When James Pease was born on 10 April 1788, in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Seth Pease, was 24 and his mother, Bathsheba Kent, was 20. He died in 1812, at the age of 24.
English: from Middle English pese, pise (Old English peose, pise) ‘pea’. The word was commonly used to denote something small or of little worth, as in the phrase not worth a pese. It may have been used to nickname someone who habitually used the term or who was thought to merit it. It might alternatively have been a name for a pea-seller. Compare Bean .
Americanized form of French Pié (see Pie ), with the addition of excrescent -s, a common feature of Americanized surnames.
History: Robert and John Pease came from Great Baddow, Essex, England, to Salem, MA, in 1634. In 1644 Robert died, leaving a son (also called Robert) who was apprenticed as a weaver in Salem. By 1646 John Pease was living on Martha's Vineyard.