Percy to Pearce transition
I just spent a week at the LDS genealogy library in Salt Lake City and you are listed as one of the people who has entered some data on the early Pearce family in Rhode Island on the OneGreatFamily.com web page. My lineage traces back to Richard Pearce who was there in the early 1600.
As I am sure you are aware, several books say that Richard Percy changed his name to Richard Pearce and founded Pearce Hall in York, England around 1500. He is an ancestor of the Richard Pearce who was in R. I.
The Pearce Genealogy being the Record of the Posterity of Richard Pearce by Col Frederick Pierce, published in 1888 is the oldest book with this name change that I am aware of. However, this book has a very bad reputation in the genealogy community. Lots of other books and articles include this but they do not indicate their source. I expect that they just copied the data from the 1888 book.
I have ample data on my Pearce lineage in America, but no good sources for any of the Pearce people from Richard Percy/Pearce who founded Pearce Hall to the Richard that came to Rhode Island.
Do you have any credible data or sources on Richard Percy changing his name to Richard Pearce, these Pearce folk in England, or the founding of Pearce Hall?
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