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Thomas Pierce, II

Also Known As: "Thomas Pierce"
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk , England
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Among Original Settlers Of Woburn, Mass.
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Pierce and Elizabeth Pierce
Husband of Elizabeth Pierce
Father of Thomas Pierce; Ensign John Pierce; Elizabeth Pierce; Joseph Pierce; Stephen Pierce and 7 others
Brother of John "Mariner" Pierce; Elizabeth Nichols; Samuel Pierce, of Charlestown; Robert Pierce; Persis Bridges and 2 others

Occupation: Progenitor of 14th President Franklin Pierce
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About Sgt. Thomas Pierce, Jr.

Thomas Pierce,Jr., son of Thomas Pierce, was born in England in 1608; married, May 6,1635, Elizabeth Cole, who died March 5,1688. He died November 6,1683.

They resided in Charlestown, in the part now Woburn. He is called Sergeant in the records, indication military prominence.

He was the progenitor of President Franklin Pierce : Franklin(VII),Benjamin(VI), Benjamin(V),Stephen(IV),Stephen(III),Thomas(II),Thomas(I).

Sergeant Thomas Pierce was admitted to the Charlestown Church February 21,1634. He was an inhabitant of Woburn as early as 1643. He was selectman in 1660, and served on the committee to devide the common lands. He was on of the "Right Proprietors" elected March 28,1667, and also of the committee of the general court appointed 1668 to divide lands, etc.

The children:

  1. Abigail, born August 17,1639;
  2. John, March 7,1643,married, July 5, 1663,Deborah Converse;
  3. Thomas, June 21, 1645,married 1680, Rachel Bacon;
  4. Elizabeth, December 25,1646, married, Nivember 9, 1666, Thomas Whittemore, and died March 10, 1670;
  5. Joseph, September 22, 1646, died February 27, 1649;

3 Stephen, July 16, 1651, married, November 18, 1676, Tabitha Parker;

  1. Samuel, April 7,1656;
  2. William, March 20,1658, married April 8, 1690, Abigail Sommers, nee Warren;
  3. James, May 7,1659, married Elizabeth Kendall;
  4. Abigail, November 20, 1660, married February 18, 1684, George Reed, Jr.;
  5. Benjamin, married Mary Reed.


This remarkable couple started a family line that led to two presidents, GW Bush and Franklin Pierce.

Not to mention the Hunts of Albuquerque and many many others!

From "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine" by Henry Sweetser Burrage et al. :

Thomas, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Pierce, was born in England in 1608. He was admitted to the church in Charlestown in 1634. He became a resident of Charlestown village, now Woburn, as early as 1643; was assessed there in 1645; served as a selectman in 1660-61-62-65-66; in 1671 was one of four appointed to confer with the selectmen to build a new church, the same to cost about $2,226; was a member of the committee having charge of the division of the common lands, and for this service he received thirty-seven acres of make meadow or swamp land. March 28, 1667, he was chosen one of the "Rights proprietors" by the town, and in the following year was appointed by the general court a member of a committee formulated for the same purpose. He is frequently referred to in the early records of Woburn as Sergeant Pierce.

His death occurred November 6, 1683.

On May 6, 1635, he married Elizabeth Cole, daughter of Ryse and Arrold Cole; she died March 5, 1688; Rysc Cole was the ninth on the first list of thirteen inhabitants of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629.


Common ancester to Governor Benjamin Pierce, and his son, President Franklin Pierce. Also, an ancester of former First Lady Barbara Bush, through his son James Pierce (1659-1742). Thomas Pierce II and his family were one of the "First Families of Boston" and settlers of Woburn, Massechusettes. 2 children died before reaching 2 years of age, they are Joseph and Samuel Pierce. -------------------- From " Charlestown Genealogies and Estates" Vol. 1, page 125, "Peter Tufts allowed to join his brother [probably bro.-in-law] Williams Bridge, in keeping ferry, 1646-7". "William Bridge, of Charlestown, in petition made about 1644, but no date attached, declares her came over with his father-in-law, John Oldham, twenty-one years before when Gov. Endicott was in office [Therefore he probably came in the "Anne" 1623] Inhabitant here 1643, married (1) Mary Oldhams' and (2) Persis Peirce, who was admitted to church 30 (9) 1643. (Persis married (2) John Harrison in 1652.) Mary Oldham Bridge died about 1646, William Bridge was a ferryman, made freeman May 26, 1647.

Samuel Bridge was the 2 nd child of William and Persis (Pierce) Bridge, born Charlestown, Mass. 19 Jun 1647 (another record says March 25, 1647) From the "Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company": "Samuel Bridge (1674) of Boston, in 1671, a carpenter, was admitted freeman in 1672. Between 1673 and 1701, he was elected or appointed to town office during 14 year; also being a member of Capt. Hill's (1677) company, he was chosen a thithing man in 1686, served on special committees; the last service being in 1718 to inspect the town in regard to the observance of the by-law for keeping ladders at each house.

He was born Aug. 19, 1647, son of William and Persis (Pierce) Bridge, died Nov. 29, 1717. "His mill ( Suffolk Wills, Vol. XX, folio 123 ) mentions five daughters and two sons. The latter Benjamin and Ebenezer Bridge joined the Artillery Co. in 1711 and 1717 respectfully". The will dated Nov. 29, 1717 names a grandson, William Bridge and four sons: Benjamin Bridge, Ebenezer Bridge, Samuel Torry and Arasmus Stephens. (Of course the last two are son-in-laws) "In Vol. XX, p. 326 appears inventory of estate of Samuel Bridge, late of Boston, totals 2461 pounds."

In King's Chapel burying grounds is a grave marked, "Here lyes buried the body of Mrs. Mary Bridge late wife to Mr. Samuel Bridge, aged 74 years, dec'd March ye 28 th of 1735"; another is marked "Thomas Bridge 1715".

"Prosperity of Thomas Pierce of Charlestown" by Frederick Beech Pierce.

Thomas Pierce came from England 1633/4 with his wife Elizabeth, and settled in Charlestown, Mass. He was born in England 1583/4; died Oct. 7, 1666. His wife Elizabeth, was born in England 1595/6. She was admitted to Church in Charlestown, Jan. 10, 1634/5, and he Feb. 21, 1634/5; freeman 6 May 1635. They had 9 children born in Charlestown.

Persis Pierce is thought to be the 8 th . She was admitted to church 30 (9) 1643; married (2 nd wife) William Bridge. Their son Samuel Bridge was born 19 (6) 1647 at Charlestown. (See Bridge records)

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  • 'A register of the ancestors of Dorr Eugene Felt and Agnes (McNulty) Felt ... By Dorr Eugene Felt
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  • THOMAS PIERCE, born in England about 1583, was of Charlestown, Mass., and was admitted to the church there Feb. 21, 1634-5, his wife Elizabeth, who was born about 1595, having been admitted Jan. 10, 1634-5. He died Oct. 7, 1666, his wife surviving him. Thomas and Elizabeth Pierce had, besides other children, a daughter Mary, who married Peter Tufts.
  • 'SERGT. THOMAS PIERCE, born about 1618, died at Woburn, Mass., Nov. 6, 1683. He married Elizabeth Cole, who died in Woburn, Mar. 5, 1688, daughter of Rice and Arrold Cole. Sergt. Thomas and Elizabeth (Cole) Pierce had 12 children.
  • SAMUEL PIERCE, born Woburn, Apr. 7, 1656, died in same place July 5, 1721. He married in Woburn, Dec. 9, 1680 Lydia Bacon, who was born Mar. 6, 1656, died Woburn, Dec. 5, 1717, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Reed) Bacon. Samuel and Lydia (Bacon) Pierce had 11 children, on child being a daugher Sarah, born Worburn, June 22, 1691, who married Peter Waite.
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  • Here lyes ye body of Mrs. Lydia Snow, Widow to Mr. Timothy Snow, who departed this life, April ye 27th, 1764, aged 81 years. (Footstone) Mrs. Lydia Snow
  • Lydia (Peirce) Snow, widow of Timothy Snow, married January 16, 1705-6; daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Bacon) Peirce, born May 25, 1683; and 'grand-daughter of Sergt. Thomas Peirce, of Woburn, 1643, died November 6, 1683'.
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-------------------- Thomas Pierce emigrated to the US from England in 1633-34, and settled in Charleston, Massachusetts

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Sgt. Thomas Pierce, Jr.'s Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk , England
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May 6, 1635
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Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
March 7, 1643
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Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
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Boston, Suffolk, Mass
June 21, 1645
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Woburn, Middlesex, MA, USA
December 25, 1646
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Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass