Stevens, Marshall, Mitchell, Washington and other Families

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I'm a fifty year member of the SAR , and also a life member of the Jamestowne Society. The asterisk* by a name shows a direct ancestor of mine. I have tried to provide adequate references, but my first postings in the late-1990s might not be footnoted. Please ask if in doubt! No entry here is "mass imported;" each has been individually added. This work is dedicated to those who landed at Jamestown, Virginia over four centuries ago, and to those already here who deserved a better end.

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  • ID: I02334
  • Name: William Pierce
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: William /Pyers/
  • Title: Captain of the Guard
  • Birth: ABT 1560 in England
  • Death: AFT 1625 in Jamestown Colony, VA 1
  • Reference Number: 2334
  • Note:
    William Pierce was in Virginia by 1609 or 1610.

    He is described as follows in "The First Seventeen Years Virgina 1607-1624" by Charles E. Hatch, Jr., University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville. (I have this book but had failed to find this, below, sent me by Jerry Craddock, a descendant of Betsey Ann Tucker, shown elsewhere.)

    "Mulberry Island .... On the north side of the James River some ten miles below Jamestown, this 'island' embraces some ten square miles of ground....It is not clear when the actual settlement of the island began... In 1619 it appears that Captain William Pierce patented 650 acres in this quarter. Pierce had been in Virginia since 1610 and in 1617 was well established being Captain of the Guard at Jamestown where he had 'the fairest [house] in all Virginia.' Now, however, he removed to his new holding where before March, 1622, he built another home and established his residence." (p 103)

    "Another prominent patentee at Mulberry Island was John Rolfe who had 'land on Mulberry Island Virginia' before March 10, 1621. He and 'some others,' including William Pierce, obtained 1,700 acres by patent and proceeded to 'plant' it. His chief residence at the time was in Bermuda Hundred and it is doubtful that he resided here. He had, it might be mentioned, in 1620 married Jane the daughter of Captain William Pierce and he appears to have lost his life in the Indian massacre." (p. 103)

    "Books for example were highly valued....There was local literary effort, too, such as that by Treasurer George Sandys who continued his celebrated translation of Ovid's Metamorphosis in the house of William Pierce at Jamestown." (p. 26)

    Jerry also kindly sends this excerpt from "The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660" by Peter Wilson Coldham, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1978.

    "16 Feb 1624. List of the names of the living in Virginia ..... At James City ....Captain William Perce (sic); Jone Perce;....Captain Roger Smith; Mrs. Smith....Elizabeth Rolfe" (p 38)

    "20 Jan - 7 Feb 1625. Musters of the inhabitants of Virginia. [Ages are shown after the name followed by the ship and date of arrival - where they are given]. ...James City [24 Jan] Captain Roger Smith by Abigail 1620; Joane Smith by Blessing;... Elizabeth Rolfe 4 born in Virginia... Captain William Pierce by Seaventure; his wife Mrs. Jone Pierce by Blessing; servants Thomas Smith 17 by Abigail, Henery Bradford 35 by Abigail, Ester Ederife by Jonathan, Angelo negro woman by Treasurer. The rest of his servants at Mulberry Island....Mulberry Island [25 Jan] Captain William Pierce's servants....." (pp 55-6)"




    Marriage 1 Joane b: ABT 1565 in England
      Children
      1. Has Children Jane Pierce* b: ABT 1587 in England

      Sources:
      1. Title: He is given in the 1625 Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia, together with his wife 'Jone.'

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      The entries in these files are notes for ongoing work and do not represent certainties. I welcome exchange of data! If the footnotes look weird, they might have been randomly shuffled-- yes! I am serious!-- by FTM v.8.0. Post a post-it if it looks weird and I will check....while I welcome your use of my data, I might change it, so please post my name and email as the origin so others might check with me. Thanks!

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