Many thanks for details of your family line.
I've also found 10 children of Frederick Piears and Sarah Ann Moore but no indication that there were more.
I've also seen those St Luke's Chelsea parish register entries for Frederick Piers/Piearse, Joseph Pierce, George Piers, Eliza Ann Piers and Edward Piers, and am confident that they are the children of our William and Ann. By the way, Ann's maiden name was 'Ingram'. I've also found 4 more of their children, i.e.
(1)Harriett Ingram - born between 1806 and 1812 in either Gibraltar, London or Harwich (Essex).
(2)William Henry - born 26 April 1808 in Gibraltar.
(3)Louisa Ann - born 28 November 1811 maybe in Harwich.
(4)Thomas Charles - born 9 September 1827 maybe in Chelsea.
Yes, Frederick's Marriage Certificate says that his father William was an Officer in the Army. However William's Army records show that he didn't rise above the rank of Corporal. William died when Frederick was only about 7 years old. Now Frederick did quite well in life and was already a Law Clerk by his mid 20s. Maybe he was brought up to believe that his father was an Officer. Maybe telling people that he was an Officer aided his career? Frederick's son, Frederick Augustus, was also a Law Clerk but went on to become the Chief Clerk with Great Western Railway and had the looks of a grand Victorian gentleman - likely this reflected his upbringing.
So how was William Piears' background found? It was simply that everybody found with the surname Piears was initially traced back to ancestors living in Chelsea. The record of Louisa Ann Piears' baptism was located and this gave William's Army regiment and rank, and this information led to his Army Service papers being found.
There is a little uncertainty regarding William's place of birth - his Discharge Papers state "parish of Virginia in, or near the town of Willmsbuge in the county of King William" whereas Chelsea Hospital Pension records state "Virginia, Williamburgh, Cavan". One suggests the American Colonies whereas the other suggests Ireland. I know that he enlisted while his regiment was stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and therefore I think it was America. I have yet to find any record of his baptism, marriage, or who his parents or relatives were. I'd welcome any thoughts you have on the way forward.
By the way, a guy called 'John Leach' emailed me in 1999. He was researching back through the line King = Went, Went = Winnert, Went = Piears (Sarah Harriet Piears and Thomas Went) - on behalf of a client so I guess he wasn't related himself. Is this line familiar to you? Apparently the 1881 Census lists the children of Thomas and Sarah Harriet Went as Thomas W, Frederick and James. Do you know if they had further children? As you probably know, Thomas Went's father was Robert Went, a carpenter
'Borgeaud' is a very interesting name. Is this your maiden name?
By the way (again!!), I appear to be one of your 3rd cousins, once removed.
By the way (yet again!!!), I live in the UK. Where are you?
Look forward to hearing further from you.
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