Pierce, Mail W., was born in the town of Middlefield, Otsego county, N. Y., in 1826. a son of John and Mariette (Runnels) Pierce, natives of New York. Mr. Pierce came with his parents to Erie county, where they remained for three years, thence to Niagara county, settling in the town of Hartland. In 1857 they moved to Michigan, where John Pierce bought a farm and remained there until his death, which occurred December 18, 1867. M. W. Pierce returned to Hartland in a short time and engaged in farming, which has been his lifelong vocation. He attended school for a short time while in Michigan, and finished his education in the public schools of Hartland. He was first married to Nancy Chapman, daughter of Daniel and Lucinda Chapman, and to this union were born three children: Ida, now Mrs. George Gill, born in November, 1852, and is the mother of two children, Burt and Murt; Fred was born in 1859, and married Hannah Seward of Holland; she was born in 1857, and is a daughter of Thomas and Ann Seward, they have one son, Frank, born in 1880, and one daughter, Ida Pearl, born June 25, 1889, died October 27, 1889. Mr. Pierce married Martha Carpenter for his second wife, a daughter of John H. and Elizabeth Carpenter. Her father was born May 2, 1790, and her mother November 25, 1794, both now deceased. There were four sons and four daughters in this family, of whom the four sons are dead; the daughters are Phoebe, Mrs. Northrup, resides in Adrian, Mich.; Eunice, Mrs. Thurber, resides in Dover, Mich.; Elsie Ann, Mrs. Hagaman, resides in Fairfield, Mich., and Martha, Mrs. Pierce, born June 29, 1836, and was first married to John A. Marshall of Fairfield, Mich., April 2, 1857, and had two children by her first husband: Anabella, born October 4, 1858, died January 6, 1860; George B. Marshall, born June 4, 1861, married Arvilla Mason of Fairfield, Mich., June 17, 1881, and had one son, John E., born April 20, 1883, died in 1885. Mr. Pierce's brother, Norman, was born in 1853. and resides in Lenawee county, Mich. His wife was Eliza Remington, who died of heart failure. Mr. Pierce has been school trustee and served his district faithfully. He has a fine home and has a windmill and a tank holding 150 barrels of water, from which he waters his stock and the plants of two very large and fine green houses. Mrs. Pierce is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and active in church work.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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