E-Gen:Pearce Introductory Letter
E-mail – 1/27/01
Dear Pearce family Relative:
Please forgive the form(al) approach, but I am trying to build a mailing list quickly and accurately, and this is the best way I could think of. Later I will be sending the first of many brief, personally-written articles on the origins of our particular branch of the Pearce family, which I will refer to as the “Bourne Connection.”
Just prior to a trip to England my wife Susan and I made in 1996, I discovered a 4-page document written at the turn of the 20th century by one of the four grand-daughters (?) of Charles Austen, brother of Susan Austen Pearce (from whom most of us on the mailing list are descended). Susan and Richard Pearce married in 1813 in the same ceremony as Charles and Sarah Pearce Austen. Yes, brother and sister married sister and brother, and they all came to America in the early 1820s to settle north of Pittsburgh, PA.
I will share their adventures, including commentary from a professional British historian. After I send each article to you = as an attachment, I will post it on my website WWW.GEOCITIES.COM/PEARCE2002 [no longer in service 4/8/11] under “Family Heritage.” Feel free to share these articles with other members of our family.
My hope is 3-fold:
1. The research I’ve done and information I’ve gathered will not be lost;
2. It will be passed on to future generations and serve to connect lost Pearce “cousins” all across America; and,
3. Others will also share their findings, thus speeding the accumulation of genealogical treasures.
Will you kindly reply to me after you read this? Confirm that you have received this message and say that you’d like to continue to receive regular mailings. Send along the electronic addresses of others in our family if you wish (I’ll leave it up to you to print and send articles via snail mail to those without computers). Feel free to send new information to me at any time that you would like to have included in future articles. Or, you may “unsubscribe” at any time, no questions asked.
Larry Pearce, Boswell, PA