Windsor Pearce[1]

Male Abt 1740 - Bef 1823  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name Windsor Pearce 
    Born Abt 1740 
    Gender Male 
    _MILT Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef Aug 1823 
    Notes 
    • 1759, Oct 22 -- Deed, Johnston County, NC
      Dixon Pearce deeded to John Kilercas 200 acres located South of Little River. This represents part of a tract that was granted to Windsor Pearce Apr 13 1755 and sold to Dixon Pearce Oct 5 1757.

      1764, Aug 7 -- 1762 - 1766 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Orange County, NC Page 223
      Ordered that twelve of the following persons meet and lay out a road from Rowan [current Davidson County/Randolph County] line opposite Fraziers Road to the best and nearest road leading to Cross Creek: Windsor Pierce, Jeffrey Beck, Christopher Monday, John Needham, John Williamson, James Pittman, James Graves, Ralph Hinwelt, Charles Strange, Solomon Morgain, John Purslay, Peter Funcanon, William Searcey, Henry Smith, Adam Andrews, John Garner, John Lawrence and Jno. Rodes

      1765, May -- 1762 - 1766 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Orange County, NC Page 360
      Ordered that Windsor Pierce be appointed Constable in the room of John Carson.

      1772, Mar 20 -- Will, Guilford County, NC
      Will of Enoch Spinks, Dec'd. Heirs: wife Amy [negro man Sampson], daughters Martha [lot of land including the storehouse that Southerland is posessed with] and Sarah, sons John [150 acres on Deep River and negro man Adam], Enoch [land on Fork Creek], Lewis [land and plantation I now live on], Rowley and Garrett. Executors: John Larrance, John Needham and Amy Spinks. Witnesses: John Lawrence, William Comb Jr. and Windsor Pearce. Proven May 1772.

      1772, Aug 7 -- Deed Book 6 Page 379, Cumberland County, NC
      John May and wife Elisabeth deeded David Stroud 150 acres located south of Fall Creek. John Garner and Windsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1772, Nov 2 -- Deed Book 1, Page 188, Guilford County, NC
      Josiah Carr and wife Jane/Jean deeded Jennings Thompson 200 acres located on Flat Creek of Deep River adjoining Carr (formerly James Graves). Willm. Searcy and Windsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1773, Mar 4 -- Deed Book 1, Page 225, Guilford County, NC
      Jennings Thompson and wife Elizabeth deeded Joseph Carr 200 acres located on Flat Creek of Deep River. William Searcy Senr., Wm. Searcy Junr. and Windsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1773, Oct 11 -- Deed Book 1, Page 241, Guilford County, NC
      William Reade Senr. deeded son Arthur Read 150 acres located north of Deep River adjoining Winsor Pearce and Searcy. Wm. Searcy and Windsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1773, Dec -- General Assembly Session Records
      Petition to move the Guilford County, NC courthouse toward the center of the county. Windsor Pearce was a signer.

      1773, Dec 14 -- Deed Book 1, Page 248, Guilford County, NC
      Soloman Morgan and wife Mehetabel deeded Lombard Reade 100 acres located north of Deep River adjoining Richeson. Granted to William Searcy 1761. William Searcy and Windsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1774, Jan 18 -- Deed Book 6 Page 352, Cumberland County, NC
      John Williamson Sr. and Jamimma deeded his son William Williamson 100 acres located north of Grassy Creek adjoining Leonard Hart. Windsor Pearce and Richard Bird were witnesses.

      1775, Feb 14 -- Deed Book 1, Page 336, Guilford County, NC
      Windsor Pearce and wife Mary deeded Ransom Southerland 100 acres located south of Deep River adjoining Pearces Creek and Read's Island. Granted to William Searcy 1761 and deeded to Mary Pearce. John Lawrence and Jacob Shepherd were witnesses.

      1775, Jul 14 -- Deed Book 1, Page 345, Guilford County, NC
      William Searcy Senr. deeded Ransom Southerland 75.75 acres located south of Deep River adjoining Windsor Pearce. Windsor Pearce was a witness.

      1776 -- Revolutionary War Records
      Winsor Pearce served in Capt. Charles Polk's Company of NC Militia

      1776, Feb 4 -- Will, Guilford County NC
      Will of William Searcey, Dec'd. Heirs: wife Kezia; son William Searcy; daughters Keron Searcy [tract of land called Morgan's Neck] and Mary Pearce; granddaughter Mary Pearce. Witnesses: Arthur Smith, James Whittel and Adam Marmosh. Proven May 1776.

      1778, Feb 17 -- Deed, Johnston County, NC
      William Smith of Johnston County deeded John Smith of Johnston County 100 acres located South of Little River. Part of the land that was taken up by John Pearce and conveyed by him to Windsor Pearce and from Windsor Pearce to Edmund Smith and from Edmund Smith to William Smith.

      1778, July 6 -- Land Warrant #195, Randolph County, NC
      John Peirce issued warrant for 250 acres located on Fork Creek
      Surveyed Feb 4, 1789 - Wm. Pierce served as a Chain Carrier
      Grant #588 issued Nov 24, 1790
      Warrant was sol by Windsor Pearce to John Pierce on Feb 4, 1789

      1779 -- Tax List, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed 100 acres in Windsor Pierce's District

      1779, Mar 8 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Peirce, Esq. nominated Justice for holding court

      1779, Mar 11 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce, Esq. took the oath of a Justice

      1779, July 6 -- Land Warrant #6, Randolph County, NC
      Capt. Windsor Pearce issued warrant for 100 acres located West of Deep River
      Surveyed Nov 5, 1782, Grant #141 issued Nov 2, 1784

      1779, Sep 14 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pierce Esq. proved a deed from William Searsy to John Garner for 30 acres

      1780, Mar 16 -- Civil Actions, Randolph County, NC
      John Beck and William Searcy sign bond that John Beck will appear in court Jun 1780. Windsor Pearce was a witness.

      1780, Jun 12 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce appointed to receive taxable property in Capt. William Searsy Company

      1780, Jun 14 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Jacob Lowthermilk appointed Constable in Esq. Pearce's District

      1781, Jun 11 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Perce orderd to take the list of taxables in Cap'n Sersey's District

      1782, Nov 5 -- Land Grant #1, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce received 100 acres located on Pearce Creek including Buffalo Ford. Seth Hill and William Mallit were chain carriers.

      1783, May 23 -- Deed Book 2, Page 10, Randolph County, NC
      William Reed Junr. deeded Richard Bird 200 acres adjoining Carr. Winsor Pearce and John Spinks were witnesses.

      1783, May 23 -- Deed Book 2, Page 12, Randolph County, NC
      William Read Senr. deeded Richard Bird 100 acres adjoining Arthur Read and Nanion Sutherlan. Winsor Perce and John Read were witnesses.

      1783, Nov 11 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Perce listed as a witness to a Deed from Enoch Spinks Jr. to John Needham for 100 acres located on Fork Creek

      1784, Nov -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Perce granted 100 acres located on Jeries Creek, South of Deep River

      1785 -- General Assembly Session Records, Petiton for Public Buildings, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce signed a petition to erect a courthouse in the center of the county

      1785 -- Tax List, Randolph County, NC
      Winser Pirce listed 1 white poll, 2 black polls and 100 acres in Capt. Garner's District

      1785, Jan 29 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Ransom Sutherland of Granville County deeded William Bowden of Granville County 100 acres located South of Deep River adjoining Pearces Creek and Reads Island. Tract was conveyed by William Searcy, Dec'd. to his daughter Mary Pierce Dec 1, 1764. Deed also includes a 27.5 acre tract located in the middle of Reads Island and a 75.75 acre tract located on the Great Road and adjoining Winsor Perce. Both were conveyed from William Searcy to his daughter Mary Pierce.

      1786, Mar 11 -- Deed Book 1, Page 107, Randolph County, NC
      William Argo and wife Kenekappuck deeded Edmond Waddle 200 acres located north of Deep River adjoining Charles Goldson and the [Chatham] County line. Windsor Perce, Mary Perce and Jesse Perce were witnesses.

      1786, Aug -- Index to Trial Docket, Moore County, NC
      Phillip Alston v. Windsor Pearce

      1786, Aug 29 -- Deed Book 3, Page 73, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded James Bowdon 16 acres adjoining Bowdon, William Read and Spinks. Winsor Perce and Shadrach Dimo were witnesses.

      1786, Sep 19 -- Deed Book 3, Page 84, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded Nicholas Nall 160 acres located on Deep River and Fork Creek adjoining John Perce and Edmond Waddil. Granted to William Searcy Senr. and deeded to son William Searcy. J. Knight, Winsor Pearce and Cornelius Latham were witnesses.

      1786, Dec -- Criminal Actions, Randolph County, NC
      Presentment of Winser Pierce on a charge of common drunkenness and profane swearing to the evil example of youth and to dishonor of society.

      1786, Dec 20 -- Deed, Marlboro County, SC
      Windsor Pearse of Randolph County, NC deeded 200 acres to William Bennett of Marlboro County, SC located on Crooked Creek in Cheraw District.
      *Note from Todd Dorsett [Dixon/Dickson Pearce, Silas Pearce, and Daniel Sparks (wife reputedly Martha Pearce) also owned land on Crooked creek; and Thomas Pearce and one Pearse Stevens at least owned property in the same county.]

      1787, Jan 1 -- Deed Book 3, Page 87-88, Randolph County, NC
      William Searcy deeded Aaron Hill two tracts: [1] 640 acres located on Deep River on Moore County line adjoining Charles Goldston, Argo and the Chatham County line. [2] 30 acres located on Deep River adjoining Nicholas Nall. John Powers, Winsor Pearce and John Pearce were witnesses.

      1787, Jun 29 -- Deed Book D Page 404-405, Chatham County, NC
      Nathan and Margaret Deaton deeded James Deaton a portion of 200 acres located on Ceder Creek. John Powers and Windsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1787, Dec 14 -- Criminal Actions, Randolph County, NC, 1787-B
      Capias for Winsor Pierce on a charge of nuisance and profane swearing. Joseph Clark and James Roberts were witnesses.

      1789, Feb 4 -- Land Grant #551, Randolph County, NC
      John Pierce [assignee of Windsor Pearce] received 250 acres located on Deep River adjoining Nall, Bowdon, Searcy and Samuel Perry. Wm. Pierce and Thos. Waddle were chain carriers.

      1789, Mar 6 -- Deed Book 3, Page 351, Randolph County, NC
      Joseph Carr deeded John Powers 200 acres located on Flat Creek. Richard Bird and Winsor Perce were witnesses.

      1789, Jun 11 -- Deed Book 4 Page 63, Randolph County, NC
      John Garner (of Moore County) deeded John Fushee Garner 250 acres located on Richland Creek and Deep River. Winsor Pearce was a witness.

      1789, Jun 13 -- Deed Book 4, Page 53, Randolph County, NC
      John Garner (of Moore County) deeded James Garner 250 acres located on Richland Creek. John Tucker Garner and Winsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1789, Aug 8 -- Deed Book 4, Page 55, Randolph County, NC
      James Whittel deeded William Reed (of Moore County) 240 acres located on Brush Creek. William Pearce and Winsor Pearce were witnesses.

      1790 -- Census, Randolph County, NC Page 291
      Windsor Pearce
      (16+) 2M
      (0-16) 1M
      (all ages) 4F

      1790, Jun 15 -- 1787-1794 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Randolph County, NC Page 119
      Ordered that Matthew Hamilton be overseer of the road from Chatham County line across Deep River at Searcey's Ford and to the [Moore] County line and work the following hands: Edmond Waddell, William Argo, Athur Reed, Joseph Rich, Jacob Routh, Charles Gray, John Reed, Richd. Bird, Robert Carr, Joseph Hix, Jesse Pits, William Searcey, James Bowdon, William Harris, Windsor Pearce, David Andrews, Wake Andrews, John Spinks, James Lathem, Howel Brewer, Nathl. Mullins, Charles Stewart, William Latham, John Argo and James Deaton.

      1790, Jun 16 -- Deed Book 4 Page 79, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce [via Sheriff due to judgement] deeded William Bowdown 100 acres located on creek formerly called Pearces Creek and Gardner Road adjoining Wm. Pearce.

      1791, Mar 15 -- 1787-1794 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Randolph County, NC Page 143
      John Spinks appointed overseer of the road from Cedar Creek to the [Moore] County line at Garner's Meeting House with the following hands: James Ledlow, Reubin Hicks, Joseph Hicks, James Garner, Bradley Garner, William Mallett, James Latham, William Latham, Charles Latham, James Bowdon, William Bowdon, Winsor Pearce, William Hoskins and Nathan Mullins.

      1792, Feb 14 -- Will Book A Page 159, Moore County, NC
      Bill of Sale from Windsor Pearce and Robert Anderson to William Williamson for negro Charles. Nicholas Nall and Thomas Graham were witnesses.

      1793, Sep 16 -- Deed Book 1, Page 141, Randolph County, NC
      Charity Andrews, Roger and Catherine Cagle, Elizabeth Curtis, David Andrews and Eve Andrews deeded William Armstead 100 acres located on Fork Creek at the mouth of Rock Creek. Part of a tract granted to Adam Andrews Dec'd. and willed to heirs of Conrad Andrews. Winsor Pearce was a witness.

      1793, Dec 10 -- Land Warrant #189, Randolph County, NC
      William Armstead issued warrant for 150 acres adjoining Win. Pearce /or/ Wm. Pearce
      Surveyed Apr 21, 1798, Grant #1357 issued Jan 30,1800

      1793, Dec 21 -- Deed Book 7, Page 33, Randolph County, NC
      John Hawkins (of Granville County) deeded John Macon 230 acres located on Fork Creek adjoining Nall. Proven by Windsor Pearce Nov 1796.

      1793, Dec 21 -- Deed Book 7, Page 34, Randolph County, NC
      John Hawkins (of Granville County) deeded Allen Bullock a tract located on Fork Creek and the [Moore] County line adjoining Andrews, Garner and Macon. Proven by Windsor Pearce Nov 1796.

      1794, Jan 30 -- Deed Book 5, Page 156, Randolph County, NC
      Joseph Carr deeded Rolly Spinks a tract of land located at the mouth of Flat Creek adjoining William Carr and including 100 acres Joseph Carr purchased from John Needham. William Carr and Windsor Pierce were witnesses.

      1794, Jan 30 -- Deed Book 5, Page 157, Randolph County, NC
      Joseph Carr deeded William Kerr 250 acres located on Deep River at the mouth of Flat Creek adjoining William Reed Senr. and Joseph Kerr. Granted to Thomas Graves. Rolley Spinks and Windsor Pierce were witnesses.

      1794, Feb 17 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 436
      Deed from William Reed to James Deaton proven by Windsor Pierce

      1794, Jun 6 -- Criminal Actions, Randolph County, NC, 1794-B
      Capias issued against James Bowdon on a charge that he stole a quantity of apples and pears and leather from Joseph Hicks. John Garner, Winsor Pearce and Edmond Waddel were witnesses for plaintiff. Joseph Carr and Charles Gray for defendant.

      1794, Aug -- Criminal Actions, Randolph County, NC, 1794-B
      Presentment of James Bowdown, laborer, on a charge of stealing a piece of leather from Winsor Peirse on Jul 30, 1794.

      1794, Dec 6 -- Will Book A, Moore County, NC Pages 186-187
      Will of John Sheffield, Dec'd. Heirs: wife Hannah Sheffield [100 acre plantation where I now live], son Mark Sheffield, son John Sheffield, son Adam Sheffield [100 acres on Rattlesnake Branch], son Isham Sheffield [100 acres where he now lives], son Averit Sheffield [100 acre plantation where I now live after his mother's death], daughter Sarah Dennis, daughter Mary Dun, daughter Lucretia Dun, daughter Rebekah Awtry, daughter Hannah Mainyard, daughter Elizabeth Awtry and two youngest daughters Lydda and Milly Sheffield. Executors: wife Hannah Sheffield and Averet Smith. Witnesses: Averet Smith, Isam Sheffield and Windsor Pearce. Proven Feb 1796.

      1800 -- Census, Randolph County, NC Page 334
      Winser Pearce
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (26-45) 1F
      (16-26) 2M 2F
      (10-16) 1M

      1810 -- Census, Randolph County, NC Page 176
      Winsor Pearce
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (26-45) 1M 2F
      (16-26) 1M

      1814, Apr 4 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      William Pearce deeded Reuben Pearce 250 acres located on the South Side of Deep River. Windsor Pearce & Sherwood Parrish listed as witnesses.

      1815 -- Tax List, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Peirce listed 200 acres valued at $100 located on Cedar Creek

      1820 -- Tax List, Randolph County, NC
      William Pearce (for Windsor Pearce) listed 200 acres valued at $100 located on Seader Creek

      1823, May 5 (written) -- Will of Windsor Pearce, Randolph County, NC
      1823, Aug (proven)
      Wife - Marey
      Daughters - Ollive Pearce, Keziah Pearce, Marey Spinks, Pherrebee Moore
      Executors - William Carr, James Johnston
      Witness - William Searcy, John Waddill

      1823, Nov -- Estate of Windsor Pearce, Randolph County, NC
      Inventory of Personal Estate by James Johnston, Executor

      1860, May 7 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Estate of Windsor Pearce deeded Alfed Lowdermilk 250 acres located on Deep River. *The deed mentions petition of William Pearce & others v. the heirs of Pherebe Moore.

    Person ID I03250  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 23 Aug 2020 

    DNA Tests  8 DNA tests are associated with Windsor Pearce 

    Family Mary Searcy 
    Children 
    +1. Pherabee Pearce,   b. 26 Jun 1769,   d. 18 Aug 1845, Parke County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Olive Pearce,   b. Between 1770 and 1780,   d. Bef 06 Feb 1847  (Age ~ 77 years)
    +3. Mary "Molly" Pearce,   b. 1772,   d. Clarke County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. William Pearce,   b. Between 1770-1780,   d. Bef 06 Feb 1850  (Age ~ 70 years)
     5. Keziah Pearce,   b. 1780,   d. 1858  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 13 Jun 2010 
    Family ID F1062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    1776 Revolutionary War Muster Roll, Captain Charles Polk's Company
    1776 Revolutionary War Muster Roll, Captain Charles Polk's Company
    1782 Land Grant, Randolph County, NC #1 - Windsor Pearce
    1782 Land Grant, Randolph County, NC #1 - Windsor Pearce
    1796 Will Book A Page 186/187, Moore County, NC - Will of John Sheffield; Will of Nicholas Newton
    1796 Will Book A Page 186/187, Moore County, NC - Will of John Sheffield; Will of Nicholas Newton
    1839 Revolutionary War Pension Application, Page 2 - James Gardner
    1839 Revolutionary War Pension Application, Page 2 - James Gardner
    James Gardner's testifies that he hired Windsor Pearce to serve as his substitute during the Revolutionary War
    1823 Will, Randolph County, NC - Will of Windsor Pearce
    1823 Will, Randolph County, NC - Will of Windsor Pearce
    1823 Estate, Randolph County, NC - Estate of Windsor Pearce
    1823 Estate, Randolph County, NC - Estate of Windsor Pearce
    1823 Estate, Randolph County, NC - Estate of Windsor Pearce [Page 2]
    1823 Estate, Randolph County, NC - Estate of Windsor Pearce [Page 2]
    1860 Deed, Randolph County, NC - Estate of Windsor Pearce to Alfred Lowdermilk
    1860 Deed, Randolph County, NC - Estate of Windsor Pearce to Alfred Lowdermilk

    Histories
    1788 Petition, Randolph County, NC - Courthouse
    1788 Petition, Randolph County, NC - Courthouse
    1788, Nov 20 -- Nov 1788-Dec 1788, General Assembly Session Records Box 2, Folder 1

    To the Honourable the Gennerall Assembly for the State of North Carolina
    The Petition of the Inhabitance of Randolph County Humbly Sheweth That a Number of them Labour at a Great Disadvantage in Attending on Public Meetings Owing to the Place Whare the Coarte is held being so fare from the Center of the said County We your Humble Petitioners Beg that your Honourable Boddy Would Pass an Act Directing that Commishoners be Appointed for the Purpose of Centering the Said County & Erecting the Publick Buildings At or Neare the Center of the Said County and We your Petitioners are Ever Bound to Pray etc. [selected signers] Richard Bird, William Bird, Nimrod Brewer, Arther Reade, Isaac Redfarn, Jas. Ledlow, Jas. Lathem Junr., Wm. Reade Junr., Jno. Williamson, Wm. Needham, Math. Deaton, Eldrig Deaton, Windsor Pearce, Joseph Hix, Arther Smith, Michall Andrews, Howell Brewer Sen., Wm. Richeson, Jno. Lathem, Wm. Lathem, Drury Richeson, Jas. Needham, William Smotherman, Cornelias Lathom, Thoms. Cost Sen., Thos. Cost Junr., Jas. Lathom Senr., Johnson Lathom, William Searcy, Joseph Carr, Wm. Neadom, John Garner, Rolle Spinks, John Pearce, John Read, Wm. Argo, Robt. Carr, John Deaton, John Spinks, Lewis Spinks, Garrot Spinks, Enoch Spinks, William Read, Adam Andrews, Davis Andrews, Charles Stewart, William Pearce, Thos. Waddill, Dennis Carpender, John Needham Senr. and Wm. Smith.


  • Sources 
    1. [S1081] Todd Dorsett [tadorsett@comcast.net], 05 Jun 2010.
      I am descended from Windsor Pearce, and joined the Sons of the American Revolution a number of years ago by virtue of descent from him. If anyone needs the documentation to join an hereditary society as a descendant of Windsor Pearce, I have the papers.

      Regarding the connection between Windsor Pearce and Dixon Pearce in Johnston county. There is a land transaction for Windsor (denoted as residing in Randolph county, NC) in Cheraw district, South Carolina. Marlboro County (SC) Deed Book A, page 151: Deed made December 20, 1786, from Windsor Pearse, of Randolph county, NC, to William Bennett, of Marlborough county, SC, for 50 pounds sterling, 200 acres on Crooked creek in Cheraw district. [N. B.: Dixon/Dickson Pearce, Silas Pearce, and Daniel Sparks (wife reputedly Martha Pearce) also owned land on Crooked creek; and Thomas Pearce and one Pearse Stevens at least owned property in the same county.]

      Dixon Pearce owned, and apparently lived, in the same vicinity. And there is a military roster from SC which lists Dixon and Thomas Pearce, presumably brothers, whose ages make them very likely brothers of Windsor. I believe they were born in the 1730s, and the record states that they were natives of Virginia.

      I am convinced that Windsor Pearce was born as early as 1733; that his son William was born as early as 1765; and that all of the references to Windsor Pearce and William Pearce are to the same men. (There still may be some mis-transcription of "Windsor" as "William" in early records, which further complicates things.)

      I also believe that Windsor was a brother to Thomas and Dixon Pearce, of SC, and that they might have been sons of Thomas Pearce and his wife, nee Martha Dixon, of Isle of Wight county, VA. I think that the father Thomas was in turn the son of Philip Pearce, of IOW county, and that Philip was the son of George Pierce, who had large land holdings in IOW county in the XVII century, and was perhaps an immigrant.

      One of the problems we in the Windsor line face is that there are no male Pearces left to do a DNA sampling.

      As for son William: He has always been a mystery. He's like the invisible generation between two very visible ones. I tend to believe the version that William was older, born around 1765, and that he and his first wife, assuming he was married twice, had no surviving issue. The documents pertaining to the estate settlements clearly shows that William left only Jane, Margaret, Mary, Reuben, and Thomas; therefore, if he had had any children to a first wife, they died without issue. The estate papers also indicate that Windsor left surviving him only Mary Spinks, Pharabee Moore, Olive, Keziah, and William. NOW....some researchers seem convinced that Reuben Pearce, of Clarke county, Alabama, was Windsor's son. This would certainly make sense. Reuben is a Searcy name; the one in AL died before Windsor died; and AL Reuben appears to have been childless. So...it is conceivable that when the pleadings regarding the estate of Windsor Pearce were draughted, the scribe deemed it unnecessary to mention Reuben. (Today they would mention him just to set the record straight that his line is extinct.) BUT if Reuben were Windsor's other son, then that would explain the male you discuss from the Census records, living with Windsor.

      Also, if we could determine the date of birth of Reuben, we probably could better determine the date of birth of William, because the eldest son would, without doubt, have been named for William Searcy. So, if Reuben were born in 1770, we could assume that William was born in the 1760s. &c.

      Now, I have found this rule-of-thumb very helpful: You could count on XVIII and XIX century mothers to have borne children till around age 43 or their death, whichever came first. So if we assume that Keziah was the youngest child of Windsor, we can pretty well say that Mary Searcy Pearce was born no earlier than 1737, give or take a year. It is just a fact that during that period, women produced children about every other year from the time they married (or not) until they were roughly 43. It is reasonable to conclude that Mary Searcy Pearce was born around 1737, and that Windsor was easily a few years older, thus making him old enough to be the man in the earliest land records yet not too old to have lived to 1823.

      If we assume that Mary Searcy Pearce was born around 1737, then she could easily have borne children as early as 1757. I'm not so sure that she did, but she certain bore Pharabee in 1769.

      BOTTOM LINE: I suspect that Reuben Pearce, whoever he was, is the younger man in Windsor's household. Don't forget, also, that some of those men in the household could be employees; they didn't need to be family. The four women were probably Mary and the daughters Mary, Olive, and Keziah.