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Mrs. Fred Stark Pearson (Mabel Ward)

Mabel Pearson
Saloon Passenger
Lost
[No Picture Provided]
Born Mabel Ward
16 January 1863
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died 7 May 1915
(age 52)
At sea
Age on Lusitania 52
Ticket number 46094
Cabin number B 51
Traveling with Fred Pearson (husband)
David Walker (husband’s secretary)
– friends and colleagues on separate tickets
Body number 216
Interred ?
Occupation Housewife
Citizenship United States
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Other name(s) none
Spouse(s) Fred Stark Pearson (1887 – 1915, their deaths)

Mabel Pearson (née Ward) (1863 – 1915), 52, and her husband, Fred Pearson , were United States citizens traveling aboard Lusitania for her husband’s business and to visit their daughter Natalie Nicholson. Fred’s secretary, David Walker, was accompanying them. Dr. and Mrs. Pearson and David Walker were lost when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk.

Life


Mabel Ward was born on 16 January 1863 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, the daughter of William Henry Ward and Augusta Broad.  Mabel was raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. William Ward was a contracting partner with Ambrose Pearson, the father of her future husband, Fred Stark Pearson. She also had two sisters, Katherine and Grace, both of whom as of 1925 had not married. Mabel and Fred would help support them with monetary contributions throughout their lives.

In addition to English, Mabel was fluent in German and French. She also had a passion for music that complemented that of her future husband. Mabel and Fred had known each other as youths, but they did not become seriously involved until they met again in Dresden, Germany in 1886. Fred Pearson and Mabel Ward married on 5 January 1887 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Fred and Mabel had two sons and a daughter, Ward Edgerly, Frederick Ambrose, and Natalie, 27, 23, and 25 years of age respectively as of May 1915.

Ward E. Pearson, the eldest child, graduated from Yale in 1909 and married soon thereafter. He was employed in his father’s office at comparatively small salaries paid by several corporations. Frederick A. Pearson, the youngest child, graduated from Yale in 1914 and was employed in Spain by a corporation in which his father was interested. This son married soon after his father’s death and had two children. In February 1915, the daughter Natalie Pearson married British subject Reginald Nicholson. The town of Natalia, Texas, is named after Natalie Pearson from her father’s days of working on a dam and irrigation project in Medina County, Texas, in 1911.

While the Pearsons considered themselves New Yorkers, the Pearsons had homes at Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Coombe House, Kingston Hill, Surrey, England; and 271 Calle Mallarca, Barcelona, Spain.

The Pearsons were also good friends of the “Champagne King” George Kessler.  The Pearsons gave parties in their houses at Mayfair and Dorset, but they would not claim to be as extravagant as Kessler.

The Mexican Revolution of 1910, an American financial panic, and the World War that came after upset the global economy that Pearson depended on for his wealth. At the time of his death, Dr. Pearson’s estate was found to be insolvent. Mabel’s finances fared better. At her death, the personal property belonging to her estate was appraised at approximately $149,000 and the realty at approximately $251,000. The market value of this realty, however, was probably not in excess of $75,000. The children inherited one-third of their mother’s estate each.

Lusitania


In May of 1915, Fred and Mabel were traveling on the Lusitania with his secretary, David Walker.  Their friend George Kessler would also be on board, as would work colleague, Surgeon-Major Warren Pearl. Pearson had also convinced fellow electrical entreprenuer Robert Rankin to book passage on Lusitania as well.

The Pearsons were present at Kessler’s party on 6 May where Kessler inquired Staff Captain Anderson as to why Captain Turner had no intention of giving the passengers a lifeboat drill.

The Pearsons did not survive the sinking.  His body were retrieved and identified the week the following the sinking.  Mabel Pearson was body #216, Fred Pearson was body #16.

Related pages


Fred and Mabel Pearson at the Mixed Claims Commission


Links of interest


Frederick [sic] Stark Pearson at Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Contributors:
William Graham
Terry D. Smith
Cathleen M. Smith
Judith Tavares

References:
Hickey, Des and Gus Smith.  Seven Days to Disaster.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1981.

The New York Times, Sunday, 16 May 1915.

McDowall, Duncan. “Pearson, Frederick Stark.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Web. Accessed 29 June 2011. <http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=7645>.

Smith, Terry D. and Cathleen M. “Mabel Ward.” The Limbs and Branches of the Smith Family Tree. Rootsweb: An Ancestry.com Community. Web. Accessed 28 June 2011. <http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=tsmith&id=I67022>

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