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Franklin Pearce

Before the war

He was born in October 1840 (10; 3 (22 in 1861), 6, 11 [69 in 1910], 12 [79 in 1920]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 10, 11, 12).

When he enlisted, he was a machinist (3).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (3).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as sergeant major on 4 December 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 3, 6 [originally private in company F, 4 Dec 61], 8). He was the regiment's sergeant major (1, 2, 3, 13-14).

On 18 April 1863 (or possibly 19 April 1863) he was sick, and was sent to the Corps Hospital (4). He was still there on 24 April 1863 (4).

According to some secondary sources, he was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 6). On 13 November 1863, he was transferred to the Invalid Corps, by general order number 365 (5). When he was transferred, he was the regiment's sergeant major (13-14). He served in company F of the 16th Veterans' reserve corps, as sergeant (2).

He was discharged on 5 May 1864 (8).

After the war

In 1879/80, he married to Mary S [unknown family name] (7, 10, 11). It was the first marriage for both of them (11). They apparently had the following two children (10 (2 children both alive, 1900), 11 (2 children, both alive, 1910)):

In 1890, he was living at 232 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8, 9). He was a salesman (9).

He applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension on 17 January 1891 and 27 March 1907 (2, 7).

In 1900, he was living at 232 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was a mechanical engineer (10). He was living with his wife Mary, his children Caroline and Marjorie [?], his mother-in-law, a boarder, and a servant (10).

In 1910, he was living at 223 [sic] North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was a mechanical engineer (11). He was living with his wife Mary and daughter Margaret (11).

In 1920, he was living at 25 Russell Street, Brooklind [?], Norfolk County, Massachusetts (12). He had no occupation (12). He was living with his daughter Marjarie and her family (12).

He died on 14 September 1921, in Brookline, Massachusetts (2).

Mary S Piers, his widow, applied successfully from Massachusetts for a pension on 22 September 1921 (2, 7).

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Franklin Pearce)

2 pension index, by regiment (Frank Piers)

3 regimental descriptive book (Frank Piers)

4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 24 April 1864 (Sergt Major Peir [??])

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 11 December 1863 (F Piers)

6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 18 May 2004 (Franklin Pearce, rolls have 'Frank Piers')

7 pension index by name, searched 21 May 2004 at Ancestry (Frank Piers)

8 1890 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 194, page 2, line 25 (Frank Piers)

9 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, transcribed at Ancestry (searched Dec 2004) (Frank Piers)

10 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 188, microfilm series T623, film 1456, page 127 = sheet 9A handwritten (Frank Piers)

11 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 155, microfilm series T624, film 1389, page 73 = sheet 1A handwritten (Frank Piers)

12 1920 US census, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Brooklind [?] Town, supervisor's district 144, enumeration district 663 [?], microfilm series T625, film 721, page 221 = 14 [??] A handwritten (Frank Piers)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Franklin Peirce)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Frank Piers)

Sources checked uncessfully

1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

[1890 veterans' census]

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 194, page 2 (image 1272 on Ancestry)]
[line] 25
[house] add 81 [?] ['81' seems to be crossed out to the right of 'add 81']
[family] 99
[name] Frank Piers
[rank] Sergt Maj
[company] U.S. Sol
[unit] 91 Pa V Inf
[enlistment date] Dec 4 1861
[discharge date] May 5 1864
[length of service] Trans
[post office address] 232 N. 20th St
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, February 2005]
Frank Piers, salesman, h 232 N 20th
Matilda Dillard, wid Thomas, h 232 N 20th
Joseph Mellors, lawyer, 528 Walnut, h 232 N 20th
Caroline C Sawtell wid Henry, h 232 N 20th

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 188, microfilm series T623, film 1456, page 127 = sheet 9A handwritten]
line21222324252627
streetNo 20th Street
house number232      
dwelling number150      
family number155      
namePiers Frank- Mary- Caroline-Marjorie [?] FSawtelle Caroline CMellon JosephHenkel Elizabeth
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterDaughterM-in-lawBoarderServant
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFFFMF
birth dateOct 1840Mar 1848June 1880Jan 1888Oct 1827Mar 1853Sept 1880
age59521912724719
married?MMSSWdSS
# years married2020     
mother of how many children? 2     
# of children living 2     
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaNew JerseyPennaGermany
father's birthplacePennaMassachusettsPennaPennaNew JerseyEnglandGermany
mother's birthplaceEnglandNew JerseyPennaPennaNew JerseyEnglandGermany
immigration year      1897
# years in USA      3
naturalized citizen?       
occupationMechan. Engineer  At School LawyerCook
# months not employed     00
# months in school   9   
can readyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO      
free or mortgagedF      
farm/houseH      
# of farm schedule       

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 155, microfilm series T624, film 1389, page 73 = sheet 1A handwritten]
line484950
streetN Twentieth Street
house nr223 [sic]  
dwelling nr8  
family nr9  
namePiers Frank- Mary- Margeret
relationshipHeadWifeDaughter
sexMFF
colorWWW
age696222
marital statusM1M1S
#years present marriage3030 
mother of # children 2 
mother of # living children 2 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaMassachusettsPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceEng EnglishNew JerseyPennsylvania
immigrated   
naturalized/alien   
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationMech engrnonenone
nature of industry etc.Shop  
employer etc.OA  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?   
# weeks out of work 1909   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedO  
[this and the next two columns are actually written one column to the left, along with several entries preceding on this page]
owned free or mortagagedM  
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
civil war vet[blank (sic)]  
blind   
deaf & dumb   

1920 census

[1920 US census, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Brooklind [?] Town, supervisor's district 144, enumeration district 663 [?], microfilm series T625, film 721, page 221 = 14 [??] A handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence]
line345678
streetRussell Street
house number25     
dwelling visit number155     
family visit number215     
nameMandelson Lewis-- Marjarie- LouisePiers Frank- MaryHanwood Ida
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterFather in LawMother in LawMaid
own/rentR     
free/mortgaged (if owned)      
sexMFFMFF
raceWWWWWW
age at last birthday40325797140
marital statusMMSMMWd
year of immigration1880     
naturalized/alienNa     
year of naturalization1886     
attended school since Sept 1919  yes   
can readyesyes yesyesyes
can writeyesyes yesyesyes
birth placeSwedenPennsylvaniaMassachusettsPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaOhio
native languageSwedish     
father's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvaniaSwedenPennsylvaniaMassachusettsOhio
father's native languageGerman Swedish   
mother's birthplacePolandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaEnglandNew JerseyOhio
mother's native languagePolish  English  
can speak Englishyesyes yesyesyes
occupationPhysicianNoneNoneNoneNoneServant
industry, businessMedicine    Priv Family
employment statusW    W
number of farm schedule      

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 4 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Peirce Franklin
F + S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt Maj. | Sgt Maj.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Piers Frank

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 22 Feb 15]

Piers Frank
Co. F+S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt Maj | Sgt Maj
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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