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Pearson, Joseph

Master Mariner
Scarborough Street West Hartlepool
United Kingdom

Joseph Pearson was born on 10 June 1799 at Whitby. He married Mary Sunley on 6th September 1823 at Whitby. In 1851 the couple were living with their son, George and daughter, Mary Ann at Market Place, Middlesbrough and by the late 1850s at Scarborough Street, West Hartlepool. Joseph became a master mariner certificate no. 45234 and was recorded as being a shipowner.

Ships Joseph owned and had shares in from approximate dates were: 1854 Ann (master 1854 to 1860); 1855 Atlantic; 1861 Doris (master1861 to 1863); 1861 Linton (master 1868 to 1869); 1864 Isabella Scott (master 1863 to 1868); 1871 Ivanhoe;

Other shareholders were: Nesswell Lowther; Robert Hutchinson; Henry Taylor; John & J Bedlington.

Joseph died aged 81 on 28th July 1880 at West Hartlepool leaving effects of under £100. Mary, his wife died in 1876.

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail  - Wednesday 28 July 1880.

An old inhabitant of West Hartlepool has passed to his rest. Mr Joseph Pearson, who was well-known to almost everybody in the town died this morning at the advanced age of 82 years. A town which has come into existence within the memory of men who have yet scarcely attained to middle age, does not possess the old associations which appertain to a community of some antiquity. A special interest, however, attaches to men who have been amongst the earlier settlers in a new town. They have seen the development from rural to urban form, and, in most cases their fortunes have been guided those of the place of their adoption. Mr Pearson was born in Whitby in that momentous year 1798, when England was heroically struggling to gain the maritime supremacy which she now possesses. Mr Pearson’s occupation was that of a mariner. Eventually he became the owner of several wooden ships, one of which he himself commanded. His vessel was amongst the first to trade to the infant port of West Hartlepool. Nearly thirty years ago, retiring from an active life, he settled in West Hartlepool, and devoted himself to works of benevolence. Of late years especially, he spent his time in visiting the sick. Sailors’ widows and orphans found in him a warm friend. He looked upon them as his peculiar charge, and has lightened the lot of many a bereaved one by his hearty and Christian sympathy, the little dole which he ever ready to offer. By religious persuasion Mr Pearson was a Wesleyan, one of the old type, and took an active part in the proceedings of that body. Until within a week of his death he was perfectly hale and strong, and beyond the grizzling effect of time upon his hair there was nothing to indicate his great age. His death, happening in the course of nature, and after the expiration of the full limit allotted to humanity, cannot be expected arouse the poignant grief which must be displayed when a man is snatched away in his prime. At the same time so well was his life spent, and so unceasing were his efforts for the good of his fellow creatures, that his death will be regarded with universal regret.

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