Pierce Genealogy, No. IV.: Being the Record of the Posterity of Capt. Michael, John and Capt. William Pierce, who Came to this Country from England, Issue 4

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author, 1889 - 441 pages
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This book, published in 1889, has numerous errors in it. Clearly much of the information is useful for the researcher. But, it is critical that anyone doing geneaological research today, must not rely on this book without further finding proof documents. The New England Historical & Genealogical Society has excellent resources available, both on line and at their Boston headquarters.
The very first error in the book relates to the title. Captain Michael Pierce was NOT a brother of Captain William Pierce or John Pierce. DNA testing in 2006 has verified this, and that the only early Pierce who was related was Thomas Pierce of Charlestown, and even with DNA testing, there is no proof as to the actual relationship, brother, uncle, or cousin.
As the book continues, the names and spouses of his children have errors, and the name of his second wife is not Anna James, she was the widow of John Allen, her surname not known.
Finally, all researches should do their own research, and not rely on old, un-sourced books.
 

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