letter: Theodore F. Levonundated
15Incoming letter: Hattieundated
15Incoming letter: Alfred B. Postundated

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Series 2: Receipts, 1824-1878

Scope and Content:

The receipts included in this series belong to George Pierson, and document items he purchased, his account lists with various stores, and the money he owes his church. Some of the more interesting receipts are for a train ticket to Chester on October 31, 1856 and magazine subscriptions for magazines such as The Working Farmer, New York Observer, and Presbyterian Quarterly Review.

BoxFolderTitleDate
16Receipts1824-1829
17Receipts1830-1834
18Receipts1835
19Receipts1836-1839
110Receipts1840-1842
111Receipts1843-1849
112Receipts1850-1854
113Receipts1855-1859
114Receipts1860-1875
115Receiptsundated

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Series 3: School, ca. 1840

Scope and Content:

This series includes school compositions on subjects such as Christmas, Columbus, and "Proofs of the Being of God." The compositions appear to be written by George W. Pierson. There is also a small piece of paper with some handwritten notes written on it, which has neither a date nor an author.

BoxFolderTitleDate
116On Christmas[ca. 1840]
116Fourth of July[ca. 1840]
116Instincts of animals[ca. 1840]
116History of Columbus[ca. 1840]
116Math word problemundated
116Notesundated
116Proofs of the Being of God1848 July 17

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