Monday, February 25, 2008

Francis S. Pierce household - Wayne and Madison Cos. IN

The Francis S. PIERCE household appears in the 1860 census of Centre Twp., Wayne Co., IN and the 1870 census of Lafayette Twp., Madison Co., IN. Francis was my maternal 4th great grandfather, the son of Gordon and Thirsa (SMALLEY) PIERCE.

In the 1860 census of Wayne Co., the surname was enumerated as PEARCE. Francis was a 53 year old Farmer, born in Connecticut, with real estate valued at $4000 and a personal estate valued at $400. His wife Rebecca, was aged 53 and born in New Jersey. Children listed in the household included Albert, aged 20, Margaret, aged 19, Minerva, aged 13, and Almira, aged 10; all born in Indiana.

In the 1870 census of Madison Co., Francis was enumerated as F. PIERCE, aged 64, a Farmer with real estate valued at $7200 and a personal estate valued at $1500; born in New York. His wife Rebecca, aged 63, was also born in New York. A William PIERCE, aged 17, born in New York, was living with the family as a farm hand. I believe that this was Francis' nephew, the son of Royal and Juliet (MORTON) PIERCE.

Francis S. PIERCE b. June 8, 1806 Vermont, d. August 5, 1881 Wayne Co., IN., m. October 25, 1831 Wayne Co., IN to Rebecca PAGE. Rebecca b. August 18, 1806 New Jersey, d. June 26, 1893 Wayne Co., IN.

Known children of Francis S. and Rebecca (PAGE) PIERCE are as follows :
i. John PIERCE b. ca. 1831 Indiana, d. before 1832 Indiana
ii. John PIERCE b. ca. 1833 Indiana, d. before 1840 Indiana
iii. David PIERCE b. ca. 1833 Indiana, d. before 1840 Indiana
iv. Henry Aldred PIERCE b. October 10, 1833 Piqua, OH, d. after June 1, 1880 Madison Co., IN, m. Scineathy SINELSOR.
v. Francis N. PIERCE b. July 25, 1835 Indiana, m. Susan MOORE
vi. Edmund G. PIERCE b. April 30, 1837 Wayne Co., IN., d. January 8, 1875 Madison Co., IN., m.(1) Lydia DUELL; m(2) Catherine GROENENDYKE.
vii. Albert Orlando PIERCE b. June 2, 1839 Wayne Co., IN, d. after 1920 census, m(1) Elizabeth Williams PIKE, m(2) Sarah S. WILSON
viii. Margaret P. PIERCE b. October 17, 1840 Indiana, m. William Henry Harrison SOMMERS
ix. Amanda P. PIERCE b. December 20, 1842 Indiana, d. February 22, 1845 Indiana
x. Minerva PIERCE b. December 6, 1846 Indiana, d. August 31, 1902 Elwood, Madison Co., IN., m. Daniel SIGLER
xi. Almira P. PIERCE b. March 8, 1849 Indiana, d. 1926 Madison Co., IN., m. Andrew Jackson SIGLER.
xii. Emma P. PIERCE b. February 20, 1851 Indiana, d. August 15, 1853 Indiana


Anonymous said...

Francis Steven Pierce and Rebecca Page were my great-great-great grandparents. Francis Nelson Pierce and Susan Matilda Moore are buried in Genoa, NE. Francis'brother Henry Eldred Pierce was married to Simeathy Smelser daughter of Adam and Sarah Smelser. I have a copy of his obit. Francis and Susan lived in a home south of Grand Island, NE. An old picture shows them on their 58th anniversary. Some info I have also says 1875 is not the date Gordon died, he would have been 102. Do you have verification of his death date? I do have a copy of the marriage certificate for Francis and Susan and the last name was spelled Pearce.

Travis LeMaster said...

My source for Gordon's death date is the "Pierce Genealogy" by Frederick Beech Pierce (1882). I have also seen a death date of 1861 from another searcher.

What is your source showing the middle name of Francis as Steven? I've seen that on the internet, nowhere else. With his mother's maiden name being Smalley, I had assumed that may be what the "S." stood for.

Would be interested in obtaining a copy of Henry's obituary and sharing other information.