Mason Willard Pierce

Mason Willard Pierce (1845 - 1912)

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Mason Willard "W.W." Pierce
Born in Hannibal, New Yorkmap
Husband of — married in Red Creek, New Yorkmap
Died in Seward, Nebraskamap
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Mason was born in 1845. Mason Pierce ... He passed away in 1912. [1] Mason was raised a farmer in upstate New York and lived in Oswego and Wayne counties. During the Civil War he changed his name to Willard William and later used his intials W.W. in business. On Sept.1, 1864 he enlisted as a private in Co. C 9th New York Heavy Artillery Volunteers. He was wounded October 19th of that same year and spent much of his enlistment in the hospital. His service ended Aug.31st, 1865 and he returned to Wayne County, New York. In the fall of 1867 he married Sarah C. Huffman and they headed west. Settling first in McHenry County, Illinois where their first son E.W. was born and W.W. earned a teaching certificate. The spring of 1869 found them moving west, to Nebraska, where they homesteaded in Seward County, near Beaver Crossing. W.W. hauled timber, from his timber rights, into Seward for the railroad and taught school to supplement his farming income, after a cholera epidemic killed off most of his hogs. He was one of the first settlers in "N" precinct of Seward County and Indians often visited the homestead.In 1886 they moved into Seward and took charge of running the Commercial Hotel, successfully for many years. By 1898 the hard work of pioneer life and the nagging Civil War injury forced him to retire.He and his wife became loyal church workers for the Methodist Episcopal church and built their last home in North Seward near the church. He, his wife Sarah and daughter Maude are burried in a family plot in Greenwood Cemetery in Seward.

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Pierce family records, an article in "History of Seward County, Nebraska", Civil War records and Illinois, McHenry county, records.

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  1. Entered by Bob Pierce, Apr 22, 2013


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