The sources of this data are a copy of the will of Grace Pearce who died in 1758 and a transcript of the Pearce entries in the Church register from Thame. The register mentions church activities such as baptisms, marriages and burials, therefore exact birth and death dates are not often given.
The following is a transcript of Grace's will
In the name of God, Amen. I Grace Pearce of Priest End in the Parish of Thame in the County of Oxford, Widow, being of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same and memory and duly considering the uncertainty of human life do make this my last will and testament. First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the direction of my Executor hereinafter named. As to my temporal estate I give and bequeath and dispose of it in the following manner. Firstly I give and bequeath my loving son, Richard Pearce my Red yearling bullock which I bought of Edward Loosely to be delivered to him by my executor immediately after my decease. I give and bequeath to my loving daughter, Elizabeth the wife of Francis Bowlor of Wattlington, gardener, my gold ring to be delivered to her by my executor immediately after my decease. I give and bequeath to my loving son Joseph and my four loving daughters (that is to say) Sarah the wife of George Groom of Darzenham Arms, the wife of Thomas Montaghue of East Burnham, Hannah Pearce and Grace the wife of Richard Gibbons of Priestend aforesaid the sum of half a guinea each and every of them. My said son Joseph and four daughters Sarah, Ann, Hannah and Grace to be paid to each of them by my executor immediately after my decease. I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Frances Pearce my feather bed, bolster and two pillows whereon I now lay together with the bedstead curtains, two blankets, a rugg and a pair of my best sheets to be delivered to her by my executor immediately after my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my said loving daughter Frances Pearce and Grace the wife of Richard Gibbons all my wearing apparel share and share alike to be delivered to them by my executor immediately after my decease. Lastly I give and bequeath unto my loving son Aaron Pearce all the rest, residue and remainder of my money and debts due to me and all the rest of my goods and chattels, stock of farming cattle and estate whatsoever to his use and behoof and I do hereby nominate and appoint you my said son Aaron Pearce whole and only executor of this my will and last testament requiring of him to pay all my just debts, legacies and funeral expenses and I declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of January in the year of our Lord, One thousand seven hundred and fifty three. Grace Pearce. signed sealed, published and declared by the said Grace Pearce the testatrix to be her last will and testament and in her presence subscribed our names as witnesses hereto. Herny Humphrey Cotton, Humphrey Richard Hay. Proved the 29th day of August 1759 before the Reverend Richard Grey, Doctor in Divinity, Surrogate by the oath of Aaron Pearce, natural and lawful son and sole executor to whom Aaron was committed, he being first sworn duly to administer.