“The History of Jefferson County, Wisconsin”, published: Chicago:
Western Historical Company. 1879.
JOHN PEARSE, watch and clock maker and jeweler, Palmyra; born in
Devonshire, England, Aug. 8, 1805; he served a five years’
apprenticeship at his business in England; opened a shop in Biddeford in
1833, and followed the business until 1845, when he came to America;
began in business at St. Johns, Canada, where he resided until 1854,
when he located in Janesville, Wis.; in 1858, on account of ill health in
his family, he removed to his present location in Palmyra; he has the
largest stock of watches, clocks and jewelry in the village. Mr. Pearse
married Miss Ann Mill, of Cornwall, England, in 1832; they have two
children – Henry and Charlotte. Mr. Pearse is a Republican in politics,
and is in sympathy with the M.E. Church.
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