Category: Frederick Clifton Pierce Fraud

Categories: Frauds and Fabrications

Frederick Clifton Peirce, later Pierce, included fraudulent genealogies in his Pierce genealogy books, which faked connections between Pierce family lines with no actual evidence, and faked linkages to illustrious English families. His information was incorporated into subsequent books by other authors, so it has contaminated the work of multiple generations of genealogists.

The four books on Pierce genealogy of which he was sole author or a primary author are:

  • Peirce Genealogy, Being the Record of the Posterity of John Pers, An Early Inhabitant of Watertown, In New England; With Notes on the History of Other Families of Peirce, Pierce, Pearce, ETC. By Frederick Clifton Peirce, Esq., 1880. [1] (another)
  • Pierce Genealogy, Being the Record of The Posterity of Thomas Pierce, An Early Inhabitant of Charlestown, And Afterwards Charlestown Village (Woburn), In New England, With Wills, Inventories, Biographical Sketches, ETC. By Frederic Beech Pierce, Of Boston, Assisted and Edited by Frederick Clifton Peirce, Esq., 1882. [2] (another) (another)
  • Pearce Genealogy Being the Record of The Posterity of Richard Pearce An Early Inhabitant of Portsmouth, in Rhode Island, Who Came From England, And Whose Genealogy Is Traced Back to 972 with An Introduction of the Male Descendants of Josceline De Louvaine, The Second House of Percy and Territorial Lords of Alnwick, Warkworth and Prudhoe Castles in the County of Northumberland, England, By Col. Frederick C. Pierce, 1888. [3] (another)
  • Pierce Genealogy, No. IV, Being the Record of the Posterity of Capt. Michael, John and Capt. William Pierce, Who Came to This Country From England, By Frederick Clifton Pierce, 1889. [4] (another) (another)
  • Pierce, F.C. (1899). Foster genealogy, Part 1, pp.14 - 15. Chicago: W.B. Conkey Co.[5].

See discussion here: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/379851/should-pierces-genealogy-frauds_and_fabrications-category?

Also see a very detailed study by Michael D Pierce here: https://rkkeyes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/captain-michael-pierce-and-the-fake-genealogy-of-frederick-clifton-pierce-1.pdf


Other family names for which F.C Pierce wrote genealogies include: Batchelder, Field, Fisk, Forbes, Forbush, Foster, and Whitney

He also wrote a history of Grafton, Massachusetts.

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Pages (4)


Person Profiles (50)

C

bef 1587 Northumberland, England
abt 1550 England - abt 1592

F

abt 1410 Stanhope, Durham, England
abt 1653 Newtown, Queens County, New York - aft 1724
abt 1610 Ireland - abt 1649
abt 1545 England - bef 26 Mar 1588 photo
abt 1034 Flanders, Normandy, France - abt 1084
abt 1591 Brunton, Northumberland, England - aft 1648
abt 1270 Buckton, Northumberland, England - 1342
- aft 12 Feb 1310
bef 1328 Buckton, Northumberland, England - abt 1371
abt 1340 England
abt 1475 England
Northumberland, England - bef 16 Oct 1656 photo
bef 1490 Adderstone, Northumberland, England photo
bef 1519 Adderstone, Northumberland , England - aft 04 Apr 1589
Durham, England - bef 20 Mar 1413
abt 1440 Adderstone, Northumberland, England

F cont.

abt 1360
bef 20 Mar 1413 Northumberland, England
10 Aug 1548 Hunsden, Hertfordshire, England - 18 May 1612 photo
14 Sep 1680 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts - 22 Feb 1755
abt 1595 England - bef 30 May 1681
1589 England - 04 Oct 1663 photo
abt 1570 England - 24 Nov 1638 photo
1570 Low Brunton, Northumberland, England - aft 19 Jun 1648 photo

J

abt 1593 Bristol, Somerset, England - abt 1650

O

abt 1488 Bothal, Northumberland, England - aft 1550 photo
abt 1341 Northumberland, England

P

1590 Pearce Hall, Yorkshire, England photo
abt 1615 England - abt 28 Oct 1678
1623 - 1673
aft 1633 England
abt 1500 Pearce Hall, Yorkshire, England - 1553 photo
- abt 1678

P cont.

abt 1752 Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay - 18 Oct 1840 photo
30 Jul 1855 Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States - 05 Apr 1904 photo
1571 Fordington, Dorset, England - 1643
abt 06 Feb 1814 Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States - 14 Jul 1897
13 Aug 1649 Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay - 21 Nov 1716 photo
abt 1615 England - 26 Mar 1676 photo
abt 1776 Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony - abt 25 Feb 1861
abt 1540 Norwich, Norfolk, England - abt 1641 photo
abt 1734 Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America
abt 1583 England - 07 Oct 1666 photo
abt 1616 Norwich, Norfolk, England - 06 Nov 1683 photo
bef 1570

U

abt 1596 England - aft 22 Mar 1667
abt 1594 Fordington, Dorset, England - 31 Dec 1662




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