I’m related to three PEARCE brothers and a sister (John b. 1800 - d. 1875, Samuel b. 1812 - d 1876, Jeremiah Simmons b. 1817 - d. 1869, Poly b. 1796 - d. 1871) born in South Mills, N.C. to James Pearce and Sarah MCBRIDE. James was born in Rhode Island and moved to NC around 1790.
John, Samuel, Jeremiah Simmons, and Poly moved to Tennessee around 1830/31. Samuel moved to Mifflin, Henderson County. Jeremiah lived in Dyre county for a short time.John also lived in northern Mississippi for several years. then he and Jeremiah moved to Independence Co, Arkansas prior to 1859 and lived in the Pleasant Planes/Oil Trough/Batesville areas.
Samuel (my GGGrandfather) remained in Mifflin, Henderson County where he married Sarah H. COLLINS b 1815 in Tennessee - d 1846. They had 5 children: Jeremiah Dillon Pearce b 1837, Martha Francis Pearce b 1838, Peter McBride Pearce b 1840, James Starke Pearce b 1842, and John William Pearce b 1845. After Sarah’s death, he married Sarah H. TALIAFENO (TALIAFERRO) b 1815 in Virginia - d 1881. They had no children. Peter moved to Marked Tree, Arkansas prior to the war. Samuel, Jeremiah, and Peter were gunsmiths.
Jeremiah Dillon Pearce (my GGrandfather) moved to Prairie County, Arkansas in 1868 and to Lonoke, Arkansas some time later. My Grandfather Hubert Edward Pearce was born in Lonoke on 25 May 1873.
Poly married John HODGIN in Henderson County.
John married Lucy COLLINS b. 1800 - d. 1875 in Mifflin, Henderson County. Their children were William C Pearce B 1836, Sarah Pearce, Ira Pearce, Mary Pearce, Madella Pearce, Henry C. Pearce, and Apolis Pearce
Jeremiah Simmons Pearce married Harret CHAMBERLAND b. 1819. For a while, he lived in Dyre or Fayette Co where he farmed with John DEVOTION. Their children were James Nelson Pearce b 1839, Sarah Jane Pearce b 1842, Mary Elizabeth Pearce b 1843, Josephine Davis Pearce b 1845, William Albert Pearce b 1846, George Henry Pearce b 1849, Luky Ann Pearce b 1850, Martha Francis b 1852, Ermma (spelling?) Louisa Pearce b 1855, John Devotion Pearce b 1858, and Muel Cartwright Pearce b 1861.
I have extensive data on Samuel, his ancestors, and his children, some data on John and Jeremiah Simmons and their Arkansas families, and no data on Poly. Also, I have extensive data on HENBEST and MEADOR.