NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
(I) Francis Pierce, immigrant ancestor of Mrs. Joseph W. Baker and Mrs. I. O. Nellis, was born in England, Sept. 24, 1704. He came to this country with two brothers, Luther and Calvin.
(II) Francis (2), son of Francis (1) Pierce, was born in 1734, and settled in Suffield, Connecticut. He was a soldier in the French and Indian war, and was in the army of General Wolfe at the capture of Quebec. He was in the company of Captain John Wood at Albany in 1756 (Eighth company), and in Captain Samuel Hubbell's company, Fourth Regiment in 1757. He was a sergeant and captain in the Revolution.
In early life he was a school teacher of considerable prominence. One of his pupils, Hon. Gideon Granger, was afterward postmaster-general of the United States from 1801 to 1814.
He married (first) Mary Smith; (second) Mrs. Phebe (Kingsley)Ainsworth, born 1746, died March 3, 1830; married (first) Nathan Ainsworth, born at Woodstock, Conn. in 1740 and died in 1776, a prisoner in the British army.
Childern of first wife:
Luther, Francis, Maria, Elizabeth, Calvin.
Children of second wife:
Prosper, Alvin, mentioned below; Mercy, Hulda, Rebecca (twin of Hulda).
All the ten children were born at Suffield.
(III) Captain Alvin Pierce, son of Frances (2) Pierce, was born at Suffield, Aug. 16, 1782, and died at De Wittville, N.Y. Feb. 26, 1862.
Alvin Jackson, mentioned below, William Burt, Mary, Walter Burt, Mary Kinsley, Torrey Langdon, Rev. Francis Kingley.
(IV) Alvin Jackson, son of Captain Alvin Pierce, was born in Willbraham, Massachusetts, Feb. 3, 1815, and died Oct. 27, 1868. He came with his parents to Herkimer county prior to 1817, and settled at Fairfield, New York.
He married Betsey Weaver (or Weber), and they lived most of their lives in Herkimer county.
They had ten children.
(V) Charles, eldest chld of Alvin Jackson Pierce, was born in 1837, and married in 1856, Jane Dixon, daughter of Philip Dixon, who served through the Mexican war and recieved on account of this service a tract of land in Texas. The land was afterwards sold by his heirs. The eldest daughter of Charles and Jane (Dixon) Pierce, Mary Ann Pierce, married Joseph W. Baker, (see Baker), and Mrs. Baker's sister, Jennie A. Pierce, married Dr. Irving Orlando Nellis of Herkimer. (See Nellis, IV).
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