Biography of Frederick Bushnell Pierson
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


F. B. Pierson is the second son of Joseph Pierson, who was born in Ellington, Conn., April 15, 1767, and who, when about twenty-one years of age emigrated to Schenectady county, where he married Sarah Watrous. July, 1797, he removed with his family to Avon (then Hartford.) They had nine children, only four of whom are now living as follows:-Catherine, Wealthy, Frederick B., and Bradley M. The names of those who died were Clarenda, Mary, Nancy, Maria, and George. On settling in Avon, Mr. Pierson purchased lands and became extensively engaged in agriculture, and also kept a hotel at East Avon for ten or twelve years. He died December 10, 1843, and his wife September 17, 1810.

Frederick Bushnell Pierson was born on the old homestead in Avon, November 22, 1806, and was brought up on the farm, receiving his education at the district school and at the academy at East Henrietta. He has continued to follow the avocation of farming, and his farm is considered one of the model farms of Livingston county. On May 8, 1828, he was married to Frances Janette, the daughter of Kasson and Sabrina (Redington) Gibson, of East Avon, who was born on the 9th of July, 1810, in Cobleskill. They have had four children, viz :-Sarah A., married to Rev. Dr. E. B. Walsworth, and residing at Albion, Orleans county, Joseph Kasson (deceased), Frances Janette, married to Jacob H. Brumagim, and residing on Staten island, and Sabrina Eliza (deceased). Mr. Pierson has formerly taken a great interest in military affairs, and was Captain of the Independent Rifle Company of Avon. He is a strong Democrat, and has been several times elected Assessor of his town. In religious sentiment he is a Presbyterian, and is a plain, unassuming man of sterling integrity. He justly deserves the esteem and respect in which he is held by all who know him. To him largely the county is indebted for the introduction of the best blooded stock of various kinds into the Livingston County Agricultural Society's Fairs. He was one of the first to introduce the Spanish Merino sheep into Western New York, about the year 1835, and sheep from his flocks have been sought for and are found in many parts of the Union. Horses reared upon his farm have not been regarded unfit gifts for two Presidents of the United States. He has taken premiums on his farm, cattle, horses and sheep several times.

It seems not too much to say that as a farmer he is justly entitled to credit for having done his share in elevating the standard of agriculture in Livingston county. He has been a man of deeds, not words, and has been, like the man of whom one of the world's greatest living historians speaks,-' Too busy to write history, but himself busied in making it."

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