WHO ARE WE?

We are an organized family group of cousins who descend from Revolutionary War soldier Gadwell "Gad" Pearce through his daughter Nancy Pearce who married James Morris in Jackson County, Georgia. James was the probable son of William Morris & Betsy McGinnis. Gadwell Pearce can be identified in the Jackson County, Georgia, area. James and Nancy Pearce Morris can be placed in Jackson, Fayette, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Floyd Counties, Georgia, and also in the Benton/Calhoun County, Alabama areas.

Our goal is to crumble our brick walls and advance our pedigrees while learning more about our families using traditional research that meets the Genealogical Proof Standard and Genetic Genealogy Standards. We invite all cousins to join us and learn more about our families and their stories and connect as cousins.

We recently completed our first 6-year research project that proves our Morris lines descend from James Morris and Nancy Pearce. Read the case study here..

We have begun to learn more about and extend our documented Pearce lineages. We need your help. If you descend from any of these lineages, please contact us.

  • Edmund Pearce - proven cousin of our Nancy Pearce Morris from Gwinnett and Cleburne Co., Ala.

  • Gadwell Pearce - proven father of our Nancy Pearce Morris

  • Gadwell Pearce [Jr] - proven brother of our Nancy Pearce Morris

Descendants from these lineages share DNA with our Morris/Peace descendants and have brick walls. Please contact us if you descend from one of these.

  • Tarrie/Tyrie Pearce

  • Wiley Washington Pierce from Gwinnett and Barrow Counties, Ga. 

  • John Madison Woods Pearce (1805, Gwinnett Co, GA-1889, Marion Co., Ala.)

  • Temperance Pearce (abt. 1790, probably Gwinnett County, GA area) who married Adam Phillips 8 July 1806, Jackson Co., Ga. and was enumerated in 1850-1860 in Gwinnett Co., Ga.

  • Rev. Lovick Pearce (brother of Rev. Gadwell Pearce), also from Gwinnett Co.

Descendants from these lineages should be DNA tested to find out if they share DNA with our other documented descendants. Please contact us if you descend from one of these:

  • Sion Pearce who married Elizabeth Jones 22 Jan. 1806, Jackson Co., Ga.

  • Lovick Pearce (over 45 years old) enumerated in 1820 Baldwin County, Ga. 

  • Rev. Gadwell Jefferson Pearce from Gwinnett Co., Ga.

  • Rev. Lovick Pearce (brother of Rev. Gadwell Pearce), also from Gwinnett Co.

  • John Pearce, Sr. (abt. 1750-Sept. 1856), enumerated in the 1830 Fayette Co., Ga census)

  • Elijah Pearce (abt. 1786) enumerated in 1850 in Paulding Co., Ga.

  • Wiley/Wylie/Wyley Pierce who served with our James Morris during the War of 1812.

  • Temperance Pearce (abt. 1790, probably Gwinnett County, GA area) who married Adam Phillips 8 July 1806, Jackson Co., Ga. and was enumerated in 1850-1860 in Gwinnett Co., Ga.

If you are a Pearce/Pierce descendant from these areas in Georgia, Alabama, or Lousisana, please DNA test & transfer your results to Gedmatch.com. We also need Y-DNA testers, which means Pearce/Pierce MALES to test. We will need to verify your tree. We will pay for the testing.

These lineages share DNA with our Morris/Peace descendants and have brick walls.

Please contact us if you descend from one of these.

  • Tarrie/Tyrie Pearce - Ala. and Ga.

  • Wiley Washington Pierce from Gwinnett and Barrow Counties, Ga. 

  • John Madison Woods Pearce from Marion County, Ala.

  • Temperance Pearce who married Adam Phillips 8 July 1806, Jackson Co., Ga. and was enumerated in 1850-1860 in Gwinnett Co., Ga.

We are actively searching for descendants of these lineages above to DNA test. If you have a Pearce/Pierce line from the counties below and either have DNA tested or are willing to, please contact us.

  • Georgia: Jackson, Fayette, Gwinnett, Floyd, Troup

  • Alabama: Calhoun, Benton, Etowah, Marshall, Cleburne, DeKalb, Bibb

  • Louisiana: Union Parrish

Associated family names for

Pearce Project

Adams, Woods, Phillips, Cahill, Hammett, Hubbard, Cook, Lantzsch, Houck, Malone, and Pearson, Woods