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Pierce Mothershead Family Ties

Samuel T. Mothershead & Ella Swain

Please bear in mind that all information is always susceptible to errors, though I have verified as much as possible with research.

Samuel T. Mothershead was the younger brother of my grandmother, Anna Belle Mothershead Pierce. Born in Jefferson County Missouri, after he married Samuel moved his family out West. Most of the information below is generously contributed by Samuel's great-grandson, John Samuel Mothershead, who is my second cousin once removed.

If you're a long-lost cousin or old family friend and would like to share information, photos, or swap tall tales, we'd love to hear from you! Please be sure to put the names PIERCE or MOTHERSHEAD in your subject line - I delete email from screen names I don't know without even opening it since I get horrendous amounts of junk mail!  

  • Samuel Tilden born: 23 September 1872, De Soto MO
    died: January 1963, Portland, OR ["Samuel was blown into a car during the Columbus Day Storm (12 October 1962), breaking his hip. He died not long after that, perhaps in early 1963. [ref: John S. Mothershead]
    married: 21 September 1898 to Ella R. Swain
    occupation: He was a partner in a newspaper in Burns, OR, for two years, was a deputy sheriff, deputy assessor and county clerk (Harney County), hearing judge for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). He also had a real estate and abstract business. [ref: John S. Mothershead]
    father: Willis F. Mothershead   mother: Melissa Wiley
  • Ella R. Swain born: ca 1872, MO
    father: mother:


    • Mildred Mothershead born:
    • John Swain Mothershead born: ca1902
      died: died of complications related to diabetes about 1947
      married: Ruth M. Moritz
      • John Stanley Mothershead born: born 17 January 1931, Milwaukie, WI
        • John Samuel Mothershead
    • Frank C. Mothershead

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