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.
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.