Richard Pearce (c.1615 in England to 1678 in Portsmouth, RI) and Susannah Wright (Bapt.8-5-1627 in Waltham Abbey, Essex Co., England to 1678 in Portsmouth, RI) Married: May 5, 1642 in Waltham Abbey, Essex Co., England
Children: Richard (10-3-1643), Martha (9-15-1645), John (9-8-1647), Giles (7-22-1651), Susannah (11-22-1652), Mary (5-6-1654), Jeremiah (11-17-1656), Isaac (12-1658), George (7-10-1662), Samuel (12-22-1664)
In the "Pearce Genealogy," by Col. Frederick C. Pierce, which was published in 1888 and relates chiefly to Richard Pearce of Portsmouth R. I, and his descendants, it is stated that Richard Pearce's father was of Bristol, England, and that Richard himself was born in England in 1615, was at Portsmouth, R. I. as early as 1654, and married in Portsmouth, in 1642, Susannah Wright, who was born in 1620 Susannah Wright is said to have been the daughter of George Wright of Newport, R. L, who was probably at Salem, Mass., 1637, and at Newport in 1648. (Pearce Genealogy, pp. 37, 38.). Without considering here the question whether the English home and the date of birth of Richard Pearce are given correctly in the "Pearce Genealogy," there is no doubt that the maiden name of Richard Pearce's wife was Susanna Wright; but she was the daughter not of George Wright of Newport but of John Wright of Waltham Abbey, co. Essex, England, yeoman, as the following entry in the "Aspinwall Notarial Records" proves.
1. BEING THE RECORD OF THE POSTERITY OF RICHARD PEARCE AN EABLY 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 JOSOELINE DE LOUVA1NE, THE SECOND HOUSE OF PERCY, EARLS OF NORTHUMBERLAND, BARONS PERCY AND TERRITORIAL LORDS OF ALNWICK, WARKWORTH AND PRUDHOE CASTLES IN THE COUNTY OF NORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND, COL. FREDERICK C. FIERCE, Author of Peirce History, Pierce Genealogy, etc. Member of the British Harlequin and Other Historical Societies, 1888, ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, pp. 36-46.
2. Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, “Parentage of Susanna Wright, wife of Richard Pearce of Portsmouth, R. I.,” New Eng. Hist. Gen. Reg., 84 (1930): 427-433 (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/PIERCE/2000-10/0972684702).