The Francis S. PIERCE household appears in the 1860 census of Centre Twp., Wayne Co., IN and the 1870 census of Lafayette Twp., Madison Co., IN. Francis was my maternal 4th great grandfather, the son of Gordon and Thirsa (SMALLEY) PIERCE.
In the 1860 census of Wayne Co., the surname was enumerated as PEARCE. Francis was a 53 year old Farmer, born in Connecticut, with real estate valued at $4000 and a personal estate valued at $400. His wife Rebecca, was aged 53 and born in New Jersey. Children listed in the household included Albert, aged 20, Margaret, aged 19, Minerva, aged 13, and Almira, aged 10; all born in Indiana.
In the 1870 census of Madison Co., Francis was enumerated as F. PIERCE, aged 64, a Farmer with real estate valued at $7200 and a personal estate valued at $1500; born in New York. His wife Rebecca, aged 63, was also born in New York. A William PIERCE, aged 17, born in New York, was living with the family as a farm hand. I believe that this was Francis' nephew, the son of Royal and Juliet (MORTON) PIERCE.
Francis S. PIERCE b. June 8, 1806 Vermont, d. August 5, 1881 Wayne Co., IN., m. October 25, 1831 Wayne Co., IN to Rebecca PAGE. Rebecca b. August 18, 1806 New Jersey, d. June 26, 1893 Wayne Co., IN.
Known children of Francis S. and Rebecca (PAGE) PIERCE are as follows :
i. John PIERCE b. ca. 1831 Indiana, d. before 1832 Indiana
ii. John PIERCE b. ca. 1833 Indiana, d. before 1840 Indiana
iii. David PIERCE b. ca. 1833 Indiana, d. before 1840 Indiana
iv. Henry Aldred PIERCE b. October 10, 1833 Piqua, OH, d. after June 1, 1880 Madison Co., IN, m. Scineathy SINELSOR.
v. Francis N. PIERCE b. July 25, 1835 Indiana, m. Susan MOORE
vi. Edmund G. PIERCE b. April 30, 1837 Wayne Co., IN., d. January 8, 1875 Madison Co., IN., m.(1) Lydia DUELL; m(2) Catherine GROENENDYKE.
vii. Albert Orlando PIERCE b. June 2, 1839 Wayne Co., IN, d. after 1920 census, m(1) Elizabeth Williams PIKE, m(2) Sarah S. WILSON
viii. Margaret P. PIERCE b. October 17, 1840 Indiana, m. William Henry Harrison SOMMERS
ix. Amanda P. PIERCE b. December 20, 1842 Indiana, d. February 22, 1845 Indiana
x. Minerva PIERCE b. December 6, 1846 Indiana, d. August 31, 1902 Elwood, Madison Co., IN., m. Daniel SIGLER
xi. Almira P. PIERCE b. March 8, 1849 Indiana, d. 1926 Madison Co., IN., m. Andrew Jackson SIGLER.
xii. Emma P. PIERCE b. February 20, 1851 Indiana, d. August 15, 1853 Indiana