The line of descent

The information on this summary page is presented in two sections; the line of Pearces in England and the Australian Pearces from Shadrach. The direct male line of descent from Aaron (1695) to myself is highlighted in bold and italics

I have treated the alternative spellings of  Pearce-Pierce-Pears as interchangeable.

The English Pearces (Richard followed by four Aarons)

Richard Pearce about 1670
Richard Pearce was born around 1670 and married Elizabeth ? somewhere around 1690. Richard and Elizabeth had at least the following child:
Aaron Pearce 1695
Aaron Pearce was born about 1695 and married Grace Coxhead in Great Hasely in 1716. Grace was born about 1695 and was buried 6th August 1758 in Thame, Oxford, England. Aaron's father was probably Richard born about 1670 and his mother may have been named Elizabeth. Aaron and Grace had the following children:
  • Elizabeth Pearce was christened on 7th May 1717 and married Francis Bowlor.
  • Richard Pearce was christened on 2 Feb 1720; married Elizabeth Burnham 3rd Oct 1743 and died 12 Oct 1797 in Thame, Oxfordshire, England.
  • Sarah Pearce was christened 9th May 1723 and married George Groom
  • Joseph Pearce was christened 5th August 1725; married Mary Burnham and was buried 29 Jan 1814 in Thame, Oxfordshire, England.
  • Rebeccah Pierce was christened 10 Jan 1729 in Thame.
  • Hannah Pearce was born about 1730 and married Thomas Montague.
  • Grace Pearce was christened 30th May 1731 and married a Richard Gibbons 1st May 1752, In Thame.
  • Frances Pearce was christened 15th July 1733 in Thame.
  • Aaron Pearce was born about 1735 and died on 22 Oct 1773
Aaron Pearce 1735
Aaron Pierce was born about 1735 and died on 22 Oct 1773. Aaron married Priscilla Stevens on 15 May 1760 in Thame Oxfordshire England. Priscilla was born about 1740 and she died on 29 Oct 1771 in Thame Oxfordshire England. They had the following children in Thame:
  • Ann Pears was christened on 15 May 1761.
  • Aaron Pearson was christened on 16 May 1762. was buried on 19 May 1762.
  • Grace Pearson was christened on 20 Mar 1763. was buried on 14 May 1795.
  • William Pearson was christened on 16 Jan 1765 and buried 22 Jan 1765.
  • Aaron Pearce was christened on 24 Jan 1766 in as Aaron Pierce.
  • John Pearce was christened on 2 Dec 1768.
  • William Pearson was probably born in 1769 as he was buried 25 Oct 1770 in Thame.
  • William Pears was christened 7 Dec 1770 and buried 13 Dec 1774 in Thame.
Aaron Pearce 1766
Aaron Pearce was born about 1765/6 and was christened on 24 Jan 1766 in Thame Oxfordshire England as Aaron Pierce. Aaron married Mary Woodbridge 10th Feb 1793 in Saint Giles, Oxford, who had been christened 8th Oct 1769 in St Mary, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. They had the following children:
  • Shadrach Pierce was christened on 16 Nov 1794.
  • Mary Pierce was christened on 11 Oct 1795 and maried William Loosley and after his death James Search.
  • Jane Pierce was christened on 29 Nov 1798.
  • Juliana Pierce was christened on 3 Dec 1800 and married Richard Redding 31 Oct 1821.
  • Aaron Pearce was christened on 30 Aug 1802 and married Damaris King (see below)
  • Priscilla Pierce was christened on 9th Nov 1803 and married William Perriam 19th Feb 1824.
  • Eliza Pierce was christened 4th Sep 1805.
  • Edward Pearce was born about 1806 and buried 23rd Apr 1806.
  • John Pierce was christened 5th Jul 1807.
  • William Pierce was christened 5th Jul 1807.
  • Joseph Pearce was christened 12th Sep 1810.
Aaron Pearce 1801
Aaron Pearce married Damaris King on the 22nd of May 1823. Aaron had been christened on the 30th of Aug 1802 while Damaris had been born in 1803. We have fairly good evidence for the following children in the form of christening or census records.
  • Richard Pearce b. cir 1824 d. at least after the 1861 census
  • Priscilla Pearce christened (c.) 6th Nov 1825 buried (bur.) 30th Apr 1826
  • Mary Ann Pearce c. 11th Feb 1827 was 13 in the 1841 census
  • Shadrach Pearce b. 12th Dec 1828 c. 8th Feb 1829 m. 25 Aug 1847 d. 28 Jul 1881
  • Aaron Pearce (Jnr) b. cir 1831 d. at least after the 1861 census
  • Emma Pearce c. 19th Apr 1836 was 15 in the 1851 census
  • Eden Pearce c. 2nd Jul 1837 bur. 17th May 1839
  • Ada Pearce c. 3rd Mar 1842 bur. 9th May 1845 (although she was called Edith when buried)

Shadrach and the Australian Pearces

Shadrach Pearce
Shadrach married Emily Berne in 1847 and migrated to Australia from England, arriving in December 1852 on the Frigate Bombay with Emily and two children. They had a total of eleven children as follows
  • Edith (Edy) b. 08 Nov 1848 d. 1932 m. on 26 Feb 1868 to James Marshall
  • Randolph b. 24 Oct 1850 d. 6 Dec 1852
  • Randolph Hobson b. 14 Dec 1852 d. 24 May 1937 m. on 21 Sep 1876 to Elizabeth Miller
  • Charles Aaron b.24 Mar 1854 d. 20 Feb 1907 m. on 4 May 1877 to Emily Amiet.
  • Emily Louisa b. 23 Jun 1857 d. 16 Jun 1950 m. on 19 Aug 1873 to James Lloyd Taylor
  • Alice Maude Mary b. 4 Dec 1860 d. 13 Dec 1913 m. in 1880 to Thomas Diggory Pearce
  • Frederick John b. 4 May 1862 d. 13 Feb 1946 m. in 1886 to Frances Harriet (Fran) Turrell
  • Ellen Frances Victoria Albertina b. 6 Feb 1864 d. 26 Aug 1884 m. in 1883 to William King
  • Sarah Ann b. 18 Mar 1866 d. 1955 m. in 1887 to William Weedon
  • Alfred James b. 1 Oct 1868 d. 22 Dec 1907 m. in 1888 to Catherine Parker
  • Ernest Henry b. 22 Mar 1872 d. 13 Sep 1873 buried Whittlesea.
Charles Aaron
As shown above, Charles Aaron was the fourth of Shadrach and Emily's eleven children. Charles married Emma Amiet in 1877 and they had seven children, all girls (with the exception of Charles Ernest) as follows.
  • Adeline Matilda b. 3 Mar 1878 d. 1944 m. in 1905 to William Gribben.
  • Charles Ernest b. 22 Jan 1880 d. 8 Jul 1918 m. on 9 Apr 1904 to Margaret Emma King
  • Emma Laura Vennetta b. 6 Jun 1882 d. 1966 m. in 1907 to Harry John Green
  • Edith Emily Louise b. 1884 d. ???? m. Mr Welsh
  • Florence Gwendolyn b. 27 Mar 1887 d. 16 Nov 1927 m. in 1912 to Alfred McKimmey
  • Winifred Victoria b. 18 Aug 1889 d. ???? m. Mr Smith and m. Mr Donavan
  • Irene May b. 17 Mar 1895 d. ?? Nov 1981 m. in 1920 to John Gifford
Charles Ernest
As listed above, Charles Ernest was the second of Charles Aaron and Emma's seven children and he married Margaret Emma King in 1904. Charles Ernest and Margaret had five children. My father, Clarence Frederick, was the fourth child and middle of the three sons as follows.
  • Margaret Emma (Emm) b. 31 Mar 1905 d. ?? Jul 1979 m. in 1925 to Bridie Loveday Edmundson Clifton (Cliff)
  • Mary Elanor (May) b. 23 Jan 1907 d. 13 Mar 1986 m. in 1925 to George (Fuz) Smith
  • Charles Ernest (Sonny) b. 5 Jul 1912 d. 11 Feb 1977 m. on 23 Dec 1933 to Mena Dykes
  • Clarence Frederick b. 2 May 1914 d. 30 Aug 1987 m. on 10 Apr 1939 to Nancy Frances Stone
  • Gordon Elliot b. 14 Sep 1916 d. 23 Nov 1961 m. in 1937 to May Raymond
Clarence Frederick
Clarence married Nancy Stone in 1939 however it was not until his return from the Second World War they proceeded to have their family comprised of three children as follows.
  • Russell Owen (myself)  m. to Jill Frances Ballantyne
  • Sari Maria m. to Salvatore (Sam) Cuce
  • Shane Gregory. m. to Margaret Place