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This distinguished name is of early medieval English origin, and is one of the patronymic forms of the medieval given name Piers, itself the usual vernacular form of the male given name Peter. Piers was adopted by the English from the Old French "Pierre, Piers", introduced by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066; the Latinized form, "Petrus", is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is ultimately of Greek origin, from "petros", rock, stone, and was very popular among Christians in Europe during the Middle Ages, mainly because it was the name bestowed by Christ (as a byname) on the apostle Simon bar Jonah; the name was chosen by Christ for its symbolic significance: "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church"...

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I am searching for information about my GGGrandfather who was born approximately 1825 and immigrated from Ireland to Laurel Kentucky before his marriage in 1858. He was killed in the Civil War and almost none of his family history prior to his immigration exists. It is family lore that he was from Tipperary and that he had a brother. He was somehow related? to a Peggy Pearson, Dghtr of G.W. Pearson who immigrated much earlier than John's birth in Ireland. It is supposed hG.W. was a relative that supported as an anchor more of his relations immigration, but the connection is blurry. We do have probate record that shows that Peggy trusted her children's estate in part to John upon her death. Her husband remarried and had more children, but John was at least partially involved in the children's disposition until his death. John had one son, and possibly a second son and a daughter. I am a descendant of his oldest child. Any other children did not leave heirs. I would like to clarify the connection to the Pearson family in Ireland prior to his immigration, pre-1825. John J. Pearson B.~1825 Tipperary, Ireland.


Always looking for info on the Pearson family from around Donegal Town, especially before 1800.


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