“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.