John Pers1

b. circa 1588, d. 19 August 1661

7th great-grandfather of Louise Underwood.
9th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Louise Underwood
     John Pers was born circa 1588 in England.1 He married Elizabeth in England.1 He died on 19 August 1661.1
     John Pers of Norwich, Norfolk, England, weaver, immigrated to this country in 1637, bringing with him his wife Elizabeth and four children, John, Barbre, Elizabeth and Judith. They came to New England in either the John and Dorethey of Norwich, or the Rose of Yarmouth. Mr. William Andrews, Sen., was master of the former, and his son, William Jr., of the latter vessel. Both ships sailed from Ipswich and arrived in Boston 8 June 1637. The four children who did not accompany their parents in 1637 were probably the oldest of the family, and had apparently emigrated at an earlier date.
April the 8th 1637. The examinaetion of John Pers of Nowch in Noff [Norwich in Norfolk] weavear ageed 49 yeares and Elizabeth his wife aged 36 yeares with 4 children John Barbre Elizabeth and Judeth and one sarvant John Gedney aged 19 yeares are desirous to passe to Boston in New England to inhabitt.1
     John Pers was grantee of one lot in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts,, and purchaser of three lots, before 1644, one of which was his homestall of twelve acres. This was made up of two lots in the town plot, six acres granted to J. Smith Sr., and the same to W. Barsham. In Watertown he practiced his trade as a weaver.1

     In his will dated 4 March 1657/58, "John Perse of Watertowne... weaver" names his wife Elizabeth as principle heir and sole executrix, with legacies to "Eldest sonne" Anthony and "other children."2 Click to view image

Children of John Pers and Elizabeth (—?—) (Pers)


  1. [S1060] Frederick Clifton Peirce, Peirce genealogy : being the record of the posterity of John Pers, an early inhabitant of Watertown, in New England, who came from Norwich, Norfolk County, England : with notes on the history of other families of Peirce, Pierce, Pearce, etc. (Worcester, Massachusetts: C. Hamilton, 1880), 18.
  2. [S1060] Frederick Clifton Peirce, Peirce Family, 19.