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Cyril Arthur Pearson was born in Wookey, Somerset in 1866. After being educated at Winchester School he became a journalist.

In 1890 he founded Pearson's Weekly and ten years later went into newspapers with the Daily Express. It created an immediate impact as it was the first ever newspaper to carry news instead of advertisements on its front page.

In 1916 Pearson sold the Daily Express to Max Aitken, the Conservative Party MP for Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Losing his own sight, Pearson founded the St Dunstan's Home for soldiers blinded in the First World War.

Sir Cyril Pearson, who became president of the National Institution for the Blind, died in 1921.


Burning of Candles
Use of Roots and Oils, Powders, and Incenses
Significance of Cards
Horoscopes with Lucky Days and Lucky Numbers
Guide to Spiritualists, Mediums, and Readers

Restored, Revised, and Edited by catherine yronwode from the original writings of Zora Neale Hurston, Anne Fleitman, Larry B. Wright, Dorothy Spencer, Cyril Arthur Pearson, Helen Pitkin Schertz, The Allan Company, Franz Hartmann, Abe Plough, and H. F.

Hoodoo's first grimoire and spell-book, originally edited by the famed African-American folklorist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston, holds a historical place that no other conjure book can claim, for it provides the modern practitioner with guidance and training in authentic New Orleans rootwork, as it was in 1928.

Although the author was certainly not Marie Laveau, the more than 50 rites and rituals in this volume present the classic hoodoo spells of the Crescent City, using herbs, roots, candles, incense, powders, baths, and mojo hands to get your way in matters of luck, love, friendship, family, money, jobs, protection, jinx-breaking, court cases, and cursing.

On the 90th anniversary of its first publication, the Lucky Mojo Curio Company proudly presents a new edition of this seminal text, restored and revised by catherine yronwode. Black and White Magic is truly the one book that every conjure doctor must possess!

Dedication and Acknowledgements 4
Introduction 5
Preliminaries 14
Preparing for the Work 18
1. Advice to Spiritualists and Mediums 18
2. How to Dress Homes and Churches 19
Attracting Luck 20
3. Help for One Who Never Had Spiritual Help 20
4. A Hand for the Man or Woman in Bad Luck 21
5. The Man Whose Gambling Luck Was Crossed 22
6. The Lucky Hand 23
7. The Gambling Hand of the Goddess of Chance 24
8. The Best Gambling Hand (Called the Toby) 25
9. The Man Who Wants to Find Buried Treasure 26
10. The Hard-Working Man Who Wants Luck 27
Attracting Success 28
11. The Man Who Wishes to Get a Job 28
12. The Man Who Wants to Hold His Job 29
13. The Man Who Wishes to Obtain a Promotion 30
14. The Man Who Wants the Secret of Prosperity 31
15. The Man Who Wishes to Attract Attention 32
16. The Man Who Wishes to Influence People 33
Overcoming Financial Troubles 34
17. The Man Who Cannot Face His Debts 34
18. The Lady Who Cannot Face Her Landlord 35
19. The Man Who Has Difficulties on the Job 36
20. The Lady Who Has an Empty Boarding House 37
21. The Man Whose Business Is Poor 38
22. The Lady Who Lost Her Business 39
Overcoming Love Troubles 40
23. The Man Who Cannot Get a Sweetheart 40
24. The Lady Who Has a Love-Rival 41
25. The Man Who Lost His Sweetheart 42
26. The Lady Who Lost Her Lover 43
27. The Man Whose Wife Left Home 44
28. The Lady Whose Husband Left Home 45
Overcoming Family Troubles 46
29. The Man Whose Children Do Not Help Him 46
30. The Woman Whose Children Are Ungrateful 47
31. The Man Who Wants Peace in His Home 48
32. The Woman Whose Children Are in Trouble 49
Overcoming Legal Troubles 50
33. The Court Scrape, or: The Lady Going to Trial 50
34. The Man Who Is Pursued by the Law 51
35. The Lady in the Law Suit 52
36. The Man Whose Lodge Brothers Gainsay Him 53
Overcoming Social Troubles 54
37. The Man Whose Lady Friends Speak Badly of Him 55
38. The Lady Whose Men Friends Speak Badly of Her 56
39. The Man Who Has Been Slandered Among Men 56
40. The Lady Whose Lady Friends Spoke Meanly 57
41. The Lady Who Cannot Get Lady Friends 58
42. The Lady Who Cannot Keep Men Friends 59
Conquering Bad Neighbors 60
43. To Make Them Move Out of Their House 60
44. The Man Who Wants to Control Evil Neighbors 61
Conquering Enemies 62
45. The Lady Who Wishes to Cross Her Enemies 62
46. The Man Who Wants to Drive His Enemy Insane 63
47. To Conquer Those Who Have Made You Suffer 64
48. The Curse 65
Breaking Crossed Conditions 66
49. The Lady Who Wishes to Be Uncrossed 66
50. The Man Who Wishes to Be Uncrossed 67
51. The Woman Beset by Evil Spirits 68
52. The Woman Crossed with Sadness 69
True Messages from Dreams 70
53. The Secret of Dreaming True 70
How to Work with Candles 71
Candle Devotions 71
Trinity, Star, Cross, Octave, and Novena 72
Outstanding Significance of Candles 73
Birth Month Candles 74
Star-Sign Candles 74
How to Know the Zodiac 74
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra 75
Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces 82
Wedding Anniversary Secrets 87
How to Read the Cards 87
Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades 88
List of Supplies 92
Chronological Bibliography 96

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The Chronological Bibliography, included on page 96 of the book, tells the story:

Chronological Bibliography

Hartmann, Franz. Magic White and Black or The Science of Finite and Infinite Life. G. Redway, 1886. Uncredited source for Black and White Magic.

H. F. (A Fellow of the Universal Brotherhood) [pseud.]. Astrology Made Easy or The Influence of the Stars and Planets Upon Human Life, Wehman Bros., c. 1895. Uncredited source for Zodiac.

Foli, Prof. P. R. S. [Cyril A. Pearson] Fortune-Telling by Cards. C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., 1903. Uncredited source for Significance of Cards.

Schertz, Helen Pitkin. An Angel by Brevet: A Story of Modern New Orleans. Lippincott, 1904.

Le Breton, Mrs. John [Cyril A. Pearson]. The White-Magic Book. C. A. Pearson Publishing, 1919. Uncredited source for Spiritualism. Reprinted by Red Wheel / Weiser, 2001.

Plough, Abe. Black and White Almanac 1922. Plough Laboratories, 1921. Uncredited source for Wedding Anniversaries.

Plough, Abe. Genuine Black and White Good Luck and Dream Book, The Black and White Company, c. 1925. Source for this book's cover.

Laveau, Marie, [George A. Thomas], The Life and Works of Marie Laveau. N.P. [Crackerjack Drugstore?], N.D., circa 1928. No copy found. Unknown page-count. Contents unknown. Presumed by Carolyn Long to be Hurston's source.

Hurston, Zora Neale. "Hoodoo in America," The Journal of American Folk-Lore," Vol. 44, No. 174, Oct.-Dec., 1931. 98 pages. Contains 30 Consultations and Marie Laveau (misspelled Leveau). No Note, Spiritism, Candles, Cards, Zodiac, Wedding Anniversaries, or List of Supplies.

Laveau, Marie [Anne Fleitman] Old and New Black and White Magic: Marie Laveau. Dorene Publishing, N.D., circa 1940. 68 pages. Contains 35 Consultations, Note, Spiritism, Marie Laveau, Candles, Cards, Zodiac, Wedding Anniversaries. No List of Supplies.

Laveau, Marie [Anne Fleitman] Old and New Black and White Magic: Marie Laveau. Fulton Religious Supply, N.D. c. 1965. 48 pages, abridged from the 1940 edition of "Old and New," pagination in typewriter type. Contains 33 Consultations, Spiritism, Marie Laveau, Candles, Zodiac. No Note, Cards, Wedding Anniversaries, or List of Supplies.

Laveau, Marie [Larry B. Wright]. Black and White Magic Attributed to Marie Laveau. Published for the Trade [but rubber stamped on the title page Marlar Publishing], N.D., circa 1965. 40 pages. Contains 35 Consultations, Note, Spiritism, Zodiac, Candle Novena, Candle Devotion, Cards, Marie Laveau, and List of Supplies. No Significance of Candles or Wedding Anniversaries.

Allan Company. The Guidebook to Black and White Magic: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Richle Press, 1976. 16 pages each, for a total of 48 pages. Contains 21 Set-Ups. No other text.

Laveau, Marie [Dorothy Spencer]. Revised Black and White Magic: Marie Laveau. N.P., N.D, circa 1985. 64 pages. Contains 35 Consultations, Note, Spiritism, Marie Laveau, Candle Novena, Significance of Candles, Candle Devotion, Cards, Zodiac, and Wedding Anniversaries. No List of Supplies. This replaced the "Attributed" edition and was offered in catalogues as late as 1990.

Laveau, Marie [Dorothy Spencer]. Original Black and White Magic: Marie Laveau. International Imports, 1991. 70 pages. Reprints the 64 page circa 1985 "Revised" edition, with ads at end.

Laveau, Marie [Dorothy Spencer]. Original Black and White Magic: Marie Laveau. Indio Products, 2001. 66 pages. Reprints the 64 page unattributed circa 1985 "Revised" edition, with ads at end.

Long, Carolyn Morrow. Spiritual Merchants, University of Tennessee Press, 2001.

Laveau, Marie [Catherine Yronwode]. Genuine Black and White Magic of Marie Laveau. Lucky Mojo Curio Co, 2018. 96 pages. Contains 53 Consultations, Note, Spiritism, Marie Laveau, Candles, Cards, Zodiac, Wedding Anniversaries, and List of Supplies.

Who Wrote This Book?

In what follows, we are including material that appeared in concise form on pages 7 through 10 of "Genuine Black and Whote Magic of Marie Laveau" -- with additional data that did not fit into the book, but which may be of interest to those who are bibliophiles or book-detectives. All of the material printed in the book appears in regular type. Additional material is in Italics

Pearson Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Pearson Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
This primarily English/Irish last name is a baptismal or patronymic surname meaning “the son of Piers or Pierce”, an old English personal (first) name, which is in turn the vernacular form of the ancient biblical first name Peter, a name popularized throughout Europe, Christendom, and the Holy Roman Empire during medieval times and the Middle Ages by the fact it was borne by St. Peter, also known as Simon Peter or Simeon, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion who was born around 1 AD in the Middle East (Syria), serving as the First Bishop of Rome (Italy) and Antioch (Turkey). The name Peter is derives from the Latin petra and from the Greek petros, meaning rock or stone. The Old French masculine given form was Pierre or Piers, a name which was introduced into the British Isles during and after the Norman Conquest of 1066 AD.

This surname first became established in Berwickshire where one Walter Pierson rendered homage to King Edward I of England during his conquest of Scotland in 1296 AD. The family was also present in Lancashire. The book A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis, states the following “Crook Hall was the seat of the Pearsons”.

Spelling Variations
Some spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Pierson, Peerson, Peirson, Porsune, Person, Perisson, Peresone, Peressone, Pearison, Piearson, Peairson, Pearsson, Peaerson, Peaarson, Pearsone, and Pearhrson.

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Pearson ranks 281 st in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following twelve states: Minnesota, South Carolina, Washington, Mississippi, Utah, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Alaska, and Iowa. The surname Pearson frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (109 th ), Scotland (241 st ), Wales (172 nd ), Ireland (1,052 nd ) and Northern Ireland (534 th ). In England, it ranks highest in counties Cumberland, Westmorland, and Yorkshire. In Scotland, the surname ranks highest in East Lothian and Shetland. In Wales, it ranks highest in Anglesey. In Ireland, it ranks highest in Queen’s County. In Northern Ireland, it ranks highest in county Armagh. The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world: Canada (324 th ), New Zealand (182 nd ), Australia (183 rd ), and South Africa (777 th ).

The last name Pierson ranks 1,158 th in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: Delaware, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Idaho. The name is the 971 st most popular surname in France and ranks 305 th in Luxembourg. The surname Pearson frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (7,158), Scotland (8,843 rd ), Wales (9,097 th ), Ireland (8,504 th ) and Northern Ireland (5,630 th ). In England, it ranks highest in Hertfordshire. In Scotland, the surname ranks highest in Stirlingshire. In Wales, it ranks highest in county Monmouthshire. In Ireland, it ranks highest in county Louth. In Northern Ireland, it ranks highest in county Armagh. The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world: Canada (3,937 th ), New Zealand (3,758 th ), Australia (8,684 th ), and South Africa (49,486 th ).

Early Bearers of the Surname
Richard Peresone was listed in the Exchequer Lay Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327 AD. John Pierisson was documented in Warwickshire, England in 1332 AD. A one Robert Peresoon was recorded in Yorkshire in 1395 AD. William Pierson was listed in Lancashire in 1412 AD. The Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379 AD lists three bearers of this last name: Robertus Perisson, Hugo Perison, and Johannes Pereson. Kirby’s Quest lists Walter Peressone and Richard Peresone in county Somerset, England in 1327 AD. John Peyrson or Pereson was listed in the Register of the University of Oxford in 1510 AD. An early marriage involving this surname was John Peerson to Dorothy Stoderd in London in 1554 AD. An early baptism involving this name was Frances, daughter of John Peirson, at St. Dionis Backchurch in 1639 AD.

Pearson Family Tree & Pearson Genealogy

Sir Cyril Arthur Pearson, 1st Baronet (1866-1921)

Pearson of St. Dunstan
John Pearson, of Arran Lodge, Bognor, and Upper Gloucester Place, London, was born in 1772, the son of John of Norton. In 1801, he married Anne Broadhurst, and had issue with her. One of his issue was Reverend Arthur Pearson, Rector of Springfield, Essex, was born in 1803. In 1836, he married Sophia Jane, daughter of Thomas Frost Gepp of Chelmsford, and had five children with her prior to his death in 1886. His eldest son was Reverend Arthur Cyril Pearson, born in 1838. This son Arthur studied at Balliol College Oxford and was Rector of Drayton Parslow and of Springfield. In 1864, he married Philippa Massingbred Maxwell, daughter of Henry William Maxwell Lyte, and had four issue with her as follows: Sir Cyril Arthur (1 st Baronet), Ethel, Mabel Philippa (married Reverend Alfred Sidney Menzies), Marion, and Olive Noel (married Harry Holden Arnold). He died in 1916. His only son, Sir Cyril Arthur Pearson, 1 st Baronet, was born in 1866. Cyril was the founder of St. Dunstan’s for the care of soldiers, sailors, and airmen blinded in World War I, as well as President of the National Institute for the Blind, among holding other positions. He lost his sight completely in 1914. In 1866, he married Isobel Sarah, daughter of Reverend Frederick Bennett (Vicar of Maddington) and had three issue with her: Isla (married Charles Frederick Rutty Knowles of Arnside House), Muriel (married Captain E.W. Seton Cotterill, later Charles C.K. Dagg, and later E.O. Whitefield), and Norah (married Henry Frederick Lipscomb, later Captain Harold Johnson, and Maurice George Reid Aitken). He secondly married Ethel Maud, President of St. Dunstan’s, daughter of William John Fraser of London, and had a son with her named Arthur Neville (2 nd Baronet). He was created a Baronet in July of 1916. He died in 1921 and was succeeded by his only son. Sir Arthur Neville Pearson, 2 nd Baronet, of St. Dunstan’s, county London, England was born in February 1898 and educated at Eton. He served in both World War I and World War II. He was a Major in the Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He was a Director of George Newnes Lts. In 1922, he married Mary Angela, daughter of the 1 st Baron Melchett, and had two children with her: Nigel Arthur (1925) and Anne (born 1923, married Michael Anthony Cristobal Noble, had issue). In 1928, he married Gladys, daughter of Charles Cooper, and had a daughter with her named Sally (1929). He thirdly married Anne Davis Elebash, of New York, daughter of David Montgomery Davis of Richmond, Virginia, United States. The Pearson Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Pearson Family Crest) is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Quarertly, 1 st and 4 th argent, billety azure, on a pile of the last three horses heads erased of the field 2 nd and 3 rd gules, a chevron between three swans argent (Lyte). Crest: A horse’s head erased sable, billety and gorged with a mural crown or. Motto: In Deo spes.

Pearson of Cowdray
The Viscount Codray in Sussex, England is a title created in 1917 in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The 1 st Viscount, also 1 st Baronet, was Weetman Pearson, a British engineer, oil industrialist, and Liberal politician who was born in 1856 in Shelley Woodhouse, Yorkshire. He was the son of George Pearson and Sarah Weetman Dickinson. He married Annie Cass, daughter of Sir John Cass, and had four issue with her: Weetman Harold Miller Pearson (2 nd Viscount), Francis Geoffrey Pearson, Bernard Clive Pearson, and Gertrude Mary (Baroness Denman, married Lord Denman, the Governor General of Australia). His son Weetman Harold, 2 nd Viscount, lived from 1882 to 1933. He was a Member of Parliament for Eye and played polo at Oxford University. He married Agnes Beryl, daughter of Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, with whom he had one son and five daughters. He was succeeded by his only son, Lieutenant Coloenl Weetman John Churchhill, 3 rd Viscount, who lived from 1910-1995. He married Lady Anne Bridgeman, daughter of Orlando Bridgeman, and had three issue with her: Honorable Mary Teresa Person (married Lionel Stopford Sackville), Liza Jane Pearson (married Malcolm McNaughton), and Michael Orlando Weetman (4 th Viscount). He later married Elizabeth Mather-Jackson, daughter of Sir Anthony Mather-Jackson, and had three issue with her: Lucy Pearson (1954), Charles Anthony Pearson (1956), and Rosanna Pearson (1959). His son Michael Orlando Weetman Pearson, 4 th Viscount Cowdray, was born in 1944 and is a landowner in West Sussex, England. He was the producer of The Rolling Stones film, Sympath for the Devil. He (secondly) married Marina Rose Cordle, daughter of John Cordle, and had five issue with her: Eliza Anne Venetia (1988), Emily Jane Marina (1989), Peregrine John Dickinson Pearson (1994), and Montague Orlando William Pearson (1997).

Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray (1856-1927)

Cowdray Park, Cowdray, Sussex, seat of 1st Viscount Cowdray

Pearson of Gressingham
Sir Francis Fenwick Pearson, 1 st Baronet (1911-991) was a British farmer, politician, and colonial administrator. Sir Francis Nicholas Fraser, Pearson, 2 nd Baronet, was born in 1943.

Other Pearson/Pierson Pedigree & Family Trees
An unnamed Pearson was born in Howden, Yorkshire, England around 1490. He had a son named John. John Pearson was born in Rothwell, Yorkshire in 1517 and was known as “Old John”. He married Catherine Unk in 1538 and later Elizabeth Tensley in 1548, having fathered the following children: Robert, William, John, Agnes, Thomas, Henrie, Jennet, Marion, John, Edward, and Joan. His son William Pearson (or Peerson) was born in Asselby, England around 1541. He married Julian Collins in 1563 and later Alison Bushbie in 1581, and had the following issue: Dorothea, Alice, Margareta, Thomas, Nicholas, Thomas, Christopher, and Nicholas. His son, Sir Nicholas Pearson, was born in East Riding, Yorkshire in 1584. He married Elizabeth Brett and had a son with her named John. This son John Pearson was born around 1610 in Bradford, West Riding, England, and he went to colonial America where he married Dorcas Pickard in Massachusetts in 1643. He had numerous issue as follows: Mary, John, Elizabeth (Hopkinson), Samuel, Mary (Palmer), Dorcas (Eaton), Jeremiah, Sarah, Joseph, Benjamin, Phoebe (Harris), Stephen, and Sarah. His son, Captain John Pearson, was born in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1644. He married Mary Pickard and had the following issue with her: Sarah (Plummer), John, Joseph, Dorcas (Hobson), Jane (Plummer), Hepzibah, and Rebecca (Dole). His son Joseph was born in the same town in 1677. He married Sarah Walker and later Sarah Hale, and he had a son named John. His son John was born in Rowley, MA in 1702 and he later married Ruth Hale. He died in 1784.

Unk Pierson was born sometime between 1451 and 1511. He had a son named Sir Richard A. Pierson, Knight, who was born in St. Mary’s, England in 1516 AD. This Richard married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Church, and had the following children with her: Henry, Christiana, Anne, Edward, Richard, and Margaret. His son Richard was born in St. Mary’s, Aldermey, England around 1542. He married Ann Harwood and had issue with her as follows: Richard, Henry, Abraham, Sir Thomas, and William. His son Abraham was born in Shadwell Parish, Stefury, Middlesex around 1580. He married Mary Drake and Christina Johnston, and had issue as follows: Thomas, Abraham, Henry, Rebecca, Edward, Abigale, Grace, John, Susanna, and Samuel. His son Reverend Abraham Pierson was born in Settle, North Yorkshire, England in 1609. He went to colonial America where he died in Newark, New Jersey. He married Abigail, daughter of Matthew Mitchell, and had the following issue with her: Mary (Miller), Abigail (Davenport), Grace (Kitchel), Rebecca (Johnson), Susan (Bell), James, Abraham, Thomas, Thomas Sr., John, Theophilus, Isaac, and Mercy. His son Thomas was born in Queens County, New York in 1640. He had two sons: Aaron and Thomas. His son Aaron was born in New Jersey in 1694 and had issue with his wife Margaret Rigg.

Early American and New World Settlers
John Pearson came to the New World aboard the Samuel in February 1678.
Prudence, wife of Georg Pearson was buried in June 1679 in St. Michael’s Parish, Barbados.
Cutbert Perison was recorded as living “At the Indian thicket” in Virginia in February 1623.

The book Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers, mentions eight bearers of this last name:
1) Abraham Pierson of Brandford from Yorkshire, England came to Boston, Massachusetts in 1640, where he joined the church. He became a minister in Lynn and settled in Southampton and Brandford and Newark, New Jersey. He had issue named Abraham (1641), Thomas, John, Abigail, Grace (1650), Susanna (1652), Rebecca (1654), Theophilus (1659), Isaac, and Mary. He passed away in 1678.
2) Bartholomew Pierson of Watertown, MA, 1639, with his wife Urusula (sometimes spelled Azlee, Uzlah, Uzlee) had children named Bartholomew (three times), Martha (1653), Mary (likely?), Jonathan (1648), Joseph (1650), and Sarah (1653). He was made a freeman in 1648 and his name was spelled Porsune in some records. He moved to Woburn in 1653. He was a selectman in 1665 and the next year. He died in 1687.

3) Henry Pierson of Hempstead, Long Island, 1686
4) Hugh Pierson of Watertown, Massachusetts, 1649, had, in 1654, wife of Alice and daughter Ruth (9 years old). He was very poor. He died in 1675.
5) John Pierson of Middletown, died in 1677, leaving a widow and a three year old son
6) Peter Pierson, a Quaker, who was “whipped at the cart’s tail” in 1660. Lived in Boston, Roxbury, and Dedham, perhaps?
7) Stephen Pierson of Derby, 1679, had issue named Stephen, Sarah, and others. He may have been the son of Reverend Abraham (the first person in this list).
8) Thomas Pierson of Brandford, 1668, not the son of Reverend Abraham as some claim, married Mary in 1662, the daughter of Richard Harrison and had Samuel in 1663. He swore allegiance to the Dutch in 1673. He had other sons named Thomas and Samuel and two daughters named Elizabeth and Hannah.
Other early settlers in colonial America bearing this surname include Mary Pearson (Virginia 1646) and Laurans Pierson (Pennsylvania 1738). In Canada, Nicholas Pearson came to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife and child, in 1774. In the same year, a one Joseph Pierson came to Halifax, Nova Scotia as well. In Australia, one of the earliest settlers bearing this last name was Thomas Pearson, a convict from Surrey, England who came to New South Wales (then a penal colony) aboard the Asia in 1820. In 1854, James Pierson, age 39, and Robert Pierson, age 17, likely his son, came to South Australia aboard the Lord of The Isles. In New Zealand, one of the first bearers was Jane Pearson who came to Nelson aboard the John Masterman in 1857. In 1861, two members of this family came to the city of Auckland: John aboard the Black Eagle and George aboard the Zealandia.

Early Americans Bearing the Pearson Family Crest
Charles Bolton’s American Armory (1927) contains one entry for this surname:
1) Argent two chevron azure between three (beech?) leaves erect vert. Crest: A doe’s head couped [argent] charged with two chevrons azure. Bookplate A. L. Pierson, Mass.

Crozier’s General Armory (1904) contains one entry for this name:
1) Simon Pearson of Overwharton Parish, county Stafford, Virginia, 1733. Per fesse embattled azure and gules three suns or.

Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook (1907) does not contain an entry for this name.

I have identified five Pearson family mottoes:
1) Perduret probitas (Let honesty endure)
2) Dum spiro spero (While I have breath I hope)
3) Rather die than disloyal (of Kippenrose)
4) Sol et scutum Deus (God is out sun and shield)
5) In Deo spes (My hope is in God)

We have 27 coats of arms for the Pearson surname depicted here. These 27 blazons are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. People with this last name that bore an Pearson Coat of Arms (or mistakenly called the Pearson Family Crest)
1) Hugh Pearson, son of Matthew, grandson of Daniel, 1714
2) Lieutenant Colonel John Pearson, 1698
3) Philip P. Pearson, 1860, see Pennant
4) Pearson, of Sleaford, county Lincolnshire, 1810
5) Pearson of Norton, county York and London, 1837
6) Pearson of South Wingfield and Bradborune Hall, county Derby, 1845
7) Pearson of Rochetts, county Essex, and Bailbrooke Lodge, Bath Easton, county Somerset, 1865
8) Pearson to Jervis, of county Essex, 1865
9) Henry Robert Pearson, Chief Clerk, Treasury, London, and to the descendants of his father John, M.R.C.S, of London, and late uncle Thomas, of Manchester, gentleman, 30 Dec 1865
10) George, Solicitor (?) of Clifton, Bristol, county Gloucestershire, 1889
11) George Pearson of Bradford, county York, 1892
12) Thomas S. Pearson, of The Manor House, Harlaxton, county Lincolnshire, 1892
13) Pearson-Gregory, T.S., of The Manor House, Harlaxton, county Lincolnshire, 1893
14) Thomas H. Pearson of Radcliffe, Newton-le-Willows, county Lancaster, 1891
15) Pearson-Gee, A.B., Barrister-at-Law, of London and Sussex, 1888
16) Reverend G. J. Norton Vicarage, county Hertfordshire, 1890

There are hundreds of notable people with the Pearson surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Albert Gregory Pearson (1934) is a former Major League Baseball player (center field) who was born in Alhambra, California and played in the league from 1958-1966 for three different teams, primarily for the California Angeles, 2) Anthony Pearson (or Pierson) who was a popular Protestant preacher in Windsor, Berkshire, who was executed for heresy during the reign of King Henry VIII of England, 3) Arthur Maurice Pearson (1890-1976) who was a Canadian Senator from Saskatchewan who served in World War I, 4) George Pearson (1751-1828) who was a British doctor and chemist born in Rotherham, Yorkshire who was an advocate of vaccinations, 5) George Frederick Pearson (1799-1867) who was a Rear-Admiral of the United States Navy, who was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and commanded the Pacific Squadron during the end of the American Civil War, having previously served in the Mexican-American War and Second Seminole War, 6) Henry Shepherd Pearson (1775-1840) who was the British acting Governor of Penang (a state in Malaysia) from 1807-1808, born in Dover, Kent, England, 7) James Blackwood Pearson (1920-2009) who was a United States Senator from Kansas from 1962 to 1978, having been born in Nashville, Tennessee, 8) John James Pearson (1800-1888) who was a member of the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1836-1837, having been born in the city of Darby, PA, 9) John Valmore Pearson (1925-2011) who was a British composer, pianist, and orchestra leader who was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and led the Top of Pops orchestra for 16 years in the 1960s and 1970s, 10) Karl Pearson (1857-1936) who was an influential English biostatistician and mathematician from Islington, London, who is considered the father of mathematical statistics, having founded the world’s first statistics department at University College of London in 1911, 11) David Pearson (1934) who was a NASCAR driver born in Spartanburg, South Carolina who was a Triple Crown Winner in 1976, 12) Virginia Belle Pearson (1886-1958) who was an American film and stage actress born in Anchorage, Kentucky who starred in 51, 13) Julia Anne Pierson (1959) who was the 23 rd Director of the US Secret Service during the Obama Administration, 14) Henry Hugh (or Hugo) Pierson (or Pierson) (1815-1873) was an English composer who lived in Germany, who had some successful songs and operas, 15) Nicolas Gerard Pierson (1839-1909) who was the 23 rd Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1897 to 1901, and 16) Robert Howard Pierson (1911-1989) who was a president of the General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventists.

Dunecht House, Aberdeen, Scotland, a residence of 1st Viscount Cowdray
wiki: Ian Sutherland, SA2.0 Sir Richard Pierson (1516-1540)

Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Pearson (1782-1847)

Pearson, Sir Cyril Arthur

Sir Cyril Arthur Pearson (pēr´sən) , 1866�, English publisher. He founded and directed the periodicals Pearson's Weekly, Pearson's Magazine, and The Lady's Magazine and the London Daily Express (1900). Eventually he controlled a number of newspapers in various English cities. An ardent supporter of Joseph Chamberlain's tariff-reform movement, he organized the Tariff Reform League in 1903. In 1910 he was forced to relinquish directing his newspaper interests because of failing eyesight. He devoted himself thereafter to the cause of the blind and founded St. Dunstan's training center for soldiers blinded in World War I. He wrote Victory over Blindness (1919).

See biography by S. Dark (1922).

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Pearson died on 9 December 1921 when he drowned in his bath after knocking himself unconscious in a fall. [ 8 ] He was buried in Hampstead Cemetery after a service to which the Cabinet, the British and Norwegian royal families, and many institutes for the blind all sent official representatives. Two of his pallbearers were blind. He was survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

In 1922 his biography, The Life of Sir Arthur Pearson, was written by Sidney Dark .


In 1890, after six years of working for Newnes, Pearson left to form his own publishing business and within three weeks had created the periodical journal Pearson's Weekly, the first issue of which sold a quarter of a million copies.

A philanthropist, in 1892 he established the charitable Fresh Air Fund, still in operation and now known as Pearson's Holiday Fund, to enable disadvantaged children to partake in outdoor activities.

In 1898, he purchased the Morning Herald, and in 1900 merged it into his new creation, the halfpenny Daily Express. The Express was a departure from the papers of its time and created an immediate impact by carrying news instead of only advertisements on its front page. He was also successful in establishing papers in provincial locations such as the Birmingham Daily Gazette. He came into direct competition with the Daily Mail and in the resulting commercial fight almost took control of The Times, being nominated as its manager, but the deal fell through.

In 1898, Pearson founded The Royal Magazine , a monthly literary magazine which remained in publication until 1939.

In 1900 Pearson despatched the explorer and adventurer Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard to Patagonia to investigate dramatic reports of a giant hairy mammal inhabiting the forests, and conjectured to be a giant ground sloth, long since extinct. [ 2 ] Hesketh-Prichard's reports from 5,000 miles away gripped readers of The Express, despite him finding no trace of the creature. [ 2 ]

During this same period, Pearson was also active as a writer, and wrote a number of tourist guides to locations in Britain and Europe. Under the pseudonym of "Professor P R S Foli", he wrote Handwriting as an Index to Character in 1902, as well as works on fortune-telling and dream interpretation.

Pearson was a strong supporter of Joseph Chamberlain's tariff-reform movement, and organised the Tariff Reform League in 1903, becoming its first chairman.

In 1904 he purchased the struggling The Standard and its sister paper the Evening Standard for £700,000 from the Johnstone family. He merged the Evening Standard with his St James's Gazette and changed the Conservative stance of both papers into a pro-Liberal one, but was unsuccessful in arresting the slide in sales and in 1910 sold them to the MP Sir Davison Dalziel and Sir Alexander Henderson.

Sir (Cyril) Arthur Pearson, 1st Bt

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Born in Wookey, Somerset, he attended Winchester College in Hampshire. His first job was as a journalist working for George Newnes on Tit-Bits magazine. In 1890, Pearson formed his own publishing business creating the periodical journal Pearson's Weekly, the first issue selling a quarter of a million copies. Purchasing the Morning Herald he merged it into his new creation the Daily Express. An active philanthropist, he established Pearson's Holiday Fund to enable disadvantaged children to partake in outdoor activities. He lost his sight due to glaucoma and later wrote a book Victory over blindness: how it was won by the men of St Dunstan's. He also founded the Greater London Fund for the Blind in 1921.

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  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (First publication ed.). London, Windsor House, Bream's Buildings, E.C.: Horace Cox (printer for C.A. Pearson). January–March 1908. pp. six instalments of approx 70 pages each.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (1st edition in bookform, cloth-bound ed.). London, Henrietta Street: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.񎥴-05-01. pp.𧈠 pages.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (2nd revised edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. June 1909.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (3rd enlarged edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. July 1910.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (4th enlarged and revised edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. October 1911.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (5th edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. November 1912.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (6th edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. April 1913.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (7th edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. December 1913.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (8th edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. January 1916. pp.𧉠 pages.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (9th edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. May 1918. pp.𧉎 pages, plus My Views on "Pelmanism".  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (11th edition ed.). London, Tower House: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.񎦄. pp.𧉒 pages.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (12th edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.񎦆. pp.𧉒 pages.  
  • (in English) Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (Memorial 22nd edition ed.). London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.񎦘. pp.𧉈 pages.  
  • Jan Schaap (editor), ed. (1944) (in Dutch). Het verkennen voor jongens (5th edition, Canadian gift to Dutch Scouting, cloth bound ed.). 's-Gravenhage: De Nederlandsche Padvinders. pp.𧈍 pages.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys in India (1st Indian edition ed.). General Headquarters of the Boy Scout Association in India.񎦚. pp.𧈼 pages.  
  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (World Brotherhood Edition ed.). Boy Scouts of America for and on behalf of the Boy Scouts International Bureau.񎦚. pp.𧉈 pages.  
  • (in Dutch) Het verkennen voor jongens (6th edition, hard cover ed.). 's-Gravenhage: Nationale Padvindersraad. approx 1950. pp.𧊋 pages.  
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  • (in English) Scouting for Boys (Scouts edition (abridged) ed.). London: The Boy Scouts Association.񎦫. pp.𧆶 pages.  
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  • Mir Mohammad Mohsin, ed. (1973) (in Urdu). Scouting brā'ē tiflān. Islamabad: National Book Foundation.  
  • Theo P.M. Palstra (editor), ed. (1977) (in Dutch). Verkennen voor jeugd (10th edition, paperback ed.). Amersfoort: Scouting Nederland. pp.𧈭 pages.  
  • Fausto Catani, ed. (1978) (in Italian). Scoutismo per ragazzi. Milan: Ancora. pp.𧊶 pages.  
  • (in English) Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (Brownsea jubilee edition ed.). Boy Scouts of America.񎦾. ISBN 0-8395-3591-0.  
  • P. V. Paulose, ed. (1982) (in Malayalam). Skauttingu-kuttikalkku. Bharat scouts and guides. pp.𧋈 pages.  
  • (in German) Pfadfinder: ein Handbuch der Erziehung (13th edition ed.). Bern: Pfadfinder-Materialbüro.񎦿. pp.𧈻 pages.  
  • Frithiof Dahlby, ed. (1983) (in Swedish). Scouting for boys. Stockholm: Scoutförl.. pp.𧇀 pages.  
  • Paula Koho, ed. (1986) (in Finnish). Partiopojan kirja (3rd edition ed.). Helsinki: Patiokirja. pp.𧉞 pages.  
  • Stanisław Kapiszewski, ed. (1990) (in Polish). Skauting dla chłopców : wychowanie dobrego obywatela metodą puszczańską. Warsaw: Oficyna Przeglądu Powszechnego. pp.𧉷 pages.  
  • (in Hungarian) Cserkészet fiúknak: kézikönyv a jó állampolgár neveléséhez az erdőjárás révén. Budapest: M. Cserkészcsapatok Szövets.񎧊. pp.𧈕 pages.  
  • José Francisco dos Santos, ed. (1995) (in Portuguese). Escutismo para rapazes. Lisbon: Corpo Nacional de Escutas. pp.𧈶 pages.  
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  • R. Chandrasekharan, ed. (2000) (in Kannada). Bālakarigāgi skauting. Bangalore: Navakarnataka. pp.𧉁 pages.  
  • Elleke Boehmer (editor), ed. (2004) (in English). Scouting for Boys (hard cover ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280547-9.  
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Cyril A. Pearson

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Newspaper proprietor and founder of the Daily Express Arthur Pearson

Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan’s, was founded by Sir Cyril Arthur Pearson, a newspaper proprietor born on 24 February 1866.

Starting his career in journalism, Pearson found his own journal in 1890 which he named Pearson's Weekly and subsequently went on to found titles such as the Royal Magazine, amongst others.

He then turned to the launch of a daily newspaper, the Daily Express, home of the Sunday Express, with the first issue launched on 24 April 1900. The first issue had eight broadsheet pages and news was innovatively featured on the outer covers! Pearson later went onto acquire The Standard and The Evening Standard.

Pearson suffered with glaucoma which resulted in severe sight loss but his experience of being blind made him determined to change society's attitude to blindness.

Having given up his newspaper holdings by 1912, Pearson became president of the National Institute for the Blind (now the RNIB) and at the outbreak of World War One Pearson established the Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Care Committee, with a vision which is much the same as it is today: no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone.

Pearson started with two blinded soldiers in a house in Bayswater Hill, London while St Dunstan's Lodge in Regent's Park was being modified. After moving there, become known as St Dunstan's and trained blinded soldiers in massage (physiotherapy), shorthand typing, telephone operating, poultry farming, carpentry, basket and mat making and shoe and boot repairing.

Many of our early members went on to return to normal life after World War One and make a living with these newly acquired skills. By the end of the War St Dunstan's had cared for over 1,500 blind soldiers.

In 1921 Pearson moved operations from St Dunstan's Lodge to St John's Lodge, also in Regent's Park, but Arthur tragically dies, aged only 55, and Ian Fraser takes over as chairman. As a captain in the King's (Shropshire Light Infantry), Ian Fraser had been blinded by a bullet on the Somme.

In 2013 our historical connection to the Express is highlighted once more as Blind Veterans UK is chosen as the Sunday Express Christmas charity of 2013. Througout the month of December, they are asking their readers to support the work of Blind Veterans UK through a special online appeal. Find out how you can support our work.

If you know someone who has Served in the Armed Forces, for National Service perhaps, who is suffering with sight loss you canrequest free support by calling 0800 389 7979.


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