Pearson, James (1735-1813)

Philadelphia carpenter, builder, and surveyor.

Long-time manager of the Carpenters’ Company. Captain of the Fourth Company, Philadelphia Artillery Battalion (1780). Surveyor of Philadelphia (1782-1813). Franklin correspondent John Tyler accused Pearson of having defrauded him in a “protended partnership” in an air furnace (1787).

Quaker. Son of Thomas and Hannah (Blunston) Pearson of Darby, Pennsylvania. Married (1) Mary Paschall (1758); two children. Married (2) Susannah Hart (1767); eleven children.