Friday, July 08, 2011

Pierpont Family in Indianapolis

In beginning to find out more about the early days of Harry PIERPONT, I've been trying to find out when exactly the family moved from Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana to Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.  

Harry (b. 1902) was born in Muncie, and I believe that younger brother Fred (b. 1906) was as well.  The Delaware County, Indiana GenWeb page lists vital records of the county showing a male born to Gilbert and Lena (ORCUTT) PIERPONT on July 5, 1906 in Delaware County.  This should be Fred, so that places the family still in Muncie by mid-1906.  Need a research trip to Muncie to obtain the copy of Fern, Harry and Fred's birth certificates.

Polk's Indianapolis City Directory, 1911
While searching for details on the PIERPONT family's life in Indianapolis, I came across this entry for the family in Polk's 1911 Directory of the city located at  Here I find the family listed as follows:

Pierpont  Gilbert J. lab, h 1234 Lee
[From directory index : lab = laborer; h = house] 

Other PIERPONTS listed in the same 1911 directory include:

Pierpont Clarence M, lab, 1011 S Harding
Pierpont Ezra, lab, b 1141 McLain
Pierpont John E, woodwkr, h 615 Warren av.
Pierpont John T, lab, h 1141 McLain 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

In the 1910 census, the Gilbert PIERPONT family was listed at 1145 McLain Street, just 4 doors down from John T. PIERPONT at 1141 McLain Street.  Gilbert was listed as a woodworker in a carriage factory.

The John T. PIERPONT who lived at 1141 McLain in the 1910 census was the father of Joseph Gilbert PIERPONT.  He and his wife, Hettie, were both born in Kentucky, and were parents of 7 children, all of whom were living.  In 1910, those living with them included son Ezra, age 19; son Frank, age 17; and daughter Edith, age 12.

In the 1900 census, the John T. PIERPONT family was in Center Township, Delaware County, Indiana.  He and his wife, Hester A., were both born in Kentucky, and were the parents of 8 children, 7 of whom were living.  In 1900, those living with them included daughter Birthey L., age 22; son Edward L., age 15; son John E., age 12; son Martin E., age 9; son Francis H., age 7; and daughter Eadith H, age 4. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.

The family was living at 244 Hoyt Avenue in Muncie, Indiana:

I've not yet been able to pinpoint exactly when the families made the move to Indianapolis, but I did some entries in city directories worthy of further study.

Polk's 1904 Indianapolis City Directory
In the 1904 directory, there is only one PIERPONT listed, a Wm E., grocer at 339 Indiana avenue, who has a home at 417 N. Senate Avenue.  I do not know of any relationship yet to Harry's family.  Unfortunately, this 1904 directory was the only one I've found yet between the time period of Fred's birth and the 1910 census.  Will have to look for them on-site at a library.

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