Name: Joseph Peirce Sr
Given Name: Joseph
Birth: in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
Death: 1763 in Halifax County, North Carolina
Will: 18 Jul 1763 Halifax County, North Carolina
Change Date: 9 Feb 2015 at 22:49:20
See descendant: Joseph Peirce Sr > Lt Joseph Pearce Jr > John Pearce > Rev Plummer O'Day Pearce > Doctor Buck Pearce > Elbert Plummer Pearce Sr > Elbert Plummer Pearce Jr > IAP > JAP (FTDNA Kit No 175026)
See descendant: Joseph Peirce Sr > Lt Joseph Pearce Jr > John Pearce > Rev Plummer O'Day Pearce > Doctor Buck Pearce > Elbert Plummer Pearce Sr > Dr WMP Sr (FTDNA Kit No 16441)
See descendant: Joseph Peirce Sr > Lt Joseph Pearce Jr > John Pearce > Archibald Washington Pearce Sr > John Joseph Pearce > David George Pearce > Joseph Adolphus Pearce Sr > JAP Jr (FTDNA Kit No 188951)
See descendant: Joseph Peirce Sr > Lt Joseph Pearce Jr > John Pearce > Benjamin R Pearce > Elijah E Pearce > Andrew Jackson Pearce > William Clifford Pearce > GCP (FTDNA Kit No 215490)
Note: Birth year of 1699 requires validation and source attribution. -- Jason Pearce (2010 Aug)
Title: Peirce, Joseph
Call Number: WB-1/116
Location: Archive Stacks
MARS Id: 5200.47.1327 (Folder)
Recorded Copy Reference: WB-1/116 (WB = WillBook)
Location where will was filed and probated: Halifax County
Index Terms: Wills; Peirce, Joseph; Halifax County
Will #78 page 116
18 July 1763
Oct. Ct. 1763
Son William Pierce 205 acres I purchased of Henry Gainer and William Turner and 1/3 of 480 acres known as the Piney Woods survey.
Son Benjamin Pierce 200 acres I purchased of William Taylor and 1/3 part of the aforesd, 480 acres.
Son Joseph Pierce land on the north side of the road and 1/3 of the 480 acres.
Daughter Siller Pierce 10 pounds proclamation money.
Hary Pierce of Virginia to be guardian of my daughter Siller and John Bradford to be guardian of my two sons Benhamin and Joseph.
Wit.: Jesse Haynie, Katron/Catron Haynie, Patience Bradford X her mark
Extr.: John Bradford
NOTE: This abstract spells the name as Pierce but the will spells the name as Peirce. With the next generation the name becomes Pearce. The abstract also states that Hardy Pierce is to be the guardian of Siller. However, the will states that the guadian is to be Hardy Pope.
In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Peirce of Halifax County in the Province of North Carolina being very such and weak of body but of perfect sound mind and memory; thanks be to almighty God for the same and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die; do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in Manor and from following;
First and principally I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter appointed.
Item: I will that all my just debts; and funeral charges be first paid and satisfied.
Item: I give and bequeath my son William Pierce his heirs and assigns for ever a tract of land and plantation containing two hundred and five acres more or less, being the land I purchased of Henry Gainer and William Turner; and also one third part of the four hundred and eighty acres of land known by the name of the Piney Woods Survey.
I lend I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Pierce his heirs and assigns for ever two hundred acres of land more or less lying on the south side of the road joining the plantation whereon I now live, being the land I purchased of William Taylor as will appear; also one third part of the four hundred and eighty acres of land known by the name of the Pine Woods Survey.
I lend I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Pierce his and assigns for ever all the land and plantation on the north side of the road whereon I now live; also one third part of four hundred and eighty acres of land known by the name of Piney Woods Survey.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Siller Peirce twenty pounds as proclamation money.
Item: I will that all my estate that is remaining be bequeathed; be sold and the money missing thereby be equally divided among my three sons.
Item: I will that my son William Peirce be of age to act for him self at my decease and to take in his position all the legacies belonging to him bequeathed.
Item: I will that Hardy Pope of Virginia be guardian to my daughter Siller Peirce and that John Bradford be guardian be guardian to my two sons Benjamin and Joseph Peirce until they arrive to lawful age.
I do hereby nominate and approve John Bradford whole and sole executor to this my Last Will and Testament revoking and disannulling all former wills by one or for me here to fore made in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 8 day of July 1763.
Signed Joseph Pierce with Seal
Some believe that Joseph Peirce is a decendant of Capt. William Pierce, but the connection has not been established.
William Pierce was a Sea Capt and trans William Edwards to Surry Co Va June 22, 1635. It is probable that the John Pierce mentioned, as living after the Indian massacre May 22, 1622, was a son of Capt. William Pierce. His age is not shown, but it seems he would not be too old, to have been the same John Pierce who died in Perq Counter 1692. At the time he probably was just a lad, in his teens.
There is no proof that he is the same John who moved to North Carolina, but he must have married before coming to Albemarle, as no record of such a marriage was recorded in the old Berkeley Parish Reg. His wife, however, married for her second husband, William Bundy Dec 5, 1683. Her marriage is recorded in ad Par Reg and announces the fact that she was a daughter of Joseph Schott. Her mother, Mary Scott, had already passed away. Berkeley Reg., giving the time, as Feb 24, 1681/2. Her father Joseph Scott d Last of October 1685.
William Bundy, had first wife Elizabeth by whom he had a son: Samuel b. Feb 4, 1682, and by second wife Mary Scott he had a daughter Sarah b. Jan23, 1685, m. Francis Pettit of Chowan. William Bundy died Nov 7, 1692.
Pierce, John, and Mary (nee Scott) had issue: 1. Deborah b Mar 5, 1678 -- 2. Rabacka b. Aug 9, 1680 -- 3. Mary b. May 7, 1682 -- and 4. Thomas age not given, but he is named in the will of his father John Pierce, Perq CoSept 13, 1682. Sons Thomas, John, and Joseph, daughter Rebeckah, wife not named. William Bundy was made one of the Ex, with Jonathan Phelps.
Olds, Fred A. 1925. "An Abstract of North Carolina Wills 1760 ? 1800." Oxford, NC: Author
Private printing of 125 copies
1758 PEARCE, Edward, Rachel (wife), Edward, Lazarus, Sarah, Jothan, Thomas, Rachel, Mary, Benjamin, Hezekiah & Joseph
1777 PEARCE, Thomas, Elizabeth (wife), Basil, Lavina, Winifred, Thomas, Rachel & Jemina
1778 PEARCE, Benjamin, Mary (wife), Hezekiah & Joseph (brothers)
1775 PEARCE, William, Rebecca (wife), Jeremiah & William
1799 PIERSE, John & Mary (wife)
1799 PEARCE, Richard & Martha (wife)
1786 PEARCE, Rachel, Aellen, J. P.
1792 PEARCE, James, wife & children (not named)
1791 PEARSE, Sarah, Isham, Sarah & Mary
1793 PIERCE, James, Mary (wife), Bedie, Penny, Patsy & Willie
1798 PEARCE, Christopher, Dorcas (wife), Isaac, William, Sarah & Rachel
1787 PIERCE, Solomon, Nancy, Sally, Elizabeth, William & Elijah
1763 PIERCE, Joseph, William, Joseph & Priscilla
1797 PEARCE, Wm., Mary (wife) & Elizabeth
1798 PEARCE, Mary, Whitaker, Robert, Lunsford, Dudley & Thomas
1792 PEARCE, Arthur, Mary (wife), Theophilus, Winifred, Mourning, Jesse & Everett
1790 PEARCE, Richard, Sarah (wife), Everett, Ephraim, Richard, John, Martha, Philip, Unity & Simon
Tryon & Lincoln Counties
1807 PIERCE, Philip, Betty (wife), Farewell, James Jr., Brin, Millie?s children
1779 PIERCE, William, Joh, William & Stewart
1793 PIERCE, Susanna, Allen & Sherrod
1789 PIERCE, Joshua, Elizabeth & Joshna
1798 PIERCE, John, Jacob, Elisha, James, Rachel, Sarah & Nancy
1762 PEARCE, Richard, John, Christopher, Elizabeth (wife) & Moses
1763 PIERCE, James, Fen & Miles
1773 PEARCE, Thomas, Joseph, John, Davy, Abner, Nathan, William & James
The Granville District of North Carolina, 1748-1763: abstracts of land grants, Volume 5
The Granville District of North Carolina, 1748-1763: Abstracts of Land Grants, Margaret M. Hofmann, ISBN 0937761001, 9780937761007
Author Margaret M. Hofmann
Publisher Roanoke News Co., 1995
"Granted 13 March 1761" 4259 JOSEPH PEIRCE and DAVID LANE entry dated 31 October 1759 640 acres in Halifax County, ... "680 acres Grant 1760" 4261 JOSEPH PEARCE and DAVID LANE plat dated 12 April 1760 680 acres in Halifax County
- Unknown Peirce b: 28 Feb 1729 in Perquimans County, North Carolina
- William Pearce
- Benjamin Pearce Sr b: BEF 1755 in Halifax County, North Carolina
- Priscilla Pearce
- Joseph Pearce Jr b: 1748 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
- Mary Pearce