Saturday, 10 December 2016

Immigrant Ancestor: Abraham Pierce

Another 9th great grandfather of mine, Abraham Pierce (abt 1605-abt 1673), arrived at Plymouth Colony in July 1623 from England on the Anne, along with several other ancestors. Plimoth Plantation has this information about Grandpa Abe. Apparently, he was about 18 years old when he arrived, possibly as a servant to another passenger. This is mentioned in several sources. He was the first Pierce to settle in the Americas. has this more interesting biographical sketch, sourced to The Great Migration Begins: Immigration to New England 1620-1633. Abraham's origins in England are unknown.

He married by about 1637 to a woman named Rebecca. Together, they had five children, the youngest of whom is my 8th great grandmother, Alice Pierce (abt 1650 - 1712). He was a freeman of Plymouth, and by about 1642 had settled in Duxbury in Plymouth Colony.

Abraham may have been an original purchaser of Bridgewater, adjacent to Duxbury in about 1645, but never lived there, according to some sources. He died in Duxbury by June 1673. Like many early settlers of the Americas, too little is known about him and his family. Their stories are lost to history.

The never ending story continues....

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