Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and hope this blog will help with that. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My Mayflower Ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Richard Pierce b. 1725 and Mary Simmons b. 1723, Middleborough of Freetown, Mass.

I have a lot more research to do on this family, but here is what I have thus far…Richard Pierce (often Peirce or sometimes Pearse) was born 15 April 1725 at Middleborough, Plymouth County, Mass., the son of Thomas Pierce and Naomi Booth.  He is my seventh great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side of the family. 

On 12 December 1745 Richard married Mary Simmons at Freetown, Bristol Co., Mass.  Mary was born 9 October 1723 at Freetown, the daughter of Abraham Simmons and Ann Lee. 

Richard and Mary had three children, first two births recorded Middleborough Vital Records:
Zilphah born 9 June 1746 m. Michael Mosher of Middleborough 30 Oct 1770
Jesse born 12 July 1747
Richard who m. first Lydia Boothe of Middleborough, 29 Aug 1776; 2nd Sarah Boothe of Middleborough, 28 Nov 1789

I descend through Jesse and his wife Ruth Perkins.

Richard was elected one of the deer wards at Freetown in 1752.  Richard Peirce appears on the roll of the company of Capt. Job Peirce in service at Rhode Island in 1777, and in Col. Theophilus Cotton's Regiment, but possibly Richard Peirce Jr. According to family, he was a sergeant in Captain Abiel Pierce's company, which marched on the Lexington Alarm, 19 April 1775, to Marshfield.  He was a corporal in Captain Levi Rounsevel's company, Colonel David Brewer's Regiment at Roxbury in summer of 1775. His son Richard also served in the Revolution.  

Apparently Richard left Mary and lived with another woman, Lois DeMaranville, who is said to have been of Acadian descent.  Her name is from family tradition and not from records. He did not divorce Mary, so their co-habitating would have been illegal.  Family tradition states that Richard and Lois had 11 children, but I have not confirmed that with records: Abner, Naomi, Russell, Thomas, Eli, Levi, Preserved, Zadoc, Philip, Lois, and Lemuel. If all those children were in fact Richard’s, he would have been 73 when the last was born!

The town authorities of Middleborough in or before 1815, and the Overseers of the Poor of Lakeville recently, denied that Richard and Lois were ever married, or if they were, asserted it to be illegal, as Mary the first wife was alive and she and Richard not divorced while the latter was cohabiting with Lois.

Nothing was done to Richard legally for this breach of order, as people pitied him for the wrongs that he had suffered from the conduct of his wife Mary Simmons. A pauper descendant of this 2d marriage was rejected by Middleborough or Lakeville on the plea that the children of Richard and Lois were all illegitimate.

I haven’t found death information on Richard or Mary and I have not yet researched court records to see what kind of antics Mary was up to. If anyone knows about this or has some resource suggestions, I’d very much like to hear from you.

Sources Not Included Above:

Ebenezer W Peirce, The Peirce Family of The Old Colony, 1870

Ebenezer W. Peirce, The Peirce Family, printed in NEHGR in Jan., April, July 1867and October 1868

William Richard Cutter, editor, Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to Families of Middlesex County, Mass., Volume 4, 1908,  

Paul Bumpus article on Ruth Perkins in the September 2006 Mayflower Quarterly

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jeremiah Jones ca 1650 to November 1705 and Sarah Dillingham of Yarmouth, Mass.

Note: My line of descent from this family is a bit “iffy” due to lack of records, but it is something I feel confident in personally.  I’m always happy to hear from people who have different information or know of  a source I have overlooked!

Jeremiah Jones was born before 1650 in Yarmouth, Mass., the son of Teague Jones whose wife’s name is not known. I wrote about Teague here.  Jeremiah is my 8th and 9th great-grandfather as I have two lines of descent on my grandmother Milly’s side of the family.

About 1678 Jeremiah married Sarah Dillingham of Harwich (now Brewster), Mass.  I don’t know Sarah’s birth date but she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Feake) Dillingham.

I don’t think there is absolute proof that Jeremiah married Sarah Dillingham, but they have been identified as husband and wife in various sources including The American Genealogist (see reference below). There’s solid circumstantial evidence, however.  Both of them were from Quaker families with their father’s alternating holding monthly meetings at their homes.  Their children’s names were names of Sarah’s parents and siblings. John Dillingham’s will, dated 15 November 1707, names his daughter Sarah Jones's two children, although not by name (BPR 3:223). Sarah had in fact died before this time, although I'm uncertain as to why he only named two children as I believe all four lived to adulthood. Another detail to work on. 

Children, according to Freeman's History of Cape Cod, order uncertain:

 I descend from Jeremiah and Sarah’s daughter Hannah who married John Baker through two lines: their daughter Alice Baker who married John Burgess and their daughter Bethiah Baker who married Patrick Kelley.

In 1676 he was taxed 2 pounds, 14 shillings toward King Philip’s War.  By deed dated 29 May 1691, Teague Jones conveyed to son Jeremiah his farm on west side of Bass River where Jeremiah was already residing.

Jeremiah didn’t have his father’s penchant for misbehavior as the only time I find his name in records is when he conducted estate inventories or was owned money from or to an estate.

Sarah died before April 1699, likely at Yarmouth. 

Jeremiah married, second, Elizabeth Folland Hall , the daughter of Thomas Folland and widow of Samuel Hall, on 27 April 1699 at Yarmouth (Yarmouth VR).  

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Jeremiah died 4 November 1705 at Yarmouth (Yarmouth Vital Records).  He died intestate and administration of his estate was granted to son John who swore to the truth of the estate inventory on 2 January 1705/6 Barnstable Co. Probate Records, 2:208-9). Jeremiah’s estate inventory totaled over 138 pounds and included property where his homestead stood, house and property at South Sea (i.e. Nantucket Sound), meadow at Stage Island (Chatham), household items, farming equipment, including sheep shears, and a pair oxen, a cow and a horse. 

Elizabeth died 17 June 1714. 

Sources Not Listed Above:

Mrs. John E. Barclay , The American Genealogist, The Jones Family of Yarmouth and Middleboro, Mass.,  volume 31, 1955

Charles Swift, History of Old Yarmouth, 1884

Clarence Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1770

William C. Smith, History of Chatham, 1909

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lucy Nye Pierce 1809-1896, Wareham and Acushnet, Mass.

Lucy Nye Pierce is an ancestor I feel very connected to—one of those women of her era who from a distance appears strong and resolute. She married three times, outliving all of her husbands, seems to have fibbed about her age to her one of her younger husbands, buried three very young children and lived to an advance age.  Her first husband, Rowland Bumpus, went not once but twice in search of gold in California.  If he struck gold, maybe the hardship of being left with the children and no income coming in would have been worth it, but I don’t think that was the case. Other than his miner days, Rowland worked at Tremont Nail Factory in Wareham. What made matters worse was that it appears Rowland contracted tuberculosis during or soon after his last adventure and died in 1853 at age 49.  Lucy is my fourth great-grandmother on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side of the family.

Lucy was born September 1809 (based on age at death), in Wareham, Plymouth Co., Mass., one of the six children of David and Desire (Nye) Pierce.  I wrote about her parents here. 

Lucy Pierce Bumpus Tripp Burnham  (original property of Laurie Howland)
Lucy married, first, Rowland Bumpus, on 5 September 1825, at Wareham.  He was the son of Jonathan and Martha (Chubbuck) Bumpus.  His last name is sometimes seen as Bumpas. Lucy and Rowland had 10 children. I wrote about the family in another post, but below is a short summary:

1. Frederick Adams b. about 1827, he married Jane Yates and they raised their family in Wareham where he died in 1893. He also worked at Tremont Nail Factory.
2. Ambrose D. born about 1829, died 30 May 1833 at Wareham.
3. Adeline B. born 3 December 1831, married Samuel Williams and lived at Wareham where she died in 1897.
4. Rowland, born about 1832, died November 1836 at Wareham.
5. Lucy Maria, born about 1834, she married Calvin Benson at Middleborough on 9 November 1851 but I can’t find anything further on the couple.
6. Caroline born about 1838, married Calvin Baker at Marshfield, 21 August 1858, have not found her death record.
7. Mary Briggs, born about 1840, married Seth Washburn 25 November 1856 at Wareham, lived at Plymouth where she died 27 May 1916.
8. Lucretia W., born about 1842, married Asaph Burbank 12 February 1860 at Wareham, and died at Plymouth 29 December 1880.  
9. Pelina, born September 1845, died 18 August 1846, Wareham.
10. Nathan Cobb, born 23 September 1847, married Susan Ellis 12 August 1870 at Acushnet, died there 27 July 1926.  Was a Civil War Veteran.

I descend from Mary whom I wrote about here.

Lucy and Rowland Bumpus (original property of Laurie Howland)

The 1855 state census, Wareham, Lucy is head of household as Rowland had passed away:
Lucy N. Bumpus 45
Caroline P. Bumpus 17
Mary B. Bumpus 15
Lucretia W. Bumpus 13
Nathan C., 8

There is also a Nathan C., age 8, in the 1855 census for Middleborough/W. Bridgewater in what may be a rooming house as mostly single men working as nailors in a factory.

On my long list of things to do is to find the map of the Agawam section of Wareham that shows where Lucy and Rowland lived, listed as belonging Mrs. LN Bumpus, so after Rowland's death.  There is a dark reproduction of the map inside the back cover of the book Glimpses of Early Wareham, and I hope to find a better copy and share it here. 

Lucy married, second, Deacon Brownell Tripp, on 21 March 1861, at Acushnet, a town near New Bedford in Bristol Co., Mass. He was a farmer, later a shoemaker, born in Westport, Mass., son of Philip and Meribah Tripp.  It was his third marriage and they were married by Frederick Tripp, minister (MA VR Vol. 144, Page 67).  Brownell had married first, Ruby Allen and, second, Eliza Case (or Chase). Lucy was 51 years of age and Brownell was about 11 years her senior.  He died on 11 July 1874 of a diseased limb.   

1865 state census, Acushnet, Bristol Co., Mass.:
Brownell Tripp 66 farmer
Lucy N. Tripp 55
Josaphen B. Cochran 19, single
Almeda B. Smith 11, male

I would guess Josephine and Almeda were servants or boarders.

1870 Federal census, Acushnet, Mass.:
Brownell Tripp, 71, shoemaker
Lucy N., 60, keeps house
Nathan C. Tripp, 23 (this would be Lucy’s son Nathan C. Bumpus)
Tabor, Betsey, 50, at home (family member or servant?)

1880 Federal census, Westport, Mass.:
1880 census, Westport, Mass, taken 17 June 1880
John Howland 82, retired mariner
Nancy Howland 67, wife house keeping
Lucy M. Tripp, 70, nurse
This is likely Lucy before her July marriage to Josiah Burnham, perhaps nursing a sick person in their home as a way to earn an income and have housing after the death of Brownell.

Lucy married, third, Josiah Burnham at Acushnet on 31 July 1880. Josiah was born about 1811, to Josiah and Abigail Burnham of Essex, Mass. He was a physician and died of senility on 13 December 1895.  Josiah’s first wife was Susan Getchell of Salem. In the 1860 census he and Susan are living in New Bedford. She died at Acushnet in 1878. In the 1880 census he is age 69, a widower, living in Acushnet, near his soon to be son-in-law Nathan C. Bumpus.

Lucy and Josiah lived on Main Street in Acushnet.  Josiah died in 1895 and family has told me he is buried on the property.

Lucy’s death is recorded in the Massachusetts state vital records: Lucy Burnham died 29 June 1896, age 86 years, 9 months, widow, daughter of David and Desire Pierce, born Wareham, died Acushnet of heart disease.

She is buried at Tabor Cemetery on Main Street in Acushnet.  She shares a large stone with her son Nathan C. Bumpus and his wife and daughter.  I was in the area last week and took a quick drive through town, stopping to pay my respects to Lucy for the first time. 

Sources Not Listed Above:
Records of the First Parish Church of Wareham, by Leonard H. Smith.
Glimpses of Early Wareham, by Daisy Washburn Lovell, Wareham Historical Society