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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LORENZO PEARSON, an influential and representative citizen and general agriculturist of Upper Mt. Bethel Township, Northampton County, was born March 24, 1843. His parents, Philip and Susan (Datesman) Pearson, were also natives of Pennsylvania. The Pearson family were old settlers of Northampton County, three brothers having emigrated to the United States from Germany in an early day and settled in this county, one of whom was the great-grandfather of our subject. In this county the grandfather was born and here followed the occupation of a farmer.

Philip Pearson, the father of Lorenzo, was also a prominent agriculturist, and was well known throughout the county. He was a Democrat in his political views, and served in a number of the local offices of his township. A member of the Reformed Church, he was a willing worker and a liberal giver to the cause of Christianity. He entered into rest several years ago, mourned by a loving family and a host of warm and true friends.

The subject of this sketch was reared to man’s estate on the farm where he was born and still resides. He was educated in the public schools of his township, attending school in winter and assisting his father on the farm in the busy seasons, tilling the soil and helping in all of the various duties of farm life. In the winter of 1863 he taught one term of school, his term closing on the day he was twenty-one years of age. He then decided to try some other vocation, and after looking about for something more congenial, chose the free and independent life of a farmer, and for over thirty years has been one of the most successful and prosperous agriculturists of the county.

In 1876 our subject was united in marriage with Miss Mary E., daughter of Henry Kautz, late of Monroe County. This union has been blessed by the birth of three children, Elizabeth, Philip H. and Laura M. Mr. Pearson is the owner of one of the finest farms in Upper Mt. Bethel Township. It is highly cultivated, with all the necessary and latest improved farming implements and machinery, a handsome residence, and large and substantial barn and outbuildings. His stock is of the best, and is always well cared for and protected. He also owns eighty acres of as fine timber and brush land as can be found in the county, some of which he has cleared and improved. He has been a hard worker all his life, and by his honesty and perseverance has been very successful, and is regarded as an authority on all matters pertaining to agriculture and stock-raising. Mr. Pearson is a stanch Democrat in politics and takes an active part and stands high in the councils of his party. He has served as School Director of his township for three years. He is liberal-spirited and in favor of the present public-school system, and anything else to improve the county and elevate society. Socially he is a member of the Senior Order United American Mechanics at Centreville, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Belvidere, N. J., and the Improved Order of Red Men at Mt. Bethel.

Practically a self-made man, Mr. Pearson enjoys the confidence of a wide circle of old-time friends and neighbors. His entire course in life has been in every respect honorable, upright and conscientious, and he is justly entitled to the respect of his associates and the esteem in which he is held.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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