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Bio Sketch: James Steele (1778-1841), pioneer & merchant in Dayton, Ohio

James Steele was born October 28, 1778, in Virginia, the son of Robert Steele and Agnes Coulter. Other children of Robert and Agnes Steele who came to Dayton included: Dr. John Steele (1791-1854), a doctor who came to Dayton in 1812; Samuel Steele (d. 1839); and Martha Steele (d. 1813), who married William McClure (d. 1812). In 1788, Robert Steele moved his family from Virginia to Fayette County, Kentucky, near Lexington.[1]

James Steele (Object # NCR.1998.L0368.041 from Dayton History. Used with permission.)

James Steele (Object # NCR.1998.L0368.041 from Dayton History. Used with permission.)

About 1805 or 1806, James came to Dayton, Ohio, and went into the merchant business with his brother-in-law William McClure, in the firm of McClure & Steele.[2]

On December 2, 1807, James entered into a business partnership with Joseph Peirce (whose sister Phebe he would later marry), as the firm Steele & Peirce. James constructed a brick building on the southeast corner of First and Main Streets, which housed a general store. The pair remained in business together until Joseph’s death in 1821.[3]

Articles of Co-Partnership, Steele & Peirce, 1807, pg 1

Articles of Co-Partnership, Steele & Peirce, 1807, pg 1 (FPW 38:14)

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Steele & Peirce co-partnership signatures, 1807

Steele & Peirce co-partnership signatures, 1807 (FPW 38:14)

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Steele & Peirce operator's license, 1808

Steele & Peirce operator’s license, 1808 (FPW 38:13)

During the War of 1812, James Steele served as a captain and was ordered to provide protection to citizens in the Ohio towns of Piqua and later St. Mary’s.[4]

In November 1812, James Steele married Phebe Peirce (about 1784-1861), daughter of Isaac Peirce and Mary Sheffield. Phebe was born about 1784 in Rhode Island.[5]

Phebe (Peirce) Steele (Object # NCR.1998.L0368.042 from Dayton History. Used with Permission.)

Phebe (Peirce) Steele (Object # NCR.1998.L0368.042 from Dayton History. Used with Permission.)

From 1815 to 1822, James was a director of the Dayton Bank. He became president of the Dayton Bank in 1822, following the death of the previous president (and James’s brother-in-law) Joseph Peirce. James also held the position as bank president until his own death in 1841.[6]

James was interested in many aspects of community life. He served for many years as a trustee of the Dayton Academy, as well as a trustee of Miami University. He was also an active supporter of the second building of the First Presbyterian Church, which was completed just before his death in 1841. He was also one of the original stockholders of the Woodland Cemetery Association and served as the Association’s first president.[7]

James Steele was also active in civic life, serving as an associate judge of Montgomery County for 14 years; an elector for the state of Ohio during the 1824 presidential election, in which he voted for his friend Henry Clay; and a senator in the Ohio legislature for 4 years, from 1834-1838.[8]

James Steele died August 22, 1841, and Phebe (Peirce) Steele died March 11, 1861. They are both buried in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.[9]

James and Phebe Steele had two children:

  1. Robert Wilbur Steele (1819-1891); and
  2. Joseph Peirce Steele (about 1821-1887).

Robert Wilbur Steele was born July 3, 1819, in Dayton, Ohio. He attended the Dayton Academy and Miami University. Robert was very active in many aspects of education in Dayton, including serving as a member of the Board of Education for over 30 years and being one of the incorporators of the Cooper Female Seminary in 1844. He was one of the founders of the Dayton Library Association and served as its director and president for many years. He also served as president of the Woodland Cemetery Association from 1858 until his death. Robert W. Steele was married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth Smith, and they had several children, including daughter Mary Davies Steele (about 1843-1897); his second wife was Clara P. Steele, with whom he had one child. Robert W. Steele died September 24, 1891, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.[10]

Joseph Peirce Steele was born about 1821 in Dayton, Ohio. He was never married. He was identified as an “idiot” in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census. He died June 6, 1887, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.[11]

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.


[1] Robert W. Steele & Mary Davies Steele, Early Dayton (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1896), 89, 115; Frank Conover, Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio (Chicago: A. W. Bowen, 1897), 175; Montgomery County Genealogical Index, Dayton Metro Library; Lindsay M. Brien, Miami Valley Will Abstracts from the Counties of Miami, Montgomery, Warren, & Preble, in the State of Ohio, 1803-1850 (Dayton, OH: Lindsay M. Brien, 1940), 76; Lindsay M. Brien, A Genealogical Index of Pioneers in the Miami Valley, Ohio, 2nd ed. (Dayton, OH: Montgomery County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, 2007), 186, 124.

Sources disagree whether James Steele was born in Rockbridge County (Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 89) or Rockingham County (Conover, Centennial Portrait, 175).

[2] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 89; James Steele: McClure & Steele in Account with Samuel and George Trotter, 1806-1807, Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (hereafter cited as FPW), 38:12, Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, Ohio).

[3] John F. Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 1796-1840 (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1896), 116, 134; Steele and Steele, Early Dayton, 89; James Steele: Steele & Peirce, Merchants – Documents and Letters relating to the Business, 1807-1821 [several documents], FPW, 38:14.

The business documents pertaining to Steele & Peirce includes the articles of co-partnership, dated December 2, 1807. The store remained until the 1860s, when it was removed to make way for the Turner Opera House.

[4] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 90-91; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton, 135; Conover, Centennial Portrait, 175.

[5] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 91; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; U.S. Federal Census, 1850.

[6] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 90; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116.

[7] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 90; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton, 134-135.

[8] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 90; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton, 135; Conover, Centennial Portrait, 175.

[9] Conover, Centennial Portrait, 175; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[10] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 91-92, 200-201;Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton, 135-137; Conover, Centennial Portrait, 175-176; Charlotte Reeve Conover, Some Dayton Saints and Prophets (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1907), 49-77; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[11] Steele & Steele, Early Dayton, 91; U.S. Federal Census, 1850; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

Bio Sketch: Dr. John Elliot (d. 1809), first doctor in Dayton, Ohio

John Elliot was born in New York, probably sometime around 1760 or perhaps earlier. During the American Revolution, John served as a surgeon’s mate in a New York regiment until he was discharged at the end of the war in 1783.[1]

After the Revolutionary War ended, John Elliot was commissioned, in a document signed by George Washington, as a surgeon in the United States Army. He served in the west under Arthur St. Clair and Anthony Wayne. He was stationed for a time at Fort Washington, near Cincinnati, and he served with Wayne in the campaigns of 1794-1795, which resulted in the Treaty of Greenville. John was mustered out with the rest of his regiment, being honorably discharged on June 1, 1802.[2]

Fort Washington (Cincinnati), ca. 1790

Fort Washington (Cincinnati), ca. 1790 (Library of Congress, image # LC-USZC4-403, public domain)

In that same year, 1802, Dr. John Elliot came to Dayton, Ohio, to reside, becoming the second physician to make his permanent residence in the Dayton vicinity—Dr. John Hole had arrived earlier in Washington Township—and the first physician in Dayton proper.[3]

In addition to being the first doctor in Dayton, Dr. John Elliot was instrumental in forming the Dayton Social Library Association in 1805. This association was the first library authorized by the state legislature.[4]

Dr. Elliot was quite popular in Dayton, both socially and professionally.[5]

About 1789, John Elliot married Anna Dorett. Anna was born about 1774 and died about 1794. John and Anna had two children, both of whom were born at the military post in Vincennes, Indiana:[6]

  1. Julia Ann Elliot was born in February 1790.
  2. Henrietta Eliza Elliot was born in June 1792.

After the death of their mother, Julia and Henrietta went to live with Mrs. Jeremiah Hunt, of Cincinnati, who raised the girls along with her own family. The Hunts were family friends of the Elliots.[7] The Hunt brothers—Jeremiah, Jesse, and Abijah—were merchants as well as sutlers (merchants who sold provisions to soldiers in the army), so perhaps Dr. Elliot met them when he was stationed at Fort Washington, in Cincinnati.[8]

By 1805, the girls seem to have been residing with the family of Jesse Hunt, Jeremiah’s brother. This may have resulted when Jeremiah Hunt moved to Natchez, Mississippi, temporarily joining his brother Abijah there.[9]

In 1805, John Elliot addressed a letter to his daughter Julia “at Mr. Jesse Hunt’s, Cincinnati,” and in it, he instructed her to “pay the utmost respect to all Mrs. Hunt says to you.”[10] A few years later, when Dr. Elliot died, the letter sent to inform his daughters of his death was also addressed to Jesse Hunt.[11]

Dr. John Elliot's signature, 1805

Dr. John Elliot’s signature, 1805 (FPW 38:1)

Several letters from Dr. Elliot to his daughter Henrietta, between 1806 and 1808, instruct her to attend her studies and to respect and obey “Mrs. Symmes,” although the specific identity and role of Mrs. Symmes is not clear.[12]

Julia and Henrietta Elliot, aged 19 and 16 respectively, were still residing in Cincinnati when their father died rather suddenly on February 27, 1809, in Dayton, Ohio, having been ill only one day and two nights.[13] H. G. Phillips wrote to Jesse Hunt with the news, adding: “We should have sent for the Girls, but from the nature of his indisposition, we supposed it would be improbable to get them here in time.”[14]

H. G. Phillips to Jesse Hunt announcing death of Dr. John Elliot, 27 Feb. 1809

H. G. Phillips to Jesse Hunt announcing death of Dr. John Elliot, 27 Feb. 1809 (FPW 38:3)

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Invitation to John Elliot's funeral, 27 Feb. 1809

Invitation to John Elliot’s funeral, 27 Feb. 1809 (FPW 38:4)

Dr. Elliot was buried with military honors on February 28, 1809, including a military procession from his home on Water Street (Monument Avenue) to the Old Burial Ground on Sixth Street. His remains were later moved to Woodland Cemetery.[15]

John Elliot (d. 1809) grave marker, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77

John Elliot (d. 1809) grave marker, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77

Julia Ann Elliot, sometimes called Julianna, was born in February 1790 in Vincennes, Indiana. On July 16, 1809, at Cincinnati, she married Joseph Halsey Crane. Joseph H. Crane was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, August 31, 1782, and moved to Dayton, Ohio, about 1804. He was a Dayton lawyer and a state representative around the time of his marriage; he would later be a U.S. Congressman and a judge. He also fought in the War of 1812. Julia and Joseph Crane had twelve children, most of whom died as children, but two of their sons grew up and became lawyers: Joseph G. Crane and William Crane. Judge Joseph H. Crane died November 13, 1851, and Julia (Elliot) Crane died February 25, 1861. They are both buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[16]

Julianna (Elliot) Crane, undated

Julianna (Elliot) Crane, undated (Object # NCR.1998.L0008.062, Dayton History. Used with permission.)

Henrietta Eliza Elliot, sometimes called Harriet, was born in June 1792 in Vincennes, Indiana. On November 10, 1810, she married Joseph Peirce (1786-1821), a Dayton merchant. They had five children: Mary Ann Peirce, who married Edward W. Davies; David Zeigler Peirce; James S. Peirce; Jeremiah Hunt Peirce; and Joseph Crane Peirce. Joseph Peirce died on September 27, 1821, and Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce died on February 13, 1864. They are both buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.[17]

Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce, undated

Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce, undated (FPW 37:21)

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.


[1] W. J. Conklin, Pioneer Doctor: A Medical Sketch of Dayton, 1796-1825 (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1900), accessed 19 Mar. 2012, http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/page/page/1558641.htm; New York in the Revolution as a Colony and State (Albany, NY: J. B. Lyon Co., 1904), 1:40; Harvey E. Brown, “Register of Medical Officers who Served to the Close of the Revolution and were Discharged in 1783,” in Historical Notes Concerning the Medical Department of the United States Army (Washington, DC: Surgeon General’s Office, 1873), accessed 19 Mar. 2012, http://history.amedd.army.mil/booksdocs/medicaldepartment/appendixa.html.

Brown lists “John Elliot” as a surgeon’s mate in the First New York Regiment; New York in the Revolution lists “John Elliot, Jr.,” as a surgeon’s mate in the Third New York regiment.

[2] Conklin, Pioneer Doctor; Ohio Adjutant General’s Office, and Daughters of the American Revolution, The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio (Columbus, Ohio: F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1929-1959), 1:125; Obituary of John Elliot, Dayton Repertory, 1 Mar. 1809, in FPW, 38:4; Harvey W. Crew, History of Dayton, Ohio (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1889), 91-92; Howard Burba, “The Night They Dedicated the Library,” Dayton Daily News, 6 May 1934, accessed 19 Mar. 2012, http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/library.html.

[3] Conklin, Pioneer Doctor; Crew, History of Dayton, 92; Memoirs of the Miami Valley (Chicago: Robert O. Law Co., 1919), 2:179; John F. Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 1796-1840 (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1896), 143.

[4] Memoirs of the Miami Valley, 2:179; Burba, “The Night They Dedicated the Library.”

[5] Conklin, Pioneer Doctor; Sarah Schenck Crane, The Crane Family History (Cincinnati, OH: Ebert & Richardson Co., 1911), 55.

[6] Crane, The Crane Family History, 55-56.

[7] Crane, The Crane Family History, 55-56.

[8] Andy McMillion, “The Hunt Family of Jefferson County, MS: Genealogy and History,” accessed 20 Mar. 2012, http://jeffersoncountyms.org/hunt_family.htm; Cincinnati: The Queen City, 1788-1912 (Chicago & Cincinnati: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1912), 483.

[9] McMillion.

[10] John Elliot to Julia Elliot, 15 Dec. 1805, FPW, 38:1.

[11] H. G. Phillips to Jesse Hunt, 27 Feb. 1809, FPW, 38:3.

[12] John Elliot to Henrietta Elliot, 1806-1808 [several letters], FPW, 38:2.

[13] H. G. Phillips to Jesse Hunt, 27 Feb. 1809, FPW, 38:3.

[14] H. G. Phillips to Jesse Hunt, 27 Feb. 1809, FPW, 38:3. Several sources incorrectly state that John Elliot died on February 26, 1809 (Dayton Repertory) or March 26, 1809 (Crew and The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio). However, the date “February 27, 1809” is quite legible on Phillips’ letter, and clearly states that the doctor died “this morning at 3 o’clock.”

[15] John Elliot: Funeral invitation and obituary, FPW, 38:4; Conklin, Pioneer Doctor; Crew, History of Dayton, 92; Woodland Cemetery tombstone inscriptions. John Elliot is not listed in the Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database.

[16] Crane, The Crane Family History, 20-25, 55-56; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton, 92-94; “Joseph Halsey Crane,” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present, accessed 19 Mar. 2012, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000872; “Joseph Halsey Crane,” Wikipedia, last modified 17 Mar. 2012, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Halsey_Crane; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[17] Crane, The Crane Family History, 55-56; Harvey W. Crew, History of Dayton, Ohio (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1889), 143; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. See also Series III, Subseries 3: Joseph Peirce Family.

Bio Sketch: Joseph Peirce (1786-1821), pioneer, merchant, & banker in Dayton, Ohio

Joseph Peirce was born March 6, 1786, in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of Isaac Peirce (1749-1821) and Mary Sheffield (1757-?). The other children of Isaac and Mary Peirce were: Phebe Peirce, who married James Steele; Samuel Peirce; Lucy Peirce; Elizabeth Peirce; and Eliza Peirce.[1]

Joseph’s father Isaac Peirce was a Revolutionary War veteran, having served in 1779 as an aide-de-camp to General Horatio Gates. Isaac was a shareholder in the Ohio Company and migrated with his family to Marietta, Ohio, in 1788, then became one of the founders of nearby Belpre, Ohio, in 1789. Isaac eventually moved to Dayton, Ohio, after his son Joseph, and died there on August 28, 1821.[2]

Joseph Peirce spent several years of his childhood living in the stockade at Belpre during the Indian Wars. He received a good education even on the frontier, because the Ohio Company had brought excellent teachers with them.[3]

In 1805, at the age of 19, Joseph Peirce moved to Dayton, Ohio, apparently at the urging of Daniel C. Cooper, who has been credited with influencing many of Dayton’s earliest important settlers to the town between 1804 and 1808. Joseph’s cousin Charles Russell Greene was another who came to Dayton at Cooper’s urging, about 1804 or 1805. Joseph’s and Charles’s mothers were sisters, and their fathers had both been shareholders in the Ohio Company.[4]

Joseph Peirce's signature, 1812

Joseph Peirce’s signature, 1812 (FPW 37:3)

On December 2, 1807, Joseph entered into a business partnership with James Steele (who would later marry Joseph’s sister Phebe). The firm of Steele & Peirce sold general merchandise, and the pair remained in business together until Joseph’s death.[5]

Articles of Co-Partnership, Steele & Peirce, 1807, pg 1

Articles of Co-Partnership, Steele & Peirce, 1807, pg 1 (FPW 38:14)

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Steele & Peirce co-partnership signatures, 1807

Steele & Peirce co-partnership signatures, 1807 (FPW 38:14)

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Steele & Peirce operator's license, 1808

Steele & Peirce operator’s license, 1808 (FPW 38:13)

On November 10, 1810, Joseph Peirce married Henrietta Eliza Elliot (1792-1864), sometimes called Harriet, daughter of Dr. John Elliot. Henrietta was born in June 1792 in Vincennes, Indiana.[6]

Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce, undated

Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce, undated (FPW 37:21)

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Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce's signature, 1840

Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce’s signature, 1840 (FPW 37:18)

In 1812, Joseph Peirce served on the Ohio legislature. In 1813, he was elected a trustee of the newly established Dayton Bank, and in 1814, he became its president, a position he held until his death.[7]

Joseph Peirce died on September 27, 1821, at the age of only 35 years, as a result of a fever which swept through Dayton, taking the lives of several other residents as well. He was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.[8]

Henrietta (Elliot) Peirce died on February 13, 1864, probably in Dayton, Ohio, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.[9]

Tombstone of Joseph and Henrietta Peirce, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77

Tombstone of Joseph and Henrietta Peirce, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77 (Photo by the author, 2011)

Joseph and Henrietta Peirce had five children:

  1. Mary Ann Peirce (1811-1880);
  2. David Zeigler Peirce (about 1813-1853);
  3. James S. Peirce (1815-1816);
  4. Jeremiah Hunt Peirce (1818-1889); and
  5. Joseph Crane Peirce (1821-1899).

Mary Ann Peirce was born in September 1811 in Dayton, Ohio. On November 24, 1829, in Montgomery County, Ohio, she married Edward Watts Davies (1802-1873). They had several children, including: Eliza Peirce Davies, who married Joseph Dart; Samuel Watts Davies, who married Eliza P. Howard; Lucy Z. Davies; Joseph Peirce Davies, who married Louie Phillips; Julia Crane Davies, who married Robert C. Schenck. Mary Ann (Peirce) Davies died September 24, 1880, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[10]

David Zeigler Peirce was born about 1813 in Dayton, Ohio. On December 15, 1842, in Montgomery County, Ohio, he married Eliza Johnston Greene (1821-1885), daughter of Charles Russell Greene and Achsah Disbrow. David died August 17, 1843, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[11]

James S. Peirce was born May 1, 1815, probably in Dayton, Ohio. He died May 15, 1816, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[12]

Jeremiah Hunt Peirce was born September 8, 1818, in Dayton, Ohio. On June 9, 1846, in Dayton, Jeremiah Hunt Peirce married Elizabeth Hannah Forrer (1827-1874), daughter of Samuel Forrer and Sarah Howard. They had eight children: Samuel Forrer Peirce; Henrietta Elliot Peirce, who married Henry Eugene Parrott; Edward Davies Peirce; Sarah Howard Peirce; Mary Forrer “Mellie” Peirce; Elizabeth Forrer Peirce; John Elliot Peirce, who married Mary Frances Harsh; and Howard Forrer Peirce. J. H. Peirce married Mary Forrer as his second wife. Jeremiah H. Peirce died on May 6, 1889, in Dayton, Ohio, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery.[13]

Joseph Crane Peirce was born January 13, 1821, in Dayton, Ohio. On December 23, 1856, in Montgomery County, Ohio, he married Louise Smith. They had no children. Joseph C. Peirce died September 24, 1899, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[14]

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.


[1] Harvey W. Crew, History of Dayton, Ohio (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1889), 143; John F. Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 1796-1840 (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1896), 116; Robert W. Steele and Mary Davies Steele, Early Dayton (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1896), 80; Ohio Adjutant General’s Office, and Daughters of the American Revolution, The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio (Columbus, Ohio: F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1929-1959); Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; “Jamestown Births and Deaths,” in James N. Arnold, Vital Records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, First series: Births, Marriages, and Deaths (Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1891), 26.

[2] Crew, History of Dayton, 143; Steele and Steele, Early Dayton, 80; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[3] Steele and Steele, Early Dayton, 80, 88.

[4] Steele and Steele, Early Dayton, 80, 87-88; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116; Roz Young, “Dayton Final Resting Place for Cincinnati’s First Mayor,” Dayton Daily News, 20 Aug. 1994, accessed 14 Mar. 2012, http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/youngdanielcooper.htm. See also Series III, Subseries 6: Cooper/Greene Family.

[5] Crew, History of Dayton, 143; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116; Steele and Steele, Early Dayton, 80. Business documents pertaining to Steele & Peirce can be found in Series III, Subseries 5: Steele Family. The articles of co-partnership, dated December 2, 1807, can be found in Box 38, Folder 14.

[6] Crew, History of Dayton, 143; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. See also Series III, Subseries 4: Elliot Family.

[7] Crew, History of Dayton, 143; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116.

[8] Crew, History of Dayton, 143; Steele and Steele, Early Dayton, 81.

[9] Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[10] Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 211-212; Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 25 Jan. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[11] Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116; Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 19 Mar. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[12] Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[13] Frank Bruen, Christian Forrer, the Clockmaker, and his Descendants (Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1939), 106-129; Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116-117; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. See also FPW, Series II: Jeremiah H. Peirce Family.

[14] Edgar, Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity, 116-117; County Marriages, 1790-1950 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 19 Mar. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

Bio Sketch: H. Eugene Parrott (1839-1933) & Henrietta (Peirce) Parrott (1848-1919) (& family), early residents of Oakwood, Ohio

Henrietta Elliot Peirce, sometimes called “Etta,” was born November 21, 1848, in Dayton, Ohio, the eldest daughter of Jeremiah H. Peirce (1818-1889) and Elizabeth H. Forrer (1827-1874). Henrietta was named after her paternal grandmother, whose maiden name was Henrietta Elliot.[1]

Henrietta (Peirce) Parrott with daughter Mary Edward Parrott, 1881

Henrietta (Peirce) Parrott with daughter Mary Edward Parrott, 1881 (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 32, Folder 24)

Henrietta received most of her education at home or through teachers of particular subjects. Like her sisters, Henrietta was artistic, winning an award at the Ohio State fair in 1866 for best pencil drawing. She also had a lifelong interest in gardening. As a young lady, she attended the commercial college to learn bookkeeping.[2]

On June 9, 1871, Henrietta Peirce married Henry Eugene Parrott at Five Oaks, her parents’ home in Dayton, Ohio.[3]

Henry Eugene Parrott, usually called “Eugene,” was born March 1, 1839, in Dayton, Ohio, the youngest surviving son of Thomas Parrott (1797-1864) and Sarah Sullivan (1880-1883). Eugene attended the Dayton Academy, Delaware College (later Ohio Wesleyan University), where he graduated in 1860 and later held the distinction of being its oldest living alumni.[4]

At the time the Civil War broke out, Eugene’s father and older brother Edwin operated a linseed oil manufacturing business in Dayton. After Edwin took a commission in the First Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Eugene began to take a more active part in the business. Thomas Parrott wanted did not want his youngest son to go off to the war, Eugene wrote in his diary, in May 1862:

Father said to me this eve’g: “I wish you wouldn’t attend the war meeting ‘Gene, for I don’t want you to get into the notion of going to war. I am an old man and this suit (about the oil presses) troubles me a great deal & my private business, & I don’t want to have any more business to attend to. If the call is urgent Joseph [the middle son] will go & I think I ought to have one son at home to help me.[5]

Nevertheless, Eugene did participate in the war effort. On June 11, 1862, Eugene went on a steamboat from Cincinnati to retrieve sick and wounded soldiers from the Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee (Battle of Shiloh), remaining with the relief workers about two weeks.[6] In September 1862, he was among the “Squirrel Hunters” who defended Cincinnati against the threat of attack from the Kirby Smith’s advancing forces.[7] [For more on H. Eugene Parrott’s Civil War service in 1862,  see “A Tale of Two Howards,” especially Part 7, here on my blog.] In July 1863, Eugene enlisted as an adjutant and lieutenant in the 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was commanded by his college comrade Col. William Lemert, and served six months, being mustered out in February 1864.[8]

After the Civil War ended, the Parrott brothers Eugene and Edwin both returned to the linseed oil business. In 1869, the brothers incorporated the Malleable Iron Company, a foundry which had been established a few years earlier by others. Eugene served as secretary and treasurer of the company; his older brother Edwin as president. In 1882, new officers took over the company, and Eugene became involved in marble dust manufacturing. In later years, he held positions at the Dayton Board of Trade, the Dayton Automatic Gas Savings Company, and the National Cash Register Company.[9]

Despite his various forays into the Dayton business world, Eugene’s first love was farming. He owned a large farm in present-day Oakwood known as Briar Hill, with a herd of dairy cattle, as well as horses.[10]

Location of H. Eugene Parrott's farm 'Briar Hill' in Oakwood, 1875

Location of H. Eugene Parrott’s farm ‘Briar Hill’ in Oakwood, 1875 (1875 Montgomery County, Ohio, Atlas, pg. 116)

Initially, Briar Hill farm had a little frame house on the property, and this was the home to which he brought his bride, Henrietta.[11] His young wife was said to be “even fonder of the country than her husband.”[12]

In the winter of 1879, Eugene and Henrietta moved their growing family into a new stone and frame house that had been designed by an architect from Springfield, Massachusetts. Demonstrating their artistic abilities, Henrietta and her aunt and sisters personally did some of the decorative carving and painting inside the house.[13]

Eugene Parrott was one of the original signers of the petition to create the village of Oakwood, which was incorporated in 1908, and served as the village’s second mayor from 1910-1913.[14]

During the 1913 Flood, Henrietta invited refugees to stay at Briar Hill. The house was eventually sold in 1918. Henrietta’s will divided up the Briar Hill property among the family, resulting in the private road, Briar Hill Road, which still exists, although the Parrotts’ 1879 home burned down in 1969.[15]

Further evidence of the family’s stamp on Oakwood is Forrer Boulevard, named for Henrietta’s grandfather Samuel Forrer; it formerly included what is now Oakwood Avenue and extended all the way from Far Hills to Park Avenue. Another example is Elizabeth Gardens Park, which was named for Henrietta’s mother Elizabeth (Forrer) Peirce.[16]

In addition to farming and business activities, Eugene taught Sunday school at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church for many years.[17] He was a member of the “Saturday Club,” a men’s literary club in Dayton that met to hear papers and hold discussions, and he was also a Scottish Rite Freemason.[18] And even in his old age, he never abandoned his love for horses and the outdoors, engaging in daily two-hour rides even after he reached 90.[19]

Henrietta E. (Peirce) Parrott died April 21, 1919, at the home of her daughter Mary Edward (Parrott) Clunet, Briar Hill, Oakwood, Ohio, after several months of illness; she was 70 years old. She was buried on April 23, 1919, in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[20]

Henry Eugene Parrott died December 31, 1933, at Five Oaks in Dayton, Ohio (which was by then the home of his daughter Frances I. Parrott); he was 94 years old. He was buried on January 2, 1934, in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[21]

Gravestones of Henrietta and H. Eugene Parrott, Woodland Cemetery, Section 103

Gravestones of Henrietta and H. Eugene Parrott, Woodland Cemetery, Section 103 (Photo by the author, 29 Oct. 2011)

H. Eugene Parrott and Henrietta (Peirce) Parrott had nine children:

  1. Edward Peirce Parrott (1872-1873);
  2. John Ennals Parrott (1874-1929);
  3. Samuel Forrer Parrott (1875-1875);
  4. Elizabeth Forrer Parrott (1876-1979);
  5. Frances Isabel Parrott (1878-1934);
  6. Marianna Parrott (1879-1879);
  7. Mary Edward Parrott (1880-1945);
  8. Roger Sheffield Parrott (1883-1950); and
  9. [infant] Parrott (1887-1887).

Edward Peirce Parrott was born November 16, 1872, in Dayton, Ohio. He was named for Henrietta’s brother Edward Davies Peirce, who had died a few years earlier. He died March 1, 1873.[22]

John Ennals Parrott was born January 25, 1874, in Dayton, Ohio. He was named for his father’s cousin John Parrott and for his father’s great-grandmother whose maiden name was Ennals. John was a lumber broker in Dayton. On June 21, 1905, in Dayton, he married Sophie Adéle Reynolds (1882-1944). They had one child: John E. Parrott, Jr. (1906-1966). John E. Parrott, Sr., died June 26, 1929, in Dayton, Ohio.[23]

Samuel Forrer Parrott was born April 5, 1875, in Dayton, Ohio. He was named after his great-grandfather Samuel Forrer, who died the previous year. He died August 21, 1875.[24]

Elizabeth Forrer Parrott, usually called “Beth,” was born May 27, 1876, in Dayton, Ohio. She was named for her grandmother Elizabeth (Forrer) Peirce, who died a few years earlier. On October 10, 1901, at Briar Hill, Beth married Samuel Ellis (1866-1929). They had six children. Elizabeth F. (Parrott) Ellis died in November 1979, probably in Buffalo, New York, where she had resided for many years.[25]

Frances Isabel Parrott was born January 21, 1878, in Dayton, Ohio. She was named after her father’s older sister Frances, who suggested Isabel as the middle name. She never married and lived with her father until his death. For several years, she was a reporter for the Dayton Daily News and an active member of the Montgomery County Historical Society. She died on July 13, 1934, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident the previous day.[26]

Marianna Parrott was born June 15, 1879, in Dayton, Ohio. She died October 29, 1879.[27]

Mary Edward Parrott was born October 28, 1880, in Dayton, Ohio. She was named after her mother’s aunt Mary (Peirce) Davies, who was often called “Mary Edward” (Mrs. Edward Davies) to distinguish her from Mary (Loury) Davies (Mrs. Samuel Hiley Davies). On February 27, 1902, in Montgomery County, Ohio, Mary Edward Parrott married Nathaniel Shannon Clunet (1866-1965), a contractor and consulting engineer from Baltimore. They had four children: Henrietta Parrott Clunet (1902-1998), who married Robert A. Ferguson Light (1897-1992); Mary Edward Clunet (1907-2001), who married Edmund Rossiter Sawtelle (1905-1964); Aimee Lannay Clunet (1909-1995), who married L. Keith Wilson; and Natalie Shannon Clunet (1911-1986), who married Roy Gerald Fitzgerald, Jr. (1910-1990), and later Charles J. Thornquest (1910-1986). Mary E. (Parrott) Clunet died June 15, 1945, at her home, Briar Hill, Oakwood, Ohio.[28]

Roger Sheffield Parrott (1883-1950). He was named Roger because his parents liked the name and Sheffield after his mother’s great-grandmother whose maiden name was Sheffield. Roger graduated from West Point in 1908 and attended the officers’ school of artillery at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was a career soldier and served on the staff of General John Pershing during WWI. In 1924, he was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in the Philippines in 1909. In his later years, he was in charge of student military instruction at Princeton University. He was a U.S. Army colonel when he retired. On February 11, 1909, in Dayton, Ohio, Roger married Mary Barlow Ohmer (1883-1950), daughter of Edward G. and Clara (Legler) Ohmer, of Dayton. They had two children: Virginia Sheffield Parrott (1912-1986), who married T. Hughlett Henry, Jr., and Thomas Alexander Parrott (1914-2007). Roger S. Parrott died November 11, 1950, in Washington, DC.[29]

The last child of Eugene and Henrietta Parrott was a son born on June 2, 1887. He died the same day and so was never named.[30]

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.


[1] Frank Bruen, Christian Forrer, the Clockmaker, and his Descendants (Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1939), 106; Frances I. Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce (Dayton, OH: s.n., 1919?), n.p.

[2] Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Bruen, Christian Forrer, 107; Mary Sayre Haverstock, Jeannette Mahoney Vance, & Brian L. Meggitt, eds., Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2000), 670.

[3] Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Bruen, Christian Forrer, 106.

[4] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 106-112; Forrer Genealogical Data, Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (hereafter cited as FPW), 7:12, Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, Ohio).

[5] H. Eugene Parrott’s diary, 26 May 1862, FPW, 31:1.

[6] H. Eugene Parrott’s diary, 11-22 June 1862, FPW, 31:1.

[7] H. Eugene Parrott’s diary, 2-13 Sept. 1862, FPW, 31:1; Bruen, Christian Forrer, 110.

[8] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 110; American Civil War Soldiers (database), Ancestry Library Edition.

[9] Harvey W. Crew, History of Dayton, Ohio (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1889), 430-431; Dayton City Directories.

[10] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 111.

[11] Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.

[12] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 111.

[13] Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.

[14] Harry G. Ebeling, “Parrott Family Key to North Oakwood Development,” Oakwood Register, 17, no. 22 (27 May 2008), accessed 27 Feb. 2012, http://www.oakwoodregister.com/archives/2008/v17num22_052708/people.html.

[15] Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Ebeling, “Parrott Family Key to North Oakwood Development.”Bruen, Christian Forrer, 107-108.

[16] Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Ebeling, “Parrott Family Key to North Oakwood Development”; Bruen, Christian Forrer, 107-108.

[17] H. Eugene Parrott’s diary, [several entries], FPW, 31:1; The History of Montgomery County, Ohio (Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882), 650-651.

[18] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 111; Henry Eugene PARROTT: Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Membership Cards and Certificates, FPW, 31:5.

[19] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 111.

[20] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 106-108; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. Henrietta is buried in Section 103, Lot 1793.

[21] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 106, 108-112; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. Eugene is buried in Section 103, Lot 1793.

[22] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 112; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. (Woodland Cemetery records call him “Edwin P.”)

[23] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 112-113; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; Ohio Births & Christenings Index, 1800-1962 (database), Ancestry Library Edition; California Death Index, 1940-1997 (database), Ancestry Library Edition.

[24] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 113; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

[25] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 113-114; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Social Security Death Index (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Find A Grave, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70644723.

[26] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 114-115; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 22 Feb. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org.

[27] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 115; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 22 Feb. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org.

[28] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 116; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 22 Feb. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org; “Services Monday for Mrs. Clunet” (obituary), Dayton Journal, 16 Jun 1945; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; Social Security Death Index (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Georgia Death Index, 1933-1998 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 22 Feb. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org.

[29] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 111, 116-122; Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; “Roger Sheffield Parrott” in Hall of Valor, Military Times, accessed 28 Feb. 2012, http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=16155; Princeton University Archives, Faculty database, accessed 28 Feb. 2012, http://www.princeton.edu/~mudd/databases/faculty.html; Fauquier (VA) Democrat/Times-Democrat Newspaper Index (database), Fauquier County Public Library, accessed 28 Feb. 2012, http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments/library/index.cfm?action=FDIIndex; U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Gravestone of Virginia S. (Parrott) Henry, Maryland Gravestones, accessed 28 Feb. 2012, http://marylandgravestones.org/view.php?id=2403; “Thomas Alexander Parrott,” Wikipedia, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Alexander_Parrott.

[30] Parrott, Henrietta Elliot Peirce, n.p.; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 21 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org.

Bio Sketch: John Elliot Peirce, Sr. (1861-1940), Dayton businessman

John Elliot Peirce, Sr., usually known as J. Elliot (or simply “Elliot” to family), was born April 17, 1861, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Jeremiah H. Peirce (1818-1889) and Elizabeth H. Forrer (1827-1874).[1] Elliot was apparently named after his great-grandfather, Dr. John Elliot.

Elliot received his education at Cooper Academy and continued his studies until he was about 20 years old.[2]

J. Elliot Peirce, 1883

J. Elliot Peirce, 1883 (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 28, Folder 9)

About 1881, Elliot began working as a clerk at Peirce & Coleman, the lumber business in which Elliot’s father J. H. Peirce was senior partner.

On September 10, 1885, J. Elliot Peirce married Mary Frances “Fanny” Harsh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Harsh of Findlay, at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Findlay, Ohio.[3]

Mary Frances (HARSH) Peirce on her wedding day, 1885

Mary Frances (HARSH) Peirce on her wedding day, 1885 (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 28, Folder 16)

After Elliot’s father J. H. Peirce died in 1889, Elliot soon became president and treasurer of the Peirce & Coleman Company, which he incorporated in 1891. Under Elliot’s presidency, Peirce & Coleman did business in general contracting and building, especially in dealing hardwood lumber. Elliot remained president of Peirce & Coleman until 1896, when the company was dissolved.[4]

Beginning about 1891, Elliot was secretary and treasurer of the Superior Stone Company, which produced cement sidewalks and marblelithic work. This company ceased to exist about 1895.[5]

After the Peirce & Coleman Company dissolved in 1896, Elliot turned his attention more fully to the Dayton Marblelithic Company, of which he was then vice president. By 1900 he was manager of the company and would continue to be associated with it until his death. The Dayton Marblelithic Company (later simply “Marblelithic Company”) initially dealt in marblelithic, clay tiles, mosaics, and marble; it later dealt also in ceramic, rubber, asphalt and cork tile, structural glass, and linoleum.[6]

J. Elliot Peirce, undated

J. Elliot Peirce, undated (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 28, Folder 9)

In the late 1890s, Elliot embarked on another type of business venture, when he hired Dayton architect Charles Insco Williams to design and build the Algonquin Hotel (now the Doubletree Hotel), which opened at the southwest corner of Third and Ludlow Streets in 1898. The Peirce-Williams Company, of which Elliot was president and general manager, were proprietors of the hotel until about 1917.[7]

Algonquin Hotel, southwest corner Third and Ludlow, Dayton, Ohio

Algonquin Hotel, southwest corner Third and Ludlow, Dayton, Ohio (Dayton Metro Library, Local History Postcards, postcard #0462)

For many years, the J. Elliot Peirce family lived near Elliot’s childhood home, Five Oaks. Elliot’s home, like Five Oaks, was described as being on the west side of Forest Avenue, except Elliot’s was north of Rung Road, rather than just opposite it. In the early 1900s, Elliot’s house was described as being at the southwest corner of Broadway and Old Orchard, later southwest corner of Homewood and Old Orchard. For many years while Elliot operated the Algonquin Hotel, the family lived at the hotel but kept their home in the Five Oaks neighborhood as a summer house. In 1918, Elliot’s house was identified as 551 N. Old Orchard. In 1922, the family residence was 1037 N. Old Orchard, a house that still exists at the southwest corner of Homewood and Old Orchard. About 1930, Elliot and Fanny moved to 339 Kramer Road in Oakwood, where they lived until death.[8]

Fanny H. Peirce died on November 4, 1936, at her home, 339 Kramer Road, Oakwood, Ohio; she was 73 years old. She was buried on November 6, 1936, in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[9]

J. Elliot Peirce died on June 6, 1940, at his home, 339 Kramer Road, Oakwood, Ohio; he was 79 years old. He was buried on June 8, 1940, in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[10]

Grave of J. Elliot Peirce family, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77

Grave of J. Elliot Peirce family, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77 (Photo by the author, 29 Oct. 2011)

J. Elliot Peirce and his wife Fanny Harsh had five children:

  1. Elizabeth Forrer Peirce (1886-1973);
  2. Virginia O’Neil Peirce (1888-1985);
  3. Mary Frances Peirce (1890-1969);
  4. Dorothy Howard Peirce (1900-1986); and
  5. John Elliot Peirce, Jr. (1900-1959)
Virginia, Elizabeth, and Mary Frances Peirce, 1898

Virginia, Elizabeth, and Mary Frances Peirce, 1898 (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 28, Folder 10)

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Jack and Dorothy Peirce, 1902

Jack and Dorothy Peirce, 1902 (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 28, Folder 10)

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, usually called Bess, was born August 7, 1886, in Dayton, Ohio. On June 29, 1911, at Five Oaks, she married Joseph Bradford Coolidge (1886-1965), a lawyer from Medford, Massachusetts. They had two children: Mary Elizabeth Coolidge (1912-2008), who married Robert Schantz Oelman (1909-2007); and Dorothy Peirce Coolidge (1916-2000), who first married Robert R. Woodward (1909-1955) then married John D. Runyan (1912-1994). Elizabeth F. (Peirce) Coolidge died May 5, 1973, in Dayton, Ohio.[11]

Virginia O’Neil Peirce was born January 28, 1888, in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Smith College in 1910. On June 29, 1910, at Five Oaks, Virginia married General George Henry Wood (1867-1945), son of Major General Thomas J. Wood (1823-1906) and Caroline (Greer) Wood, of Dayton. They had two children: Thomas John Wood, III (1911-1996), and Peirce James Wood (1914-1987). Virginia O. (Peirce) Wood died October 26, 1985, in Brevard County, Florida.[12]

Mary Frances Peirce was born July 24, 1890, in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Smith College in 1912. She worked at the Marblelithic Company with her father and brother. She never married. Mary F. Peirce died on August 26, 1969, in Brevard County, Florida.[13]

Dorothy Howard Peirce was born September 6, 1900, in Dayton, Ohio. On June 14, 1924, at Five Oaks, she married Robert Alexander Johnston Morrison (1898-1976), a trainmaster from Cincinnati. They had several children. Dorothy H. (Peirce) Morrison died June 3, 1986, in Cincinnati, Ohio.[14]

John Elliot Peirce, Jr., usually called Jack, was born September 6, 1900, in Dayton, Ohio. He worked at the Marblelithic Company with his father. He was unmarried. John E. Peirce, Jr., died in April 1959 in Brevard County, Florida.[15]

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.


[1] Frank Bruen, Christian Forrer, the Clockmaker, and his Descendants (Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1939), 126; Frank Conover, Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio (Chicago: A. W. Bowen, 1897), 305; Augustus W. Drury, History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio, (Chicago: Clarke Publishing Co., 1909), vol. 2, 663.

[2] Conover, Centennial Portrait, 305; John Elliot Peirce, Sr.: Report cards from Cooper Academy, Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (hereafter cited as FPW), 28:7, Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, Ohio); Drury, History of the City of Dayton, vol. 2, 664.

[3]. Bruen, Christian Forrer, 124-125; John Elliot Peirce, Sr.: Newspaper Clippings, FPW, 28:8.

[4] Drury, History of the City of Dayton, vol. 2, 664; Conover, Centennial Portrait, 305; Dayton City Directories.

[5] Dayton City Directories.

[6] Drury, History of the City of Dayton, vol. 2, 664; Dayton City Directories.

[7] Curt Dalton, Dayton (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006), 62; Dayton City Directories.

[8] Dayton City Directories; Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.

[9] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 124; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 20 Dec. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. Fanny is buried in Section 77, Lot 20.

[10] “J. E. Peirce Funeral Set” (obituary), Dayton Journal, 7 June 1940; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 26 Oct. 2011, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. Elliot is buried in Section 77, Lot 27.

[11] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 125; Social Security Death Index (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 15 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; Obituary of Robert S. Oelman, 16 May 2007, New York Times; Obituary of Mary Elizabeth (Coolidge) Oelman, [July 2008], Scobee-Combs-Bowden Funeral Home web site, accessed 17 Feb. 2012, http://www.funeralplan2.com/scobeecombsbowdenfuneralhome/archive?id=140657; Obituary of Dorothy (Coolidge) Runyan, Dayton Daily News, 27 Jan. 2000.

[12] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 125; Social Security Death Index (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 (database), Ancestry Library Edition.

[13] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 125; Dayton City Directories; Social Security Death Index (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Death notice of Mary Frances Peirce, Dayton Journal Herald, 7 Oct. 1969; Dayton City Directories.

[14] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 126; Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 17 Feb. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org; Dorothy Howard (Peirce) Morrison: Newspaper Clippings, FPW, 30:3; Spring Grove Cemetery Interment Database, accessed 17 Feb. 2012, http://www.springgrove.org; U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 (database), Ancestry Library Edition.

[15] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 126; Dayton City Directories; County Births, 1856-1909 (database), FamilySearch, accessed 17 Feb. 2012, http://www.familysearch.org; Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 (database), Ancestry Library Edition; Dayton City Directories.

Bio Sketch: Elizabeth Forrer Peirce (1857-1930), nurse in Dayton, Ohio

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, often called “Bess,” was born September 5, 1857, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Jeremiah H. Peirce (1818-1889) and Elizabeth H. Forrer (1827-1874).[1] Elizabeth was probably named after her mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Forrer, or possibly her great-grandmother Elizabeth (Neidig) Forrer, who had died a few years earlier.

As a young woman, Elizabeth studied at Cooper Female Seminary in Dayton.[2]

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, undated

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, undated (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 29, Folder 10)

Elizabeth lived at Five Oaks nearly all of her life. Even in her old age, Elizabeth lived there with her Aunt Mary (Forrer) Peirce and her sister Sarah Howard Peirce.

However, on two separate occasions during her thirties, Elizabeth made extended stays in Boston, Massachusetts.

The first of these times began in November 1890, when Elizabeth went to stay with her brother Howard F. Peirce, who was studying and performing in Boston. They lived at 198 Tremont Street. While there, Elizabeth attended many lectures (several on literature) and visited friends, including the Diman family.[3]

After staying for about a month, Elizabeth wrote to her sister and aunt back home, asking whether she might stay longer, if they could afford to be without her (and to keep financing the visit). Elizabeth wrote:

Do you and Aunt Mary think it would be a possible thing to get along without my share of the house money for the first two or three months of next year[?] Then if the money can be spared, will it be right for me to stay away from home so long a time[?] I would like very much to stay. The perfect freedom from all care and worry has made such a wonderful change in the way I feel, that it seems to me the cure is worth trying, for a longer time. As you say, we ought to make the best of ourselves, mentally, morally, and physically… Howard would like me to stay, and I think he would hate to go back to the way he was living before I came…[4]

It was decided that Elizabeth would stay in Boston. She remained there until the end of April 1891, after which time she returned to Five Oaks.[5]

Elizabeth apparently felt that she had no right to leave home permanently while her feeble sister Mellie was still alive, but after Mellie died in July 1892, she began to think seriously about a profession for herself: nursing. She informed her Aunt Mary of this desire in October 1892:

I am finding out all I can, as to the rules in regard to training schools connected with the Hospitals, as I expect to make that nursing a study. I have always felt an inclination for that vocation but never thought I had any right to think of leaving home for good as long as Mellie lived. Now it seems to me I have the right to choose my own way of living. I fear you will not approve of my plans, but I am going to give you some of my reasons. Every woman who has no family to take care of ought to have a business or profession, and can not help being dissatisfied and unhappy without it… If at any time I find that I am not strong enough I can give it up, and nothing is lost…[6]

Elizabeth argued that while her aunt might find teaching a more suitable profession, she did not think she would make a good teacher. She also expressed a desire to earn her own money.[7]

Elizabeth was right that Aunt Mary would disagree with her choice. Mary wrote to Elizabeth’s sister Sarah a few days later:

Bess has written me telling what she is wanting to do. Of course, I would not presume to oppose her, but I am very sorry she has chosen a profession that we think will undoubtedly result in invalidism. I hoped, after the years of sadness and sorrow through which we have passed, that when you were once more restored to health and all home together [to] live happily in our lovely home, as your father had so carefully and kindly arranged.—If the poor child would only turn her attention to literary pursuits and not try to break down the little strength she has, it does seem to me, the result might be more satisfactory. I have been feeling very sad since receiving her letter.[8]

Elizabeth executed her plan to train as a nurse in August 1893, returning to Boston again to train as a nurse in the Massachusetts general hospital there. She remained in Boston until October 1894, although her school work had ended in June.[9]

After Elizabeth returned to Five Oaks at the end of 1894, she began working as a nurse in Dayton. She is listed as a nurse in the city directories from 1895 through the 1901-1902 edition. From 1902 until her death, she has no occupation listed.[10] It is not clear why her nursing career ended. Although her formal career had ended, Elizabeth still kept busy with many activities outside the home.

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, undated

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, undated (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 29, Folder 10)

Elizabeth was one of the founding members of the First Unitarian Church of Dayton, along with her sister Sarah Peirce and her Aunt Mary Peirce.[11] She was also active in the Woman’s Literary Club, of which she was a founder and past president, as well as the Needlework Guild of America.[12]

Elizabeth’s cousin and close friend Frank Bruen described “Bess” as…

…the court of final resort upon all family dilemmas or questions of fact. If anyone felt a doubt about some matter, it was settled by a reference to “Aunt Bess.” She never betrayed a confidence; was kind and efficient, interested in the welfare of all the family, and bent upon doing all in her power to further it…[13]

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, later in life

Elizabeth Forrer Peirce, later in life (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 29, Folder 10)

Elizabeth F. Peirce died on November 19, 1930, at her home at 120 Volusia Avenue in Dayton, Ohio; she was 73 years old.[14] She was buried on November 21, 1930, in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[15]

Grave of Elizabeth Forrer Peirce in Woodland Cemetery, Section 77

Grave of Elizabeth Forrer Peirce in Woodland Cemetery, Section 77 (Photo by the author, 29 Oct. 2011)

 

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.


[1] Frank Bruen, Christian Forrer, the Clockmaker, and his Descendants (Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1939), 123.

[2] “Funeral for Miss Peirce to be Friday,” Dayton Daily News, 20 Nov. 1930, in Elizabeth Forrer Peirce: Obituaries, Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (hereafter cited as FPW), 23:9, Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, Ohio).

[3] Various letters from Elizabeth F. Peirce to her family, FPW, 19:9, 19:13, 20:4.

[4] Elizabeth F. Peirce to her sister Sarah H. Peirce, 1-2 Dec. 1890, FPW, 19:9.

[5] Various letters from Elizabeth F. Peirce to her family, FPW, 19:9, 19:13, 20:4.

[6] Elizabeth F. Peirce to her aunt Mary Forrer Peirce, 11 Oct. 1892, FPW, 20:4.

[7] Elizabeth F. Peirce to her aunt Mary Forrer Peirce, 11 Oct. 1892, FPW, 20:4.

[8] Mary Forrer Peirce to her niece Sarah H. Peirce, 15 Oct. 1892, FPW, 12:4.

[9] Various letters from Elizabeth F. Peirce to her family, FPW, 19:9, 20:2, 20:4; Frank Conover, Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio (Chicago: A. W. Bowen, 1897), 310.

[10] Dayton City Directories.

[11] “Funeral for Miss Peirce to be Friday,” Dayton Daily News, 20 Nov. 1930, in FPW, 23:9; Finding Aid, First Unitarian Church of Dayton Church Records (MS-230), Wright State University Special Collections & Archives (Dayton, Ohio), accessed 18 Jan. 2012, http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/collection_guides/guide_files/ms230.pdf;

[12] “Funeral for Miss Peirce to be Friday,” Dayton Daily News, 20 Nov. 1930, in FPW, 23:9.

[13] Bruen, Christian Forrer, 123.

[14] “Funeral for Miss Peirce to be Friday,” Dayton Daily News, 20 Nov. 1930, in FPW, 23:9.

[15] Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 2 Feb. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. Elizabeth is buried in Section 77, Lot 24.

Bio Sketch: Mary Forrer ‘Mellie’ Peirce (1855-1892), music-lover and middle child

Mary Forrer Peirce, usually called “Mellie,” was born January 1, 1855, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Jeremiah H. Peirce (1818-1889) and Elizabeth H. Forrer (1827-1874).[1] Mellie was apparently named after her aunt, who was then simply Mary Forrer, and who later also became Mary Forrer Peirce, after marrying Mellie’s father Jeremiah H. Peirce.

Mellie Peirce, undated

Mellie Peirce, undated (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 19, Folder 6)

In the early part of 1872, from January to about June, Mellie lived in Sandusky, Ohio, with George and Nancy (Follett) Thornton, and attended school there. While in Sandusky, she suffered a serious illness, possibly the mumps, in February.[2] Mellie stayed with the Thorntons again in the spring of 1880, at which time they lived in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati.[3]

From June 1874 to August 1875, Mellie toured Europe with her Aunt Mary Forrer. Mrs. Thornton and her daughter Mary, as well as several other acquaintances were also present for parts of the trip. Mellie seems to have primarily entertained herself with sight-seeing, although she did study German and music (piano, it seems) while visiting Germany.[4] Mellie hoped that her brother Howard (then 9 years old and already quite talented at piano apparently) would have the opportunity to study music in Germany, since it would (in her opinion) benefit him so much more than her.[5]

Like many members of the Forrer and Peirce families, Mellie was interested in art and music. She played piano. She also painted; she mentioned painting flowers and painting on china.[6]

It is not clear whether Mellie ever had any particular occupation.

Mellie Peirce, undated

Mellie Peirce, undated (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 19, Folder 6)

Mellie seems to have been afflicted for most of her life with poor health. She apparently suffered from severe headaches, backaches, fatigue, neuralgia, and general feebleness.

Examples of her various illnesses include:

  • April 1868: Mellie referred to herself as “the weak human creature that I am…”[7]
  • February 1872: Mrs. Thornton wrote: “Mellie has been suffering for a few days with one of her real severe headaches… She…is affected quite similarly to the time last fall, you will probably recall the symptoms.”[8] The next week, Mrs. Thornton reported Mellie was still unwell: “She has been sick, weak, headaches, not able to get out of bed.”[9]
  • November 1874: Mellie mentioned that her back had now been “broken in” and had not given her any trouble for a few days.[10]
  • May 1878: Mrs. Thornton wrote: “[Mellie] appears to me in even a weaker condition than during her visit in Sandusky…”[11] Mrs. Thornton also referred to Mellie’s “her feeble health.”[12]
  • April 1880: Mr. Thornton wrote: “Hope Mellie arrived all safe and that you may find her improved by her visit with us. We parted with her with regret but another invalid, as she knows, came to occupy her room.”[13]
  • December 1882: Mellie wrote: “Living on so much less nerve stimulant now, than for several years past, I can not wonder at my great want of strength, or the small amount of exercise it takes to weaken me. Fatigue acts on me in a singular way, making sleep more difficult to obtain…”[14] The next day, she added that she suffered from “neuralgia, succeeding my headache, yesterday was spent in complete idleness…”[15]
  • July 1884: Mellie reported: “Tuesday I made my first visit to Dr. Robinson’s office, but having found it too much for my strength do not know when I can take a trip of its length again…”[16]
  • November 1887: Mellie wrote: “Last night I slept in my own room for the first time, not having walked upstairs before, since the accident… Am strong enough now to walk without help and shall soon be well as ever…”[17] The nature of her accident is unclear.
  • April 1891: Mellie’s sister Sarah wrote: “[Mellie] has been very well for some time but today has had two attacks.”[18]

Mellie was ill again in June through July 1892. Her symptoms included a persistent cough, as well as rheumatism and a swollen leg.[19]

Mellie Peirce, undated

Mellie Peirce, undated (Dayton Metro Library, FPW, Box 19, Folder 6)

Mellie Peirce died on July 25, 1892, at her home at Five Oaks in Dayton, Ohio; she was 37 years old.[20] She was buried on July 27, 1892, in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.[21]

Peirce family plot, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77

Peirce family plot, Woodland Cemetery, Section 77 (Photo by the author, 29 Oct. 2011)

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This biographical sketch was originally written by Lisa P. Rickey in April 2012 for the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (MS-018) finding aid at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio, 45402; phone (937) 496-8654.

Additional information about the sketch’s subject can be found in that collection. For more information about the manuscript collection’s contents, please see the original PDF finding aid available in the Local History Room of the Dayton Metro Library, the OhioLINK EAD Repository entry, or the WorldCat record.

Please contact the Dayton Metro Library or this blog’s author for more information about how to access the original finding aid or the manuscript collection.


[1] Frank Bruen, Christian Forrer, the Clockmaker, and his Descendants (Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1939), 123.

[2] Various letters to, from, and about Mellie Peirce in the Forrer-Peirce-Wood Collection (hereafter cited as FPW), 8:13, 18:14, 18:16, 18:18, 18:20, 9:12, Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, Ohio). Nancy (Follett) Thornton was a daughter of Oran Follett; she often signed her letters simply “N. F. Thornton.”

[3] Various letters to, from, and about Mellie Peirce, FPW, 18:13, 18:16, 18:18, 9:11.

[4] Mellie Peirce to her family (several letters), FPW, 18:22 & 18:23.

[5] Mellie Peirce to her sister Henrietta Parrott, 1 Nov. 1874, FPW, 18:22; Mellie Peirce to her family, 25 Feb. 1875, FPW, 18:23.

[6] Mellie Peirce to her family (several letters), FPW, 18:14, 18:16, 18:20, 18:22, 18:23.

[7] Mellie Peirce to Sarah H. Peirce, 24 Apr. 1868, FPW, 18:16.

[8] Nancy F. Thornton to J. H. Peirce, 11 Feb. [1872], FPW, 9:12.

[9] Nancy F. Thornton to J. H. Peirce, 20 Feb. [1872], FPW, 9:12.

[10] Mellie Peirce to her sister Henrietta Parrott, 1 Nov. 1874, FPW, 18:22.

[11] Nancy F. Thornton to J. H. Peirce, 8 May 1878, FPW, 9:12.

[12] Nancy F. Thornton to J. H. Peirce, 8 May 1878, FPW, 9:12.

[13] George Thornton to J. H. Peirce, 23 Apr. 1880, FPW, 9:11.

[14] Mellie Peirce to her father J. H. Peirce, 3 Dec. 1882, FPW, 18:13.

[15] Mellie Peirce to her father J. H. Peirce, 3 Dec. 1882, FPW, 18:13.

[16] Mellie Peirce to her brother Howard F. Peirce, 20 July 1884, FPW, 18:20.

[17] Mellie Peirce to her brother Howard F. Peirce, 16 Nov. 1887, FPW, 18:20.

[18] Sarah H. Peirce to her brother Howard F. Peirce, 24 Apr. 1891, FPW, 18:21.

[19] Sarah H. Peirce to her sister Elizabeth F. Peirce (several letters), June-July 1892, FPW, 14:3.

[20] Death notice of Mary Peirce, Dayton Journal, 27 July 1892; Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 23 Jan. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org; Bruen, Christian Forrer, 123. Bruen incorrectly states that Mary died on July 23, rather than July 25.

[21] Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum Interment Database, accessed 23 Jan. 2012, http://www.woodlandcemetery.org. Mellie is buried in Section 77, Lot 18.