Anthony Pierce

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Anthony Pierce, son of John Pierce and Elizabeth Trull, was born probably shortly before his baptism at St. Edmund, Norwich, Norfolk, England, 8 April 1611.1 He died at Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 9 May 1678.2,3

Anthony married Anne (…) say 1632.4,5

Anthony Peirce arrived in America before his father. He settled in Watertown and owned land in that portion of the town near the Cambridge line. His homestall was on the north side of the road from Cambridge, immediately west of the homestall of John Stowers, which was later the parsonage occupied by Rev Angier.

He owned a homestall of ten acres bounded on the south and west by the highway, on the east by land of John Stowers, and on the north by land of John Biscoe; also owned a farm of 86 acres of upland in the third Division. He was admitted freeman 3 Sep 1634. His first wife died in 1633, and the same year he married Ann.

He was a grantee of two lots in Watertown, one of which was four acres bounded south by Belmont street; east by John Stowers; north by John (Nathaniel) Biscoe. He later purchased six acres adjoining it on the west, a grant to his father. It was the third lot west of Lexington street.

His made his will 6 Sep 1671 and it was proven 14 Mar 1682/3. The inventory totaling 303-11-01 was presented in court 18 Jun 1678.6


Anne (…) b. say 1613, d. 20 Jan 1682/83
  • John Pierce3 b. say 1633
  • Mary Pierce7,3 b. 28 Dec 1633, d. bef. 1636
  • Mary Pierce3 b. 1636
  • Jacob Pierce3 b. 15 Sep 1637
  • Daniel Pierce+3 b. 1 Jan 1639/40, d. 1723
  • Martha Pierce3 b. 24 Apr 1641
  • Joseph Pierce3,8 b. say 1643
  • Benjamin Pierce3 b. 1649
  • Judith Pierce9 b. 18 Jul 1650
This person was last edited on12 Jul 2015


  1. [S1639] Patricia Law Hatcher, "The Peirce Family of Norwich, England, and Watertown, Massachusetts," The American Genealogist 84 (July 2010): 177-184, at 181, further cited as Hatcher, "Peirce Family of Norwich Watertown."
  2. [S1974] Historical Society, Watertown Records, Four vols. (subtitle varies) (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1894-1906), 1:3:45, further cited as Historical Society, Watertown Records.
  3. [S9] Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town, With Illustrations, Maps And Notes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1860), 393, further cited as Bond, Bond's Watertown.
  4. [S1639] Hatcher, "Peirce Family of Norwich Watertown," 182.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1188, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S70] Frederick Clifton Peirce, Peirce Genealogy, Being the Record of the Posterity of John Pers, an Early Inhabitant of Watertown, In New England, Who Came From Norwich, Norfolk County, England; With Notes on the History of Other Families of Peirce, Pierce, Pearce, etc. (Worchester, Massachusetts: C. Hamilton, 1880), 21, further cited as Pierce, Peirce Genealogy.
  7. [S1252] David Pulsifer, "Early Records of Boston," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 6 (Oct 1852): 377-380, at 380, further cited as Pulsifer, "Early Records of Boston."
  8. [S244] Frederick W. Wead, "A Brayton-Peirce Relationship," The American Genealogist 27 (Apr 1951): 97-99, further cited as Wead, "Brayton-Pierce Relationship."
  9. [S9] Bond, Bond's Watertown, 394.