Thursday, November 14, 2013

Exploratory Data Analysis: Edward E. Pierce (1900-1900)

Edward E. Pierce (1900-1900) was my maternal great-granduncle.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about him.

1. Vital Records

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Edward was born in March 19001, probably in Madison County, Indiana, according to the 1900 census.  The State of Indiana did not require state-wide registrations of births until 1907.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               If Edward's birth was mentioned in a local newspaper, it has been lost to history.  The Alexandria-Monroe Public Library has newspaper holdings from the early 1900s.  The holdings of the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis do not indicate any newspapers of the time period.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am not aware of any surviving Bible record of the Pierce family.  Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one does exist.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

                I am not aware of any baptismal record for Edward.  The Pierce family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Edward was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

                Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Edward died December 23, 1900 in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana, according to my database.  I do not have a copy of his death certificate.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               If Edward's death had been recording in local newspapers, it has been lost to history.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               A search of Madison County, Indiana funeral home records needs to be done to see if I can locate a record of his burial.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               I do not yet know where Edward is buried.  Many of the Pierce family were buried in the Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1900 Federal Census

               On June 15, 1900, Edward was enumerated in the William F. Pierce household in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana1, as Edward E. Pierce, son, aged 3 months.  He was born March 1900 in Indiana.  Both of his parents were born in Indiana.

     2.2. State Census Records

          The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931.  These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I have not yet investigated these types of records to see what light they might shed on the Pierce family farm.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

     3.2. Pension Records

          Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

           Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

            Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

5. Supplemental Records

      Not applicable, as Edward died in infancy.

Sources:

1. William F. Pierce household, 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana, ED 90, SD 67, sheet 118, dwelling 220, family 235; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 386, page 28.

This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.
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