That's fine, Rick. Anything you can suggest would help.
Just in case you may know about these folks: A good candidate for the Thomas Pierce/Pearce who married Almy Chase may come from the line of Thomas and Elizabeth (Carew?)son Samuel and Mary,and either son Thomas and Elizabeth Hall, or son Jonathan and Mary Lobdell, who had sons named Thomas but I don't find a record of what happened to them.
1. Thomas, b 7 Jan 1658 Malden, MA, mar Elizabeth Hall ca 1677, she dau of John Hall and Eliz Green of Concord then Medford, MA, he d 4 Aug 1693 Charlestown or Woburn, MA of a fever. The inventory of his estate (apparently he died intestate) included his house, 26 acres of upland, 7 acres of marsh valued at 331 lbs. His heirs (I assume these were his 4 children when they had come of age) applied to the Court to be awarded administration on 3 Nov 1699.
But, I can find no evidence of his children's names or birthdates, who they married, etc.
2. Thomas,(Jonathan, Samuel, Thomas) b 29 March 1693, Charlestown, MA. What happened to him? Did he die young? Could he have survived to marry?
The question of these Thomases seems significant to me because of the name Persis being carried on in this line. It is a marker that connects the Pierce family in Nova Scotia to its correct antecedent in New England I believe.
As to the Durfee family, I also noted with much interest a connection to Nova Scotia because Richard, son of Richard and Ann Almy, who died in New London, CT, not only married his wife Sarah Palmer in Trinity Church, Newport ---the same place where Thomas Pierce married Almy Chase---but, he provided a ship used to transport troops and supplies to attack Fort Louisbourg in Nova Scotia in 1746.
Is it possible that Richard went with them to NS? That he saw some attraction to the place, and that when the British cleared the French Acadians from the land and offered farms to New Englanders in the next decade or two, a niece of his (Almy Chase?) married to a Thomas Pierce was among those who accepted? Perhaps Thomas was among those who had gone to Nova Scotia in 1746 with the soldiers on board Durfee's ship, either as a member of the ship's crew or a soldier himself.
Hope to hear more of your ideas soon.
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