Pierce Family Bible Records





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The following information was transcribed by Charles Lee Richardson in May 2001 from a family Bible which belonged to my Great Great Grandfather, Oscar S. Pierce (19 June 1839 - 22 June 1890).  This Bible contains several newspaper articles pertaining to members of my family plus, birth, marriage and death records.  Several of the people mentioned here are buried in Britton Run Cemetery, which is located just outside Spartansburg, Sparta Twp., Crawford County PA. 



The following information was transcribed from

information and newspaper articles found in:



The Complete Analysis

Of the

Holy Bible



Rev. Nathaniel West, D.D.


A.J. Johnson, Publisher

276 & 278 Mulberry St. New York




Inside the front cover is the inscription: Presented to Oscar Pierce by his Father and Mother on his forty-fifth birthday, 1884.



Newspaper articles


This article is about my Great Grandfather, Frank O. Pierce, winning the cutest baby contest.  I believe it was held in Corry PA in 1882.


The Fair


Yesterday was the last day of the fair and the most interesting.  An immense crowd was on the ground all day.  The exhibition was better and the races more exciting.  The baby show was the most interesting and created the greatest excitement.  There were 40 anxious mothers with their darlings clasped in their arms, each expecting theirs would take the prize - a Davis sewing machine.  After the judges had fully inspected them all and repaired for consultation, the excitement among the females was immense.  When the decision was given there were some weeping and others laughing.  The baby that took the prize was little Frankie PIERCE, seventeen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar PIERCE of Pleasant Street.  The little fellow was taken into a carriage by Harry KING, the awarder of the prize, and held up so that the crowd could all see him.  A moment's look at his clear complexion, with beauty sparkling out of his bright, blue eyes, was enough to convince one that the judges had done their duty.

The contest of chopping off a green beach log, 21 inches in diameter, in the shortest space of time, also sawing the same with a cross-cut saw, was witnessed with great interest and enthusiasm.  Five dollars was the prize and was won by Ike WHITNEY, who accomplished the feat in 5 minutes and 41 seconds.  

The successful competitors for sawing the log were James MILLER and Mr. RICE, who together worked the saw through in one minute and twenty-five seconds.  There were no entries on red-headed women, so Beavis keeps his hat and Henry PORTER his wig.  The races were exciting and witnessed by an immense crowd of people.  The policemen were busily engaged in making arrests and conveying the tired out humanity to the cooler.  One old gentleman was arrested for abusing his horse and running into another gentleman's rig and smashing it to pieces.


Another Fair article, Corry PA, 1843:


Little Frank PIERCE, of this city, who drew the Davis sewing machine three years ago at the fair, for being the boss baby, was on the fair ground this year, and to prove the righteous judgement then rendered, he took the lifting machine in hand and put it up to fifty two pound, proving himself a stalwart four-year-old.


Obituaries, MARRIAGES AND 



My Great-Great Grandmother, Lydia F. (Hamilton) Pierce   (25 Apr 1850 - 21 Aug 1927)




Mrs. Lydia PIERCE, widow of the late Oscar PIERCE, died Sunday evening at 11:30 o'clock at the home of Mrs. HATCH on Columbus Avenue.  She was 77 years of age.  Mrs. PIERCE is survived by one son, Frank PIERCE, and one grandson, Robert PIERCE, of Ashville, N.Y., and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services are to be held at her home, 1318 West Pleasant Street, on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Burial will be made in Britton Run cemetery.


View photo of Lydia Hamilton Pierce

View headstone for Lydia Hamilton Pierce


The following is an article on the marriage of my Great Grandparents, Anna E. KARASH (10 Feb 1881 - 7 Feb 1944) and Fransis (Frank) O. PIERCE (12 May 1881 - 1 Sept 1946) followed by his obituary.


A Pleasant Home Wedding


A quiet home wedding was solemnized at the home of Fred KARASH on Wednesday evening, June 11, 1902, at 8:30 PM when his daughter Miss Anna was united in marriage to Frank O. PIERCE of Connecticut.  The bride was handsomely gowned in white muslin with trimmings of Irish point lace and applique, and carried Bride roses.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. Jud in the presence of a few friends and relatives.  Miss Marie HANK was maid of honor and John McCARTHY acted as best man.

After the ceremony all repaired to the dining hall where a bountiful supper was served.  After which their friends departed wishing them much joy and prosperity.  Mr. and Mrs. PIERCE have gone south on their wedding tour.




Frank O. Pierce Rites Wednesday


Special to The Dispatch Herald  (dated 1946)


CORRY, Sept. 2 - Frank O. PIERCE, 65, died unexpectedly at 9 AM Sunday in his home at RFD 1, County Line Road, Corry.

A machinist, he was born in Corry May 12, 1881, and lived all his life here.  Mr. PIERCE was a member of the Corry Lodge of Elks, and the Union City Loyal Order of Moose.

He is survived by his wife, * Winnie Damon PIERCE; a son, Robert, of Union City; a granddaughter, Helen; and two grandsons, Charles and Kenneth, all of Union City.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday from the Bracken-Keating Funeral Home, Corry.


*  Frank married Winnie Damon (HARGROVE) March 4, 1945




The following is the obituary and newspaper article on the death of my Grandfather, Robert Oscar PIERCE


PIERCE - Sunday, Sept. 18, 1955.  Robert O. PIERCE, age 47 years, 60 South St., Union City, Pa.  Husband of Kathryn PIERCE, son of Winnifred PIERCE of Corry, father of Mrs. Helen RICHARDSON, Charles and Kenneth of Union City Pa.  Friends will be received at the Glenn Funeral Home, Union City, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 PM.  Internment Evergreen Cemetery.


Robert Pierce Died Suddenly At Summer Home


Stricken With Acute Heart Attack Sunday Afternoon - Funeral Service Wednesday


A host of Union City friends were stunned early Sunday evening with the announcement of the sudden death of Robert Pierce, 47, owner of the PIERCE engineering Co. at 60 South St.  He was stricken with an acute heart attack at his summer trailer home at Canadohta Lake and died almost instantly.  

Unbeknown to most of his friends, the deceased had been doctoring for a heart ailment for the past several months and late Sunday afternoon suffered the fatal attack.

He and his wife, Kathryn, moved to Union City 19 years ago and during their stay here made a host of friends who were shocked beyond words at the announcement of his sudden passing.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Charles and Kenneth PIERCE, both of this city, and a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Helen) RICHARDSON, also of Union City.  Five grandchildren and a step-mother, Mrs. Winifred PIERCE, of Corry, also survive.

The body has been removed to the Glenn Funeral Home on South Main Street where friends are invited to call anytime after seven o'clock this (Monday) evening and attend funeral services Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Burial will be made in Evergreen Cemetery.

Team members of the Women's Bowling League will call at the funeral home Tuesday evening.




This obituary was found in the book and, although I have Cook relatives on my Fathers side of the family, I cannot place Mary or Charles COOK as one of my relatives (yet).





Mrs. Cook, wife of Charles Cook on the lake shore, died Feb. 25, her 88th birthday, and was laid to rest in the Conneaut cemetery Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28th.  Mrs. COOK was born in Springfield, Mass., Feb. 25th, 1815.  She was one of a family of seven children.  Her father died in 1828 when she was but thirteen years of age.  From that date she was self-supporting, thus helping her mother in the care of a large family of small children.  She was never idle and she didn't like to see those about her idle.  All through life she was "diligent in business".

The winter of 1848 she spent with friends on the lake shore.  On March 13, 1849, she was united in marriage to Mr. Charles COOK and since 1850 has resided with her husband on the lake shore.  They adopted two children, one at the age of three, the other eight years.  Mrs. COOK was no imitator.  She was not influenced by what others said or did.  She had a mind of her own.  She tried to find what was right and did it regardless of criticism.  She was quick to observe, and being a great reader was not governed either in her opinion or actions by blind prejudice.  You would wonder in conversing with her where she got all her information foe she was well informed on all the current topics of the day.

She united with the Conneaut Congregational church in 1852 and was a consistent member of that church until the day of her death.  For the past few years she has been feeble and unable to attend church services but her faith in the doctrines of the Cross was unshaken.  "She rests from her labors and her works do follow her".



As recorded in this book


Handwritten on a piece of paper, the following births were recorded.  This is the family of Philip and Amanda (COATS) PIERCE, my Great-Great-Great Grandparents.

Philip Pierce  born August 25, 1812
Amanda Coats      born September 1, 1817
Charles Sydney Pierce  born April 25, 1837
Oscar S. Pierce born June 19, 1839
Mary Gerusha Pierce born September 21, 1842
Amarilla Pierce  born April 15, 1845
Alduma Pierce    born January 10, 1850
Olivia Amanda Pierce born October 20, 1857
Gilbert Philip Pierce born February 8, 1860

Also noted was that Olivia A. Pierce died October 31, 1880.  Aged 23 years  10 days.





Oscar Pierce


Oscar Pierce born June 19, 1839

Lydia F. Pierce born April 25, 1850

Fransis Oscar Pierce born May 12, 1881

Anna E. Pierce born February 10, 1881

Robert Oscar Pierce born November 19, 1907

Children of Robert Pierce

Charles E. Pierce born July 6, 1928

Helen Ann Pierce born July 27, 1929

Kenneth R. Pierce born July 7, 1939






Same names as above listing from paper found in book, plus:

Children of Helen A. (Pierce) Richardson

Charles L. Richardson born December 1, 1951

Edward J. Richardson born March 23, 1953

Children of Charles L. Richardson

Christopher L. Richardson born 31 August 1975

Cory J. Richardson born September 22, 1977






Oscar Pierce and Lydia F. Hamilton married November 24, 1873

Frank O. Pierce and Anna E. Karash married June 11, 1902

Robert Pierce and Kathryn Thompson married September 11, 1927

Frank O. Pierce and Winnie Hargrove married March 4, 1945

Charles E. Pierce and Helen Howe married October 20, 1948

Helen Ann Pierce and Charles L. Richardson married June 24, 1949

Kenneth R. Pierce and Mary M. Coatum married November 22, 1958

Charles L. Richardson and Karen L. Mercer married August 24, 1974







Olivia A. Pierce died October 31, 1880   Aged 23 years  10 days

Oscar S. Pierce died June 22, 1890   Aged 51 years  3 days

Lydia F. Pierce died August 21, 1927  Aged 77 years

Philip Pierce died April 22, 1891  Age 79 years 10 months

Amanda Pierce died October 13, 1897  Aged 80 years

Clyde Pierce died December 19, 1921

Amerilla Gorden (Pierce) died January 8, 1922  Age 82

Gilbert Pierce died July 12, 1927  Age 67

Heiram E. Cochran died November 4, 1892  Age 32 years

Anna K. Pierce died February 7, 1944  Age 63

Frank O. Pierce died September 1, 1946  Age 65

Robert O. Pierce died September 18, 1955  Age 47


  View headstones in Britton Run Cemetery

Amanda Pierce

Gilbert P. Pierce

Lydia F. Hamilton Pierce

Olivia A. Pierce

Oscar S. Pierce

Philip Pierce


And finally, a poem entitled Waiting for Jesus

By Theo. D. C. Miller, M.D.


I am waiting for Jesus

In hope, through the years

For the smile of His welcome,

The deep love that cheers;

For the low, thrilling whisper

That soothes all my pain

Of that Friend who in kindness

Brings sunshine again.


I am waiting for Jesus

In love all alone,

While the joys of life's summer

Like song birds have flown.

All the sunbeams of pleasure

Have gone from my view:

While the charms of earth perish,

No heart love seems true.


I am waiting for Jesus

And sunshine again;

And I know that my waiting

Will not be in vain!

Though the gloom of affliction

Oppress me awhile,

Through the clouds fleecy texture

I see Jesus smile.



I am waiting for Jesus

For pleasure and rest;

When His love arms infold me

I'll lean on His breast!

Oh!  how long must I wander

In paths down to gloom,

When across the lone river

Are fields rich in bloom.


I am waiting for Jesus

And hours of relief;

May the time of His coming

To fond hearts be brief,

While the clouds gather o'er me,

In earth's night of woe,

But the cross bears me onward,

As heavenward I go.


I am waiting for Jesus,

With no voice to cheer,

And with no hand in kindness,

To wipe off grief's tear.

But in the dawn of the morning

Will burst on my sight,

When He comes for His children,

And takes them to light.





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