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Daniel Peirce, of Watertown and Newbury

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: of, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: November 27, 1677 (66)
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah (or Katherine) Peirce and Ann (Lowell) [Pierce] Milward
Father of Col. Daniel Peirce, of Newbury; Joshua Pierce; Martha Noyes and Sarah Moody

Occupation: Blacksmith, Yeoman
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About Daniel Peirce, of Watertown and Newbury

Daniel Peirce (b 1611 England – d 27 November 1677 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony). He emigrated 1634 on the Elizabeth. His first Residence was at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

He was a Blacksmith and Yeoman.


The origins and parents of both Thomas Millard/Milward and Daniel Pierce/Peirce are still unknown according to The Great Migration Directory.

Seeing that this Daniel was born in Suffolk, he might be a descendant of the Percy/Pers/Peirce/Pearce family that settled in the neighboring county of Norfolk.

Surname has also been reported to be Pierce.


Sarah (or Katherine) was the 1st wife of Daniel Peirce and she died before 1654 (her husband, m2. Dec. 26, 1654). Daniel Pierce (however spelled) was from Ipswich, Suffolk County (called London by Coffin in History of Newbury, p. 314), 1634, of Watertown and Newbury

Children with 1st wife

  • I. Daniel- b. 15 May 1638 Watertown, m. 5 Dec. 1660 Newbury, Elizabeth Milward (d. 9 Dec. 1709 Newbury), d. 22 Apr. 1704 Newbury, will 12 Aug. 1701- 8 May 1704
  • II. Sarah- b.c.1640, m. 24 Aug. 1659 Newbury, Caleb Moody
  • III. Joshua- b. 15 May 1642 Newbury, m. 7 May 1668 Salisbury, Dorothy Pike (b. 11 Nov. 1645 Salisbury), d. 1670 Woodbridge, NJ
  • IV. Martha- b. 14 Feb. 1648/9 Newbury, m. 28 Dec. 1669 Newbury, Col. Thomas Noyes (b. 10 Aug. 1648 Newbury, d. 22 Oct. 1656 Newbury)

Ann Lowell, daughter of Percival Lowell of Newbury, married second on 26 Dec 1654 to Daniel Peirce or Peirce, Blacksmith of Newbury as his second wife. She was the widow of Thomas Millard or Milward; their children were Rebecca, Ann and Elizabeth Milward.

Daniel Peirce and his second wife had no children.

Supporting data

  • The historic genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899 (1899)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/historicgenealo00lowegoog
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/historicgenealo00lowegoog#page/n71/mode/1up
  • Children of Percival1 [1] and Rebecca ___ Lowell:
    • 2. I. JOHN2, b. in England 1595, d. in Newbury, Mass. July 10, 1647; m. 1st in England Margaret (Mary (written in)) ___ , d. soon after the b. of her fifth child, 1639, the same year of her arrival in New England. m. 2nd in Newbury, Mass. 1639, Elizabeth Goodale, b. in Yarmouth Norfolk Co., England, d. in Newbury, Mass. April 23, 1651, dau. of John Goodale and wife, widow Elizabeth Taylor of Newbury, Mass.
    • Elizabeth Goodale, with her mother and family, came from Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England 1638, to Newbury, Mass. The Goodale family consisted of the mother, and son Richard, daus. Abigail or Ann, who m. 1st Thomas Millard of Boston, Mass., and 2nd in Newbury Mass. Dec. 26, 1654, Daniel Pierce, Elizabeth who m. John Lowell, and Susanna Taylor, a half-sister, who m. Abraham Tappan of Newbury. John Goodale's will is dated at Yarmouth, England, June 1625, in which is mentioned Elizabeth and others.
    • For will of John Lowell, see A in appendix. For will of his wife Elizabeth, see B in appendix. John Lowell came to New England 1639, with his father, bringing wife and four children. He was a man of good education for those early days; was a man of prominence and influence in the community. Feb. 2, 1640, he was made freeman; was constable Dec. 10, 1641; Deputy in the General Court March 7, 1644; was appointed May 14, 1645, as one of three Commissioners of this town to settle small disputes, involving less than 20 shillings, and reappointed, holding the position until his d. ; he held the office of town clerk at his d. While yet in England he apprenticed himself in 1619, when 24 years of age. to Richard Baugh of Bristol, England, who was a "Glover." He was admitted as a citizen of Bristol, England in 1629. Sept. 7, 1637, he had Richard Dole apprenticed to him for seven years. Dole came with the Lowells to America and became a merchant of wealth and prominence in Newbury, where he settled. For "peticon" (petition] addressed to the General Court of Mass. Bay Colony, and the Court's action, see C in appendix. March 17, 1742, he, with his father, was a freeholder.
  • .... etc.


  • PIERCE, Daniel
  • b. ABT 1611
  • d. 27 NOV 1677 Newbury, Essex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Spouse: Sarah,
  • d. 17 JUL 1654 Newbury, Essex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • PIERCE, Sarah
    • PIERCE, Joshua
    • PIERCE, Martha
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 26 DEC 1654 Newbury, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse: MILWARD, Ann
  • d. 27 NOV 1690 Newbury, Essex, Mass.
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_91.htm#5




The Pierce/Milward/Goodale families was researched by Ellen Coffman, 2003-2004, with significant assistance from researcher Tami Gaugler.

Immigrated on the ship "Elizabeth" 1634/1635. His will was dated 12 November 1677, proved 26 March 1678 Essex County, Massachusetts.

He was noted at Watertown, Mass. in 1634/37, in Newbury, Mass in 1638. Owned land at Salisbury, Mass. 1661. He was in Woodbridge, NJ 1666, but returned to Newbury, Mass in 1670.

Occupation: Blacksmith, Town Officer, Newbury, Essex Massachusetts.

From "First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge Olde East New Jersey, part 5, 6 & 7.

VI and VII. Pierce Family: the sixth and seventh associates of Woodbridge, NJ, were Daniel Pierce and his son, Joshua Pierce, respectively. Like so many of the early settlers, they, too, came to Woodbridge from Newbury, Mass.

VI. DANIEL PIERCE: The father, is credited in Dally's History of Woodbridge as having the occupation of blacksmith while there, and as such is called in New England. He came from Ipswich, County of Suffolk, England, in 1634, in the ship "Elizabeth," at the age of twenty-three. He probably was then unmarried and settled first at Watertown, Mass., of which town he was a proprietor in February, 1636-7. It is thought that he married his first wife, Sarah (maiden name unknown) there, and prior to 1638. He was made a freeman May 2, 1638, and removed to Newbury, Mass., the same year. He also owned land in Salisbury at late as 1661. His first wife Sarah died July 17, 1654, and he married second, December 26, 1654, Ann Milward, widow of Thomas Milward, whose maiden name was Ann Goodale. She was the youngest daughter of Elizabeth Goodale of Yarmouth, Eng., by her second husband, John Goodale (NOTE: THUS, ELIZABETH GOODALE COULD HAVE PREVIOUS BEEN MARRIED TO A TAYLOR OR PARLETT? WERE THESE ELIZABETH'S ALL THE SAME PERSON? OUR ELIZABETH COULD HAVE GONE FROM BEING ELIZABETH BEACHENA (MAIDEN NAME) TO ELIZABETH TAYLOR (FIRST HUSBAND)TO ELIZABETH MILWARD (SECOND HUSBAND) TO ELIZABETH PIERCE (THIRD HUSBAND))

Through the Goodale families, there were intermarriages with the Toppan (Tappan) and Oliver families, also settled in New Jersey. Abraham Tappan is noted as a witness and/or executor in many of early Thorpe will's in Woodbridge, NJ.

In March 1645, the town of Newbury granted to Daniel Pierce twelve acres of land, provided he would remain in Newbury as long as he lived unless he should return to England.

However, there was an agreement between Pierce and Governor Carteeret and John Ogden and Luke Watson in 1666. That year agreement was made with Daniel Pierce and his associates for settling two townships, one of which was Woodbridge. It is very clear that Daniel removed to Woodbridge in 1666, where he received an original allotment of 456 acres of land. He was commissioned deputy surveyor to lay out the bounds of Woodbridge, and in 1668 was a member of Governor Carteret's First Council. He figures more prominently in early land records and conveyances. Apparently dissatisfied with the new location, he returned about the year 1670 to Newbury, to which place he more properly belongs as far as local reputation and civil offices are concerned. However, the PIERCES left their imprint on New Jersey in giving the name of PIERCE'S LANDING on Papiac Creek, near where they lived, which remains to the present day.

See sources under his son, Daniel Pierce.

Also, from the source: "Conger History, 1664-1941," p. 2, by Ethel Conger Heagler:

In 1665, John Conger came from England to Newbury, Massachusetts...Daniel Pierce, a prominent citizen, well known throughout the Massachusetts colony, was organizing a group of citizens to move to a newly acquired Provence of New Jersey which King Charles had wrestled from the Dutch in 1664. In 1667, Pierce with nine other associate owners and 46 other men, many with families, arrived in New Jersey and founded the township of Woodbridge, located on a estuary that flows between Staten Island the mainland and between Rariton and Rahway Rivers. Woodbridge, tradition says, was named for a Presbyterian minister they left back in the Newbury home. John Conger & his wife, Mary, and their infant son, were among this company."

Note that John Conger's descendant, Job Conger, married Keziah Thorpe, granddaughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Milward) Thorpe.

From the source "Richard Fowler Senior, of Newburyport, MA," 1968 (excerpt provided by researcher Teena Troock):

The Pierce Family:

Daniel Pirce Sr. founder of the Pierce family of Newbury Mass came from Ipswich England on the "Elizabeth" in 1634 at the age of 23. At first he seems to have lived in Watertown, where he probably married his first wife Sarah, the mother of his children. Within a few years he was in Newbury where his nephew John Spencer Jr. had come into possession of a large estate. By 1651 when young Spencer was considering leaving New England to settle in the Caribbean, Daniel Pierce took over the farm by the old cemetery of "twigge and turfe", agreeing to collect all rents, and with the proviso that within 7 years if Spencer wished, the farm could be returned to him on the same terms. However, this did not occur. Young John Spencer died in Jamaica prior to December 30 1656, when administration of his estate was granded in England to his half sister, Ann Filliol, spinster. (Admin P.C.C. 1656 folio 316). For about 25 years, Pierce lived in Newbury holding several town offices and acquiring additional land. in 1665, he was one of a group of Newbury men who bough a tract of land in New Jersey and started there, the town of Woodbridge, named for Rev. John Woodbridge of Newbury. In 1667/8, he was a member of the first council of Gov. Cateret in New Jersey. Within a few years, however, he was back in Newbury, leaving his holdings in New Jersey to the care of his son Joshua.

His son Daniel Jr. was next to live in the house. He was prominent in military and civil affairs. His wife Elizabeth Milward, daughter of Thomas Milward Mariner, and his wife Anne, who was a widow, became the second wife of Daniel Pierce Sr. So Daniel Jr. and Elizabeth grew up in the same house together, and when she was 16 he married her, he being 8 or 9 years older. They had eleven children.

: Daniel Pierce Sr. settled briefly in Watertown, MA, where we also find mention of Henry Thorpe of Watertown, MA, who died 21 May 1672 aged 62. Henry was admitted as a freeman on 6 May 1646. According to researcher Teena Trock, Henry definitely had one daughter, who married Benjamin Bullard. It is also possible that Henry was married twice and had additional children.


Daniel Pierce 1612-1677

Daniel Pierce built the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in 1631 on land he bought from John Spencer. He sold the farm in 1861 to Edward H. Little. It is possible the original house was built by Spencer. The house is built of stone. It was added as an Historical National Landmark November 24, 1968.



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Daniel Peirce, of Watertown and Newbury's Timeline

Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Age 29
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
May 15, 1642
Age 31
Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 15, 1642
Age 31
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
February 14, 1649
Age 38
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
November 27, 1677
Age 66
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America