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Franklin "Frank" Pierce
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Birth: Jul. 25, 1820
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 1877
East Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Franklin [Frank] Pierce was is also known as Benjamin Franklin Pierce and Franklin Pearce. They are all the same person. No one knows why he changed the spelling of his surname about, 1853.

[Franklin and Matilda [Hollenbeck] Pierce] were farmer[s] and miller[s], who in 1852 started for the plains with ox teams, bringing [their] family to Oregon, where [they] arrived on the 1st of November 1852, after traveling for six months over prairie and arid plain and through the mountain passes until the valleys of the Pacific slope were reached.

The family remained in Portland through the following winter and as times were very hard the children sold pies which their mother made and split and sold pitch wood [for starting fires] in order to meet the necessary expenses.

In the spring, Mr. Pierce took up a donation claim on [the] Clackamas River in Clackamas County, now Estacada, securing 320 acres of rich [farm] land, on which he built a long house. There were no improvements upon the place .....and much timber had to be cleared away before fields could be cultivated. There were at the time three children in the family and four others were added...while they occupied the [homestead]. (1st) Sarah, the eldest of the family, is the widow of John Palmateer. (2nd) Mary Elizabeth was born in Benton County, Iowa. In Oregon, on the 18th of January 1862, she gave her hand in marriage to Benjamin F. Snuffin. Their union was blessed with seven children. She is now his widow. Mr. Snuffin's birth occured, March 4, 1830, upon a little farm in the midst of the undeveloped forest region of Champaign County, Ohio. His parents were Joseph and Martha Snuffin, who came of Quaker ancestry. (3rd) Eliza, is the deceased wife of Oren Price. (4th)Martha J., married Robert Bruce, who has passed away. (5th)Maria J. twin sister of Martha J., became the wife of William Livermore, but is now deceased. The (6th)member of the family died in infancy, and (7th) Margaret, the youngest became the wife of, James Barger.

[Their] parents, {Franklin and Matilda [Hollenbeck] Pierce} lived upon the old home place until a few years prior to Frank's death, when they purchased property in Portland at the corner of Eleventh and Stephens streets and retired from active business. There he and his wife spent their remaining days in well earned rest.

Matilda was a most active and devoted member of the Methodist church for more than a half century.

Family links: 
  Edward Pearce (1786 - 1861)
  Sarah Lawrence Pearce (1792 - 1863)
  Matilda Hollenbeck Tuttle (1825 - 1903)
  Mary Elizabeth Pierce Snuffin (1845 - 1928)*
  Maria J. Pierce Livermore (1850 - 1906)*
  Rachel Pearce (1816 - 1874)*
  Franklin Pierce (1820 - 1877)
  John Pearce (1822 - 1888)*
  Hannah Pearce Garwood (1825 - 1895)*
  Edward Pearce (1827 - 1846)*
  Cromwell Pearce (1834 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Section 9M, Lot 22, Grave 1S
Maintained by: Martin Burrell
Originally Created by: KGPearce
Record added: Jul 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20432833
Franklin Frank Pierce
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Franklin Frank Pierce
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Franklin Frank Pierce
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