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Posted By: Volunteer
Date: 3/29/2005 at 20:26:15

Death of a Patriarch.

Richard Pearson, father of R. M. Pearson, died last night at the home of the latter, in this city. The cause of his death was old age. He passed away without a struggle, surrounded by his weeping children and grandchildren. Deceased was born in Delaware, on March 17, 1799, and would have been 81 years of age had he but lived a few months longer. He removed from his native state to Iowa in 1838, just ten years before Iowa was admitted into the Union as a state, and settled in the town of McGregor in Clayton county. He has made his home in Clayton county until about one year since, when he came to this city, where he has since resided. Mr. Pearson, during his life, held many positions of trust, among which was that of Probate Judge of Clayton county. This position he held eight years, retiring before the admission of Iowa as a state. Clayton county being in the northern part of the state, and one of the then sparsely settled counties, the territory over which the judge of that county had jurisdiction was very large and extended into the southern part of Minnesota. Mr. Pearson for the past twenty years has been a devoted christian and a member of the United Brethern society. The funeral services will be held at the residence of his son, R. M. Pearson, at 4 o'clock p.m., tomorrow. The remains will be taken to Clayton county for interment accompanied by his son, Geo. Pearson, whose home is in that county. The deceased's wife died some years ago at a ripe old age. Deceased leaves an estate in Clayton county valued at about $8,000. He has three sons now living, one in Minnesota, one in Clayton county and R. M. Pearson, of this city. Rev. Herron will preach the funeral discourse.

- note: Richard Pearson resided in the Hardin area, his farm was partially in Clayton Co. & partially in Allamakee Co.
- source: Daily Atlantic Telegraph, Atlantic, Cass Co. IA, December 23, 1882
- submitted by Sharyl Ferrall


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