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macca234
15-05-2011, 9:00 PM
Hi All
Not sure if anybody can direct me from here.

I have just been to see my Aunt who is 84 - she told me that her Grandmother Mary Ellen Pearson was related to the family who set up this dept store in 1889 in Nottingham.

Just in case anybody can help me, here are a few facts that I know.

My Aunt told me that Mary Ellen Pearson went to a private school and would have been born in 1876 approx in Carrington Nottingham.

Dept store in Long Row, Nottingham founded in 1889 by a Frederick Pearson I believe - there is no mention of the Brothers in anything I can find on the internet.

Mary Ellen Pearson married James William Mayor in about 1897 they had 3 children Mary Ellen Mayor born 1899, Eveline Porter Mayor born 1897 and Gladys Hilda Mayor 1908

Mary Ellen Mayor daughter of the above married Arthur Leonard Buckley (my grandfather)

If anybody can direct me to something to do with the Pearson family and who the members were, I can follow a thread to see if the 2 families are connected.

thanks
Macca

Richard1955
15-05-2011, 9:29 PM
Hi Macca
1891 census RG12 2670/58/9 shows a Mary E. Pearson. Niece to head Ann Porter.
Mary was born 1875 Basford Nottinghamshire. Occupation Lace maker.

Thank you TNA for this info

pennydog
15-05-2011, 9:32 PM
On the 1901 census (RG13/3182/125/13 - crown copyright/care of the TNA)

James W Mayor age 28 a coal miner Loader born Langley Heanor Derbyshire
Mary E age 25 born Carrington Nottinghamshire
Eveline C age 3 born Langley Mill Heanor Derbyshire
Mary Ellen age 1

All are living at 111, Forster Street, Nottingham

The head of the household is Joseph Mayor age 26, his wife Elizabeth and children Clarence H J F age 3 and Joseph A 9 months. Also living there is John Mayor age 21. All the Mayor men are brothers and work as coal miner loaders.

I know this does not really help with the Pearson quest but gives a starting place to trace Mary Ellen backwards.

pennydog
15-05-2011, 9:36 PM
As Richard has given you the 1891 - here is the 1881 RG11/3322/36/39 -crown copyright/carre of TNA

John Pearson age 45 wheelwright born Barrowby Lincs
Sarah age 42 born Allington Lincs
Arthur age 18 wheelwright asst. born Barrowby
Thomas age 10 born Greasley Notts
John age 8 born Basford Notts
Mary E age 6 born Basford Notts
Sarah age 4 born Basford Notts
William age 2 born Greasley Notts
Elizabeth Arkland mother in law age 86 born Woolsthorpe Notts

Living at Newthorpe Brookhill Greasley

Richard1955
15-05-2011, 9:41 PM
And the 1881 census: RG11 3322/36/39
PEARSON, John b1836 Head. Wheelwrght
PEARSON, Sarah b1840 Wife
PEARSON, Arthur b1863 Whealright Labr
PEARSON, Thomas b1871
PEARSON, John b1873
PEARSON, Mary E b1875
PEARSON, Sarah b1877
PEARSON, William b1879
ARKLAND, Elizabeth b1795 Mother in law. Widow
So the wife Sarah was probably nee Arkland

gasser
15-05-2011, 9:49 PM
I came across this piece of info.from Nottinghamshire Archives, which hold many papers relating to the family and business. It mentions two sons............
Pearsons department store was situated on Long Row for the whole of its near one hundred year existence. It began as the ironmongery Wigglesworth before Frederick Pearson bought it and changed its name in 1889. Under the auspices of its founder and later his sons, Tom and William, the business expanded, ............. and a later family member, Laurie, invented and patented voice activated home appliances.

pennydog
15-05-2011, 10:10 PM
With the info from gasser there is this family on the 1881 census RG11/3367/72/39 crown copyright/care of TNA

Living at Newcastle Circus, Nottingham Standard Hill

Frederick Pearson head age 51 a basket maker born Rutland
Ellen wife age 52 born Lincolnshire
Arthur age 21 artist
Henry age 23 druggist
William age 16
Thomas age 10
Mary age 17

William Thomas and Mary are students. All children born Nottingham

There are also 2 servants May Davidson age 23 born Derbyshire and Elipher Marriott born Leics

Richard1955
15-05-2011, 10:10 PM
That's much more interesting than census Gasser. Good hunting.
Following Thomas and Mary's father back through the census:
1871 RG10 3478 / 33 / 36
1861 RG09 2353 / 82 / 4
1851 HO107 2103 / 22 / 14
1841 HO107 615 / 3/17 / 4
That's it from me for tonight

crown copyright/care of TNA

olliecat
15-05-2011, 10:17 PM
If this helps, Frederick Pearson of 5 Park-valley, Nottingham died in 1909 and left a will. His son, Frederick, managing director of Pearson and Son Limited was one of the executors. Son George, was another executor. (See the National Probate Calendar)

1901: RG13 Piece: 3165 Folio: 124 Page: 11 (crown copyright, care of the TNA)
1891: RG12 Piece: 2682 Folio: 91 Page: 24 (crown copyright, care of the TNA)

pennydog
15-05-2011, 10:22 PM
I think this is the same family on the 1891 RG12/2683/91/24 crown copyright/care of TNA

Living at Park Valley, Standard Hill, Nottingham

Frederick Pearson 61 ironmonger born Leeds Yorkshire
Eleanor 64 born Leicestershire
George 29 Grocer
William 25 ironmongers assistant
Tom 20 ironmongers assistant
Mary 26

All children born St Mary Nottingham

One servant Ellen Mary Kettle 25 born Lincolnshire

gasser
15-05-2011, 10:57 PM
Igi extracted record:
Frederick Pearson and Eleanor Snowdon marriage 17 June 1851 St Peter Nottingham

gasser
16-05-2011, 9:59 AM
Further info on Fred & Eleanor extracted from British Newspapers on line:

# 2 July 1896 Thomas youngest son of Frederick married Mary Jane Morley (aka Pollie)
# Eleanor wife of Frederick Pearson sen. died 9th Oct 1898

chantreywood
16-05-2011, 10:51 AM
Hiya Macca

Can't help with the family but can help with the store. I started work there as a window dresser at 16 back in the 1970s, but only stayed a year as I was tempted by an extra fiver (5) in my pay packet by another company in Nottingham. However I did work for the last of the Brothers, there were two actively involved if I remember rightly but Mr. David (Pearson) as he was called, was the one I remember in the store. Pearsons was one of the few Department stores in the City and the boast was that we were the innovators...we bought in new products and once Jessops ( now John Lewis ) or Griffin & Spalding (now Debenhams) started selling the same product , we stopped selling it!

The store closed in the 1980s. However the store had covered land between Upper Parliament Street down to Long Row and had absorbed many different buildings in it's near hundred year history, so was a real hotch potch of steps and little hideholes and passages between departments. When the store closed these were divided up but the frontage on long row was Grade II* Listed so stil remains above the current shops. there are some links on-line at...

www.
wardcole.co.uk/project-detail.php?id=24&cat=3&str=pearsons%20store

www.
nlha.org.uk/nottshistn.html ( article in Nottinghamshire Historian Number 70: Spring/Summer 2003)

that might be useful in giving you an idea about what the store was like ( and hence some insight into the people who owned and developed it.)

Hope that helps :-)

sheilastain
16-05-2011, 9:03 PM
I came across this piece of info.from Nottinghamshire Archives, which hold many papers relating to the family and business. It mentions two sons............
Pearsons department store was situated on Long Row for the whole of its near one hundred year existence. It began as the ironmongery Wigglesworth before Frederick Pearson bought it and changed its name in 1889. Under the auspices of its founder and later his sons, Tom and William, the business expanded, ............. and a later family member, Laurie, invented and patented voice activated home appliances.

Just to add to the above, that Nottinghamshire Archives show in their online catalogue that they have family papers dating from 1848 -1988 as well as lots of records relating to the store. Sheila

macca234
17-05-2011, 2:45 PM
Wow I have been away for a few days working and come back to so much information. Thanks to one and all, I shall look at it and see if I can find a link to the Pearsons I know, I am not sure if anybody has managed to do that just yet, so I will take a look and may ask a few more questions of you if that is ok?!

so a big thanks from me for now.

Macca

tiger
06-04-2012, 4:25 PM
My mother Dorothy Irene Pearson was born in February 1897. I was told that Pearson Bros was founded around that time as ironmongers by her father and his brother Tom. My grandfather died shortly after at an early age (early '40s) and the business went to his brother Tom. I remember visiting the store many times to see my Uncle Tom in the late 1940s and he lived with his wife Ida in (22?) Carisbrooke Drive Mapperley Park. I seem to remember he had two sons Laurie and Alan.
My maternal grandmother lived in Charnock Avenue and died in 1948. She had two children, Aubrey and Dorothy, and two maiden sisters Clara and Annie. Does this help?

larkspur
08-04-2012, 2:51 PM
Baptism Carrington St John the Evangelist
Mary Ellen Pearson 5 Aug 1877 parents George Henry a labourer and Mary, the family were residing in Burgess. Mary Ellens birth date was 29 May 1875.
Other children for this couple all baptised Carrington.
George Henry born 4-5-1870 bap 5-8-1877 abode Burgess, Father labourer
Jane Harriet born 1-4-1878 bap 4-8-1878 abode Carrington, fath labourer
John Andrew bap 7-10-1880 abode Carrington ,father a Carter

I think you need to find George Henry and Mary on the 1881 census....

larkspur
08-04-2012, 3:07 PM
Ok 1881 4 Burgess Place Basford RG11 3330/118
Geo H Pearson age 41 born 1840 Radford Labourer
Mary 40 b Carrington
Arthur 15
Eliza 13
Rob 12
Geo Hen 10
Mary H 4
Jane 3

macca234
10-04-2012, 5:28 PM
My mother Dorothy Irene Pearson was born in February 1897. I was told that Pearson Bros was founded around that time as ironmongers by her father and his brother Tom. My grandfather died shortly after at an early age (early '40s) and the business went to his brother Tom. I remember visiting the store many times to see my Uncle Tom in the late 1940s and he lived with his wife Ida in (22?) Carisbrooke Drive Mapperley Park. I seem to remember he had two sons Laurie and Alan.
My maternal grandmother lived in Charnock Avenue and died in 1948. She had two children, Aubrey and Dorothy, and two maiden sisters Clara and Annie. Does this help?

Many thanks for this information, I have been so busy since I started this, that I have not had time to really find the link to my family. I know my Aunt will be able to help me here and thank you so much for bothering to send me more recent details. I will have to see if I am a distant relation to you!

Kind regards
Macca

lovesgenealogy
16-07-2012, 11:57 PM
Hi
I spoke to my 84 year old father last night and he mentioned the Pearson Store in Nottingham saying that he remembers visiting a relative who owned the store - he thinks a house in Wollaton with a swimming pool. It through me a little as all my research for ancestors lead me to Leicester where my Dad Donald Edgar Pearson (1927), Grandfather Harry Pearson (1893) Great Grandfather Henry Arthur Pearson (1968) were born. My Gt x 2 grandfather William Pearson (1844) coming from Foleshill nr Coventry and as yet I have not come across a Nottingham connection. Can anyone help please.