Book: James City County Keystone of the Commomwealth by McCartney pg 273.
In 1854 Felix Peirce described Burnt Ordinary (a tavern that burnt in the 1700's but the area, no real town, is still called that today, just NW of Williamsburg)as "a healthy, prosperous community" with a post office, churches, and stores. When he advertised (probably a clue for you...look in the VA GAZETTE, published in Williamsburg since the 1700's) for a good shoemaker, a tailor, a blacksmith, and a coachmaker or wheelwright, he expected those he hired to live in the community. Burnt Ordinary had a debating society, which met regularly in the local post office, and the VIRGINIA GAZETTE provided local residents with some intellectual stimulation. The GAZETTE carried advertisements, notices of deaths and marriages.
I found nothing in the book on Pitts though.
The name is spelled PEIRCE in the book. There is also a listing for a Joan and a Capt. William Peirce, husband and wife, in 1629. Capt Peirce was the father-in-law to John Rolfe.
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