Philadelphia Pierce


Brief Life History of Philadelphia

When Philadelphia Pierce was born in 1822, in Bolney, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, her father, Stephen Pierce, was 30 and her mother, Charlotte Starley, was 25. She married Stephen Mills on 30 August 1841, in Bolney, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. She died in 1869, in Cuckfield, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 47, and was buried in Bolney, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

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Stephen Mills
Philadelphia Pierce
Marriage: 30 August 1841
John Mills
Catherine Mills
Edmund Mills
Philadelphia Mills
Elizabeth Mills
Louisa Mills
Lucy Mills
Sally Mills
Mary Mills

Sources (35)

  • Philedelphia Pierce in household of Stephen Pierce, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Philadelphia, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Philadelphia Pierce, "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 August 1841Bolney, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (9)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (4)


    Age 1

    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

    Age 11

    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.


    Age 21

    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    Name Meaning

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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