Husband: Thomas Pierce (1 2 3 4 5)
Born: about 1583 in England
Married:
Died: 07 Oct 1666 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA (6)
Father:
Mother:
Spouses:
Wife: Elizabeth??? (7 8)
Born: about 1595 in England
Died: 1667
Father:
Mother:
Spouses:
Children
01 (M): John Pierce (9)
Born:
Died:
Spouses:
02 (M): Samuel Pierce
Born:
Died: Sep 1678
Spouses: Mary
03 (M): Thomas Pierce (10 11)
Born: 1608 in England
Died: 06 Nov 1683 in Woburn, MA
Spouses: Elizabeth Cole
04 (M): Robert Pierce (12)
Born:
Died:
Spouses: Sarah Eyre
05 (F): Mary Pierce (13)
Born: 1626 in Norfolk, England
Died: 10 Jan 1702/1703 in Charlestown, Mass
Spouses: Peter Tufts
06 (F): Elizabeth Pierce (14)
Born:
Died:
Spouses: Randall Nichols
07 (F): Persis Pierce (15)
Born:
Died:
Spouses: William Bridge; John Harrison
08 (F): Abigail Pierce (16)
Born: 17 Jun 1639
Died:
Spouses:
Additional Information

Thomas Pierce:

Notes:

1638 Charlestown Book of Possessions lists the following for Thomas:
10 lots:
5 acres in the West End with a dwelling house
1 acre on the South Meade
1 other acre in the South Meade
4 acres in Line Field
4 cow commons
5 acres of woods in the Mystic field
3 acres in the Mystic marshes
1 acres in Mystic Long Meadow
15 acres of woods in Mystic Field
62 acres at Water Field


Thomas Pierce was born in England and migrated to America sometime before Feb 1634/35 when he joined the church in Charlestown.

He left money in his will to Harvard College. Was he perhaps a scholar?

Elizabeth???:

Notes:

Since Thomas and Elizabeth had a daughter named Persis it is thought that Persis was perhaps Elizabeth's maiden name.

Footnotes
  1. contact: RICHARD L. Pierce <rlpierce444@yahoo.com>, Thomas Pierce of Charlestown, Mass.

    [Dick Pierce, 438 Whiting Ave., Dedham, MA 02026]

  2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch.com, AFN 8R4F-PN.
  3. Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620 - 1700, clxxxix.

    PIERCE/PEIRCE/PEARCE
    Thomas, b. Eng. 1583-84, freeman Charlestown, Mass., 1635, proprietor Woburn, Mass., 1643.

  4. Frederic Beech Pierce, Pierce Genealogy (Worcester:Press of Chas. Hamilton, 311 Main Street; 1882).

    p.17-Thomas Pierce, the emigrant ancestor of this branch of the Pierce family, came from England to this country in 1633-4, with his wife Elizabeth Pierce, and settled in Charlestown, Mass. He was b. in England in 1583-4; d. Oct. 7, 1666. ...He (was admitted to the church) Feb 21, 1634-5. He was freeman May 6, 1635. Sept. 7,1642, he was one of the twenty-one commissioners appointed by the Great and General Court, "to see that Saltpetre heaps were made by all the farmers of the colony."

    THE ENGLISH FAMILY.



    In the History of the " Peirce Family, of Watertown," written by my
    friend Mr. Frederick C. Peirce, of Barre, Mass., he alludes to John Pers,
    the ancestor of that branch in this country, as being " John Pers, of
    Norwich, Norfolk County, England, weaver."

    As yet the ancestry in England of the Peirce family has not been
    followed out in an authentic manner ; but in the " History of Norwich,
    Norfolk County, England," under the head of St. Peter's Church, in
    that town, we find the following in relation to the family living there
    th en : — "Sparks Chantry, in this church was granted, July 23rd, in the
    4th of Edward VI., with all its lands and rents, &c., in the tenure of
    Robermore, to Nicholas le Strange. And in the 23rd of Elizabeth,
    Peter Perse, cousin and heir of Humphrey Cony, late of this town, held
    part of these lands, being son of Thomas Perse, son of Margaret Perse,
    sister of John Cony, father of Humphrey."

    It will be seen by this that there was a family by the name there at
    that time, and that also there was a Thomas in the family. It is
    reasonable to suppose therefore that our Thomas was of this family,
    and that he was brother of the John alluded to, and also of Robert, of
    Dorchester, as the same coat of aims is found in that family.

    Genealogical DEictionary Xvii.
    Thomas, Charlestown, from England, adm. to Church 1634, freeman
    1635, by wf. Elizabeth had John, Samuel, Thomas b. 1618, Robert,
    Mary, Elizabeth, Bersis, and Abigail. He d. Oct. 7, 1666.

    p.17-Thomas Pierce, the emigrant ancestor of this branch of the Pierce family, came from England to this country in 1633-4, with his wife Elizabeth Pierce, and settled in Charlestown, Mass. He was b. in England in 1583-4; d. Oct. 7, 1666. ...He (was admitted to the church) Feb 21, 1634-5. He was freeman May 6, 1635. Sept. 7,1642, he was one of the twenty-one commissioners appointed by the Great and General Court, "to see that Saltpetre heaps were made by all the farmers of the colony."

    Inventory: House, etc., £60; 12 acres, £48; 8 acres commons, £32; 6
    acres, £20; 10 acres marsh, £30; 5 commons, £30; total, £113.

    Estate.— Grant, 4 acres planting ground, 1635-6.

    Possessions, 1638, 10 lots: (1) 5 acres in West end— bd. w., Richard
    Sprague; e., Edward Burton, common ; vs., highway; s., church land; with
    dwelling-house. (2) 1 acre South Meade— e., creek; w., church land; N., E.
    Burton; s., Nowell. (3) 1 acre South Meade— s., Camb. fence; e., John
    Woolrich; n. w., M. Bastow. (4) 4 acres Linefleld— 8. w., Camb. line; s. e.,
    Will Baker; n. w., common, swamp; n. e., Brooks. (5) 4 cow commons.
    (6) 5 acres woods Mystic held. (7) 3 acres Mystic marshes— w., North
    River; e., woods; N., widow Nash ; s., Cliubiick,'j. Brimsmead. (8) 1 acre
    Mystic Long Meadow. (9) 15 acres woods Mystic field— N. e., Mrs. Coyte-
    more; s. w., E. Richardson, J. Hodges; n. w., R. Palgrave; s. e., J. Hubbard.
    (10) 62 acres Waterfield— n. w., Joshua Tedd, Rice Morrice, J. Hodges,
    George Felt; s. w., E. Erothinghain ; s. w., James Hubbard; n. e., R.
    Palgrave.

  5. Ibid., Will.

    THOMAS PIERCE'S WILL.

    Cambridge in New England, Novemb. 1th, 1665.

    I, Thomas Pierce of Charlestown, aged about 82 years, being throw
    the goodness of y e Lord of sound judgment & memory, and in some
    measure of bodily health, do ordaine & hereby declare my last Will
    and testament, in manner and form following ; viz : my soul, which I
    believe is imortall, I do desire humbley and believeingly to resign it
    unto the father of spirits, who gave it to mee, and to remit both body
    and soul into the everlasting mercyes of God, the father, Sonne, and
    Holy Ghost. My body I desire it may be decently interred, at the
    discretion of my loving wife whom I do ordaine and make sole
    Executrix of this my Will. And for my outward Estate wherewith
    the Lord hath gratiously blessed mee, I do dispose thereof as follows,
    viz : to Harvard College twenty shillings to be payed within one
    year after my decease. To Mary Bridge, and Elizabeth Jeffs, two of
    my grand-children now dwelling with mee I do give ten pounds
    apiece, to be paid by my Executrix as soon as she can with conve-
    nience, but not to be compellable thereto for and during to years after
    my decease. The residue of my estate, my just debts and funerall
    expenses being first payed, I do give and bequeath unto my loving
    wife Elizabeth, to have and to hold the same during her life, and at
    her pleasure to be helpfull to any of my children as shee shall see meet
    in her discretion, by giveing or lending to them any part thereof :
    And before her deceased I do give her power to make her will, and by
    the same to bequeath any part thereof by gift or legacy as shee shall
    see meet, and after her decease such part thereof as shall be by her
    unexpended, and not disposed of by her before her decease, I do will
    and bequeath y e same in manner following — viz : To all my grand-
    children I do give ten groates apeece, and the remainder to be equally
    divided among my children. My will is that the younger shall have
    eaquell with the eldest, I have formerly done for them according to my
    ability: Finally I do nominate my loving friends, Mr. Ri : Russell
    & Mr. Thomas Danforth*, and my sonne Jno. Pierce overseers of
    this my will ; by whose advice and consent of them or the more part
    of them I do give my Executrix full power to settle all my lands on
    such of my sonnes, as shall approve themselves in the feare of God,
    and duty to their aged mother, and on such conditions as they shall
    meet /also I do nominate Lift. Randall Nicholls [this name is in place



    *A note at time of proof shows that this will was executed at Thomas Dan-
    forth's house in Cambridge. Thomas Danforth was Treasurer of Harvard
    College, 1650-68. The inventory of Thomas Pierce's property taken Oct.
    23, 1666, £413 5 s., was filed Mar. 22, 1666-7 by his widow Elizabeth Pierce
    aged about 71, appd. by Richard Lowdeu, Richard Jackson, Thomas
    Welch (?).



  6. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch.com, AFN 8R4F-PN.
  7. contact: RICHARD L. Pierce <rlpierce444@yahoo.com>, Thomas Pierce of Charlestown, Mass.
  8. Frederic Beech Pierce, Pierce Genealogy (Worcester:Press of Chas. Hamilton, 311 Main Street; 1882), pp.17 -18.

    His wife Elizabeth was b. in England in 1595-6.
    The wife of Thomas was admitted to the church at Charlestown Jan. 10"

  9. contact: RICHARD L. Pierce <rlpierce444@yahoo.com>, Thomas Pierce of Charlestown, Mass.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Frederic Beech Pierce, Pierce Genealogy (Worcester:Press of Chas. Hamilton, 311 Main Street; 1882).

    p. 21-22: He was often styled Sergt. Thomas. Sergt. Thomas was admitted to the church at Charlestown, Feb. 21, 1634; was in Woburn as early as 1643; was taxed there, 1645; was selectman of Woburn, 1660, and repeatedly afterwards of the committee for dividing the common lands in Woburn; he was one of "the right proprietors,'' chosen Mar. 28, 1667; and also of the General Courts' Committee appointed for the same purpose in 1668.

    XVIII. Pierce Pedigree.
    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.

  12. contact: RICHARD L. Pierce <rlpierce444@yahoo.com>, Thomas Pierce of Charlestown, Mass.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Ibid.
  15. Ibid.
  16. Ibid.
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