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Smith Dyer Pierce
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1806
Milton Center
Saratoga County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 1890
Wright County
Iowa, USA

History of Belmond Iowa 1856 - 2006 page 489
Smith D. Pierce
S.D. Pierce, a native of Saratoga County, New York, was born March 21, 1806, a son of John and Hannah (Ballou) Pierce. The early part of his life was spent in Oswego County, New York, on a farm, where his advantages were perhaps not the best educationally, but all that could be ascertained in the common schools was grasped readily. In 1824 he was married to Polly Dunlap, daughter of Smith Dunlap. She was born in 1805 and lived until 1863, when her death occurred. They were the parents of four children - Arabelle, deceased, wife of Menzo Dunlap; Isabell, widow of Cyrenus Packard; Hannibal, deceased; and Rosabella, wife of William Luick. Accompanied by his wife and two children Mr. Pierce moved to Chicago in 1836, where he remained three years, engaging in merchandising and shipping. He was also appointed assessor, having the extreme pleasure of being the first man to apportion tax in the now great metropolitan city of the west, Chicago. From thence he removed to Du Page County, where he took up a claim of 120 acres, also purchasing 140 acres, which he put under cultivation. He pursued the avocation of farming until 1864, when he removed to Belmond, Wright County, Iowa, where he opened the first store of any importance and commenced a general merchandise business, which he followed up to 1883. In 1876 he started a cheese factory and became prominent as a cheese maker. He was the third mayor of the village, justice of the peace, and county supervisor, lending his influence to any just cause pertaining to advancement of the town and community. March 2, 1864, he was for the second time joined in matrimony to Susan D. Batchelor, daughter of Henry Batchelor. Mr. Pierce is now living a life of retirement, being an aged man of 82 years. His first vote was cast for Jackson, in his second term, and he has continued to vote at each presidential election up to the present time. He was active in the formation of the Republican Party, endorsing its principles at all times. Has also been identified with the order of masonry since 1840, and is now a member of King Solomon Lodge, No. 210. Mrs. Pierce is a member of the Congregational Church.

Susan Batchelder Pierce later married Smith Dyer Pierce, Theodore's older brother by 20 years. First wife was Polly Dunlap. Four children born at Sandy Creek, NY. They were married in Sandy Creek. Four children listed. Theodore died at age 29. He left 2 children and a pregnant wife. Elon, Cora, and Effie Thodosia born 2-8-1855. Smith Dyer and Susan were married by G.A. Bishop. They moved to Belmond, Iowa in May 1864. Elon, Cora and Effie attended U of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, with some of their Dunlap cousins. Elon was graduated in 1876, the first class to graduate. Theodore, Polly Dunlap Pierce, Hannah and John are buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, IL.

Family links: 
  John Pierce (1787 - 1867)
  Hannah Ballou Pierce (1786 - 1865)
  Polly Dunlap Pierce (1804 - 1862)*
  Susan Davis Batchelder Pierce (1825 - 1912)*
  Arabella Pierce Dunlap (1825 - 1880)*
  Isabelle Pierce Houghton (1828 - 1892)*
  Hannibal Pierce (1833 - 1869)*
  Rose Belle Pierce Luick (1836 - 1914)*
  Smith Dyer Pierce (1806 - 1890)
  Emeline Pierce Dunlap (1818 - 1907)*
  Theodore DeClermont Pierce (1826 - 1856)*
*Calculated relationship

S. D. Pierce
Sept. 17, 1890
Aged 84 Yrs.
5 Mos. 26 Ds.
Belmond Cemetery
Wright County
Iowa, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 42.83549, -93.60128
Created by: Ed Oliver
Record added: Mar 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34792256
Smith Dyer Pierce
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Smith Dyer Pierce
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