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Thomas Pierce

Nicknames: "Thomas Pierce", "Thomas Pearce"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Pearce, Il and Marguerite Percy
Husband of Elizabeth Pierce
Father of Sgt. Thomas Pierce, Jr.; Mary Tufts; John "Mariner" Pierce; Samuel Pierce; Robert Pierce and 3 others
Brother of Richard Pearce, of Providence; John Pearce; Stephan Pierce; NN Pearce; Capt. William Peirce and 1 other

Occupation: settled in Ma
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About Thomas Pierce

Thomas Pierce came from England in 1633 or 1634 with his wife Elizabeth and settled in Charlestown Massachusetts. His wife Elizabeth was admitted to the church January 10, 1634 and he was admitted February 21,1634-35. He was one of twenty-one commissioners appointed September 27,1642 "to see that salt peter heaps were made by the farmers of the colony." He removed to Woburn and was a proprietor there in 1643 and was elected to town offices. His wife Elezabeth was born in England 1595-96. She stated her age as seventy-one in 1667. He died October 7, 1666. His will was dated November 7,1665 aged about eighty-two years. He bequethed to wife Elizabeth, grandchildren Mary Bridge and Elizabeth Jeffs now dwelling with him; to all grandchildren; to Harvard College. The widow deposed the inventory March 22,1666-67, aned seventy-one years.

The children:

  1. John,Mariner,admittted to the church at Charlestown 1652;
  2. Samuel, married Mary;
  3. Thomas Jr.;
  4. Robert, married February 18,1657, Sarah Eyre;
  5. Mary, married Peter Jeffs and had Elizabeth;
  6. Elizabeth married ____Randall and _____Nichols;
  7. Persis, married William Bridge and had child Mary;married (second) John Harrison; She was admitted to the church at Charlestown November 30,1643;
  8. Abigail, christened June 17,1639.

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    Coat of Arms. 7344  Pierce motto is "Dixit et Fecit" or "He said and he did". The crest is a Dove with olive branch in its beak.And the coat of arms is three ravens rising sable Fesse Lummette.
   2. Residence; 1634, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 7344
   3. church membership; 21 Dec 1634, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 7344 Admitted to the church in Charlestown, Ma.
   4. Freeman; 6 May 1635, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 7344
   5. Immigration; 8 Jun 1637, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. "ROSE" of Yarmouth, William Andrews, Jr., Master. Set sail from Ipswich, England and arrived at Boston, MA on June 8, 1637
   Pierce Genealogy by F.B.Pierce:Thomas Pierce, emigrant ancestor came from England to this country 1633/4.
   6. Will Dated; 7 Nov 1665, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

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Peirce genealogy: being the record of the posterity of John Pers, an early ... By Frederick Clifton Pierce. Pg.xv "Thomas, Charlestown, from England, adm. to church 1634, freeman 1635, by wf. Elizabeth had John, Samuel, Thomas b. 1618, Robert, Mary, Elizabeth, Persis and Abigail. He d. Oct. 7, 1666."

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A register of the ancestors of Dorr Eugene Felt and Agnes (McNulty) Felt ... By Dorr Eugene Felt. Pg. 103

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.

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Thomas was the immigrant ancestor for our Pierce family. He came from England in 1633/34 with his wife Elizabeth Pierce and settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

He was admitted to Charlestown church 12/21/1634-5. He was made freeman on 5/6/1635.

He owned 87 acres of land in Charlestown in 1638. "Charlestown's Inhabitants," NEHGR, 1977, p. 212 notes that Thomas was literate.

On 9/27/1642, he was appointed as one of 21 commissioners by the General Court "to see that Saltpetre heaps were made by all farmers of the colony."

There is record of a will for Thomas Pierce in Charlestown, Date: 1667, Will Number: 17383 [Flint, James, comp. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate Index 1648 - 1870 Volume 2 [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Index to the Probate Records of the County of Middlesex, Massachusetts. Cambridge, MA: 1912].

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THOMAS PIERCE

(1583-1666) - England; Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA

(First Generation - Pierce-MA Family)

FATHER

MOTHER

NOT KNOWN

NOT KNOWN

BIRTH Thomas was born in 1583[1]

DEATH He died on 7 October 1666; he was 83[1].

MIGRATION He was clearly born in England, but we currently do not have his migration information.

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP However, he was in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA by 21d:12m(February):1634/5, when he was admitted to the church there[3].

RESIDENCE & REAL ESTATE In 1635/6, he was granted 4 acres of planting ground in Charlestown[2]. In the 1638 Charlestown Book Of Possessions, Pierce is listed as having 10 lots: 5 acres in the West End with a dwelling house; 1 acre on the South Meade; 1 other acre in the South Meade; 4 acres in Line Field; 4 cow commons; 5 acres of woods in the Mystic field; 3 acres in the Mystic marshes; 1 acres in Mystic Long Meadow; 15 acres of woods in Mystic Field; and 62 acres at Water Field[2].

ESTATE Thomas' will was dated 6 November 1665 at Cambridge, Middlesex co., MA, when Thomas was aged 82 years, and proved on 22 March 1666/7. He left 20s. to Harvard College and gave legacies to the two grandchildren living with him -- Mary Bridge & Elizabeth Jeffs. The rest, he left to his wife, Elizabeth, for as long as she lived. She was also named his executrix. After Elizabeth's death, all of his grandchildren were to get 10s. each and the rest was to be divided amongst his children. His son, John, was named overseer[2].

The inventory of his estate included: House, etc. £60; 12 acres £48; 8 acres commons £32; 6 acres £20; 10 acres marsh £30; 5 commons £30; total £413[2].

MARRIAGE Circa 1612 when Thomas was 29, he married Elizabeth [surname not known], in England[1,4,5,6,7,8,9,3,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19]. Elizabeth was born in England in 1596[1,3]. This birth year is based on the fact that she was aged 71 in 1667. She died sometime after 1667. Since she and Thomas named a daughter "Persis&334;, it is possible that this was her maiden name. Another possibility is that it is a corruption of "Pierce". Regardless, it became a family name for girls. Elizabeth was admitted to the church in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA on 10d:11m(January):1634/5[3].

CHILDREN 2. i. Samuel PIERCE Please see his own page.

3. ii. John PIERCE John was a Mariner from Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA[3]. Apparently, at some point, he removed to London, for he is referred to as "J.P. of London, mariner" in Wyman[3]. In 1648, he bought a house & garden from Grace Smith in Charlestown. In 1655, he sold a house, hay-lot and one-quarter of a cow common to R. Mousal in 1655. The one-quarter cow common had been bought from his sister Persis Pierce Bridges, who was referred to as "widow Bridges, my sister" in the deed. By 1669, he was referred to as "J.P. of Wapping"[3]. John was admitted to the Charlestown Church on 22d:6m(August):1652[3].

4. iii. Thomas PIERCE I currently have no more information on him.

5. iv. Mary PIERCE She married Peter TUFTS.

6. v. Persis PIERCE She married William BRIDGE.

7. vi. Elizabeth PIERCE She married R. NICHOLS.

GENERATION Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great (G9) Grandfather twice

FAMILY NUMBER 3736 (via Jonathon) and 3804 (via Mary)

SOURCES 1. Edward Carroll Death Record, 19 October 1899, Lynn, Essex co., MA, 1866, 192, p. 186, #337.

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According to Pierce Genealogy, Frederick Clifton Peirce, Esq., 1882, provided 11/10/99 by Richard L. Pierce rlpierce@bkb.com and corrected by Barb Petty b.petty@home.com 1/7/01, Barbara Bush's Pierce correct ancestry is as follows:

Thomas1 PIERCE 1583-4? -1666 m. Elizabeth WORTINGTON b.1595-6

Thomas2 PIERCE 1618-1683 m.1635 Elizabeth COLE d.1688

James3 PIERCE 1659-1742 m.(1)abt.1687 Elizabeth PARKER d.1715

James4 PIERCE 1690-1773 m.(2)bef.1711 Phebe UNKNOWN d.1776

Joshua5 PIERCE 1722-1771 m(2)1753 Esther RICHARDSON 1727-1819

James6 PIERCE 1768-1849 m.1795 Mary STACY 1774-1847

Gen. James7 PIERCE Jr. 1810-1874 m.1839 Chloe HOLBROOK 1816-1886

Jonas8 James PIERCE 1839-1913 m.1865 Kate PRITZEL 1841-1931

Scott9 PIERCE 1866-aft.1930 m.1891 Mabel MARVIN 1869-193?

Marvin10 PIERCE 1893-1969 m.(1)1918 Pauline ROBINSON 1896-1949

Barbara11 PIERCE 1925- m.1945 George Herbert Walker BUSH 1924-

George Walker BUSH 1946- m.1977 Laura WELCH 1946-

and President Franklin Pierce's ancestry is as follows:

Thomas1 PIERCE 1583-4? -1666 m. Elizabeth WORTINGTON b.1595-6

Thomas2 PIERCE 1618-1683 m.1635 Elizabeth COLE d.1688

Stephen3 PIERCE 1651-1733 m.1676 Tabitha PARKER d.1742

Stephen4 PIERCE 1679-1749 m.1707 Esther FLETCHER 1681-1767

Benjamin5 PIERCE 1726-1764 m.1746 Elizabeth MERRILL b.1727/8

Gen. Benjamin6 PIERCE 1757-1839 m.(2)1790 Anna KENDRICK 1768-1838

Pres. Franklin7 PIERCE 1804-1869 m.1834 Jane M. APPLETON 1806-1863

So Barbara PIERCE Bush 1925- is a fourth cousin four times removed (4C4R) of President Franklin PIERCE 1804-1869, and not a third great grandniece as reported by Don Merrill. Since the latest common ancestor is Thomas2 PIERCE 1608[?]-1683 who predates Elizabeth MERRILL b.1727/8, Barbara PIERCE Bush 1925- does not have (known) Merrill ancestors.

Sources:

MERRILLs from Merrill Memorial, Samuel Merrill, 1928.

PIERCEs from Pierce Genealogy, Frederick Clifton Peirce [sic], Esq., 1882;

Burke's Presidential Families of the United States (2nd edition) page 265,

cited by Kees van den Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, emails of 11/20/99 and 12/2/99;

Michael E. Pollock mpollock@mindspring.com, unpublished work concerning the ancestry of Barbara Bush, cited by Kees van den Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, email of 12/2/99;

William Addams Reitwiesner WReitwiesn@aol.com, cited by Kees van den Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, email of 12/2/99;

Richard L. Pierce, rlpierce@bkb.com, email of 11/10/99;

Kees van der Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, emails of 11/8/99, 11/15/99 and 12/2/99;

GENDEX, www.gendex.com;

Barb Petty, b.petty@home.com, email of 1/03/01 (regarding Elizabeth PARKER d.1715).

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Thomas Pierce of Woburn deserves mention as being the ancestor of President Franklin Pierce and also of Barbara Bush.

Thomas was clearly born in England, but we currently do not have his migration information. However, he was in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA by 21d:12m (February) 1634/5, when he was admitted to the church there.

In 1635/6, he was granted 4 acres of planting ground in Charlestown.

In the 1638 Charlestown Book Of Possessions, Pierce is listed as having 10 lots: 5 acres in the West End with a dwelling house; 1 acre on the South Meade; 1 other acre in the South Meade; 4 acres in Line Field; 4 cow commons; 5 acres of woods in the Mystic field; 3 acres in the Mystic marshes; 1 acres in Mystic Long Meadow; 15 acres of woods in Mystic Field; and 62 acres at Water Field.

Thomas' will was dated 6 November 1665 at Cambridge, Middlesex co., MA, when Thomas was aged 82 years, and proved on 22 March 1666/7. He left 20s. to Harvard College and gave legacies to the two grandchildren living with him -- Mary Bridge & Elizabeth Jeffs. The rest, he left to his wife, Elizabeth, for as long as she lived. She was also named his executrix. After Elizabeth's death, all of his grandchildren were to get 10s. each and the rest was to be divided amongs t his children. His son, John, was named overseer.

The inventory of his estate included: House, etc. £60; 12 acres £48; 8 acres commons £32; 6 acres £20; 10 acres marsh £30; 5 commons £30; total £413[2].

Circa 1612 when Thomas was 29, he married Elizabeth, in England. Elizabeth was born in England in 1596. This birth year is based on the fact that she was aged 71 in 1667. She died sometime after 1667. Since she and Thomas named a daughter "Persis", it is possible that this was her maiden name. Another possibility is that it is a corruption of "Pierce".

The original American ancestor of this family was Thomas Pierce, who was born in

England in 1583-84, and emigrated to Massachusetts Bay in 1633-34, accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth, and several children, settling in Charlestown. He was admitted a freeman May 6, 1635. His wife became a member of the church at Charlestown, January 10, 1634-35, and he united with that body February 21, 1634-35. In an act of the great and general court passed September 27, 1642, he was named as one of twenty-one commissioners appointed "to see that saltpetre heaps were made by all the farmers in the colony." He died in Charlestown, October 7, 1666. His eight children were: John, Samuel, Thomas, Robert, Mary, Elizabeth, Persis and Abigail.


This site takes this line back to the 14th century:

http://jjhnsn.tripod.com/dylan/d132.htm

I do not see other support for this. --------------------

This family is of ancient English origin, and the name is spelled in various ways. The first Thomas of Charlestown spelled his name Pierce, Peirce and Perice. Older spellings included Pers, Perss, Parrs, and many other forms. The arms of the family are: Three ravens rising sable, fesse, numette; crest, dove with olive branch in beak; motto, Dixit et Fecit.

(I) Thomas Pierce, immigrant ancestor, born in England, 1583-4, died October 7, 1666. He came to New England in 1634, with his wife Elizabeth, who was born in England, 1595-6, and settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He was admitted freeman May 6, 1635. He was one of the twenty-one commissioners appointed September 27, 1642, "to see that salt peter heaps were made by the farmers of the colony". He removed to Woburn, was a proprietor there 1643, and elected to town offices. He made his will November 7, 1665, aged about eighty-two years, bequeathing to wife Elizabeth, grandchildren Mary Bridge and Elizabeth Tufts, "now dwelling with him;" to all grandchildren; to Harvard College. The widow deposed to inventory March 22, 1666-7, aged seventy-one years.

Children:

1. John, mariner, admitted to church at Charlestown, 1652.

    2. Samuel, married Mary

. 3. Thomas, mentioned below.

   4.Robert, married February 18, 1657, Sarah Ayre. 

5. Mary, married Peter Tufts.

6. Elizabeth, married Randall and Nicholls.

7. Persis, married William Bridge and John Harrison: admitted to church at Charlestown, November 30, 1643.

8. Abigail, born June 17, 1639.

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Four Volumes. Partially indexed William Richard Cutte, 1908

Name: Thomas Pierce Sex: M Birth: ABT. 1583 in Norwich, Norfolk County, England Death: 7 OCT 1666 in Woburn, Massachusetts Occupation: Deputy to Court Note: Listed in Seventeenth Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, 1915-1975, Compiled by Mary Louise M. Hutton, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.

Above resource lists date of birth as 1608 and date of death as 1653.

Named in The Records of the Colony of The Massachusetts Bay in New England Vols. 1 and 2.

Vol. 1, Page 370, May 6, 1635:

Listed under Miscellaneous records as Freemen made att the General Court, May 6, 1635.

Tho : Peirce

Vol. 2, Pages 29-30, 1642:

The townes men in every towne shall take order that every house, or some two or more houses to ioyne together for the breeding of salt peeter in some out house used for poultry, or the like, & to give them direction about the same, acccording to the former order of Court, which order is hereby repealed, save onely to bee made use of for direction of families in their severall houses appointed by this order; & every towne which shall neglect the execution of this order before the last of the first month next, shall forfeit 20s; & every family so appointed that shall faile therein shall forfeit for every month so failing 12d, & to let them know that such peeter as shalbee raised by this meanes shalbee to the publique use; but the owners shall have a due price for the same.

Boston, Sergent Leveret, Charlstowne, Thom : Peirce; ...

These to have the charge of looking to this order, & to have halfe the forfeitures of the severall families for their labor, & the other halfe to bee bestowned for furthering the worke.

Information from The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629-1818, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, Boston: David Clapp and Son, 1879. p. 756:

Admitted to church 21 (21) 1634-5; m. Elizabeth (Unknown), who was admitted church 10 (11) 1634-5, adn was ae. 71 in 1677; d. October 7, 1666.

Estate - Grant, 4 acres planting ground, 1635-6.

Possessions, 1638, 10 lots: (1) 5 acres in West end - bd. w. Richard Sprague; E., Edward Burton, common; N., Highway; S., church land; with dwelling-house. (2) 1 acre South Meade - E., creek; W., church land; N., E. Burton; S., Nowell. (3) 1 acre South Meade - S., Camb. fence; E., John Woolrich; N.W., M. Bastow. (4) 4 acres Linefield - S.W., Camb. Line; S.E., Will Baker; N.W., common, swamp; N.E., Brooks. (5) 4 cow commons. (6) 5 acres woods Mystic field. (7) 3 acres Mystic marshes - W., North River; E., woods; N., widow Nash; S., Chubuck, J. Brimsmead. (8) 1 acre Mystic Long Meadow. (9) 15 acres woods Mystic field - N.E., Mrs Coytemore: S.W., E. Richardson, J. Hodges; N.W., r. Palgrave; S.E., J. Hubbard. (10) 62 acres Waterfield; N.W., Joshua Tedd, Rice Morrice, J. Hodges, George Felt; S.E., W. Frothingham; S.W., James Hubbard; N.E., R. Palgrave.

Will made at age of a. 82, dated at Cambridge, Nov. 6, 1665, pro. March 22, 1666-7, devised to Harvard College 20 shillings; legacies to 2 grandchildren living with him, Mary Bridge and Elizabeth Jeffs; residue to wife Elizabeth the Ex'x, during life; after her decease to all granchildren 10 s. each; residue among hils children; son John, overseer.

Inventory: House &c. L60; 12 acres L48; 8 acres commons L32; 6 acres L20; 10 acres marsh L30; 5 commons L30; total L413.

Information from the Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700:

PIERCE:

Thomas, b. Eng. 1583-84, freeman Charlestown, Mass., 1635, proprietor Woburn, Mass., 1643.

Also see information on James Stratton.

Father: Richard Pierce b: ABT. 1540 Mother: Margaret Cony b: ABT. 1540

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Carew b: ABT. 1596 in Norwich, Norfolk County, England Married: BEF. 1608 in Norfolk County, England Children Samuel Pierce b: 1617 in Norwich, England John Pierce Thomas Pierce b: 1608 in England Mary Pierce Persis Pierce Elizabeth Pierce

-------------------- Immigration 1633. Sources:

  1. Title: Mercer and Jopson Family Records and Notes
  2. Title: Scott, John Morin, Scott Family Letters
     Note:
     Scott, John Morin, Mary Emlen Scott; Maria Scott Beale Chance, Mary Allen Evans Smith, compilers & eds.. Scott Family Letters: . Philadelphia: Priv. print., The Biddle Press, 1930.
     Page: p. 316 

-------------------- Arrived in US in 1633 Lived in Charlestown MA in 1635.

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Thomas Pierce's Timeline

1583
1583
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1608
1608
Age 25
Norwich, Norfolk , England
1610
1610
Age 27
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1612
1612
Age 29
England

U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700
Name: Thomas Peirce
Gender: Male
Birth Year: About 1583
Marriage Date: by 1619; b 1608; about 1612?
Death Year: 1666
Marriage Place: England
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2012.
Original data: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

1617
1617
Age 34
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1618
1618
Age 35
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1618
Age 35
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1626
1626
Age 43
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1627
1627
Age 44
Norfolk, England
1629
June 17, 1629
Age 46
Norwich, Norfolk, England