Pierce Family

First Generation

James L. PIERCE was born 20 JUL 1823 possibly in RI. Family history says he is James L. Pierce or Pearce b 20 Jul 1823. His middle name could have been "Leroy" based on family naming patterns).

The IGI has these James' with the correct birth date according to Lillian Pierce Bailey's notes:

James Gillmor PIERCE
Birth: 20 Jul 1823 Franklin, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Father: Israel PIERCE
Mother: Eliza Ann RICHARDSON
Batch number: C500371


Christening: 20 JUL 1823 Dawley Magna, Shropshire, England
Batch No.: C008592

He married Elvira BRAYMAN (Alt. spelling Bramer - Braman according to Lillian Pierce Bailey's notes) about 1841. Elvira was born possibly in RI about 1822/24.

James PIERCE and Elvira BRAYMAN had the following children:

i. Marcus Morton PIERCE was born 19 SEP 1842 in Woonsocket, Providence Co., RI.

ii. Mary L or J PIERCE b. abt 1844 in RI.

iii. Ellen T PIERCE b. abt 1845 in Exeter, Washington, RI.

This IGI confirms the first names of parents:

Birth: 1845 - Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island
Mother: ELVIRA
Batch No.: C501933 1765 - 1850


· From 1850 RI Census: The 3 children and Elvira are found living with a William A. CORY family in Cumberland, Providence Co., RI

William W Cory, 27, farmer, RI...[1823]
[sic] Alvira Cory, 27, RI...[1823]
Marcus M Pierce, 7, RI...[1843]
Mary L.J. Pierce, 5, RI...[1845]
Ellen T Pierce, 4, RI...[1846]
William W Cory, 11/12, RI...[1849]

· From the Barbour Collection Connecticut Vital Records Windham County, CT

Elvira, m. William A. Corey, Feb. 8, 1849, by Fred Hovey, J.P.; 2; 228

More about William Corey:

· William A Corry - Civil War Service Record:

Enlisted as a Wagoner on 09 August 1862 in Binghamton, NY at the age of 40 Enlisted in Company E, 109th Infantry Regiment New York on 09 August 1862 Transferred on 16 November 1863 Transfered in Regiment RC on 16 November 1863 Discharged on 27 June 1865 in Washington, DC [notice that Marcus Pierce also enlisted in the 109th Infantry Regiment New York]

Pension to widow: Elvira W. Corey

Source: New York Report of the Adjutant-General. (NYRoster) Published in 1894-1906

· From the 1880 PA Census:

William A. COREY, Self, Married, Male, White, 58, born RI, Laborer
Father's birth place: RI
Mother's birth place: RI

Elvira W. COREY, Wife, Married, Female, White, 59, born RI, Keeping House
Father's birth place: RI
Mother's birth place: RI

Minnie E. GORDEN, Dau, Married, Female, White, 34, born MA
Father's birth place: RI
Mother's birth place: RI

Emma A. MITCHELL, Other, Single, Female, White, 16, born PA, Servant
Father's birth place: PA
Mother's birth place: PA

Lilian A. PIERCE, GDau, Single, Female, White, 12, born PA, At Home
Father's birth place: RI [Marcus Pierce]
Mother's birth place: PA [Amanda Hallowell]

Miles SPENCER, Other, Single, Male, White, 30, born PA, Farmer
Father's birth place: PA
Mother's birth place: PA

Thomas LOACH, Other, Single, Male, White, 30, born ENG, Moulder
Father's birth place: ENG
Mother's birth place: ENG
Byron ALDRICH, Other, Single, Male, White, 35 born ENG, Farmer
Father's birth place: ENG
Mother's birth place: ENG

Source Information:
Census Place: Scanton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania
Family History Library Film: 1255139
NA Film Number: T9-1139
Page Number: 326B

Second Generation

special thanks to Betty Shaffer for these photos

Marcus Morton PIERCE (James L.) was born in Woonsocket, Providence Co., RI September 19, 1842. Marcus died December 6, 1882 in Liberty Twp., Valley Co., NE, at 40 years of age.

He married (1) HALLOWELL, Amanda M. in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA, about 1865. Amanda was born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA April 1849. She was the daughter of HALLOWELL, Rifford R. (Quaker, s/o Joseph) and MEIRIO, Amanda. Amanda died September 13, 1873 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA.

PIERCE, Marcus Morton and HALLOWELL, Amanda M. had the following children:

i. Lillian Amanda PIERCE was born in Brideshead, Philadelphia Co., PA August 17, 1867. Lillian died April 30, 1957 in Chehalis, Lewis Co., WA, at 89 years of age. She married BAILEY, David Jackson in Liberty Township, Valley Co., NE, October 27, 1884. David was born in Moravia, Appanoose Co., IA November 19, 1865.

ii. Charles M PIERCE b. 10 MAR 1869 RI

iii. Luella O. PIERCE b. 17 MAR 1873 RI

He married (2) NARY, Anna in Pennsylvania, about 1875 after HALLOWELL, Amanda Merrio died .

PIERCE, Marcus Morton and NARY, Anna had the following children:

i. PIERCE, Fredrick M. was born in Rhode Island June 15, 1878. Fredrick died April 11, 1893 in Valley Co., NE, at 14 years of age. buried Park Cemetery, Liberty Twp., Valley Co., IA.

ii. PIERCE, Albert W. was born September 17, 1882; d. 9 Feb 1956


· From Rhode Island Census, 1740-1890:

1850 PIERCE, MARCUS M. Providence County RI 113 Cumberland
Federal Population Schedule RI 1850 Census Index RIS6a2271544

1870 PIERCE, MARCUS Providence County RI 381 Providence 3rd Ward
Federal Population Schedule RI 1870 Census Index RI53729719

· Marcus served in the military during the Civil War [GAR] - Co. E 109 NY Infantry. He enlisted August 9, 1862 . He was a Corporal. He was discharged June 4, 1865

· From American Civil War Research Database, Soldiers:

Marcus M Pierce
Enlist Date - Enlist Place - Enlist Rank - Enlist Age
09 August 1862 - Binghampton, NY - Corpl - 19

· From New York: Report of the Adjutant-General, Published by on 1894-1906:

Promoted to Full Private (Reduced to ranks)
Served New York
Enlisted E Co. 109th Inf Reg. NY Mustered Out at Delaney House, DC on 04 June 1865

· From Rhode Island Births, 1636-1930:


Charles M. Pierce s/o Marcus M. Pierce and Amanda Pierce 10 Mar 1869

Luella O Pierce d/o Marcus M Pierce and Amanda M Pierce 17 Mar 1873

--- Pierce s/o Marcus M Pierce and Annie Pierce 15 Jun 1878

· From Rhode Island Deaths, 1630-1930:

Amanda M Pierce w/o Marcus M Pierce, related to Lottie Pieczentkowsky, d. 13 Sep 1873 - 25 yrs

Luella O Pierce d/o Marcus M Pierce & Amanda M Pierce, d. 05 Sep 1873 - 5 mos

· From Round Park Cemetery, Liberty Township, Valley Co., Ne. - Plat NE1/4 NW1/4 Sec 8. - 1980:

PIERCE, Frederick M, son of M.M., Jun 15, 1878 - Apr 11, 1893

PIERCE, Marcus M., Sep 19, 1842 - Dec 1882

PIERCE, M.M, Co E 109th N.Y. Infantry