I am searching for the ancestors of William Pierce of Montgomery and later Wythe Counties of Virginia. The spelling of his last name varies in the records including Pierce, Pearce, Peirce, and Perce. He was born about 1740-45 (est. based on date of birth of first child) location unknown. He appears in land records of southwest Virginia in the early 1780's. His wife was named Mary. This site includes information about William found in Virginia. He died in Wythe County about 1804-1805. After his death the family dispersed, some moving to Madison/Garrard/Adair/Russell Counties of Kentucky (William and Ephraim), some moving to Pulaski County Kentucky (Jesse, Reuben, and Francis), and some later moving to Marion County Indiana (Joel and Thomas S.) Any useful information in regard to this family would be appreciated. The site includes some pictures of William Pierce's land in Wythe County and some maps of the area. He lived near present day Loneash, Virginia in the southeast part of the county. The pictures and maps may be slow to download due to their size.

Update: August 16, 2002
The name "Stanton" is a recurrent name in the descendants of William of Wythe County. A web source listed the mother of Francis Buster Pierce, William's daughter, as "Mary Stanton". This remains unproven.
Numerous connections can be found between a Pierce/Pearce family in Orange County, Virginia and the family of Thomas Stanton, Sr.
William Pierce/Pearce of that county has several Stanton connections in the records. William Pierce Jr. of Culpeper County Virginia also had Stanton connections. In the genealogy report on this website is information gathered on William Pierce of Orange County ("Research Query Pierce")who may prove to be the father of William of Wythe County. Pierce/Stanton connections can also be found in notes for William Pierce of Wythe county who may prove to be William of Culpeper. Also, two Orange county maps have been added.

William Pierce of Virginia
Updated September 16, 2002


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