James Pierce

Brief Life History of James

When James Pierce was born on 18 April 1797, in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, James Pierce, was 42 and his mother, Lydia Clap, was 27. He married Mary Whiting Withington on 19 November 1824, in Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He died on 2 February 1839, in Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 41.

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James Pierce
Mary Whiting Withington
Marriage: 19 November 1824
James Pierce Jr.
Isaac Withington Pierce
Son Pierce
Charles Henry Pierce

Sources (21)

  • James Pierce, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • James Pierce in entry for Isaac W Pierce and Mary A Childs, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • James Pierce, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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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