Person:Michael Pierce (6)

  • HCapt Michael Pierce1615 - 1676
  • WPersis Eames1621 - 1662
m. 1645
  1. Capt Benjamin Pierce1646 - 1730
  2. Persis Pierce1645/46 - 1646
  3. Captain Ephraim Pierce1647 - 1719
  4. Elizabeth PierceAbt 1649 -
  5. Deborah PierceAbt 1650 -
  6. Sarah PierceAbt 1652 -
  7. Anna PierceAbt 1654 -
  8. Mary PierceAbt 1657 - 1735
  9. Abiah PierceAbt 1659 - Bet 1721 & 1725
  10. John Pierce, SrAbt 1660 - 1738
  11. Ruth PierceAbt 1661 -
  12. Persis PierceCal 1662 - 1715
  13. Abigail Pierce1662 - 1723
  • HCapt Michael Pierce1615 - 1676
  • W.  Ann (add)
Facts and Events
Name Capt Michael Pierce
Gender Male
Birth[2] 1615 Fordington, Dorset, England
Marriage 1645 prob Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Persis Eames
Alt Marriage 1645 Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Persis Eames
Will[1] 15 Jan 1675/76 Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Death? 26 Mar 1676 Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Probate[1] 5 Jul 1676 (?)

Will of Michael Pierce of Scituate.

Dated January, 1675.

Scituate, in the government of New Plymouth, 1675, January the 15.

I, Michael Pierce of Scituate, in the government of New Plymouth in America, being now by the appointment of God going out to war, against the Indians, doe make this my last will and testament: First I do committ myself and wayes unto the Eternal God; nextly concerning that estate which God has blessed me with, I thus dispose. First I give unto my beloved wife Annah Pierce, during her life, the westward end of my now dwelling house, in Scituate aforesaid which I last built to dwell in, and the bed in it, with what apputenances to it, to use and dispose of to my children as she shall see cause. Also my will is that for my wifes yearly maintenance, that my son Benjamin Pierce shall pay unto her twelve pounds per year, one half in money and the other half in provisions, and also sufficient firewood for her use in the house during her life; And I give unto my son Benjamin aforesais my now dwelling house and barn in Scituate aforesaid, and all the land which I have in Scituate excepting that I bought of Benjamin Bates of Hingham, and that which I bought of William James of Scituate and excepting the abovesaid westerly end of my abovesaid house, during my wife's life as abovesaid, out of which abovesaid Estate in house and lands given to my son Benjamin, he shall pay unto my aforesaid wife for her maintenance twelve pounds a year, as abovesaid during her life, and sufficient firewood also as abovesaid. And I give unto my son, John Pierce all my lands in Hingham, in the Massachusetts, and my land in Scituate, which I bought of William James, of Scituate, paying out of it to my son Ephraim's two children, Eserikum Pierce and Ephraim Pierce, to each of them fifteen pounds at the age of twenty and one years; provided that neither my son Ephraim aforesaid, nor either of his after him, or any by or under him, shall go about to molest my said son John of or upon the attempt of the three or four acres of meadow land in hingham aforesaid which my father James gave unto my said son Ephraim which is not yet so fully confirmed to me as by my son Ephraim's promise it should have been.

Also I give unto my aforesaid son Benjamin all my movable estate in cattle and boats, and household goods, and such like, excepting that which I have disposed of to my wife as abovesaid, out of which said moveable estate my sais son Benjamin shall pay these legacies which I give to my children as followeth:

First I give unto my son Ephraim Pierce, five pounds.

2. I give unto my daughter, Abigail Holbrook, five pounds.

3. I give unto my daughter, Elizabeth Pierce, thirty pounds.

4. I give unto my daughter, Sarah Pierce, thirty pounds.

5. I give unto my daughter Anna Pierce, fifty pounds.

6. I give unto my daughter Mary Holbrook, twenty pounds.

7. I give unto my daughter Abiah Pierce, thirty pounds.

8. I give unto my daughter Ruth Pierce, thirty pounds.

9. I give unto my daughter Persis Pierce, fifty pounds.

Also I give to my grandchild Elizabeth Holbrook five pounds to be paid her by my son Benjamin aforesaid at her day of marriage or 21 years old.

Also I give unto my grandchild Abigail Holbrook five pounds, to be paid her by my son John Pierce aforesaid at her day of marriage or 21 years old.

Also my will is, that if it should please God that my beloved wife aforesaid should be afflicted with lameness or sickness so that the abovesaid 12 [pounds] income be not sufficient to maintain her in comfortable manner, that then what shall be meet by my overseers to be added for her comfortable maintenance shall be equally payed her yearly by my son Benjamin Pierce and my son John of that estate which I have given them as aforesaid.

Also I make my wife abovesaid my executrix and my son Benjamin Pierce abovesaid my executor of my last will and testament, and also I the abovesaid Michael Pierce my truly and well beloved friends Cornett Robert Stetson and Isaac ___ and my brother Mark Jennes and my brother Charles Stockbridge overseers or witnesses of this my abovesaid last will, and testament. In witness whereof I set my hand and seal this fifteenth of January 1675.

Michael Pierce

Witnesses: Benjamin Woodworth, Charles Stockbridge

By reason of the dangerousness of the times, there will be a court in July next, and the parties that delays may be prejudicial to the estate Benjamin Woodworth gave oath before me unto Michael Pierce signing, sealing and this was testified upon oath the fifth of Jul ___ [mutilated}

Plymouth Colony Record of Wills; Vol. 3, Part 2, page 8

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Pierce, Frederick Clifton. Pierce genealogy. : being the record of the posterity of Capt. Michael, John and Capt. William Pierce, who came to this country from England. (Albany, N.Y.: Published for the author by J. Munsell's Sons,  Weed, Parsons & Co.), 1889)
    Pa 34, 35.

    See will transcript above.

  2. St. George is St. George Church in Fordington, Dorset, England where both Fords and Pierces are buried in the churchyard. No proof of Michael's birth or bp there found as yet.
  3.   William James who sold land to Michael Pierce may be his 2nd wife's father as he refers to "my father James" towards the end of the first paragraph of his will.