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William Pearce (Pierce)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bristol, Bristol , England
Death: Died in Nassau, The Bahamas
Cause of death: Killed by Spaniards
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Pearce, Il and Marguerite Percy
Husband of Mary Piper; Penelope Broadway; Jane Pearce and Susan Road
Brother of Richard Pearce, of Providence; John Pearce; Thomas Pierce; Stephan Pierce; NN Pearce and 1 other

Occupation: Mariner
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  • Pearce genealogy, being the record of the posterity of Richard Pearce, an early inhabitant of Portsmouth, in Rhode Island, who came from England, and whose genealogy is traced back to 972. With an introduction of the male descendants of Josceline de Louvaine .. (1888)
  • http://archive.org/details/pearcegenealogyb00pier
  • http://archive.org/stream/pearcegenealogyb00pier#page/36/mode/1up
  • From the foregoing historical sketch of the English branch of the Percies it will be seen that Peter17 Percy* was son of Ralph16 Percy; he (Peter17) was born in 1447 and his descent is as follows from the first ancestor: Galfred1, William2, Alan3, William4, William5, Agnes6, Henry7, William8, Henry9, Henry10, Henry11, Henry12, Henry13, Henry14, Henry15, Ralph16.
  • Peter17 Percy had a son Richard18. The father was standard bearer to Richard the Third at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
  • Richard18 founded Pearce Hall in York, England, where he lived and died leaving an eldest son Richard19, Jr.
  • Richard19, Jr. resided on the homestead of his father and had two sons Richard20, Jr., b. 1590, and William20. It was at this time that the spelling of the name in this branch was changed from Percy to Pearce.
  • Richard20 Pearce, Jr. (Richard19) b. 1590 m. in England Martha ---- .
  • He resided in Bristol, England, and came to America in the ship "Lyons" from that place. His brother, Capt. William Pearce, was master of the ship. Children:
    • 1. i. Richard21, b. 1615; m. Susannah Wright.
    • 2. ii. .... etc.
  • Capt. William Pearce20 (Richard19) b. in Bristol, England about 1595 ; m. ----.
  • He d. July 13, 1641 (Boston Town Records). Res. Bristol, England, Boston, Mass., and Providence, Bahama Island.
  • http://archive.org/stream/pearcegenealogyb00pier#page/37/mode/1up
  • Farmer has this:
  • "William Peirse, the captain of the ship 'Lyon,' wrote his name Peirse; he was the author of the first almanack for 1639 published in North America. He was Killed at Providence, one of the Bahama Island, in 1641, Savage ii. Winthrop Index. Prince ii., Annas 69, who erroneously regards him as a member of the Boston Church, says we was ancestor of Rev. James Perice, a well known writer and England divine, who died in 1730."
  • Copy of Order of Council when the trouble of Charles 1st. commenced with his Parliament. From the original books of the Privy Council:
  • 1638. "Ordered the twentieth [of April, 1638.] Order for the Desire to passe to New England, with passengers and provisions, upon certificate, etc.:"
  • " Upon the humble petition of William Piers, master of the shippe called the Desire, that the Petitioner, with diverse others inhabiting in New England, did lately arryve in the Port of London, in the said shippe being wholly built in New England, whither the said master doth nowe desire to return in the same, and did therefore desire the leave of the board, according to his Majesties' late Proclamation, and to transport such Passengers and their necessary provisions of Howshold, as by this certificate shall be gratified according to the Tenor of his Magesties' former Proclamation. Theyr Lordships did this day give leave that the said master and shippe should retorne to New England, together with such passengers and theyr necessary provisions as is desyred and their goods to passe as formerly. Provided that the said certificats of the Passengers be first brought to the Clarke of the Council attendant, to be by him allowed, and that they doe transport noe other passingers or Provisions but such as shall be allowed." — [Charles I., Vol. 15, #41.]
  • 1. Richard21 Pearce (Richard20, Richard19,) b. 1615 in England; m. in Portsmouth, R. I., in 1642, Susannah Wright, who was born in 1620. He died in Portsmouth in 1678 and she was deceased at that time. .... etc.

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  • American ancestry: giving name and descent, in the male line, of ..., Volume 4 edited by Thomas Patrick Hughes, Frank Munsell
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=hUpkAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA97&lpg=PA97&dq=Peter+Percy+1447&source=bl&ots=S2_Gl0niCw&sig=tk1uKMH-rwMjJmhST2BdoRyq5ew&hl=en&ei=BxjDTLaCHIiusAOyo6XYCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CDEQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=Peter%20Percy%201447&f=false
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  • PEARCE, WALDO A. of Boston, Mass., b. at Warren, R. I., Mar. 14, 1837 (m. Nov. 29, 1864, Emma C. Webster); son of Abner T. of Santiago, Chile, South America, b. at Llittle Compton, R. I., Oct. 4, 1811, d. at Valparaiso, Chile, Dec. 3, 1864 (m. Sept. 1, 1831, Sarah R. Briggs); son of Thomas of Little Compton, R. I., b. there Sep. 6, 1784, d. there (m. Feb. 26, 1810, Eliphal Tompkins); son of Wright of Little Compton, b. there July 27, 1750, d. there Apr. 8, 1829 (m. 1771 Antrace Sawyer); son of James of Little Compton, b. there Sep. 24, 1719, d. there Sep. 14, 1767 (m. Sep. 14, 1749, Sarah Simmons); son of James of Little Compton, b. there Sep. 4, 1691, d. there Sep. 24, 1755 (m. 1712, Martha Wilbur); son of George of Portsmouth, R. I., b. at Little Compton, July 10, 1662, d. at Portsmouth Aug. 30, 1752 (m. Apr. 7, 1687, Alice Hart); son of Richard of Portsmouth, R. I., b. in England 1615, d. at Portsmouth 1678 (m. 1642, Susannah Wright); son of Richard of Bristol, Eng., who came to America in the ship Lyons commanded by his brother, Capt. William Pearce. At that time the spelling of the name was changed from Percy to Pearce and the record follows back to Peter Percy, b. 1447, son of Ralph.

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  • Pierce genealogy, no. IV : being the record of the posterity of Capt. Michael, John and Capt. William Pierce, who came to this country from England (1889)
  • http://archive.org/details/piercegenealogyn00pier
  • http://archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyn00pier#page/11/mode/1up
    • CAPTAIN WILLIAM PIERCE.
  • Born in England abt. 1590, m. Jane ___ , res. Boston,* Salem, Mass. He was killed in the Bahamas, at New Providence, July 13, 1641.
  • Captain William Pierce in the early history of the colonies was the most celebrated master of ships that came into the waters of New England. He was on very intimate terms with all the leading colonists, and was a warm friend of Winslow and Bradford. He was first noticed in the early records of the colony in 1622, when he was master of the "Paragon," the owner of which ship was his brother John Pierce of London. In 1623, Capt. Pierce brought over to Plymouth the "Anne" with her noteworthy company. In 1624, he came in the "Charity," conveying Winslow, with his cattle which were the first brought into New England. In 1625 he was at Plymouth in the "Jacob," again bringing Winslow and more cattle.
  • In 1629, he commanded the renowned "Mayflower," and in her he took a company from Holland as far as the Bay on their way to Plymouth; and in the next year, Feb., 1630, he came with the "Lion" from Bristol, England,t which was a part of Winthrop's fleet. Owing to the destitution at the Bay, he was hurried back for provisions, with which he returned November 22, J just as ....
  • http://archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyn00pier#page/15/mode/1up
  • Children.
    • Edward, b. 1633, d. 1673. Edward Pearse, who Dr. Calamy styles "a most affectionate and useful preacher," was ejected from St. Margaret's, Westminster, when the "Act of Uniformity " took ....
    • James, b. and d. in England.
    • William, b. in England, m. Esther Webb. She was the daughter of Richard Webb, who died in Boston in July, 1659. In his will he says, I give to Esther Pearce, and mentions her two children, Moses and Esther. He d. January, 1661. Res. Boston, Mass. ....

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  • This information was taken from Pearce Genealogy Being the Record of the Posterity of Richard Pearce an Early Inhabitant of Portsmouth, in Rhode Island, Who came from England, and whose Genealogy is traced back to 974 with an Introduction of the Male Descendants of Josceline De Louvaine, the Second House of Percy, Earls of Northumberland, Barons Percy and Territorial Lords of Alnwick, Warkworth and Prudhoe Castles in the County of Northumberland, England, by Col. Frederick C. Pierce, Author of Peirce History, Pierce Genealogy, etc. Member of the British Harlequin and other historical societies. 1888 Rockford, Illinois.
  • Page 36
    • THE AMERICAN BRANCH.
  • From the foregoing historical sketch of the English branch of the Percies it will be seen that Peter17 Percy* was son of Ralph16 Percy; he (Peter17) was born in 1447 and his descent is as follows from the first ancestor: Galfred1, William2, Alan3, William4, William5, Agnes6, Henry7, William8, Henry9, Henry10, Henry11, Henry12, Henry13, Henry14, Henry15, Ralph16.
  • Peter17 Percy had a son Richard18. The father was standard bearer to Richard the Third at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
  • Richard18 founded Pearce Hall in York, England, where he lived and died leaving an eldest son Richard19, Jr.
  • Richard19, Jr.resided on the homestead of his father and had two sons Richard20,Jr., b. 1590, and William20. It was at this time that the spelling of the name in this branch was changed form Percy to Pearce.
  • RICHARD20 PEARCE, JR., (Richard19) b. 1590; m. in England Martha _____.
  • He resided in Bristol, England, and came to America in the ship "Lyons" from that place. His brother, Capt. William Pearce, was master of the ship.
  • Children: .... etc.
  • CAPT. WILLIAM20 PEARCE (Richard19), b. in Bristol, England about 1595; m. _____.
  • He d. July 13, 1641 (Boston Town Records). Res. Bristol, England, Boston, Mass., and Providence, Bahama Island.
  • Page 37
  • Farmer has this:
  • "William Peirse, the captain of the ship 'Lyon,' wrote his name Peirse; he was the author of the first almanack for 1639 published in North America. He was killed at Providence, one of the Bahama Islands, in 1641. Savage ii. Withrop Index. Prince ii., Annals 69, who erroneously regards him as a member of the Boston Church, says he was ancestor of Rev. James Pierce, a well known writer and English divine, who died in 1730.
  • 1. RICHARD21PEARCE .... etc.
  • This e-mail was sent to me recently and I wanted to share it with you Pierce researchers as you may be very interested:
  • Dear Ms. Strouse, I congratulate you in concern to your WebSite. Your site is informative as well as creative. I am writing to thank you for the information you posted in concern to the Pierce Family history. My name is George Desaulniers and I am a member of the Winthrop Historical Commission and the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association. I have been researching Captain William Pierce for approximately seven years. The commission is presently in the process of erecting a historical sign in front of a historical landmark called the" Deane Winthrop House". This sign will, in part, involved Captain William Pierce's history. The "Deane Winthrop House" was built between 1637 and 1650. The association which has preserved and maintained the house is called "The Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association". The association believes the original portion of the house house was built by Captain William Pierce. The material you posted on your Web page agrees with the material I have researched. It might be interesting for anyone researching Captain William Pierce to be aware that this house exist. This house is situated on the original land, granted to Captain William Pierce in 1637. Winthrop is a small town less than two square miles situated at the mouth of Boston Harbor. Captain William Pierce also had a house in Boston which once stood near the Old State House on what is now Pierce Alley. I have many more details in concern to Captain William Pierce. I would like to share the information I have as well as receive more information. I have maps and pictures that might be of interest to anyone pursuing this fascinating Mariner. You can reach me at: Winthrophistoric@mindspring.com Congratulations again on your WebSite.
  • Dear Ms. Strouse,
  • A great deal has transpired since I last sent you this e-mail. The Winthrop Historical Commission is in the process of erecting a historical sign in front of the Deane Winthrop House. The sign acknowledgs both european and African American history associated with the house. The Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association, an organization dedicated to preserving the Deane Winthrop House is opposed to the sign. The sign has been made and its future lies in the hands of the selectman.The sign reads as follows:
  • EARLY COLONIAL PURITAN SLAVE PLANTATION
  • Captain William Pierce, renowned mariner and early Puritan slave trader was allotted this land in 1637. Governor John Winthrop was granted the adjoining plantation, which included most of Winthrop Beach and Point Shirley. He kept Native American slaves on the nearby Governors Island, which is now, part of Logan Airport. In his journal dated February 26, 1638, Winthrop wrote that Pierce returned from the West Indies on the Salem ship Desire "and brought some cotton, and tobacco, and Negroes, etc" Later both Capt. Pierce and Gov. Winthrop's plantations were acquired by Governor Winthrop's son Deanne, who also used slave labor. Slavery was essential to the economy in this era. "Marrear", "Primas", and a child named "Robbin" were slaves of African decent whose names appeared in Deane Winthrop's Will of 1702. It is assumed that these slaves were interred in a nearby "Negro Burying Ground" not far from the northerly end of Winthrop Street.
  • The controversy surrounding the resistance of the sign by the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association made the headlines in local paper,the page of the Boston Globe, NPR radio and the 5 PM news. The following documents and newspaper articles may help you further understand the controversy. See Attached
  • There is a great deal more information available if you are interested. The Pierce family's support of the sign would be welcomed.
  • Thank you,
  • George Desaulniers
  • 106 Bowdoin Street
  • Winthrop MA 02152

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Capt. William PEARCE, b. abt. 1595, Bristol, England; d. 16 July 1641, Providence, the Bahamas; m. (1) Bridget /--?--/; m. (2) Margaret GIBBS, 1615.

Richard Pierce resided in Bristol, England. He came to America on the ship "Lyon." His brother, William, was Master of that ship.

In The Planters of the Commonwealth, Banks introduces his passenger list:

LYON, William Peirce, Master, sailed from London June 22 [1632] and arrived September 16 [1632] at Boston. 'He brought one hundred and twenty three passengers, whereof fifty children, all in health. They had been twelve weeks aboard and eight weeks from Land's End.'

This the Colonial Captain William Pierce the captain of the ship that sailed many trips bringing many colonists to Plymouth. He crossed the Atlantic more times than any other bringing Settlers to the New World. He Had homes in London, Bahamas, and Rhode Island.

Killed by Spaniards on a voyage to the island of New Providence, Bahamas Group while taking passengers to that area.

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