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Elizabeth Pierce (Cole)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
Death: March 05, 1688 (64-73)
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ryse (Rice) Cole and Arrold Cole
Wife of Sgt. Thomas Pierce, Jr.
Mother of Ensign John Pierce; Thomas Pierce; Elizabeth Whittemore; Joseph Pierce; Joseph Pierce and 6 others
Sister of James Cole; Mary Lowden; John Cole; James Cole; Robert Cole and 1 other

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About Elizabeth Pierce

Elizabeth Cole was born in England on 5 Mar 1607/1608 [2] and died on Friday, 5 March 1688 at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[1] (see notes and footnotes)

Parents: daughter of Rice Cole and Arrold Dunington [1]

Married:

  1. on May 6, 1635 in Charleston, Massachusetts to Sgt Thomas Pierce (1608-1688), son of Thomas Pierce and Elizabeth Brown. [1]

13 children of Thomas and Elizabeth include:

  1. Abigail Pierce b. August 17, 1639 (Src: Code 1).
  2. John Pierce b. May 07, 1643, Woburn, Middlesex, MA.
  3. Thomas Pierce b. January 21, 1644/45, Woburn, Middlesex, MA
  4. Elizabeth Pierce b. December 25, 1646, Woburn, Middlesex, MA [Peirce Gen says prob. d. of Sgt Thomas Peirce] (Src: Savage.); m. (1) THOMAS WHITTEMORE, November 09, 1666, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: NEHGR,106:94 - Whittemore.); m. (2) HOPESTILL FOSTER, October 15, 1670, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: Woburn VR, John Peirce Gen-1880); m. (3) NATHANIEL PIERCE, J009, March 23, 1679/80, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: John Peirce Gen-1880, Woburn VR).
  5. Joseph Pierce b. September 22, 1648, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: Woburn VR); d. soon, (Src: Savage.), d. Feb. 27, 1649, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: Woburn VR).
  6. Joseph Pierce b. August 13, 1649, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: Woburn VR); m. Mary Richardson, June 22 or 24, 1681 (Src: Code 1, Woburn VR), had an adopted d. Hannah who m. UNKNOWN NICHOLS and UNKNOWN LYNDE
  7. Stephen Pierce b. July 16, 1651, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (This line goes to President Franklin Pierce)
  8. Samuel Pierce b. February 20, 1653/54, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: Woburn VR); d. Feb. 27, 1656, Woburn, Middlesex, MA age 2 (Src: Woburn VR)
  9. Samuel Pierce b. April 07, 1656, Woburn, Middlesex, MA
  10. William Pierce b. March 07, 1657/58, Woburn, Middlesex, MA
  11. James Pierce b. May 07, 1659, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (This line goes to First Lady Barbara Bush & Pres GW Bush)
  12. Abigail Pierce b. November 20, 1660, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: Woburn, MA VR.); d. September 07, 1719 (Src: Code 1); m. GEORGE REED, February 18, 1683/84, Woburn, Middlesex, MA (Src: Woburn VR)
  13. Benjamin Pierce not named by Savage

Notes

Elizabeth is not listed as having come over in the Winthrop fleet with her parents. However, she could not have been born in the New World if the birth years of her children are accurate.

After crossing the ocean, this remarkable woman had 13 children, and Presidents Franklin Pierce and GW Bush descended from her. I bet she raised her children well.

Footnotes

  1. 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].
  2. This birth year is based on the fact that she was aged 71 in 1667.

Citations


  1. Wyman, Thomas Bellows. The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1818. 1879. Reprint Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1982.
  2. [23126] [S596] "A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came before May PAGE: 3:431
  3. [23127] [S302] "New England Marriages: Prior to 1700" PAGE: p. 584
  4. [23128] [S135] "FamilySearch Ancestral FileâØ v4.19"
  5. [23129] [S136] "Genealogical Research of Kirk Larson"

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  • Elizabeth Cole
  • F, #79263, b. 5 March 1608, d. 1688
  • Father Ryse Cole b. c 1585, d. 15 Mar 1646
  • Mother Arrold Phipps b. c 1587, d. 26 Oct 1661
  • Elizabeth Cole was born on 5 March 1608 at England. She married Thomas Pearce, son of Thomas Pierce and Elizabeth Carew, on 6 May 1635 at of Boston, Suffolk, MA. Elizabeth Cole died in 1688 at Woburn, Middlesex, MA.
  • Family Thomas Pearce b. c 1613, d. 6 Nov 1683
  • Child
    • Steven Pearce+ b. 16 Jul 1651, d. 10 Jun 1733
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2638.htm#i79263

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  • COLE, Elizabeth
  • b. 5 MAR 1607/8
  • d. 22 MAR 1665/6 Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 6 MAY 1635 Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass.
  • Spouse: PIERCE, Thomas
  • b. ABT 1618 Norwick, Northfolk, England
  • d. 6 NOV 1683 Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: PIERCE, Thomas
  • Mother: CAREW, Elizabeth
  • Children:
    • PIERCE, John
    • PIERCE, Thomas
    • PIERCE, Elizabeth
    • PIERCE, Stephen
    • PIERCE, Samuel
    • PIERCE, William
    • PIERCE, James
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_285.htm#66

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  • Elizabeth Cole Pierce
  • Birth: 1619
  • Death: Mar. 5, 1688 Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Children: John Pierce, Thomas Pierce III, Elizabeth Pierce Whittemore Foster Pierce(whose third husband was Nathaniel Pierce), Joseph Pierce, Joseph Pierce, Stephen Pierce, Samuel Pierce, Samuel Pierce, William Pierce, James Pierce, Abigail Pierce Reed, and Benjamin Pierce.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Rice Cole (1587 - 1646)
  • Arrold Dunnington Cole (1587 - 1661)
  • Spouse:
  • Thomas Pierce (____ - 1683)*
  • Children:
    • Thomas Pierce (1645 - 1717)*
    • Stephen Pierce (1651 - 1733)*
    • Abigail Pierce Reed (1660 - 1719)*
  • Sibling:
  • Mary Cole Lowden (1618 - 1683)*
  • Elizabeth Cole Pierce (1619 - 1688)
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 54473747
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54473747

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  • The early genealogies of the Cole families in America. (Including Coles and Cowles). With some account of the descendants of James, by Hartford, Connecticut, 1635-1652, and of Thomas Cole, of Salem, Mass., 1649-1672
  • https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Early_Genealogies_of_the_Cole_Famili.html?id=u_0FFJzr_tUC
  • https://archive.org/details/earlygenealogie00colegoog
  • https://archive.org/stream/earlygenealogie00colegoog#page/n112/mode/1up
  • Pg.78
  • RISE (or RYCE) COLE came from England in 1630, and settled at Charlestown. He was one of the few who did not remove from Charlestown to Boston. He and his wife, Arrold, were of those dismissed from the Boston Church in October, 1632, to form the first Church of Charlestown, and their names appear on the covenant signed November 14, 1632. (Reg. 23-190.)
  • He was admitted Freeman April 1, 1633, and appears on the list of proprietors of October 13, 1634, and in a division in January, 1635, he obtaining four acres. He was a witness of the will of Daniel Shepherdson, blacksmith, of Charlestown, May 16, 1644. He died May 15, 1646.
  • His possessions in Charlestown, as shown by the land records, page 59, were:
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/earlygenealogie00colegoog#page/n113/mode/1up
  • Pg.79
  • The will of his widow, Arrold Cole, made December 20, 1661, proved six days later, mentions three children and three grandchildren, of her daughter, Mrs. Lowden. They were all born in England. The children were:
    • 2. i. John, b. — —
    • ii. —— , b. — — , m. —— Pierce.
    • [This Pierce was probably Thomas Pierce, of Woburn, who lived first in Charlestown, and who had eleven children born in Woburn between 1644 and 1660.]
    • iii. Mary, b. — — , 1638, m. Richard Lowden.
    • He was at Charlestown as early as 1618. Was admitted freeman May 18, 1642, and died there July 12, 1700, at eighty-seven. She died October 6, 1683, at sixty-five. Their children were:
      • .... etc.
  • JOHN2 COLE (Rice1), The only son of Rice and Arrold Cole, was born in England, and must have been quite a youth when his father came to this country. He married Joan —— . He lived in Boston.
  • The children of John and Joan Cole, recorded in Boston, were:
    • .... etc.

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  • Pierce genealogy : being the record of the posterity of Thomas Pierce, an early inhabitant of Charlestown, and afterwards Charlestown village (Woburn), in New England, with wills, inventories, biographical sketches, etc. (1882)
  • http://archive.org/details/piercegenealogyb00pier
  • http://archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/n20/mode/1up
  • Pg. xiii
  • James, Woburn, s. of Thomas, Jr., b. 1659, m. Elizabeth Kendall, and had Elizabeth, b. Oct. 11, 1688 ; James, b. Feb. 28, 1690 ; Rebecca and Mary.
  • http://archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/21/mode/1up
  • Pg. 21
  • 4. THOMAS2 PIERCE, Jr. (Thomas1), b. 1608; m. May 6, 1635, Elizabeth Cole, d. Mar. 5, 1688. He d. Nov. 6, 1683. .....
  • http://archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/22/mode/1up
  • Pg. 22
  • Children:—
    • 21 1/2. oi. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 17, 1639.
    • 22. i. JOHN, b. Mar. 7, 1643; m. July 5, 1663, Deborah Convers.
    • 23. ii. THOMAS, b. June 21, 1645; m. Eliza __; m. 2nd, Mar. 24, 1680, Rachel Bacon.
    • 24. iii. ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 25, 1646; m. Nov. 9, 1666, Thomas Whittemore*, d. Mar. 10 1670, leaving Joseph, b. Aug. 14, 1667; m. 2nd, Hopestill Foster; m. 3rd, Mar. 23 1680, Nathaniel Peirce. See Peirce Genealogy, by Frederick C. Peirce, Esq.
    • 25. iv. JOSEPH, b. Sept. 22, 1648; d. Feb. 27, 1649.
    • 26. v. JOSEPH, b. Aug. 13 1649; m. June 24, 1681, Mary Richardson, b. Jan. 15, 1657, d. 1720. He d. 1716, leaving no issue. He was a soldier in 1675. They had an adopted dau., Hannah, who m. a Nichols and a Lynde. .....
    • http://archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/23/mode/1up
    • Pg. 23
    • 27. vi. STEPHEN, b. July 16, 1651; m. Nov. 18, 1676, Tabitha Parker.
    • 28. vii. SAMUEL, b. Feb. 20, 1654; d. Oct. 27, 1655.
    • 29. viii. SAMUEL, b. April 7, 1656; m. Dec. 9, 1680, Lydia Bacon.
    • 30. ix. WILLIAM, b. Mar. 7, 1658; m. Apr. 8, 1690, Abigail Sommers nee Warrin.
    • 31. x. JAMES b. May 7, 1659; m. Elizabeth Kendall.
    • 32. xi. ABIGAIL, b. Nov. 20, 1660; m. Feb. 18, 1684, George Reed, Jr., b. Sept. 14, 1660, d. Jan. 20, 1756. She d. Sept. 7, 1719, and he m. 2nd, May 24, 1721, Mrs. Sybil Rice. Ch .....
    • 33. xii. BENJAMIN; m. Mary Read. (Not named by Savage).
  • http://archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/28/mode/1up
  • Pg. 28
  • 31. JAMES3 PIERCE (Thomas2, Thomas1), b. May 7 1659; m.* Elizabeth Kendall, b. Jan. 15, 1653, d. Oct. 16, 1715. He res. in Woburn and d. Jan. 20, 1742.
  • Children: --
    • .... etc.

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  • A register of the ancestors of Dorr Eugene Felt and Agnes (McNulty) Felt ... By Dorr Eugene Felt
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=K61MAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=Elizabeth+Cole+1618&source=bl&ots=pH1Du8LlC3&sig=fnFrOz3ZUgf9975ms5L5GfmscF4&hl=en&ei=V2bETMOdDJLCsAOug-GaDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CCkQ6AEwBjg8#v=onepage&q=Elizabeth%20Cole%201618&f=false
  • Pg. 36
  • RICE COLE came from England in 1629 and settled at Charlestown, Mass., and was one of the few who did not remove from Charlestown to Boston. He and his wife Arrold, were of those dismissed from the Boston Church, Oct. 14, 1632 to form the First Church of Charlestown. He died in Charlestown, May 15, 1646, and his widow, Arrold, died in December, 1661. Rice and Arrold Cole had 5 children, one child being a daughter Elizabeth, who married Sergt. Thomas Pierce.
  • Cole Families in America, 1887, p. 78.
  • 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.
  • 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, one child being a daughter Sarah, born Worburn, June 22, 1691, who married Peter Waite.

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  • Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America Vol. 3 by Whittemore, Henry
  • https://archive.org/details/cu31924095655589
  • https://archive.org/stream/cu31924095655589#page/n142/mode/1up
  • Pg.423
  • PIERCE, PEARSE, PEARS, PEIRSE, or
  • PIERCE, THOMAS, Charlestown, 1634, freeman, 1635; by wife, Eliz., had Abigail, bapt. 1639, unless she were child of another Thomas, as seems not unlikely, for no other is ascribed to this one, who died 1666; in his will mentions his age as 82 years, his wife Eliz. 71, son John, Randall, Nichols, besides grandch. Mary Bridge and Eliz. Tufts ; and gave legacy to the college. His widow, Eliz., mother of Mary, wife of Peter Tuffts, was perhaps his second wife.
  • PIERCE, THOMAS, Woburn; 1643, may not improb. seem to be son of preceding, born in Eng., living first at Charlestown, and may have been father of that Abigail; but at W. had John, born 1644, died prob. soon; Thomas, 1645; Eliz. 1646; Joseph, 1648, died soon; Joseph, again; 1649; Stephen, 1651 ; Samuel, 1654, died at two years; Samuel, again, 1656; William, 1658; James, 1659; and Abigail, 1660. He was freeman in 1677 and that year sold land in Charlestown. Thomas, father of Stephen, could not be, as the biogr. supposes, the same Thomas that died 1666, aged 83 years.

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  • The Great Migration Begins: Rice Cole
  • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: “Ryce COLE” was admitted to Boston church as member #109, which would be sometime in 1631 [BChR 14]; on 14 October 1632 “Ryce COLES and Arrald his wife” were dismissed to Charlestown church [BChR 16]; “Rice [and] Arrold COLE” were admitted as founding members of Charlestown church, 2 November 1632 [ChChR 7].
  • ESTATE: Granted four acres planting ground in Charlestown, 10 January 1634/5 (but the grant was reversed) [ChTR 12]; relinquished five acres Mystic Side, 1635 [ChTR 14]; granted four acres planting ground, January 1635/6 [ChTR 15]; granted hay ground, Lot #43, 9 February 1635/6 [ChTR 19,20]; granted five acres Mystic Side, 6 March 1636/7 [ChTR 27]; allotted 3½ cow commons, 1637 [ChTR 32, 42]; granted Lot #33 Mystic Side, 23 April 1638 [ChTR 36].
  • In the Charlestown Book of Possessions Rice COLE is shown with nine parcels: dwelling house with garden plot; 2 acres arable in East Field; 2 acres swamp in East Field; 3 and a quarter milk cow commons; 4 acres arable in Line Field; 5 acres woodland in Mystic Field; 4 acres meadow in Mystic Marshes; 10 acres woodland in Mystic Field; and 50 acres in Water Field [ChBOP 59-60].
  • In his will, dated May 1646 and probated 1 April 1662, Rice COLE bequeathed to “my wife … my house, ground (except that at [illegible]), cattle corn & household stuff for life”; to “my son Rob[e]rt my house dwelling, farm, garden & an acre of ground in the neck & 2 acres of meadow in the neck with two cow’s commons after my wife’s decease”; to “my son John at present the ground at Woburne & after my wife’s decease a cow and one & a half cow’s commons”; to “my son James all my ground on Mystic Side after my wife’s decease & the heifer lately bought at present”; to “my two daughters” £10 apiece after my wife’s decease”; “at a court held at Cambridge April 1, 1662, on division of the estate left by Arrald COLE the relict of the abovenamed Rice COLE the court ordered that this writing be accepted as his last will & testament” [MPR Misc 106-07].
  • In her will, dated 20 December 1661 and probated 26 December 1661, “ Aralds COLLES of Charlstowne … relict of Rice COLES deceased” asked that “my husband’s will may be fulfilled” and bequeathed to “my son John COLLES a Bible that was my husband’s”; “the rest of my estate to be divided between my son LOWDEN and my son PERCE and my son COLLES,” except “my daughter PERCE is to have the bed on which I lie, and my grandchild John COLLES an iron pot and his father is not to dispose of it from him [and] I give to my grandchild John LOWDEN a pair of sheets & to my grandchild Mary LOWDEN one box and one scarf & to my grandchild James LOWDEN a pint pot & more to my grandchild Mary COLLES a brass kettle” [MPR Case #4798].
  • DEATH: Charlestown 15 May 1646 [ChVR 1:10].
  • MARRIAGE: By about 1616 (assuming she was the mother of all his children) Arrald ______; she died at Charlestown between 20 December 1661 (date of will) and 26 December 1661 (date of probate).
  • CHILDREN:
    • i ROBERT, b. say 1616; m. by 1649 Philip ______; she m. (2) by 23 November 1655 William MORRIS [MLR 2:35].
    • ii ELIZABETH, b. say 1619; m. by 1639 Thomas PIERCE (eldest child of “Thomas PEIRCE and of Elizabeth his wife” bp. Charlestown 17 June 1639 [ChChR 48]).
    • iii MARY, b. say 1621; m. by 1641 Richard LOWDEN (eldest child of “Richard LOWDEN & Mary” b. Charlestown 10 May 1641 [ChVR 1:5]); d. Charlestown 7 October 1683 [ChVR 1:120].
    • iv JOHN, b. say 1623; m. by 1655 Ursula ______ [MLR 2:34]. (The peculiar claim is made that John “perhaps m. Boston, Nov. 10, 1659, Susanna, dau. Nicholas UPSHUR” [Snow-Estes 1:270]. This is a corrupted version of the marriage on that date of Joseph COCKE and Susanna UPSALL, daughter of NICHOLAS UPSALL [BVR 72].)
    • v JAMES, b. say 1625; m. by 28 August 1655 Ruth ______; she m. (2) by 16 December 1661 Henry MUDD of Stepney, England. (Apparently Arrald COLE in her widowhood wrote letters to her daughters and daughters-in-law living in London in the l650s; these documents, which are the source for the remarriage of Ruth (______) COLE to Henry MUDD. are said to be in Middlesex Court Files and “quoted by Wyman in his Abstracts” [Mary E.N. Backus, ed., The New England Ancestry of Dana Converse BACKUS (Salem 1949), p. 71; see also Snow-Estes 1:270].)
  • From: https://mattocks2.wordpress.com/2008/05/22/the-great-migration-begins-rice-cole/

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Elizabeth Pierce's Timeline

1619
1619
Norfolk, England
1643
March 7, 1643
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1645
June 21, 1645
Woburn, Middlesex, MA, United States
1646
December 25, 1646
Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
1648
July 22, 1648
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
1649
August 13, 1649
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
1651
July 16, 1651
Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1656
April 7, 1656
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Kingdom of England
1657
March 7, 1657
Woodburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts