Researching the William H. PEARCE family. This family can be found under other spelling of the last name as: PIERCE or PARCE.
In 1850 Census - Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware
William H. PEARCE, b. abt 1822 Delaware, age 28, Carpenter
Mary PEARCE, b. abt 1822 Pennsylvania, age 28
William H. PEARCE b. abt 1847 Delaware, age 3
Jacob E. PEARCE b. abt 1849 Delaware, age 1
Danial [Daniel] ELDRIDGE b. abt 1820 Pennsylvania, age 30
Ann T. [Ann J. ] ELDRIDGE b. abt 1830 Delaware, age 20
I believe that William H. PEARCE's wife maiden name is ELDRIDGE, and she was born in Philadelphia, PA.
In 1860 Census - Wilmington Ward 1, New Castle, Delaware
Wm H. PARCE, Grocer, b. Delaware, age 42
Mary M PARCE, b. Phila, PA, age 39
Wm Z. PARCE, b. NC, Del [New Castle, Delaware], age 12
Jacob E. PARCE, b. NC, Del, age 11
Mary PARCE, b. NC, Del, age 9
James H. PARCE, b. NC, Del, age 6
James H. PARCE, b. NC, Del, age 34, Machinist
Maxwell OCHELTREE, b. DrGH, Del, age 19, Clerk
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Daniel ELDRIDGE, b. Phila, PA, Tailor, age 44
Ann Jane ELDRIDGE, b. ML, Del, age 38
George N D WATSON, b. NC, Del, age 15, Clerk
Mary Moody, b. Linerish? Ireland, age 22, Domestic
Abraham R. Woolston, b. Del, age 20, Clerk
What I have been able to figure out about this PEARCE or PIERCE family is in later Census they go by the name - PIERCE.
William H. PEARCE/PIERCE's son Jacob Eldridge PEARCE/PIERCE marries Mary A. WOLLASTON/WOOLSTON/WOLISTON. They have two children named Gertrude PIERCE and Elizabeth "Lizzie" PIERCE, both born in New Castle Delaware. Gertrude PIERCE married Marshall Jewel SMITH [b. Maryland, father William Bass Smith of Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland] living in Philadelphia, PA. They had a son Robert Pierce SMITH. Elizabeth D. "Lizzie" WOLLASTON is single and a school teacher living with her sister.
Does anyone know anything about these families?