Catherine Jane Shaver, fourth child born to the union of the Rev David
and Nancy Linn Shaver, was born on the family farm in Madison Township,
Perry County, and at the age of six months was baptized by
her uncle, the Rev Isaac M Elliott.
She became active in the work of the church of which her father was
the pastor, and at the tender age of 17 years she met and married,
against her parents admonitions, Benjamin Pierson, who was much older
than she. This marriage was of short duration. One child, Bertha Pierson,
The mother and daughter then made their home with the mother's brother,
John Linn Shaver, then residing in Bedford County. They accompanied
the brother and wife to Altoona, where she died June 27, 1894. The
daughter, Bertha Pierson, was educated in the public schools of Altoona,
and then prepared for the teaching profession. Her last known residence
was in Gallitzin, Pa teaching a primary grade in school.
Her father, Benjamin Pierson, was a son of Joshua Pierson, from
Riding, Yorkshire, England. Little is known about this union.