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Notes and Queries: Peirce

8 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: J.M. Peirce, “Notes and Queries: Peirce,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 32[1878].

[page 426]

PEIRCE (ante, p. 238). – Robert PEIRCE, of Woburn, concerning whom inquiry is made in the April number of the REGISTER, seems to me to have been (as Savage, Bond and Sewall also think) the son of John PERS of Watertown, weaver, whom Bond, I believe, first identified with the John PERS, weaver, who came to New England from Norwich in 1637, with his wife Elizabeth and his children John, Barbara (not otherwise known), Elizabeth, and Judith.  [See Mass. Hist. Coll., 4th ser., i, 96.]  If John of Watertown was the same as John of Norwich, other children of his, – certainly Anthony (freeman Sept. 3, 1634) and Ester (m. Joseph MORSE, and had Joseph, b. April 30, 1637), probably Mary (m. –––– COLDAM, probably Clement of Lynn), and Robert, – must have come over earlier than he.  The will of Elizabeth, widow of John of Watertown (March 15, 1666-67) names, among others, “my grandchild Judah SAWEN” (= Judith SAWIN), and my grandchild Judah PEARSE daughter to my son Robt PEARSE.”  Robert PEIRCE, of Woburn (called “weaver” in Middlesex Registry of Deeds, L. 10, F. 282; L. 22, f. 311), had a daughter Judith, and seems to be the only one who can be identified the Robert here named.  One Robert PEIRCE, of Watertown, received land of Ira WATERBURY in 1646.  He must have removed to Woburn a few years later (Sewall says in 1650).  It is perhaps this Robert who was made freeman May 13, 1642, but more likely May 22, 1650, about the time probably of his removal and marriage.

Robert PEIRCE, of Woburn (described in 1658 as about 38 years of age), m. Mary KNIGHT, dau. of John KNIGHT, Sen., of Charlestown, whose will proves this.  [See also Middlesex Registry, L. 10, F. 224.]  The list of his children is, I believe, no where completely given.  He had certainly the following: Judith, b. Sept. 30, 1654, d. May 31, 1689; Mary, b. Jan. 21, 1653-4, m. John WALKER (brother to Samuel, Jr., and Israel) Oct. 14, 1672; Nathaniel, b. Dec. 4, 1655, m. 1st, Dec. 27, 1677, Hannah, dau. to Allen CONVERS, m. 2d, March 23, 1680, Elizabeth FOSTER (probably dau. of Sergt. Thomas PIERCE, m. 1st Thomas WHITTEMORE, 2d Hopestill FOSTER), d. 1692; Elizabeth, b. March 6, 1658 (9?), m. Feb. 24, 1681-2, Samuel, son of John WILSON, Sen.; Jonathan, b. Feb. 2, 1662-3, m. Nov. 19, 1689, Hannah, dau. to John WILSON, Sen., d. June 17, 1694; Benjamin (for whom see below); John (named in Jonathan’s will and Benjamin’s deed of April 25, 1696); Joseph, b. May 1, 1672.  Mary PEIRCE, widow of Robert, d. March 18, 1701, and “old Robert PEIRCE” d. Sept. 10, 1706.  [See the wills of Nathaniel and Jonathan in the Middlesex Probate Office.]

Benjamin PEIRCE, the son of Robert and Mary, not mentioned by Savage, is sometimes called “junior” while living in Woburn, to distinguish him from the Benjamin of Woburn who m. Mary REED, and whom I suppose to have been a son of Sergeant Thomas PIERCE.  Benjamin, the son of Robert, m. Hannah, dau. to Jerahmeel (or Jerathmeel) BOWERS, of Chelmsford, April 3, 1698, and moved to Charlestown about 1700.  He had: Hannah, b. in Woburn, Dec. 28, 1693, d. Woburn, 1700; Jonathan, b. Woburn, March 20, 1695-6; Elizabeth, b. Woburn, March 8, 1697-8, d. single, 1749; Benjamin, b. Woburn, Jan. 8, 1699-1700, d. young; Hannah, b. in Charlestown, March 24, 1701-2, living in 1715, d. before 1747; Josiah and Mary, b. Charlestown, Oct. 10, 1704, both d. young; Mary, b. Charlestown, June 6, 1706, m. Thomas CROSSWELL, son of Caleb and Abigail CROSSWELL, d. March 23, 1730-1; Jerahmeel, b. Charlestown, Nov. 22, 1708, m. May 31, 1733, Rebecca HURD, dau. of Jacob and Eliza HURD, d. 1751; Abigail, b. Charlestown, Jan. (7?), 1710-11, m. July 27, 1732, Edward SHEAFFE, d. before 1771; Sarah, b. Charlestown, Feb. 26, 1713-4, d. in infancy; Benjamin, b. Charlestown, June, 1715, d. young.  Benjamin PEIRCE, of Charlestown, d. in Sept. or Oct., 1715.  His widow m. Dec. 18, 1718, William WILSON, of Concord, who d. in 1741, and she d. at Charlestown in Oct. or Nov., 1746.  [See the wills of Benjamin PEIRCE, Jerahmeel  BOWERS, and William and Hannah WILSON, in Middlesex Probate Office; also Middlesex Registry Deeds, L. 10, F. 224, 514; L. 12, F. 87; L. 13, F. 48; L. 15, F. 110, 345, 594; L. 17, F. 401; L. 19, F. 126; L. 20, F. 28, 69, 81.]

I am indebted to the research of Mr. B.O. PEIRCE for a large proportion of the facts and references above given.

The spelling of this name is generally supposed to have significance in determining relationships.  Certainly a great variety in this regard will be found in printed and written documents from the settlement of New England until now.  But my observation leads me to believe that a high degree of uniformity exists in the spelling, as used by persons bearing the name, in any one family connection.  Thus the descendants of Robert of Woburn, and I believe nearly the whole body of the descendants of John of Watertown, from the beginning to the present day, almost everywhere use

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the spelling PEIRCE; though John himself appears to sign his will PERS or PERSS in an antiquated hand resembling German Schrift.  The spelling PEARSE in the will of his wife Elizabeth is not written by the testator, who signs only by mark.  On the other hand, the descendants of Samuel, of Charlestown, and of Sergeant Thomas, of Woburn, most commonly employ the spelling of PIERCE, which is also, I think, that of the signature of the will of Thomas, Sen., of Charlestown, which may however be PEIRCE or PEERCE.  In the old pronunciation of the name, according to the tradition prevalent in several branches of the family of John, of Watertown, the vowel-sound was the same that we now hear in the words pear, heir and their; and this pronunciation is remembered by living persons as having been sometimes used by old-fashioned people.  This was probably quite independent of the spelling.  The same sound was, according to A.J. Ellis, used in the verb to pierce in the 17th century, and by some in the 18th century.  On the other hand, the verb may be occasionally heard with the pronunciation perce (or purse), which is now the prevalent pronunciation of all forms of the surname in the neighborhood of Boston.

Let me add, that the great number of families of this name among the early settlers of New England makes it exceedingly difficult to trace the different lines.  Savage is guilty of many omissions under this name, and has committed some decided mistakes.  The perplexity in which all printed authorities leave the subject must be my apology for this long note.

J.M. PEIRCE.

Cambridge, Mass.

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Memoir of Benjamin Pierce, Late Governor of New Hampshire

8 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: “Memoir of Benjamin Pierce, Late Governor of New Hampshire,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 7[1853].

[page 9]

There were so many emigrants to New England in its early settlement, of the name of PIERCE, that it is not generally an easy task to trace any one bearing that name at the present time, to his emigrant ancestor.  One of the most active ship-masters in the days of the Pilgrims was Captain William PIERCE of London.  He brought over a great many emigrants to Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay.  In 1630 he commanded the Lyon of Bristol.  This ship was riding at anchor at Salem when Governor WINTHROP arrived in June of that year.  He resided a while in Boston, and made an Almanack for New England for the year 1639.  He was, according to WINTHROP, killed at Providence, one of the Bahamas, in 1641.  His name was usually spelled PEIRSE.  Captain Michael PEIRSE of Scituate was his brother; he was killed in the memorable Pawtucket fight, Sunday, March 26th, 1676.

Nathaniel PIERCE of Woburn, was in the disastrous fight at the Falls in Connecticut river, on the 19th of May, 1676.  He died before 1739.  General Benjamin PIERCE was of this stock.  “Steven” PIERCE, son of Thomas of Woburn, was among the early settlers of Chelmsford.  He was born at Woburn, on the sixteenth of July, 1651.  Hence there is not much doubt that Thomas PIERCE, of Woburn, was the emigrant ancestor of the subject of this Memoir.  He resided for some time at Charlestown, and was made a freeman of the colony there, in 1635.  He probably was among the first settlers of Woburn, and may have gone there with Captain Edward JOHNSON, the author of the History of New England, usually cited as JOHNSON’s “Wonderworking Providence,” &c.  JOHNSON came from the county of Kent, and this may be a guide to those who desire to learn the English pedigree of his companions and associates.  Thomas PIERCE died at Woburn,

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October 7th, 1666.  Steven PIERCE, son of Steven by his wife Tabitha, was one of the purchasers of Wonalancet’s possessions southwest of the Merrimack, known as Wamesit, on which he afterwards settled.  He had sons, Benjamin and Robert, and perhaps others.  Benjamin had ten children, the seventh of whom bore his own name; and he is the subject of this sketch.  He was born at Chelmsford, December 25th, 1757. […]

American Presidential Families

6 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Hugh Brogan and Charles Mosley, American Presidential Families (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993).

[page 419]

FRANKLIN PIERCE

MALE LINE ANCESTRY AND COLLATERAL DESCENDANTS

Thomas PIERCE, b England c 1583/4; emigrated to Charlestown, Mass., 1633/4; m Elizabeth (b probably c 1595/6; d after 1666/7) and d Charlestown 7 Oct 1666, leaving (with other issue):

Thomas PIERCE, b England between c 1608 and 1618?; m Charlestown 6 May 1635 Elizabeth (d Woburn, Mass., 5 March 1688), dau of Rice or Ryce COLE and his w Arrold —-, and d Woburn 6 Nov 1683, leaving issue (with allegedly another son, who the family of President BUSH’s wife Barbara claim was her father Marvin PIERCE’s great-grandfather’s great-great-grandfather):

Stephen PIERCE, b Woburn 16 July 1651; m Chelmsford 18 Nov 1676 Tabitha (b there 28 Feb 1658/9; d there 31 Jan 1741/2,) dau of Jacob PARKER and his w Sarah, and d Chelmsford 10 June 1733, leaving issue:

Stephen PIERCE, Jr, b Chelmsford c 1679; m there 5 Jan 1707 Esther (b there c 1681; d probably there 21 Sept 1767), dau of William FLETCHER, Jr, of Chelmsford, and his w Sarah RICHARDSON (whose great-uncle Thomas RICHARDSON was ancestor of President COOLIDGE and whose great-aunt Elizabeth RICHARDSON was ancestor of President HOOVER), and d there 9 Sept 1749 […]

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Thomas PIERCE }
c 1583/4-1666 }
Elizabeth —- } Thomas PIERCE, Jr
c 1595/6?-p 1666/7 } c 1608-18?–83
Rice/Ryce COLE } Elizabeth COLE
d 1646 } d 1688
Arrold —- }
d 1661 }
}
}
} Jacob PARKER
} d a 1669
} Sarah —-
} c 1626-1707/8
}
}
Robert FLETCHER }
c 1592-1677 }
—- ?HARTWELL } William FLETCHER
} c 1622-77
?Richard FAIRBANKS } Lydia ?FAIRBANKS
} c ?1622-1704
—- —- }
}

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Thomas PIERCE, Jr. }
c 1608-18?–83 }
Elizabeth COLE } Stephen PIERCE }
d 1688 } 1651-1733 }
Jacob PARKER } Tabitha PARKER }
d a 1669 } 1658/9-1741/2 }
Sarah —- } Stephen PIERCE, Jr }
c 1626-1707/8 } c 1679-1749 }
William FLETCHER } Esther FLETCHER }
c 1622-77 } c 1681-1767 }
Lydia ?FAIRBANKS } William FLETCHER, Jr }
c ?1622-1704 } 1656/7-1712 }
Josiah RICHARDSON } Sarah RICHARDSON }
c 1635-95 } 1659/60-1748 }
Remembrance }
UNDERWOOD }
1639/40-1718/9 }

Ziegeler Genealogy Homepage

31 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Hamilton Ziegeler, “Ziegeler Genealogy Homepage,” at http://www.goldinc.com/~hamzig, accessed 16 August 1998.

Sarah PEIRCE

BORN 22 MAY 1710

FATHER: ISAAC PEIRCE

MOTHER: GRACE TUCKER

FAMILY 1: JAMES MATTOCKS

MARRIAGE:  1726

*

Isaac PEIRCE

BORN 1687

FATHER: SAMUEL PEIRCE

MOTHER: LYDIA BACON

FAMILY 1: GRACE TUCKER

MARRIAGE: 5 MAY 1708

1. ISAAC PEIRCE

2. ISAAC PEIRCE

3. SARAH PEIRCE

4. LYDIA PEIRCE

5. MARY PEIRCE

6. ELIZABETH PEIRCE

7. SAMUEL PEIRCE

*

Samuel PEIRCE

BORN 20 FEB 1654

DIED ?

FATHER: THOMAS PEIRCE

MOTHER: ELIZABETH COLE

FAMILY 1: LYDIA BACON

MARRIAGE: 9 DEC 1680

1. ISAAC PIERCE

2. SAMUEL PEIRCE

3. LYDIA PEIRCE

4. JOSEPH PEIRCE

5. ABIGAIL PEIRCE

6. SARAH PEIRCE

7. RUTH PEIRCE

8. TABITHA PEIRCE

9. TABITHA PEIRCE

*

Thomas PEIRCE

BORN ABT 1608, ENG.

DIED 6 NOV 1683

FATHER: THOMAS PEIRCE

MOTHER: ELIZABETH

FAMILY I: ELIZABETH COLE

MARRIAGE: 6 MAY 1635

1. SAMUEL PEIRCE

2. JOHN PEIRCE

3. SAMUEL PEIRCE

4. ABIGAIL PEIRCE

5. THOMAS PEIRCE

6. ELIZABETH PEIRCE

7. JOSEPH PEIRCE

8. JOSEPH PEIRCE

9. STEPHEN PEIRCE

10. WILLIAM PEIRCE

11. JAMES PEIRCE

12. ABIGAIL PEIRCE

13. BENJAMIN PEIRCE

*

Thomas PEIRCE

BORN 1583/84 ENG.

DIED 7 OCT 1666

WILL 7 NOV 1665

FAMILY 1: ELIZABETH

1. THOMAS PEIRCE

2. JOHN PEIRCE

3. SAMUEL PEIRCE

4. ROBERT PEIRCE

5. MARY PEIRCE

6. ELIZABETH PEIRCE

7. PERIS PEIRCE

8. ABIGAIL PEIRCE

*

Elizabeth

BORN 1595/96

DIED AFT. 1666

FAMILY 1: THOMAS PEIRCE

*

Elizabeth COLE

DIED 5 MAR 1688

FAMILY 1: THOMAS PEIRCE

*

Lydia BACON

BORN 6 MAR 1656

DIED 1717

FAMILY 1: SAMUEL PEIRCE

*

Grace TUCKER

FATHER: LEWIS TUCKER

FAMILY 1: ISAAC PEIRCE

*

Lewis TUCKER

FAMILY 1:

1. GRACE TUCKER

*

[SARAH (PEIRCE) MATTOCKS’ SIBLINGS:]

ISAAC PEIRCE

BORN 11 OCT 1722

DIED 25 DEC 1811

FAMILY 1: MARY HARDY

MARRIAGE: 4 JAN 1744

ISAAC PEIRCE

BORN 1709

DIED 1709

LYDIA PEIRCE

BORN 1 SEP 1712

MARY PEIRCE

BORN 1713

DIED 1715

ELIZABETH PEIRCE

BORN 17 JAN 1715

SAMUEL PEIRCE

BORN 11 APR 1719

DIED 1802

Colonial Families of the United States of America

30 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: George Newbury Mackenzie, Colonial Families of the United States of America, Volume 6 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966).

[page 40]

BACON

CHARLES FRANCIS BACON, deceased of Waterville, Maine […]

Lineage

BACON is a Seigniory in Normandy according to the well authenticated genealogy of the great Suffolk family of BACON from which sprung many branches. The founder of the English family is said to have been Grumbaldus, a Norman gentleman related to William DE WARRENE, Earl of Surrey. He came into England at the time of the Conquest and had grants of land at Letheringsete near Holt, County of Norfolk. He had three sons.

I.  Rudueph.

II.  RANUEF, of whom later.

III.  Edmund.

RAN(D)ULF or Reynolds resided at Thorpe, County Norfolk, called Baconsthorpe by distinction, his son Roger had sons ROBERT and William.

ROBERT had JOHN and William.

JOHN I had JOHN II Time of Edward I.

JOHN II had JOHN III.

JOHN III had JOHN IV.

JOHN IV had

JOHN V who had

EDMUND who had

JOHN who had Robert John, THOMAS, Henry and William

THOMAS BAKON of Helmingham, will proved 27th February —-, m. Johan, surname not given, d. 1540.

ISSUE

I. JOHN, will proved 11th March, 1557, of whom later.

II.     Thomas.

III.    Anne, m. — DOW.

IV.     John.

V. Henry.

VI.     Mary.

VII.    Agnes.

VIII.   Elizabeth.

JOHN BACON, will proved 19th March, 1587; m. Margaret, surname not given.

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ISSUE

I. William.

II.     Thomas.

III.    MICHAEL, bapt. 31st May, 1566, of whom later.

IV.     Richard.

V. Barbara.

VI.     Rose.

VII.    William (the younger).

MICHAEL BACON, Yeoman, of Winston, County Suffolk, England, bapt. 31st May, 1566, was buried 25th March, 1615, will dated 24th October, 1614, m. (firstly) 16th August, 1565. Elizabeth WYLIE, bapt. 30th May, 1566; m. (secondly) 20th September, 1607, the widow Grace BLOWERSES.

ISSUE BY FIRST MARRIAGE

I.    John, bapt. 31st May, 1566.

II.    William.

III.    Thomas.

IV.    MICHAEL, bapt. 6th December, 1579, of whom later.

V.    Sarah, m. Daniel YORKE.

VI.    Elizabeth, bapt. 3d September, 1584.

MICHAEL BACON, Yeoman, of Winston, Suffolk County, England, and Dedham, Massachusetts; b. 6th December, 1579, in Winston, Suffolk County, England; d. 18th April, 1648; m. Alice (surname not given), who d. 2d April, 1648.

ISSUE

II.     Daniel, b. probably 1615; d. 7th September, 1691, at Newton; came to New England, 1640; m. Mary READ, who d. 4th October 1691, dau. of Thomas READ.

ISSUE

1.     Daniel, b. probably 1641; d. 1720; m. 1st August, 1664, Susanna SPENCER, dau. of Michael SPENCER, of Salem.

2.     Thomas, b. 13th April, 1645, d. young.

3.     John, b. 8th September, 1647; found dead on Boston Marsh 31st August, 1723; m. Abigail, surname unknown.

4.     Isaac, b. 4th April, 1650; d. 8th January. 1684; m. Abigail, surname unknown.

5.     Rachel, b. 8th June, 1652; m. 24th March, 1680, Thomas PEIRCE, b. 21st June, 1645, d. 8th December, 1717, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (COLE) PEIRCE.

Burke’s American Families with British Ancestry

30 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Sir John Bernard Burke, Burke’s American Families with British Ancestry, offprint of pages 2529-3022 of the 16th edition of Burke’s Landed Gentry (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1975).

[page 2544]

BACON formerly OF HELMINGHAM

CLEVELAND FREDERICK BACON, of New York, […]

Lineage. — JOHN BACON, m. Helena, dau. of Sir George TILLOT. and was father of

EDMUND BACON, of Drinkstone, Co. Suffolk, m. Elizabeth CROFTS, of the family of that name for long settled at Saxham, co. Suffolk, and was father of

JOHN BACON, who m. Elizabeth COCKFIELD, and had issue,

1. Robert, father of Sir Nicholas BACON, and grandfather of Francis BACON, Viscount St. Albans, Lord Keeper, and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.

2. THOMAS, of whom we treat

The younger son,

THOMAS BACON, of Helmingham, Norfolk, whose will was pr. 27 Feb. 1535, had a son,

JOHN BACON, (will pr. 11 Mar. 1557), who had issue by Margaret his wife, five sons and two daus.  The third son,

MICHAEL BACON, m. at Helrningham, 1565, Elizabeth WYLIE, and d. (will pr. 20 April, 1615), leaving issue, four sons and three daus. The youngest son,

MICHAEL BACON, of Winston, Suffolk, arrived at Dedham, Massachusetts in 1633, where he was one of the signatories of the Dedham  agreement. Returning to England he settled finally in Dedham in 1640, b. 1579; d. 1648, leaving issue, by Alice, his wife,

JOHN BACON, of Dedham, Mass., freeman 1647, Surveyor and Commissioner 1662, served in King Philip̓s War 1676, m. 1657, Rebecca HALL, and d. 1683. His son,

THOMAS BACON, representative of the Massachusetts General Court, b. 167[?]; m. Hannah FALES, and d. 1749. His son,

JOHN BACON, of Wrentham, b. 1710; d. 1806, having had by Mary, his wife,

DANIEL BACON […]

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PIERCE formerly OF STEPNEY

Lineage. — THOMAS PIERCE, of Stepney, the Founder of this family in America, left England in 1634, and settled in Charlestown, Mass., b. 1583; m. Elizabeth, and d. 7 Oct 1666, leaving issue,

THOMAS PIERCE, of Woburn, Mass., b. 1608; m. 6 May, 1635, Elizabeth, dau. of Ryse COLE, and d. 6 Nov. 1683, leaving issue, a son,

JOHN PIERCE, of Woburn, b. 7 Mar. 1643; m. 5 July, 1663, Deborah, daughter of James CONVERS, of Woburn, and d. 1720, leaving a son,

JOSIAH PIERCE, of Woburn, b. 10 June, 1691; m. Hannah, dau. of Jonathan THOMPSON, of Woburn, and by her had issue,

JOSIAH PIERCE, of Woburn, b. 30 Mar. 1720; m. 15 Jan. 1756, Ruth SIMONDS, widow of Benjamin THOMPSON, and mother by her first husband of Sir Benjamin THOMPSON, Count Rumford, and d. 18 Aug. 1799, leaving issue,

JOSIAH PIERCE, of Baldwin, Maine, b. 27 Aug. 1756; m. in Mar. 1787, Phebe, dau. of Daniel THOMPSON, of Woburn, and d. 23 Jan. 1830 […]

The Great Migration Begins: Rice Cole

22 May 2008 Leave a comment

Source: Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volume 1, A-F (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

[page 426]

RICE COLE

ORIGIN: Unknown

MIGRATION: 1630

FIRST RESIDENCE: Charlestown

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: “Ryce COLE” was admitted to Boston church as member #109, which would be sometime in 1631 [BChR 14]; on 14 October 1632 “Ryce COLES and Arrald his wife” were dismissed to Charlestown church [BChR 16]; “Rice [and] Arrold COLE” were admitted as founding members of Charlestown church, 2 November 1632 [ChChR 7].

FREEMAN: 1 April 1633 (as “Rise COLES”) [MBCR 1:367].

EDUCATION: Inventory included one Bible valued at 5s.

OFFICES: Charlestown committee to divide common, 11 July 1635 [ChTR 15].

ESTATE: Granted four acres planting ground in Charlestown, 10 January 1634/5 (but the grant was reversed) [ChTR 12]; relinquished five acres Mystic Side, 1635 [ChTR 14]; granted four acres planting ground, January 1635/6 [ChTR 15]; granted hay ground, Lot #43, 9 February 1635/6 [ChTR 19,20]; granted five acres Mystic Side, 6 March 1636/7 [ChTR 27]; allotted 3½ cow commons, 1637 [ChTR 32, 42]; granted Lot #33 Mystic Side, 23 April 1638 [ChTR 36].

In the Charlestown Book of Possessions Rice COLE is shown with nine parcels: dwelling house with garden plot; 2 acres arable in East Field; 2 acres swamp in East Field; 3 and a quarter milk cow commons; 4 acres arable in Line Field; 5 acres woodland in Mystic Field; 4 acres meadow in Mystic Marshes; 10 acres woodland in Mystic Field; and 50 acres in Water Field [ChBOP 59-60].

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In his will, dated May 1646 and probated 1 April 1662, Rice COLE bequeathed to “my wife … my house, ground (except that at [illegible]), cattle corn & household stuff for life”; to “my son Rob[e]rt my house dwelling, farm, garden & an acre of ground in the neck & 2 acres of meadow in the neck with two cow’s commons after my wife’s decease”; to “my son John at present the ground at Woburne & after my wife’s decease a cow and one & a half cow’s commons”; to “my son James all my ground on Mystic Side after my wife’s decease & the heifer lately bought at present”; to “my two daughters” £10 apiece after my wife’s decease”; “at a court held at Cambridge April 1, 1662, on division of the estate left by Arrald COLE the relict of the abovenamed Rice COLE the court ordered that this writing be accepted as his last will & testament” [MPR Misc 106-07].

On 25 March 1649 Ralph HALL “dwelling on Mistick Side belonging to Charlestown” assigned to “Arrall COLE executrix of Rice COLE deceased … nine acres of land … to satisfy the said Arrall for a verdict of court granted unto her against the said Ralph HALL” [MLR 2:235], and on 11 October 1649 “Arrald COLE widow of Charlestowne” sold this land to James BARRATT [MLR 2:256]. On 12 October 1649 “Arrald COLE widow and executrix of Rice COLE & James COLE the son of Rice COLE” sold to James BARRATT of Charlestown “the ten acre lot (on Misticke Side) which was granted unto the forenamed Rice COLE by the forenamed town of Charlestown” [MLR 2:256-57].

On 19 October 1649 “Arrald COLE widow & Robert COLE mariner,” both of Charlestown, sold to Richard LOWDEN of Charlestown “half of the two acres of meadow land belonging unto us, lying in the valley of the East Field”; Philip COLE consented to this deed [MLR 2:189-90]. On the same day Robert COLE “resigned … unto my mother Arrald COLE all my part” in the above two acres and in one cow common which the two held jointly; Philip COLE consented [MLR 2:190].

On 23 November 1655 “Arrald COOLE widow” of Charlestown sold to Richard LOWDEN of Charlestown, planter, a certain parcel of garden ground of mine … in Charlestown in the Great Street”; “Arrald COLLES & jno. COLLES my son, with Ursula COLES, Jno. COLE’s wife,” resign their title in this land; these three subscribed to the deed, along with Philip MORRIS [MLR 2:34].

On 27 December 1657 “Arrald COLE the relict of Rice COLE of Charlestown deceased” sold to Richard LOWDEN of Charlestown one acre of meadow in the East Field; “Jno. COLES my son” consented to this sale [MLR 2:171].

On 31 December 1660 “Philip MORRIS the relict of Robert COLES late of Charlestown in New England deceased and administrator unto the estate of the said Robert COLES,” noting that “whereas the said Robert COLES was in his lifetime legally possessed of one house or tenement … in Charles-

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town,” sold to “John COLLES” of Charlestown this house and the woodland on Mystic Side granted with the said house; Philip MORRIS was joined in this transaction by her husband William MORRIS [MLR 2: 172].

In her will, dated 20 December 1661 and probated 26 December 1661, “Aralds COLLES of Charlstowne … relict of Rice COLES deceased” asked that “my husband’s will may be fulfilled” and bequeathed to “my son John COLLES a Bible that was my husband’s”; “the rest of my estate to be divided between my son LOWDEN and my son PERCE and my son COLLES,” except “my daughter PERCE is to have the bed on which I lie, and my grandchild John COLLES an iron pot and his father is not to dispose of it from him [and] I give to my grandchild John LOWDEN a pair of sheets & to my grandchild Mary LOWDEN one box and one scarf & to my grandchild James LOWDEN a pint pot & more to my grandchild Mary COLLES a brass kettle” [MPR Case #4798].

The “inventory of the estate belonging to Rice COLLES late of Charlestowne deceased, remaining lately in the possession of Arrold COLLES, the late relict of the said Rice COLLES,” taken 1 January 1661[/2], totalled £92 11s. 8d., of which £56 l0s. was real estate: “part of one dwelling house, one barn & orchard,” £23; one acre of upland in the Home Field, £4; “4 acres of land on Mystic Side,” £8; “4 acres of meadow land on Mystic Side,” £12; “2 cow commons & ¼ of a cow common in Charlestowne’s first stinted common,” £9; “one wood lot in two divisions on Mystic Side,” l0s. [MPR Case #4798].

At a court held at Cambridge on 1 April 1662 Richard LOWDEN of Charlestown and Thomas PIERCE of Woburn petitioned that “whereas we … did several years since each of us marry one of the daughters of Rice COALE sometimes of Charlestowne deceased, he then engaging to each of us, in reference to our said matching with his daughters respectively, that when his estate should come to be divided each of us should have as good a part thereof as any one of his sons, except his eldest son; since which time and since the decease of our said father-in-law it have pleased the Lord by death to take away the eldest and the youngest sons of our said father who both deceased without heirs and intestate, and before the death of our said mother the estate being undivided and one son only surviving, and whereas our said mother-in-law Harald COALE the relict of Rice COALE our said father-in-law late deceased did in her last will confirm the former last will of our said father and her estate being appraised by inventory the said estate especially in several principal parts thereof being appraised at a very low value,” requested the court to consider the prejudice against them [MPR Misc 107]. The court ordered that the estate be divided according to the wills of”Harrald COALE” and “Rice COALE” [MPR Misc 107].

BIRTH: By about 1590 based on estimated date of marriage.

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DEATH: Charlestown 15 May 1646 [ChVR 1:10].

MARRIAGE: By about 1616 (assuming she was the mother of all his children) Arrald ______; she died at Charlestown between 20 December 1661 (date of will) and 26 December 1661 (date of probate).

CHILDREN:

i ROBERT, b. say 1616; m. by 1649 Philip ______; she m. (2) by 23 November 1655 William MORRIS [MLR 2:35].

ii ELIZABETH, b. say 1619; m. by 1639 Thomas PIERCE (eldest child of “Thomas PEIRCE and of Elizabeth his wife” bp. Charlestown 17 June 1639 [ChChR 48]).

iii MARY, b. say 1621; m. by 1641 Richard LOWDEN (eldest child of “Richard LOWDEN & Mary” b. Charlestown 10 May 1641 [ChVR 1:5]); d. Charlestown 7 October 1683 [ChVR 1:120].

iv JOHN, b. say 1623; m. by 1655 Ursula ______ [MLR 2:34]. (The peculiar claim is made that John “perhaps m. Boston, Nov. 10, 1659, Susanna, dau. Nicholas UPSHUR” [Snow-Estes 1:270]. This is a corrupted version of the marriage on that date of Joseph COCKE and Susanna UPSALL, daughter of NICHOLAS UPSALL [BVR 72].)

v JAMES, b. say 1625; m. by 28 August 1655 Ruth ______; she m. (2) by 16 December 1661 Henry MUDD of Stepney, England. (Apparently Arrald COLE in her widowhood wrote letters to her daughters and daughters-in-law living in London in the l650s; these documents, which are the source for the remarriage of Ruth (______) COLE to Henry MUDD. are said to be in Middlesex Court Files and “quoted by Wyman in his Abstracts” [Mary E.N. Backus, ed., The New England Ancestry of Dana Converse BACKUS (Salem 1949), p. 71; see also Snow-Estes 1:270].)

ASSOCIATIONS: When SAMUEL FULLER of Plymouth came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630 to provide medical assistance to the new arrivals, he made a great impression on the people who met him, and several of these families sent their children to live in FULLER’s household, some to be his servants. In his will of 30 July 1633 he related that “Eliz[abeth] COWLES was committed to my education by her father & mother still living at Charles Towne,” and he also made reference to his servant “Rob[ert] COWLES” [MD 1:24-29]. These would seem to be the two elder children of Rice COLE and his wife.

COMMENTS: Rice COLE was admitted an inhabitant of Charlestown in 1630 [ChTR 5], and was included in lists of inhabitants dated 9 January 1633/4 and January 1635/6 [ChTR 10, 15].