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George Pearsall
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Birth: Jan. 16, 1825
Ontario, Canada
Death: Aug. 26, 1907, USA

George Pearsall, a prominent citizen
of Coe Township, has been a resident
of Rock Island County since 1S54.
He was born in Leeds County,
District of Tohnstown, Ont.,
Jan. 16, 1825, and he is the son
of Jeremiah S. and Ann (Chatterton)
Pearsall. His father was a native
of the State of New York, and his
mother was born in Canada. He was
13 years of age when his parents
removed to the Empire State and
settled in St. Lawrence County.
The family remained there two
years and then made another
transfer, to Monroe County, in
the same State, where the son
resided until he had attained
to the age and privileges of
manhood. He was 12 years old
when he became self-sustaining,
by accepting a position in a
cloth-mill, where he worked
through the seasons of spring
and fall and attended school
during the remainder of the
year. He passed his time
alternately in those ways
until he attained his majority.
He then obtained a situation
as a clerk in a dry-goods
store in the city of Rochester,
N. Y., and continued in the
same employment until he was 27.
In November, 1851, he started
for California, traveling to
the land of gold by way of
the isthmus. He went to
Johnstown and engaged in
mining in the region known
as the Central Mines, and
later he went to Coloma,
where he was similarly
interested. He went to other
portions of the State, and
altogether he spent three
years on the Pacific coast.
He returned to New York,
reaching that city at a date
which made the time complete.

He remained in the metropolis
three weeks and then made his
way to Rock Island County and
bought 320 acres of land,
which is situated on the
southwest of section 24 and
the northwest of section
25, on which no improvements
had been made. He built a
house on section 24 and gave
his undivided attention to
agricultural pursuits.
In May, 1S77, while he was
prospecting for coal on his
farm, when the shaft had
reached a depth of 66 feet
from the surface, a vein of
mineral water was struck and a
stream six inches in diameter
ascended with great force,
rising 22 feet in the air.
The spring is located on the
southeast part of his land,
which lies on section 25.
The flow continuing, the
proprietor, in 1879, built a
large frame house on his
farm near a beautiful grove
situated on the eastern slope
of a hill, and his place has
become a popular resort for
people who wish to drink and
bathe in the water and enjoy
a quiet country retreat.
The place is known as "The

Mr. Pearsall was married in
March, 1855, to Sarah J.
Pearsall, and they have seven
children,óGeorge B. and Jerry D.
(twins), Minerva, William R.,
Fred, Luther and Jane. Mrs.
Pearsall is the daughter of
William C. and Jane (Elingham)
Pearsall. She and her husband
are members of the Congregational
Church at Port Byron. The
latter is a Republican
in political views.

Jeremiah S. Pearsall came to
Rock Island County in 1856
and bought a piece of land
of his son, on which he was
for some time resident before
the death of his wife. After
that event he went to Port
Byron, where he lived two years,
and went thence to Ottumwa,
Iowa, and is resident at the
home of his daughter, Mrs.
Edward McDermott.

Bio contributed by F-A-G member Bob K.

Dr. George Pearsall, a pioneer
resident of Rock Island and
for many years of Port
Byron, is dead at his
home in Tacoma, Wash.
The following obituary
appears in
the Tacoma
Ledger of Aug. 28;

"Dr. George Pearsall died
at his home, 604
South I street, Monday
morning at 5:10 o'clock.
He was
born at Brockville,
Jan. 16, 1825, living there
until about 12 years of age,
when his family
moved to New York,
near Rochester,
where he lived until
27 years ago, when he went
to California, remaining
there about three years,
during the gold excitement.
After this he
returned to Rock Island county,
Ill., where he was married
March 1, 1855, to Sarah J.
Pearsall, daughter of
Deacon W. C. Pearsall of
Port Byron,Ill.

Seven children were born,
all of whom survive him
excepting Fred C. who died
in 1886. Besides
his widow, four
sons and two daughters
and eight grandchildren survive.
Dr. Jerrie D. and
Nerva M., at home;
Dr. George P. and family
at Spokane; Will R.,
Luther R. and Mrs. Jennie
Edtl and families, of Tacoma;
all of whom were with him
when he passed away,
excepting George R. of Spokane.

Dr. Pearsall moved from Rock
Island,Ill., to Tacoma
April 9, 1903, where he had
been practicing veterinary
work with his son, Jerrie D.
After returning from
California he
united with the
Congregational church of
Port Byron,Ill., of which
he was an faithful member
for about 20 years,
afterwards joining the
Methodist church, being a
member of the First
church of this city at the time
of his death. He bade his
family a loving farewell,
commending them to the
Lord and prayed that they
would all be prepared to
meet in heaven."

Rock Island Argus., September 03, 1907
Family links: 
  Jeremiah Sherman Pearsall (1804 - 1895)
  Ann H Chatterton Pearsall (1804 - 1870)
  Sarah Jane Pearsall Pearsall (1835 - 1923)*
  Minerva Pearsall LaFlin (1862 - 1948)*
  Fred C Pearsall (1866 - 1886)*
  Luther R Pearsall (1873 - 1949)*
  George Pearsall (1825 - 1907)
  Robert N Pearsall (1833 - 1869)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Source: Buckley-King Mortuary records
Pleasant Point Cemetery
Port Byron
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Paula Schave
Record added: Sep 01, 2011
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