Family:Whitney, Mary (1675-1749)

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Mary Whitney (Joshua2, John1), daughter of Joshua2 and Abigail (Tarbell) Whitney,[1] was born 1 Jul 1675, Groton, MA,[2] and died 29 Dec 1749, Groton, MA in her 75th year.[3]

She married about 1695, probably Groton, MA, Ephraim Pierce,[4] son of Daniel and Elizabeth (-----) Pierce.[5] He was born 15 Oct 1673, Groton, MA,[6] and died 27 Feb 1740/1, Groton, MA, in his 68th year.[7]

On 17 Apr 1713, the will of her father mentions "my five daughters now living, Mary Peirce, ..."[8]

"Ephraim was one of the first settlers in Lunenburg. He was one of the first selectmen in 1728."[9]

"Ephraim Peirce was one of the first settlers in Lunenburg, and in the first division of land there he was assigned lot number sixty-eight. He was chosen one of the first selectmen of the town in 1728."

Children of Ephraim and Mary3 (Whitney) Pierce:

i. Mary Pierce, b. 9 Aug 1696, Groton, MA;[10] m. Josiah Farnsworth.
ii. Elizabeth Pierce, b. 24 Jul 1698, Groton, MA;[11] m. Thomas Farwell.
iii. Ephraim Pierce, b. 12 Mar 1700, Groton, MA;[12] m.(1) Esther Shed; m.(2) Huldah (Martin) Weatherbee.
iv. Sarah Pierce, b. 8 Mar 1702, Groton, MA;[13] m. Jonathan Parker.
v. David Pierce, b. 23 May 1704, Groton, MA;[14] m. Elizabeth Bowers.
vi. Jonathan Pierce, b. 15 Apr 1706, Groton, MA;[15] d. 23 Sep 1723, Groton, MA;[16] unmarried.
vii. Simon Pierce, b. 15 Oct 1707, Groton, MA;[17] m. Susannah Parker.
viii. Abigail Pierce, b. 1 Nov 1710, Groton, MA;[18] m. Ezra Farnsworth.
ix. Lydia Pierce, b. 20 Nov 1713, Groton, MA;[19] d. 24 Sep 1723, Groton, MA;[20] unmarried.

References

1.^  Her parentage is established by her birth record and her father's will.

2.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. Joshua, [born] 1:5:[16]75," according to Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1926-1927).

3.^  "Mary [Peirce], wid. Ephraim, [died] Dec. 29, 1749, in her 75th y. GR2," according to Groton Vital Records.

4.^  This is proven by her father's will. The date is estimated from her age and the birth of her first child.

5.^  His parentage is proven by his birth record.

6.^  "Ephraim [Peirce], s. Danil, [born] Oct. 15, 1673. CT.R.," according to Groton Vital Records.

7.^  "Ephraim [Pearce], [died] Feb. 27, 1740-1 [in his 68th y. GR2]," according to Groton Vital Records.

8.^  Middlesex County, Massachusetts, probate file #24,703.

9.^  Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago: The Author, 1895), p. 25.

10.^  "Mary [Pearce], dau Ephraim and Marey, [born] Aug. 9, 1696," according to Groton Vital Records.

11.^  "Elizebeth [Perce], dau Ephrahim and Mary, [born] July 24, 1698," according to Groton Vital Records.

12.^  "Epraham [Perce], s. Epharam and Mary, [born] Mar. 12, 1700," according to Groton Vital Records.

13.^  "Sarah [Perce], dau Epraham and Mary, [born] Mar. 8, 1702," according to Groton Vital Records.

14.^  "Daved [Perce], s. Ephrem and Mary, [born] May 23, 1704," according to Groton Vital Records.

15.^  "Jonathan [Perce], s. Epraham and Mary, [born] Apr. 15, 1706," according to Groton Vital Records.

16.^  "Jonathan [Pearce], s. Ephraim and Mary, [died] Sept. 23, 1723," according to Groton Vital Records.

17.^  "Epram [Perce], s. Epram and Mary, [born] Oct. 15, 1707," according to Groton Vital Records. Apparently this is an error for "Simon."

18.^  "Abigal [Pearce], dau Ephraim and Mary, [born] Nov. 1, 1710," according to Groton Vital Records.

19.^  Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston (2nd ed., Watertown, MA: 1860), p. 401.

20.^  "Lidiah [Pearce], dau Ephraim and Mary, [died] Sept. 24, 1723," according to Groton Vital Records.


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