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Ens. John Pearce

Male 1647 - 1707  (60 years)


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  • Name John Pearce 
    Prefix Ens. 
    Born 8 September 1647  Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation mason 
    Died 5 December 1707  Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • John and Mary resided in Portsmouth and Tiverton. John, freeman of the town of Portsmouth 28 Apr 1669, and of the colony from Portsmouth 2 May 1671. In 1681 he made several purchases of lands in Pocassett, afterwards Tiverton. He probably settled in Pocassett about 1682-3 and was one of the incorportators of Tiverton 1692. John was commissioned an Ensign of the militia, moderator of town meeting at Tiverton in 1705. Tiverton was incorportated as a town 2 Mar 1692, and among the 27 citizens at that time residing there was John Pearce.

      Apr. 11, 1689 he sold lands in Pocassett to William Wodell, Jr.
      Dec. 11, 1706 he sold lands in Portsmontil to Thomas Durfee.
      Aug. 3, 1709, an agreement was filed between John Pearce of Tivcrton, John Read, Jr., of Freetown and Mary his wife, Samuel Shearman and Sarah his wife of Swanzey, Thomas Cook, Jr., and his wife Elizabeth, John Cook, son of John Cook and Rachel his wife of Tiverton, and Alice Pearce, all children of John Pearce, deceased, who died intestate. John was the only son. He was commissioned an Ensign of militia; moderator of town meeting at Tiverton in 1705. He is said to have been a mason by trade. His gravestone still [1887] remains with legiable inscription.

      Abstracts of Bristol Co., Massachusetts, Probate Records
      Vol. 2, pages 267–268:
      Account of Mary Pearce, widow & administrator of estate of her husband John Pearce of Tiverton, dated 7 Sep 1709, mentions daughters Mary Read, Susanah Woodall deceased, Anne Sheffield deceased, Sarah Shearman, Elizebeth Cooke, and Rachel Cook; and son John Pearce.
Vol. 2, pages 285–286:
      Division of estate of John Pearce of Tiverton between his widow Mary Pearce & his children.
Son John Pearce; Amos Sheffield as guardian of his children (not named) by late wife Anne Sheffield deceased; daughter of John Pearce; Mary, Susanah, & Sarah Woodall, daughters of Richard Woodall by Susannah his wife, deceased; daughter of John Pearce; Amos Sheffield being guardian of said Mary, Susanah, and Sarah Woodall. Commissioners Edward Grey, Daniel Howland, and William Manchester. [3]
    Person ID I2382  Schirado
    Last Modified 16 June 2015 

    Father Richard Pearce,   b. 1615, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1678, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Susannah Wright,   b. 1627, Waltham Abbey, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1678, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 2 March 1642  Waltham Abbey, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F5638  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary Tallman,   b. about 1651, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. June 1720, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 29 April 1669  Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Susanna Pearce,   b. about 1672, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1710  (Age ~ 37 years)
    +2. Mary Pearce,   b. 14 February 1673/4, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 June 1726  (Age 52 years)
    +3. Anne Pearce,   b. 14 February 1673/4,   d. 27 November 1706, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +4. Sarah Pearce,   b. about 1676, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Rachel Pearce,   b. about 1680, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. June 1720  (Age ~ 40 years)
    +6. Elizabeth Pearce,   b. about 1682, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1760  (Age ~ 77 years)
    +7. Capt. John Pearce,   b. about 1686, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 January 1755  (Age ~ 69 years)
     8. Alice Pearce,   b. about 1688, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F1699  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S127] John Osborne Austin, (Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, 1968 (first ed. was 1887)).

    2. [S117] James N. Arnold, (Narragansett Historical Publ. Co., Providence, 1893, volume 4).

    3. [S128] Frederick C. Pierce, (1888, Rockford, IL).

    4. [S279] Parentage of Susanna Wright, wife of Richard Pearce of Portsmouth, R. I., Benjamin Franklin Wilbour.


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