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Transcribed and Submitted by Janet PETERS Ordway
Photo of Allen F. Pierce included in Pierce Bible
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This Bible is in the property of Allen F Pierce Library in Troy, Pa.

Transcribed and typed by Janet Peters Ordway


Notes found written in front of Bible. (I noticed that dates didn’t always agree with those found in the center of the Bible)

Israel Pierce grandfather of Israel A Pierce born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts – 1760

Israel Pierce died in Columbia Bradford Co, Pa. March 1838.

Israel Pierce father of Israel A Pierce born in Rehoboth, Mass 1787

Died in Troy, Pa. 1862.

Walker Pierce born Nov 29, 1809 died at Troy, Pa. Oct 20th 1888.

Harriet G Burgess Pierce died June 25, 1898.

Charles Frederick Pierce, son of I A & Harriet Pierce born at Troy, Pa. Oct 6th, 1857 and died Aug 31, 1876.

Margaret S Pierce wife of John Franklin Pierce died at Troy, Pa. April 1st, 1938. Born at Monroeton, Pa. Sept 25, 1852.

Beatrice Nearing born in Morris Run, Pa. January 17th 1892 married Allen Frederick (the same as Frederick Allen Pierce) in Barrington, R I on Aug 10th 1914.

Jean Margaret Pierce (Peggy) of Allen F and Beatrice Pierce was born in East Orange, NJ Feb 25, 1922.

Beatrice Nearing Pierce died July 10, 1973 in Towson, Maryland.

(Found in center of Bible)



Israel Allen Pierce born October 3rd, 1820 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Came to Pennsylvania May 19th, 1832.

Harriet G Burgess, wife of I A Pierce, born May 2nd 1826, in Springfield, Pa.

John Franklin Pierce, son of Israel A and Harriet G Pierce, born May 24th 1853, at Troy, Penna.

Charles Frederick Pierce, son of Israel A and Harriet G Pierce, born November 6th 1857, at Troy, Penna.

Frederick Allen Pierce, son of John Franklin and Margaret Pierce, born June 18, 1889, at Troy, Penna.

Walker Pierce, brother of I A Pierce and sons of Israel Pierce, and grandsons of Israel Pierce, was born November 29th, 1809 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Beatrice Nearing, wife of Frederick Allen Pierce (Allen Frederick) born Jan 17th 1892 at Morris Run, Pa.

Jean Margaret Pierce (Peggy) daughter of Allen Frederick and Beatrice N Pierce, born in East Orange, NJ Feb 25th 1922.


Israel a Pierce and Harriet G Burgess daughter of Charles Burgess married August 17th 1848 at Springfield, Penna.

John Franklin Pierce and Margaret Shannon, the daughter of James Shannon, married, April 26th 1883 at Troy, Penna.

Israel A Pierce and Betsey Slingerland, widow of David Slingerland were married December 31st 1891, at Troy, Penna.

Allen Fred’k Pierce and Beatrice Nearing married in Barrington, R I August 10th, 1914.


Charles Frederick Pierce died August 31st 1876 at Troy, Penna.

Harriet G Pierce, wife of Israel A Pierce died February 12th 1891.

Israel A Pierce died June 24th 1898 at Troy, Penna.

John Franklin Pierce died December 18, 1902 at Watkins Sanitarium N Y. Was buried in Oakhill Cemetery, Troy, Pa.

Margaret S Pierce, wife of John Franklin Pierce died in Troy, Pa. April 1st 1938. Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Walker Pierce, brother of I A Pierce died October 20th 1888 at Troy, Penna. 

LOCAL CLIPPINGS (found in Bible)

An All Day’s Pleasure

Allen Pierce Jr entertained a company of friends on Friday June 18th, in honor of his eighth birthday. Choice refreshments were served at 12 o’clock in the form of a "Pink lunch". In the afternoon the merry company were chaperoned by Mr. & Mrs. Pierce to "Alparon Park" for an outing, which culminated with another feast, spread under the beautiful trees in that picturesque spot. After this the happy quests returned home, thanking Master Allen for his unbounded hospitality, and congratulating themselves over the pleasures, which had formed a "Red Letter Day" in their happy lives.

Western Union Telegram 8:10 AM 7-20-1916 from New York to Mrs. Margaret Pierce Troy, Pa.

Barbara was born this morning at two weighs eight and looks healthy everything went right and Beatrice says she is feeling fine


Pierce – Suddenly on June 18, 1953 Allen F beloved husband of Beatrice N Pierce of 511 West Joppa Road Towson. Friends may call at William J Tichner & Sons, North and Pennsylvania Avenues from 1 to 5 PM Friday. Private services and interment in Troy, Pa. (It is earnestly requested that flowers be omitted)

Mrs. Margaret Shannon Pierce, 86, died at the family home in Troy, Pa., Friday, April 1, 1938, at 3 a.m. She is survived by a son, Allen F Pierce, and a granddaughter, Jean Margaret Pierce, of Towson, Md; a sister Mrs. J Hooley of Troy. Funeral services will probably be held Sunday at the home with the Rev. J.L. McHugh of St. John’s Church officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.

Elmira Daily Adv.

Israel A Pierce - Death Yesterday of an Old and Prominent Resident of Troy, Pa.

Troy, Pa. June 24- Israel A Pierce, known throughout this neighborhood for fifty years as "Squire Pierce" vice president and one of the foremost organizers of the First National Bank of Troy, died at his home on Elmira Street at 6 o’clock this morning. Mr. Pierce was born in Rehoboth, Mass., October 3, 1820 and was in his seventy-eighth year. He came to this place about 1883 and, commencing in 1851, was for twenty years engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, and later in the hardware business till 1884, when he was burned out. Having a large clientage in the settlement of estates, Mr. Pierce has since given his attention thereto, as well as to the management of his own affairs, he being largely interested in real estate throughout the county.

He was married on August 17, 1848, to Miss Harriet G Burgess, who died February 12, 1891, aged sixty-five years.

Mr. Pierce was an indefatigable reader and thinker and was offered an honorary membership in the United States Geological Society on account of his researches in that direction. He was the possessor of one of the finest libraries in the county. He has been a very prominent member of the financial and business circles of the town and vicinity for over fifty years and will be much missed. He was an attendant of the Episcopal Church.

He is survived by an only son, J Franklin, and by his wife Betsey Slingerland Pierce, whom he married in 1892. He was taken about six weeks ago with cerebral embolism and last Saturday he suffered a shock of paralysis. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Sunday at 2 o’clock.

An Esteemed Citizen

J. Franklin Pierce, one of Troy’s wealthiest and best-known citizen, who died in a sanitarium in Corning, NY on Thursday of last week, was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery on Sunday afternoon last, the funeral being held at the family home in Troy Township. There was a large attendance of Troy relatives and friends and many came from out of town to pay their last respects to a man whom all esteemed.

Mr. Pierce was born in Troy, May 21, 1953, and was for many years associated in business with his father, Israel Allen Pierce. On the death of his father, seven years ago, he succeeded to the business and the estate. He was a director of the First National Bank of Troy and interested in other business enterprise of the borough. His wife and one son, Frederick Allen Pierce survive. The services were in charge of the Rev. Father Connolly of St. John’s Church. (Picture of Late J Franklin Pierce)


At a regular meeting of the Directors of the First National Bank of Troy, Pa. Held January 30, 1903, the following preambles and Resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, an allwise Providence has seen fit to remove from among us our esteemed friend and neighbor Mr. J Franklin Pierce, and

Whereas, Mr. Pierce has been associated with the First National Bank of Troy, Pa. from its inception, and

Whereas, In his official duties as well as in social intercourse he has always merited our full confidence and esteem. Therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Officers, Directors, and Stockholders of the Bank hereby express their sorrow for the loss of their friend and associate and tender to the bereaved family and friends their heartfelt sympathy and condolence.

Resolved, That a copy of these Preambles and Resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Bank and a copy sent to the family of the deceased.

B.B. Mitchell

L.H. Oliver


Allen F. Pierce
Allen Pierce Fatally Stricken

Allen F Pierce, formerly of Troy, was stricken with a fatal heart attack in his Baltimore office on his sixty-fourth birthday June 18, 1953. He was born in Troy on June 18, 1889, the son of J Franklin and Margaret Shannon Pierce. 

After attending the Troy Schools, he entered Lawrenceville School at Lawrenceville, NJ., graduating in the class of 1908. The following fall he entered Yale where he received his degree in 1912. 

Shortly after college he became associated with the Johns-Manville Corp in New York and, except for a period during World War I when he was in Officers Training Camp, he continued with the company until 1928. In that year with a group of associates he organized the H.W. Porter Co., and engineering firm engaged principally in heat insulation work with offices in Newark, N.J. 

Subsequently the business was moved to Baltimore Md, and he established a home in Towson, a suburb. Mr. Pierce, or "Squire" as he was affectionately known to his multitude of friends, always considered Troy his real home and came back at every opportunity. 

As a young man he possessed great ability as an athlete both in baseball and tennis. At one time he played second base on the semi-pro team, which represented Troy at the Time. He also loved to hunt and fish. 

He was a man of great personal charm and most thoughtful and considerate of every person he knew no matter how slightly. His friendly smile and greeting will be missed in this community. 

On August 10, 1914, he married Miss Beatrice Nearing at Barrington, R.I., who with their daughter Mrs. John Elfvin of Buffalo, N.Y. survives. Interment was in the family plot at Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy on Saturday June 20 with Rev. Hiram R. Bennett presiding.

A letter on F.P. Case & Sons, Inc letterhead:

Dated May 25, 1941

Dear Squire:

I went to Hunt Cemetery today and copied all the Pierce stones. Here they are:

Walter A Pierce born Aug 15, 1868, died Nov 25, 1883;

Elizabeth H, wife of Albert A Pierce died Mar 20, 1873 age 38 yrs 11 mos. 29 days;

Cora Aleda infant daughter;

Nancy, wife if Jarvis B Peirce d July 23, 1847 in the 54th year of her life;

Jarvis G Pierce d Apr 24 1841 Age 20 y 11 mos. 9 da;

Hannah, wife of Israel Pierce d Apr 5, 1839 age 77 y.:

Israel Pierce R.I. Mil Rev War (No dates)

All above is exactly as letters on stones and are other stones there with Pierce on. I think Hannah is your grandmother. Betsy Slingerland was his second wife and you & I both knew her. I have looked up in Bradford County History 1770-1878 and find no Pierce in Troy or Columbia Twps. It doesn’t seem that any of the above could have been your great grandfather. The men were all too young when they died. I looked up a Brad. Co. Atlas dated 1869 and found I A Pierce property indicated where he lived in your remembrance on Elmira St.

Sorry I didn’t find more for you.

Hope you get up here and look things over this summer.



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