Pierce Noland, sometimes Nowland, was probably born in County Mayo Ireland around 1655/1660 and later lived in Tipperary. Came to St. Mary's County, Maryland from Ireland between 1675-80 with his five brothers, and was a "taylor" by occupation. He moved to Stafford County, Virginia about 1707. His property was named 'Fethard' after the family estate in County Tipperary Ireland.
His will, written January 20, 1715, names sons Philip, Pierce, Thomas, and William. A later deed (1724) shows that Thomas died in his minority.
Parents - documentation needed for father Pierce born 1628 in Dublin
A reference to his 1715 will is included in a March 9, 1724 land transfer (Stafford Court House, Virginia, Deed Book K):
...between Pierce Knowland II of Over-Wharton Parish in the County of Stafford [and Henry Suddeth] sixty acres of land thereunto belonging situated lying and being near and upon Potomack Run in the Parish and County aforesaid and being the Plantation whereon - Pierce Knowland (dec) father to the said Pierce Knowland lived - the said sixty acres to include the rear ground together with the whole plantation from thence to Potomack Maine Run and near Potomack Old Mill...bequeathed by the said Pierce Knowland (dec), unto his three youngest sons, Pierce, Thomas and William by his last will and testament bearing the date the 20th day of June 1715 duly proved in Stafford Court to be equally divided between the said three sons.
The source (Find a Grave memorial 42041929) shows signature and witnesses as
Signed Pierce Knowland
John Peyton, James Jonds
These apparently of the land transaction, not the will. But possibly of the 1712 transaction rather than the 1724 one., as after the witnesses, the following is shown:
At a Court held for Stafford County, Virginia
the 12th day of May - ANNO 1712
Test. Catesby Cocke
The 1724 land transaction is for land willed by Pierce Knowland to his sons Pierce, Thomas and William, which he bought from William Downing (or Dowing) and that he repatented July 3, 1712:
[land] bought by the said Pierce Knowland (dec), of William Downing of the said county, being part of a patent of 200 acres granted unto the said Dowing by Patent bearing the date 12 Day of July 1692 which said 100 acres more or less was repatented by ye said Pierce Knowland (dec). by patent bearing date the 3rd day of July 1712.
MotherElizabeth Gore (1631-1690) - profile was disconnected as his mother for lack of support that an Elizabeth Gore born 1631 existed. (See details below.)
Wife Katherine Hagaman (1660-1711) - Profile of wife with a maiden name - Hagaman - was disconnected for lack of support.
married 1680 in Charles, Prince William Co., MD
His wife's given name is generally accepted as Katherine (also Cathryn), but it is also generally accepted that her maiden name is not known. The person who added the 1680 marriage in "Charles, Prince William Co., MD" also changed family groups (moving profiles of children to different parents) - so much so that documenting the changes after the fact is fairly insurmountable, but attempting to regroup based on information from known Noland researchers should be feasible. (Doing so is now on my to-do list - if you have a source not already shown on a descendant's profile, please add it. Noland-165 10:19, 26 October 2016 (EDT))
SonStephen Noland - cited by some as named in the 1715 will, but no evidence to support this. Source for stating that Pierce names a son Stephen in his will is needed.
J. Lynn Noland's Milesian Mountaineers quotes Pierce's will & also states specifically that Stephen "is not mentioned in the 1715 will." J. Lynn Noland also discusses the research work of Mr. Edward Ronshiem, who concluded that Stephen was Pierce's son, stating:
"This genealogical history [Milesian Mountaineers] is greatly indebted to the research of Mr. Ronshiem.... However, Mr. Ronshiem does not cite any record evidence to support his conclusion." (pp 99-100)
In addition to no evidence supporting a son named Stephen, the noted absence of the name Stephen among descendants supports the opposite conclusion: that Pierce did not have a son named Stephen.
My family's records (Judge Pearce line) show that the Pierce Noland (m. Katherine [mnu]) who died in Stafford County with a will dated 1715 arrived in Maryland in 1686. Pierce's brother Henry (m. Lettice) and his family arrived in 1679. Brothers Thomas and William arrived in 1678 aboard the St. George of London. Brother Philip arrived in Maryland in 1677.
I have been unable to find a copy of the will to verify son "Stephen." I also have not previously heard of a son Daniel attributed to this Pierce. Does anyone have a transcript of the will they could share, or information supporting a son named Daniel?
↑ Noland-67 had 1655, Mayo and Noland-139 had just Ireland, 1660
↑ Family records of Liz Shifflett go back only to this Pierce (born 1655) with a Stafford County, Virginia will dated 1715. Another Noland researcher added mother as Elizabeth Gore (1631-1690), but I believe that was based on an incorrect LDS pedigree (a submitted tree, akin to Ancestry member trees). The only Gore-Noland connection I have found is several generations later:
Sharon Noland's website shows an Elizabeth Gore as the wife of Sampson Noland. And a discussion here cites a 1794 record that shows an Elizabeth as widow of Pearce Noland in a law case with a Gore. (See additional information about disputed relationships on profile of Pierce Noland, Sr.)
↑ 1735 deed - Sampson Darrell to Pearce Noland (see p 115, "The Randolph Manuscript. Virginia Seventeenth Century Records (Continued)" The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr., 1909), pp. 113-132. Published by: Virginia Historical Society (Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4242972)
"10 March 1724/5: Pierce Knowland of O. [Overwharton] Parish to Henry Suddeth of same, 60 acres, D. [looks like "D", which would be Dettinger] Parish, Potomac Run, part of 200 acres granted 12 July 1692 to William Downing (signed) Pierce (P) Knowland. Witnesses: [John?] Payton, James Jones"
↑ Find a Grave Memorial #42041929: Stafford Court House, Virginia, Deed Book K - page 166 - 1722-1728
↑ see Find a Grave memorial 42041929 for the entire entry
↑ The WikiTree member who changed Katherine from "Unknown" to "Hagaman" responded as follows when asked for her source:
"I believe that the info. on 'Hagaman' came from a website tied to our daughters church genealogy records. I have also seen it on ancestry.com."
↑ when asked for source, response was similar: "marriage info probably came from the IGI at familysearch.org which I believe is compiled from records kept in the various jurisdictions. 1780 was just a typo."
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