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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 kings 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
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 & Williams 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 Bxar (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 Andrs 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 Agustn 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. Andrew Jackson Pierce left the land he owned in Cherokee Co Ga to the widow (and her children) of his son John R Pierce. She remarried as Nancy Jane Wimpey Pierce Millwood. The Pierces 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. LD Pierce Sr. (Peg Leg) is mentioned in Albert Crooks Diary of early Johnson county. Clem A Pierce is listed as one of the original land grand holders of Johnson County Tx. He is also listed in Cleburne and Johnson Co. Tx as a Civil War Veteran.
I am researching the land titles to the Pierce Ranch to determine how they obtained land from the former Robertsons Colony. (the Robertsons 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 termites 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 townsitefrom 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 Crooks 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
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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. email@example.com PO Box 86 Gage OK 73843 . Write or email for directions to this cemetery. 800-398-5127
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 AJs and Nancys graves. There is one other cement tombstone listing Jessie Pierce (Clem Pierce and Mollie Gordons 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. When Lester did this for the cemetery this is how I finally found him. He has left his phone number with Larry Dyer who owns the land the Pierce Cemetery is now on!! 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 Nancys 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 legiblethink 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 Petersons 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 Pierces 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 sons 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 dont 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 dont 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 dont 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.
"Old Citizen is Dead At Home" Article from Johnson County TX newspaper. . Clem Pierce Yields to Grim Reaper and is Called to Heavenly Reward April 5th, 1907.
On Sunday night at 8:15 o'clock Mr. Clem Pierce, one is of the best known ranchers and stockmen of Johnson County, was called to his heavenly reward. Mr. Pierce had been in poor health of some time. For the past several summers he had been spending much of his time in the mountains of Colorado. These summer trips seemed to improve his health, but two weeks ago, he was attacked by la grippe and since that time slowly sank, until death claim him. The attack of la grippe was followed by an attack of heart disease. On Friday his condition became alarming, and although he had the best of attention, it was to no avail. He was born in Hall County GA Dec 16, 1842, and was 66 years old at the time of his death. (1908). He leaves a wife, and several children to mourn his death. The funeral was held from the family u residence on Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The friends of the deceased will join this paper in extending sympathy during this hour of bereavement.
New Home Baptist Church
The New Hope Baptist Church in Freeland community in Western Johnson County held their annual homecoming Sunday May 25, 1969 Other big ranches here were the Cameron, Willingham and Pierce Ranches. Clem Pierce owned 6,596 acres along the Brazes River. He branded every calf he could find with his initials, C.A.P. In this wild, unfenced land a calf without a brand could be claimed by anyone. Pierces niece, Ola Dell Pierce Jones (Clyde Jones, deceased, was a cousin of Mrs. Crook), came down from Wichita Falls for the homecoming. She was the youngest child of George W. Pierce, brother of Clem, and when George died the children were placed in different homes. Clem took little Ola Dell. She said one of the Negroes, called Snow Ball, played marbles with her. She learned to ride the wild horses and would go all over the big ranch. which she said ran clear to Bee Mountain. It joined the Mertz property on the south and east. She said she inherited 150 acres from the ranch, and it was the land her father originally homesteaded. She planned to visit the old Pierce family cemetery Sunday afternoon. The Granther Lafons were probably the earliest settlers in this community. The original loghouse on the Lafon place and the Loghouse on the Pierce Ranch are both still standing. Editors Note: Bertha Pierce was raised by my great grandfather LD Pierce Sr. (Pegleg) Note also: the Pierce Log Cabin was torn down in 1997. The Johnson County Historical Society wanted to save it but it was too far destroyed by termites
By Viola Block Johnson County History Book Page 257-258 reprinted with permission Oct 1998
Welcome to my Genealogy Web Page-Pierce Surname. Descendents of Reuben Pierce born in Edgefield Dist SC 1768 DESCENDENTS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON PIERCE GA
Journal Cant Remember the Date 1998 1999?
Descendants of George Washington Pierce
(2nd generation of Andrew Jackson Pierce)
Generation No. 1
1. George Washington3 Pierce (Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1) was born January 01, 1841 in Lumpkin Co., GA, and died September 30, 1896 in Cisco, Eastland Co., TX at 55 years of age. He married Nora I. Daniels before 1889 in Cisco, Eastland, TX. Both were buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Cisco, Eastland CO, TX. George Pierce Died a short while after moving to Eastland County and is buried in Cisco Tx. My grandfather Peg Leg Raised Bertha Pierce, and his brother Clem Abercrombie Pierce raised Ola Dell Pierce.
Notes for George Washington Pierce:
George enlisted in the CSA on 4 May 1864 at Mossy Creek GA in Co E (Capt. Kelly's Co.) 30 Battallion Georgia Calvary for the duration of the war. He is listed as 23 years old 5' 6" tall, fair complexion with dark hair and blue eyes. CSA Co. F., 2nd Regiment - Infantry. (Cherokee County GA)
Pierce moved to Texas in 1866 some twenty miles from Waco, and moved to
Johnson County in 1869. Not legiblethink it reads had six boys and six
girls. Both are buried in the old homestead Cemetery in Johnson County."
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 Entry January 13
GEO. PIERCE ACQUITTED
Allen Pierce to Eddie Force May 1980
Editors Note: Sept 25 2003
Children of George Pierce and Nora Daniels are:
2 i. Alamo4 Pierce, born May 31, 1887 in Cisco, Eastland Co., TX.
Drowned in river or creek at Cisco Tx early age.
+ 3 ii. Bertha Tule Pierce, born October 01, 1889 in Cisco, Eastland Co., TX; died December 06, 1952 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA at age 63.
4 iii. (Mattie) Pierce, born 1886 in Cisco, Eastland, TX. She married Charles Hamblen.
Notes for (Mattie) Pierce:
Mattie Pierce married Charles Hamblen and moved to Tucson AZ where he operated some sort of store. This according to Lester Jones-1998
+ 5 iv. Ola Dell Pierce, born March 13, 1894 in Cisco, Eastland Co., TX; died June 16, 1987 in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX buried Iowa Park.
Mattie Pierce Hamblen
Generation No. 1
1. Charles Kelly Hamblen was the son of George Ransome Hamblen [188.8.131.52], the son of Pleasant W. Hamblen [4.4.2], the son of Thomas P. Hamblen [4.4], the son of our Patriot, Pierce Dant Hamblen , the son of our Patriarch, George Hamblen .
184.108.40.206.2] CHARLES KELLY HAMBLEN: Born September 1892 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas. He was the second child of George Ransome Hamblen and Mary Ellen (Young) Hamblen.
Charles married Mattie Pierce, an orphan girl, who was born in October of 1891. Charles made his living as a shoe salesman. He lived in Sherman, Texas; Durant, Oklahoma; and in Phoenix, Arizona.
Charles died in Phoenix, Arizona on August 15, 1951. Mattie died on April 8, 1982. One child:
220.127.116.11.2.1 Charles Ransome Hamblen, b. Nov. 3, 1918.*
[18.104.22.168.2.1] CHARLES RANSOME HAMBLEN: Born November 3, 1918. He was the son of Charles Kelly and Mattie (Pierce) Hamblen. Charles married Helen Virginia Aslesen on August 30, 1946. Helen was the daughter of Christian E. and Gunda (Feste) Aslesen.
Charles was a shoe salesman, like his father, and he also owned his own appliance store in Tucson, Arizona. Church affiliation: Non-denominational. Charles died January 28, 1987. Their children:
22.214.171.124.2.1.1 Kristina Kay Hamblen, b. Mar. 5, 1951.*
126.96.36.199.2.1.2 Jan Marie Hamblen, b. May 14, 1958.*
188.8.131.52.2.1.3 Joyce Ann Hamblen, b. Sept. 14, 1960.*
184.108.40.206.2.1.4 John Pierce Hamblen, b. Sept. 14, 1960.*
220.127.116.11.2.1.5 George Robert Hamblen, b. Sept. 14, 1960.*
THE CHILDREN OF CHARLES RANSOME HAMBLEN
Charles Ransome Hamblen was the son of Charles Kelly Hamblen [18.104.22.168.2], the son of George Ransome Hamblen [22.214.171.124], the son of Pleasant W. Hamblen [4.4.2], the son of Thomas P. Hamblen 4.4], the son of our Patriot, Pierce Dant Hamblen , the son of our Patriarch, George Hamblen .
[126.96.36.199.2.1.1] KRISTINA KAY HAMBLEN: Born March 5, 1951 in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of Charles Ransome Hamblen and Helen Virginia (Aslesen) Hamblen.
Kristina graduated from Tucson High School in 1969. That year she married Jerry David Greene, June 12, 1969. Jerry is a descendant of Nathaniel Greene, and is the son of Saul Greene and Olive (Thomas) Greene. Kristina is a house wife and Jerry is in real estate development. They reside in Tucson, Arizona. Non_denominational. Their children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Joy Anna Greene, b. Feb. 22, 1970.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Christy Greene, b. Feb. 22, 1970.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Angela Joann Greene, b. Sept. 23, 1977.
[188.8.131.52.2.1.2] JAN MARIE HAMBLEN: Born May 14, 1958 in Tucson, Arizona; the daughter of Charles Ransome Hamblen and Helen Virginia (Aslesen) Hamblen.
Jan is a graduate of American High School, Chicago, Illinois, 1975. She married Mark Wedel of Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of John O. Wedel and Peggy L. (Flanagan) Wedel. Mark is a mechanical engineer. Jan and Mark reside in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. One child:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Charissa Grace Wedel, b. April 30, 1983.
[18.104.22.168.2.1.3] JOYCE ANN HAMBLEN: Born on September 14, 1960 in Tucson, Arizona; the daughter of Charles Ransome Hamblen and Helen Virginia (Aslesen) Hamblen. Joyce was the first_born in a set of triplets.
Joyce is a graduate of American High School in Chicago, Illinois, 1978. She also graduated from Pima Community College in May, 1985, with a RN degree.
Joyce married on November 13, 1987 to Don Mattox of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Don has a son named Jared. Before moving to Florida, Joyce worked with retarded children. Joyce and Don reside in Shalimar, Florida.
[22.214.171.124.2.1.4] JOHN PIERCE HAMBLEN: Born on September 14, 1960 in Tucson, Arizona; the son of Charles Ransome Hamblen and Helen Virginia (Aslesen) Hamblen. John was the second born in a set of triplets. He died 6 days after his birth, on September 20, 1960.
[126.96.36.199.2.1.5] GEORGE ROBERT HAMBLEN: Born on September 14, 1960, in Tucson, Arizona; the son of Charles Ransome Hamblen and Helen Virginia (Aslesen) Hamblen. George was the third born in a set of triplets. George was named after his great_grandfather, George Ransome Hamblen.
He graduated from Tucson High School in 1978, and from Pima Community College with an Associates degree in 1981. In 1983 he graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in business.
George married Rachel Eunice Potter of Tucson on February 25, 1984. Rachel is the daughter of Dale Wayne Potter and Katherine Louise (Million) Potter of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Rachel was born on June 28, 1964 in Rockford, Illinois. She graduated from Williford High School in May of 1982. She moved to Tucson that year and met George.
The author located George and Rachel through the help of directory assistance. He had heard that Charles Ransome Hamblen lived in Tucson, but when he called that number had been disconnected. Taking a chance he called directory assistance and took a chance that Charles had named his son "George" after George Ransome Hamblen. Later that year (October 1987) the author was able to visit with George and Rachel. George relates the following incident:
"There is an interesting story to tell that helped us find the information we needed to trace our side of the family in Texas. My father, Charles Ransome, had a practice of feeding transients and giving them Bibles. He happened to give our family Bible away. We never expected to see it again. One day we got a call from a friend. He said head been to a yard sale and found a Bible with my name "George" in it. He gave us the Bible and when Larry Hamblen came to visit us we showed it to him. It wasn't until we were showing him the Bible that we found the data we needed about George Ransome and his wife. The pages had been stuck together and we hadn't noticed it before. We were all very excited about finding this information."
and Rachel live in Tucson, Arizona. George is a salesman. They are
nondenominational No children as of yet (1989). [Since this writing,
George and Rachel have moved to Johnson City, Tennesse, and have a
Generation No. 1
1. Bertha Tule4 Pierce (George Washington3, Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1) was born October 01, 1889 in Cisco, Eastland Co., TX, and died December 06, 1952 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA at age 63. She married James Henry Force.
More About Bertha Tule Pierce:
Fact 1: Visalia, Tulare Co., CA
Children of Bertha Pierce and James Force are:
2 i. Joel W.5 Force, born May 13, 1907 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX.
More About Joel W. Force:
Fact 1: 1907
+ 3 ii. Finas Odell Force, born May 05, 1908 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX; died May 05, 1992 in Russelville, Pope Co., AR.
+ 4 iii. Grover W Force, born March 11, 1910 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX.
+ 5 iv. Lillian Force, born March 11, 1912 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX.
6 v. James Henry Force, born April 04, PRIVATE in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX.
More About James Henry Force:
Fact 1: Hollis, Armond Co., OK
7 vi. Pauline Force, born June 08, PRIVATE in Hollis, Armond Co., OK; died in Hollis, Armond Co., OK. She died young.
8 vii. Fred Foye Force, born March 05, 1921 in Hollis, Harmon Co., OK; died November 27, 1943 in Pacific Ocean.
Notes for Fred Foye Force:
He was listed as
Missing in Action on a Honolulu War Memorial.
Generation No. 2
3. Finas Odell5 Force (Bertha Tule4 Pierce, George Washington3, Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1) was born May 05, 1908 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX, and died May 05, 1992 in Russelville, Pope Co., AR. He married Force.
Child of Finas Force and Force is:
+ 9 i. Eddie Arnold6 Force, born October 06, PRIVATE in Guy, Faulkner Co AR.
4. Grover W5 Force (Bertha Tule4 Pierce, George Washington3, Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1) was born March 11, 1910 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX. He married Ethyl.
More About Grover W Force:
Fact 1: July 11, 1991, Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA
Children of Grover Force and Ethyl are:
+ 10 i. Chloe Ann6 Force.
11 ii. James Richard (Dick) Force, born PRIVATE in Jamestown, Calaveras Co., CA.
5. Lillian5 Force (Bertha Tule4 Pierce, George Washington3, Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1) was born March 11, 1912 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX. She married Anderson. Died April 1956, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA
Child of Lillian Force and Anderson is:
12 i. Gene Eugene6 Anderson, born About 1941; died 1956.suicide.
Generation No. 3
9. Eddie Arnold6 Force (Finas Odell5, Bertha Tule4 Pierce, George Washington3, Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1) was born October 06, PRIVATE in Guy, Faulkner Co., AR. He married Cheryl Gene Dredge September 16, 1966 in Pocatello ID. Lives in Pueblo West Colorado.
Children of Eddie Force and Cheryl Dredge are:
13 i. Michelle7 Force, born March 11, PRIVATE in New London Co., CT.
14 ii. Shawn Christopher Force, born May 28, PRIVATE in Grotton, New London Co., CT.
10. Chloe Ann6 Force (Grover W5, Bertha Tule4 Pierce, George Washington3, Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1). Notes for Chloe Ann Force: Lives in Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA.
Child of Chloe Ann Force is: 15 i. Alan7.
Descendants of Ola Dell Pierce
Generation No. 1
1. Ola Dell4 Pierce (George Washington3, Andrew Jackson2, Reuben1) was born March 13, 1894 in Cisco, Eastland Co., TX, and died June 16, 1987 in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX and buried Iowa Park TX. She married Clyde Edward Jones August 27, 1911, son of George Jones and Caledonia Edwards.
New Home Baptist Church
The New Hope Baptist Church in Freeland community in Western Johnson County held their annual homecoming Sunday May 25, 1969..Other big ranches here were the Cameron, Willingham and Pierce Ranches. Clem Pierce owned 6,596 acres along the Brazes River. He branded every calf he could find with his initials, C.A.P. In this wild, unfenced land a calf without a brand could be claimed by anyone. Pierces niece, Ola Dell Pierce Jones (Clyde Jones, deceased, was a cousin of Mrs. Crook), came down from Wichita Falls for the homecoming. She was the youngest child of George W. Pierce, brother of Clem, and when George died the children were placed in different homes. Clem took little Ola Bell. She said one of the Negroes, called Snow Ball, played marbles with her. She learned to ride the wild horses and would go all over the big ranch, which she said ran clear to Bee Mountain. It joined the Mertz property on the south and east. She said she inherited 150 acres from the ranch, and it was the land her father originally homesteaded. She planned to visit the old Pierce family cemetery Sunday afternoon. The Granther Lafons were probably the earliest settlers in this community. The original loghouse on the Lafon place and one of the Pierce Ranch are both still standing. Editors Note: Bertha Pierce Olla Dell's Sister was raised by my Great Grandfather LD Pierce (PegLeg). by Viola Block Johnson County History Book Page 257-258
Children of Ola Pierce and Clyde Jones are:
Lester A. Jones, 95, of Amarillo died Saturday,
Nov. 21, 2009.
+ 2 i. Lester5 Jones, born April 04, PRIVATE in Johnson County Goat Neck.
+ 3 ii. Windle George Jones, born April 06, PRIVATE in Johnson County Goat Neck; died January 11, 1998 in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX buried Iowa Park Jan 13 1998, 81 yrs old.
4 iii. Opal Altus Jones, born March 10, 1918; died June 15, 1918.
5 iv. Edward Odell Jones, born Jan 17 1913 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX; died 1912 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX.
+ 6 v. Evelyn Kathryn Jones, born July 18, PRIVATE in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX.
Descendants of Lester Jones
Generation No. 1
Jones (Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1)
was born April 04, PRIVATE in Johnson County at Goat Neck Pierce Ranch..
He married Clarice Gillis September 09, 1943 in Alexandria VA, daughter
of Christopher Gillis and Viola Eller.
Children of Lester Jones and Clarice Gillis are:
2 i. Jesse Alan5 Jones, born May 25, PRIVATE in FT Riley Manhattan Kansas. He married (1) Martha Jan Ellerson September 07, 1968 in Canoga Park California. He married (2) Debbie Brittingham September 03, 1993 in Las Vegas NV. Lives in Newport Beach Calif.
+ 3 ii. Howard Raymond Jones, born March 10, PRIVATE in Pampa TX.
4 iii. Judith Louise Jones, born PRIVATE; died 1947.
Generation No. 2
3. Howard Raymond5 Jones (Lester4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born March 10, PRIVATE in Pampa TX. He married Ellen Jones in Abilene TX. Howard Passed away 4-30-11 and is buried in Pampa TX.
Howard was born on March 10, 1949
and passed away on Friday, September 30, 2011 in Dallas Tx.
Child of Howard Jones and Ellen Jones is:
5 i. Mark Cristopher6 Jones, born May 25, PRIVATE in Abilene TX. Married Krista Jon Kerbs 1989.
Descendants of Windle George Jones
Windle George4 Jones (Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born April 06, PRIVATE in Johnson County, TX. Goat Neck, and died January 11, 1998 in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX buried Iowa Park Jan 13 1998,. He was 81 yr. old. He married (1) Violet Burnett April 03, 1934 in Cotton Co Oklahoma. He married (2) Evelyn Flesher March 08, 1989 in Wichita Falls TX.
Children of Windle Jones and Violet Burnett are:
+ 2 i. Gary Windle5 Jones, born October 05, PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX.
+ 3 ii. Shari Jeanette Jones, born April 11, PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX.
Generation No. 2
2. Gary Windle5 Jones (Windle George4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born October PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX. He married Shirley Whitsit September 26, 1953 in Archer City TX.
Children of Gary Jones and Shirley Whitsit are:
+ 4 i. Gary Windle (II)6 Jones, born October 11, PRIVATE.
5 ii. Kelly Sue Jones, born July 26, PRIVATE. Lives in Austin, TX.
3. Shari Jeanette5 Jones (Windle George4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born April 11, PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX. She married (1) Vernal Huffines February 01, 1958. She married (2) William Perry Woodward May 27, 1961.
Children of Shari Jones and Vernal Huffines are:
6 i. Jan Cherise6 Huffines, born October 27, PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX.
7 ii. Wendell Leon Huffines, born October 17, PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX.
Children of Shari Jones and William Woodward are:
+ 8 i. Terry V6 Woodward, born February 14, PRIVATE.
+ 9 ii. Elaine Jo Woodward, born January 17, PRIVATE.
+ 10 iii. Jerry E Woodward, born January 09, PRIVATE.
Generation No. 3
Gary Windle (II)6 Jones (Gary Windle5, Windle George4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born October 11, PRIVATE. He married Marlena Elizabeth Hopkins. Lives in Austin, TX.
Children of Gary Jones and Marlena Hopkins are:
11 i. Gary Windel (III)7 Jones, born July PRIVATE.
+ 12 ii. David Brandon Jones, born September 13, PRIVATE in Ft Hood TX.
8. Terry V6 Woodward (Shari Jeanette5 Jones, Windle George4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born February 14, PRIVATE. He married Sandy Sandoval.
Child of Terry Woodward and Sandy Sandoval I 13 i. Aaron7 Woodward.
9. Elaine Jo6 Woodward (Shari Jeanette5 Jones, Windle George4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born January 17, PRIVATE. She married David Kelly.
Child of Elaine Woodward and David Kelly is:
14 i. David7 Kelly.
10. Jerry E6 Woodward (Shari Jeanette5 Jones, Windle George4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born January 09, PRIVATE. He married Julie Wilson.
Children of Jerry Woodward and Julie Wilson are:
15 i. Ryan7 Woodward, born December 30, PRIVATE.
16 ii. Triston Woodward, born August PRIVATE.
Generation No. 4
12. David Brandon7 Jones (Gary Windle (II)6, Gary Windle5, Windle George4, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born September 13, PRIVATE in Ft Hood TX. He married Summer ??.
Child of David Jones and Summer ?? is:
17 i. Sydney Alexandra8 Jones, born August 28, PRIVATE in Austin TX
Descendants of Evelyn Katheryn Jones
Generation No. 1
1. Evelyn Katheryn4 Jones (Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born July 18, PRIVATE in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX. She married Walter T Green April 20, 1940 in Wichita Falls TX.
Children of Evelyn Jones and Walter Green are:
+ 2 i. Dorothy Ann5
Green, born April 11, PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX.
3 ii. Merry Margaret Green, born March 25, PRIVATE. She married Gary Robert McDonald May 16, PRIVATE in Austin TX. Notes for Merry Margaret Green: Merry McDonald University of Missour. lives in Missouri
+4 iii. Ola Marie, born May 02, PRIVATE in Poplar Bluff MO.
Generation No. 2
2. Dorothy Ann5 Green (Evelyn Katheryn4 Jones, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born April 11, 1941 in Wichita Falls TX. She married James Elbert Glisson December 24, PRIVATE in Wichita Falls TX, son of Levin Glisson and Ruby Cook. Now Lives in Plano Texas.
Children of Dorothy Green and James Glisson are:
5 i. Richard William6 Glisson, born August 04, PRIVATE.
6 ii. David Anthony Glisson, born August 18, PRIVATE; died July 22, 1982 in Dallas TX at 19 years of age.
Ola5 Marie (Evelyn Katheryn4 Jones, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born May 02, PRIVATE in Poplar Bluff MO. She married (1) Thomas Edward McCarty March 18, 1967 in Karamursel Turkey. She married (2) Thomas Lynn Theimer June 01, 1986
Child of Ola Marie and Thomas McCarty is:
+ 7 i. Gina Marie6 McCarty, born November PRIVATE.
Generation No. 3
7. Gina Marie6 McCarty (Ola5 Marie, Evelyn Katheryn4 Jones, Clyde Edward3, George Epps2, James Randall1) was born November 30, PRIVATE. She married (1) Charles Benjamin Garcia June 28, 1985 in Johnson Co. TX. She married (2) Wendell Carl Patterson May 17, 1996 in New Orleans LA.
Children of Gina McCarty and Charles Garcia are:
8 i. Brandon Charles7 Garcia, born March 16, PRIVATE.
9 ii. Richard Julian Garcia, born September 19, PRIVATE.
All info on descendants of Charles Ransome Hamblen and Mattie Pierce
Hamblen furnished by Larry Hamblen of San Diego Calif.