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 County Court Minutes, Orange County, NC Page 223
      Ordered that twelve of the following persons: Windsor Peirce, Jeffrey Beck, Christopher Monday, John Needham, John Williamson, John Needham, 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 meet and lay out a road from Rowan line opposite Fraziers Road to the best and nearest road leading to cross creek.

      1765, May -- County Court Minutes, Orange County, NC
      Windsor Pierce appointed constable

      1772, Mar 20 -- Will of Enoch Spinks, Guilford County, NC
      Probated May 1772
      Windsor Pearce listed as a witness

      1772, Aug 7 -- Deed, Cumberland County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a witness to a 150 acre Deed from John May and his wife Elisabeth to David Stroud located on lower side of Fall Creek

      1772, Nov 2 -- Deed, Guilford County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a witness on a Deed from Josiah & Jane Carr to Jennings Thompson for 200 acres in Fork of Flat Creek

      1773, Mar 4 -- Deed, Guilford County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a witness on a Deed from Jennings & Elizabeth Thompson to Joseph Carr for 200 acres on Flatt Creek

      1773, Oct 11 -- Deed, Guilford County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a neighbor and witness on a Deed from William Reade Senr. to his son, Arthur Read for 150 acres located North of Deep River.

      1773, Dec 14 -- Deed, Guilford County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a witness on a Deed from Soloman & Mehetabel Morgan of Chatham County to Lombard Reade for 100 acres located North of Deep River

      1774, Jan 18 -- Deed, Cumberland County, NC
      Windson Pearce listed as a witness to a 100 acre Deed from John Williamson, Sr. and his wife Jamimmia to his son William Williamson located on Grassy Creek

      1775, Feb 14 -- Deed, Guilford County, NC
      Windsor and Mary Pearce deeded to Ransom Southerland 100 acres located South of Deep River. Originally part of 640 acres granted to William Searcy Jun 9 1761 and deeded from Searcy to Mary Pearce.

      1775, Feb 14 -- Deed, Guilford County, NC
      William Searcy Senr. deeded to Ransom Southerland 37.25 acres located South of Deep River adjoining Mary Pearce. Originally part of 640 acres granted to William Searcy Jun 9 1761.

      1775, July 14 -- Deed, Guilford County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a neighbor and witness on a Deed from William Searcy Senr. to Ransom Southerland for 75.75 acres located South of Deep River.

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

      1776, Feb 4 -- Will of William Searcey, Guilford County NC
      Probated May 1776
      Wife: Kezia
      Son: William
      Daus: Theron, Mary Pearce
      GrDau: Mary Pearce

      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, 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 14-15 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce, Esq. listed present for court

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

      1779, Dec 16 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pierce, Esq. listed present for court

      1780, Mar 15 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce, Esq. listed present for court

      1780, Jun 12 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce, Esq. listed present for court

      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

      1781, Sep 11 -- County Court Minutes, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearse listed present for court

      1783, Mar 23 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from William Reed Jr. to Richard Bird for 200 acres

      1783, Mar 23 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Perce listed as a witness to a Deed from William Reed Sr. to Richard Bird for 90 acres located on Deep River

      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, 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, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from William & Kenekappuck Argo to Edmond Waddle of Chatham County for 200 acres located North of Deep River

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

      1786, Aug 21 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Perce listed as a witness to a Deed from William Searcy to James Bowdon for 16 acres (no location given)

      1786, Sep 19 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from William Searcy to Nicholas Nall of Moore County for 160 acres located on Deep River and Fork Creek. This land was conveyed to William Searcy by his father William Searcy, Sr.

      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, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from William Searcy to Aaron Hill for 640 acres located on Deep River and the Moore County Line

      1787, Jan 1 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from William Searcy to Aaron Hill for 30 acres located on Deep River

      1787, Mar 6 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Perce listed as a witness to a Deed from Joseph Carr to John Powers of Chatham County for 200 acres located on Flat Creek of Deep River

      1789, Jun 13 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from John Garner of Moore County to James Garner for 250 acres located on Richland Creek of Deep River

      1789, Jun 13 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pierce listed as a witness to a Deed from John Garner of Moore County to John Fushee Garner for 250 acres located on Richland Creek

      1789, Jun 29 -- Deed, Chatham County, NC
      Windsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from Nathan Deaton of Chatham County to James Deaton of Chatham County for 200 acres located on Cedar Creek

      1789, Aug 8 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce and William Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from James Whittset to William Read of Moore County for 240 acres located North of Brush Creek

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

      1793, Sep 16 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Winsor Pearce listed as a witness to a Deed from Charity Andrews, Roger & Catherine Cagle, Elizabeth Curtis, David Andrews and Eve Andrews to William Armstead for 100 acres located North of Fork Creek and the Mouth of Rock Creek. This land is part of the tract granted to Adam Andrews, decd. And left by will to the heirs of Conrad Andrews.

      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

      1794, Jan 30 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Pierce listed as a witness to a Deed from Joseph Carr to Rolly Spinks for 100 acres located on the Mouth of Flat Creek

      1794, Jan 30 -- Deed, Randolph County, NC
      Windsor Peirce listed as a witness to a Deed from Joseph Carr to William Kerr for 250 acres located on the Mouth of Flat Creek

      1794, Feb 18 -- County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC
      Windsor Pierce proved a Deed from William Reed to James Deaton

      1794, Dec 6 -- Will of John Sheffield, Moore County, NC
      Probated February 1796
      Windsor Pierce listed as a witness

      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 11 Sep 2015 

    DNA Tests  6 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

  • 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.