Biography of Joseph B. Pierce
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Pierce, Joseph B., was born May 25, 1836, in Murray. His father, Aretus, was a son of Aretus, who was a native of St. Johnsburg, Vt., and came with his family to Orleans county in 1815, settled in Murray, and took up 100 acres of land two miles west of Holley. He married Rebecca Blood, and their children were; Betsey, Aretus, Daniel, Jerusha, Rebecca, Amanda, Joseph, and Casper. Betsey married Isaac Cady and settled in Clarendon; Daniel settled first in Murray and afterward in Monroe county, and died there. He married Mary Daggett; Jerusha married a Mr. Chapman, settled in Michigan, where she died: Rebecca married Charles Farnsworth, and settled in Niagara county; Amanda married Hunt Farnsworth and also settled in Niagara county; Joseph settled in Michigan; Casper settled in Holley, and married Louisa Warren. Aretus Pierce lived and died in Murray. He was always a farmer, and took an active interest in political affairs. He was originally a Whig and later a Republican, was highway commissioner, and was several times a candidate for supervisor. Was a member of the Holley Presbyterian Church, and married Matilda Steadman. Their children were: Sophronia, George W., John Z., Maria, Joseph B., and Caroline A., all of whom are living. Joseph B. Pierce has always lived in Murray, and has always been engaged in farming. He married in 1860 Emily, daughter of Solomon Brown, of Murray, and their children are: Edith,who married Elmer Hamilton; Fannie, who died in 1887; Florence E., and Nettie M., who married Howard Handy.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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