Your Pierce ancestor from England was Michael, who came over and
settled in Boston, Mass. about 1635. He moved to Scituate,
Mass., where after four generations, Augustus was born -- the
Revolutionary soldier who accompanied General Sullivan on his
raid against the Seneca Indians in Western New York.
Evidently he liked the land in the "Massachusetts Grant" (the
Genesee Valley and the rest of the Seneca lands), for he moved
to Rushville, just east of Canandaigua Lake and near
Here Gardner was born (my grandfather and your great
grandfather). Gardner took up a farm from the government at
Loon Lake (now in the township of Wayland, Steuben Co., N.Y.,
formerly in Cohocton township). There my father was born and
named Harrison Gardner Pierce.
You will find the name of Augustus Pierce in the Pierce
genealogy which I gave you, at page 67.
I have no picture of my Pierce grandfather. The picture
opposite is that of my grandfather Adin Parmenter, with Adin
and me. I am the serious boy on your right, and probably about
six years old.
Adin Parmenter was born in 1789 and died at our home in
Wayland in 1875 when I was seven.