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Pierce Genealogy

Pierces At "Goatneck on The Brazos"

Johnson County, Texas SC GA TX

The Descendents of Captain Andrew Jackson Pierce

"Uncle Jack" By LD Pierce

P.O. Box 141314 Dallas TX 75214

800-398-5127 214-630-3993

Email: eztone@hotmail.com

Copyright: Jan. 01, 1999

All Biographies reprinted from Johnson County History Book &

Hansford County History Books Vol. 1 & 2 Reprinted with permission of Copyright Holders Oct 1998

 

 

 

 

Dedication:

I want to dedicate this book to the memory of two persons: The first is my Grandfather Lorenzo Dowell Pierce (LD Pierce) who died in 1971 when I was a junior in High school. He was a great "old" man and quite a character, and remembered the times in Texas before automobiles. He lived with us in his old age, and I shared a room with him, and my parents JL and Juanita Pierce took care of him till he died. The second person I want to dedicate this book to is my mother Juanita Faus Pierce. She passed away in August 1995 of cancer. She inspired me to write. She was a history nut and devoted a lot of time to hosting family reunions, and keeping track of her large family. She urged me to start looking into the Pierce genealogy as early as 1985 but I could not get interested. That too bad because if I had started when she wanted I could have gotten much information from Dee Peterson of "GoatNeck on the Brazos". He passed away in 1990. My search still has uncovered much info about the PierceFamily as presented here.

Thanks to Eddie Force of Russelville Arkansas for making this book possible. If I had not found him and his prior research on the Internet. I probably would not have continued this project. Finding him meant there was more to my family history than I knew. He enouraged me to continue my research. LD PIERCE MARCH 1999

Intro/preface March 01, 1999

Hello Pierce relatives! Here is the second edition of my Pierce Genealogy book. What a 3 � year " whirlwind of knowledge collecting" this has been. I have my desceased mother Juanita Pierce to blame. She is the one who set me on this quest to gather the Pierce history and genealogy prior to her death from cancer in Aug 1995. She had worked periodically on her Faus family tree since 1954, and had hosted many family reunions for that family. It became apparent to me after her death that no one was going to tackle this project, so I bought a computer and began my searching. (I also have a FAUS genealogy book available)

We knew nothing about the Pierces except what was in the Hansford County History Book. My great Uncle Allen Pierce, lots of times, mentioned "Olla Dell", but I really never knew who she was until I found Eddie Force, one of her great nephews, while searching on the internet in 1995 (with my first computer). I do remember Uncle Allen saying that Ola Della was descended from the only other line of Pierce relatives that he knew of. Eddie Force had already been researching the family tree for 13 years, when I contacted him, but did not know anything about LD or Rhoda Pierce’s descendents and little about his own family’s tree. He had been to Spearman, TX and actually met Uncle Allen in person. He had done an immense amount of research, (which myself and a few other cousins are continuing) concerning the Brothers and Sisters of Andrew Jackson Pierce, and his father Rueben Pierce born 1768 in the Old 96 District, Edgefield District, South Carolina.

Oct 21 1998 I received the written permission from the Hansford County Historical Society to reprint the Pierce and Wilbanks and other family biographies contained in their two books History of Hansford County Vol. 1 and 2. I have received permission on Oct 8 1998, from Molly Mimms, the author and copyright holder of the Johnson County History Book, to reprint Biographies and other information from her book. I want to thank both of these organizations for their cooperation in making this a more readable book, than it would have otherwise have been!

All the information concerning the descendents of LD Pierce Sr. and Jr., and much of the Rhoda Pierce Wilbanks info is of my own information and knowledge of my own family. I have received no response in requesting information from the descendents of George Taylor Pierce, of the Alice Texas area. He was my grandfather’s brother. I only have the basic outline of their tree. 10-29-98 I have finally got most of their addresses and mailed them information and family group sheets today. Nov 24 1998 Received Info from Luther Dowell Pierce of Robstown TX. (yes another LD Pierce!)

Also new is the almost complete workup of the descendants of Rhoda Ann Pierce and Allen Mansel Wilbanks.(and their biographies) I want to thank Sally Dawn Davis (saldavis7@aol.com) of Dension TX and Margaret Evans of Spearman, TX for all the information they have provided. I have not had much luck in getting Wibanks mailing address for the possible reunion in 1999 or 2000.

I have also included James Madison Conn as the husband of Nancy E Pierce, "Jacks" daughter. I am now positive that this is the correct family and that the Nancy Pierce and Abercrombie line in KS is not part of Andrew Jackson Pierce's family. Nov 15 I have now received some of the basic Conn lines from Jimmie Conn in Lawton, OK. She states: "your information on our family is very interesting—I remember my Grandma Conn talking about "Peg Leg Pierce" enclosed is the family tree of my father" She has sent the line of Andrew Jackson Conn and Mattie L Garvin Conn. January 18, 1999 Received info today on the brothers and sisters of James Madison, and some info about his father, from Beth Sauceman of GA. March 25, 1999 I have heard from Connie Hunt Springerville AZ who appears to be descended from another of Nancy's children

Also new is the complete family tree of Visa Pierce Compton. She was AJ Pierce’s grandaughter by LD Pierce Sr. Thanks to Arland Phelps of Vero Beach Fl for providing this information. In examining our exchange of information Arland has found that some of his Phelps Cousins, married into the family of H L (Hix) Wilbanks, former Sheriff of Hansford County, TX. Jan 18 1999, have now received addresses of descendents of Jerry Bowling.

Also new is the completed descendants of George Washington Pierce (Eddie's gggrandfather). Lester Jones is the elder of this family and he and his wife Clarice have provided me with this information. He is 84 in bad health and living with his wife in Wichita Falls TX. He attended the Goat Neck Reunion last month--I would have gone but I did not hear about it. Information on Bertha Tule Force was provided by Eddie Force of Russellville, (eforce@cswnet.com). He also did most of the original research on the father, brothers and sisters of Andrew J. Pierce.

It is with sadness that in 1996 I finally found the one person who could have told us ALL ABOUT ALL THE PIERCES ON THE BRAZOS, AND THEIR RANCH AND ALL. This was Dee Peterson of Goat Neck. He passed away in 1990. He was 100 years old. He was born in the same age as LD Pierce Sr. (Peg Leg) and was neighbor and friend with the Pierces. He spent 25 years as foreman of the Clem Pierce Ranch. His father was one of the other settlers in the 1860s, and they spent their entire lives living next door to the Pierce Ranch. Lester Jones talked with Dee Peterson in the 1980’s and Dee gave him a tour of the old home place and told him many stories. The Ormsby Ranch is in the area and they still have Ormsby's living in Goat Neck but they are of our generation and though they can still tell a few stories about Peg Leg Pierce, most of the info has been forgotten and lost.

 

 

 

Need Help---Any Info on Fanny Pierce or Elizabeth Pierce daughters of Andrew Jackson Pierce Sr. (Also Andrew Jackson Pierce Jr.)

Please send comments and corrections as you may have them.

If you have received a shortened (Or non-printable adobe acrobat PDF) version of this book you may order the full ninety page book from the Author LD Pierce, at at P O 141324 Dallas TX 75214 214-630-3993. $30 plus $3 postage.

FAMILY REUNION PLANNED; JULY 1999 GOAT NECK COMMUNITY CENTER OR OTHER LOCATION…..MIGHT HOLD THIS REUNION IN FALL. NEED MORE INPUT WHEN PIERCE RELATIVES WANT TO HOLD REUNION.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication to My Grandfather and Mother Page 02

Intro/Preface Page 03

Table of Contents Page 08

"The Joel J Pierce Mystery & Nolan’s Expedition Page 13

Journal November 14, 1998 Clem's Letter to Rhea Page 18

Father and Brothers/Sisters of Andrew J Pierce Page 24

Andrew Jackson Pierce Page 26

Pierce Cemetery Page 39

Journal November 1 1998 Finding Herbert Blackstock Page 41

Children of Andrew Jackson Pierce Page 44

Descendents of John R Pierce Page 45

Descendents of Clem Pierce Page 46

Descendents of Elizabeth Pierce Page 49

Descendents of Vicatiams M Pierce Page 49

Descendents of Fanny Pierce Page 49

Descendents of Nancy E Pierce Page 050

Descendents of George Washington Pierce Page 076

Descendents of Bertha Tule Pierce Page 078

Descendents of Ola Dell Pierce Page 082

Descendents of Lester Jones Page 084

Descendents of Windle George Jones Page 085

Descendents of Evelyn Katheryn Jones Page 090

Descendents of Lorenzo Dow (LD Sr.) Pierce Page 093

Children of LD Sr. & Ora Finley Page 100

Descendents of Sally Pierce Page 102

Descendents of George Taylor Pierce Page 105

Descendents of Lorenzo Dow (L.D. II) Pierce Page 109

Descendents of James Lorenzo (J.L.) Pierce Page 114

Descendents of Bobby Jack Pierce Page 131

Descendents of Peggy June Pierce Page 135

Descendents of Visa Lou Pierce Page 144

Descendents of Gail Compton Page 145

Descendents of Leona Compton Page 146

Descendents of Mary Jane Compton Page 147

Descendents of Allen Mansel Pierce Page 151

Descendents of Betty Jo Pierce Page 156

Descendents of Susan Pierce Page 163

Descendents of Patsy Ruth Dacus Page 171

Descendents of Mary Lee Dacus Page 173

Descendents of Rhoda Ann Pierce Page 174

Children of Rhoda Ann Pierce Page 180

Descendents of Andrew Jackson Wilbanks Page 182

Children of AJ Wilbanks (Flake & JD) Page 189

Descendents of Pearcy Fone Wilbanks Page 201

Descendents of Howell Lorenzo (Hix) Wilbanks Page 207

Descendents of Mary Wilbanks Page 213

Descendents of Beth Louise Wilbanks Page 217

Descendents of Ruth Lucille Wilbanks Page 219

Descendents of Julia Wilbanks Page 225

Descendents of Marcus Larson Page 228

Descendents of Edgar Napoleon Wilbanks Page 247

Descendents of Greta Wilbanks Page 248

Descendents of Loretta Sue Wilbanks Page 249

Descendents of Joyce Wilbanks Page 249

Descendents of Carl Ed Wilbanks Page 250

Descendents of JoAnn Wilbanks Page 251

Descendents of Samuel Theodore Wilbanks Page 262

Descendents of A.M.(Bogus) Wilbanks Page 263

Descendents of Monica Ruth Wilbanks Page 264

Descendents of Wanda O Wilbanks Page 265

Outline Descendents of AJ Pierce (ordered) Page 266

Ancestors of Nancy Emaline Abercrombie Page 246

Descendents of Dorsett Cavender Page 254

Journal LD Pierce Oct 15 1998

"The Joel J Pierce Mystery and Nolan’s Expedition"

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Good Reading!!! LD Pierce January 1,1999

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication to My Grandfather and Mother Page 02

Intro/Preface Page 03

Table of Contents Page 08

"The Joel J Pierce Mystery & Nolan’s Expedition Page 13

Journal November 14, 1998 Clem's Letter to Rhea Page 18

Father and Brothers/Sisters of Andrew J Pierce Page 24

Andrew Jackson Pierce Page 26

Pierce Cemetery Page 39

Journal November 1 1998 Finding Herbert Blackstock Page 41

Children of Andrew Jackson Pierce Page 44

Descendents of John R Pierce Page 45

Descendents of Clem Pierce Page 46

Descendents of Elizabeth Pierce Page 49

Descendents of Vicatiams M Pierce Page 49

Descendents of Fanny Pierce Page 49

Descendents of Nancy E Pierce Page 050

Descendents of George Washington Pierce Page 076

Descendents of Bertha Tule Pierce Page 078

Descendents of Ola Dell Pierce Page 082

Descendents of Lester Jones Page 084

Descendents of Windle George Jones Page 085

Descendents of Evelyn Katheryn Jones Page 090

Descendents of Lorenzo Dow (LD Sr.) Pierce Page 093

Children of LD Sr. & Ora Finley Page 100

Descendents of Sally Pierce Page 102

Descendents of George Taylor Pierce Page 105

Descendents of Lorenzo Dow (L.D. II) Pierce Page 109

Descendents of James Lorenzo (J.L.) Pierce Page 114

Descendents of Bobby Jack Pierce Page 131

Descendents of Peggy June Pierce Page 135

Descendents of Visa Lou Pierce Page 144

Descendents of Gail Compton Page 145

Descendents of Leona Compton Page 146

Descendents of Mary Jane Compton Page 147

Descendents of Allen Mansel Pierce Page 151

Descendents of Betty Jo Pierce Page 156

Descendents of Susan Pierce Page 163

Descendents of Patsy Ruth Dacus Page 171

Descendents of Mary Lee Dacus Page 173

Descendents of Rhoda Ann Pierce Page 174

Children of Rhoda Ann Pierce Page 180

Descendents of Andrew Jackson Wilbanks Page 182

Children of AJ Wilbanks (Flake & JD) Page 189

Descendents of Pearcy Fone Wilbanks Page 201

Descendents of Howell Lorenzo (Hix) Wilbanks Page 207
 The Hix Wilbanks page 1 The Hix Wilbanks page 2

Descendents of Mary Wilbanks Page 213

Descendents of Beth Louise Wilbanks Page 217

Descendents of Ruth Lucille Wilbanks Page 219

Descendents of Julia Wilbanks Page 225

Descendents of Marcus Larson Page 228

Descendents of Edgar Napoleon Wilbanks Page 247

Descendents of Greta Wilbanks Page 248

Descendents of Loretta Sue Wilbanks Page 249

Descendents of Joyce Wilbanks Page 249

Descendents of Carl Ed Wilbanks Page 250

Descendents of JoAnn Wilbanks Page 251

Descendents of Samuel Theodore Wilbanks Page 262

Descendents of A.M.(Bogus) Wilbanks Page 263

Descendents of Monica Ruth Wilbanks Page 264

Descendents of Wanda O Wilbanks Page 265

Outline Descendents of AJ Pierce (ordered) Page 266

Ancestors of Nancy Emaline Abercrombie Page 246

Descendents of Dorsett Cavender Page 254

Journal LD Pierce Oct 15 1998

"The Joel J Pierce Mystery and Nolan’s Expedition"

Last Week while searching for genealogy information in Cleburne TX I finally got a chance to browse the book "It Took Their Kind" by W.E. "Jack" Carlton of Cleburne TX. I had spoken to Mr. Carlton in 1996 while out in Cleburne selling door chimes and, also doing some poking around in the Leyland Museum for additional genealogy stuff on my Pierce family tree. I was trying to find additional information about the Pierce Ranch at GoatNeck and Mr. Carlton had a paper back book about history of the area. When I called him he had some additional information to supply about a certain Pierce who had joined the Nolan Expedition. This person was Joel J (Joseph) Pierce. More about Nolan: "Born in Ireland first came to Texas and established residence at Nacogdoches in 1791. When killed was a resident of Natchez, Miss. Killed near Blanco River (present Day Nolan River), March 21, 1801 by the Spaniards. Was buried here by his Negro slaves Caesar and Robert. Nolan's death aroused a wave of indignation that led to the Independence of Texas through Texas in the 1800-1801.

" All of these prisoners perished in Mexican prisons by 1818 after long

and cruel punishment., One of them Joel J Pierce was allowed to

Correspond with the world outside and his correspondence revealed many

circumstances of importance. His letters to relatives in SC described

Nolan's journey through the lower part of what is today Johnson County

TX. It provided an excellent description of what was to enable his

relatives far away to acquire the present day Pierce homestead familiar

to so many in the county today. As late as 1965 the family held firmly

to the belief that Joel and Francis Pierce were buried under the

selfsame oak that rises about the resting place of Nolan, and this plot

is recognized as the "old Pierce burial ground" situated near the Blanco

River, now named the Nolan" page 20

 

 

From the Book "It Took Their Kind" by: WE Jack Carlton Cleburne TX

".... That many of his family would traverse the many hundreds of miles

from the upper Carolinas to Johnson County, settle there, and found a

famous ranch known to this day...(The Clem Pierce Ranch)" same book above page 5

I wrote Mr. Carlton Oct 13 1998 as follows: Hi Jack I finally got over to the Cleburne TX Library the other day and got to browse through your Book " It Took Their Kind". I assume the ranch you refer to on page 20 and 52 is the Pierce Ranch at GoatNeck? Do you have any other info on how the Pierces gathered this ranch. In the Johnson County History book it states that Clem Pierce had as much as 6500 acres of land. I have heard from Relatives Lester Jones that part of the Pierce Ranch was not sold but leased for 99 years and the descendants of Clem Pierce had been to Cleburne in 1998. This has not been verified. We are interested in contacting these Pierces for genealogy and history reasons (obviously!). I plan to call the tax collector of Johnson County today possibly.

With whom was Joel J Pierce corresponding with in Carolina?? North or South??(Person City and State County?) Any other info on Francis Pierce?? Who were the Pierces you visited with when you write "as late as 1965" in talking about the old Pierce burial ground.

Any and all help you could give would be greatly appreciated. I am almost done with the descendants of Capt. Andrew Jackson Pierce if you want a copy. Clem Pierce and his brother LD Pierce (my great great grandfather) were his sons. Thanks LD Pierce

Mr. Carlton returned my call and was unable at this time to send copies of several documents we discussed. He was ill with chronic inflammation and going to Doctors, and his mother was in the Hospital with a hip replacement. We did spend over 2 hours discussing his findings, which will occupy two whole chapters of a new book (Sequel to the first) that is in the final stages of editing. In 1954 he became interested in the Nolan Expedition, and in investigating the details of this expedition, became familiar with Joel J. Pierce and wife Francis Roye, after locating the burial ground of Nolan Himself. His research turned up some letters from Rev. Ray Kurkendall of Silver City NM, one dated Aug 4 1949,and the other 1965.

The letters were to Maureen Wilson, a historian, and student at the University of Texas, Austin, who wrote her Thesis on the exploration of the Hill (Johnson County) area on the Brazos River from present day Waco TX to North of Cleburne. He wrote her searching for information (genealogy related) about his father Joe Pierce and Grandfather Joseph (Joel) Pierce. His search led him to locate some living relative (unknown to us now) who lived in the Blum Whitney area who had information about the where abouts that these Pierces were buried. This cousin led him to the oak tree at the river crossing of the Blanco River (now the Nolan) where supposedly Nolan himself was buried. This cousin stated that Joel Joseph himself, and his wife were buried on the other side of the oak tree from Nolan’s grave.

This letter also writes of Kurkendall’s discovery that Joseph Pierce was � Cherokee and migrated from Mississippi to East Texas Henderson County when the Cherokees were relocated there. His letters also mention the names of Hugh Pierce and Aquilla Carruthers Pierce. More info will follow later in the year when Jack Carlton can get me a copy of these letters.

Kurkendall’s concern for the preservation of Nolan’s grave, and the graves of his ancestors led to a couple of newspaper articles: one Jan 8 1988 in the Cleburne Eagle News, and the 2nd in the Fort Worth Star Telegram in 1941.

The 2nd letter concerned Raymond McDearmon, who was a very good friend and colleague of the past chairman of the Historical Commission of Johnson County, Mrs. Tommie Kimbro, wife of Dr.Robert W Kimbro of Rio Vista. Mr. McDearman had a ten-year assignment from the State Hwy Dept concerning highway markers, and it he who eventually got the historical marker placed at Nolan’s grave.

Other documents (from the Univ. of TX and from Mexico) that Kurkendall use as source documents (which were in Spanish and had been obtained with the help of Mrs. Kimbro who was Spanish with Mexican Heritage) stated info about the settlement of the Pierce Ranch itself. Information here stated in 1841 the "Pierce wagon train with over 103 persons, including slaves left Kemper County Mississippi, and Migrated to Rusk, Henderson County, and then to Hill County (Now Johnson County). In searching the county North of Waco on the Brazos, when crossing Mustang Creek, Mr. Pierce, found two natural springs." Mr. Pierce exclaimed " these springs are what I have been looking for" in that this area fit the exact descriptions that were written by Joe Joseph Pierce from the Mexican Prisons. It was his detailed descriptions and maps that had led his Pierce family to migrate to the present Day Johnson County and Hill County areas. The Pierce Ranch eventually stretched from near present day Blum-Whitney, all the way up the Brazos River, past Cleburne, encompassing some ten square miles of land. (7,400 acres) Oct 27 1998 Lester Jones the eldest descendent of the Andrew Jackson Pierce family states that the ranch was as much as ten sections. His mother inherited part of it. Per Lester the Clem Pierce Ranch House was on Ham Creek.

Jack Carlton has indicated that Maureen Teresa Wilson of Austin has even more information contained in her master’s Thesis at the University of Texas. It is possible that Kurkendall descendents of Rev Kurkendall in Silver Springs are in possession of his original research documents. He was a doctor and a Reverend and I feel sure he had quite a genealogy collection. I am going to begin trying to contact his descendents soon. I am also going to try to contact this Mrs. Kimbro former chairman of the Johnson County Historical Commission. (I have since found that she is desceased)

It looks like I will have several more years of searching and locating some of these documents and sources to track down how the Pierces obtained the 6,500 acre ranch. I also hope this info will lead to finding out who are the mother and father or brothers and sister of Rueben Pierce—our Andrew Jackson Pierces father. Mr. Carlton’s new book has two chapters on these matters.

Oct 28 1998 Journal I have info from Wanda Ruby (granwan@aol.com) who lives in Mississippi. "I am very interested in the wagon train. My grandmothers’s Uncle Henry Hart wrote articles for the Terrell, TX newspaper. That is where I got my lead on the Hart and Pierce line. He said they came from Kemper Co. MS on a wagon train with over a hundred people. You are the first person I have heard of who had info on it. I would love to have any information that you have about the wagon train." "LD can you clarify these Pierces for me and the Frances buried under the tree. I was thinking Frances DeLoach but she was too young to be there when Nolan was. Maybe you can straighten me out. There are too many Joseph. Joel, and Joe’s.:" " My sister is very confused. She read Rhea Kurkendall’s papers where he said Joseph and Frances Deloach were buried under the tree. Of course she knew they were married in Alabama and not in Texas at that time. I told her to read your info and forget the other. I know yours will be correct when published? Am I not right??" " I believe his papers are in Dallas or Fort Worth. Will ask my sister. I never heard of him till she sent me copies. Will get back to you" "My sister said the Kurkendall papers are at the FW Library…in the genealogy Dept. you have to ask for them…." So now I have my future research path set out for me!! LD Pierce

 

 

Journal Nov 14, 1998

I received more information today from Wanda Ruby in Hernanado Mississippi. I knew she was going to send some copies of Ray Kurkendall’s papers but lo and behold the first document was from my great Uncle Clem Pierce to Ray Kurkendall. (Clem was my grandfather’s brother) He writes:

"My fathers name was LD Pierce, he and his brother Clem lived in Cleburne TX. He died in 1907. (Spearman TX cemetery shows death of 1923) He was a cousin of "Dave and Quill" Pierce (Here Ray Kurkendall wrote in "the latter was my grandfather--R.K" meaning Quill. He was born in GA and came to McClennan Co when he was just a boy. They moved to Johnson County on the Brazos across from Bosque County. The Pierce Heirs still own the place---Uncle Clem's Bunch.I have four brothers: LD, George, Allen & Felix. LD is in Spearman, TX, also Allen. George lives at Dalhart, TX. Felix our baby brother is in the army at Cheyenne, Wyoming. "

"He was 24 years old last Dec. 16. I am 43, born in Johnson County. I am the oldest boy in our family, also two sisters. PA had lots of brothers. Their names were George, John, Clem, & Andrew. My grandfather's name was Andrew Jackson Pierce. My father-in-law, I.F. Dacus used to know your folks in Hill County. He died here at home the 3rd of Jan. I expect Dave Mosley knows more about my folks than I do. Best Regards, Signed Clem Pierce Arch New Mexico Jan 22 1937"

So here is the link I have been looking for in my Joel J Pierce Mystery. QUILL Pierce was Rhea Kurkendall’s grandfather. David Pierce was sheriff of Johnson County 1855. Clem says they were cousins. I have sent copies of Wanda’s material to Dan Pierce in CA, Dorman Thomas in Arlington, TX, and Carol Behringer of Houston, TX. All are much more highly trained genealogists than I am and soon we will get to the bottom of this mystery. As time permits I will begin processing some of Kurkendall’s information to insert in this journal. Dec 9 1998 Found info today in GA that indicates that Dave Mosley’s mother was a Pierce (Calhoun Co. GA)

THE MAIN POINT TO ALL THESE FINDINGS :  IF THIS LETTER IS PROVED TO BE CORRECT OUR FAMILY IS RELATED IN SOME WAY TO THE DESCENDENTS OF HUGH PIERCE BORN FREDRICKSBERG VA 1749 HE WAS  A REV WAR SOLDIER.  RHEA KURKENDALL WAS DESCENDED FROM HIS SON GEORGE WASHINGTON PIERCE BORN SC AROUND THE TIME THAT REUBEN PIERCE WAS BORN IN 1768. WANDA RUBY OF MISSISSIPPI IS ALSO DESCENDED FROM THIS FAMILY. LD Pierce

Father and Brothers/Sisters of Andrew Jackson Pierce

Reuben1 Pierce was born About 1768 in SC, and died Aft. 1850 in Hall Co., GA. He married LaVisa (Lavicia,Vicy) in South Carolina, They attended Hightower Church located two miles south of where AJ, Wilson, and Reuben Pierce lived.

ORIGINAL RESEARCH BY EDDIE FORCE ATTRIBUTED SEVERAL OTHER CHILDREN TO REUBEN PIERCE. NOW WE FEEL IT IS PROBABLE THAT THEY ARE DESCENDED FROM AN "UNKNOWN" JAMES H PIERCE SR. FOR THE TIME BEING WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE RESEARCH ORIGINATING WITH DORMAN THOMAS AND DAN PIERCE,THAT REUBEN PIERCE IS THE PROBABLE FATHER OF ANDREW J PIERCE AND WILSON PIERCE, AND SAMPSON PIERCE.

Children of Reuben Pierce and Louise are:

1 i Sampson Pierce, born 1805 in SC; died November 11, 1886 in Lumpkin Co., GA, buried in Wahoo Cemetery, Lumpkin Co, GA. He married Rachel.

2 ii. Wilson Pierce, born 1813 in GA.. He married Nancy Barton October 27, 1835 Hall GA

3 iii. Andrew Jackson Pierce, born July 16, 1815 in Hall Co., GA; died May 20, 1892 in Johnson Co., TX. He married Nancy Abercrombie July 02, 1837 in Lumpkin, GA Cherokee GA. AJ Pierce and wife both buried In the Pierce Cemetery. Pierce Ranch, GoatNeck on Brazos, Johnson Co., TX

Descendants of Andrew Jackson Pierce

1. Andrew Jackson2 Pierce (Jack) (Reuben1) was born July 16, 1815 in Hall Co., GA, and died May 20, 1892 in Johnson Co., TX. He married Nancy Emaline Abercrombie July 02, 1837 in Lumpkin, GA Cherokee GA, daughter of John Abercrombie and Fannie Cavender. Abercrombie: Several different branches of the family are known. Among these are: Robert Abercrombie, born 1715 in Scotland, who came to the area now known as Orange County, North Carolina. He was the father of Charles and Robert Abercrombie, who migrated to Hancock County, Georgia and whose family later moved to Russell County, Alabama. Among their descendants was James Smither Abercrombie (1891-1975) the oilman of Houston, Texas. My grandfather LD always told me his grandmother was related to the Houston group.

Obituary of Andrew Jackson Pierce dated 24 May 1892 Johnson County Texas:

"Old Settler Dead. Capt. A. J. Pierce died at his home on Friday Last. His home nestled in the timber overlooking the Brazos. He was born in Hale (Hall) county, Georgia on the 16th of July 1815. His home was under the shade of mountains where their peaks kiss his new home above. He was one who lived to love a friend, his friends. He feared no enemy. In 1851 Capt. Pierce went to California. He was there when the golden gates were opened to the outside world. He came to Johnson County in 1866. He selected his home where the bluff banks of the Brazos reminded him of his Native hills. He has gone to his grave. He leaves behind forty-five grand children and twenty great grand children. Two of his boys fell in battle, and sleep under the soil of their native state. His aged wife, who was before she took his name, Nancy C Abercrombie, lives to mourn his going. Their Children, C.A. Pierce, L.D. Pierce, Mrs. G.W. Pierce and Mrs. Roddie Wilbanks are here to mourn the loss of a father and friend. We write this only as a token of respect to him who is one of our mourned dead. May the youngest of his great grand children only live to emulate his example."

Another obituary reads, "Mr. A.J. Pierce died at his home May 20, and was buried in the family Cemetery, by the side of his former wife. He was born in Hall county, Georgia., July 15, 1815, and so was 77 years old. In 1866, after losing all his property, because of the war, He moved to Texas and settled in, what was then in the wild west. He settled and improved the farm in Johnson county, in 1866 on which he died. In early life he married and he and his wife had born to them eleven children, five sons and six daughters. Three of their sons and six of their daughters are still living. There are of his descendents, forty-five grand children and twenty great grand children. Mr. Pierce was a member of the Baptist church. He loved his family and friends. He was bold and fearless in the expression of his option and never deceived anyone. He leaves a wife and many friends to mourn him. The family has the sympathy of this community, but the hope and trust sustains us that when life's parting comes, that beyond the fleeting dust the severed links are gathered home and God, in love and patient care, will reunite them over there."

These two obituaries contain at least one bit of conflicting information. The first names His wife as Nancy C Abercrombie and states she was living. The second states he was buried beside his former wife, but also states that he is survived by his wife. I believe he was married only once and this to Nancy Abercrombie.(This analysis furnished by my cousin Dorman Thomas of Arl, TX) Mrs. G. W. Pierce is listed as a child, while in fact she would have been a daughter-in-law since G. W. was a son who survived until 1896. It is Probably that Capt. Andrew Jackson Pierce "JACK" went to the California gold rush with his other brothers in the 1850's. We have not records of this except as is stated in the Obituary above.

Pre Robertson Colony and more Phillip Nolan Information

The Phillip Nolan Expedition. It was at this height of Spanish xenophobia regarding individuals from the newly independent Confederation of American States that the first Texas filibustering expedition from the east of historic note occurred in the period from 1791 to 1800 with disastrous results. Phillip Nolan, born in Belfast, Ireland in 1771 and a resident of Kentucky in 1789. Nolan was a student of James Wilkinson, a self-serving political and economic opportunist of the period with influential contacts at all levels of the governments of New Spain and the USA. Nolan was interested in the vast herds of horses that roamed Texas and filling the void for working ranch horses that existed in Louisiana with the growing cattle industry which itself had been exported from Texas. Nolan, who carried papers approved by the highest levels of Texas officials, in his numerous trips to Texas between 1791 and 1799 in which he delivered several thousand head of Texas mustangs to buyers in the east became suspected of a spy for Wilkinson and his associates. Despite his awareness of the suspicions of both governor Manuel Gayoso de Lemos in Natchez, Governor Munoz of Texas and Commandant Nava, Nolan entered Texas in 1800 with 25 associates, crossed the Trinity River and built a corralling station for mustangs on the Brazos River. Governor Juan Bautista de Elguezabal authorized the commander Manuel Muzquiz at Nacogdoches to arrest Nolan and encountered Nolan and associates in Mar 1821 near Blum in current Hill County, Texas. In the confrontation that followed, a cannonball killed Nolan, and his men surrendered. Eight Nolan associates were forced to roll dice, the lowest number of which was to be executed for resisting the king’s soldiers. A man named Ephraim Blackburn rolled a four and was hanged in Chihuaha in 1807. Joel J Pierce who was also imprisoned, died later in the Mexican prison from an unidentified illness.

From: Robertsons Colony in TX by Dr. Malcolm D. McLean Internet

 

Early Settlements

UPPER COLONY (1831-1834). The former Nashville Colony area was referred to as the Upper Colony from 1831 to 1834, but during That period Austin & Williams failed to get a land commissioner appointed, so they did not issue a single land title to actual settlers However, they did sell permits to non-resident speculators to locate huge grants in that area. These grants, totaling 1,459,155 acres, later became involved in lawsuits and delayed the settling of Central Texas for many, many years. On May 22, 1834, the governor cancelled the Austin & William’s contract, insofar as it affected the Nashville Colony, and awarded a new contract to Sterling Clack Robertson as empresario. After that the area was called Robertson's Colony.

(Austin & Williams did get a decree passed on May 18, 1835, returning the colony to them, but it turned out that the legislature did not have a constitutional quorum present when that decree was passed.) . From: Robertsons Colony in TX by Dr. Malcolm D. McLean Internet

ROBERTSON'S COLONY (1834-1835). The decree of May 22, 1834, awarding the colony to Robertson confirmed the boundaries as they had been defined in the Nashville Company's contract of October 15, 1827. Beginning at the point where the road from B�xar (San Antonio) to Nacogdoches, known as "the Upper Road," crossed the Navasota River, a line was to be run along that road on a westerly course, to the heights which divided the waters of the Brazos and Colorado Rivers; thence on a northwest course along that watershed tothe northernmost headwaters of the San Andr�s River (Little River), and from the said headwaters, northeast on a straight line, to the belt of oaks extending on the east side of the Brazos, north from the Hueco (Waco) Village, known as the "Monte Grande" ("Great Forest"), and in English as "the Cross Timbers," and from the point where that line intersected the Cross Timbers, on a southeast course along the heights between the Brazos and Trinity rivers, to the headwaters of the Navasota, and thence down the Navasota, on its righthand or west bank, to the point of beginning. That included all or part of the 17 counties listed above, under Leftwich's Grant, plus the 13 additional counties shown under the Nashville Colony, constituting an area 100 miles wide, beginning at the San Antonio- Nacogdoches Road and extending northwest up the Brazos for 200 miles, centering around Waco In that 1834 session of the legislature, Robertson was recognized as the empresario of the colony, and he was to introduce the rest of the 800 families into the colony before April 29, 1838. Each family that dedicated itself solely to farming was to receive one LABOR (177.1 acres) of land; those who also engaged in ranching were to receive an additional SITIO (1 league, or 4,428.4 acres) . Single men were to receive 1/4 league (1,107.1 acres). For each 100 families introduced, Robertson was to receive 5 leagues and 5 labors (or a total of 23,027.5 acres) of premium lands. William H. Steele was appointed Land Commissioner of the Nashville (or Robertson) Colony on May 24, 1834, and he appointed John Goodloe Warren Pierson as Principal Surveyor, on September 17, 1834. The capital of the colony was laid out at the Falls of the Brazos (near present Marlin, Texas) and named Sarahville de Viesca: "Sarah" for Empresario Robertson's mother, Sarah (Maclin) Robertson, who had loaned him the money for the project, and "Viesca" for Agust�n Viesca, the Mexican official who was presiding over the state legislature when it granted the contract to Robertson. All the Robertson Colony land grants were issued in Viesca, Texas.

The first land title was issued on October 20, 1834, but all the colonial land offices were closed, by the Provisional Government of Texas, on November 13, 1835, because of the outbreak of the Texas Revolution, thus preventing Robertson from completing the full quota of 800 families. However, according to a ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of the State of Texas, in December of 1847, Robertson was given credit for having introduced a total of 600 families. Following the Texas Revolution, the Robertson Colony area was broken up to form all or part of the thirty present-day Texas counties, which have been listed under Leftwich's Grant and the Nashville Colony. . From: Robertsons Colony in TX by Dr. Malcolm D. McLean Internet

In 1865 after Sherman's March to the sea, the Pierces migrated to Hill County. They had originally settled some 20 miles north of present day Waco TX before moving to Bosque County (now Johnson County-used to be Hill County) to a crooked stretch of the river they named "Goatneck" near present day Cleburne, TX. Little is know of those early years.

I am researching the land titles to the Pierce Ranch to determine how they obtained land from the former Robertson’s Colony. (the Robertson’s Colony ceased to exist as a colony when Mexico declared their independence in 1836) I had heard stories that Jack could stay gone years at a time and that Nancy Pierce drank, chewed tobacco, and cussed like a man. They built a log cabin on the Brazos. It was later stuccoed over heavily and was torn down by the current owners in 1997. The Johnson County Historical Society tried to have it saved, but it was beyond repair due to termite’s etc. The Pierce cemetery is located on the adjoining land.

Johnson County was named for Middleton T. Johnson (1810-1866), native of South Carolina, for 7 terms an Alabama legislator, a leading Texan after 1840. Served in 9th Texas legislature; in Texas Rangers, Mexican War, Civil War. Settlement began under the auspices of Robertson's colony. In the 1840s the northern half of the county was included in the Peters colony and the southern half in the Mercer colony. The County created and organized 1854, from land earlier in counties of Ellis, Hill and Navarro. First county seat, Wardville, 1854-1856. Second was Buchanan, 1856-1867. Camp Henderson, at famous springs 3.5 miles southeast of Buchanan, a recruiting place in county during civil war, in 1867 it was made county seat and renamed in honor of a confederate general Patrick Cleburne. Had Wood Picnic grounds was used after the 1854 start of Camp Henderson (named for land-owner-townsite donor) for decisive public meetings. In 1867 Camp Henderson became the county seat. The men at 4th of July picnic here name town "Cleburne" for civil war commander of many local veterans. Located in an area of Johnson County's earliest settlement, Rio Vista was founded on the railroad in 1885. The townsite, which affords views of both Nolan River and Mustang Creek, was given the spanish name for "River View". Johnson county's second seat of government. (Wardville, just west of Nolan River, at U.S. 67, was first). Buchanan, named for president-elect of the United States, was founded in December 1856 on 60-acre townsite donated by John P. Bailey. A jail (first for the county) and office for the district clerk were built 1858. But lack of a reliable water supply hindered town's growth. Later resurvey of county lines showed necessity for a new site. In 1867, camp Henderson (renamed Cleburne, July 4, 1867) was chosen. Cemetery is only remaining trace of Old Buchanan townsite…from Texas Archives internet web site.

"The Brazos Valley was one of the first communities in part of what is now Johnson County. In the early 1850's a few settlers came to live among a few friendly Indians. Geographically it is an area starting at the NE corner of GOATNECK Community (near the old Pierce Ranch)".....Johnson County History Book pg. 83

Old Cattle Trails: connection to the Chisholm Trail, since it connected with that famous route lying to the north. At Kimball crossing this trail entered Hill County Where drovers rested and reshod horses at Towash and Fort Graham, and then forded the Nolan River into Johnson county passing through the large ranch owned by Clem and LD Pierce (now known as present day GoatNeck). This community was also called Freeland, and was settled as early as 1856.

" There were several big Ranches in the area: Cameron, Pierce Willingham, Mertz, and others, with many more across the river in what is now Hood and Somervell Counties" from:..Johnson County History Book C406 about Freeland

Log House Memorials: by Vilola Block Johnson County History book page 257 "Two old log houses in the Freeland Community in western Johnson County are memorials to the sturdy pioneers who build them. Although both have been covered over in recent years it proves that this type of house was built to last. Southeast on the Brazos River is the old Jack "Uncle Jackie" Pierce log cabin, which was overlaid with stucco in 1933 or 1934 (by the Peabody's who bought the ranch. Editor, LD Pierce) The bottomland between the house and the river was cleared for crops by Negro Slaves. A huge bluff on the river was walled up by the Negroes for their abode. (editors note: this bluff was bulldozed in 1996) Albert Crook’s fathers once worked for Jack Pierce and the Crook Family lived here in this old house. He said the Negroes continued to live under the bluff long after the Civil War, and that it was no trouble to see where their cooking fires were built. Floods on the river finally undermined the bluff so completely that it caved off, and now there is no evidence left of the early home of the Negroes. Many of them are buried along with the Pierce family in the Cemetery north of the house. There is only one large rock tombstone in this Cemetery, which contains about 20 graves." Johnson Co. History Book

 

 

 

 

Pierce Cemetery

Pierce Cemetery Located at GoatNeck on the BrazosJohnson County TX (Cleburne) Located at GoatNeck not far from Goatneck community center on private property owned by Dyer but Deeded to Pierce Heirs.

Surveyed June 1996 by LD Pierce, Dallas TX. eztone@hotmail.com P O 141324 Dallas TX 75214. Write or email for directions to this cemetery.

Andrew Jackson Pierce (born 1815 Lumpkin GA) and his wife Nancy Emaline Abercromnbie (Pierce) are buried in the Pierce family in the Cemetery north of the old Pierce log cabin (torn down in 1996). This part of the Old Pierce ranch with the Cemetery is now owned by Dyer but deeded to pierce heirs. The Cemetery is approximately one acre There is one very large tombstone marking AJ’s and Nancy’s graves. There is one other cement tombstone listing Jessie Pierce (Clem Pierce and Mollie Gordon’s daughter) plus several flat native stone head and foot markers. They are buried edgeways with no identification. The cemetery used to be completely fenced with Cast Iron, but it has been torn down. The cemetery was almost completely covered by overgrowth in 1996 but Lester Jones; the Elder of the Andrew Jackson Pierce descendents paid to have most of the growth cut down. A gravel company excavated a large hold in search of gravel within 15 feet of the graves and left the hole open. The company went bankrupt and the hole is still there. Floods have washed even closer to the Cemetery, and needs to be filled in or the entire Cemetery will wash out soon. There is only one large rock tombstone in this Cemetery, which contains about 20 graves. Viola Block noted historian of Johnson County TX states that many of AJ’s and and Nancy’s Negro slaves (freed) are also buried in the cemetery. Andrew Jackson Pierce died in 1892.

 

"Andrew Jackson Pierce moved to Texas in 1866 some twenty miles from Waco, and moved to Johnson County in 1869. Not legible…think it reads had six boys and six girls. Both are buried in the old homestead Cemetery in Johnson County." From Wilbanks bible-from Margaret Evans Searman TX.

It seems that George Washington Pierce had migrated to the Brazos River area first, and Andrew Jackson, LD and Rhoda came in 1869. Lester Jones relates the story to me that: "George had come to TX after getting out of the Civil war, and he had gotten into a fight and knocked the man down, hitting his head on the corner of a porch and he died. He ran off to Texas to avoid charges. He later returned to face charges and was acquitted." Lester Jones heard from his mom that the family spent as much as one year in Little Rock AR on the journey to Hill and Johnson Counties.

Journal November 1 1998

My researching has finally led me to locate Herbert E Blackstock, formerly of Johnson County now living in Pecos, TX. He is 86 years old. It was he that wrote many of the history and stories about the Pierces that appear in the Johnson County History Book. He remembered all the stories his dad used to tell him about the Pierces. You can never imagine his surprise when I call out of the blue one Sunday morning and announced my name as "LD Pierce" he was quite surprised!! He grew up in the Cleburne and GoatNeck area, and his dad grew up there. He says they were living in GoatNeck before the Peterson’s arrived. He thinks this was around 1860 same time as the Pierces arrived. His Uncle Frank Long was Sheriff of Johnson County. He remembered the story of LD Pierce’s son who was killed and threw down in the water well. The family did not know anything about it till they notice the smell in the drinking water and found the body. They never found out anything about who killed that son or why he was killed. Herbert could not remember the son’s name. Herbert recalls that the well is still there, and that it was covered by a huge flat rock with a hole in the center. A small stone wall had been built up around the well with the rock on top. The last time he was at the Pierce Ranch he could not find the rock and the well was all caved in. He recalls that the Pierces "came from Mississippi to Johnson County soon after the civil war" and that Clem Pierce owned much land before LD Pierce arrived. LD Pierce owned a huge tract of land that today is known as GoatNeck (all the land around the GoatNeck Community Center) LD Pierce came to the land on the Brazos and his freed slaves traveled with him, and worked for him on the ranch. They were known with the last name Pierce also. He had heard there were as many as 20 freed slaves. LD Pierce built the old log house, which was described by both Herbert Blackstock and Mrs. Viola Block. Pierce Crossing on the Brazos River was close by the Old Log House. He recalls that the description of GoatNeck included land from Fishtrap Crossing to Bluff Mills and Bee Mountain and Back to the north crossing. Part of that area used to be in Hill and Bosque Counties. Herbert says he has an extra copy of the first edition of the Johnson County History Book, and will autograph it and give it to July 1999 at the GoatNeck Reunion. Nov 1 1998

Letter from Allen Pierce to Eddie Force May 1980

George Pierce died at Cisco Texas. He died when Ola Dell was a baby. I don’t know what year it must have been between 1893 and 1895. I have not idea where Bertha was born. She married and her husband went through with most of her property. Uncle Clem Pierce went to Cisco to get the 3 girls & brought them to Johnson County TX, where he raised Olla Dell and Mattie. Bertha your Grandmother lived with her uncle LD (Lorenzo Dowell). That was my dad. I have heard of the man's name that Ola married but I have forgot. Jack Pierce married Nancy Abercrombie. I don’t know where she is buried, but I believe in Johnson Co. Jack Pierce died 1891 or 1892, he is buried close to his old farm in Johnson County TX. When the Pierces moved to Texas there was just Jack and Nancy's family. I will try to name the kids and don’t know which was oldest. George and Clem came first. Then Grandmother and children, Rhoda Dad and LD. Uncle George's first wife Mollie (this is in error Mollie was Clem's wife LDP Editor) and cousins came later. Aunt Jane the oldest girl married and stayed in GA. The Pierces settled on the Brazos River 20 miles NW from Waco TX. They stayed there 3 years then went to Johnson County TX. Uncle George Moved to Cisco, TX. I am not much help-I know-but the older Pierces were rough and had to be. Signed--Allen Pierce

Children of Andrew Jackson Pierce and Nancy E. Abercrombie

John R. Pierce Nov 1 1998

Letter from Allen Pierce to Eddie Force May 1980

George Pierce died at Cisco Texas. He died when Ola Dell was a baby. I don’t know what year it must have been between 1893 and 1895. I have not idea where Bertha was born. She married and her husband went through with most of her property. Uncle Clem Pierce went to Cisco to get the 3 girls & brought them to Johnson County TX, where he raised Olla Dell and Mattie. Bertha your Grandmother lived with her uncle LD (Lorenzo Dowell). That was my dad. I have heard of the man's name that Ola married but I have forgot. Jack Pierce married Nancy Abercrombie. I don’t know where she is buried, but I believe in Johnson Co. Jack Pierce died 1891 or 1892, he is buried close to his old farm in Johnson County TX. When the Pierces moved to Texas there was just Jack and Nancy's family. I will try to name the kids and don’t know which was oldest. George and Clem came first. Then Grandmother and children, Rhoda Dad and LD. Uncle George's first wife Mollie (this is in error Mollie was Clem's wife LDP Editor) and cousins came later. Aunt Jane the oldest girl married and stayed in GA. The Pierces settled on the Brazos River 20 miles NW from Waco TX. They stayed there 3 years then went to Johnson County TX. Uncle George Moved to Cisco, TX. I am not much help-I know-but the older Pierces were rough and had to be. Signed--Allen Pierce

Children of Andrew Jackson Pierce and Nancy E. Abercrombie

John R. Pierce born 1838 Lumpkin , GA; died 1863-1864 R Road Montgomery.Md. Nancy J Wimpey.

George Washington Pierce, born January 01, 1841 in Lumpkin Co., GA; died September 30, 1896 in Cisco, TX (Eastland County) at 55 years of age. Buried Oakwood Cemetery. He married Nora I. Daniels bf. 1889

Clemeth Pierce was born 1842 in Lumpkin, Co., GA. Died 1907 Johnson CO, TX

He married (1) Altha White. He married (2) Mollie Gordon, October 26, 1875.

Elizabeth Pierce, born 1844 in Lumpkin Co., GA. No other information available.

Andrew J Pierce, born August 07, 1847 in Lumpkin Co., GA;

Vicatiams M. Pierce, born 1851 in Lumpkin Co., GA. No Other Information found.

Nancy Emaline Pierce, born February 15, 1852 in Dahlonega, Lumpkin Co., GA; buried In Caty Cemetery She married James Madison Conn.

Lorenzo D (L.D.) Pierce, born January 26, 1856 in Cherokee Co., GA Near Rome GA; died 1923 in Spearman, TX. He married (1) Aqua Ora Finley. He married (2) Susanna Pluckett.

Fanny Pierce, born 1858 in Cherokee Co., GA. No other information available.

Rhoda Ann (Roddie) Pierce, born April 19, 1862 in Cherokee Co., GA (Rome??); died November 25, 1941 in Spearman,Hansford Co., TX. She married Allen Mansel (Mannie) Wilbanks May 24, 1877.

 

 

 

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