Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Mount Desert Island Families — Pierce

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(updated 24 July 2014)

Welcome to the Pierce genealogy. Family units are arranged alphabetically by the first name of the father (or single-parent mother). Links are provided to enable you to move up and down each lineage. To follow a line back in time (ancestors), click on the underlined portion of "(son of ...)" or "(dau. of ...)" beneath the name of the person you want to trace back. To follow a line forward in time (descendants), click on the name of the person whose offspring you want to see. A plus sign (+) following a name means that that person had one or more children, but that family group has not been added to this web page. A link to documentation and notes, when available, is given below each family.

All information, especially source material, for inclusion in this web page should be sent to museum@mdihistory.org or mailed to "Mount Desert Island Genealogy; Mount Desert Island Historical Society; P. O. Box 653; Mount Desert, ME 04660". And, of course, please report all errors.

If you wish to explore a different surname, click here for the current list of surnames.






Census records are notorious for variant spellings of names. However, both Pierce and Peirce are in current use. Until it is clear which of the spellings in the census record are due to census taker error and which are due to actual differences in usage, no attempt has been made below to sort out which spelling goes with which lineage. All families are listed below alphabetically by the first name of the male parent.

The earliest census records for Mount Desert Island that listed a Pierce as a "head of family" were the 1810 census of the town of Eden, which reported a John Peirce household with John (age 26–45) as the sole member, and the 1810 census of the town of Mount Desert, which reported a Thomas Pierce household with 6 members. (Note that these 6 did not all have to be Pierces.) Subsequent years reported the following households, all in the town of Mount Desert.
1820: Thomas Pierce (8 residents including Thomas)
1830: James Pierce (9)
1837: Hiram Peirce (6), Thomas Peirce (5), Thomas Peirce Jr. (3)
1840: Hiram Pierce (6), Thomas Pierce (4), Thomas Pierce Jr. (5)
Until the 1850 census, individuals members of a household were reported only by a number in a category (e.g., "3 females under 10").

The only Pierces reported to be living on Mount Desert Island in 1850 were the Ezekiel Pierce family (see below) and Emery E. Pierce, and 11-year-old boy living with a Green family, probably in the Seal Harbor area of the town of Mount Desert. He was still with them in 1860.

   

Alvah H. Pierce
   (son of John M. Pierce and Hannah Elizabeth Campbell)
   b. April 1861   Maine
   m. 20 y. as of 1910 census
         Lenora J. [...]
               b. October 1868   Maine

children:
   Chancy J. Pierce   b. December 1890   Maine
   Marie B. Pierce   b. February 1893   Maine

documentation and notes

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Daniel Pierce
   (son of Roger Pierce and Ruth Eliot)
   b. 18 March 1934   Boston, Massachusetts
   m. 20 June 1955
         May Parker "Polly" Harding
   d. 4 July 2014

children:
   Sara W. Pierce
   Daniel Pierce Jr.
   Matthew V. Pierce
   Samuel Piercee

documentation and notes

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Ezekiel Pierce
   (son of [...])
   b. age 72 y., 4 m. at death   Mount Desert, Maine
   m. (1) Sarah Kief
               b. age 53 y., 6 m. at death   Eden [now Bar Harbor], Maine
               d. 15 September 1875
                     bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
         (2) Margaret A. [...]
                  b. age 76 y., 8 m., 20 d. at death   Maine
                  d. 26 December 1912
                        bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   d. 7 December 1890
         bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

children by Sarah Kief:
   George E. Pierce   b. 1846   Maine   -   m. (1) Nellie M. [...] (d. before 1900);   (2) Mary M. [...]   -   d. 1915   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   William Pierce   b. age 2 y. as of 1850 census   Maine   -   m. 15 y. as of 1910 census   [Lovisa or Louisa?] [...]
   Walden P. Pierce   b. 1850   Maine   -   m. (1) Nellie F. [...];   (2) 12 y. as of 1910 census   Bertha L. (Noyce) Donnald [Donnell?]   -   d. 1932   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Thomas M. Pierce   b. age 4 y., 2 m. at death   -   d. 10 September 1856   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, ME
   Olive A. Pierce   b. age 9 m., 21 d. at death   -   d. 12 May 1856   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Stillman I. Pierce   b. age 30 y., 11 m. at death   Maine   -   d. 2 April 1888   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Theodore Berton Pierce   b. age 33 y., 2 m., 2 d. at death   Seal Harbor, Mount Desert, Maine   -   m. [...]   -   d. 28 April 1892   Seal Harbor, Mount Desert, Maine   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Deert, Maine
children by Margaret A. [...]:
   Thomas M. Pierce   b. Auguet 1878   Maine
   Augustus V. Pierce   b. age 9 m., 20 d. at death   -   d. 21 June 1882   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

documentation and notes

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George E. Pierce
   (son of Ezekiel Pierce and Sarah Kief)
   b. 1846   Maine
   m. (1) Nellie M. [...]
               b. age 33 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
               d. before 1900 census
         (2) Mary M. [...]
                     b. 1850   Maine
   d. 1915
         bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

children by Nellie M.:
   Mary L. Pierce   b. age 8 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   Olive A. Pierce   b. age 5 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   Linwood Vinal Pierce   b. age 1 y. as of 1880 census   Maine   -   m. 16 October 1904   Jennie G. Black   -   died at sea 1 June 1921
   Haley W. Pierce   b. January 1880   Maine
   Merton Pierce   b. November 1883   Maine

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John M. Pierce
   (son of [...])
   b. August 1839   Maine
   m. Hannah Elizabeth Campbell
            (dau. of John Campbell and Margaret [...])
            b. October 1842   Maine

children:
   Alvah H. Pierce   b. April 1861   Maine   -   m. 20 y. as of 1910 census   Lenora J. [...]
   Albertina Pierce   b. age 2 y. as of 1870 census   Maine

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Joseph H. Pierce
   (son of [...])
   b. age 30 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   m. Matilda [...]
            b. age 28 y. as of 1870 census   Maine

children:
   John W. Pierce   b. age 4 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Clara E. Pierce   b. age 2 y. as of 1870 census   Maine

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Linwood Vinal Pierce
   (son of George E. Pierce and Nellie M. [...])
   b. age 1 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   m. 16 October 1904
         Jennie G. Black
               b. age 21 y. as of 1910 census   Maine
   d. died at sea 1 June 1921

children:
   Haroldine Pierce   b. age 5 y. as of 1910 census   Maine
   Armstrong Pierce   b. age 3 y. as of 1910 census   Maine
   Eleanor Pierce   b. age 1 y., 7 m. as of 1910 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Roger Pierce
   (son of [...])
   m. Ruth Eliot
            (dau. of Charles Eliot and [...])

child:
   Daniel Pierce   b. 18 March 1934   Boston, Massachusetts   -   m. 20 June 1955   May Parker "Polly" Harding   -   d. 4 July 2014

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Walden P. Pierce
   (son of Ezekiel Pierce and Sarah [...])
   b. 1850   Maine
   m. (1) Nellie F. Davis
                  (dau. of Daniel Davis and Louisa Hinckley)
                  b. age 28 y., 3 m., 25 d. at death   Seal Harbor, Mount Desert, Maine
                  d. 9 January 1896   Mount Desert, Maine
                        bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
         (2) 28 September 1897
                  Bertha L. (Noyce) Donnald [Donnell?]
                     b. 1864
                     d. 1945
                           bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   d. 1932
         bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

children by Nellie F. Davis:
   Nettie M. Pierce   b. October 1886   Maine   -   m. (1) 20 February 1904   Frank [L. or Z.] Phippen;   (2) 30 April 1917   Harold L. Dow   -   d. 1953   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Hattie V. Pierce   b. November 1888   Maine   -   d. 1910   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Beatrice T. Pierce   b. November 1891   Maine
child by Bertha L. (Noyce) Donnald [Donnell?]:
   Yale E. Pierce   b. 1904   Maine   -   m. 11 December 1937   Bernice L. Ward   -   d. 24 August 1968   Bar Harbor, Maine   -   bur. Seal Harbor Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

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