JOHN J. PEIRSON, a prosperous and well-to do farmer of McLean County, residing on section 12, Old Town Township,
is a son of Henry J. and Ann J. (Brown) Peirson, natives of New York, who, after a residence in Columbia County
until 1857, came and made settlement in Bloomington Township, this county. During the winter of 1885 the parents
removed to the thriving city of Bloomington, where they are at present residing in quiet retirement, having accumulated
a sufficiency to keep them during the remainder of their lives. Of their five sons and one daughter, John J. is
Mr. Peirson of this notice was born in Columbia County, N. Y., March 11, 1853, and was but four years of age when his parents brought him to this county. Here he received his education in the common schools, and here he has lived and labored at his chosen vocation, farming, until the present time. Living with the old folk until he was twenty-one years old, he then engaged with his father as an equal partner in the product of the farm, which relationship continued until 1881. During that year he purchased 160 acres of land located on section 12, Old Town Township, and on which tract he has since lived. He is now the owner of 240 acres of valuable and productive land, and is meeting with more than ordinary success in the prosecution of his vocation.
Mr. Peirson was married in Old Town Township, Oct. 28, 1875, to Gertrude C., daughter of Edwin and Saloma Loomis. She departed this life Sept. 26, 1876, in Bloomington Township. Mr. Peirson was again married, at Bloomington, Ill., Oct. 18, 1883, to Miss Annie K., daughter of Presley and Mary E. (Robinson) Saains, natives of Pennsylvania. Her parents settled in Fayette County, that State, after their marriage, and there the mother died. The father afterward, in 1868, came to this county and settled in Towanda Township, where he died in 1877. Mrs. Peirson was the only child born to her parents, and first saw the light in Fayette County, Pa., April 3, 1864. Of her union with our subject two children have been born: Nellie S., Oct. 7, 1884, and an infant daughter, March 2, 1887.
Mr. Peirson has held the office of Township Collector and also that of School Director. Religiously he is a member of the Baptist and his wife of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is Republican.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 487. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.