There are lots of Pearce genealogy books indicating that Richard Percy changed his name to Richard Pearce in 1500 and founded Pearce Hall in York England. Some of the Pearce folk from Richard came to R.I. in the early 1600a
The Pearce Genealogy being the Record of the Posterity of Richard Pearce by Col Frederick Pierce, published in 1888 is the oldest source of this name change that I am aware of. I have a copy of this book. It has a very thorough lineage starting from the de Percy folk that were part of the 1066 Norman Invasion with the transition to Pearce, then the movement of some Pearce folk to New England.
Lots of other books include the same data but they do not indicate their source. Also, the accuracy of this book has been questioned as some of the facts have been found to be wrong.
Can anyone in the identify any proper source documents attesting to Richard Percy changing his name to Richard Pearce?
Also, does anyone have any birth/marriage/death dates for our Pearce folk in England that are the descendants of Richard Percy/Pearce??
I have a lot of Pearce data from R.I. in the early 1600s forward to me that I’ll be glad to share