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Alice Elizabeth Pierce / Bennett (Snayle), "Widow Pierce"

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Heacham,,Norfolk,England
Death: July 19, 1647 (50-58)
Lawne's Creek, Isle of Wight Co., VA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Snayle and Elizabeth Snayle
Wife of Thomas Bennett, of Mulberry Creek and Thomas Pierce
Mother of Richard Bennett, Sr., not the Governor and Elizabeth Barham / Jackson

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About Alice Elizabeth Pierce / Bennett, "Widow Pierce"

Disconnected from impossible parents. Crazy-bad birth and death dates deleted. Known death date reinstated.

"Pierce" as a birth name is a Wild Mass Guess and probably WRONG - she seems to have been a widow Pierce when she married Thomas Bennett.

Alice Elizabeth Pierce (Second source lists different birth and date dates)

Birth: 1592 in England

Immigration to Virginia: probably 1618 on the "William & Thomas", with husband Thomas Pierce and daughter Elizabeth.

Death: 1642 in Isle Wight County, Virginia, Upper Parish

Alice Bennett was a witness before the General Court at the trial of one John Proctor for cruelty to his servants. (VA Mag., 19, p. 89)

Alice was probably the former widow of a Pierce, for at the same General Court in October, 1624, "Elizabeth Pierce chose her father in law (step father), Thomas Bennett as her guardian. (V.M. 20, p. 155)

Alice Bennett, seemingly the "Mother Bennett" of Anthony Barham's will in 1641 was residing in the vicinnity of Lawne's Creek for on June 10, 1642, George Hardy received a grant of 300 acres upon the eastermost side of Lawne's Creek adjacent to Alice Bennett.


Pierce was not her birth name, but was her former married name. "Thomas Pierse was slain at the Indian Masssacre of March 26, 1621/22 at Martin's Hundred. Records show that Thomas Peerce and "his wife and childe" were all killed, however many of the women and children were not killed but held captive by the Indians. The colonist retaliated by destroying the Indian's crops and causing much suffering for both the Indians and their hostages. Hostages were later released in exchange for assurance that the Indians could plant their next year's crops in peace. Later records prove that Alice Pierse, widow, who married Thomas Bennett was the widow of Thomas Pierse of Virginia, 'Sargent at Armes of America's First Constitutional Convention and First Legislative Assembly in 1610.' In the General Court of October 1624, Elizabeth Pierce, probably the 'childe' reported killed, chose her step-father, Thomas Bennett, to be her guardian. Elizabeth had been engaged to John Filmer (Phillimore) who died leaving all his property to her. Elizabeth Pierce later married 1) Anthony Barham and 2) Richard Jackson."

Marriage 1 Thomas Bennett b: England (placing him in Wilverscombe, Somerset is a Wild Mass Guess and probably wrong)


  1.  Richard Bennett Sr b: 1625 in Isle Wight County, Virginia, Upper Parish





SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA, by John Bennett Boddie {1935} p. 289-293

Planter Captain William William Pierce328 was born 1560 in Heacham, Norfolk, England328, and died Mar 22, 1622 in Martins Hundred, Isle Of Wight, Virginia, USA328. He married Jane Phippen. Children of William Pierce and Jane Phippen are:

1. +Alice Elizabeth Pierce, b. 1600, Heacham, Norfolk, England328, 328, 328, d. 1647, Isle Wight, Virginia, USA Birth: 1580 Heacham Norfolk, England Death: 1656 Henrico County Virginia, USA

William Pierce was born in 1580 in Heacham, Norfolk, England. He was the son of William Pierce (aft 1563-1622). Don't know the name of his mother at this time.

William married Joan Phippen (1580-1650) in the year 1600. They were both 20 years of age. Joan was the daughter of William Phippen (1551-1596) and Jane Jordaine Phippen (1551-1612).

William and Joan Pierce were the parents of 4 known children: Alice, Jane, William and Thomas Pierce.

By 1624, Captain William Peirce had built a house near Jamestown described by a contemporary as "one of the fairest in Virginia." A wealthy, influential planter and merchant who had arrived in Virginia in 1610, Peirce also owned a store in Jamestown.

A "beloved friend" of Governor Francis Wyatt, Captain Peirce was the colony's cape merchant and also served as lieutenant governor and commander of Jamestown Island. He was responsible for the island's two blockhouses and appointed captain of governor's guard. A member of the Council from 1632 to 1643, Peirce was amongst those who thrust Governor John Harvey from office.

Captain John Smith would praise Peirce's wife Joan, describing her as "an honest and industrious woman" who maintained "a garden at Jamestown containing 3 or 4 acres." The Peirces' daughter, named Jane, would marry John Rolfe, the widower of Pocahontas, in 1617.

In August 1619, Captain Peirce and John Rolfe ventured to Old Point Comfort to meet the Treasurer and the White Lion, aboard which were the first Africans recorded to have arrived in Virginia.

In 1606 King James I of England granted a charter to the London Company for settlement and development of the territory of Virginia (extending from present day Pennsylvania to South Carolina) in the new world of America. The London Company was a business with plans to make money by establishing a trading post and searching for gold and silver. In 1607, after five months at sea, the 104 original settlers — 120 set out from England and sixteen died at sea — sighted land near Chesapeake Bay and sailed thirty-two miles up the James River to a site which they named Jamestown.

These early settlers were not prepared for life in the wilderness, and many of them died of hunger, malaria, and lack of shelter, or were killed by the Indians. The colony barely survived the "starving time" during the first two winters under the leadership of John Smith, who returned to England in 1609. In 1610 the colonists abandoned the colony and boarded ships to return to England, but at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay they met the ships of Lord Delaware bringing supplies and new colonists, and all returned to Jamestown under the leadership of John Rolfe.

In 1612 the colonists began the profitable raising of tobacco. In 1614 John Rolfe married Pocahontas, the daughter of the powerful Indian chief Powhatan, and the struggling colony enjoyed peace with the Indians until Powhatan died in 1618. In 1619 the first black slaves were introduced to work the tobacco farms, and in that year the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first representative assembly in the new world, was established. The thriving colonists established plantations inland on both sides of the James River, and in 1622 a severe Indian raid killed about 350 colonists. Famine and disease further reduced the population to about 1,200 persons. The Munsons' ancestors — William Pierce, his wife Jane, and their children — were among the survivors.

Bits of information show one or several Pierces or Pearces joining the earliest settlements at Jamestown [2]. In 1607 or 1609 a William Pierce arrived in Virginia, coming across the sea with Sir Thomas Gates on the ship Sea Venture. His wife, Mrs. Jone [Jane] Pierce, followed in the Blessing. In 1619 a land patent was granted to "Master Pierce who has undertaken to transport to Virginia great multitudes of people with store of Cattle". A letter dated April 11, 1623, describes Lieutenant Pearce as "the fairest in Virginia", and a document dated May 29, 1623, names Lieutenant Pierce as "governor of James Town". In 1623 and 1624 Captain William Pierce and wife Jane were living at James Town. In 1620, Jane, the daughter of Captain William Pierce, married John Rolfe as his third wife. William Pierce and John Rolfe owned lands on Mulberry Island in the James River, and William Pierce was one of the most prominent men of the Colony. In 1629 Mrs. Pierce visited England after spending twenty years in America. This indicates her arrival date to be 1609.

J. C. Hotten's List of Emigrants to America reports that on January 24, 1624, William Pearce owned a plantation on Mulberry Island with thirteen servants. He was a member of the "Council" (i.e. of James City County) in 1631. And further, Hotten records that "Captain William Peerce patented 200 acres of land nere Mulbery Island in the corporation of James Cittie in 1636", and that on August 1, 1635, "Steeven Pierce, aged 30, was licensed to go beyond the seas on the ship Elizabeth of London with Christopher Browne, Master".

Capt. William Pierce died in 1656 in Mulberry Island,,Virginia,USA. Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial

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Alice Elizabeth Pierce / Bennett, "Widow Pierce"'s Timeline

June 1, 1593
Age 18
Probably England
Age 30
Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight, Virginia
July 19, 1647
Age 54
Lawne's Creek, Isle of Wight Co., VA
Age 53