Bio: Piercy, Henry Mar 20, 1820 - Feb 1, 1888, County Limerick, Ireland Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives Limerick Index Copyright Contributed by: Michael Whitehead firstname.lastname@example.org ____________________________________________________ Source: Family history research Author: Michael P Whitehead Henry Piercy was born 20 March, 1820, in Kilrush, County Clare, according to his Army papers. However, 'The Limerick Chronicle' carried an announcement dated 24/3/1819 stating that a son had been born to John Piercy in Leadmore, Kilrush, that might also be relevent. Nothing is known of his childhood. Henry'e elder brother Godfrey, born 1816 in Kinsale, also served in the 2nd Queens Royals and died in Dublin 14/2/1853. On 9/3/1838 Henry joined the 2nd Regiment of Foot as an Ensign by purchase, vice Rennick who retires. On 7/8/1846 Henry, now Lieutenant, joins the 75th Regiment of Foot, having exchanged with Stoddart. Having become Paymaster to the 75th, Henry joins the 37th Rgiment of Foot 28/9/1847 also as Paymaster, having exchanged with Clibborn. Henry then moves via the 18th Regiment of Foot to the 6th on 7/7/1854 where he is Captain without purchase. He finally retires by sale of his commission 8/12/1854. Henry served both in India and Ceylon. His Army papers tell us that he was in the Southern Concan and Lawanat Waree country in the west of India in 1844/45 and was present at the investment and capture of the strong hill fort of Monahur and taking various strong stockades and in skirmishing with the enemy throughout this campaign. There is no reference to where he was in Ceylon. Henry's soldiering days were not over as is shown by the death certificate of his wife Matilda dated 28/4/1905. In it she is described as the widow of Henry Piercy, Major, Turkish Contingent. On 27/7/1855, in the "Times" the following announcement was made: The undermentioned officers having been selected for service in the Turkish Contingent, to have the local rank of Major while so employed, Captain Henry Piercy, late 6th Foot. Finally, we read in the 'Times' dated 31/1/1885, 'a change has taken place in the West Essex Corps of Militia. Captain Pearson, who had been the Adjutant since the formation of the Regiment has resigned and is succeeded by Captain H Piercy, late of the 6th Regiment, a gentleman who has seen 16 years active service and who was in the principal battles during the Indian campaign.' On 19/10/1847,at St Georges, Hanover Square, Henry married Matilda Anne Temple Bellew, daughter of Captain Francis Bellew, author of 'Memoirs of a Griffin'. Matilda was a spinster living at home in Iver, Bucks. whilst Henry, a Paymaster in the 75th Regiment was living in Maddox Street. The marriage was witnessed by the bride's father and a Miss Sophie Jane Logan. Henry and Matilda were blessed with at least four children that we know of: William Temple Piercy born 1851 in Colombo, Ceylon, according to an announcement in the 'Nation' newspaper dated 8/2/1851. William went to work in the Indian Civil Service and although we do not know the date of his death, we have on the record of his daughter's wedding in 1908, that he was deceased. In 1875 he married Christianna Julia Pettigrew born in London in1846 to William Pettigrew, a surgeon and graduate of the Medical University of Glasgow, and his wife Frances, possible maiden name Sykes. William and Christianna had; Mabel Frances Matilda born 10/3/1876 in Calcutta. Rosalie Louisa baptised19/5/1878 in Bengal. Lillian Clare Temple born 1880 and baptised 28/2/1880 in Allahabad. Francis Matilda Stuart born 7/1/1855 at 10 Manchester Street, Marylebone, died 11/1/1931. Married Robert William Cox. Rosalie Ellen Emily Mary born 1860 in New York, died 1912. Married Villiers Grantham. Mabel Frances Matilda born 10/3/1876 in Calcutta. In 1861 Henry and family had returned to England, and the census tells us that they were living at 10, Chorlton Grove, Stretford, Manchester with one servant. Ten years later they had moved south to 3, Brookfield, West Tarring in Sussex living as a complete family. Also in residence at the time of the census were two visitors,a Charles Crutchley and his brother Edgar aged nine and eight respectively. These were Matilda's nephews by her sister Emily. In 1881, Henry is recorded as being a visitor to Miss Isabel Jane Adams living at Croyde in South Devon. Isabel was an annuitant, born in India and a sister of Major General Robert Bellew Adams VC. She was Henry's sister-in-law. This is the only documented evidence of contact between the Piercy and Adams families that I have seen. During this year the Piercys had moved to Keyzor Villas, Twickenham, Middlesex, together with Evelyn Cox their two year old grand daughter. Henry died 12/2/1888 in Tatsfield, Surrey from bronchitis at the age of 67 and Frances Cox was there at his end. Additional Comments: Apart from attempting to put together the story of Henry and his line I have also tried to link the Piercy lineage in Limerick. I am confident that Piersse Piersy, the Mayor in 1696 and 1710 was a distant ancestor of Henry Piercy but there are significant gaps in the tree. It is clear that the Piercys are closely linked to a Taverner family and that, way back, they may have been Quakers. Other families that appear in the Piercy tree are ; Westropp, End, Maunsell, and possibly Waller.