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Elizabeth Pierce (Trulle)

Also Known As: "Elizabeth Mills", "Not Elizabeth Stoker"
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
Death: March 12, 1667 (81)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Trulle and Mary Trulle
Wife of John Pierce of Watertown
Mother of Anthony Pierce; Hester Morse; Barbara Pierce; John Pierce, Jr.; Elizabeth Pierce, (died young) and 4 others

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About Elizabeth Pierce

Elizabeth Trulle in the England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

  • Name: Elizabeth Trulle
  • Gender: Female
  • Baptism Date: 13 Apr 1590
  • Baptism Place: Saint Augustine,Norwich,Norfolk,England
  • Father: Robti Trulle
  • Mother: Marie

FHL Film Number: 0993669, 0993656 Source: Elizabeth Trulle

Father was Robti Trulle. He never married Mary Stoker.



Elizabeth Trull/Trulle was baptized on April 13, 1590 at St. Augustine's Norwich, daughter of Robert and Marie (Ladyman) Trull. [1]

Elizabeth and John Pearse, singleman were married on April 17, 1610 at St. Edmund, Norwich, County Norfolk. Her husband John was born about 1588, likely in or near Norwich, England.[1]

John emigrated, apparently first in 1633/4 with his older children, Anthony was in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1633 [1], and possibly Esther, Mary, Robert. [2]

Elizabeth remained in England as on December 3, 1636, as her husband was in New England, Elizabeth, of Norwich, requested 'a keeper chosen to succeed on Christmas next.' [1] [2]

John evidently returned briefly to England to gather his remaining family as on April 8, 1637, among those examined for passage to Boston were: John Pears, weaver Norwich, Norfolk, aged 49, Elizabeth his wife, aged 36, and their children John, Barbara, Elizabeth and Judeth; and their servant John Gedney, aged 19. It is uncertain which vessel they were assinged to, but they were registered with William Andrewes, Master of the ships John and Dorothy, and his son William, Master of the Rose. [3] [1]

Her husband John died on August 19, 1661 at Watertown. [1] [4]

He wrote his will on March 1, 1657/8, naming his wife Elizabeth, eldest son Anthony, and 'the rest of my children.' Wife Elizabeth was named executor. [5] [1]

Elizabeth died in Watertown, Massachusetts on March 12, 1666/7, aged 79 years. [4] [1]

In Elizabeth's will, written March 16, 1666/7 she names: [6][7]

  • son Robert
  • son John
  • son Anthony
  • daughter Esther Mose
  • daughter Mary Coldam
  • grandchildren Mary and Esther Ball
  • John and Mary Pearse, children of son Anthony
  • grandchild Judah Sawen
  • Judah Pearse, child of son Robert
  • grandchild Ester Mose, daughter of Joseph Mose [6] [1]


  1. Anthony baptized on April 8, 1611 at St. Edmund; died on May 9, 1678; married Anne ___ by 1632/3. [1]
  2. Hester baptized August 17, 1612; she married Joseph Morse by 1636. [1]
  3. William baptized on February 27, 1613/4; buried on April 6, 1615. [1]
  4. Barbara baptized on February 4, 1615/6; no further record. [1]
  5. John was baptized in March 1617/8; married Elizabeth ___ by 1642. [1]
  6. Elizabeth was baptized on March 6, 1619/20; likely died young. [1]
  7. Robert was baptized on December 21, 1621; died at Woburn, Massachusetts on September 10, 1706; married Mary ___ by 1650. [1]
  8. Elizabeth was baptized on April 11, 1624; died before October 3, 1665 when her husband remarried; married John Ball about 1644. [1]
  9. Mary was baptized on December 26, 1625; married Clement Coldam. [1]
  10. Judeth was baptized on February 8, 1627/8; ?died by October 2, 1650 when her husband remarried; married Francis Wyman in December or January, 1644/5 [1] vs. married John Sawin on February 16, 1667. [4]

Genealogy: a journal of American ancestry, Vol. 2, Weeks, Lyman Horace, ed., p 213, downloaded 3/23/2018, from: https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_p...

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Her will was probated in Watertown March 5 1666/7.

Will of Elizabeth Trull Pierce: In the name of God Amen. I Elizabeth Pearse of Watertown in the county of Middlesex in New England do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz I being aged and sick of body but of good and perfect memory blessed and praised be God first I recommend my soule and spirit into the hands of God that gave it hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ to have eternal life: and my body to the earth whereof it was made and to be buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter mentioned I give and bequeath to my son Robt Pearse all my meadow or sixteene pound Sterling at the liberty of my executor: also I give and bequeath to my son John Pearse 2 of my cowes now in the hands of John Ball Jur when ther time comes out with him: also I give and bequeath to my dauther Ester Moss one of my fether beds wch she shall make choice of and one bolster one pillow one covering one grene blanket and my yoke of oxen now in the hands of John Ball Jnr when ther time comes out with him: also I give and bequeath tomy dauther Mary Coldum my best green Ruge and one paire of Sheets and my bigest brass Keatle and all my wearing clothes and my great looking glass and my cobirons: also I give and bequeath to my two grandchildren Mary and Ester Ball six pound to each of them to be payd by my executor two yeare after my decease and then to be improved for and to ther use by the discretion of my executor untill the time of their maridge or the age of eighteene yeares and then to come into their hands with the p'duce further I give and bequeath to my grandchild John Pearse son to my son Anthony Pearse twenty shill also I give and bequeath to my grandchild Mary Pearse dauther to my son Anthony twenty shill also I give and bequeath to my grandchild Judah Sawen twenty shill: also I give and bequeath to my grand child Ester Moss dauther to Joseph twenty shill: also I give and bequeath to my grand child Judah Pearse dauther to my son Robt Pearse twenty shill: and all the rest of my estate both houses lands goods cattle chattles debtesor whatever is mine I do hereby give and bequeath to my son Anthony Pearse andI doo hearby make and ordain my Afore said son Anthony Pearse my full and sole executor of this my last will and testament requiring him to perform all and every part hearof according to the true intent and meaning thereof in witness wherof I have hear unto anexed my hand and seale this 15th of the first monthin the yeare 1666-7. Elizabeth Pearse jir XA marke [l.s.] Sealed and subscribed in the p'sents of Joseph Tayntor and Mary Tayntor hir mark M. T.

Will proved April 2, 1667. Inventory L124-08-02 appraised by Joseph Tayntor and Samuel Sternes, presented by Anthony Pierce.


From The Ancestry of Hattie E. J. Bruce: The John Ball Family: http://webpages.charter.net/mroman/ballj.htm

John Ball was a tailor. He married Elizabeth Peirce, daughter of John and Elizabeth Peirce, and had four children by her. She was insane in 1660 and probably had been thus some time. In March of 1660-1 John Ball resigned his three children to his father and mother "Peirse" as their own and gave them two oxen and two cows as their own. He also yielded his wife to his inlaws and the use of his house and lands as long as she continued there, and if God took her before she returned to him, the said property to be his children's by his said wife, Elizabeth.[3/3:81] The deed wasn't recorded until 31 Oct 1664, which makes it likely that Elizabeth probably died shortly before that date. John's subsequent marriage a year later helps bear out this probability.

  • Peirce genealogy: being the record of the posterity of John Pers, an early ... By Frederick Clifton Pierce
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=xt0UAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR15&lpg=PR15&dq=P...
  • Pg.xii
  • John, Boston, Woburn, Wethersfield, Conn., s. of John, Watertown, by wf. Elizabeth had John and Elizabeth, tws. b. June 16, 1643, d. young; John, b. Nov. 23 1644; Joseph, b. Sept. 12, 1646; Thomas b. May 3, 1649.
  • Pg. 18
  • .... John Pers of Watertown, who was a weaver, and appears to have come over about 1637, and who had a wife Elizabeth, and children John, Elizabeth, and Judith (since I consider Judith Wyman to have been quite certainly his daughter). .... etc.
    • 4. v. JOHN, b. in England, m. Elizabeth __.
  • Pg. 25
  • John Peirce (John 1) was b. in England and married in this country Elizabeth ---. He came to America with his father. He was taxed in Woburn in the rate for the country, Feb. 23, 1644-5, and in the town rate, 1646. March 12, 1647, "The committee chosen to mesur the medows mett on the day and here expressed and agreed as followeth:--Impris--that John Peerce and Daniel Bacon shall have that pece of medow now lying in our Bounds, by the last Runing Reding line in hope medow it being equally divided between them." 1647. "John Perce a grant this side of Maple Medow River."--[Woburn Town Records].
  • The last mention of him in Woburn is in 1649.
  • The want of room appears from some cause to have been peculiarly felt in Watertown; and on several occations the inhabitants emigrated and formed new settlements. The first of these was in 1635, at the place afterwards called Wethersfield, in Connecticut, where, as we are told, some people of Watertown, before they had obtained leave to go beyond the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts government, "took the opportunity of seizing a brave piece of medow." which it seems was also coveted by their neighbors of Cambridge. This Watertown plantation at Weathersfield, was for a long course of years a scene of dissension within and without. In the course of three or four years the church at that place fell into such a state of discord that the plantation divided, and a part removed and settled in combination with New Haven.--[Barber's His. Mass. p. 438].
  • He res. in Boston, Woburn and Wethersfield, Conn.
  • Children:--
    • i. John, }Twins, b. June 16, 1643; both died young.
    • ii. Elizabeth, }Twins, b. June 16, 1643; both died young.
    • iii. John, b. Nov 23 1644, m. Ann Huthwitt.
    • iv. Joseph, b. Sept. 12, 1646.
    • v. Thomas, b. May 3, 1649.
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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://www.archive.org/details/piercegenealogyb00pier
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/n18/mode/1up
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/n21/mode/1up
  • John, Watertown, freeman, March, 1638, a man of good estate, projected settlement at Sudbury and Lancaster, d. May 9, 1661 ; and his will of March 4, 1658, was pro. the Oct. 1, following. In it he provides for wf. Elizabeth, eldest s. Anthony, and other ch. which he does not name ; but his wid. in her will of March 15, 1666-7, pro. April 2, supplies the deficiency, naming ch. Anthony, John, Robert, Esther Morse, wf. of Joseph, Mary Coldam prob. res. in Lynn, besides gr. chil. Mary Ball, and ano. Ball, Esther Morse, and the chil. of Anthony and Robert ; he also had ch. Judith, who m. Francis Wyman ; and Elizabeth, who m. John Ball, Jr. ; the two latter d. bef. their father. See Peirce Gen. by F. C. Peirce, Esq.
  • John, Boston, Woburn, Wethersfield, Conn., s. of John, Watertown, by wf. Elizabeth had John and Elizabeth, tws. b. June 16, 1643, d. young; John, b. Nov. 23, 1644 ; Joseph, b. Sept. 12, 1646 ; Thomas, b. May 3, 1649.
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  • Hatcher, Patricia Law. The Peirce Family of Norwich, England and Watertown, Massachusetts in: The American Genealogist, Volume 84, New Haven, Connecticut, 2010 p. 177-184 (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) https://www.americanancestors.org/DB283/i/33907/181/56271241
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Elizabeth Pierce's Timeline

June 18, 1585
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
April 28, 1611
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
August 6, 1612
Norwich, Norfolk, England
February 4, 1616
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
March 12, 1618
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
March 6, 1620
St. Edmunds, Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
December 21, 1621
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
April 11, 1624
Norwich, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
December 26, 1625
Norwich, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)