I believe that Edie and Jo's Pearce/Pierce families are connected.
Hiram (bc 1814-17 Anson Co, NC - d between 1870-1880 Henderson Co, TN) was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Smith Pearce. They moved to Henderson Co, TN in the mid 1830's where Joseph died before 1840. Joseph was the son of Moses Pearce (c 1745-50 - d after 1830 Anson Co, NC) and the father of my Gr Gr Gr Grandfather William “Billy” Pierce.
Moses was probably the brother of RWS William Pearce (d mid 1809 Anson Co, NC). Both men lived on Lanes Creek and it's branch Beaverdam Creek. William witnessed at least one deed for Moses in 1793.
I do believe that there were other brothers. Jesse may have been the oldest as his is the oldest Anson Pearce deed that I have found. In 1770 he bought 100 ac on the Beaverdam Branch of Lanes Creek. Witness to the deed was Julius Holley. Remember him as Julius and his descendants figure in the Pearce family for generations. I have speculated that perhaps one of his sons was married to a Pearce. I suspect William Holley (Julius) in particular.
Wright Pearce (b before 1745 - after 1808) was granted 100 ac in 1783 that bordered Moses Pearce. In 1797 Moses sold Wright an additional 50 acres bordering his existing land. In 1806, Wright, Jr sold 150 acres that joined William Pearce RWS. Dec 1, 1808, Wright Pearce was a witness to the will of William RWS along with "JL Ellin" (James L Allen).
Wright, Jr disappears from Anson and I think that he went to somewhere in TN. I believe that he had sons Wright, III and Colin probably among others. Wright III was in Hardin Co, TN in 1840, McNairy in 1850, and Humphreys Co, TN in 1860 and 1870. Colin is in McNairy in 1850 and Stoddard Co, MO in 1860. Wright, Jr seems to resurface in Pulaski Co, AR in 1840 and 1850 as an old man.
William RWS entered for 50 ac on Beaverdam Cr in 1785. It was granted in 1790. He entered for another 100 ac on his boundary in 1795. In 1793 he witnessed a deed between "Sabry" Sabrah Holley, the widow of William Holley (Julius) and Moses "Pierce." He wrote his will in Dec 1808 and it was proven in Oct 1809. He named 5 children: William, "Aron," and John sons, Elizabeth Nash and Mary Pierce daughters. As mentioned above, one of the witnesses was Wright Pearce. 1800 and 1810 censuses show that he had 3 sons. I have seen William listed as William Aaron, but believe that they are combining the 2 boys into one.
Son William was briefly in Giles Co, TN with his wife Martha "Patty" Perkins' brothers. There is a William Nash there also who may be the husband of his sister Elizabeth Pearce Nash. On the USGenWeb Monroe Co, MS site there is a lovely piece written by "Miss Jessie Pierce of Smithville in 1958." It talks about her great grandfather William Pierce (William RWS) and early Monroe Co, MS.
Moses - he was already settled on Beaverdam Creek in 1783 when William was granted his land adjoining Moses. In 1793 he bought additional land from the widow of William Holley (Julius). William witnessed the deed. In 1797 he sold land to Wright. In 1813 he gave land to his son Moses, Jr. In 1814 he bought an additional 100 ac from James White. In 1818 he gave 150 ac to his son Joseph.
Moses, Jr died before 1830 leaving minor children: Sanders, Phoebe, Eason, and Bryant. I believe that there was an older daughter who was of age when Armiger Lilly was appointed guardian in 1833. Moses Sr is found in the 1830 Anson census 80-90 years old. He is living near a 40-50 year old Lucretia Pearce. I have not identified who she is, but she buys and sells land in the late 1820's. It is possible that she is the widow of Moses, Jr, but the children don't seem to fit. There was an Anson Pearce on the Muster Roll of the 8th Co from Anson in 1812 along with Moses, Jr and William, Jr. So far that is the only mention of Anson that I have found.
Another Pearce in Anson early on was John Pearce. John settled in the same general area as the others. He entered for land in 1778 but indicates in one entry that the land is next to "his own plantation" so he had been there for some time. I have not researched this John yet however he MAY be the John who entered land in Bladen Co, NC in 1792. I know from DNA testing that John of Bladen is related to Moses Pearce of Anson. John was awarded land in the 1827 Georgia Land Lottery in Camden Co, GA. He was listed as a RWS. He died in Camden Co, GA in late 1827. His family moved to FL where he has many descendants. This John is commonly listed on Ancestry as being descended from the Rhode Island Pierce family. DNA testing proves that he is not.
There are 2 other Pearces from Anson Co that I am interested in, but do not know where they fit in. The first is Asa. Asa was born before 1775 and died 9/10/1822 in Anson Co where he left a will. Asa was in the 2nd Regt from Anson in 1814 along with Moses, Jr. In 1819 Asa witnesses a deed made by Jonathan Taylor. Daniel Taylor is a name associated with Moses, Sr. Jonathan Taylor is most likely a relative of Daniel. The name Elliott is also mentioned in the deed. Again, a name associated with Moses, Sr, but also with my next subject John (c 1780 NC – after 1860 Ouachita Co, AR). In 1820, Absalom Holley, from our friendly Holley family, was granted 100 ac that began at Asa Pearce’s corner stake. That year Asa was living in Poe Township along with Moses Sr.
In Aug 1822, Asa was sound of mind but weak of body and he made his will. It was proven in the Oct 1822 court session. He gave Elizabeth his wife rights to all his lands on both sides of Lanes Creek for her lifetime. After her death it was to be divided between his sons Asa and Jesse. But if Elizabeth should deliver another son, he was to share equally in the land. Later deeds say that the land was willed to Asa, Jesse, and Thomas – sons of Asa Pearce, so she did have another son after his death. He gave his son William some livestock and the land adjoining a Holley. He had 3 daughters and they are not mentioned in the will, which drives me crazy.
Youngest son Thomas married Catherine Strickland, had children: Fanny, Levi, Isaac, and Asa. He died after 1880 in probably Union Co, NC that was formed from their part of Anson Co. Son Jesse was in Union Co through 1860. His wife was Pheby ? and they had at least 8 children. Asa, Jr seems to have had financial problems. The sheriff sold off his 1/3 of his father’s land in 1837. Oldest son William married Nancy ? and had at least 6 children. By 1845, Nancy is listed in the state census of MS in Tishomingo Co. She had 5 males and 3 females in her household. Their daughter Appey (Effie) married Alson Walden, the great grandson of Julius Holley.
John Pearce (c1780 Anson Co – after 1860 Ouachita Co, AR). In 1800, young John and his bride live near Isaac Pearce age 26-45 in Fayette Township, Anson Co. At this time I have no data on Isaac. Before 1823, John moved to Henry Co, TN. That year William Nash (husband of Elizabeth Pearce?) sold 150 ac of John Pearce’s land in Anson Co to John Elliott. Both William Nash and John Pearce were living in Henry Co, TN at the time. Julius Holley, grandson of old Julius was a witness to the deed. A year later, when Elliott sold the land, Moses Pearce was a witness to the deed.
John is listed in Humphreys Co, TN in 1830 and Benton Co, TN in 1840. Finally he is found in Ouachita Co, AR in 1860 next to his son Lorenzo D. John had at least 8 other children: John Jr, Benjamin, Hiram, E, Alfred Dickson (Dixon), and 3 daughters. Alfred and Lorenzo married Beavers sisters. Hiram married Kizziah Matheny Greer. The Greer family was from Anson Co. Kizziah’s mother was Elizabeth Pearce, daughter of ?. A final note on John – this family is NOT related to the family of Sugar Darling Pearce who was also in Benton Co, TN. DNA testing proves that the families are not related.
Finally, Moses Jr’s son Sanders Tilden Pearce married Mary Ann Windham about 1840 in Perry Co, MS. I don’t find Sanders in the 1840 census and suspect that he was staying with relatives. Which brings me to Thomas Pearce (c 1785 NC – after 1851-1860 Perry Co, MS). DNA testing shows that the family of Moses Pearce is very closely related to Thomas. I believe that Thomas was a brother or half brother to Joel Pierce (c 1775-80 NC – after 1840 Lawrence Co, MS) and that they were the sons of Lewis Pierce RWS (c 1756 – 1832 Covington Co, MS). Other siblings were Jeremiah Monroe, George, Nancy Ann, Lewis P, and Rebeccah. They had lived in GA as early as 1784 before becoming early settlers of southern MS c 1810-1820.
for other lineages closely related to these families. We are Group B. It would be great to have some descendants of the other Anson Co Pearce/Pierce families participate so that we could prove the connection.
Hope that this helps!