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Pearson Mission to the Cherokees
Record Group #036
Box #0453

Content Summary: Correspondencem, financial records, and translation works in the Cherokee language, from the Pearson Mission to the Cherokees, a mission work named in honor of the Rev. Manford A. Pearson [26 June 1876 – 16 May 1955].

Span dates: 1853; 1920; 1924; 1954-66 Size: 1.0 cf.

Access: This collection is open to researchers.

Preferred citation:
Pearson Mission to the Cherokees, Box 453, PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Related Collections:
Children for Christ, Inc.; Bible Presbyterian Church; National Presbyterian Missions.

Hayes Henry
Rev. Hayes Henry
Director of the Pearson Mission
1955-1968 and 1971-1979

Memorial Note for the Rev. M.A. Pearson
The Rev. Dr. Carl McIntire of the New Jersey Presbytery gave the memorial for Manford A. Pearson.
Mr. Pearson died suddenly of a heart attack while a guest at the Bible Presbyterian Home in Delanco, N.J.
His funeral was held in the tablernacle of the Bible Presbyterian Church of Collingswood, N.J. Dr. McIntire stated that he had known Mr. Pearson all the years of Synod. Mr. Pearson often stated that he had belonged to Synod before the formation of our Synod. He was a real scholar. He had done a great work of translation in the Cherokee Old and New Testament. From 1911 on he had worked among the Cherokee Indians. He was stalwart for the faith. Mrs. Pearson showed Dr. McIntire Mr. Pearson's prayer list which he kept in an old shoe box. It contained a detailed card filing system of B.P. Ministers, Independent Board missionaries, regional officers of the I.C.C.C. and many others connected with the whole sphere of our work with notes and clippings concerning each. He had a great burden of prayer for our movement.
Synod stood for a season of prayer led by the Rev. Charles E. Richter.
[excerpted from the Minutes of the Eighteenth General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church, p. 1]

Obituary for Rev.M.A. Pearson, The Christian Beacon (12 May 1955): 8—
The Rev. M.A. Pearson, minister in the Bible Presbyterian Church and missionary for many years to the Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 16.
Mr. Pearson worked among the Cheokee Indians as a missionary from 1911 until his retirement in 1953.
He was born in Waverly, Kansas, June 26, 1876, graduated from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ,1903, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1906. From his graduation from Princeton until he entered the mission field he was a local pastor. He left the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. because of moderism, and in 1938, a few months before the first meeting of the Bible Presbyterian Synod, he united with that denomination.
Mr. Pearson, during the last few years of his ministry with the Cherokees translated parts of the Old Testament, then the Gospel of John, and later the New Testament into their languae. The Cherokees had the Bible, but their copies were wearing out and the Bible Society did not plan to print more. Moreover, there were some 400 errors in the translation. For these reasons Mr. Pearson made the new translation in Cherokee.
Upon his retirement, he moved to the East and was a resident in "Evening Rest," the Bible Presbyterian Home for the Aged in Delanco, N.J. While there he made a number of recordings for use in the Cherokee Churches he had established where as yet there was no missionary or minister to take his place.
A poem greatly loved and much quoted by Mr. Pearson is Annie Johnson Flint's "He Giveth More Grace."

He giveth more grace when the burden grows greater,
He sendeth more strength when labors increase.
To added affliction He addeth His mercies,
To multiplied trials—His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When strength seems to fail ere the day is half done;
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

Finding Aid for Box 453:
Box/file — Subject

453.03 — Bible Dictionary, Cherokee to English, Folder 1
453.04 — Bible Dictionary, Cherokee to English, Folder 2
453.05 — Bible Dictionary, Cherokee to English, Folder 3
453.06 — Bible Dictionary, Cherokee to English, Gospel of John to Acts 24
453.07 — Bible Dictionary, English to Cherokee, Folder 1
453.08 — Bible Dictionary, English to Cherokee, Folder 2
453.09 — Bible Dictionary, English to Cherokee, Folder 3
453.10 — Bible Study Course, Folder 1, Course of Study and Attendance Records
453.11 — Bible Study Course, Folder 2, English Text, Section A, Bible Doctrines
453.12 — Bible Study Course, Folder 3, English Text, Section C, Life of Paul
453.13 — Bible Study Course, Folder 4, English Text, Section X, The Ministry of the Spirit
453.14 — Bible Study Course, Folder 5, English Text, Section Y, Prevailing Prayer
453.15 — Bible Study Course, Folder 6, Cherokee Text, Section C
453.53 — Board of Indian Commissioners, Report, 1920
453.55 — Board of Indian Commissioners, Report, 1924
453.16 — Building Plans, Trade School
453.17 — Cherokee Information
453.18 — Children for Christ, Lessons
453.19 — Children for Christ, Literature
453.52 — Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Report, 1920
453.54 — Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Report, 1924
453.20 — Constitution and By-Laws, Cherokee Industries, Inc.
453.25 — Correspondence, 1960 – 1961
453.24 — Correspondence, 1962, January – May
453.23 — Correspondence, 1962, June – December
453.22 — Correspondence, 1963
453.21 — Correspondence, 1964 – 1966
453.26 — Correspondence, National Presbyterian Missions, 1965
453.27 — Correspondence, Support Letters, 1960 - 1963
453.28 — Correspondence, Undated
453.29 — Covenant College
453.45 — East Peavine Presbyterian Church, Sunday School, 1961 – 1962
453.44 — East Peavine Presbyterian Church, Sunday School, May – September 1963
453.43 — East Peavine Presbyterian Church, Sunday School, October 1963 – August 1964
453.42 — East Peavine Presbyterian Church, Sunday School, October 1964 – August 1965
453.49 — Exodus, translated into the Cherokee language, 1853
453.30 — Farming
453.34 — Financial Reports, 1958 – 1959
453.33 — Financial Reports, 1960 – 1961
453.32 — Financial Reports, 1962 – 1963
453.31 — Financial Reports, 1964 – 1965
453.50 — General Fund Ledger, 1955 – 1957
453.46 — Henderson and Branch, Sunday School
453.48 — Henry, Hayes and family, photograph
453.02 — Henry, Hayes, “The Challenge of the Cherokee Field,” National Missions Reporter, September 1955, “Operations sustenance,” Bible Presbyterian Reporter, April 1957
453.51 — Ledger, 1954 – 1959
453.38 — Matthews, J.B., “Communism in Our Churches,” an address delivered at the Collingswood Church
453.35 — Miscellaneous
453.36 — Patent Application, “The Helpful Henry Walker”
453.39 — Pearson Mission, Report on the Work of the
453.37 — Presbytery of the Southwest
453.47 — Schaeffer, Francis A., Two Chairs, or, Living in the Supernatural Now, no date, incomplete
453.41 — Summer Camp, 1961
453.40 — Summer Camp, 1962