Deacon Benjamin Pierce
Genealogy of John Harwood Pierce:
Deacon Benjamin Pierce [5th generation] was born March 1, 1746,
and died May 4, 1809. He and his descendants form the fifth American
generation of Pierces in our family tree. His father was Benjamin
Pierce [4th generation].
On March 2, 1769, when he was 20 years old, Benjamin Pierce [5th
generation] married Mrs. Priscilla (Merritt) Wade. Priscilla was born
June 26, 1743, and was a widow of 23 years old at the time of her
marriage to Benjamin [5th generation]. Priscilla and Benjamin [5th
generation] had ten children.
The family began their married life residing in Scituate. Later they
moved to Chesterfield, Mass.
Benjamin [5th generation] was deacon of the Congregatonal church in
Benjamin [5th generation] died at the age of 63; however, Priscilla
outlived her husband by more than 26 years, living to the advanced age
- 28. Deacon Benjamin
Pierce [5th generation], born March 1, 1746; died May 4, 1809.
- married Mrs. Pricilla (Merritt)
Wade on March 2, 1769. They had these ten children.
- 35. >>>Benjamin
generation], born July 8, 1777.
- 36. Israel Pierce. He was
physically disabled and walked with crutches. He became an accountant,
and worked for a number of years in a wholesale business in Albany, New
York. Later, he moved back to Chesterfield, Mass. where he clerked for
his brother Benjamin [5th] in two stores which Benjamin owned: one in
Chesterfield and another in Westhampton.
- 37. Charity Pierce. On Jan. 6,
1792, she married Hon. Sylvanus Clapp (born 1764). He was the son of
Ebenezer and Catharine (Catlin) Clapp of Northhampton. The couple
settled in Westhampton, Mass. Charity's husband was a very popular man.
Although he was a Democrat, he was chosen to serve at various times to
the State Legislature by a union of both political parties. He had an
engaging personality and a happy disposition. He possessed the kean
speaking and conversational skills, and could keep listeners entranced
for hours with story telling.
- 38. Priscilla Pierce. Died
- 39. Jane Pierce. Died before
- 40. Mabel Pierce. Died as a
- 41. Annie Pierce. Married a
- 42. Zeriah Pierce. Died before
- 43. Tirzah Pierce. Married a
- 44. Parnel Pierce. Died before
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