From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Eames Ancestry in England
EAMES family details, with sources references, can be found
in Ancestral Lines, Third Edition, by Carl Boyer, 3rd
(1998, Santa Clarita, CA), pages 239-241, and the web
site of Ralph Dean Clark (2000).
Thomas and Millicent (Brewster) Eames
Thomas EAMES - b. about 1548; bur. Jun. 25, 1618, Fordington,
St. George, Dorset, England. Possibly the son of John and Joan
EAMES. Lived at Fordington from 1577 until his death. Married
Millicent BREWSTER - b. about 1552; bur. May 23, 1614,
Fordington, St. Geroge, Dorset, England. Her surname is not certain.
One source names her as the daughter of Thomas BLANCHARD.
See Notable Cousins
for line to: John Ernest STEINBECK, Jr.
- Alice - bap. 1577, Fordington, St. George, Dorset, England.
- John - bap. Jan. 12, 1586/7, Fordington, St. George, Dorset,
- Anna - b. about 1587, Fordington, St. George, Dorset, England.
Married Jan. 14, 1618/9 Thomas ROSE.
- Richard - b. about 1590; d. 1634. Married on Jun. 5, 1615
to Alice SPRAGUE, daughter of Edward and Christina SPRAGUE of
- Anthony - b. about 1592, Fordington,
St. George, Dorset, England; d. 1686, Marshfield, Plymouth, MA.
- Mark - b. about 1593, Fordington, St. George, Dorset prob.
Probably died young.
The Eames family in America
Refer to The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England
1634-1635, Volume II, by Robert Charles Anderson, George
F. Sanborn Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn (2001, Boston), pages
387-92, for information concerning the immigrant family.
Capt. Anthony and Margery (Prisse) Eames
Anthony EAMES - b. about 1592, Fordington St. George,
Dorset, England; d. June 1686, Marshfield, Plymouth, MA. Son of
Thomas EAMES and Millicent. On Apr. 12, 1632,
Anthony deposed in a tithe case that he was "of Fordington,
Dorset, yeoman, where he had lived from infancy, born there, aged
40 or thereabouts." Departed Weymouth, England aboard the
'Recovery of London' on March 31, 1633/4, Gabriel CORNISH, master.
Lived at Fordington, St. George to 1631; settled first at Charlestown
in 1634/5; freeman at Hingham, Mass. Bay Colony, Mar. 9, 1636/7;
and freeman at Marshfield, Plymouth Colony, Jun. 7, 1653. Church
warden at Fordington 1622, 1627 and 1631; deputy to General Court
1637, 1638, 1643 from Hingham, and 1653 through 1658, 1661 from
Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA; Lt. of the Hingham train band about
1638; chosen Capt. of the train band 1644/5. Although Anthony
was chosen as Captain by the town of Hingham, an allowance was
not granted by the magistrates when the townsmen proposed another
choice. Anthony was granted land at Charlestown in 1634/5, and
was granted a number of parcels of land at Hingham between 1636
and 1647. In Dec. 1651, he and son Mark purchsed 100 acres at
Marshfield, settling there the following summer. Anthony acknowledged
a deed of land to his son Justus EAMES on Jun. 28, 1670, the latest
record found of him. Married about 1615.
Margery - b. about 1599, near Fordington, St. George,
Dorset, England. Surname varies in different secondary sources;
any comments are welcome. Admitted to church at Charlestown, MA
Sep. 13, 1635.
Children of Anthony and Margery Eames
See Notable Cousins
for line to: Lucille BALL, Luther BURBANK, John HANCOCK and George PLIMPTON
- Millicent - bap. 1617, Fordington, St. George, Dorset, England;
d. Feb. 8, 1695/6, Hingham, now Plymouth Co., MA. Married on
Sep. 2, 1635 at Charlestown, MA to William SPRAGUE (b. 1609,
Upway, Dorset, England; d. Oct. 26, 1675, Hingham, now Plymouth
Co., MA), son of Edward and Christiana SPRAGUE. William arrived
at Salem, MA aboard the 'Abigail' in 1628, removing to Hingham
in 1636. He was a selectman in 1645, and constable and collector
of town rates in 1662. Children of Millicent and William: Anthony
married Elizabeth BARTLETT; John married Elizabeth HOLBROOK;
Samuel married Sarah CHILLINGWORTH; Jonathan died in infancy;
Persis married John DOGGETT; Joanna married Caleb CHURCH; Jonathan
married first Mehitable HOLBROOK, and second Hannah (HARRIS)
COOK; William married first Deborah LANE, and second Mary TOWER;
Mary married Thomas KING; and Hannah died young.
- John - bap. Jan. 24, 1618/9, Fordington, St. George, Dorset,
England; d. Nov. 3, 1641, Hingham, now Plymouth Co., MA.
- Mark - bap. May 1620, Fordington, St. George, Dorset, England;
d. Jul.-Oct. 1693, Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA. His will was
dated Jul.12, 1693 and proved Oct. 19, 1693. Lt. Mark married
Elizabeth ANDREWS on May 26, 1648. Lived at Marshfield, Plymouth
Co., MA. Children: Sarah; Elizabeth; Damaris married Kenelm WINSLOW;
Mary; Ruth; Jonathan married Hannah TROUANT; Anthony married
Mercy SAWYER; and David.
- Persis - bap. Oct. 28, 1621, Fordington,
St. George, Dorset, England; d. Dec. 31, 1662, Hingham, MA. Married
Capt. Michael PIERCE.
- Anna/Hannah - b. about 1622, Fordington, St. George, Dorset,
England; d. Jun. 10, 1692, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA. Her
death is also given as Sep. 1, 1684, Marshfield, Plymouth, MA.
Possible daughter. A source for the WILDER family identifies
the wife of Thomas WILDER as the daughter of Anthony EAMES and
Margery PRISSE. Most information for Anna/Hannah is from WILDER
family data. Married Apr. 1640 at Charlestown, Suffolk Co., MA
to Thomas WILDER (b. about 1618, Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England;
d. Oct. 23, 1667, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA), son of Thomas
WILDERand Martha HIGGS. Children: Mary married David ALLEN/ELLEN;
Thomas married Mary WHEELER; John married Hannah ATHERTON; Elizabeth;
Nathaniel married Marie/Mary SAWYER; and Ebenezer.
- Elizabeth - bap. Jun. 13, 1624, Fordington, St. George, Dorset,
England; d. Jun. 9, 1692. Married about 1650 Edward WILDER (d.
Oct. 28, 1690), son of Thomas WILDER and Martha KEENE. Edward
came to New England by 1638, settled at Hingham, and made freeman
1644. Children: Isaac; Mehitabel married Joseph WARREN; Abia
married William CLARK; Abigail; Elizabeth married Israel FEARING;
John married Rebecca DOGGETT; Ephraim; Jabez married Mary FORD;
Anna; Hannah; and Mary married first Francis LeBARON, and second
- Justus - b. 1626; bap. Apr. 29, 1627, Fordington, St. George,
Dorset, England; d. 1706, MA. Will dated Mar. 7, 1697, and estate
inventoried May 20, 1706 in now Plymouth Co., MA. Married May
2, 1661 in MA to Mehitabel CHILLINGSWORTH, daughter of Thomas
CHILLINGSWORTH (d. 1653, MA) and Joanne. Children: Anthony married
Elizabeth TILDEN; Millicent did not marry; Margery married Cornelius
HOLBROOK (son of William HOLBROOK and Elizabeth PITTS); John;
Nathaniel; Joseph; Ephraim; and Josiah.
- Margery - bap. Dec. 5, 1630, Fordington, St. George, Dorset,
England; d. Apr. 7, 1659, Hingham, now Plymouth Co., MA. Married
Oct. 20, 1653 John JACOB (b. 1629, England; d. 1693, MA), son
of Nicholas and Mary (GILMAN) JACOB. John married second Mary
RUSSELL, and they had eleven children. Margery and John had four
children, including: Mary married first Samuel BACON, and second
Elisha BISBEE; and Sarah married James HAWKE (their granddaughter
Mary HAWKE married Rev. John HANCOCK, parents of John HANCOCK,
signer of the Declaration of Independence).
The Pierce family in America
Capt. Michael and Persis (Eames) Pierce
Michael PIERCE - d. Mar. 26, 1676, Pawtucket, RI. No
evidence has been found to indicate that Michael PIERCE was related
to Ship Master William PIERCE or to John PIERCE of Dorchester
and Boston. Michael settled first at Hingham, MA, then moved to
Scituate, MA. Commissioned a captain by the Colony Court in 1669.
Ambushed and killed with company by Canonchet at Attleboro Gore
during King Philip's war. Will
dated Jan. 15, 1675, proved Jul. 22, 1676, names wife Anna, children
Benjamin, John, Ephraim, Abigail HOLBROOK, Mary HOLBROOK, Elizabeth,
Sarah, Annah, Abiah, Ruth and Persis, grandchildren Elizabeth
and Abigail HOLBROOK, and "my brother Mark JENNES [EAMES]".
Married second in 1663 Anna (_____) ALLEN.
Persis EAMES - bap. Oct. 28, 1621, Fordington, St. George,
Dorset, England; d. Dec. 31, 1662, Hingham, MA. Daughter of Capt. Anthony EAMES and Margery. The NEHGR of
Oct. 1902, page 409, provides the following:
In Mass. Bay Colony Records, Vol. IV., part 1, page 380, under
date of May 28, 1659, is an answer of the Court to the petition
of Anthony Eames, in which is named "his sonne in lawe Michaell
Pearse." It would seem that the first wife of Michael Pierce
was a daughter of Anthony Eames, of Hingham and Marshfield. Her
death is recorded in the Journal of Rev. Peter Hobart, "Dec.
31, 1662, Michaell Perces wife dyed."
Children of Michael and Persis Pierce
- Persis - bap. Jan. 7, 1645/6, Scituate, MA; d. 1646.
- b. 1646, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA; d. May 3, 1730, Scituate,
Plymouth Co., MA. Executor of father's estate. Benjamin was married
first on Feb. 5, 1678 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA to Martha ADAMS (b.
about 1665; d. Dec. 29, 1717, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA, daughter of
James ADAMS. Benjamin was married second on Jul. 23, 1718 in Scituate,
Plymouth Co., MA to Elizabeth (ADAMS) PERRY. Children of Benjamin
PIERCE: Martha; Jerusha; Benjamin married first Mary COWEN, and second
Elizabeth PERRY; Ebenezer; Persis; Caleb; Thomas; Adams; Jeremiah; and
- Ephraim - b. 1647, Scituate, MA; d. Sep. 29, 1719, Warwick,
RI. Lived at Weymouth, MA, and moved to Warwick, RI about 1673.
Freeman of Providence Plantation May 3, 1681. Married in 1670
Hannah HOLBROOK (d. 1719, Warwick, RI), daughter of Capt. John
and Sarah HOLBROOK. The following paragraph is contained in the
will of Capt. John HOLBROOK, Jul. 12, 1699, Weymouth, MA: "I
give to my daughter, Hannah Pierce, £50 in money, to be
at her disposal as she shall see cause. Also, I give unto my
grandson, Azarikum Pierce, £15 in money. Also, I give to
Ephraim Pierce, jun., £15 in money. I give to my granddaughter,
Rachel Peck, £5 in money. All which legacies are to be
paid by my executors within one year after my decease, which
shall be in part payment of a bond under the hands and seals
of Ephraim Pierce and Azarikum Pierce, bearing date June 14,
1697." Children: Azrikim married first Sarah HEYWOOD (or
HOWARD), and second Elizabeth ESTEN; Ephraim married Mary LOW;
Michael; Rachel married Mr. PEET; Hannah married William MARTIN;
Experience married Samuel WHEATON; John married Hannah MILES;
Benjamin; and Mial married Judith (or Joanna).
- Elizabeth - b. about 1649, Scituate, MA. Married Mr. HOLBROOK.
- Deborah - b. about 1650, Scituate, MA.
- Sarah - b. about 1652, Scituate, MA.
- Mary - b. 1654, Scituate,
MA; d. Apr. 26, 1735. Married Samuel
- b. about 1656; d. Sep. 29, 1723, Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA. Married
about 1670 John HOLBROOK, son of Capt. John and Sarah HOLBROOK. Capt.
John HOLBROOK mentions grandchildren John, Abigail and Elizabeth in his
will dated Jul. 12, 1699. Children of Abigail and John HOLBROOK:
Thomas; Abigail married Thomas PORTER; Elizabeth married James SMITH;
Experience; Hannah married Josiah TURNER; Sarah; Deborah married Joseph
BRIGGS; and John married Sarah CRITTENDON.
- Anna - b. about 1657, Scituate, MA.
- Abiah - b. about 1659, Scituate, MA. Married Andrew FORD.
- b. about 1660, Scituate; d. Jun. 28, 1738. Married on Dec. 12, 1683
in Plymouth Co., MA, Patience DODSON, daughter of Anthony DODSON.
Children of John and Patience PIERCE: Mial married Mary WOOD; John
married Abigail VINTON; Jonathan; Ruth married Stephen CORNELL; Jael
married Hezekiah CHACE; David; Clothier married Hannah SHERMAN; Mary
married Mr. NORTON; and Samuel married Polly BARBER.
- Ruth - b. about 1661, Scituate, MA.
- Persis - b. about 1662, Scituate, MA. Date of death and date
of marriage both reported as Dec. 3, 1695 in different sources.
Married Richard GARRETT (b. 1659).