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The Pierce Family Line

Created 01/15/06

Robert M. Sharp is the 10th generation lineal descendant of George Pierce (1633-1692) of Somersetshire, England. This relation ship is through his Piece, Whitaker, McPherson, and Smith family lines.  George Pierce's son, George, who arrived from England in 1684 is our immigrant ancestor.  

 First Generation

            1.  George1 Pierce was born in Somersetshire, England 1633.  George died 1692 in England, at 59 years of age. 

           He married Margaret Synam in Somersetshire, England, 1650.  Margaret was born in Somersetshire, England abt 1635.  http://www.geocities.com/Heart land/Valley/7368/pierce.htm

           George Pierce and Margaret Synam had the following child:

                  i.     George2 Pearce (Peirce) was born 1659.  

 Second Generation

            2.  George2 Pearce (Peirce) (George1 Pierce)[i] was born in Winscombe, Somersetshire, England 1659.  George died 19 Jan 1733 in East Marlborough Twsp, Chester Co, PA, at 73 years of age. 

 He married three times.  He married Ann Pyle .  Ann was born in Winscombe, Somersetshire, England abt 1663.  He married Ann Gayner (Gainer) in Quaker Meeting, Olvestone, Gloucestershire, England, 04 Jan 1679.  Ann was born in Oldbury on Sever, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England abt 1663.  Ann was the daughter of William Gayner and Ann Jones .  Ann died bef 1725 in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA.  

 He married Ann Webb in Chester Co, PA, 16 Apr 1725.  Ann was born in Winscombe, Somersetshire, England abt 1663. 

 History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania Author: Smith, George, M.D. Publication: Henry B. Ashmead, Philadelphia, 1862 Page: 490-491
Pearce, George, "of the parish of Winscom, in the County of Somerset, (England,) and Ann Gainer of Thornbury, in the County of Gloucester, were married the 1st day of 12 mo. commonly called February, 1679." George with his wife and three young children emigrated from Bristol, the seaport nearest his residence in 1684, and the same year had a tract of 490 acres of land surveyed to him in what is now Thornbury township. Thornbury being the name of a district of county from which he obtained his wife, and a desire on his part to keep up the old associations most dear to him, probably suggested the name of the township. He arrived at Philadelphia prior to the 4th of the 9th mo. 1684, upon which day he presented two certificates to a Meeting of Friends held "att the Governor's house." One of these certificates was from "the monthly Meeting a Ffrenshay, in the County of Gloucester." The other was from "Thornbury Meeting."...His children were Betty, George, Joshua, Ann, Margaret, Mary, Caleb, Gainer, Hannah and John. Betty intermarried with Vincent Caldwell; Ann with John (stet James) Gibbons; Mary with Joseph, and Hannah with Edward Brinton, both grandsons of the elder, William Brinton; Joshua with Ann Mercer; Caleb with Hannah Cloud, and Gainer with Sarah Walter. George Pearce was living in 1712.

History of Chester County, Pennsylvania Author: Futhey, J. Smith and Cope, Gilbert Publication: J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1881 Page: 678 
PEIRCE, George (or Pearce, as the name appears to have been written by him), of the parish of Winscom, in the county of Somerset (England), and Ann Gainer, of Thornbury, in the county of Gloucester, were married the 1st day of 12th month, commonly called February, 1679.  George, with his wife and three young children, emigrated from Bristol, the seaport nearest his residence, in 1684, and the same year had a tract of 490 acres of land surveyed to him in what is now Thornbury township.  Thornbury being the name of a district of country from which he obtained his wife, and a desire on his part to keep up the old associations most dear to him, probably suggested the name of the township.  He arrived at Philadelphia prior to 9th month 4, 1684, upon which day he presented two certificates to a meeting of Friends held "att the Governor's house." One of these certificates from "the Monthly Meeting at ffrenshay, in the County of Gloucester."  The other was from "Thornbury Meeting."  He may have settled on his new purchase in 1685, but his name first appears as an active member of Chichester Friends' Meeting in 1686; shortly after which meetings were sometimes held at his house. Besides being strict in his attention to his religious duties, he gave a share of his time to civil affairs, and of his means to the improvement of the country.  He represented Chester County in the Provincial Assemble in 1706, and was one of a company who erected "the Concord mill," the first mill erected in his neighborhood.  He died in East Marlborough about 1734, having removed to that township two years before. The children of George and Ann Pearce were Betty, b. 9,18, 1680, m. Vincent Caldwell; George, b. 2,23,1682; Joshua, b. 1,5,1684, d. 9,15,1752, Ann, b. 3,8,1786, m. James Gibbons and William Pim; Margaret, b. 4,11,1689; Mary, b. 10,25,1690, m. Joseph Brinton; Caleb, b. 12,21,1692, d. 1,22,1679 [this is what the book says, but obviously a typo], m. Mary Walter; Gainer, b. 2,1,1695, m. Sarah Walter; Hannah, b. 2,21,1696, m. Edward Brinton; John, b. 2,15,1704, d. before 1720.

 In 1700 William Penn gave him a land grant of 402 acres of wilderness across the Brandywine in what would become the township of East Marlborough, Chester Co., PA. The land was then valued at 44 pounds sterling. Pearce was the first man to own land west of the Brandywine River. Pearce presented half of his East Marlborough property to his daughter, Betty, at the time of her marriage to Vincent Caldwell in 1703. The land stayed in the Pearce family for five generations until 1907 when Pierre S. duPont purchased it and ultimately became Longwood Gardens. Pearce "represented Chester Co. in the Provincial Assembly in 1706, and was one of a company who errected the Concord Mill, the first mill errected in his neighborhood." Ref."History of Delaware Co., PA" by George Smith, 1862.

 He left a will on 19-Jan-1733/34 at Marlborough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. 
PIERCE, GEORGE. E. Marlborough, yeoman. January 19, 1733/34. July 27, 1734. A. 418. 
Provides for wife Ann including all claims due from either of her former husbands. To son Joshua 50 also my share of Society Mill at Concord. To son Caleb 1/3 of d. To son Gainer the remainder 1/3 of said mills also my share in Thornbury School house. To daughter Betty Caldwell 50. To daughter Ann Gibbons 30. To daughter Mary wife of Joseph Brinton 50. To daughter Hannah wife of Edward Brinton 50. To gransdson George Peirce son of Gainer 50 when 21, with rev to his 4 sisters, viz Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah and Susanna. Books to seven children. Household goods to 4 daughters. Remainder to grandchildren. Executors: Wife Ann, sons Joshua and Caleb. Letters to sons, wife renouncing. Witnesses: Wm. Webb, Thomas Harlan, Samuel Pyle.

Mentioned in will of Wm Harris HARRIS, William. Caln, Chester cnty, PA. 05/02/1715. 08/15/1716. A:37 Describes himself as "late of Long Compton county of Warwick in Great Britain." To friend George PEIRCE of Thornbury my best great coat and buckskin breeches. To Gainer son of said Geo. PEIRCE wearing apparel Geo. Fox's Journal. To Isaac TAYLOR of Thornbury practitioner of physicks in whose house I now am articles of wearing apparel. Remainder to brother Edward HARRIS of Redway under near Edge Hill in Warwickshire, Great Britain. Executors: George PEIRCE and Isaac TAYLOR. Witnesses: Daniel EVAN, Wm. HANNAMS, John TAYLOR.

from THE HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA, by Futhey and Cope (1881);

Thornbury twp was named from Thornbury, in Gloucestershire, England.  One of the earliest and most influential inhabitants of this township was George Peirce, whose wife was a native of Thornbury, in England, and the township was named in compliment to her. It was organized in the year 1687 by the appointment of Hugh Durborrow as constable, when not more than 5 or 6 families had settled within its limits.  It was surveyed in right of the first purchasers.  This township, and Birmingham and Westtown are the only townships within the present limits of Chester County which were organized before 1704.  When Delaware County was erected in the year 1789, the townships of Thornbury and Birmingham were divided.  Thornbury in Chester County contains but about 1/4 of the territory of the original twp, and is one of the smallest townships in the county. http://www.pennock.ws/surnames /fam/fam16123.html  

          George Pearce (Peirce) and Ann Gayner (Gainer) had the following children:  

                     i.     Elizabeth M. 'Betty'3 Pearce (Peirce) was born in Gloucestershire, England 18 Sep 1680.  Elizabeth died 27 Dec 1757 in Kennett, Chester Co, PA, at 77 years of age.  She married Vincent Caldwell in New Garden, Chester Co, PA, 11 Aug 1703.  Vincent was born in Moniach, Derbyshire, England abt 1674.  Vincent died 10 Jan 1757 in East Marlborough Twsp, Chester Co, PA, at 82 years of age.  

                                 From THE HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY, by Futhey and Cope (1881); pg. 492 
 
CALDWELL, Vincent, came from Derbyshire, England, about the year 1699, and brought a certificate to Darby Monthly Meeting, of which, for a time, he was a member.  Though a young, unmarried man, he was a preacher of some note, and during his sojourn at Darby made a religious visit to Maryland with the approbation of the meeting.  In 1703 he was married to Betty Peirce, daughter of George Peirce, of Thornbury, and soon after settled in Marlborough, Chester Co., where he died in 1720, aged forty-five years. He continued to be an approved minister till his death.  His wife did not marry again, though she survived him thirty-seven years, having removed to Wilmington a short time before her death, which happened in 1757, in the seventy-seventh year of her age.  She lived an exemplary life, attending strictly to her religious duties, and towards its close appeared in the ministry.  They had five daughters, viz;  Ann; Betty, m. to Joel Baily, Jr., 1724; Mary, m. to Joseph Gilpin, 1729; Hannah, b. 12,12,1711, m. to John Marshall, 1733; Ruth, m. to George Gilpin, 1737.  From these have descended a numerous offspring.

                               The will of Vincent CALDWELL of Marlborough (A:88) names wife Betty and father-in-law George PEIRCE of Thornbury as Executors.                                     

                     ii.     George Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England 23 Apr 1681/82.  George died bef 1690.

                     iii.     Joshua Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England 05 Mar 1683/4.  Joshua died 15 Sep 1752 in Kennett, Chester Co, PA, at 68 years of age.  He married twice.  He married Ann Mercer in Chester Co, PA, 27 Oct 1713.  Ann was born in Anyno on the Green, Northampton, england 1693.  Ann died 15 Nov 1752 at 59 years of age.

                                Mentioned in history of her father, Thomas Mercer from Futhey and Cope's THE HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY (1881);
 
Thomas Mercer, from "Ayon-on-the-Hill", in the county of Northampton, with Mary, his wife, were settlers in Westtown, where he died about 1716. His widow died in 1723.  Their children, so far as known, were Thomas b 1694, m. Hannah Taylor in 1710; Mary, m. William Pennell 8-26-1710; Elizabeth, m. To Joseph Woodward, 1712; Ann, m to Joshua Peirce 8-28-1713; Joseph m. Ann Wickersham, 1719.  Joseph settled in East Marlborough, and had children - Mary, Ann, Richard, Hannah, Rachel and Joseph.  Daniel, son of Thomas, of Thornbury, married Rebecca, daughter of John Townsend, and settled in East Marlborough.  He died 6-25-1807, aged 92, and his wife 10-13-1729, aged 82. Their children were Solomon nb. 10-30-1736; Rebecca b. 10-1-1738; Jesse b. 7-23-1740 d. 6-3-1763; David b. 6-23-1742; Daniel b. 3-20-1747; Phebe b. 8-11-1750.                      

                               Mentioned in father's will. 
MERCER, THOMAS. Thornbury. March 17, 1715. September 13, 1716. A. 40. Provides for wife Mary. To eldest son Thomas after wifes decease or marriage, my new dwelling plantation containing my estate 238 acres. To son Thomas, son Daniel 1/2 of 500 acres of land in Marlborough which lieth next to Nathl Newlins land. To son Joseph the other 1/2 said 500 acres whereon son Thomas now lives. To my 3 daughters, viz Mary, Elizabeth and Ann, 20 each. To sons in law Wm. Pennil, Joseph Woodward and Joshua Peirce one pistole each. Remainder of moveables to wife and son Thomas. Executors: wife Mary. Witnesses: Francis Pullen, Thomas Pierson, Rose Pierson.                      

                               He married Rachel Gilpin in Concord, Chester Co, PA, 15 Nov 1722.  Rachel was born in Birmingham, Chester Co, PA 12 Feb 1695/96.  Rachel died 20 May 1776 at 80 years of age.   

                               Will of Rachal (Gilpin) Peirce
PEIRCE, Rachel. Widow. East Marlborough. 13 May 1775 - 30 May 1776. To sons Joshua and Caleb articles of furniture. To son Isaac his bond of 50 pounds. To grandson Joshua, son of Joshua, large Bible. To granddaughter Rachel MARSHALL all my pewter. To granddaughter, Rachel, daughter of Joseph, furniture. To Lydia, daughter of son Joseph, ditto. To Lydia duaghter of son Isaac saddle and bridle. To sister Sarah COOKE wearing apparel. To Ann wife of son Joshua and Hannah wife of son Isaac wearing apparel. Remainder to son Joseph, also executor. Witnesses: Jane TEMPLE, Joshua NEWBROUGH, Ann BROOMHALL                       

                                 Mentioned in father's will
 
GILPIN, JOSEPH. Birmingham, yeoman. August 29, 1739. December 5, 1739. B. 51.
To wife Hannah my tract of land in New Garden containing about 195 acres with all personal estate not otherwise disposed of during life. To son Samuel 60 also 5 to his son Joseph. To son Joseph 10. To son Moses 50. To daughter Esther Gilpin 20. To grandson Joseph Seal 5.  To grandson Joseph Mendenhall 5. To grandson Joseph Peirce 5. To grandson Joseph Cook 5. To son George, clock and great Bible, Sewalls history. To daughter Rachel Peirce 15. To son in law Jos. Mendenhall 5. Remainder to daughters, viz Hannah Seal, Ruth Mendenhall, Lydia Dean, Sarah Cook " Mary Taylor & Esther Gilpin, after wifes decease. Executors: wife Hannah, son George & son in law Jos. Mendenhall. Letters to widow and son in law. Son Geo. renouncing. Witnesses: Jeremiah Dean, Nathaniel Ring.                       

                                 From THE HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY, by Futhey and Cope (1881); pg. 678
 
Joshua Peirce married first, 8,28,1713, Ann Mercer, daughter of Thomas and Mary, of Westtown; second marriage 9,15,1722 to Rachel, daughter of Joseph and Hannah Gilpin, of Birmingham.  He settled in the eastern part of East Marlborough. The children by the first wife were George, b. 5,5,1714, d. 10,2,1775, m. Lydia Roberts; Mary, b. 3,3,1717, m. William Cloud; Ann, b. 10,20,1718, m. Caleb Mendenhall and Adam Redd; by second wife, Joshua, b. 1,22,1724, m. Ann Baily; Joseph, b. 10,16,1725, d. 3,9,1811, a physician; Caleb, b. 12,2,1727, d. 10,12,1815; Isaac, m. to Hannah Sellers. From these have descended hundreds, if not thousands, of our citizens.  In some branches the name is written Pierce, and by others Peirce, which is thought to be the orthography of the early generations succeeding the immigrant.                     

                               Will of Joshua Pierce
PEIRCE, Joshua. East Marlborough. 23 Aug 1752 - 23 Sep 1752. C:365. 
Provides for wife Rachel. To son George 5 shillings. To son Joshua the plantation I purchased of Daniel HARRY, containing 177 acres. To son Joseph, a lot in Wilmington containing 31 perches, also 5 shillings. To son Caleb that part of my plantation I now live on containing 189 acres. To son Isaac at 21, that remainder of plantation containing 122 acres being the north part thereof. Executor: Son Caleb. Witnesses: Ann CALDWELL, Ann MERCER.               

                     iv.     Ann Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA 08 Mar 1686.  Ann died 1753 in East Caln, Chester Co, PA, at 67 years of age.  She married twice.  She married William Pim .  William died 11 Dec 1751 in East Caln, Chester Co, PA.

Mentioned in histry relating to Pim family
 
Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania Author: Jordan, John W., LL.D. Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1976-1982 Note: Originally by Jordan, Wilfred Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1932 updated with new information and corrections by Jordan, John W. Page: 1126
 
John Edge, son of George and Ann (Pennell) Edge, born February 20, 1744-45, died September 14, 1816, was a prominent miller and business man of Chester county, operating the mill near Downingtown, still owned and occupied by his descendants of the name. He married Ann Pim, born December 17, 1747-48, daughter of Thomas Pim, born in Durrow, county Kilkenny, Ireland, May 1, 1721, and his wife Frances, daughter of James Wilkinson, of Wilmington, Delaware, and granddaughter of William Pim, of Lackah, Queen's county, Ireland, son of Moses and Ann (Raper) Pim, who with his wife Dorothy Jackson and their five children came to Pennsylvania in 1730 and settled in East Caln Township, Chester county. The second wife of William Pim, above mentioned, was Ann (Pierce) Gibbons, widow of James Gibbons. William Pim was for many years a colonial magistrate of Chester county. He died December 11, 1751.

She
married James Gibbons in Westtown, Chester Co, PA, 13 Oct 1708.  James was born in Warminster, Wiltshire, England 1681.  James died 1732 in Westtown, Chester Co, PA, at 51 years of age.

Mentioned in County History
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania Author: Futhey, J. Smith and Cope, Gilbert Publication: J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1881 Page: 564 
In 1708, James married Ann, daughter of George Pearce, of Thornbury, an elder of the society. They removed to Westtown, and occupied the Westtown plantation of 600 acres, which the father of James conveyed to him by deed of gift on his marriage. He was one of the representatives of Chester County in the General Assembly for three years, in 1717, '18, '19. His wife was recommended as a minister, 3, 3, 1731. They had three children,--Mary, b. 1709, married John Hannum; James, b. in the winter of 1710-11; Joseph, b. 8, 24, 1712.  James, the father, died in 1732, and in his will devised to his wife 100 acres of the homestead, and the remainder to his son James, together with 1200 acres in Nantmeal, 250 acres in another tract, and half his share in the Goshen mill. To his son Joseph he gave 400 acres adjoining the homestead, 1000 acres on a branch of Conestoga, 250 acres of the land bought from James Harlan, and the other half share in the mill. Ann Gibbons, widow of James, married Wiliiam Pim, of East Calm, 1, 13, 1733-4, and died in 1753.

Mentioned in Family History
Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania Author: Jordan, John W., LL.D. Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1976-1982 Note: Originally by Jordan, Wilfred Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1932 updated with new information and corrections by Jordan, John W. Page: 499
James Gibbons, son of John and Margery and father of Joseph first above mentioned, married 1708, Ann, daughter of George Peirce, of Thornbury, who had come from the parish of Winscome, county of Somerset, England, 1684, by his wife Ann Gainor, of Thornbury, county of Gloucester, England, whom he had married February 1, 1679. George Peirce was a large land owner in Chester county and one of its most prominent citizens; was a member of the Colonial Assembly 1706. James Gibbons received by deed of gift from his father a plantation of 600 acres in Westtown and settled thereon on his marriage. He died 1732. His widow, Ann, married William Pym, of East Calm, and died there, 1753.

Mentioned in history regarding his father.
History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania Author: Smith, George, M.D. Publication: Henry B. Ashmead, Philadelphia, 1862 Page: 464
Gibbons, John, and his wife Margery were among the early Quaker emigrants to Pennsylvania from England, and settled in Bethel as early as 1684. They came from Warminster in the County of Wilts. Owing to some theological notions promulgated by Margery, she was disowned by Friends, and John appears to have lost his interest in the society. They had two sons, John who married Sarah Howard of Philadelphia, and James who married Ann, the daughter of George Pearce of Thornbury. John died before his father, leaving two children, John and Rebecca. James removed to Westtown, and had three children, Mary, James and Joseph. The elder John Gibbons died in 1721.

 
CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA TAXABLES 1715, WESTTOWN TOWNSHIP WESTTOWN RATE, 1715.
(Rate= Pounds/Shillings/Pence)      James Gibbins.....0 8 0

Mentioned in will of his father
 
James Gibbons James Gibbons of Westtown, yeoman. Date Signed: November 20, 1744. Date Proved: May 2, 1745. B. 180. Provides for wife Jane, including plantation where I now live until eldest son James is 21. To son James the said plantation which my grandfather John Gibbons by deed, October 4, 1708, conveyed to my father James Gibbons and which he devised to me containing 500 acres, also to said son my part of Goshen Society Mill. To younger sons, William and Thomas my tract of land in Nantmell containing 1200 acres, patented March 4, 1733. To only daughter Jane Gibbons 400 at 18 unless she marries by other means than the rules of the people called Quakers, then she shall have only 10 shillings. Executors: wife Jane and friends Caleb Peirce, Jos. Brinton, Edwd. Brinton and Richard Jones, overseers. Witnesses: David Davis, Jane Davis, John Cheyney.                    

                     v.     Margaret Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA 11 Apr 1689.

                     vi.     Mary Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA 25 Dec 1690.  She married twice.  She married Joseph Brinton in Concord MM, Chester Co, PA, 06 Dec 1751.  Joseph was born in Birmingham Twsp, Chester Co, PA 30 Jan 1691/92.  Joseph died 18 Dec 1751 in Concord Twsp, Chester Co, PA, at 59 years of age.

Mentioned in history regarding his father
William Brinton, Jr., born about 1667, married, 10,9,1690 Jane, daughter of Richard and Jane Thatcher, born 10,17,1670, died 12,17,1755. In 1704 he built a stone house a little distance south of Dilworthtown, which is still standing, and until a few years since without much alteration.  He died in 1751, and was buried 8th month 17th, at Birmingham Meeting.  His children were,-1.Joseph b. 11,30,1692, buried 10,18,1751, m. 10,6,1711 to Mary Peirce, and 2,14,1748 to Mary Elgar. 2. William, b. 6,25,1694, d. 3d mo. 1761, m. 2,26,1716, to Hannah Buller, 5,9,1724 to Azuba Townsend, and 5th mo. 1734 to Cecily Chamberlin.  3. Edward, b. 12,12,1704, d. 3,17,1779, m.4,17,1724 to Hannah Peirce.  4. Mary, b. 2,1,1708, d. 12,13,1774, m. 9,8,1739 to Daniel Corbit.  5. Ann, b. 2,19,1719, m. 2,29,1731 to Samuel Bettle. 6. John, b. 5,4,1715, d. 3mo. 1748, m. 2,21,1736 to Hannah Vernon.

Mentioned in Quaker records Maryland Quaker Records: Nottingham Monthly Meeting, Cecil County Book F - 1808-1836
Name: Joseph Brinton Birth Date: 30 Jan 1692/3 OS
Relative: son of: Wm Brinton; Jane (Thatcher) Brinton 
Comment: (emigrants), of Thornbury, Chester Co, PA. "The Colonists" Death Date: - Dec 1751
Name: Mary PeirceRelative: dau of George Peirce; Ann (Gainor)
Comment: 1st wife Marriage Date: 06 Dec 1711 (OS)Marriage Place: at Concord MH, PA                               

                                She married Thomas Lloyd in Birmingham MM, Chester Co, PA, 06 Mar 1766.  Thomas was born in Moreland, Philadelphia Co, PA.  Mary is the sister of Sarah Walter who married Gainer Peirce.  

                     vii.     Caleb Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA 21 Dec 1692.  Caleb died 22 Jan 1779 in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA, at 86 years of age.  He married twice.  He married Hannah Cloud 19 May 1716.  Hannah was born in Chichester MM, Chester Co, PA abt 1696

http://home.sprynet.com/_jrich mon/clou0431.htm
Hannah Cloud, b.abt 1694, New Castle Co, DE, d.abt 1744, marr: 9 5M 1716, Concord MM, Chester Co, PA Caleb Peirce   (21 Feb 1692 - 22 Jan 1779)                               

                               He married Mary Ann Walter in Concord, Chester Co, PA, 17 Apr 1724.  Mary was born in Concord, Chester Co, PA 05 Oct 1698.  Mary was the daughter of Goodwin Walter and Elizabeth Sanghurst .  Mary died Oct 1753 in Chester, at 55 years of age.

           10     viii.     Gainer Pearce was born 01 Feb 1695.

               11     ix.     Hannah Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA 21 Feb 1696.  She married Edward Brinton in Concord MM, Chester Co, PA, 17 Jun 1724.  Edward was born 12 Feb 1703/04.  Edward Brinton is brother of Joseph Brinton  who married Mary Peirce.   

               12     x.     John Pearce (Peirce) was born in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA 15 Feb 1703/4.  John died bef 1720.  

 Third Generation   

          10.  Gainer3 Pearce (George2 Pearce (Peirce), George1 Pierce)[ii] was born in Thornbury Twsp, Chester Co, PA 01 Feb 1695.  Gainer died 1746 at 51 years of age.   

          He married Sarah Walter in Chester, Chester Co, PA, 26 Sep 1719.  Sarah was born in Goshen Twsp, Chester Co, PA 25 Jan 1701.  Sarah [iii] was the daughter of Goodwin Walter and Elizabeth Sanghurst .  She married William Eachus in Concord, Delaware Co, PA, 25 mar 1749.  Sarah died 25 Mar 1753 at 52 years of age.   

Mentioned in history regarding her father Godwin Walter.
From THE HISTORY OF CHESTER COUNTY, by Futhey and Cope 1881); pg. 756 
WALTER, Godwin, was a witness to a deed executed in Wiltshire, England, Sept. 28, 1685, and in less than three months had arrived in Pennsylvania.  He settled in Concord, and married, in 1696, Elizabeth Sangurst, or Sanghurst, by whom he had the following children:  John, b. 7,2,1697, d. 1732, m. Martha Musgrove, 3,21,1724, and removed to Sadsbury; Mary, b. 10,5,1698, m. Caleb Peirce; Sarah, b. 1,25,1701, m. 9,26,1719, to Gainer Peirce, and 3,25,1749, to William Eachus; Ann, b. 9,7,1704; William, b. 4,8,1707, m. Rachel Newlin, 2,25,1734; Rachel, b. 10,27,1709, m. 8,28,1730, to John Pyle; Joseph, b. 12,28,1711, m. Jane Brinton; Elizabeth, b. 7,29,1714; Lydia, m. 9,25,1747, to Eliakim Garretson; James, m. to Lydia Vernon.  

Wills: Abstracts and Administrations 1713-1825: Chester Co, PA (Will Book B, pages 200-268)
PIERCE, GAINER. April 21, 1746. Adm. to Sarah Peirce.  

          Gainer Pearce and Sarah Walter had the following children:  

               13     i.     George4 Peirce was born in Goshen Twsp, Chester Co, PA 10 Oct 1720.  George died 13 Sep 1756 in Goshen Twsp, Chester Co, PA, at 35 years of age.  He married Mary Moore in Goshen MM, Chester Co, PA, 03 Sep 1748.

               14     ii.     Ann Peirce was born in Goshen Twsp, Chester Co, PA abt 1725.  Ann died 1813 in Westtown, Chester Co, PA, at 88 years of age.  She married James Otley .  James died in Goshen Twsp, Chester Co, PA.

           15     iii.     James Pierce was born 31 Aug 1737.

               16     iv.     Gainer Peirce was born in Sadsbury Twsp, Lancaster Co, PA 01 Jul 1740.  He married Jane Underwood in West Caln Twsp, Chester Co, PA, 16 Dec 1762.  Jane was born abt 1743.  Jane was the daughter of James Underwood and Mary Hain .  Jane died 10 Feb 1833 in North Providence, Lancaster Co, PA, at 89 years of age.  

 Fourth Generation  

          15.  James4 Pierce (Gainer3 Pearce, George2 Pearce (Peirce), George1 Pierce)[iv] was born in Goshen MM, Chester Co, PA 31 Aug 1737. 

          He married Hannah Way in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA, 02 Dec 1761.  Hannah was born 1743.  Hannah [v] was the daughter of Caleb Way and Elizabeth ?? .   

Part I - ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, P. E. Marriages 1759-1806: Philadelphia, PA     Pg 446 
December 2, 1761  James Pierce and Hannah Way
http://searches.rootsweb.com/u sgenweb/archives/pa/philadelph ia/church/stpaulphil01.txt

Listed in Tax List of West Caln Township (1766): Chester County, PA
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/us genweb/pa/chester/taxlists/wca ln1766.txt 
James PIERCE; 100, 1, 1, 0, 0 
also John WALTER; 100, 2, 1, 0, 0 
Mary WAY; 8, 1, 0, 0, 0
John WHITAKER, malt house; 0, 2, 2, 0, 0 
Gainer PIERCE, blacksmith; 0, 0, 1, 0, 0 
Caleb MAY, inkeeper; 112, 2, 1, 0, 0 (should be WAY)

Listed in Tax List of West Caln Township (1767): Chester County, PA
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/us genweb/pa/chester/taxlists/wca ln1767.txt 
Data is as follows: taxpayer, any additional info.; # acres, # horses, # cattle, # sheep, # servants 
James PIERCE, wheelwright; 100, 1, 3, 12 
also listed as neighbors 
John WHITAKER, malster, malt house and brewery; 0, 1, 1, 5, 0 
Caleb WAY, inholder; 113, 2, 1, 2, 0
Mary WAY; 80, 1, 1, 3, 0 
Mary WHITAKER; 5, 1, 0, 0, 0 also 
Gainer PIERCE, blacksmith; 0, 1, 1, 0, 0 
also Alex?r McPHERSON; 150, 0, 0, 0, 0 (3 names before James Pierce)

listed in Tax List of West Caln Township (1774): Chester County, PA 
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/us genweb/pa/chester/taxlists/wca ln1774.txt 
listed in this order: 
James Pierce 
James Clemson 
Peter Whitaker (brother of John Whitaker who married Hannah Pierce?) 
Joseph Ash 
Mary Way (relation of wife Hannah Way?)

from Judt Ardine 01/02/06 
Early Church Records of Chester Cnty, PA, Vol 1, Quaker Records of Bradford Monthly Meeting by Martha Reamy, 1995, FamilyLine Publications, Westminster, MD  

16th day of 1st month, 1761 there is a Hannah PIERCE acknowledged for marriage by a license before a justice without her parent's knowledge.  (Probably wife of James Pierce.)  

10th day of 4th month, 1762 there is a Hannah PIERCE, Elizabeth PASSMORE and Hannah FEW granted certificates but no destination given. (Probably wife of James Pierce)

15th day of 1st month, 1773 James PIERCE requests that his six small children, vis? Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, James, Caleb & Hannah may be taken under care.  

12th day of 1st month, 1781 Hannah PIERCE hath complied with payment of a substitute fine demanded of her husband. (Probably wife of James Pierce.) 

15th day of 7th month, 1791 Hannah (Pearce) WHITAKER md: to one not a member. (Probably Hannah, daughter of James and John whitaker, son of John Whitaker of West Caln Twsp)  

There is a Hannah PIERCE who is a witness at the 23rd day, 1st month, 1794 wedding of William HAWLEY, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, and Ann MARSHALL, dtr of Samuel and Rachel, all of West Bradford twp.  

Wills: Abstracts and Administrations 1713-1825: Chester Co, PA (Proved 1802-3)
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/us genweb/pa/chester/wills/wills1 802-3.txt 
PEIRCE, JAMES. West Caln. May 3, 1794: May 28, 1802. To my three daughters, Sarah, Elizabeth and Hannah, 5 s. each. Residue to wife Hannah, who is also executor. Wits: Edward Vernon, Joshua Way.  

          James Pierce and Hannah Way had the following children:  

                          17        i.    Elizabeth5 Pierce . birth date unknown.  Elizabeth died aft 1820.  She married Dr. John Thomas 11 Dec 1790.  Dr. was born in DE 17 Jan 1769.  He married Alida C. Miller in Whitewater MM, Wayne Co, IN, 23 Feb 1824.  Dr. died 28 Feb 1855 in Franklin Twsp, Wayne Co, IN, at 86 years of age.  His body was interred Mar 1855 in Goshen Cem, Wayne Co, IN. 

 
06 Dec 1816 land deeds says he is from Delaware County (shoud be state of Delaware).  He lived Christiana Hundred, DE in 1815 26 Oct 1816 Center MM, DE endorsed from Redstone MM, PA 13 Jan 1797 Request Membership to Bradford MM

from the Kennett MM in Chester Co,  PA.  Dated 4/11/1799 John, wife Elizabeth, James Peirce, Hannah, Alice and Mary received from Bradford MM.

It was passed down that the Thomas family were Welsh Baptist when they came to America.  Bradford MM says that Elizabeth Pierce married John Thomas, by a Baptist teacher corroborates that story.  

                                             Although not 100% proved,  it is most liekly that Elizabeth Pierce who married John Thomas is the daughter of James Pierce.  

                                             Birthdates of Children were taken from Kennett MM, PA.  

               18     ii.     Mary Pierce .

               19     iii.     James Pierce .

               20     iv.     Caleb Pierce .

                +         21       v.   Sarah Pierce was born 12 Sep 1762. was born 12 Sep 1762.  Sarah died 26 Apr 1844 in Franklin Twp, Wayne Co, IN, at 81 years of age.  Her body was interred in Woodbury Cem, Franklin Twp, Wayne Co, IN.     She married Joseph Addleman .  Joseph was born in West Caln Twsp, Chester Co, PA 11 Oct 1765.  Joseph died 16 Aug 1853 in Franklin Twp, Wayne Co, IN, at 87 years of age.  His body was interred in Woodbury Cem, Franklin Twp, Wayne Co, IN.   

                                             4.1 [JOSEPH-2 (1765), HANS MICHAEL ADDLEMAN-1 (1723)] JOSEPH ADDLEMAN, b 11 Oct 1765 (West Caln Twp., Chester Co., PA), Military (Post-Rev. War: Lt., 2nd Co., 6th Reg't, Chester Co. Militia, 1792-97), O (1825 (Yeoman), >1825 (Farmer)), L ca 1826-28 (Franklin Twp., Wayne Co., IN), d 16 Aug 1853 "almost 90 yrs old," (Franklin Twp., Wayne Co., IN), bur Woodbury Cem; m SARAH PIERCE [b 12 Sep 1762, dau James & Hannah (Way) Peirce of Chester Co., PA, d 26 Apr 1844 (Franklin Twp., Wayne Co., IN), bur Woodbury Cem), ca 1786 (Chester Co., PA)], Children: [RESEARCH: <A REF=Marvin36@prodigy.net  

                                             ". . . He [Hans Michael Addleman] worked at the shoemaker's trade in Philadelphia until the debt was paid, after which he engaged in agricultural pursuits in Chester county, Pennsylvania, throughout the remaineder of his life. His second son, JOSEPH ADDLEMAN, was the grandfather of our subject. He married SARAH PIERCE and to them were born ten children. In 1826 his sons, JOHN M., and CALEB, accompanied by their sister ORPHA, came to Wayne county, Indiana, and in 1828 the father brought the remainder of the family. He located in Franklin township, where he spent the residue of his life, devoting his energies to the work of the farm. He was a large, robust man, and was almost ninety years of age at the time of his death. . . ." 

                                             ". . .JOSEPH settled in what is known as the Addleman farm in Franklin Township. which is now owned by our subject. Here he passed the remainder of his days. His son JOHN M. settled one and a half miles northwest of Whitewater where he lived until 1856 when he removed to the village of Whitewater where he died, aged eighty-three years. . . . .WILLIAM, the youngest son of JOSEPH ADDLEMAN, was elected to the Legislature from Wayne County, Ind."  

           22     vi.     Hannah Pierce was born abt 1774.  

 Fifth Generation  

          22.  Hannah5 Peirce (James4 Pierce, Gainer3 Pearce, George2 Pearce (Peirce), George1 Pierce) was born abt 1774.  Hannah died 09 Aug 1835 at 61 years of age.   

          She married John Whitaker in Chester Co, PA, abt 1791.  John was born in Chester Co, PA 1766.  John [vi] was the son of John Whitaker Sr. and Dinah Lewis .  John died 18 Oct 1833 at 67 years of age.   

See The Whitaker Family Line



[i]. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998) Family History Library, (hereafter cited as LDS Family Search). 

[ii]. Ibid. 

[iii]. Ibid.; and  . (hereafter cited as Pennocks of Primitive Hall, http://www.pennock.ws/index.html). 

[iv]. http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/, (hereafter cited as WorldConnect). 

[v]. Ibid. 

[vi]. (hereafter cited as McPHERSON-001, New Paris Mirror article).