|Nicknames:||"Capt. Michael Pierce", "Michael J. Pearce", "Capt.", "Michael Pearce"|
|Death:||Died in (Present Cumberland), (Present Providence County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations|
|Cause of death:||Tortured to death by the Narragansett in the "Nine Men's Misery" event of King Philip's War.|
|Managed by:||Donald Browne, II|
About Michael Pierce
Listed as Captain Michael J Pierce (Fell in Rehoboth Swamp Fight battle.). (Ben M. Angel notes: the Great Swamp Fight was in the previous December. Capt. Pierce died in a wholly different incident, an ambush that took place some three months later. The ambush took place at Central Falls, but the victims were carried off to the site in Cumberland following their defeat. Refer to the English-language Wikipedia page on Nine Men's Misery.)
2nd Source lists birth and death alternate,
- Birth Hingham, Norfolk, Kent, England.
- Death in Cedar Falls, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Or Middlesex in Massachusetts.
- Alternate Death Location is Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony.
Another source lists the following. There were four Pierce brothers who made their mark on the new world. John Pierce (the Patantee), Robert Pierce, Captain William Pierce, and Captain Michael Pierce. All were grandsons of Anteress Pierce, and sons of Azrika Pierce and his wife Martha.
Another source list 1st marriage as 1642 in Charleston, Suffolk, Mass.
Alternate source list birthplace as Bristol, Somerset, England.
Moved from Hingham in 1676 to Scituate. Scituate is located ten miles north of the original Plymouth Colony. It was settles in 1628.
Michael Pierce resided on a beautiful plain near the North River and not far from Herring Brook. He assisted in erecting the first saw-mill. The mill was the first one erected in the colony.
He attained the Title from the colony court in 1669. He was first giv en the rank of Ensign under Captain Miles Standish. He perished in King Phillip's War, it remains one of the bloodist conflicts in American History.Battles Canonchet at Attleboro Gore during Knig Philip's War.
From His Will dated jan. 15, 1675, names Anna, children Benjamin, John, Ephraim, Abigail Holbrook, Mary Holbrook, Elizabeth, Sarah, Annah (wife), Abiah, Ruth and Persis, Grandchildren Elizabeth Holbrook and Abigail Holbrook, and "my brother Mark Jennes [Eames]" Mrs. Annah James married Michael James Pierce sometime soon after 1662. They had no children. Captain Michael Pierce remained married to Annah Pierce until his death. Annah Pierce is well provided for in his will.
Capt. Pierce's will, dated Jan 15,1675, was proved Jul. 22, 1676. It provided as follows:
I, Michael Pierce of Scituate, in the government of New Plymouth in America,being now by the appointment of God going out to war, against the Indians, doe make this my last will and testament: First I do committ myself and wayes unto the Eternal God; nextly concerning that estate which God has blessed me with, I thus dispose. First I give unto my beloved wife Annah Pierce, during her life, the westward end of my now dwelling house in Scituate aforesaid which I last built to dwell in, and the bed in it, with what appertenances to it, to use and dispose of, as she shall see cause, and the one half of my other household stuff for her use during her life, and then to be disposed of to my children as she shall see cause. Also my will is that for my wifes yearly maintenance, that my son Benjamin Pierce shall pay unto her twelve pounds per year, one half in money and the other half in provisions, and also sufficient firewood for her use in the house during her life; and I give unto my son Benjamin aforesaid my now dwelling house and barn in Scituate afroesaid, and all the land which I have in Scituate excepting that I bought of Benjamin Bates of Hingham, and that which I bought of William James of Scituate and excepting the abovesaid westerly end of my abovesaid house, during my wife's life as abovesaid, out of which abovesaid Estate in house and lands given to my son Benjamin, he shall pay unto my aforesaid wife for her maintenance twelve pounds a year, as abovesaid during her life, and sufficient firewood also as abovesaid. And I give unto my son John Pierce all my lands in Hingham, in the Massachusetts, and my land in Scituate which I bought of William James, of Scituate, paying out of it to my son Ephraim's two children Eserikum Pierce and Ephraim Pierce, to each of them fifteen pounds at the age of twenty and one years; provided that neither my son Ephraim aforesaid, nor either of his after him, or any by or under him, shall go about to molest my said John of or upon the attempt of the three or four acres of meadow land in Hingham aforesaid which my father gave unto my said son Ephraim which is not yet so fully confirmed to me as by my son Ephraim's promise it should have been.
Also I give unto my aforesaid son Benjamin all my movable estate in cattle and boats, and household goods, and such like, excepting that which I have disposed of to my wife as abovesaid, out of which said movable estate my said son Benjamin shall pay these legacies which I give to my children as followeth:
- first I give unto my son Ephraim Pierce, five pounds.
- 2 I give unto my daughter, Abigail Holbrook five pounds.
- 3 I give unto my daughter, Elizabeth Pierce 30 pounds.
- 4 I give unto my daughter, Sarah Pierce 30 pounds.
- 5 I give unto my daughter, Anna Pierce, fifty pounds.
- 6 I give unto my daughter, Mary Holbrook, 20 pounds.
- 7 I give unto my daughter, Abiah Pierce, thirty pounds.
- 8 I give unto my daughter, Ruth Pierce, thirty pounds.
- 9 I give unto my daughter, Persis Pierce, 50 pounds.
Also I give unto my grandchild Elizabeth Holbrook five pounds to be paid her by my son Benjamin aforesaid at her day of marriage or 21 yers old.
Also I give unto my grandchild Abigail Holbrook five pounds, to be paid her by my son John Pierce aforesaid at her day of marriage, or twenty-one years of age.
Also my will is, that if it should please God that my beloved wife aforesaid should be afflicted with lameness or sickness so that the abovesaid 12 income be not sufficient to maintain her in comfortable manner, that then what shall be meet by my overseers to be added for her comfortable maintenance shall be equally payed her yearly by my son Benjamin Pierce and my son John of that estate which I have given them as aforesaid.
Also I make my abovesaid wife my executrix and my son Benjamin Pierce abovesaid my executor of my last will and testament, and also I the abovesaid Michael Pierce my truly and will beloved friends Cornett Robert Statson and Isaac __________ and my brother Mark Jennes and my brother Charles Stockbridge overseers or witnesses of this my abovesaid last will and testament. In witness wereof I set my hand and seal this fifteenth of January 1675.
Witnesses: Benjamin Woodworth Michael Pierce
Captain Michael Pierce, the third prominent one of the brothers, was an Ensign under Captain Miles Standish. In 1669 he was made Captain. He was easily the greatest Indian fighter of the King Philip War. But close to Rehoboth, Mass., near the Pawtucket River, he was hemmed in by a host of red men, on March 26, 1676. He had only 52 white men with him and 11 friendly Indians. In the fearful massacre that followed only three of the sixty-three escaped. Thus dearly he sold his life on that Sabbath day's fight, so long ago. The family of Richard (his nephew) have his battle handed down in their memories, and tradition could be no more positive than theirs that they are nearly related to him. Richard Pierce's line was exceedingly proud of their near relationship to Captain Michael, and named after him for five generations.
- 'The Pioneers of Massachusetts, a Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the ... By Charles Henry Pope
- Pg. 360
- PIERCE, PEARCE, PEARS, PEARSE, PEIRCE, PIERS,
- ' Michael, Hingham, 1645. Rem. to Scituate. Took John Reade as an apprentice July 15, 1653. His wife d. 31 Dec. 1662; he m. Anne __. Ch. Persis bapt. Jan 7, 1645, Benjamin, John, Ephriam, Elizabeth, Deborah, Anna and Abigail, all bapt. at Hing. May 9, 1665; Abiah, Ruth. [Hist. Hing. and Col. Rec.]
- ' He was a captian in King Philip's War, and was slain in battle. His will dated 15 Jan. 1675, prob. 22 July, 1676, made his son Benjamin exec.; beq. to wife Annah, son John; to son Ephraim, and his ch. Eliakim and Ephraim; refers to a gift from father Eames, and calls Mark E. and Charles .....
- Pg. 361 is not part of this book preview.
- 'Pierce genealogy : being the record of the posterity of Thomas Pierce, an early inhabitant of Charlestown, and afterwards Charlestown village (Woburn), in New England, with wills, inventories, biographical sketches, etc. (1882)
- A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY
- Benjamin, Scituate, s. of 'Capt. Michael', m. 1678. Martha, dau. of James Adams, had Martha, Jerusha, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Persis, Caleb, Thomas, Adams, Jeremiah, and Elisha, all b. between 1679 and 1699. — Deanes Scituate.
- Ephraim, Weymouth, prob. s. of 'Capt. Michael' of Scituate, by
- wf. Hannah, dau. of John Holbrook, had Azrikam, b. Jan. 4, 1672 ; prob. Ephraim ; and perhaps others.
- John, Scituate, s. of 'Capt. Michael', same, m. 1683, Patience, dau. of Anthony Dodson, had Michael, John, Jonathan, Ruth, Jael, David, and Clothier, b. bet. 1684 and '98. — Deane.
- ' Capt. Michael, Hingham, Scituate. Ch. Persis, Benjamin, John, Ephraim, Elizabeth, Deborah, Ann, Abia, Ruth; he m. a second wf. Ruth, wa a capt of great bravey, in command of 50 Eng. and 20 Friendly Indians from Cape Cod, in Philip's War, and was with most of them killed March 26, 1676, at Pawtucket fight in Rehoboth-- Deane's Scituate, pp. 122, 325.
- 'Indian history, biography and genealogy: pertaining to the good sachem ... By Ebenezer Weaver Peirce
- Pg. 141
- ' Sunday, March 26, 1676, was a most sorrowful day to the English, Capt. Michael Peirse and nearly all his command being slain by the Indians near Pawtucket (for Particulars see biography of Nanuntenoo alias Canonchet in Chapter 4 of this book).
- Pg. 175 - 182, 221
Origin information for Capt. Michael Peirse from Bushwah Family Archives (research here is extensive):
1. Captain Michael PIERCE,.
- Born est. 1615 possibly in St. George, Fordington, Dorset, England (Or York, England?).
- Michael died in Central Falls, RI (Pawtucket-Attleboro Gore), on 26 Mar 1676; he was 61.
- Spelling in early documents is seen as: Pearse, Peirce, Pierce, Pearce, Peirse, Purse, Peerse, Perce, and Peirse.
- Michael Pierce came to Hingham, Mass from England in about 1645. He had been a resident at Hingham, before he came into Scituate. He had lands assigned to him at White Head at Cohasset (Litttle Hingham) and also bought from William James some Conihassett marshland that had originally been alloted to John Woodfield. 
- 1. Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England before 1692., Boston 1860-62, Reprinted , elec. publ. Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore 1994., 1-4, www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage, 3:430.
- 2. Myers, Florence Barthell “Patty”, Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas Rice Lyon and his wife Harriet Wade Rice with related families., self published, 2003, firstname.lastname@example.org, International Standard Book Number: 0-9672230-2-4 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 00-109714, 2003, p. 507-513. Patty B. Myers, 15 Campden Circle, San Antonio, TX 78218-6053
- 3. Schultz, Eric B., Michael J. Tougias, King Philip’s War, The Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT 1999, 57, 276-282, 286.
- 4. Pratt, Harvey Hunter, The Early Planters of Scituate: a History of the Town of Scituate, MA from its Establishment to the End of the Revolutionary War., The Scituate Historical Society, 1929, 325-29.
Capt. Michael Pierce's Timeline
Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 7, 1645
Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
Hingham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Scituate, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Scituate, Plymouth, Mass., USA
May 6, 1654
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts