When Joseph Pearson was born on 17 August 1755, in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Isaac Pearson, was 26 and his mother, Sarah Gerrish, was 26. He married Hannah Atkinson in 1770, in Boscawen, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 25 October 1828, in Haverhill, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Ladd Street Cemetery, Haverhill, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.
English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Per(e) or Piers (see Pear and Pierce ) + son. The surname is also quite common in Ireland, where it has been established for many centuries. Compare Peerson .
Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish (Ashkenazic) surnames.