PEARSON OF WYKE

 

The Birstall parish registers show the marriage of James “Dixson” and Sarah Pearson in November 1847, giving Sarah’s father as Joseph Pearson, labourer. Census returns show that Sarah (Pearson) Dixon was born at Wyke about 1823 or 1824,[1] leading to the location of Sarah’s family in the 1841 and 1851 census records.[2]

 

Joseph Pearson is shown by the 1851 and 1861 census returns to have been born at Wyke about 1788.[3] There is more than one possible baptism for him but the best candidates would seem to be at Lightcliffe on 22 February 1789[4] and Birstall on 30 May 1789,[5] the entries for both of which give the father as James Pearson but do not identify the mother. The use of the relatively rare name Bridget for a daughter of Joseph supports his identification as a son of the James Pearson and Bridget Firth who were married at Birstall in 1784. Joseph also had a son named James.

 

Bridget, wife of James Pearson of Wyke, was buried at Lightcliffe in 1819 aged sixty-three, and her widower would then appear to be the James Pearson of Wyke who was buried at Lightcliffe in 1825, also at the age of sixty-three.

 

There was a James, son of John Pearson of Wyke, baptised at Cleckheaton on 16 January 1763,[6] but it is not yet clear whether this was the James who later married Bridget Firth.

 

The maiden name of Mary, wife of Joseph Pearson, is given as Wilkinson on the birth certificate of their son George, and Joseph Pearson and Mary Wilkinson were married at Bradford in 1812. The parentage of Mary is uncertain but at the time of the 1841 census a John Wilkinson, age given as seventy, was living in the same building as Joseph and Mary Pearson, and there was a Mary, daughter of John Wilkinson of Wibsey, baptised at Bradford on 25 July 1790.[7]

 

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PEARSON

 

1          JAMES PEARSON of Wyke, Yorkshire, weaver, was born ca 1762 and was buried on 2 October 1825 at Lightcliffe, Yorkshire.[8] He married on 18 October 1784 at Birstall, BRIDGET FIRTH,[9] daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Hargreaves) Firth (see here). Bridget was baptised on 31 October 1756 at Wibsey and buried on 10 October 1819 at Lightcliffe.

 

                Children of James and Bridget (Firth) Pearson:

                                i               JOHN PEARSON, bap 5 Jun 1785, Cleckheaton.[10]

                2              ii              JOSEPH PEARSON (ca 1788-1870); m MARY WILKINSON.

 

2          JOSEPH PEARSON of Wyke, iron works labourer, was born ca 1788 at Wyke[11] and died on 28 January 1870 at Cleckheaton.[12] He married on 20 May 1812 at Bradford, MARY WILKINSON.[13] Mary was born ca 1792 at Wyke[14] and died on 15 August 1851 at Wyke.[15]

 

                Children of Joseph and Mary (Wilkinson) Pearson:[16]

                                i               BRIDGET PEARSON, b 24 Dec 1819, Wyke,[17] d 30 Dec 1870, Openshaw, Lancashire;[18] m 11 Jul 1841, Birstall, JONAS CROWTHER.[19]

                                ii              SARAH PEARSON, b Wyke, bap 20 Jul 1823, Wibsey,[20] d 28 Oct 1867, Wortley;[21] m 5 Nov 1847, Birstall, JAMES DIXON[22] (see here).

                                iii             JOSEPH PEARSON, b Wyke, bap 3 Aug 1826, Wibsey.[23]

                                iv             JAMES PEARSON, b ca 1829, Wyke.[24]

                                v              JOHN PEARSON, b ca 1832, Wyke.[25]

                                vi             GEORGE PEARSON, b 25 Apr 1838, Wyke.[26]



[1] 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76); 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61).

[2] 1841 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/1291/12, fol. 5).

[3] 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76); 1861 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, RG 9/3305, fol. 13).

[4] Lightcliffe parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP47/1/1/2).

[5] Birstall parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP5/1/1/10). The residence is given as Wyke.

[6] Cleckheaton parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP35/1).

[7] Bradford parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, BDP14/1/1/8).

[8] Lightcliffe parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP47/1/4/1).

[9] Birstall parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP5/1/3/3).

[10] Cleckheaton parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP35/1).

[11] 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76).

[12] Death certificate.

[13] Bradford parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, BDP14/1/3/7).

[14] 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76).

[15] Death certificate.

[16] The places of these children in the family are supported by the 1841 and 1851 census returns. There may have been other children but there seems to have been more than one couple called Joseph and Mary Pearson having children in the area so it is not always clear whether baptism entries relate to the family in question. For example, John son of Joseph Pierson of Wibsey, collier, and Mary, and Nancy daughter of Joseph Pierson of Wyke, mason, and Mary, were both baptised at Wibsey in 1816 (Wibsey parish registers, West Yorkshire Archive Service, BDP66/1/2/1). The 1851 census returns also include a John Pearson aged ten, born at Bradford, as a son of Joseph Pearson. However, given that Joseph already had an older son called John who was then living, and considering Mary (Wilkinson) Pearson’s age when the younger John would have been born, it seems more likely that the younger John was not their son. A search for his birth certificate might resolve the issue. He could have been a grandson of Joseph and Mary.

[17] Cleckheaton parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP35/2); 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76); 1861 census returns, Openshaw (National Archives, RG 9/2872, fol. 29).

[18] Death certificate.

[19] Marriage certificate.

[20] Wibsey parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, BDP66/1/2/1); 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76).

[21] Death certificate.

[22] Birstall parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP5/1/3/13).

[23] Wibsey parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, BDP66/1/2/1); 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76). He was perhaps the Joseph Pearson who married Mary (Taylor) Greenwood at the Westfield Independent Chapel, Wyke, in 1853, but the marriage certificate gives that Joseph’s father as George Pearson.

[24] 1851 census returns, Wyke, HO 107/2303, fol. 76. He was probably the James Pearson who was a railway labourer living at Openshaw in 1861 with a wife Elizabeth: 1861 census returns, Openshaw (National Archives, RG 9/2872, fol. 117).

[25] 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76). He may have been the John, son of Joseph and Mary Pearson of Wibsey, who was born on 4 Oct 1830 and baptised at Bradford on 5 Dec 1830 (Bradford parish registers, West Yorkshire Archive Service, BDP14/1/2/7).

[26] Birth certificate; 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76). He may have been the George Pearson who was an iron works labourer living at North Bierley in 1881 with a wife Mary: 1881 census returns, North Bierley (National Archives, RG 11/4433, fol. 11).