William Colton Pearson (1842-1927)

William Colton Pearson was a photographer active in the Huddersfield area between the 1880s and early 1900s.


He was born in Hull in 1842.

His early life remains uncertain, although he may be the William C. Pearson who worked as a servant for Richard F. Shawe of Lotherton Hall, Tadcaster, in the 1871 Census.

By the time of the 1881 Census, he was working as a photographer and residing with his married sister's family at Ashworth Road, Dewsbury.

He married widow Maria White in 1887 at Huddersfield. It is believed that the couple did not have any children, but Maria had three sons from her previous marriage to joiner Frederick White, all of whom were born in Spondon, Derbyshire:

  • Frederick Thomas White (c.1880-?)[1]
  • Ernest Allan White (c.1882-?)[2]
  • Charles Horace White (1883-1937)[3]

The family lived at 24 Manchester Road, Huddersfield, where he established a small photographic studio.

By the time of the 1911 Census, William and Maria had moved to 40 Manchester Road, where he worked as a confectioner.

William Colton Pearson of 13 Brook Street, Dewsbury, died on 24 February 1927, leaving an estate worth £160 10s. 5d.


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Notes and References

  1. Worked as a mechanic's blacksmith (1901 Census) and motor blacksmith (1911 Census). Married Mary Elizabeth Jones in 1903. Was living 83 Thorn Road, Thornton Lodge, Lockwood, with their two daughters (Dorothy and Winifred) at the time of the 1911 Census.
  2. Worked as a railway clerk (1901 & 1911 Censuses). Married Mary Annie Platt in 1906. Moved to Preston and served in the Army Pay Corps in WW1. Found guilty in June 1915 of forging a money order whilst serving in the army and was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment.
  3. Worked as a mechanical engineer's apprentice (1901 Census) and police constable (1911 Census). Married Letitia Beatrice circa 1910. Died 25 December 1937 at Abingdon.