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Persis Pierce (Eames)

Also Known As: "Anna Pearce", "Anna Ames", "Annah"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Fordington St. George, Dorset, England
Death: December 31, 1662 (37-45)
Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Hingham Cemetery, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. Anthony Eames and Margery Eames
Wife of Capt. Michael Pierce
Mother of Persis Pierce, (died young); Elizabeth Holbrook; Capt. Benjamin Pierce; Ephraim Pierce; Sarah Pierce and 8 others
Sister of Millicent Sprague; Jonathan Eames (twin); John Eames; Mark Eames; Josiah Eames and 6 others

Occupation: Homemaker
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About Persis Pierce

Persis EAMES - bap. Oct. 28, 1621, Fordington, St. George, Dorsetshire, England; d. Dec. 31, 1662, Hingham, MA. Daughter of Capt. Anthony EAMES and Margery. The NEHGR of Oct. 1902, page 409, provides the following:

In Mass. Bay Colony Records, Vol. IV., part 1, page 380, under date of May 28, 1659, is an answer of the Court to the petition of Anthony Eames, in which is named "his sonne in lawe Michaell Pearse." It would seem that the first wife of Michael Pierce was a daughter of Anthony Eames, of Hingham and Marshfield. Her death is recorded in the Journal of Rev. Peter Hobart, "Dec. 31, 1662, Michaell Perces wife dyed."

Christened on Oct 28, 1621 in St George, Fordington, Dorsetshire, England

Other source lists marriage in 1642, and lists the bride as of Charlestown, Mass. She and her father's family must have been living in Charlestown, Mass. prior to her marriage to Michael. Born: 28 OCT 1621 - St George, Fordington, Dorsetshire, England.

Family

Persis (Eames) Pierce was born about 1621 in St. George, Fordinghams, Dorset, England, and she died December 31, 1662, Hingham, (Plymouth) Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Captain Anthony Eames and Margery Eames. She immigrated to Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts in May, 1634 and married Captain Michael Pierce in 1645, Scituate, Massachusetts (Plymouth). Captain Michael Pierce and Persis (Eames) Pierce had 13 children between 1645 and 1662, the first (which died) and the last were both named Persis after her. She died 5 days after the birth of her 11th and last child, also named Persis.

Children of Persis Pierce and Capt. Michael Pierce were:

  • 1) Persis Pierce (1645-1646)
  • 2) Benjamin Pierce (1646-1730)
  • 3) Ephraim Pierce, Sr. (1647-1719)
  • 4) Elizabeth Pierce (1649-1670)
  • 5) Deborah Pierce (1650-
  • 6) Sarah Pierce (1652-1675)
  • 7) Mary Pierce (1654-1735)
  • 8) Abigail Pierce (1656-1723)
  • 9) Anna Pierce (1657-1665)
  • 10) Abiah Pierce (1659-1721)
  • 11) John Pierce (1660-1738)
  • 12) Ruth Pierce (1661-1760)
  • 13) Persis Pierce (1662-1715)

Persis (Eames) Pierce died at age 41 after giving birh to 13 children on December 31, 1662 Hingham, Massachusetts, (Plymouth)

She was baptized October 28, 1621, Fordingham, Lincolnshire, England


Listed as Anna or Hannah ALLEN


Capt. Michael and Persis (Eames) Pierce

Michael PIERCE - d. Mar. 26, 1676, Pawtucket, RI. No evidence has been found to indicate that Michael PIERCE was related to Ship Master William PIERCE or to John PIERCE of Dorchester and Boston. Michael settled first at Hingham, MA, then moved to Scituate, MA. Commissioned a captain by the Colony Court in 1669. Ambushed and killed with company by Canonchet at Attleboro Gore during King Philip's war. Will dated Jan. 15, 1675, proved Jul. 22, 1676, names wife Anna, children Benjamin, John, Ephraim, Abigail HOLBROOK, Mary HOLBROOK, Elizabeth, Sarah, Annah, Abiah, Ruth and Persis, grandchildren Elizabeth and Abigail HOLBROOK, and "my brother Mark JENNES [EAMES]". Married second in 1663 Anna (_____) ALLEN.

Persis EAMES - bap. Oct. 28, 1621, Fordington, St. George, Dorset, England; d. Dec. 31, 1662, Hingham, MA. Daughter of Capt. Anthony EAMES and Margery. The NEHGR of Oct. 1902, page 409, provides the following:

In Mass. Bay Colony Records, Vol. IV., part 1, page 380, under date of May 28, 1659, is an answer of the Court to the petition of Anthony Eames, in which is named "his sonne in lawe Michaell Pearse." It would seem that the first wife of Michael Pierce was a daughter of Anthony Eames, of Hingham and Marshfield. Her death is recorded in the Journal of Rev. Peter Hobart, "Dec. 31, 1662, Michaell Perces wife dyed."

Children of Michael and Persis Pierce

  • Persis - bap. Jan. 7, 1645/6, Scituate, MA; d. 1646.
  • Benjamin - b. 1646, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA; d. May 3, 1730, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA. Executor of father's estate. Benjamin was married first on Feb. 5, 1678 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA to Martha ADAMS (b. about 1665; d. Dec. 29, 1717, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA, daughter of James ADAMS. Benjamin was married second on Jul. 23, 1718 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA to Elizabeth (ADAMS) PERRY. Children of Benjamin PIERCE: Martha; Jerusha; Benjamin married first Mary COWEN, and second Elizabeth PERRY; Ebenezer; Persis; Caleb; Thomas; Adams; Jeremiah; and Elisha.
  • Ephraim - b. 1647, Scituate, MA; d. Sep. 29, 1719, Warwick, RI. Lived at Weymouth, MA, and moved to Warwick, RI about 1673. Freeman of Providence Plantation May 3, 1681. Married in 1670 Hannah HOLBROOK (d. 1719, Warwick, RI), daughter of Capt. John and Sarah HOLBROOK. The following paragraph is contained in the will of Capt. John HOLBROOK, Jul. 12, 1699, Weymouth, MA: "I give to my daughter, Hannah Pierce, £50 in money, to be at her disposal as she shall see cause. Also, I give unto my grandson, Azarikum Pierce, £15 in money. Also, I give to Ephraim Pierce, jun., £15 in money. I give to my granddaughter, Rachel Peck, £5 in money. All which legacies are to be paid by my executors within one year after my decease, which shall be in part payment of a bond under the hands and seals of Ephraim Pierce and Azarikum Pierce, bearing date June 14, 1697." Children: Azrikim married first Sarah HEYWOOD (or HOWARD), and second Elizabeth ESTEN; Ephraim married Mary LOW; Michael; Rachel married Mr. PEET; Hannah married William MARTIN; Experience married Samuel WHEATON; John married Hannah MILES; Benjamin; and Mial married Judith (or Joanna).
  • Elizabeth - b. about 1649, Scituate, MA. Married Mr. HOLBROOK.
  • Deborah - b. about 1650, Scituate, MA.
  • Sarah - b. about 1652, Scituate, MA.
  • Mary - b. 1654, Scituate, MA; d. Apr. 26, 1735. Married Samuel HOLBROOK.
  • Abigail - b. about 1656; d. Sep. 29, 1723, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA. Married about 1670 John HOLBROOK, son of Capt. John and Sarah HOLBROOK. Capt. John HOLBROOK mentions grandchildren John, Abigail and Elizabeth in his will dated Jul. 12, 1699. Children of Abigail and John HOLBROOK: Thomas; Abigail married Thomas PORTER; Elizabeth married James SMITH; Experience; Hannah married Josiah TURNER; Sarah; Deborah married Joseph BRIGGS; and John married Sarah CRITTENDON.
  • Anna - b. about 1657, Scituate, MA.
  • Abiah - b. about 1659, Scituate, MA. Married Andrew FORD.
  • John - b. about 1660, Scituate; d. Jun. 28, 1738. Married on Dec. 12, 1683 in Plymouth Co., MA, Patience DODSON, daughter of Anthony DODSON. Children of John and Patience PIERCE: Mial married Mary WOOD; John married Abigail VINTON; Jonathan; Ruth married Stephen CORNELL; Jael married Hezekiah CHACE; David; Clothier married Hannah SHERMAN; Mary married Mr. NORTON; and Samuel married Polly BARBER.
  • Ruth - b. about 1661, Scituate, MA.
  • Persis - b. about 1662, Scituate, MA. Date of death and date of marriage both reported as Dec. 3, 1695 in different sources. Married Richard GARRETT (b. 1659).

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Sources: New England Marriages prior to 1700, Boston, Mass

A book was written on this family by a descendant of Captain Michael Pierce and Persis Eames, by Michael Pierce and distrubuted to his family members.

Dona (Floyd) (Sanders) (Vance) Kimmons is DNA matched to a descendant of this family, Job Pierce, Sr. (1723-1791), brother of Nathan Pierce, a direct descendant of both Presidents George H.W. Bush and his son, President George Walker Bush. Her daughter, Sheryl (Sanders) Bolton is also DNA matched to his son, Job Pierce, Jr. on Ancestry DNA, and so is Dona Lorine (Floyd) GEDMATCH # A319313.

Also see additional information under her husband's name, Captain Michael Pierce, b. 1615, Rehoboth, Mass.


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Persis Pierce's Timeline

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