Richard Pearson

(1870 - 1920)

1870 Birth Registration: Wolverhampton - Jan, Feb, Mar 1870 - 6b 544
1871 Census

Richard is living with his family at 5, St. Georges Parade, Wolverhampton.

His father, John Pearson is age 46. He is running his own business. He is listed as an employer of 'two men and two boys' working as a machine chain maker. All of these employees are within the family unit.

His mother, Maria, is age 39.

His father had recently married again after his first wife died. His new wife already had children, so Richard was born into a large family of half-brothers and sisters.

His siblings born of the previous marriages of his parents:

  • Henry Pearson - age 18 - chain making with his father.
  • James Pearson - age 16 - chain making with his father.
  • Catherine Pearson - age 10
  • Mary Pearson - age 7
  • John Pearson - age 6
  • John Taylor - age 10 (errand boy)
  • Lucy Taylor - age 5

Richard - age 1


1881 Census

The family are now living at 2, Canal Street, Wolverhampton.

His father, John, age 55, is now listed as a tool broker. The crossed out tool workshop listed on the census may indicate that he had only just stopped making chains and tools. John's eldest sons, and step son who were working with him ten years earlier had left home - so dealing in tools rather than making chains (and tools?) would have been a better option now he was in his 50s.

On the census is listed:

  • His mother, Maria - age 48
  • Mary Ann, his step-sister - age 18
  • Sarah, his step-sister - age 14 (could be the stepdaughter Lucy of the previous census, now adopted to be a Pearson?)
  • Richard - age 12
  • Alfred, his full brother - age 10
1901 Census

The family live in St. Peter's Square, Wolverhampton.

Richard Pearson was aged 31. He was working as a labourer

Sarah Pearson was aged 29. She is listed as working at home - this does not mean doing housework but some form of paid work.

They had five children living with them:

  • Florence Elizabeth - age 8
  • William Henry - age 6
  • Frederick - age 4
  • Sidney - age 2
  • Ada - age 7 months
23rd September 1903 Birth of a son

Edgar Richard was born at 43, John Street, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. This address is rather surprising as it is about three miles away from where they lived before. This address is in Ettingshall.

Mother was Sarah Pearson (nee Walton)

Father was Richard Pearson - Varnish Works Labourer

1911 Census

The family live at 139 North Street, Wolverhampton. This is not far from their previous residence.

Richard Pearson was aged 41. He was working as a labourer at the Varnish Works. Mander Brothers was a major employer in the city of Wolverhampton, in the English Midlands, a progressive company founded in 1773. In the 19th century the firm became the number one manufacturer of varnishes, paints and later printing inks in the British Empire. In the twentieth century it developed its product range in industrial coatings and inks, as well as commercial property.

Sarah Pearson was aged 39.

They had eight children living with them:

  • Florence Elizabeth - age 18 - working as a bottle painter at Manders Varnish Works
  • William Henry - age 16 - working as an errand boy
  • Frederick - age 14 - working as an errand boy
  • Sidney - age 12
  • Ada - age 10
  • Edwin Richard - age 7
  • Bertha - age 6
  • Earnest George - age 2
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