When Michael Pierce was born on 22 February 1799, in North Carolina, United States, his father, William Arthur Pierce, was 25 and his mother, Mary Fitzgerald, was 27. He married Mary Caroline Dugger on 13 October 1828, in Carter, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Carter, Carter, Tennessee, United States in 1850 and Tennessee, United States in 1870. He died on 4 March 1876, in Carter, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Butler, Johnson, Tennessee, United States.
English, Welsh, and Irish: from the Anglo-Norman French and Middle English personal name Piers, Peres, Peris, an Old French nominative of Pierre or Per, the French form of Peter . Pierce is especially frequent in northwestern Wales and Lancashire, while Pearce is the more common spelling in the rest of England. In Ireland Pierce and Pearse represent a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Piarais ‘son of Piaras’, a Gaelicized form of Piers.
Americanized form of some similar-sounding Jewish surname.
History: Franklin Pierce (1804–69), 14th president of the US, was born in Hillsborough, NH, on the New England frontier. His English ancestor Thomas Pierce emigrated to Charlestown, MA, in 1633/34.
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