Hepzabeth Hepzibeth Hepzibah Macy (Pierce)

Born:June 11 1751 In:  Nantucket Island, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Died:1824 (at age ‎~73‏)In:  Nantucket, Nantucket Co., Massachusetts
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Thomas Pierce
Her husband
George Morton Pierce
Her son
Mary Pierce (Starbuck)
Her daughter
Hannah Pierce (Macy)
Her daughter
Moses Arthur Pierce
Her son
Aaron Pierce
Her son
Isaac Pierce
Her son
Ezra Pierce
Her son
Thomas Pierce
Her son
Jethro Macy
Her father
Hephzibah Hepzabeth Worth (Macy)
Her mother
Mary Macy (Coffin)
Her sister
Jethro Macy
Her brother
Gayer Macy
Her brother
Jedidiah Macy
Her sister
Timothy Macy
Her brother
Elizabeth Macy
Her sister
Huldah Macy
Her sister

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Hepzabeth Macy was born on Nantucket Island in the year 1851. She was named after her mother, whose maiden name was Hepzabeth Worth. Her father, Jethro Macy, was a great grandson of Thomas Macy, who was the first settler of Nantucket Island in 1659. Thomas Macy came from Chilmark, England, and settle in Massachusetts, probably between 1635 and 1639. In order to excape religious persecution in Massachusetts, Macy and several other men purchased Nantucket Island from Macy's cousin, Thomas Mayhew. Thomas Macy and his family were the first white settlers to go to Nantucket, sailing around Cape Cod in a small boat. Others soon followed.

After building their homes, and farming the land on Nantucket, they began venturing out to sea, and the whaling industry led them into a fleet of merchant ships. After selling whale oil and other products in Europe, they returned with ships laden with merchandise, which was warehoused on Nantucket, and distributed along the eastern seaboard. eventually, other products replaced whale oil, and it became necessary to find other means of making a living. many of them migrated to North Carolina. Along with the Macys, came the Worths, Folgers, Swains, Starbucks and many others.

In 1773, when Hepzabeth was a young girl, about 22 years old, her parents migrated from Nantucket to Guilford Co., NC. Hepzabeth, along with her parents, became members of New Garden Monthly Meeting of Friends. In 1776, she married Thomas Pierce, who was born in Chester Co., PA, a son of George and Lydia (Roberts) Pierce. Thomas became a member of New Garden Meeting, and some of their children's births were recorded there. There are indications that Thomas Pierce (his name seems to have changed sometime after he got to NC) owned land and lived in other places in NC, Virginia, and eastern Tennessee. we know he bought land in Tennessee, and it was inherited by his family when he died in 1795. In 1816, his son, Isaac (born 1785), bought this land from his mother and brohters and sisters, which we assume they had inherited jointly from their father. Hepzabeth signed the deed with her mark.

Sometime after the death of Thomas, Hepzabeth and her youngest daughter, Hannah, went to Lost Creek Monthly Meeting in Tennessee. Hannah married Jonathan Macy. In 1820, Jonathan, Hannah, and Hepzabeth transferred to Springfield Monthly Meeting, which was located at Economy, Indiana in Wayne Co.

According to her grandson, Andrew Pierce, Hepzabeth died at Economy in 1824. No record of her burial place has been found.

By strange coincidence, the original settlement northwest of the present town of Economy was called Nantucket, and existed several years before the town of Economy was built. So, Hepzabeth started out at Nantucket, and died at Nantucket, but it was a long and perilous journey, which lasted seventy three years. If she could have written her experiences, and left them for us to read, it would make an interesting story for us.

By Robert A. Pierce

Hepzabeth Macy was born on Nantucket Island in the year 1851. She was named after her mother, whose maiden name was Hepzabeth Worth. Her father, Jethro Macy, was a great grandson of Thomas Macy, who was the first settler of Nantucket Island in 1659. Thomas Macy came from Chilmark, England, and settle in massachusetts, probably between 1635 and 1639. In order to excape religious persecution in Massachusetts, Macy and several other men purchased Nantucket Island from Macy's cousin, Thomas Mayhew. Thomas macy and his family were the first white settlers to go to nantucket, sailing around Cape Cod in a small boat. Others soon followed.

After building their homes, and farming the land on Nantucket, they began venturing out to sea, and the whaling industry led them into a fleet of merchant ships. After selling whale oil and other products in Europe, they returned with ships laden with merchandise, which was warehoused on nantucket, and distributed along the eastern seaboard. eventually, other products replaced whale oil, and it became necessary to find other means of making a living. many of them migrated to North Carolina. Along with the Macys, came the Worths, Folgers, Swains, Starbucks and many others.

In 1773, when Hepzabeth was a young girl, about 22 years old, her parents migrated from Nantucket to Guilford Co., NC. Hepzabeth, along with her parents, became members of New Garden Monthly Meeting of Friends. In 1776, she married Thomas Pierce, who was born in Chester Co., PA, a son of George and Lydia (Roberts) Pierce. Thomas became a member of New Garden Meeting, and some of their children's births were recorded there. There are indications that Thomas Pierce (his name seems to have changed sometime after he got to NC) owned land and lived in other places in NC, Virginia, and eastern Tennessee. we know he bought land in Tennessee, and it was inherited by his family when he died in 1795. In 1816, his son, Isaac (born 1785), bought this land from his mother and borhters and sisters, which we assume they had inherited jointly from their father. Hepzabeth signed the deed with her mark.

Sometime after the death of Thomas, Hepzabeth and her youngest daughter, Hannah, went to Lost Creek Monthly Meeting in Tennessee. Hannah married Jonathan Macy. In 1820, Jonathan, Hannah, and Hepzabeth transferred to Springfield Monthly Meeting, which was located at Economy, Indiana in Wayne Co.

According to her grandson, Andrew Pierce, Hepzabeth died at Economy in 1824. No record of her burial place has been found.

By strange coincidence, the original settlement northwest of the present town of Economy was called Nantucket, and existed several years before the town of Economy was built. So, Hepzabeth started out at Nantucket, and died at Nantucket, but it was a long and perilous journey, which lasted seventy three years. If she could have written her experiences, and left them for us to read, it would make an interesting story for us.

By Robert A. Pierce

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