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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].

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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.

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].

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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 }

Founders of Early American Families

4 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Meredith B. Colket, Jr., Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657 (Cleveland: Howard Allen, Inc., publishers for the General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1975).

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PIERCE, PEARCE, PEIRCE, PERS Seven PIERCE families 1936 (For name Captain William, compare PIERCE genealogy 1889 and Pope with Jester, Adventurers).

ABRAHAM (PEIRCE)  Came in the “Fortune” 1622, Plymouth (Mass.) 1645, Bridgewater 1645, d Duxbury 1673. Brought over Charter of the Pilgrims. Freeman. Soldier. ner 21:62 (desc); PEIRCE family of old colony 1870; Contribution, biographical, genealogical, historical, PIERCE, 1874; Banks. #2109, 3354.

DANIEL  Came on “Elizabeth” 1634, Watertown (Mass.) 1637, Newbury 1638, d there 27 Nov 1677.  Blacksmith. Freeman. Member of New Jersey Council 1668. ner 29:273 (desc) reprinted with additions Daniel PEIRCE 1875, pamph; Hoyt. Salisbury and Amesbury; PIERCE genealogy, John PERS of Watertown 1880, p231.

JOHN  Came on “John and Dorothy” or “Rose” with family 1637 as “PERS,” Watertown (Mass.) 1637, d there 19 Aug 1661. PIERCE genealogy, John PERS of Watertown 1880; Major Samuel PEIRCE 1916 (pamph); ner 111:158 (clue); Stevens-Miller, v 1. #2418, 3318.

MICHAEL  Hingham (Mass.) 1648, Scituate 1647, killed by Indians at Rehoboth, 26 Mar 1676. Captain.  PIERCE genealogy, no iv. Posterity of Capt. Michael, John and Captain William 1889; ner 56:409. #890, 1580, 1771, 2292.

RICHARD (PEARCE, PEARSE)  Portsmouth (RI.) 1647, d there by 28 Oct 1678. Freeman. Surveyor of marks of cattle. Posterity of Richard PEARSE 1888; Partial record of posterity of Richard PEARSE 1927; ner 84:427 (wife caveat); Wilbour, Little Compton 1967. #1307, 2032.

ROBERT  Dorchester (Mass.) 1639, d 5 11 mo 1664/5. Freeman. Pope; ner 89:263 (line); William Blake PIERCE, My ancestors 1864.

THOMAS  Charlestown (Mass.) 1634, d there 7 Oct 1666. Freeman. Thomas PIERCE of Charlestown 1882. Ancestor of President Franklin PIERCE #570.

Categories: 004112. Thomas Peirce

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

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 […]