Captain Benjamin Pierce
Genealogy of John Harwood Pierce:
Carole Gardner's Capt. Benjamin Pierce document
attached. Gardner has done extensive recent
genealogical research. Some of her findings conflict with the
information presented on these pages and shed new light on the Benjamin
Captain Benjamin Pierce was born in 1646 and died in 1730 at the
age of 84. He and his descendants form the second American generation of
Pierces in our family tree. His father was Captain Michael Pierce.
Benjamin Pierce is first in a long line of mostly first born sons all named in
honor of their fathers and grandfathers. Our Pierce family line
descends from the second to the sixth generation through this line of
sons, all named Benjamin. With the sixth generation, our family tree splits from
this pattern and, although there is another Benjamin Pierce born in the
seventh generation, our line follows one of his other brother, namely
John James Pierce.
NOTE: For this genealogy, it is often difficult to keep
track of the six different Benjamin Pierces, especially when many were
living at the same time, and in or near the same place. In order to help
both the reader and the writer to keep track of these different Benjamin
Pierces, each one is shown with his generation in brackets
following the name. Thus the current Captain Benjamin Pierce is part of
the second American generation in our family line and he appears as: Benjamin Pierce
Captain Benjamin Pierce [2nd generation] settled on his father's
considerable estate and managed it after his father's death in 1676. He
lived the life of a wealth landowner (his lands were most probably in
excess of 1000 acres). He managed these lands, no doubt, like a typical
colonial plantation. In addition, he owned and ran a saw-mill that was
erected on a river running through his lands.
Like his father before him, Benjamin [2nd generation] was appointed
Captain of the local militia. He probably took this rank following the
death of his father when he was 30 years old, not yet married, and the
head of his dead father's household.
On February 5, 1678, two years after his father's death, and at the age
of 32, Benjamin [2nd generation] married Martha Adams, the daughter of
James Adams. They had ten children: Martha, Jerusha, Benjamin [3rd
generation], Ebenezer, Persis, Caleb, Thomas, Adams, Jeremiah, and
Benjamin's [2nd generation] first wife, Martha, died sometime between
1699 and 1718. On July 21, 1718, Benjamin [2nd generation] married Mrs.
Elizabeth (Adams) Perry. They had no children.
During his 84-year-long lifetime, Benjamin Pierce saw the total
population of the New England colonies grow from a sparse 16,000
persons at the time of his birth in 1646, to well over 200,000 by the
time of his death in 1730.
Before his death in he executed a will, dated 13 October 1730. His will
shows him to have died a wealthy landowner.
Sometime, long before his death, Benjamin [2nd generation] deeded his
eldest son, Benjamin [3rd generation] (born March 11, 1883) a major
portion of his land holdings to own, live on, and manage. Working from
future generation backwards, it is save to say that the amount of land
given to Benjamin [3rd generation] was between 400 and 600 acres.
Bejamin's [2nd generation] will made sure that his wife and all of his
surviving children were well taken care of. In his final will, he
appears to have favored his last child, Elisha (born Nov. 24, 1699) by
giving him the greatest portion of his remaining land holdings, and
making him and his brother, Thomas, the "sole executors" to his last
will and testament.
Captain Benjamin Pierce [2nd generation] died in 1730 at the age of 84
on his estate in Scituate.
- 3. Captain Benjamin
Pierce [2nd generation], born 1646, died 1730
- married Martha Adams, the
daughter of James Adams, on Feb. 5, 1678. Benjamin and Martha had these
- 15. Martha Pierce, born Nov. 14,
1679. Died before 1730. Not mentioned in Benjamin's will.
- 16. Jerusha Pierce, born Feb.
13, 1681. She married a Bailey and had two children: Benjamin and
- 17. >>>Benjamin Pierce [3rd
generation], born March 11, 1683. Married Mary Cowen and Elizabeth
- 18. Ebenezer Pierce, born April
- 19. Persis Pierce, born June 6,
1688. Died before 1730. Not mentioned in Benjamin's will.
- 20. Caleb Pierce, born June 12,
- 21. Thomas Pierce, born. Nov.
- 22. Adams Pierce, born June 11,
1695. Died before 1730. Not mentioned in Benjamin's will.
- 23. Jeremiah Pierce, born Sept.
17, 1697. Married Bethsheba Littlefield.
- 24. Elisha Pierce, born Nov. 24, 1699. Married Sarah
Edson and Mary Field.
- married Mrs. Elizabeth (Adams)
Perry on July 21, 1718.
Captain Benjamin Pierce remained married to Elizabeth until his death.
was well provided for in his will.
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