The oldest extant headstone at St. Oswald's is that erected for George FEARON 1687 with the inscription: 'Under this stone George Fearon's corpse doth lie, sleeping till waked by the Archangel's cry'.
George is the father of Eleanor FEARON who married Christopher PEARSON on June 9, 1670 in Richard Fawcett`s house in Eaglesford - Cumberland County, England. Their son, Peter PEARSON (Cobbler, Ullock in the parish of Dean and County of Cumberland) migrated to Perquimans County, North Carolina and married Rachel NEWBY where their faith was Quaker. 1000's of descendants, in America, trace their roots back through this line.
Source: Title: Descendants of Peter Pearson, Compiler Address: Lilburn, Georgia Publication: 1988
Time and again, the Fearons and Pearsons bequeathed their souls to Almighty God and their bodies to the earth in the churchyard of St. Oswald's (Their wills repose among the Deanery of Copeland wills in the Lancashire Record Office).
These two families had long been associated with one another, freeholders in the Parish of Dean. Our first ancestor who manages to emerge from the mist of time, was John Pearson of Ullock, farmer in Dean Parish. By 1641, he was a church- warden and overseer of St. Oswald's (Source: Prostestation Returns, 1641, From Cumberland.)
The old yeoman made his will in January 1649, requesting that his remains be buried in the parish churchyard. Evidently he had paid for the education of a grandson, Christopher Pearson, who was 20 pay 20 shillings to the parish school for his part in the old man's estate that he was to inherit. He was also to inherit his grandfather's "husbandry geare," i.e. farming tools. John Pearson was dead in 1650, when his will was probated.
Unfortunately Christopher Pearson's father died while young and even his given name is unknown to us. However, his mother, Elizabeth, died in October 1678, leaving a will that lends an insight into her way of life. There is no question that she was a devout Christian, as she commended her "soule unto the hande of Almighty God my maker and to Jesus Christ my only Saviore and Redeemer hopeing through his mercie to have free pardon of all my sins." She left to her son, Christopher and his wife, Elinor, a great barrel, probably some article of furniture, and "my best undercoat." To her daughter, Isabella Oyes, she left "a new coate"; to daughter, Dorothy, "three pounds the rest of my goods and chattles both moveable and unmoveable"; etc. She remained an Anglican to the last of her life.
However, at least Christopher Pearson and his family and Dorothy Pearson embraced Quakerism when George Fox preached in Cumberland in 1653. The latter died, a spinster, having lived with her brother's family, in 1695. She wasn't indigent as her will indicates; she made several bequests to kith and kin, including 4 pounds money and some furniture to Christopher Pearson. She even made provision for the "victualls" (food) to be served at the time of her laying-out and funeral. George Fox introduced his (Quaker) Gospel to the Cumbrian folk, in 1653; from that time forth his Society grew there.
To the north of Ullock, a village in south-central Cumberland, was a limestone hill called Pardshaw Creg, a beautiful formation; from there a broad view might be had of the countryside. Here the Cumbrian Friends held their outdoor meetings. ("The History of Pardshaw Meeting and Meeting House," by Margaret Irwin, 1917, pages 8-9) The first meeting-house at Pardshaw Crag was erected in 1672; an adjacent graveyard expanded with the remains of the faithful dead as the centuries passed. Christopher Pearson married a Quaker girl, Elinor Fearon, in Richard Faucett's house in Eaglesfield, about 2 1/2 miles north of Pardshaw Crag, on June 9, 1670. (Friends's House, London: Quarterly Meeting of Cumberland and Northumberland: Digest 311, page 165)
She was a daughter of George Fearon, whose headstone is the oldest standing at St. Oswald's (1687), bearing this inscription, "Under this stone George Fearon's corpse doth lie, sleeping till waked by the Archangel's cry." In his 1685 will, Fearon bequeathed ten pounds to his son-in-law, Christopher Pearson. "I desire yt my body may be buried in ye churchyard of Dean." (There is record of one Adam Fferron--the name means blacksmith--near Cockermouth, close by Dean, in 1333, as a taxable in a levy ordered by His Majesty, King Edward III). Christopher and Elinor Pearson continued to live in Ullock and abided well as members of Pardshaw Crag Meeting. They had four children to live, viz. Mary, wife of John Gill of Eaglesfield; Sarah, who died young; John Pearson, whose descendants continued to live in Cumberland; Peter Pearson (February 21, 1679-1735), our forebear. The Friends' record states that Christopher Pearson died in Ullock and was buried April 19, 1711 (presumably at Pardshaw Crag); Elinor Pearson was buried on May 2, 1714.
His will read: "I Christopher Pearson of Ullock in the parish of Dean and County of Cumberland being weak in body yet perfect in mind and memory doe therefore make my last will and testament in manner as followeth- First I commit my spirit to God and my body to be buryed at the desecretion of my executors hereafter named. And as to the settling of that small estate it hath pleased the Lord to lend to me, I give and bequeath the same as followeth, that is to say: I give to my son Peter Pearson one shilling in full of my personell estate haveing preferred him before: I give to my loveing wife Ellinor twenty shillings and one bedding of cloathes and a bedstead in the back loft. And all the rest of my goods and chattells moveable and unmoveable I give and bequeath to my son John Pearson whom I make sole executor of this my last will and testament, he paying and discharging my debts legacies and funerall expenses..." (Signed with his own signature, the will of Christopher Pearson was probated May 10, 1711.) The old man had given his younger son, Peter, money with which to emigrate to the New World, in 1707, quite an undertaking at the time; parting must have been quite painful for it was with the realization that it would be a final farewell.
George Fearon is an 8th great grandfather to Arthur Allen Moore III
UNDER THIS STONE GEORGE FEARON'S CORPSE DOTH LYE, SLEEPING TILL WAKED BY THE ARCHANGEL'S CRY. BURIED DECEMBER THE 22 AN DOMINI 1687 ETATIS 79
(Etatis is "age" in Latin)
St Oswald Churchyard
Created by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore...
Record added: Sep 03, 2010
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