Third Generation


44. Josiah Bearce was born on 10 March 1690 in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Barnstable). He lived in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut on 29 December 1734. He lived in New Fairfield, Connecticut (Fairfield) on 25 February 1738. Josiah lived in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut in 1743. He died on 31 August 1753 at the age of 63 in New Fairfield, Connecticut (Fairfield). He lived in New Fairfield, Connecticut (Fairfield) in 1757. Josiah was 3/8 Wampanoag/Narragansett Indian, 1/4 from father, 1/8 from mother. 3/8 Wampanoag/Narragansett Indian

IGI records list both Mary Sissell and Zerviah Newcomb as mothers of these children of Josiah...

"Josiah Bearce, 1st son of Joseph Bearce and Martha Taylor, was born in Barnstable 1690. He was 3/8 Blood Wampanoag Indian; He married first at Edgartown M.V.I. Zerviah Newcomb with whom he only lived a short time before they separated, and by whom he had no children see, (Otis papers in Swifts Old Barnstable Families) and records at the Cape which state that his children were born to Josiah Bearse and his wife Mary, not Zerviah. This is true, as Zerviah herself stated in the codgial she wrote in her old age after the going to sleep of Josiah Bearce 1st at New Fairfield Connecticut, which she chose to title A True Chronicle of The Bearce Family. This document was a supplement of Zerviah's Diary. Josiah moved in 1743 to Greenwich Connecticut, and then in 1747 to New Fairfield Connecticut where and Zerviah lie sleeping. Second he married under pagan Indian rights at Mashpee Cape Cod the mother of his 11 children, Mary Sissell, born at Freetown Massachusetts. She was a full blood daughter of, Isaac Sissell, Momenet Sagamore, of Praying Indian Town."

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

"In his early life Josiah 1st followed the sea and traded between Barnstable and M.V.I. where he met and married Zerviah in 1716, who lived most of her life at Edgartown. The church dismissed her to the Cape in 1742. Josiah and Zerviah quarreled, Josiah wanted Zerviah, who taught school, to reside at the Cape, she refused. Josiah wanted children, Zerviah could bear none. Zerviah's kin and the whites at M.V.I. did not like Josiah 1st on account of his Romany and Indian blood and his religious beliefs. He was a seperatist, and dissenter. Zerviah was orthodox. Josiah was jealous, and in a fit of rage he left Zerviah. They consented to separate and live apart. For some years Zerviah continued to reside at M.V.I. where she taught school. She was a fairly well educated woman of her time. Josiah resided for some years at Mashpee, where Mary Sissell passed out in childbirth and lies sleeping. After Mary Sissell went to sleep at Mashpee, Josiah 1st, left with a family of young and half grown children, patched up his differences with Zerviah, who consented to live with him again, and be a step-mother to his children. He left the reservation at Mashpee with his family, and settled at Barnstable. There was much unfavorable talk at the time by people at the Cape, and in order to escape the scandal and wagging tongues, Josiah and Zerviah decided to migrate. Zerviah, orthodox, obtained a transfer from the church at the Cape, and with their family, they removed first to Greenwich Connecticut, and finally settled at New Fairfield, where under the clever management of Zerviah who was an able woman with a good head for buisness head, the material property holdings of Josiah 1st and Zerviah's stepchildren increased. Zerviah's Diary was written on several differant types of paper, some of not very good quality. The codgial supplement was on the same kind of paper, and in fairly good condition when Mary Caroline Bearce, sister of Iron Face, was a girl and lived at Penfield, New York with her brother James Monroe Bearce, at the home of their Grandparents, Josiah Bearce 3rd and Freelove Canfield. The original Diary and supplement was handed down to James Monroe Bearce, after Josiah 3rd his grandfather went to sleep at Penfield New York."

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

"Note Josiah BeArce 1st had 11 children with Mary Sissell and none with his legal wife, Zerviah Newcomb. Zerviah was sterile as she stated in her supplement, and accepted her lot as an act of providence and the will of God. "

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

Josiah Bearce and Zerviah Newcomb were married on 2 November 1716 in Edgartown, Massachusetts (Dukes). one says "Zeurich" Zerviah Newcomb, daughter of Andrew Newcomb and Anna Bayes, was born between 1698 and 1699. She died on 5 September 1789 at the age of 91 in New Fairfield, Connecticut (Fairfield). " Zerviah lived to be close to 90 years old. Bearce Newcomb lays great stress on the grave marker at New Fairfield Connecticut, which reads July 11,1719 Ann Bearce daughter of Josiah Bearce and his wife Zerviah. This is true, Zerviah was the legal wife of Josiah, and the stepmother of Ann, but the blood mother of Ann and the rest of Josiah's children was Mary Sissell. "

Josiah Bearce and Mary Sissell were married on 2 November 1718 in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Barnstable). "Second he married under pagan Indian rights at Mashpee Cape Cod the mother of his 11 children, Mary Sissell born at Freetown Mass,"

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce. Mary Sissell, daughter of Isaac Sissell and Mary Tuspaquin, was born in 1695 in Freetown, Massachusetts (Bristol). She died after 1764 at the age of 69 in Marshfield, Massachusetts (Plymouth). She was full-blood Wampanoag Indian. 1764 she and Mercy were on the reservation - Weeks p.141

"Mary Sissell born at Freetown Mass, full blood dau of, Isaac Sissell, Momenet Sagamore, of praying Indian Town; Isaac Sissell was a full blood son of a M.V.I.Sachem, and Mary Tuspuquion, dau of Benjiman Tuspuquion, and his wife Weecome squaw Sachem; Mary Tuspuquion was a grandaughter of the Black Sachem and Amie dau of Massasoit.

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

"Mary Sissell was a full blood, and my tradition states very comely and fair to look upon, with finely chiseled features, and endowed with second sight, an Indian clairvoyant, a spiritualist medium who could tell the future. She was 5 years younger than Josiah Bearce 1st, and lies sleeping at Mashpee Cape Cod where she passed out in child bed, and but for this Manuscript, unknown and forgotten, this dear Indian ancestor of ours. "

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

Josiah Bearce-36674 and Mary Sissell-32764 had the following children:

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Ann(a) Bearce-38988.

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Josiah Bearce 2nd-39084.

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Eunice Bearce was born on 2 January 1723 in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Barnstable). She died on 6 April 1727 at the age of 4 in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Barnstable). She was 11/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett Indian from 6/32 father, 16/32 from mother.

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Jonathan Bearce was born on 22 November 1724 in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Barnstable). He died on 2 December 1731 at the age of 7 in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Barnstable). He was 11/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett Indian from 6/32 father, 16/32 from mother.

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Lois Newcomb Bearce-39089.

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Thomas Bearce-44399.

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Eunice Bearce was born on 13 February 1732 in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Barnstable). 13 Feb 1731/32 She was 11/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett Indian from 6/32 father, 16/32 from mother.

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Joseph Bearce-47326.

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Benjamin Bearce-47625.

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Martha Bearce-39085.

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Mary Bearce-44401.