John Harwood Pierce
Sometime after the 1889 publication of Fredrick Clifton Pierce's genealogy, John wrote a small booklet of his own entitled, "Genealogy of the Pierce Family."
The first six generations of this genealogy merely paraphrase information found in the Fredrick Clifton Pierce genealogy. But the document gives completely new information about the 7th and 8th generations, and therefore the verbatim text of these two generations is given in full, below. It provides a treasure of names leading to further genealogical research. In this document, John tells about his grandparents and parents, and gives detailed information on all living and recently deceased relatives.
The first few pages of this genealogy summarize information found in Fredrick Clifton Pierce, "Pierce Genealogy Being the Record of the Posterity of Capt. Michael, John and Capt. William Pierce" (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1889) concerning John's particular family line. That book, and John's genealogy show John Harwood Pierce descending from Captain Michael Pierce as follows:
John's genealogy adds detailed information about his grandfather and father. These 7th and 8th Pierce family generations are given in full below:
(Gen. 7th) JOHN JAMES PIERCE born Apri. 14, 1801. Married Fanny Harwood. Fanny Harwood has a brother living at Utica N.Y. John James Pierce died, Oct. 8, 1870. This marriage of John J. and Fanny Harwood was consummated somewhere in the Green Mountains District. Children: Harwood, Henry M. (who formerly lived at Elk Point, S. D.), Maria, Mary, Benjamin, Julia C. (who married Robert Bulmer and lived at Rose Forrester Falls, Canada), John J., Harvey A. and Henry M. (who served in the Union Army and suffered serious wounds.)
In November of 2007, Charles Albert Lynds (great-grandson of Clarissa Matilda Pierce Smith), forwarded a genealogical document to Barbara Case (granddaughter of John Harwood Perice) that had been in the hands of his family. This document was probably created by Clarissa's son Walter. It matched verbatim the document quoted above in John Harwood Pierce's papers; however, Lynds' document had one difference. It had a (Gen. 9) included at the end giving information about the life of Clarissa. Here below is that 9th generation of the Pierce family tree as found in the Smith/Lynds family archives:
(Gen. 9th) CLARISSA MATILDA PIERCE was born in Waltham, Pontiac Co. Quebec, July 3, 1845 [see note 1, below]. In company with her mother she removed to Ionia, Nebraska, in 1866 [see note 2, below]. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She married Charles H. Smith, of Ionia, Nebr., in 1862. Eight children were born. Nothwithstanding the fact that the envirronment was rough she succeeded in binding her children to her and kept them true to the highest standards. At Ionia the nearest neighbors were 25 miles distant. Foodstuffs had to be hauled by teams from Sioux City, Iowa, 35 miles away. Cloths were provided for the first born children by carding, spinning, and weaving within the household. Notwithstanding the heavy burdens incident to pioneer life Mrs. Smith was enabled to keep her children in school and make her home the social center of the rural community. Games were provided for the younger children while the long winter envenings were occupied by the older members of the family in reading aloud the best books the times afforded.
Note 1: The July 3, 1845 date of birth for Clarissa is probably incorrect. More likely, the year was 1844 as Clarissa gave her age as 35 on the June 22, 1880 census. Various documents give her birthdate at July 3 or 31, the exact day is unknown.
Note 2: This date of arrival in Ionia is surely wrong. Ionia was not purchased as a townsite untill 1858, and was not settled until 1859. She does not appear to be living in Ionia in the 1860 census. It would therefore seem that she arrived in Ionia sometime shortly after the 1860 census.
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Last Updated (BC), 11/02/07