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adhered to Democratic principles, being affili-
ated with that party. He is a member of the
Masonic fraternity of Augusta. Is a member
of the Abnaki Club of Augusta. He married,
June 7, 1871, Emma A. Hutchinson, of Vas-
salboro, Maine, born October 30, 1848, daugh-
ter of John and Betsey Ann (Ladd) Hutchin-
son. John was a teacher. Children: 1. Har-
ry Hutchinson, born December 17, 1874, men-
tioned below. 2. Annie Louise, August 12,
1879. married, June 7, 1904, Dr. Albert H.
Sturtevant, children : i. Joan, born May 4,
1905. ii. Mary, October 15, 1906.

(X) Harry Hutchinson, only son of Joshua
Franklin and Emma A. (Hutchinson) Pierce,
was born at Augusta, Maine, December 17,
1874. His educational training was received
in the public schools of his native city, gradu-
ating from the Augusta high school in 1892.
He entered the Augusta National Bank as
clerk, remaining in the capacity for one year,
subsequently accepting a similar position in
the Granite National Bank at Augusta, for a



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like time. He later came to Boston where for
a short time he was cashier of the Kennebec
Steamboat Company. Mr. Pierce became
identified with the Boston Journal, and was
in the employ of this paper about four years
as assistant superintendent of the circulation
department. In 1897 Mr. Pierce accepted the
position of salesman for T. I. Smith & Com-
pany, manufacturers of jewelry at North At-
tleboro, Massachusetts, and became their west-
ern representative with headquarters at Chi-
cago. After about five years, at the time of
the incorporation of the new firm of T. I.
.Smith Company in 1901, under Rhode Island
laws, Mr. Pierce became a member of the new
firm with office of secretary and assistant
treasurer, which office he now holds. Mr.
Pierce is also salesman for the Western trade
to some extent, which he has done since giving
up his Chicago office. He occupies a beauti-
ful residence with spacious grounds on Wash-
ington street in the residential section of the
town. He is an attendant of Grace Episcopal
Giurch at North Attleboro. He is a Repub-
lican in politics, and a member of Bethlehem
Lodge of Masons at Augusta, Maine. He is
a member of North Attleboro Lodge, No.
ion. of Elks, and of the North Attleboro
Jewelers' Club. He married. June 27, 1900,
at North Attleboro, Fanny Smith Curtis, born
October 21. 1880, daughter of Henry How-
land and Eva Codding (Smith) Curtis, of
North Attleboro. They have one child, Harry
Hutchinson, Jr., born November 18. 1902.



John Pers, of Norwich, Norfolk
PIERCE county, England, weaver, came

to New England in the year
1637, with his wife Elizabeth and four chil-
dren, either in the "John and Dorothy" of
Norwich, or the "Rose" of Yarmouth. The
following extract from a register of certain
emigrants to New England says: "April the
8th 1637. The examination of John Pers, of
Norwich, weaver, aged 49 years, and his wife
Elizabeth, aged 36 years, and four children —
John, Barbre, Elizabeth and Judith, and one
servant, John Gedney, aged 19 years, are de-
sirous to passe to Boston, New England, to
inhabitt." Bond and Savage agree in identify-
ing this John Pers with John Pers, of Water-
town, who was a weaver and appears to have
come over about 1637, and who had a wife
Elizabeth and children John, Elizabeth ami
Judith. If this identification is correct some
of his children must have come to New Eng-
land before him, and the four here named



were probably the youngest of the family.
Elizabeth was doubtless ten years or more
older than she is here represented. She is said
in the county records to have been "aged
about 79" at the time of her death in 1667.

(I) John Peirce was a freeman of Water-
town in 1638, and was one of the original pro-
prietors of this town. He was a grantee of
one lot in Watertown, and a purchaser of
three lots before 1644, one of which was the
homestall of twelve acres, land now bounded
north by Belmont street, south by R. Beach,
west by W. Parker, east by B. Pierson ; this
was made up of two lots in the town plot, six
acres granted to J. Smith, Sr., and the same
to W. Barsham. He was born in 1588, died
August 19, 1661. His wife Elizabeth was
born in 1601 ( 1591 ?), died March 12, 1666-
67. Children: 1. Anthony, born 1609, in
England (see forward). 2. Esther, born in
England ; married, 1636, Joseph Morse, Jr. ;
children : i. Joseph, born April 30, 1637, mar-
ried Susanna Shattuck ; ii. John, born Febru-
ary 28, 1638-39, married Ann Smith and Abi-
gail Stevens ; iii. Jonathan, died May, 1643 >
iv. Jonathan, born November 7, 1643, mar-
ried Abigail Shattuck : v. Esther, born May 7,
1646, married Jonathan Bullard ; vi. Sarah,
married Timothy Cooper ; vii. Jeremiah, mar-
ried Abigail Woodward and Sarah Wood-
ward ; viii. Isaac. 3. Mary, born in England,
married Clement Coldam, of Lynn and Glou-
cester ; died January 26, 1704-05: children: i.
Judith, died February 28, 1650; ii. Elizabeth,
married Francis Norwood. 4. Robert, born
in England, about 1620; married, before Oc-
tober 16, 1646, Mary Knight: children: i.
Judith, born September 30, 165 1, died May 30,
1689; ii. Mary, born January 21, 1653-54.
married, October 14, 1672, John Walker; iii.
Nathaniel, born December 4, 1655, married,
December 27, 1677, Hannah Converse: iv.
Elizabeth, born March 6, 1658-59. married,
February 24, 1681-82, Samuel Wilson ; v.
Jonathan, born February. 1662-63, married,
November 19, 1689. Hannah Wilson ; vi.
John: vii. Benjamin: viii. Joseph, born May

1, 1672, married Ruth . 5. John, born

in England : married Elizabeth ; chil-
dren : i. John and Elizabeth (twins), born
June 16, 1643 ; both died young: ii. John, born
November 23, 1644, married Ann Huthwitt :
iii. Joseph, born September 12, 1646; iv.
Thomas, born May 3. 1649. 6. Barbre. born
in England, may have died on the passage over
as nothing further is known of her. 7. Eliza-
beth, born in England: married, 1643, T°hit



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Ball, Jr. ; children : i. John, born 1644, mar-
ried Sarah Bullard ; ii. Mary; iii. Esther; iv.
Sarah, born 1655 ; v. Abigail, born April 20,
1658. 8. Judith, born in England, married,
January 30, 1644-45, Francis Wyman.

(II) Anthony, son of John Peirce, was
born in England in 1609, he married in Eng-
land, (first) Mary , and came to Amer-
ica previous to his father. He settled in Wa-
tertown, where he was admitted freeman Sep-
tember 3, 1624. He was the ancestor of near-
ly all the families bearing the name afterward,
in Watertown, Waltham, Weston, Lincoln,
Lexington and Concord. His wife Mary died
in 1633, and the same year he married Ann

■ , who died January 20, 1682-83. He

died May 9, 1678. His will was dated Sep-
tember 6, 1671. Children. 1. John, married,
April 15, 1656, Ruth, daughter of Nathaniel
and Alice (Mattocks) Bishop. 2. Mary, born
December 28, 1633, died young. 3. Mary,
born 1636, married Ralph Read. 4. Jacob,
born September 15, 1637. 5. Daniel, born

January I, 1639-40, married Elizabeth .

6. Martha, born April 24, 1641. 7. Joseph,
see forward. 8. Benjamin, born 1649; n i ar "
ried, January 15, 1677-78, Hannah Brooks. 9.
Judith, born July 18, 1650; married, February
16, 1666-67, John Sawin : died June 20, 1723,
in Weston.

(III) Joseph, son of Anthony Peirce. was
"born probably in 1647. He was admitted a
freeman, April 18, 1690. He married (first)
Martha ; (second) June 15, 1698. Eliz-
abeth, daughter of Frances Kendall, of Wo-
burn, and widow of Ephraim Winship, of
Cambridge, born in Woburn, January 15,
1652. Children: 1. Joseph, born October 2,
1669; married (first) May 20, 1688-89, Rutn
Holland, born February 17, 1666, died soon
after marriage; (second), December 21. 1692.
Hannah Munroe (third), August 12. -1736,
Mrs. Beriah (Bemis) Child: he died March
12, 1753. 2. Francis, born July 27, 1671, see
forward. 3. John, born May 27, 1673: mar-
ried, November 5, 1702, Elizabeth Smith:
died 1743-44. 4. Mary, born November 26,
1674. 5. Benjamin, born March 25. 1677;
married (first) September 7, 1705, Elizabeth,
widow of John Hall: (second). May 30. 1714,
Hannah (Chesley) Ash. 6. Jacob, born De-
cember 25, 1678: married, November 13, 1702.
Hannah Lewis; he died December 8. 1739-40:
he resided in Weston. 7. Martha, born De-
cember 24, 1681, married, May 17, 1705, Wil-
liam Whitney. 8. Stephen, born October,
1683 ; married, September 16. 1708, Abigail



Bemis. 9. Israel, born October 7, 1685 ; mar-
ried, January 14, 1717-18, Sarah Holland, of
Cambridge, born August 12, 1688. 10. Eliz-
abeth, born September 9, 1687 ; married, Oc-
tober 15, 1706, Joseph Bemis.

(IV) Francis, son of Joseph Peirce, was
born July 27, 1671. He married, December
17, 1697, Hannah Johnson, of Lexington. He
was one of the original members of the Wes-
ton church. His will was dated April 18, 1728.
Children: 1. Francis, born February 14,
1698; married (published) July 23, 1722, Ruth
Graves. 2. Hannah, born September 3, 1702,
died young. 3. Thomas, born October 4, 1705 ;
married, June 5, 1728, Mary Huse. 4. Wil-
liam, born May 1, 1708, see forward. 5. Mary,
born July, 171 1, died August, 171 1. 6. Jacob,
born August 9, 1712; married, June 19, 1735,
Mary Chadwick. 7. Ebenezer, baptized and
died November, 1714. 8. Hannah, born
March 8, 1715-16; married (published) No-
vember 5, 1743, Joseph Locke, of Lexington.
9. Jonas, born 1717; married, April 30, 1743,
Mary Adams, of Lexington.

(V) William, son of Francis Peirce, born
in Weston, May 1, 1708, married, April 18,
1729, Sarah Whitney, born 1707, died Febru-
ary 27, 1788. He died June 17, 1779. They
resided in Southboro, Hopkinton and Sut-
ton. Children: 1. Francis, born July 18,
1729; married, December 8, 1759, Lydia Ball,
born February 27, 1737 ; resided in Hopkin-
ton. 2. Ebenezer, born February 6, 173 1, died
unmarried, 1753. 3. William, born December
31, 17 — ; married, May 28, 1763, Abigail
Walker. 4. Jonathan, born June 10, 1736;
see forward. 5. Sarah, born August 30, 1744,
died unmarried, in Mendon. 6. Aaron, born
August 15, 1746. 7. Hannah, married. Au-
gust 6, 1764, Isaac Green, of Mendon. 8.
Seth.

(VI) Jonathan, son of William Peirce was
born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, June 10,
1736. He married, June 14, 1760, Eunice
Leathe, of Grafton: (second) February 2,
1764, Mary Goodale, born 1742, died Novem-
ber 17, 1808. Jonathan Peirce enlisted in Ed-
mund Brigham's company, Colonel Job Cush-
ing's regiment, September 1, 1777; discharged
November 29, 1777. He died June 22, 1800.
Children: 1. Jonathan, born June 10, 1765;
married, July 6, 1788, Phebe Chamberlin. 2.
David, married Lavinia Peckham. 3. Wil-
liam, married. May 31, 1791, Lydia Lincoln.
4. Eunice, died April 6, 1822 ; married Reuben
Walker. 5. Mary, married. May 21, 1789, Jo-
seph Park. 6. Amos, married, March 6, 1800,



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Annie Hicks, born June, 1776, died April 13,
1851; he died September 12, 1822; he resided
in Sutton, on the old Peirce place which he
inherited from his father ; he was a cordwain-
er and farmer. 7. Ebenezer, died May 2,
1790. 8. Sarah, died 1838; married, March
8, 1798, Timothy Johnson. 9. John, died Jan-
uary 9, 1827; married, November 25, 1802,
Lucy Carroll, born March 14, 1784. died April
7, 185 1 ; they resided in Boyleston and owned
one of the finest farms in the town. 10. Joel,
see forward. 11. Jacob, married. 1808, Azu-
bah Glazier, born June 5, 1787, died February
3, 1874; he was a blacksmith and later a farm-
er. 12. Lydia, married Lewis Slocomb. 13.
Ezekiel, died August 13, 1865, in Boyleston;
he was a blacksmith by trade, and later owned
a fine farm; married, May 1, 1811, Ruth Per-
ry, born 1792, died September 10, 1869.

(\TI) Joel, son of Jonathan Peirce, born
March 31, 1781, married, October 9, 1805,
Reconcile Crossman. They resided in Mon-
tague. Children: 1. Dexter, born March 6,
1806, died July 8, i860; married, October 13,
1829, Alary A. Fisk, born December 23, 1802,
died January 14. 1872; children: i. Sarah,
born February 1. 183 1, married, April 9, 1855,
George Field, died February 2^, 1859; ii.
Jane, born June 8, 1832, married, Septem-
ber 6, 1854, Orson Morton, died May 22,
1855 ; iii. Horace H., born February 25, 1834,
died December 8. 1S34; iv. Horace H., born
October 22, 1835, died November 23, 1835 ; v.
Alary, born November 19, 1836; vi. Martha.
born May 6, 1839. 2. Candace, born Decem-
ber 10, 1S09: married Jonathan Carpenter. 3.
Betsey, born September 10, 1811; married,
February 22. 1836, Moses Benden. 4. Harri-
son, born December 23, 1813; married, May
child, Henrietta, born December 15, 1840,
2, 1837, Louisa Dean, born October 18, 1818 ;
married, July 20, 1861, James W. Wentworth.

5. Chauncey, born June 13. 1816, see forward.

6. Scott, born September 3, 1818; married,
1842, Candia Bodman, born 1818. died 1857;
(second) Lavina Shaw : he died September 10,
1858; they resided in Williamsburg, Massa-
chusetts; child. Belle F., born January 10,
1852, married. January 22, 1873, Don Carlos
Newton, of Rockingham. Vermont. 7. Helen,
born May 10, 1833. married, 1854, Dorman T.
barren.

(VIII) Chauncey, son of Joel Peirce, was
born June 13, i8ifi, died June 18, 1849. He
married (first) November 29, 1837. Jane \V.
Allen, born November 15, 1819, died Septem-
ber 20. 1839; (second) June 18, 1840. Florella



Cooley, born February 20, 1807 (see Cooley,
V). They resided in Amherst, Massachu-
setts. Children : 1. Charles D., born June 15,
1839. died in 1868. 2. Jane W., born Febru-
ary 7, 1842, died May 10, 1854. 3. Edwin H.,
born February 22, 1843 ■ unmarried ; resided
in Springfield, died in 1877. 4. Ellen M., born
February 13, 1845; married Ira A. Harvey.
5. Chauncey H., see forward.

(IN) Chauncey H. Pierce (his way of
spelling the name), was born in Amherst, May
16. 1848. He came to Northampton when a
boy and attended the public schools there.
When twelve years old he began his business
career in Marsh's bookstore, and later clerked
for five years in Merritt Clark's clothing store
on Alain street. Subsequently he went into
the insurance and real estate business in part-
nership with A. Perry Peck, and when the
latter retired in 1880 he continued the business
in his own name, which he has carried on
successfully up to the present time. He has
many other business interests, being a direc-
tor of the Northampton National Bank,
Northampton Electric Light Company, and
trustee of the Massachusetts Lighting Com-
panies. He is also a trustee of the Academy
of Alusic of Northampton, one of the trust
fund committee of the city, and chairman of
the board of park commissioners. Before the
incorporation of Northampton as a city lie
served on the last board of town selectmen,
and was president of the common council. He
was one of those to lay out the city limits. He
is a member of the First Church Society. He
married. October 13, 1870, Isabella D. Lewis,
born November 23, 1848. Children: 1. Ala-
bel A., born October 16, 1872. 2. Alvin L.,
born January 15, 1880, died April 8, 1909.



Benjamin Cooley, emigrant an-
COOLEY cestor of the Cooley family of

New England, with his wife
Sarah, was in Springfield (Longmeadow) at a
very early period. He was thirteen years se-
lectman of Springfield, and served with Miles
Morgan and John Pynchon. He died August
17, 1684; his wife Sarah died August 23, 1684.
Children: 1. Bertha, born September 16, 1643:
married, December 5. 1664, Henry Chapin. 2.
Obadiah, September 27, 1646. 3. Eliakim.
January 8, 1648; married Hannah Tibbals. 4.
Daniel, Afay 2, 1651, see forward. 5. Sarah,
February 27, 1653 ; married, January 4, 1697,
Jonathan Aforgan. 6. Benjamin, September
1, 1656. 7. Afary, June 22, 1659; married,



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April 21, 1687, Thomas Terry. 8. Joseph,
March 6, 1661.

(II) Daniel, son of Benjamin Cooley, was
born May 2, 165 1, died February 9, 1727. He
married, December 8, 1680, Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Simon Wolcott, of Windsor, sister of
Governor Roger Wolcott; she died January
31, 1708; he married (second), June 17, 1709,
Lydia, widow of Jonathan Burt ; she died Jan-
uary 21, 1739. Children: 1. Benjamin, born
October 28, 1681. 2. Daniel, March 23. 1683.
3. Simon, March 6, 1687; see forward. 4.
John, February 23, 1689, died May 10, 1761.
5. Thomas, January 23, 1693, died November
13, 1719. 6. Elizabeth. July 23, 1696, married
Joshua Field. 7. William August 12, 1698.

(III) Simon, son of Daniel Cooley, was
born March 6, 1687. died September 21, 1746.
He was one of the forty-first settlers of Sun-
derland. His first house lot was No. 20, west
side, which he sold in a few years to Captain
Ebenezer Billings, and bought the Nathaniel
Green lot, No. 8, east side, and there kept a
tavern. This is the lot on which the Leonard
tavern was kept for many years. He married,
May 4, 1709, Elizabeth, daughter of Deacon
Samuel Gunn ; she died February 14. 1744; he
married (second ) Jerusha, widow of Daniel
Russell; she died before March, 1781. His
eldest two children were born in Springfield.
Children: I. Elizabeth, born January 14.
171 1, died young. 2. Abner, born January 22,
1713, died February 1, 1788: married, Oc-
tober 4. 1736, Jerusha, daughter of Isaac
Graves; she died September 14. 1801. 3. Eliz-
abeth, born Xovember 30. 1714; married,
March 12, 1746, Joshua Scott. 4. Miriam,
born March 14, 1 7 1 7 ; married. March 10,

1743, David Hubbard. 5. Simon, born Sep-
tember 3, 1720: see forward. 6. Mary, born
September 20, 1723, died April 30, 1804; mar-
ried, November 2^, 1744, Jeremiah Nims. 7.
Anna, born June 27. 1725: married, July 26,

1744, Reuben Scott. 8. Gideon, born October
8, 1727, died October 26, 1727. 9. Lucy, born
July 2, 1729, died June 5, 1730. 10. Lucy,
born September 2^. 1731 : married. May 23,
1750, Richard Montague. 11. Freedom,, born
March 24, 1734. died September 16, 1801 ;
married, November 21. 1751, Zebulon Allen,
of Northfield.

(IV) Simon (2), son of Simon (1) Cooley,
was born September 3, 1720, died August 10,
1805. He was town clerk of Sunderland many
years. He married. October 26, 1752. Bethia,
daughter of Aaron and Bethia (Dewey) Ash-
ley, of Westfield ; she died July 14, 1808. Chil-



dren : 1. Martin, born January 14, 1754; mar-
ried, October 9, 1777, Irena, daughter of Cap-
tain Caleb Montague; she died July 24, 1784;
(second), December 15, 1784, Rebecca, daugh-
ter of Alexander Smith, and widow of Lemuel
Childs, of Deerfield; she died August 29, 1809.
He removed to Deerfield ; served in the revo-
lutionary war. 2. Gideon, born May 21, 1756,
died April 12, 1820; married, July 6, 1780,
Eunice, daughter of John Rowe ; she died Oc-
tober 12, 1835. 3. Weston, born March 2,
1758, died May 14, 1826; married, April 27,
1780, Lucy, daughter of Joseph Field; she
died October 25, 1838. 4. Mercy, born Sep-
tember 9, 1760; married, July 13, 1780, Air.
Hunt. 5. Ruth, born October 15, 1762; mar-
ried, December 14, 1786, Spencer Russell. 6.
Sarah, born December 30, 1764; married, Oc-
tober 8, 1792, Stephen Clary. 7-8. Twin
daughters, born March 16, 1767, died March
16 and 19, 1767. 9. Moses, born December
24, 1768, died January 18, 1815 ; married Lu-

cretia . 10. Israel, born December 26,

1770; see forward. 11. Tirzah, born March
7, 1773, married Samuel Hitchcock, of Caze-
novia, New York.

(V) Israel, son of Simon (2) Cooley, was
born December 26, 1770, died December 30,
1842. He married, February 7, 1793, Martha
Morse, born September 8, 1771, died April 5,
1833 ; both buried at South Amherst. Chil-
dren : 1. Hannah, born March to, 17 — ; mar-
ried a Parker. 2. Polly, born September 29,
17 — , married (first) January 12, 1813, Justin
Hubbard; (second) John Briggs. 3. Fanny,
born July 4, 1798 ; married John Newton, of
Hadley. 4. Martin, born August 8, 1800, died
March 4. 1843, at South Amherst. 5. Flor-
ella. born February 20, 1807, married Chaun-
cey Peirce. of Amherst (see Peirce, VIII).
6. George, born January 30, 1808. 7-8. Al-
mira and Elmira. twins, born June 4, 1809.
9. Dwight, born December 4, 1812.



(For preceding generations see John Peirce).

(Ill) Daniel, son of Anthony

PEIRCE Peirce, was born in Watertown,

Massachusetts, January 1, 1639-

40. He married Elizabeth and settled

in Groton, Massachusetts, where five of their
children were born. They had to leave on ac-
count of the Indian troubles in King Philip's
war, and they were in Watertown again in
1681. They joined the church there January
16, 1686. He was a weaver by trade, as well
as a farmer. His will was proved in 1723, the
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born May 16, 1665, married, October 17, 1684,
Isaac Mixer Jr. 2. Daniel, November 28,
1666, married Abigail . 3. John, Au-
gust 18, 1668, baptized at Watertown, Janu-
ary 16, 1686. 4. Ephraim, October 15, 1673,
married Mary Whitney. 5. Josiah, May 2,
1675, probably died young. 6. Joseph, De-
cember 30, 1678, mentioned below. 7. Abi-
gail, January 3, 168 1, died unmarried 1723.

8. Hannah, 1685, baptized January 16, 1686.

9. Benjamin, baptized January 16, 1686. 10.
Mary, married Scripture.

(IV) Joseph, son of Daniel Peirce, was
born December 30, 1678, died in Waltham in
1747. He was a weaver by trade. He served
as selectman of Woburn in 1738-39-42. He
married, December 30, 1698, Mary Warren,
born May 25, 1675, daughter of Captain John
Warren, of Watertown. Children: 1. Isaac,
born September 19, 1700, mentioned below.
2. Mary, February 28, 1702, married, June
24, 1725, Captain Thomas Fiske. 3. Eliza-
beth, February 23, 1703, married Phineas
Gleason. 4. Sarah, September 11, 1705, mar-
ried Allen. 5. Lydia, March 11, 1706.

6. Eunice, February 11, 1708, married, July
2, 1729, Isaac Child. 7. Grace, April 27,
171 1. 8. Prudence, August 2, 1713. married

Merriam. 9. Lois, January 21, 1715,

married Muzzey. 10. Ruhamah, Jan-
uary 12, 1717, married. August 15, 17^8, John
Child.

(V) Isaac, son of Joseph Peirce, was born
September 19, 1700, died in 1773. He resided
in Waltham, where he was selectman in 1744-
45~53- He married, September 7, 1722, Su-
sanna Bemis, of Lexington. Children, born
in Lexington: 1. Josiah, February 13, 1723,
mentioned below. 2. Joseph, March 24, 1724.
married, January 2, 1748, Ruth White. 3.
Abijah, May 23, 1727, married, September 3,
175 1, Thankful Brown. 4. Ephraim. August
12, 1729, married (first), Lydia White; (sec-
ond), Mrs. Lydia Parker. 5. Susanna, May
22, 1732. 6. Mary, June 22, 1735, married,
April 22, 1757, Moses Harrington. 7. Isaac,
March 24, 1738, married, 1764, Hannah Ma-
son.

(VI) Josiah, son of Isaac Peirce, was born
in Lexington, February 13, 1723, died in 1806.
He married, March 14, 1744, Sarah Gale,
born November 30, 1726, at Worcester, and
settled there. He became one of the most im-
portant and influential citizens of Worcester
prior to and during the revolution. On March

7, 1774, he was one of the committee of three
chosen by the town "to take into consideration



the acts of British parliament for raising rev-
enue from the colonies", and in May of the
same year he reported instructions to the rep-
resentative in the general court by order of
the town. He served in the revolution in Cap-
tain Timothy Bigelow's company, Colonel
Artemas Ward's regiment, April 19, 1775, on
the Lexington alarm ; and in Captain Jonas
Hubbard's company, same regiment, from
April to August, 1775. Children: 1. John,
born October 12, 1745, married Lydia Jones.
2. Oliver, March 12, 1746, married (first),
Abigail Howe; (second), Lydia Gates;
(third), Sarah (Gates) Earle. 3. Susannah,
October 2, 1747, married, September 15, 1768,
Dr. Isaac Cheney; died January 27, 1821. 4.
Sarah, July 26, 1750, married Ste-
phens. 5. Josiah, May 7, 1752, married Lu-
cretia Bigelow. 6. Mary, April 20, 1754, died
April 22, 1754. 7. Molly, December 15, 1755,
married, November 21, 1776, Daniel Hey-
wood. 8. Joseph, March 6, 1757, married,
October 10, 1782, Eleanor Crawford. 9.
Lydia, November 28, 1759, married, May 18,
1780, Calvin Glazier. 10. Levi, September
15, 1761, mentioned below. 11. Azuba, Sep-
tember 25, 1762, married Morse; (sec-
ond), May 30, 1804, Luther Fiske. 12. By-
field, January 30, 1764. married (first), Mary
Hamilton; (second), Betsey Small. 13. Abi-
jah, September 22, 1765, married, March 30,
1789, Sarah Bond; (second), March 6, 1797,
Nancy Gay; (third), April 25, 1804, Chloe
Merrifield. 14. Joel, August 27, 1767, mar-
ried Lucy Davis. 15. Hannah, January 7,

1770. married, April 19, 1792, John Ball Jr.;



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