The Merrill Newsletter - Volume 6, Number 1 - January, 2000 - Page 3


Correction - First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush

Edited by Deane Whitney Merrill

It has come to our attention that, in The Merrill Newsletter (merrill.olm.net/TMN/), Vol.1, No.2, pg.5 (October 1991), we published an article by Don A. Merrill dmerrill@gte.net entitled "Nathaniel in the White House" in which there was an error. The article stated: "President Franklin Pierce is Barbara Bush's third great uncle and therefore [she] is descended from Franklin Pierce's brother (??? Pierce b.abt.1785?) whose grandmother (Elizabeth b.1727/8) was a Merrill." The preceding statment is incorrect.
Thanks to Richard L. Pierce rlpierce@bkb.com for his contribution of the following source:
From Frederick Clifton Peirce [sic], Esq.'s book Pierce Genealogy published in 1882, Barbara Pierce Bush's correct Pierce ancestry is deduced as follows:
Thomas1 PIERCE 1583-4? -1666 m. Elizabeth WORTINGTON b.1595-6
Thomas2 PIERCE 1618-1683 m.1635 Elizabeth COLE d.1688
James3 PIERCE 1659-1742 m.bef.1688 Elizabeth KENDALL 1653-1715
James4 PIERCE 1690-1773 m.(2)bef. 1711 Phebe UNKNOWN d.1776
Joshua5 PIERCE 1722-1771 m.(2)1753 Esther RICHARDSON 1727-1819
James6 PIERCE 1768-1849 m.1795 Mary STACY 1774-1847
Gen. James7 PIERCE Jr. 1810-1874 m.1839 Chloe HOLBROOK 1816-1886
Jonas8 James PIERCE 1839-1913 m.1865 Kate PRITZEL 1841-1931
Scott9 PIERCE 1866-aft.1930 m.1891 Mabel MARVIN 1869-193?
Marvin10 PIERCE 1893-1969 m.(1)1918 Pauline ROBINSON 1896-1949
Barbara11 PIERCE 1925- m.1945 George Herbert Walker BUSH, President, USA 1924-
George Walker BUSH 1946- m.1977 Laura WELCH 1946-
and President Franklin Pierce's ancestry is as follows:
Thomas1 PIERCE 1583-4? -1666 m. Elizabeth WORTINGTON b.1595-6
Thomas2 PIERCE 1618-1683 m.1635 Elizabeth COLE d. 1688
Stephen3 PIERCE 1651-1733 m.1676 Tabitha PARKER d.1742
Stephen4 PIERCE 1679-1749 m.1707 Esther FLETCHER 1681-1767
Benjamin5 PIERCE 1726-1764 m.1746 Elizabeth MERRILL b.1727/8
Gen. Benjamin6 PIERCE 1757-1839 m.(2)1790 Anna KENDRICK 1768-1838
Pres. Franklin7 PIERCE 1804-1869 m.1834 Jane M. APPLETON 1806-1863
So Barbara PIERCE Bush 1925- is a fourth cousin four times removed (4C4R) of President Franklin PIERCE 1804-1869, and not a third great grandniece as we reported. Since the latest common ancestor is Thomas2 PIERCE 1618-1683 who predates Elizabeth MERRILL b.1727/8, Barbara PIERCE Bush 1925- does not have (known) Merrill ancestors.
Sources:(by Deane W. Merrill merrill@crocker.com)
MERRILLs from A Merrill Memorial, Samuel Merrill, 1928.
PIERCEs from Pierce Genealogy, Frederick Clifton Peirce [sic], Esq., 1882;
Burke's Presidential Families of the United States (2nd edition) page 265,
cited by Kees van den Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, emails of 11/20/99 and 12/2/99;
Michael E. Pollock mpollock@mindspring.com, unpublished work concerning the ancestry of Barbara Bush, cited by Kees van den Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, email of 12/2/99;
William Addams Reitwiesner WReitwiesn@aol.com, cited by Kees van den Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, email of 12/2/99;
Richard L. Pierce, rlpierce@bkb.com, email of 11/10/99;
Kees van den Berg, kkees@worldonline.nl, emails of 11/8/99, 11/15/99 and 12/2/99;
GENDEX, www.gendex.com.
Further detail may be found on Deane Whitney Merrill's website at http://www.bearhaven.com/family/cousin/barbara.html which was the source for most of the above information.
We sincerely apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this error may have caused.