Howard Pierce

Howard Pierce

Howard Pierce, was the fourth of five sons of Eli Pierce and Sarah Burgess, was born 28 September 1828 in Athens, Greene County, N.Y. He received a good education, first in New York, then by private tutor at their home in Indiana.

He married Mary Katherine Mossman, daughter of Francis and Rhena E. Mossman, natives of Coshocton County, Ohio on 25 December 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Mossman had moved to Indiana when Mary was a girl.

By 1857 the couple moved to Ripon, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Then to Milwaukee about 1865 where Howard was engaged in the grain business. He conducted the grain business in Milwaukee and at Chicago until 1871 when they moved to Dade County, Missouri. Here they settled on prairie land near Lockwood. In 1879 the moved to a 160 acre farm nearby. He became a very prominent and successful farmer and cattle herder of Grant Township, Dade County. About 1890 Howard moved his family to Chicago where he was in the real estate business on the south side of Chicago.

In politics he was first a member of the Whig party and later became a Republican. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. for over thirty years, and he and his wife were members of the old school Presbyterian Church.

Howard and Mary Katherine were the parents of ten children. Two of the children died before 1900. The children are:

  • Belle Louise Pierce, b. 29 September 1856/7 in Whitley County, Indiana.
  • Mary Frances Pierce, b. 26 March 1861 in Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
  • Anna Elizabeth Pierce b. 8 April 1863 in Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin died young
  • Minnie Hazella Pierce, b. 18 April 1865 Wauwatosa
  • Francis Mossman “Frank” Pierce, b. 5 March 1869 in Wauwatosa
  • Paul Pierce, b. 19 October 1869/70
  • Howard Ogden Pierce, b. 15 June 1872 Lockwood, Dade County Missouri. Died 23 September 1899
  • William Burgess Pierce, b. July 1877 Missouri
  • Burgess Pierce, b. abt. 1878, died before 1915
  • Joseph Norman Pierce, b. 18 July 1881 in Lockwood, Missouri

Howard died 28 December 1915 and Mary died 2 December 1918.

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