Clarice Selina Pearce

Clarice Selina Pearce

b: 17 FEB 1837
d: 7 AUG 1923
Effie Irene Pearce's scrapbook includes a studio photo of Clarice Pearce taken about 1870, on the same page as one of her father and of his grandson J W E Pearce, in which she looks rather as if she has Down's Syndrome, but it is so badly scratched that it impossible to tell.

On another page there is a photo (perhaps from a printed prospectus) of "Hazelhurst Collegiate School, Weston Super Mare;" with a handwritten note on it 'Aunt Clarice Pearce' while underneath it is written 'Summer term,' with no year given and no explanation. Another photo on the same page is dated 1914, so if that is the year by then Clarice Pearce would have been about 64 - rather old to be teaching, unless she was the headmistress.

The only other reference to her in the scrapbook is a black-edged note of her death:
"In Loving Memory of Clarice Selina Pearce, Who entered into Rest, August 7th, 1923, Aged 72 years"
"So He Giveth His Beloved Sleep"

Euphemia Isabella Chaplin contributed a poem (as she often did) to the scrapbook on the same page which was also dated August 1923, so may have been about Clarice, but contains it no clues:

"So Angel-guarded may'st thou tread
The narrow path which few may find,
And at the end look back, nor dread,
To count the vanished years behind,
And pray that she whose hand doth trace
This heart-warm hope - when life is past -
May meet and know thy long lost face
In God's own glorious light at last". If she died in 1923 aged 72 (which she did), she must have been born in 1851, not 1837.

Douglas Grant Pearce confirms that the censuses make her birth 1851. He writes: She was a school governess with Priscilla and Emma in 1881, co-principal in 1891. In 1901, she was the principal of a girl’s school in Wales. She died in 1923, leaving an estate of 212 pounds, 20 shillings, and 11 pence to Edith May Pearce, spinster, daughter of Lemuel Callaway Pearce. 1891 Census:

2 Snowdon Road, Chard, Somerset:

Priscilla E Pearce Head 61 Principal of school Born Gloucestershire, Bristol
Emma Pearce Cousin 58 Principal of school Born Gloucestershire, Bristol
Margaret Pearce Sister 42 Teacher Born Gloucestershire, Bristol
Clarice Pearce Sister 40 Principal of school Born Gloucestershire, Bristol
Miriam Clarke 28 Governess Yorshire, Goole

and another governess, servants, scholars, total 12 people.
  • 17 FEB 1837 - Birth -
  • 7 AUG 1923 - Death - ; Weston Super Mare
  • 1881 - Fact -
James Pearce
1785 - 21 JUN 1867
James Pearce , Jr
16 MAR 1806 - 14 MAY 1888
Elizabeth Phillips
1781 - 19 MAR 1853
Clarice Selina Pearce
17 FEB 1837 - 7 AUG 1923
William Callaway
- 23 FEB 1827
Priscilla Susan Callaway
19 NOV 1806 - 25 AUG 1881
Margarett Moore
- 31 JAN 1845
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) James Pearce , Jr
Birth16 MAR 1806
Death14 MAY 1888
Marriage26 JUL 1828to Priscilla Susan Callaway at St Paul's, City of Bristol
FatherJames Pearce
MotherElizabeth Phillips
PARENT (F) Priscilla Susan Callaway
Birth19 NOV 1806
Death25 AUG 1881
Marriage26 JUL 1828to James Pearce , Jr at St Paul's, City of Bristol
FatherWilliam Callaway
MotherMargarett Moore
MAlfred George Pearce
Birth24 APR 1847
Death1 JAN 1848
MLemuel Callaway Pearce
Birth22 JAN 1841
Death11 MAY 1900
Marriage1 DEC 1863to Elizabeth Jane Goffe at Holy Trinity, City of Bristol
MWilliam Callaway Pearce
Birth2 AUG 1836
Death12 DEC 1878
Marriage1862to Martha Wakefield
MJames Pearce
Birth11 JUN 1833
Death18 FEB 1890
FMartha Callaway Pearce
Birth8 DEC 1830
Death31 JUL 1832
FPriscilla Elizabeth Pearce
Birth8 AUG 1829
Death20 OCT 1901
MHenry Edward Pearce
Birth15 SEP 184317 Hillgrove St (?), St Paul's, Ashley, Clifton, Bristol (Name of road is not very clear on Birth Certificate)
Death7 DEC 1927Toronto, Canada.
Marriage10 MAR 1863to Harriet Georgina (Hattie) Hurst at Parish Church of St Paul's, Bristol. Henry was living in the parish and Hattie was living in St James's, Bristol
FMargarette Ann Pearce
Birth26 SEP 1848
FClarice Selina Pearce
Birth17 FEB 1837
Death7 AUG 1923Weston Super Mare
[S5664] Pearce and Callaway family bibles in possession of JAC Pearce
[S17180] 1881 Census