William Leigh Pearce1

b. circa 1740, d. 10 December 1789
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2nd great-granduncle of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
4th great-granduncle of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
     William Leigh Pearce was born circa 1740 in North Carolina.1,2 He was the son of Stephen Pearce and Miss Lanier.1 He married Charlotte Fenwick on 13 December 1783.2 He died on 10 December 1789.1
     William Leigh Pearce received a liberal education and was one of the early exponents of the cause of independence for the colonies. He became a captain in the First Continental Artillery and a member of the Sons of Liberty in Savannah. The Cyclopedia of Georgia, edited by ex-Governor Allen O. Chandler and General Clement A. Evans, says of William Leigh Pearce: "His first service was as aid-de-camp to General Greene. At the battle of Eutaw Springs, he distinguished himself by his bravery for which he was given a sword by Congress, and was promoted to rank of major." In the years 1786-1787, he served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, and in 1787 he was a member of the Federal Convention which convened in Philadelphia to write the U.S. Constitution. He and Charlotte had no children.2


  1. [S418] George Mason Graham Stafford, Three Pioneer Rapides Families (Baton Rouge: Claitor's Publishing Division, 1968).
  2. [S20] Thurmond A. Williamson, The Munsons of Texas, an American Saga, First Edition manuscript (Dallas: n.pub., 1987), 80-82.