Rick, I just discovered your terrific posting, for which I want to thank you so much. It is fascinating reading and the source material is so very valuable.
I have been working on a problem for a long time that has led me to the Durfee family and I hope it won't be a dead end like so many others have been.
I'm trying to find Thomas Pierce/Pearse and Almy Chase who married at Trinity Church, Newport, RI on 3 Nov 1748. This couple had children named: Persis, Amy, Thomas, John, Elce or Alice, James and Josiah. I think most or all were born in RI or MA and then the family moved with other New England planters to Nova Scotia, where they settled in Shelburne county.
The name Persis seemed a great clue to which Pierce family I could find my Thomas in, since that was not a frequent girl's name, and indeed I found it predominently in the pioneer families of Michael and Persis Eames and Thomas and Elizabeth (Carew?. But my Thomas did not seem to exist there.
In your article the name Richard Pearse appears as the man who paid a bond for Thomas Durfee to appear in Court when he was charged with fornication in 1668. And the name John Pearce married Mary Tallman, daughter of Ann and Peter.
These connections seem significant to me, given that Ann and Thomas Durfee had a son Richard who married Ann Almy and they in turn had a daughter Amy Almy, bc 1697 in Portsmouth who was mentioned in a couple of wills, but nobody has found a marriage for her. Given that two of her cousins married children of Benjamin and Amy Borden Chase, I'm hoping that she ended up marrying a Chase as well, and having a daughter called Almy Chase.
Long shot, I suppose, but this family group is the closest I have come yet to having the name connections that make it possible.
So, my question is, has anyone discovered what happened to the Amy Durfee, b 1697 Portsmouth, dau of Richard and Ann Almy? She was under age 21 when her grandfather Christopher bequested her in his will of 1711 (age abt 14?) so did she marry after that, die or remain unmarried?
Many thanks for anything you can contribute to help solve this puzzle.
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