John/1 Peirce

M, #19936, (circa 1588 - 19 August 1661)
Last Edited:18 Aug 2017

Children with Elizabeth (–?–):

  • Anthony/2 Peirce+4 b. 1609, d. 9 May 1678
  • Esther/2 Peirce4 b. say 1612
  • Mary/2 Peirce4 b. say 1617
  • John/2 Peirce4 b. say 1620
  • Robert/2 Peirce4,5 b. say 1621, d. 10 Sep 1706
  • Elizabeth/2 Peirce+4 b. say 1625, d. say 1664
John/1 Peirce, born in England circa 15881, there married Elizabeth (–?–).2 In 1637, John Pearce, 49, weaver of Norwich, Norfolk, Mrs. Elizabeth Pearce, 36, four children, and servant John Gedney emigrated to Massachusetts Bay, settling at Watertown.2,1 His daughter Elizabeth, who married John/2 Ball, became insane, and 3 Jan 1656, his grandchildren John and Mary Ball were apprenticed to him.3 He died at Watertown, Massachusetts, 19 Aug 1661.2 There his widow died 12 Mar 1666/67.2
     Says Bond, "John Peirce, a weaver, of Wat., adm. freeman, Mar., 1637-8. His Will, not naming his chil., was dated Mar. 4, 1667-8 [sic], and he d. Aug. 19, 1661. His wid. Elizabeth, d. Mar. 12, 1666-7. Her Will, dated Mar. 5, proved Ap. 2, 1667, mentions son Anthony (sole exe'r), son Robert (adm. freeman, May 13, 1642, son John, dr. Esther Morse (wife of the first Joseph Morse, of Wat.), dr. Mary Coldam, gr. drs. Mary and Esther Ball, chil. of her dr. Elizabeth. [See Ball, 3.] It is probable that her son Robert settled in Woburn. Perhaps her son John, was the one adm. freeman, 1652, and the one who, by wife Elizabeth, had John, b. in Boston, June 16, 1643. It is however more probable that he was an early settler of Wethersfield, Conn.
     "Among the gleanings of Judge Savage, for New England History (Mass. Hist. Coll., 4th Series, Vol. I., p. 96), is the following extract from an ancient document, lately found in the English Exchequer.
     April the 8th, 1637. The examination of John Pers of Norwch in Noff [Norwich in Norfolk] weaver aged 49 yeares and Elizabeth his wife aged 36 yeares with four children John, Barbre, Elizabeth and Judeth and one sarvant John Gedney aged 19 yeares are desirous to passe to Boston in New England to inhabitt.
     "The name, age, occupation, and date of the embarkation of the father of this family, favour the idea that he was the John Peirce, who settled in Wat. If so, either Elizabeth was his 2d wife, or there was a mistake in her age; and he must have come to America some years after the arrival of his son Anthony."2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S97] Charles Edward Banks, Planters of the Commonwealth, 184, 186, John and Dorothy, Rose combined list.
  2. [S83] Henry Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:393, John (1.1.) Peirce.
  3. [S1093] Ball and Warren, John Ball of Watertown, 1, John (2.) Ball.
  4. [S83] Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:393, John (1.1.) Peirce, citing widow's will.
  5. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 2:629.