|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1865|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1944|
New Jersey, USA
"Lou" was named Louetta (or Luetta) at birth and called "Lulie" as a child. After her mother died, when Lulie was just two years old, her father placed her with his unmarried brother and sister, James Y. and Mary A. Campbell. Lou was baptized as "Mary Luetta" at the First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, NJ, on 17 July 1868 with her uncle and aunt listed as "the adopting parents." (The name Mary was added in honor of her aunt.)
Lou's aunts, uncle and maternal grandmother helped her widowed father, who never remarried, to raise the children. As a teenager, Lou became a Methodist (which was her mother's heritage) and joined the Greene Street Church in Trenton. Rev. Hanlon of that church officiated at her marriage to James E. Pierson on 23 Aug. 1893 in Trenton.
Lou and Jim had seven children together, the first two of whom died as infants. Initially they rented an apartment at West Broad St. and So. Greenwood Ave. in Hopewell, NJ (above the pharmacy). Their first few children were born there. She and James then purchased Meadowdale stock farm off Carter Road in Rosedale (in both Hopewell and Lawrence twps.), where they lived for several years. They moved back into town after James's business partner stole the bankroll during a livestock-purchasing trip and bankrupted the family.
After her husband died in 1909, at age 41, Lou had to place four of her children temporarily with other relatives just as her father had been compelled to do with her as a child. In 1910, she and her infant son Joe were living with her brother David Campbell in Philadelphia. Soon afterward she moved back to Hopewell and kept house for the Methodist pastor's family at the parsonage on Blackwell Ave. Her daughter Margaret eventually lived there as well. Her children Clara and James (Butch) also lived on Blackwell Ave.--Clara with brother-in-law Theodore Pierson and his wife Clara (one of Lou's best friends since youth), and Butch with his grandparents Pierson. Daughter Jeannette lived with Lou's sister Anna Furman in Trenton.
On 17 Dec. 1912, Lou married Otto Von Steeg, a German-born bricklayer. The following year, as her father's estate in Trenton was liquidated, she was able to purchase a home and store at the corner of Railroad and North Greenwood aves., Hopewell. She bought this property, now "Rose and Chubby's" restaurant, from the Cook family on 16 Oct. 1913. Lou then brought her children all home with her.
She and her second husband separated a few years later, but were never divorced. Thus she kept the name Von Steeg until her death in 1944. In her later years, she lived with her daughter Jeannette (Pierson) Hall and family on Centre Street in Hopewell.
David Montgomery Campbell (1821 - 1907)
Sarah Ann Ashcraft Campbell (1834 - 1868)
James Everett Pierson (1867 - 1909)
David Floyd Pierson (1895 - 1895)*
Margaret Adele Pierson Sill (1897 - 1980)*
Clara Mae Pierson Fish (1899 - 1984)*
James Everett Pierson (1902 - 1981)*
Jeannette Campbell Pierson Hall (1905 - 1987)*
Joseph Moore Pierson (1908 - 1999)*
Note: Heartfelt thanks to Wayne Irons for creating this memorial, and to Wayne and cousin Bob Gantz for the photos.
New Jersey, USA
Maintained by: Joseph R. Klett
Originally Created by: Wayne Irons
Record added: Dec 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45141163
Thank you for your part in bringing about my life. I wish I could have known you. May you rest in peace.|
Joseph R. Klett
Added: Sep. 1, 2013
Added: Apr. 9, 2013