Thursday, February 2, 2012

Elizabeth Janey (Janney) - mother of Edward Pearson

Image of St, Wilfred's from Wikipedia

Elizabeth Janey (Janney), 1620 - 1675, wife of Lawrence Pearson and mother of Edward and Thomas Pearson, is buried in St. Wilfred's Church, Mobberley, England. See Elizabeth Janney.

For an image of the church and other information, visit the website of Craig Thornber.

A thumbnail history of Lawrence and Elizabeth is given by Rootsdigger.

Lawrence was married in the Quaker meeting to Elizabeth Janney, of a very active Quaker family. Elizabeth, wife of Lawrence, was buried 13 Aug 1662 at Mobberly. She was dau[ghter] of Randle Janney and Ellen Allred. In 1657, Lawrence Pearson of Wilmslow Parish refused to pay a tithe, and had a horse worth three pounds confiscated to pay an eight shilling tithe. In 1665 Lawrence Pearson of Pownall Fee was arrested at a Quaker meeting and jailed for two months. In 1650, Lawrence Pearson was imprisoned for testifying in the streets at Highfield, County Derby. In 1660, Robert Pearson, his brother, was put in jail for refusing to take an oath.
The story has a ring of truth. Elizabeth lived until 1662, Lawrence until 1673 or 1674. In his will he identified his profession as mason. His will left "unto my sonne Edward the dishboard, the little plow, and the little pair of plow irons, etc." The other children, including Thomas, received shares of the tiny estate.

Consider that Lawrence and Elizabeth's two sons Edward and Thomas left England about 1683 and settled in Quaker communities in Pennsylvania.


  1. Deep tradition is the ONLY indication that Elizabeth was born a Janney, otherwise there is in this modern era no evidence found to prove it. All known records of the family of Randall and Ellen Allred, none show an Elizabeth that could possibly be Lawrence's wife Elizabeth. (I may be wrong but I'm not even sure they ever had an Elizabeth per known records.) But I personally do remain open to the idea that she could possibly have married previously to a Janney but even that proof has been lacking. It's all speculation until proof is found. I am reflecting off the recent modern time research of the late Dewey and his late brother Paul Palmer's hands on research right there in the very area they lived. Dewey died a few years back and unfortunately Paul passed away within the past several years. He was a great researcher and friend and will be badly missed. Steve Pearson

    1. Paul passed away about 5 months ago, not years. I meant "past several months" as opposed to "past several years"

  2. Also an important correction is that Elizabeth is buried in the old Quaker cemetery at Mobberly, not the above church cemetery as stated. They married as Quaker and remained so until their deaths. No way would they have been buried in a non Quaker cemetery.

  3. I'm curious if any Pearson relatives to this family have their DNA... I have a brick wall to my Alabama Pearson's and want to prove my connection by DNA.. If you do would you please email me at in order for us to compare..
    Thank you
    Tammy Pearson McChesney