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Pierce, Skaggs & Related Families
in Kentucky & Tennessee


All items listed here will deal with information we find concerning various branches of PIERCE families that we don't yet know how they connect.

It should also be noted here that one of our primary goals is to try to sort out the John, William, Thomas, Nathan, James, Washington, William and George PIERCEs who are living in Tennessee and Kentucky in the late 1700s - early 1800s. Areas of particular interest for that time frame are around White County Tennessee, and Barren, Green and Simpson Counties in Kentucky. Sometime after 1830, several of our line migrated to the area of Jefferson and Franklin Counties in Missouri, with apparently a short detour to Illinois. Some are reported to have been born in North Caroline, others in South Carolina. Within these pages we'll put the miscellaneous information we gather in the hopes it might be the clue someone needs to solve the puzzle.

Possible allied families through Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri: Skaggs, Lemons/Lemmons/Lemans, Priest, Barbee, Ogle, Goolsby/Goosby, Huskey, Rogers, Spohr, Freeman?, Angel?, DeSpain?

Please note: Unless otherwise clearly stated, the source for the information on these pages comes from TRANSCRIPTS, not the original document or microfilm! It is always possible that the first transcribers made errors, so wherever possible, you should still verify the information by reading the original source material or microfilm. This information is simply intended to give researchers clues as where to look.

I have attempted to transcribe information here as accurately as possible; I did not make spelling or grammatical corrections (though I wanted to!), rather I copied information exactly as it was in the source material. Any other errors are strictly unintentional; if you find any mistakes, or would like to contribute information, please email me!


red button This first item is an excerpt from a biography on James H. Boston found in a book on the history of Kentucky (complete source info below). It can be a little confusing because the writer jumps back and forth between people, plus there are two James Boston's being referenced: the subject of the piece, James H. Boston, and his grandfather, James Boston.

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JAMES H. BOSTON was born May 19, 1827 in Barren County (now Metcalfe), KY. He is the oldest of four boys and five girls - all of whom lived to be grown - born to Abner and Susan (Skaggs) Boston. Abner Boston, a great hunter, was born in Albemarle County, VA; when a lad of seven was brought to Green County, KY, by his father, James Boston who married Nancy Hill. They were both born and reared in Albemarle County, VA., and immigrated to Green County KY about the close of the War of 1812. James Boston was a soldier of the War of 1812, was of Irish descent and died at the age of seventy-five years. Mrs. Susan (Skaggs) Boston was born and reared in Barren County (now Metcalfe), on the farm where James H. now resides. She was a daughter of Henry Skaggs, who married Sallie Lacefield, who were natives of Barren (now Metcalfe) County, KY, and North Carolina, respectively. Henry Skaggs was a Baptist preacher and a son of William Skaggs. James H. Boston was reared on a farm and received a common school education. He started in life for himself at the age of twenty-one at farming. He married, January 1, 1857, Mary M. Pierce, of Barren, now Metcalfe County. She was a daughter of William Pierce, who was born in 1808, in Barren County, and married Temperance Patterson, who was born in 1799, in Washington County, KY. William was a son of John Pierce, who married Margaret Lacefield. They were natives of Green County, KY and North Carolina, respectively.
source: "Kentucky. A History of the State, embracing a concise account of the origin and development of the Virginia Colony; its expansion westward, and the settlement of the frontier beyond the Alleghanies; the erection of Kentucky as an independent state, and its subsequent development."; by W.H. Perrin, J.H. Battle, G.C. Kniffin; F.A. Battey and Company; 1887.


red button Useful Information: Green County Kentucky was formed in 1792 from Lincoln and Nelson Counties. Part or all of the following counties were taken from the area that was once Green County: Adair, Barren, Clinton, Cumberland, Hart, McCreary, Metcalfe, Monroe, Pulaski, Russel, Taylor and Wayne.

red button Misc Green County, Kentucky Will and Deed Records (complete source information given at the end)

Abbreviations used in the records below:

nnl = no name listed nrl = no relationship listed nyl = no year listed

Abstract of Will of Henry Skaggs, 5 April 1809; wife (nnl); grandson John Skaggs, son of James Skaggs; son David Skaggs; daughter Sarah Skaggs; son James Skaggs; Stephen Skaggs (nrl); my children: Solomon Skaggs, Lucy Stacy (?), Rachel Ray, Nancy D Spane, Polly Combs; Exec. my son James Skaggs, Elias Barbee and John Barbee; Wit: Elias Barbee, Larkin Durret, James Rafity, William Barbee. Will proven: 4 Dec 1810

Abstract of Will of Alexander Vance, 20 March 1805; wife Jane; son William Vance; children: Jeremiah Matthews (nrl); my 4(?) living children: Nancy (Nannie?), Ruth Trent, William Vance, Cleary Belfries and An (sic) Skaggs; sons-in-law, William Vance and Briant Trent. Wit: Thomas Hall, John M. Daniel, William Downing. Will proven: 24 Dec 1810

Abstract of Will of David Preece (note: Priest), 11 Feb 1811; son Daniel Preece; son James Preece; son Jonas; wife Anna Preece; youngest daughter Livicey Preece; my children: Elenor Scott, William Powell Preecess, Jonas Preecess, Mary Pepper, Precilla, Perry, Lyddia Money, Daniel Preecess, Susannah Meers, John Preeces and Livicey Preeces. Wit: Elias Barbee, James Money, Zachariah Nance (Vance?). Will proven: 25 Mar 1811

Inventory of David Piece (note: Priest), 4 Apr (nyl) $355.46; Appraisers, Drury Thompson, Thomas Hart, Samuel Combs. Recorded January 1812

Settlement of David Preace, 21 Aug 1812; Exec. James Scott; names mentioned in sales: William Sympson, Elias Barbee, Doctr. Winlock, John McMurkin, James Allen, Hartwell Martin, James Price, Dan'l Price, John Preces, Ebenezer Perry, William P. Preeces; Commissioners, Jacob Bale and William Sympson. Recorded 26 Oct 1812; Total $121.38.

source for above five items: "Green County, Kentucky Will Records Will Book I with Inventories 1795-1816; Will Book II 1816-1839; Inventory Book II 1812-1820" Compiled by Barbara Wright


red button The information below is Abstracted from White County Tennessee records; complete source info given at the end.

Deed Book G, p 370: Indenture 17 July 1824: Hercules OGLE, Bledsoe County TN, one part, and Isaac Brown, other part, $1500 paid, 169 3/4 acres on South side main Caney Fork on Cane Creek. Wit" Nicholas Gillentine, Richard Shockley

Deed Book G, p 451: Indenture 24 Mar 1825: James P. Taylor, Carter County TN, and Isaac Taylor, Junr, one part, and John Rogers, other part, $174 paid, part 92 acres tr on Falling water of Caney fork and adj where John Bradbury lived on NW side of creek. Tr granted by TN to Grantors on 1 Oct 1821, Pat 15858. Wit: ISAAC R. ROGERS, James Grace, John Grace.

Deed Book G, p 509: James Pearce, McMinn County TN, one part, and Mary Harvill (?), other part, $400 paid, 2 tracts in White County on Caney Fork, latter adjacent Janus Pearce spring. Wit: Wm. Glenn, Samuel Wilson.

Deed Book H, p 99: Indenture 5 June 1829: Hercules OGLE, Barren County TN, and Wyatt Ogle (nrl), $300 paid, tract of 114 acres lying on Caney Fork, part of 2 tracts granted to John Ogle by Tennessee, one for 80 acres, other for 200 acres. Wit: Thomas Ogle, James ANGEL

Deed Book H, p 121: Indenture 7 May 1829: Thomas PEARCE and James Eastham, $170 paid, 78 acres and 145 1/2 poles, beginning near SW corner tract granted Richard Porterfield, part Grant No. 1123 to PEARCE. Wit: George Eastham, Richard Pirtle.

source for above items: "White County, Tennessee Deed Abstracts Volume II 1820-1834 Volumes G and H" Abstracted by Joyce Martin Murray


red button More Abstracts from White County Tennessee records; complete source info given at the end. Please don't be too frustrated with this first section...there are very few dates given in the printed copy. I haven't reviewed the microfilm yet. When I can, I will add the dates. For now, we only know these are between 1814-1817.

Minute Book, p 9: John Bussell vs. James Pierce } Transfer platt and certified survey for 24 acres of land Was this day acknowledged in open Court by John Russell for the purpose therein mentioned which was ordered to be recorded let it be certifyed.

Minute Book, p 534: State vs. Guy Smith } Indict. for B. This day came as well the Solicitor for the County of White... whereupon a jury of good and lawful men Towit: ...James Perce ... John Merrell...

Minute Book, p 540: State vs. Wesley Green } Indt. for an affray Prest Grand Jury This day came as well the Solicitor for the County of White... whereupon a jury of good and lawful men Towit: James Perce ... John Merrell...who being elected...

source for above items: "White County, Tennessee Minute Book 1814-1817": WPA Records


red button More Abstracts from White County Tennessee records; complete source info given at the end.

Minute Book, p 90 Ordered that George Pearce be appointed overseer of this road from a branch where James Pearce formaly (sic) lived to Haley's old cabin and that William Jarvis Esqr assign hands to work there on.

Minute Book, p 107 Monday January 17th 1820: Ordered by Court that James Davis, Levi Bozorth, Thomas Pearce, Alexander Steel and John Robinson be appointed Commissioners to lay off and mark a road from the mouth of the falling water up the creek to intersect some public road and make report thereof to the next term of this Court.

source for above items: "Transcriptions of the County Archives of Tennessee No. 93 White County (Sparta) County Court Minutes 1819-1820": Prepared by The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, WPA


red button More Abstracts from White County Tennessee records; complete source info given at the end.

Minute Book, p 314: Ordered by Court that the bounds in which the following hands reside be assigned the road leading from the peeled chestnut to Allens ferry Towit: Joel Blackwell...Jno. Vaughan...Nathan Pearce...Robert Harris, Issd.
Ordered by the Court that the district in which the following hands reside be assigned the road leading from the mouth of falling water to near where Thomas Taylor lives Towit: James 4 hands, Joseph Bozorth, Jno. Herbert, Thos Pearce, Hamilton Reavis, Jno. Martin, Thos. Leek, Jno Gambill, Elisha Howard, Alexd. Martin [cont. on p 315] Benjn Prew, Alexd. Steele, Jno. Robinson, Austin Cooker, Jno Stokes, Anthony Vinson, William Vinson, Jno. Barr, Wesley, Joseph & Elias Green, Mark Evans, Saml. Pettyjohn, Benj. Breashear, Wm. Thomas, Geo. Weeks, Wm Pearce, Wilson Brashear, James Mainyard, Isaac & Jacob Brashear, Josiah Bogar, Henry Roberts, Wm & Richard Fanning. Issd.

Minute Book, p 406: Ordered by Court Thomas Pearce, Alexander Steel, John Hubbard, Joseph Bogs and Anthony Vincent; work under George Allen Overseer on the road leading from the peeled chestnut to Allens ferry and it is ordered accordingly. Issd.

Minute Book, p 407: Ordered by Court that Alexander Steel be appointed overseer of the road from the mouth of falling water to where Thomas Taylor lives and that following hands work thereon Towit: James Davis 4 hands, ...Thos. Pearce...Jno Gambill, Elisha Howard, Alexander Martin...Wm. Pearce...Issd.

Minute Book, p 433: Ordered by Court that Andrew Bryan, Alexander Steel, Thomas Pearce, William Dyer...Joshua Bartlett... Willis Minefee, be summoned as Jurors to attend the County Court at Sparta on the third Monday of July next, and that Nathaniel Evans and John Young be summoned as Constables to attend thereon. - Issd.

source for above items: "White County, Tennessee Minute Book 6 1820-1823": WPA Records


red button More Abstracts from White County Tennessee records; complete source info given at the end.

Minute Book, p 56: State vs. Alexander Glenn } Indt. for A T B. on Negro man Harry; Richd Crowder Prosr. This day came as well the Attorney General ... whereupon came a Jury of good and lawful men towit: Walker Bennett, Hartwell Wilson, William C. Freeman, Hayes Arnold, Samuel Wilkerson, Ransom Wilson, Elisha Howard, Edward Anderson, William Mooney, William M. Bryan, Laban Wallis and Thomas Lyon, who being elected ... say that the Defendant is guilty ... 23 July 1824

Minute Book, p 57: State vs Elisha Howard } Indt for affraay This day came Nathaniel Pearce into open Court and acknowledged himself indebted to the State in $250, to the use of the State, Void on condition that the said Nathan Pearce shall well and truly make his personal appearance in this Court on the 4th day of the next term, then and there to give evidence in behalf of the State against the defendant and not depart without leave &c.

Minute Book, p 95: State vs. Elisha Howard } Indt. for an affray on Prest(sic) of the Grand Jury
This day came the Defendant with Joshua Hickey and Nathan Pierce into open Court and acknowledged themselves indebted to the State of Tennessee in the sum of $1000. towit: the Defendant in the sum of $500 and the said Joshua Hickey and Nathan Pierce in the sum of $250...void on the condition said Defendant shall make his personal appearance...not depart the same without leave thereof first had and obtained.

Minute Book, p 98: Monday 18 Oct 1824
Ordered by the Court that Samuel Shockley be appointed overseer of the road from the Mouth of Cane Creek to the Sequache road at John McElhaneys and keep the same in repair as the law required...
Ordered by the Court that the following hands be assigned to George Allen overseer of the Allens ferry road thereon towit: George Allen 2...Nathan Pearce 1...George Eastham 1...Jesse Angel 1...and all persons living in that bounds. Issd.

Minute Book, p 189: 16 April 1825
David Norris by his Attorney in fact Loyd Rockhold to Washington Pearce } Transfer of platt and certificate of survey for 50 acres of land [issued]
Was this day acknowledged in open Court by Loyd Rockhold Attorney in fact for David Norris the assignor, for the purpose and things therein mentioned and ordered to be recorded - and so certified.

source for above items: "White County, Tennessee Minute Book 1824-1827 Part 1": WPA Records


red button More Abstracts from White County Tennessee records. During this time frame, the Court is made up of Thomas Eastland, William Irwin, George Welch and Robert Denny; John Jett is Sheriff. Complete source info given at the end.

Minute Book, p [my sincere apologies- I failed to note the page number given for this item. It's p 422 of the book I was working from, but that's not the page number in the original record book. I will correct this oversight as soon as possible]:
Ordered by Court that the following persons be appointed as Jurors to the next County Court Towit: Ebinezer Jones, George Pearce, Christopher Hoffman, Hugh Gracy, William Usrey and Charles McGuire, Sampson Mooney, William Lewis, John Graham, Samuel Millers, Solomon Yeager Junr, William Wisdom, Reubin Harris, William Brown, Robert Campbell, William Lyda, Jesse Dodson, Charles Smith Jnr, Henry Lance, Thomas Duncan, George Miller, Patrick Potts, James Officer, John Bounds, Charles Isham, William Dyer as Jurors and Nicholas W. Eastland Issd. 6 days and Alexander Minefee Issd for 8 days constables &c. and that a writ of Venire Issd &c.

Minute Book, p 419: Tuesday Morning the 17th of October 1826: James Pearce to Mary Harwell } Deed of Conveyance for 66 1/2 acres of land in 2 tracts Was this day proven in open Court by the oaths of William Glenn and Samuel Wilson the two subscribing witnesses thereto for the purposes and things therein mentioned and order to be recorded let it be registereed.

Minute Book, p 446: Monday the 8th of January 1827: William Roberson by his attorney in fact George W. Pearce to Solomon Maidwell } Transfer of platt and certificate for 50 acres of land
Was this day acknowledged in open Court by George W. Pearce Attorney in fact for the said William Roberson for the purposes and things therein mentioned and ordered to be recorded and certified.

source for above items: "White County, Tennessee Minute Book 1824-1827 Part 2": WPA Records


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