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Thomas Pierce, II

Also Known As: "Thomas Pierce"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk , England
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Among Original Settlers Of Woburn, Mass.
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Pierce and Elizabeth Pierce
Husband of Elizabeth Pierce
Father of Ensign John Pierce; Thomas Pierce; Elizabeth Pierce; Joseph Pierce; Stephen Pierce and 7 others
Brother of John "Mariner" Pierce; Elizabeth Nichols; Samuel Pierce, of Charlestown; Robert Pierce; Mary Preston and 5 others

Occupation: Progenitor of 14th President Franklin Pierce
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About Sgt. Thomas Pierce, Jr.

Thomas Pierce,Jr., son of Thomas Pierce, was born in England in 1608; married, May 6,1635, Elizabeth Cole, who died March 5,1688. He died November 6,1683.

They resided in Charlestown, in the part now Woburn. He is called Sergeant in the records, indication military prominence.

He was the progenitor of President Franklin Pierce : Franklin(VII),Benjamin(VI), Benjamin(V),Stephen(IV),Stephen(III),Thomas(II),Thomas(I).

Sergeant Thomas Pierce was admitted to the Charlestown Church February 21,1634. He was an inhabitant of Woburn as early as 1643. He was selectman in 1660, and served on the committee to devide the common lands. He was on of the "Right Proprietors" elected March 28,1667, and also of the committee of the general court appointed 1668 to divide lands, etc.

The children:

  1. Abigail, born August 17,1639;
  2. John, March 7,1643,married, July 5, 1663,Deborah Converse;
  3. Thomas, June 21, 1645,married 1680, Rachel Bacon;
  4. Elizabeth, December 25,1646, married, Nivember 9, 1666, Thomas Whittemore, and died March 10, 1670;
  5. Joseph, September 22, 1646, died February 27, 1649;

3 Stephen, July 16, 1651, married, November 18, 1676, Tabitha Parker;

  1. Samuel, April 7,1656;
  2. William, March 20,1658, married April 8, 1690, Abigail Sommers, nee Warren;
  3. James, May 7,1659, married Elizabeth Kendall;
  4. Abigail, November 20, 1660, married February 18, 1684, George Reed, Jr.;
  5. Benjamin, married Mary Reed.

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This remarkable couple started a family line that led to two presidents, GW Bush and Franklin Pierce.

Not to mention the Hunts of Albuquerque and many many others!

From "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine" by Henry Sweetser Burrage et al. :

Thomas, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Pierce, was born in England in 1608. He was admitted to the church in Charlestown in 1634. He became a resident of Charlestown village, now Woburn, as early as 1643; was assessed there in 1645; served as a selectman in 1660-61-62-65-66; in 1671 was one of four appointed to confer with the selectmen to build a new church, the same to cost about $2,226; was a member of the committee having charge of the division of the common lands, and for this service he received thirty-seven acres of make meadow or swamp land. March 28, 1667, he was chosen one of the "Rights proprietors" by the town, and in the following year was appointed by the general court a member of a committee formulated for the same purpose. He is frequently referred to in the early records of Woburn as Sergeant Pierce.

His death occurred November 6, 1683.

On May 6, 1635, he married Elizabeth Cole, daughter of Ryse and Arrold Cole; she died March 5, 1688; Rysc Cole was the ninth on the first list of thirteen inhabitants of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629.

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Common ancester to Governor Benjamin Pierce, and his son, President Franklin Pierce. Also, an ancester of former First Lady Barbara Bush, through his son James Pierce (1659-1742). Thomas Pierce II and his family were one of the "First Families of Boston" and settlers of Woburn, Massechusettes. 2 children died before reaching 2 years of age, they are Joseph and Samuel Pierce.

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From " Charlestown Genealogies and Estates" Vol. 1, page 125, "Peter Tufts allowed to join his brother [probably bro.-in-law] Williams Bridge, in keeping ferry, 1646-7". "William Bridge, of Charlestown, in petition made about 1644, but no date attached, declares her came over with his father-in-law, John Oldham, twenty-one years before when Gov. Endicott was in office [Therefore he probably came in the "Anne" 1623] Inhabitant here 1643, married (1) Mary Oldhams' and (2) Persis Peirce, who was admitted to church 30 (9) 1643. (Persis married (2) John Harrison in 1652.) Mary Oldham Bridge died about 1646, William Bridge was a ferryman, made freeman May 26, 1647.

Samuel Bridge was the 2 nd child of William and Persis (Pierce) Bridge, born Charlestown, Mass. 19 Jun 1647 (another record says March 25, 1647) From the "Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company": "Samuel Bridge (1674) of Boston, in 1671, a carpenter, was admitted freeman in 1672. Between 1673 and 1701, he was elected or appointed to town office during 14 year; also being a member of Capt. Hill's (1677) company, he was chosen a thithing man in 1686, served on special committees; the last service being in 1718 to inspect the town in regard to the observance of the by-law for keeping ladders at each house.

He was born Aug. 19, 1647, son of William and Persis (Pierce) Bridge, died Nov. 29, 1717. "His mill ( Suffolk Wills, Vol. XX, folio 123 ) mentions five daughters and two sons. The latter Benjamin and Ebenezer Bridge joined the Artillery Co. in 1711 and 1717 respectfully". The will dated Nov. 29, 1717 names a grandson, William Bridge and four sons: Benjamin Bridge, Ebenezer Bridge, Samuel Torry and Arasmus Stephens. (Of course the last two are son-in-laws) "In Vol. XX, p. 326 appears inventory of estate of Samuel Bridge, late of Boston, totals 2461 pounds."

In King's Chapel burying grounds is a grave marked, "Here lyes buried the body of Mrs. Mary Bridge late wife to Mr. Samuel Bridge, aged 74 years, dec'd March ye 28 th of 1735"; another is marked "Thomas Bridge 1715".

"Prosperity of Thomas Pierce of Charlestown" by Frederick Beech Pierce.

Thomas Pierce came from England 1633/4 with his wife Elizabeth, and settled in Charlestown, Mass. He was born in England 1583/4; died Oct. 7, 1666. His wife Elizabeth, was born in England 1595/6. She was admitted to Church in Charlestown, Jan. 10, 1634/5, and he Feb. 21, 1634/5; freeman 6 May 1635. They had 9 children born in Charlestown.

Persis Pierce is thought to be the 8 th . She was admitted to church 30 (9) 1643; married (2 nd wife) William Bridge. Their son Samuel Bridge was born 19 (6) 1647 at Charlestown. (See Bridge records)

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  • Thomas Pearce
  • M, #79262, b. circa 1613, d. 6 November 1683
  • Father Thomas Pierce b. c 1583, d. 7 Oct 1666
  • Mother Elizabeth Carew b. 1596, d. 1667
  • Thomas Pearce was born circa 1613 at of Norwich, Norfolk, England. He married Elizabeth Cole, daughter of Ryse Cole and Arrold Phipps, on 6 May 1635 at of Boston, Suffolk, MA. Thomas Pearce died on 6 November 1683 at Woburn, Middlesex, MA.
  • Family Elizabeth Cole b. 5 Mar 1608, d. 1688
  • Child
    • Steven Pearce+ b. 16 Jul 1651, d. 10 Jun 1733
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2638.htm#i79262

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  • Thomas Pierce, Jr
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: Nov. 6, 1683
  • He married Elizabeth Cole on May 6,1635.
  • 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.
  • NOTE: Some online resources give his birth as Jul 24,1608 at Salford, Co.Bedfordshire, while others give his birth as Mar 7,1607/8 at Norwich, Co.Norfolk. I am unable to confirm these through valid research and resources. It is more likely that he was born a few years later than 1608.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Thomas Pierce (1584 - 1666)
  • Elizabeth Pierce
  • Spouse:
  • Elizabeth Cole Pierce (1619 - 1688)
  • Children:
    • Thomas Pierce (1645 - 1717)*
    • Stephen Pierce (1651 - 1733)*
    • Abigail Pierce Reed (1660 - 1719)*
  • Siblings:
  • Thomas Pierce (____ - 1683)
  • Persis Pierce Bridges Harrison (1625 - 1683)*
  • Mary Pierce Tufts (1627 - 1703)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 54473745
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54473745

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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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  • 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/n22/mode/1up
  • A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY
  • .... etc.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/n19/mode/1up
  • Pg.xii
  • BENJAMIN, Sr. of Woburn, s. of Thomas, Jr. (or John) of the same, by wf. Mary (dau. of Benjamin Reed), had Benjamin, b. Aug. 28, 1689, d. 27 Nov., 1713; Mary, b. Jan. 29, 1691-2; Esther, b. Oct. 25, 1696; Rebecca, b. Oct. 10, 1698; Deborah, b. Dec. 5, 1709; Thomas, b. Nov. 23, 1702; Zurishaddai, b. June 22, 1705. He d. 1739, leaving widow Mary.
  • http://www.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.
  • JOHN, Woburn, yeoman, ensign, s. of Thomas, Jr., b. 1643, m. July 5, 1663, Deborah Convers, dau. of James, had Deborah, b. Oct. 30, 1666 ; John, b. Jan. 26, 1671, m. Mary Parker ; Thomas, b. Dec. 23, 1673 ; James, b. Aug. 6, 1674. d. Sept. 13, 1685 ; Daniel, b. Oct. 7, 1676, m. Dinah Holt ; James, b. Oct. 8, 1686 ; Ebenezer, b. 1687 ; Joseph, b. Aug, 24, 1688, m. Mary ; Ruth, b. 1690.
  • JOSEPH, Woburn, s. of Thomas, Jr., m. June 24, 1681, Mary Richardson. He d. s. p. 1716; soldier in 1675.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/n24/mode/1up
  • Pg.xvii.
  • SAMUEL, Woburn, s. of Thomas, Jr., same, freeman 1684; m. Dec. 9, 1680, Lydia Bacon, and had Samuel, b. Nov. 25, 1681, m. Abigail Johnson; Lydia, b. May 25, 1683; Joseph, b. Mar. 28, 1685, d. young; Isaac, b. Mar. 22, 1687, m. Grace Tucker; Abigail, b. Feb. 27, 1689; Sarah, b. June 22, 1691; Ruth, b. Feb. 14, 1693; Tabitha, b. Aug. 28, 1697, d. Sept. 30, 1697; Tabitha, b. Mar. 10, 1700.
  • STEPHEN, Chelmsford, s. of Thomas, Jr., Charlestown, by wf. Tabitha Parker, had Jacob, Benjamin, Sarah, Tabitha, Stephen.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/n25/mode/1up
  • Pg.xviii.
  • THOMAS, Charlestown Village alias Woburn ; m. May 6, 1635, Elizabeth Cole, often styled "Sergt. Thomas," selectman, Woburn, 1660; had ch. Ensign John, b. Mar. 7, 1643; Thomas, b. June 21, 1645; Elizabeth, b. Dec. 25, 1646; Joseph, b. Sept. 22, 1648, d. Feb. 27, 1649; Joseph, b. Aug. 13, 1649; Stephen, b. July 16, 1651; Samuel, b. Feb. 20, 1654, d. Oct. 27, 1655; Samuel, b. Apr. 7, 1656; William, b. Mar. 7, 1658; James, b. May 7, 1659; Abigail, b. Nov. 20, 1660; Benjamin, m. Mary Reed.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/piercegenealogyb00pier#page/n26/mode/1up
  • Pg.xix.
  • WILLIAM, Woburn, s. of Thomas Jr., m. Apr. 8, 1690, Abigail Sommers nee Warren; was a soldier in 1675, and d. 1720, leaving ch. Sommers, b. Feb. 16, 1697, m. Martha Holt of Andover, and Eve, b. Oct. 30, 1694, d. Aug. 1, 1695.
  • 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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  • 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.

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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.

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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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  • Here lyes ye body of Mrs. Lydia Snow, Widow to Mr. Timothy Snow, who departed this life, April ye 27th, 1764, aged 81 years. (Footstone) Mrs. Lydia Snow
  • Lydia (Peirce) Snow, widow of Timothy Snow, married January 16, 1705-6; daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Bacon) Peirce, born May 25, 1683; and grand-daughter of Sergt. Thomas Peirce, of Woburn, 1643, died November 6, 1683.
  • From: http://www.yeoldewoburn.net/Burial1.htm

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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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Sgt. Thomas Pierce, Jr.'s Timeline

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Norwich, Norfolk , England
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Age 26
Born, England
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Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
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Age 35
Boston, Suffolk, Mass
1645
June 21, 1645
Age 37
Woburn, Middlesex, MA, USA
1646
December 25, 1646
Age 38
Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass