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Ancestor of President Franklin Pierce and First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush
- ↑ Pierce, Frederic Beech, and Frederick Clifton Pierce. 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. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1965), xviii, 1882.
Thomas, Charlestown Village alias Woburn; m. May 6, 1635, Elizabeth Cole, often styled "Sergt. Thomas," selectman, Woburn, 1660l 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, 1858; James, b. May 7, 1659; Abigail, b. Nov. 20, 1660; Benjamin, m. Mary Reed.
Sergt. Thomas Pierce was admitted into the church at Charlestown, Feb. 21, 1634; was in Woburn as early as 1643; was taxed there, 1645; was selectman of Woburn 1660, and repeadly 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.
- ↑ Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and family history of western New York: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the building of a nation. (New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1912), pages 151, 1912.
Thomas Peirce, s/o Thomas, b. 1608, d. 6 Nov 1683. Lived in Charlestown Village (Woburn), called Sgt. Thomas Peirce. Married 6 May 1635 Elizabeth Cole.
- ↑ Johnson, Edward F. Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages . (Woburn, Massachusetts: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1919), 2:145.
Pierce, Thomas, Sen., s. of ---, [died] Nov. 6, 1683.
- ↑ Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 3:431.
PIERCE, PEARSE, PEARS, PEIRSE, or PEARCE,
THOMAS, Woburn 1643, may not improb. seem to be s. of the preced. b. in Eng. liv. first at Charlestown, and may have been f. of that Abigail; but at W. had John, b. 7 Mar. 1644, d. prob. soon; Thomas, 21 Jan. 1645; Elizabeth 25 Dec. 1646; Joseph, 22 Sept. 1648, d. soon; Joseph, again, 13 Aug. 1649; Stephen, 16 July 1651; Samuel, 20 Feb. 1654, d. at 2 yrs.; Samuel, again, 7 Apr. 1656; William, 7 Mar. 1658; James, 7 May 1659; and Abigail, 20 Nov. 1660. He was freem. 1677 and 13 Nov. of that yr. sold ld. in Charlestown. Thomas, f. of Stephen, could not be, as the biog. suppos. the same Thomas that d. 7 Oct. 1666, aged 83 yrs.
- Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).
At a court held at Cambridge on 1 April 1662 Richard Lowden of Charlestown and Thomas Pierce of Woburn petitioned that "whereas we ... did several years since each of us marry one of the daughters of Rice Coale sometimes of Charlestowne deceased, he then engaging to each of us, in reference to our said matching with his daughters respectively, that when his estate should come to be divided each of us should have as good a part thereof as any one of his sons, except his eldest son; since which time and since the decease of our said father-in-law it have pleased the Lord by death to take away the eldest and the youngest sons of our said father who both deceased without heirs and intestate, and before the death of our said mother the estate being undivided and one son only surviving, and whereas our said mother-in-law Harald Coale the relict of Rice Coale our said father-in-law late deceased did in her last will confirm the former last will of our said father and her estate being appraised by inventory the said estate especially in several principal parts thereof being appraised at a very low value," requested the court to consider the prejudice against them [ MPR Misc 107]. The court ordered that the estate be divided according to the wills of "Harrald Coale" and "Rice Coale" [ MPR Misc 107].