Friday, October 16, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 352: #563 Elizabeth (Pierce) (Whittemore) (Foster) Pierce (1646->1700) of Woburn, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Pierce (1646->1700) is number 563 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #562 Nathaniel Pierce (1655-1692) in 1681 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #281 Mary Pierce (1682-1713)  who married  #280 Thomas Dill (1682-1718) in 1706.
*  their son #140 Thomas Dill (1708-1761) who married #141 Mehitable Brown (1714-1758) in 1733.
*  their son #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1839) who married #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797) in 1782.
*  their daughter  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) who married  #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)  in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth Name:            Elizabeth Pierce[1–5]    
*  Alternate Name:     Elizabeth Whittemore[6]    
*  Alternate Name:     Elizabeth Foster[7]

*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                     Thomas Pierce (1617-1683)    
*  Mother:                    Elizabeth Cole (1619-1688)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        25 December 1646 Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]    
*  Distribution:             13 December 1692 (age 45), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Deed:                       12 January 1699/1700 (age 53), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Death:                      after 12 January 1700 (after age 53), Massachusetts, United States  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                 Thomas Whittemore (1645-1670)
*   Marriage 1:             9 November 1666 (age 19), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]     
*  Child 1:                    Joseph Whittemore (1667-1737)
*  Child 2:                    Hannah Whittemore (1668-1689)

*  Spouse 2:                 Hopestill Foster (1648-1679)
*  Marriage 2:              15 October 1670 (age 23), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]  *  Child 3:                   Thomas Foster (1672-1672)
*  Child 4:                   Abigail Foster (1673-1743)
*  Child 5:                    John Foster (1676- )
*  Child 6:                   Mercy Foster (1677-1679)

*  Spouse 3:                Nathaniel Pierce (1655-1692) Marriage 23 March 1680/1 (age 34) Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]   
*  Child 7:                   Mary Pierce (1682-1713)    
*  Child 8:                   Hannah Peirce (1684-1688)    
*  Child 9:                   Ichabod Pierce (1686-1721)    
*  Child 10:                 Robert Pierce (1689-1689)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
The Pierce Genealogy by Frederick Beech Pierce contains a biographical sketch of the family of Thomas Pierce, Jr. (1608-1683) of Woburn, Massachusetts, including the birth of Elizabeth Pierce (1646-????)[1].

Elizabeth Pierce was born on 25 December 1646 in Woburn, Massachusetts, the 4th child and second daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Cole) Pierce[1-2].  

Elizabeth married Thomas Whittemore (1645-1670) in Woburn, Massachusetts on 9 November 1666, at age 19[3].  They had two children, recorded in Woburn:

*  Joseph Whittemore (1667-1737), married 1703 Sarah Temple (1682-1759).
*  Hannah Whittemore (1668-1689), married 1686 James Nichols (1662-1727).

Thomas Whittemore died on 10 March 1670 in Woburn, leaving Elizabeth a widow at age 23 with two small children.

On 15 October 1670, Elizabeth (Pierce) Whittemore married her second husband, Hopestill Foster (1648-1679) of Woburn, at age 23[6].  They had four children, all born and recorded in Woburn:

*  Thomas Foster (1672-1672)
*  Abigail Foster (1673-1743), married 1704 Timothy Farley (1680-1743).
*  John Foster (1677-????).
*  Mercy Foster (1678-1679).

Hopestill Foster died on 24 May 1679 in Woburn at age 31, leaving Elizabeth with one more small child.

On 23 March 1680/1, Elizabeth (Pierce) (Whittemore) Foster married her third husband, Nathaniel Pierce (1655-1692)[7], at age 34 with three children aged 6 to 13.  They had four more children, all recorded in the Woburn town record book:

*  Mary Pierce (1682-1713), married 1706 Thomas Dill (1682-1718).
*  Hannah Pierce (1684-1688).
*  Ichabod Pierce (1686-1721), married 1706 Sarah Waters (1677-1757).
*  Robert Pierce (1689-1689).

Elizabeth's father, Thomas Pierce, died in Woburn on 6 November 1683, and her mother died on 5 March 1688 in Woburn.  Thomas Pierce's probate records include only an inventory with several real estate parcels and personal estate.  It is not known what, if any, Elizabeth received from her parents estate.

Her husband, Nathaniel Pierce died in late 1692 at age 37, leaving Elizabeth a widow for the third time at age 45, with four children ranging in age from 6 to 25.  

In his will dated 2 May 1691, and proved 13 December 1692, Nathaniel Pierce named his wife Elizabeth as the executor of his estate along with his son Nathaniel, and bequeathed to Elizabeth[5]:
"I will and bequeth as followeth first I give to Elizabeth my loving and beloved wife tenn pounds to be payd her out of my effects she chosing in what of my moveable Esteat she will have it in to be at her owne desease and also the use of the whole of my housing and lands during her terme while my Eldest son cometh of Age and after that the use of but one halfe so long as she continueth my widow."
On 12 January 1699/1700, Joseph Whittemore and Elizabeth Pierce (the mother of Joseph) sold two small pieces of land in Woburn, Massachusetts to George Read, junior of Woburn for 30 pounds[4]. The first piece was 20 rods of land containing one small mansion house and an orchard in Woburn, Massachusetts near the meeting house.  The land was bounded by the King's highway, John Fowls land, the town highway to the burying place, and the town common.  The second piece with a small dwelling house was 30 poles of land bounded by the highway, the first piece of land, the town pound, and the town common. Elizabeth was on the deed because it contained her widow's thirds from her marriage to Thomas Whittemore.  The deed was recorded on 1 February 1699/1700.

It is likely that Elizabeth resided with her oldest son, Joseph Whittemore after the death of Nathaniel, since he had probably received a dwelling house from his father's estate.  After Joseph sold the land in early 1700, she may have lived with him even when he married until her death.

There are no death or known burial location or dates for Elizabeth (Pierce) (Whittemore) (Foster) Pierce.  There are no deed records for her after 1700 in the Middlesex County land records.  There are no probate records for her in the Middlesex County Probate court records.
1. Frederic Beech Pierce, Pierce Genealogy, Being the Record of the Posterity of Thomas Pierce, an Early Inhabitant of Charlestown, and Afterwards Charlestown Village (Woburn) in New England, with Wills, Inventories, Bbiographical Sketches, etc. (Worcester, Mass. : Press of Chas. Hamilton, 1882), page 21, #4 Thomas Pierce Jr. sketch.

2. Edward F. Johnson,  Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], (Woburn, Mass.: The News Print, 1893), Volume 1, page 193, Elizabeth Pierce birth entry, daughter of Thomas, 25 December 1646.

3. Edward F. Johnson, Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], Volume 3, page 209, Thomas Whittemore and Elizabeth Pierce entry, 9 November 1666.

4. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 October 2020), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1696-1716, Vol. 12-13," Volume 12, page 435, Deed of Nathaniel Pierce Jr. and Elizabeth Pierce to Samuel Whittemore, executed 12 January 1699, recorded 1 February 1699.

5. "Middlesex County, Mass.: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 8 October 2020), Probate Case File 17539, Nathanell Pierce of Woburn, 1692.

6. Edward F. Johnson, Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], Volume 3. Page 301, Hopestill Foster and Elizabeth Whittemore entry, 15 October 1670.

7. Edward F. Johnson, Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], Volume 3, Page 209, Nathaniel Pierce and Elizabeth Foster entry, 23 March 1680.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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1 comment:

Family History Hat said...

Did you use a template for this? If so, is it available for public use? Or, did you utilize one of RM's reports? I'm impressed that you you know all of this, have sources that far back, etc. Good Job!