George Tenant Pearce

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I'm stuck. I have several census records, a marriage and death record for my 2x great grandfather, but cannot find birth records nor any predecessors. Here's what I know:
George Tenant Pearce
Parents listed on death record as Benjamin and Susan
b. 1827 - 1834 in Wickford, Rhode Island, USA
d. 1907 - Bristol, RI, USA
m. Mary Taylor Disley, 18 Nov 1846
Children: William H., Franklin, Ella, Charles H., Charles A., Susan Tennant Pearce.
Any help would be SO appreciated!
in Genealogy Help by April Silva G2G Rookie (190 points)

1 Answer

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I tried to find records that would show more information about the parents of George Pearce -- and it doesn't help that the death record gives his birth date as Sept 1832, when everything else (census records) put  his birth date as early as 1825.  The death record looked like some information was scratched out and changed later, so it's hard to know how much faith to place in the information there.  (Here's the link to make it easier for others to find if they want to tackle this: )

I didn't find what you are looking for about George's parents (apart from the indication that both were born in Rhode Island), but I did find some census records you might not have located, since they had mistakes in the way they were transcribed:  They only show George and his family, though, and not his parents (except for his wife's parents). 

Here is 1850: (The Disley family is next to George and Mary's household, so I'm pretty sure this is the right family.)   Mary's initial is written as an "F".

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 April 2016), Rhode Island > Providence > Providence, ward 1 > image 166 of 172; citing NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

George Pierce 1850 Male 25 White 1825 Rhode Island 963

Mary F Pierce 1850 Female 23 White 1827 Rhode Island 963

William Pierce 1850 Male 1 White 1849 Rhode Island 963

Susan Pierce 1850 Female 7 White 1843 Rhode Island 963

Elizabeth Pierce 1850 Female 4 White 1846 Rhode Island 963

George Pierce 1850 Male 2 White 1848 Rhode Island 963

*I'm curious about how the children are not in chronological order. Maybe the 1 year old is the only biological child and the others may be relatives, but not their own?? (Total speculation). 

You probably have this one-- the 1860 US census

1870: This one had some mistakes, but if you look at the whole family, I think it looks likely that it contains the same individuals.:

There were several other census records that were more recent, but you probably have located them. 

Wish I could have found something really helpful.




by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 7 (72.9k points)

Thank you for your help and research. One of the sources you located was new and while reading it, I realized the census records always show a 2 year age difference between George and Mary. If true, he was born in 1825- 2 years earlier than records with estimated birthdates indicated. Getting an accurate birth date seems to be key to continuing this line of research but the sources I've found are inconsistent. 

The big hurdles are:  

1. The spelling of Pearce varies from record to record.

2. There was another George T. (Taft) Pearce born in RI around the same time who also married a Mary T.

I think my best bet is to go to viral records office in Wickford to hunt for hurt records. 

Again, thanks for your help!!

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