Genealogy of John Harwood Pierce:
Benjamin Pierce [6th generation] was born July 5, 1777, and
died Dec. 5, 1838. He and his descendants form the sixth American
generation of Pierces in our family tree. His father was Deacon
Benjamin Pierce [5th
Benjamin Pierce [6th generation] was born in Scituate
where he resided until his marriage to Deborah Jones. After their
marriage, the young couple moved to Chesterfield Mass. Benjamin [6th
generation] was a successful businessman. He still owned the family farm
of some 400 acres, and still retained the family saw-mills. In addition,
he owned two stores. His brother Israel assisted him in running the two
In 1794, U.S. forces crushed Indian resistance in the Ohio
region and settlement of Ohio accelerated rapidly after that. Over the
next few years, more than 45,000 settlers moved to Ohio.
Like many others of his day, Benjamin [6th generation] was
fascinated by the stories he heard of the good life in Ohio. He set out
with his family for Ohio, but met misfortune along the way. As a result,
he bought a farm in Constantia, New York where he lived for a number of
In 1832, U.S. troops were victories in the Black Hawk War, and
Indiana and Illinois became the lands of promise.
In 1838, Benjamin
[6th generation] set out again, this time for Indiana. Unfortunately, he
was taken sick on the journey
and died at Miamitown, Ohio on December 5, 1838. He was 61 years old at
the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, Deborah who
continued to live another 6 years until her death, May 7, 1844 at age
As the son of a Congregationalist church Deacon, Benjamin [6th
generation] practiced that faith until he moved to New York. When he
settled in Constantia, New York there were no Congregationalist churchs
nearby, so he joined the Presbyterian church. He and his family
continued to worship in the Presbyterian faith in the years that
- 35. Benjamin Pierce, born July
5, 1777; died (at age 61) Dec. 5, 1838.
- married Deborah Jones on July 8, 1799.
Deborah was born on Jan. 6, 1777, and died (at age 67) May 7, 1844 at
the age of 67. Both she and Benjamin [6th generation] were 22 years old
at the time of their marriage. They had these nine children.
- 45. Henry Pierce. Born Dec. 29,
1806; married Rebecca Tompkins and Mary Fraser.
- 46. Benjamin Pierce. Born May 26, 1812;
married Lusinai Jenkins.
Pierce born April 14, 1801. Married Fanny Harwood.
- 48. Lois Pierce. Born April 10, 1802; died
(at age 57) April 6, 1859. Married Clark Bentley on Feb. 19, 1826. Clark
Bentley was born June 1, 1801 and died (at age 66) Oct 28, 1867. They
resided in Chesterfield, Mass. and had these eight children:
- Martha L. Pierce, born Jan. 28, 1827; died (at age 16)
Sept. 13, 1843.
- Mary C. Pierce, born Sept. 18, 1828; married a
Merrill on Feb. 9, 1849; lived in Marcellus, New York.
- Lois I.
Pierce, born Dec. 20, 1830; married June 12, 1848; died (at age 30) July
- Cyrus H. Pierce, born Oct. 25, 1832; married Jan. 18, 1860;
lived in O'Neil, Nebraska.
- Eliza P. Pierce, born May 8, 1835;
married Jan.12, 1862; died (at age 33) Feb. 14, 1869.
- Clark G.
Pierce, born June 23, 1837; married Dec. 10, 1867; died (at age 36)
April 9, 1873.
- Benjamin P. Pierce, born Sept. 12, 1840; married Oct.
22, 1868; lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
- Martha J. Pierce, born Apr. 26,
1846; married w. G. Perkins, April 1864; lived in Oakland, Illinois.
- 49. Harvey Pierce born
Sept. 26, 1804. Married Sarah Dickerson.
- 50. Nancy Pierce born Aug 30, 1808. Married
Henry M. Hewett and lived in California. She died (at age 91) Oct. 19,
- 51. Jane Pierce born Jan.
20, 1810. Married Dr. John B. Davis. She deied Aug. 5, 1844. They had a
daughter, Sarah J. who married Daniel V. Johnston and lived in
- 52. Deborah
Pierce born May 3, 1814 and died (at age 62) Feb. 16, 1876. Married Aug
3, 1836 to John W. McNaime. John McNaime was born Dec 23, 1814 and died
(at age 62) Sept 13, 1877. They lived in Porkdale, Ontario, Canada and
had these five children:
- James H. Pierce, born Aug.
15, 1837; married Dec. 11, 1861; lived in Toronto, Canada.
- Jane A.
Pierce, born March 27, 1839; married Albert McIntosh Feb. 16, 1861; died
(at age 46) Aug.18, 1885.
- Mary C. Pierce, born May 16, 1841; married
Thomas H. Miller Aug. 4, 1862; died (at age 21) Aug 4, 1862.
B. Pierce, born Sept 25, 1843; married Sept. 6, 1870; lived in Denver,
- Lois A. Pierce, born sept. 6, 1849.
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