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Mary Pearce (Tallman)

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Portsmouth, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
Death: circa June 1720 (65-73)
Tiverton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts (Present Rhode Island), (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Peter Tallman and Ann Tallman
Wife of John Pearce of Rhode Island
Mother of Mary Reade; Anne Sheffield; Elizabeth Cooke; Rachel Cooke; John B. Pierce and 1 other
Sister of Elizabeth Lawton; Ann Lee; Dr. Peter Talman; Joseph Tallman; Susanna Way and 3 others
Half sister of Robert Durfee; Richard Durfee; Thomas Durfee; William D. Durfee; Anne Potter and 12 others

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About Mary (Tallman) Pearce

  • Historical and genealogical miscellany; data relating to the settlement and settlers of New York and New Jersey (1903) Vol. V
  • The Tallmans of New Jersey are represented by several branches of the name having a common ancestor in Peter Tallman, I,who settled in Newport and Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he died in 1708. Concerning him and his immediate issue, J. 0. Austin supplies the following data: .....
  • 1665. The Assembly granted him a divorce from his wife Ann.* 1665, July 24. He entered into an ante-nuptial agreement with Joan Briggs, of Taunton, agreeing to give her the land that he had bought in 1658, as also a house to be hers and the heirs born of this marriage. He also gave her a bed and half the household goods, but if she died without issue, they were to revert to his eldest son, Peter Tallman, Jr., and if he died without issue, then to the eldest daughter of Peter Tallman, Sr., Mary, and her heirs. Further, he gave to Joan, absolutely, as a free gift of donation, "three good cows and a breeding mare." 1674, June 7. He was imprisoned, but released at this date for having taken from the Indians lands by deed of gift in violation of the law of Massachusetts, he having surrendered the same.
    • * The case of Peter Tallman was tried upon petition by the Assembly. Peter Tallman applied for a divorce from his wife on the ground of adultery. The woman brought before the Assembly admitted the charge. The petition was granted at once and then the criminal, upon her own confession, was arraigned for sentence. The penalty was a fine and whippmg, and she was accordingly sentenced by the terms of the law, to pay the fine of ten pounds and to receive fifteen stripes, at Portsmouth, on the ensuing Monday, and on the following Wednesday another fifteen stripes, at Newport, and to be imprisoned till the sentence was fulfilled.
    • Upon her petition for mercy, the Court again examined her as to whether she intended to return to her husband. This she refused to do upon any terms. Her petition was denied and she was remanded for punishment.**
    • **She escaped from prison and was gone two years. Upon her return to the Colony, in May, 1667, she was arrested and petitioned the Court for mitigation of sentence. The fine and one-half of the corporal punishment were remitted, and the remainder, fifteen stripes to be inflicted at Newport, was executed. Arnold's Hist, of Rhode Island, Vol. I, p. 270. *
  • 1708. The inventory of his estate was presented by his son James Tallman. 1709, May 3. Administration having been given to Jonathan Tallman, he took acquittances, at this date, from his brothers and sisters, William Wilbur, Israel Shaw, Jonathan Tallman, James Tallman, Benjamin Tallman, Mary Pearce, Susanna Beckett, Peter Tallman, Isaac Lawton, William Potter, John Tallman, Joseph Tallman and Samuel Tallman.
  • Peter Tallman, Sr., married, first, Ann ___ ; second, 1665, Joan Briggs, who died about 1685; third, about 1686, Esther ___ who died before 1708. Issue
    • 2 Mary Tallman married John Pearce
    • 3 Elizabeth Tallman married Isaac Lawton
    • 4 Peter Tallman born Mch. 22, 1658, (son by first wife), a physician, married Anne Walstone.
    • 5 Anne Tallman married Stephen Brayton
    • 6 Joseph Tallman
    • 7 Susanna Tallman married Mr. Beckett
    • 8 Daughter married William Wilbur
    • 9 Jonathan Tallman married Sarah ___.
    • 10 James Tallman, ancestor of the Shrewsbury, New Jersey, family.
    • 11 Daughter married William Potter
    • 12 John Tallman married Mary ___ ; settled at Flushing, Long Island; ancestor of the Burlington County, New Jersey, family.
    • 13 Daughter married Israel Shaw
    • 14 Benjamin Tallman (son by second wife).
    • 15 Samuel Tallman (son by third wife).


  • Pearce genealogy, being the record of the posterity of Richard Pearce, an early inhabitant of Portsmouth, in Rhode Island, who came from England, and whose genealogy is traced back to 972. With an introduction of the male descendants of Josceline de Louvaine .. (1888)
  • 2. ENSIGN JOHN2 PEARCE (Richard21), b. Sept. 8, 1647, in Portsmouth, R, I. ; m. Mary Tallman, who d. in June, 1720. Res. in Portsmouth and Tiverton. John Pearce 27 died at Tiverton Dec. 5, 1707, at 60 years, 2 months and days. ...... Married Mary, dau. of Peter and Ann Tallman of Portsmouth. Apr. 11, 1689 ..... Aug. 3, 1709, an agreement was filed between John Pearce of Tiverton, John Read, Jr., of Freetown and Mary his wife, Samuel Shearman and Sarah his wife of Swanzey, Thomas Cook, Jr., and his wife Elizabeth, John Cook, son of John Cook and Rachel his wife of Tiverton and Alice Pearce, all children of John Pearce, deceased, who died intestate. John was the only son. .....
  • Mary Tallman was a daughter of Peter and Ann — Tallman. He was general solicitor of R. I, in 1661. Mary's will was proved at Taunton, Mass., Jan. 19 1720. She was from Tiverton, R. I. Witnesses, Benj. Durfee, Thomas Brownell, Jos. Sheffield. John Read, Jr., was executor. The children mentioned in the will were Alice, John, Samuel Sheffield, Sarah Wilcox, Mary Read, Elizabeth Cook, Rachel Cook. The negro woman Rose is given to Alice. The will was signed by mark. The husband's estate — John — was administered upon Mar. 3, 1708, by his widow Mary. Their children were :
    • i. Mary, b. __ m, John Reed, Jr. They had 12 children b, between Nov. 19, 1690, and Sept. 27, 1715. She d. Aug. 25, 1735. For three years he was a representative to General Court. Res. Fall River.
    • ii. Susannah, b. ___ 1672 ; m. Richard Woodall. They both died before 1710. Ch.— Mary, b. Oct. 14, 1691 ; Susan, b. May 7, 1693 ; Sarah, b. May 7, 1693 (twins). Richard was a son of Gersham and Mary (Tripp) Woodall. His ancestor William was of Boston and was one of the original purchasers of Shawoneet (Warwick) in 1643.
    • iii. Anna, b. Feb. 14, 1674; m. Mar. 5, 1696; Capt. Amos Sheffield, b. June 25, 1673. Ch.— Susanna, b. Oct. 11, 1697 ; John, b. Jan. 8, 1699 ; m. Martha Taber ; Mary, b. Apr. 2, 1701 ; Ruth, b. Jan. 10, 1704; m. Benjamin Weaver. She d. Nov. 27, 1706. He was a blacksmith, assessor, selectman, and town treasurer. He was also a deputy to the legislature and a captain. His father-in-law, John Pearce, and wife Mary were the executors to his will. He gives to son John at age his dwelling house and land, mare colt, and a book called "Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews." To his daughters certain land when they are 18. To son John a bed of silk grass, one of deer's hair, and one of flocks and a little gun. The housings and the smith's shop to be rented till John is of age, and then he to have the shop and tools if he learn the art or mystery of blacksmith, and if not, he to have a third and the other children two-thirds of the proceeds of sale of the shop and tools. Son John to be bound out to what trade he likes best, at 16 ; the three daughters to be bound out to tailor's trades at 16. Inventory 474£ 4s. 1d.
    • iv. Sarah, b. ___ m. Samuel Sherman.
    • V. Elizabeth, b. ___ m. Thomas Cook, Jr.
    • vi. Rachel, b. ___ m. John Cook,
    • vii. John, b. 1686.
    • viii. Alice, b. 1688, ra. Blake Perry of Tiverton, R. I., April 19, 1722.



  • This information was taken from Pearce Genealogy Being the Record of the Posterity of Richard Pearce an Early Inhabitant of Portsmouth, in Rhode Island, Who came from England, and whose Genealogy is traced back to 974 with an Introduction of the Male Descendants of Josceline De Louvaine, the Second House of Percy, Earls of Northumberland, Barons Percy and Territorial Lords of Alnwick, Warkworth and Prudhoe Castles in the County of Northumberland, England, by Col. Frederick C. Pierce, Author of Peirce History, Pierce Genealogy, etc. Member of the British Harlequin and other historical societies. 1888 Rockford, Illinois.
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  • 1. RICHARD21PEARCE (Richard20, Richard19,) b. 1615 in England; m. in Portsmouth, R.I., in 1642, Susannah Wright, who was born in 1620.
    • 2. iii. JOHN, b. Sept. 8, 1647; m. Mary Tallman.
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  • Peter Tallman
  • M, b. 20 February 1623, d. 1708
  • Peter Tallman was born on 20 February 1623 at Hamburg, Germany. He married Ann Hill, daughter of Phillip Hill and Ann (?), on 2 January 1649 at Christ Church, Barbados. Peter Tallman immigrated in 1649; To Barbados, 1647, then from Barbados to Portsmouth, Rhode Island about 1649, with first wife Ann Hill. He and Ann Hill were divorced in 1665; Adultery, complaint that she had a child by another man. Peter Tallman married Joan Briggs, daughter of Samuel Briggs, on 24 July 1665 at Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI. Peter Tallman married Esther (?) circa 1686 at Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI. Note: Deposition of Joseph Sheffield regarding a declaration made by Peter Tallman of Portsmouth on 13 March, 1702/3:
  • "Joseph Sheffield, one of Her Majesty's Assistants, testified that being in the house of Peter Tallman in Portsmouth March 13, 1702/3, Peter declared:
  • 'I am now 80 years of age and in the year 1647 I came from Hambrough to the Island of Barbados, and within two years after my arrival I married with Ann Hill the daughter of Phillip Hill and Ann his wife,' and he was married in Christ Church in said Island, and after seven or eight months after his marriage the said Tallman moved from the Island of Barbados to Rhode Island bringing with him his wife and wife's brother called Robert Hill, as likewise his wife's mother ... and further said Tallman declared to me the said deponent that the Peter Tallman whose habitation is now at Guildford in the County of New Haven in Connecticut is eldest lawfull son of said Peter Tallman." Peter Tallman died in 1708 at Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI.
  • Children of Peter Tallman and Ann Hill
    • Mary Tallman b. c 1651, d. 1720
    • Elizabeth Tallman+ b. c 1654, d. 20 May 1701
    • Ann Tallman+ b. c 1656, d. 1732
    • Peter Tallman+ b. 22 Mar 1658, d. 6 Jul 1726
    • Joseph Tallman b. c 1660, d. a 3 May 1709
    • Susannah Tallman b. c 1662
    • Sarah Tallman b. 1664, d. 1732
  • Children of Peter Tallman and Joan Briggs
    • Jonathan Tallman b. 1666, d. 1782
    • Mercy Ruth Tallman b. 1666
    • James Tallman+ b. c 1668, d. 1724
    • John Tallman b. 1672, d. bt 1707 - 1709
    • Ruth Tallman b. 1674
    • Peter Tallman b. c 1676
    • Nathaniel Tallman b. 1680
    • Benjamin Tallman+ b. 28 Jun 1684, d. 20 May 1759
    • Mary Tallman b. c 1686
  • Children of Peter Tallman and Esther (?)
    • Samuel Tallman b. 14 Jan 1687/88
    • Joseph Tallman b. 1691
  • Peter Tallman (1623 - 1708) was originally from Hamburg, Germany. He settled first about 1647 at Barbados, where he married his first wife Ann Hill, then in 1649 relocated to Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Peter and Ann were divorced in 1665 based on alleged infidelity of Ann, producing a child by another man. Peter Tallman then married Joan Briggs in July, 1665. Our descent is from Peter and Joan's son Benjamin (1684 - 1759) and his wife Patience Durfee, via their son William, born in Rhode Island, who married Anne Lincoln and lived at Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Of eleven children born to William and Anne Lincoln Tallman, only Benjamin lived to adulthood, to marry and have children of his own. Ben Tallman married Dinah Boone, daughter of Benjamin and Susannah (Liken) Boone in 1764 in Berks County.
  • Photos of:
  • The Tallman cemetery, on top of a hill in rural Pickaway County, Ohio
  • headstone for Benjamin and Dinah (Boone) Tallman


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  • Family Group Page For
  • Ann Hill
  • Father: Phillip Hill Mother: Ann
  • Individual: Ann Hill
  • Born: BET 1625 AND 1665 Married: 2 JAN 1648/49 at Barbados, West Indies Died: BEF 1688
  • Spouse: Peter Tallman Born: ABT 1623 Died: 1708
  • Father: Peter Tallman Mother: Maria Von Peene
  • Other Spouses: Thomas Durfee
  • Children
    • Mary Tallman Born: ABT 1650 Died: 1720
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  • Thomas Durfee
  • Father: Job Durfee Mother: Judieh Borden
  • Individual: Thomas Durfee Born: ABT 1643 Married: 1664 at Portsmouth, Newport, RI Died: 14 JUL 1712
  • Spouse: Ann Hill Born: BET 1625 AND 1665 Died: BEF 1688
  • Father: Phillip Hill Mother: Ann
  • Children
    • Thomas Durfee Born: 28 MAR 1669 Died: 11 FEB 1728/29
    • Benjamin Durfee Born: 1679 Died: 6 JAN 1754
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  • Father: Peter Tallman Mother: Maria Von Peene
  • Individual: Peter Tallman Born: ABT 1623 Married: Died: 1708
  • Spouse: Joan Briggs Born: Died: 24 JUL 1685
  • Other Spouses: Ann Hill
  • Children
    • Jonathan Tallman Born: ABT 1666 Died: JUL 1762
    • James Tallman Born: ABT 1668 Died: 1724
    • Ann Tallman Born: ABT 1670 Died: 1732
  • Notes
  • Note1: an ante nuptial agreement was made between Peter Tallman and Joan Briggs. He agreed to give her land he had bought from Richard Morris, Daniel Wilcox and William Wilbur and also a house, all to be hers and her heirs born of this marriage . He gave her beside a bed and half the household goods, but if she die without issue the estate given her was to revert to Peter Tallman's eldest son, viz. Peter Jr., and if the latter die without issue then to Peter Tallman Sr.'s eldes t daughter viz Mary and her heirs. To Joan, absolutely as a "free gift of donation" he gave 3 good cows and a good breeding mare.
  • Individual: Peter Tallman
  • Born: ABT 1623 Married: 2 JAN 1648/49 at Barbados, West Indies Died: 1708
  • Spouse: Ann Hill Born: BET 1625 AND 1665 Died: BEF 1688
  • Father: Phillip Hill Mother: Ann
  • Other Spouses: Joan Briggs
  • Children
    • Mary Tallman Born: ABT 1650 Died: 1720



Mary (Tallman) Pearce (abt. 1651 - 1720)

Mary Pearce formerly Tallman aka Pearse Born about 1651 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USAmap Daughter of Peter Tallman and Ann (Hill) Tallman Sister of Sarah (Tallman) Wilbore, Elizabeth (Tallman) Lawton, Ann Tallman, Peter Tallman, Joseph Tallman, Susannah (Tallman) Beckwith, Sarah Tallman, Sarah (Tallman) Wilbore, Robert Durfee, Mercy Ruth (Tallman) Shaw, Jonathan Tallman, Richard Durfee, James Tallman, Thomas Durfee, John Tallman, Ruth Tallman, Jonathan Durfee, Ann Durfee, Benjamin Durfee, Nathaniel Tallman, Benjamin Tallman, Mary (Tallman) Potter and Samuel Tallman Wife of John (Pearce) Pearse — married [date unknown] [location unknown] Mother of John Pearce, Susannah Pearce, Mary Pearce and Sarah (Pierce) Sherman Died June 1720 [location unknown] Profile manager: Kerry Fisher private message [send private message] Last modified 16 July 2016. 16 July 2016 17:07: April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer edited the data for Mary (Tallman) Pearce. (combined merged texts, edited gedcoms, format, added source, text, footnotes) [Thank April for this]


Mary Tallman, eldest daughter and first child of Peter and Ann (Hill) Tallman, was born about 1651, and died in 1720.[1] Mary was most likely born at Newport, Rhode Island, where her father set up his apothecary business by March of 1650, removing there from Barbados Island.[2] Mary married about 1668, John Pearce of Portsmouth and Bristol, and they had eight children.[1] Mary was most likely married at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where her father had his principal residence[1] since moving his family there from Newport in December 1658.[2] Sources

↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Genealogical Research in Germany and England: The Tallman Family, NEHGR Vol 85 (1931), page 73 ↑ 2.0 2.1 Peter Tallman - A Footnote In History, by Ruth Alice Anderson, 1984, thesis Genealogical Research in Germany and England: The Tallman Family, by G. Andrews Moriarty, A.M, LL.B., F.S.A. of Rhode Island, database on line, NEHGR Vol 85 (1931), pages 69-74 Repository: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.) Peter Tallman - A Footnote In History, by Ruth Alice Anderson, 1984, written for her undergraduate thesis in history. Documented with primary sources, excellent bibliography. 7 pages plus footnotes and bibliography. Source: S-2126086835 Repository: #R-2145852656 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Family Trees Text: Repository: R-2145852656 Name: Address: Note: Source: S-2134467495 Repository: #R-2145852656 Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived Ancestry Trees Acknowledgments

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Mary (Tallman) Pearce's Timeline

Portsmouth, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
Age 21
February 14, 1673
Age 22
Tiverton, Plymouth Colony
February 14, 1674
Age 23
Age 27
Tiverton, Plymouth Colony
Age 29
Age 35
Portsmouth, (Present Newport County), Dominion of New England (Present Rhode Island), (Present USA)
June 1720
Age 69
Tiverton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts (Present Rhode Island), (Present USA)