Recently someone posted a link to a free Google ebook about the early members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and Other Contemporaneous Documents, Charles Henry Pope, 1900). I have seen references to this book previously but had not gone through it, so I took the opportunity to read about some of my ancestors.
PIERPOINT, PEIRPOINT, PEIRPOYNTE, PEARPOINT
James, Ipswich, herdsman, 1646.
John, malster, Ipswich, 1648, had deed of land in Roxbury from his father-in-law John Stow. He bought land in Ips. 15 Nov, 1649. Memb. Chh Rox. Nov. 17, 1650; frm. May 26, 1652. Town Officer. Ch. Thankful b. Nov. 26, 1649, John b. July 22, 1651, John b. Oct 28, 1652, dau. Experience b. 4 (11) 1654, infant b. and d. 1657, James bapt. 8 (11) 1659, Ebenezer bapt. 22 (10) 1661, Jonathan d. 23 (8) 1663, Thankful bapt. 27 (10) 1663, Joseph bapt. 12 (6) 1666, Benjamin bapt. 2 (6) 1608. He deposed in Essex Court in 1670, ae 51 years.
He d. at Rox. Dec. 7, 1682, ae. 64 years. Will, written by himself, 12 Oct. 1681, prob. 21 Dec. 1682, attested by his brother Robert P., his widow Thankful, his ch. John, James and Ebenezer, the guardians of his sons Joseph and Benjamin, John Hayward, husband of his dau. Experience, and Dea. Wm. Parke. Beq. lands, mills, malthouse, etc. Refers to cousin Baret.
Robert, Ipswich, maulater, resident, 1648. Rem. To Roxbury; wife Maria adm. chh. 20 (6) 1665. Ch. Jonathan d. 23 (8) 1663, Jonathan bapt. 20 (6) 1665, Thomas bapt. 6 (11) 1667, Ezra d. 21 (9) 1669, James bapt. 25 (8) 1674, Sara bapt. 29 (3) 1680.
Admin. of his est. was gr. 12 July, 1694 to Sarah and Jonathan P.
Notes on the above:
1 – John and Robert were the first of the Pierpont family to change their name from Pierrepont (originally de Pierrepont in French). But many people spelled it the way they heard it, thus the variety of spellings here which were taken in the original documents of the time. See (*1) for additional information.
2 – The first James mentioned is the father of John and Robert. It is believed that he came to MA to visit his sons, but little else is known about him or his visit.
3 – The above information is included in the official Pierpont Genealogies (*2) where the reference [MP] refers to this book. There are a few minor discrepancies of the above information with that from other sources, these are noted in (*2).
4 – The occupation of “malster” is a mill owner, occupation of “maulater” is an operator of a mill for malting.
5 – Family involvement in the church (“chh”) at Roxbury has been commented before at (*3). However, the above reference to Deacon William Parke as being one of the witnesses to the signing of John’s will indicates not only that Parke knew him, but that they had a closer relationship. As noted in (*3), Parke is the great*9 grandfather of pastor/author Rick Warren and John is my great*8 grandfather. All the other families mentioned in (*3) (Alcock, Eliot, Hooker) are mentioned in this book as well.
6 – Robert had other children who are not listed here.
There are other of my ancestors from other branches of my family tree who are also mentioned in this book, i.e. Merrill, Rogers, Talmadge and others, but I will not go into all the details here.