Welcome to my genealogy pages! My journey to discover my ancestors began when I was 17 years old, with lots of stops along the way as I was busy with raising a family. This genealogy covers branches of my Pearson father and my Blalock mother. My interest in putting my genealogy on-line was spurred when I discovered that two of my 10th great-grandfathers, Richard Warren and Francis Cooke, and his 13 year old son John Cooke, were Pilgrim Separatists and passengers on the Mayflower in 1620. This qualified me for membership in the Mayflower Society.
Artist and Oceanographer Mike Haywood has painted a stunning portrayal of the dramatic rescue of Mayflower passenger John Howland, who fell overboard during the tempestuous Atlantic crossing. The painting evokes a humbling realization of the hardships the passengers had to endure. John's brother Arthur Howland, who arrived in 1623, was my 9th great-grandfather.
Another 9th great-grandfather, Adam Mott, arrived in 1635. He and his family were passengers on the Defense, qualifying his descendants for membership in the Winthrop Society.
Most of our early family tree is already well researched and well documented in published genealogy books. Among the family were my 9th great-grandparents Lawrence & Cassandra Southwick, early Quakers who were persecuted by Puritans for their beliefs. John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem about Cassandra. The Coffins and Starbucks were among the original purchasers and settlers of Nantucket Island. Mary Coffin Starbuck was my 8th great-grandmother. She became known as "The Great Lady" and was one of the first Quaker leaders in Nantucket. Other ancestors were among the first settlers of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Charter, finally procured from King Charles II in July of 1663, was a miracle document espousing freedom of religion and personal responsibility. Rhode Island became a beacon of light in the New World.
One cousin, Nathaniel Greene, was a famous General of the Revolutionary War, second only to George Washington. Then there is the legend of the "Mosher Millions!" I’ll let you search that one out.
The family history of my grandmother Bessie (White) Pearson says that the White's came from the Isle of Guernsey, Channel Islands, England. The family name "White" was Anglicized from "Leblanc" as they were French Protestant Huguenots (or Walloons) who escaped from persecution in France during the French Revolution, fleeing to England. From England, they emigrated to Prince Edward Island and then Montana. Family legend also states that her mother, Marie Theresa Schollaert, was related to the Prime Minister of her birthplace, Belgium. So far, I have not found the connection.
People who are living are excluded from this genealogy. I have included the extended family of my husband, sons-in-law and daughter-in-law so my step-children and grandchildren will have their family tree on-line, so far as the information is known. That means that some of the names found here are really not related to me at all, though the majority are. People of Ancester Interest are indicated with a "tree" icon. When there is a photograph, it is indicated by a "person" or "camera" icon.
I have also included some famous names, indicated as "Notable People," mainly just for fun.
MANY THANKS TO MY COUSINS
My heartfelt thanks go to my 2nd cousin Sarah George Zakrzewski, the first in our family to join the Mayflower Society, and who was so generous in sharing the information. Without Sarah's help none of this would have been possible. Many thanks also to my 2nd cousin Lora Lee Jensen, who compiled The Pearson Family book, rekindled my interest in genealogy, and without whom I would not have found Sarah. They are both wonderful inspirations, and I am proud that we belong to the same family.
Julie Roley, a 2nd cousin from my Blalock/Ellis/Taylor side has informed me that the g-grandfather of my great-grandmother Dora May Taylor, was a Choctaw Chief of Alabama. I am looking forward to having more information to post soon.
My 4th cousin Thomas Milne in Canada has offered much information and meticulous research on the Blalocks. I am very thankful that we found each other and I thank him for sharing his data and insight.
I also thank Ann Smock, Faye Finke and Cathy Shipley who all generously shared family data.
Through the years since this website went up, many distant cousins have written to share information. I thank each of them for sharing.
I hope that this information can assist others in our extended family who are working on their own genealogy. Please send photgraphs and/or short biographies for family members you would like to have added to the site. This web site may change from time to time as I obtain new or more reliable information.
ABOUT THIS WEB SITE
This database is maintained with The Master Genealogist (TMG) and formatted for the web with a great companion program called Second Site (SS) written by John Cardinal. The data is entered into TMG and SS transforms it into web compatible pages. I am still learning these programs. The sometimes awkward wording found on the Person Pages are the result of my failure to understand. I apologize and ask for your undulgence. Please let me know how I can improve the entries, and please send me your photographs and biographies of our mutual family members. I will continue to work on improving the listings.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, corrections or additional information. Just click on my name below.
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Edmund Burke, 1790