Guide to the Papers of Rev. George Pierson and George Wilson Pierson 1824-1878 MG 1619

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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 Pierson
1824-1878
MG 1619
The New Jersey Historical Society
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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.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Incoming letter: Cyrus Gildersleeve 1833 Jan 10
1 1 Incoming letter: John S. Smith 1834 Jan 2
1 1 Incoming letter: William L. Collins 1839 July 25
1 1 Incoming letter: Sarah A. Pierson 1848 Feb 2
1 1 Incoming letter: Kingman J. Lion 1849 May 4
1 2 Incoming letter: Sarah Ann Pierson 1850 Apr 10
1 2 Incoming letter: A. Pierson 1850 July 8
1 2 Incoming letter: Sarah Ann Pierson 1851 Jan 16
1 2 Incoming letter: Sarah Ann Pierson 1851 May 9
1 3 Incoming letter: Caroline, Eliza L., and Fanny Pierson 1852 June 2
1 3 Incoming letter: Stephen D. Pierson 1852 June 8
1 3 Incoming letter: Samuel Jesrups 1852 Oct 5
1 3 Incoming letter: Caroline E. Pierson 1853 May 21
1 3 Incoming letter: G. Pierson 1853 June 1
1 4 Incoming letter: Hattie 1875 May 3
1 4 Incoming letter: Ellen 1875 Dec 30
1 4 Incoming letter: Mary 1876 Sept 19
1 4 Incoming letter: Mary E. 1877 Feb 18
1 5 Incoming letter: H. H. Schultz undated
1 5 Incoming letter: Hannah undated
1 5 Incoming letter: Theodore F. Levon undated
1 5 Incoming letter: Hattie undated
1 5 Incoming letter: Alfred B. Post undated

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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.

Box Folder Title Date
1 6 Receipts 1824-1829
1 7 Receipts 1830-1834
1 8 Receipts 1835
1 9 Receipts 1836-1839
1 10 Receipts 1840-1842
1 11 Receipts 1843-1849
1 12 Receipts 1850-1854
1 13 Receipts 1855-1859
1 14 Receipts 1860-1875
1 15 Receipts undated

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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.

Box Folder Title Date
1 16 On Christmas [ca. 1840]
1 16 Fourth of July [ca. 1840]
1 16 Instincts of animals [ca. 1840]
1 16 History of Columbus [ca. 1840]
1 16 Math word problem undated
1 16 Notes undated
1 16 Proofs of the Being of God 1848 July 17

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