Samuel A. Bierfield

Samuel A. Bierfield

Birth
Death 1868 (aged 26–27)
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 174320017 · View Source
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Samuel Bierfield appears to have arrived in Toronto,Canada in the late 1850's, seems he grew up around Riga, which today is the capital of Lativia, but was then a major port city in the Russian empire. In s short letter to his parents in March 1859 when Bierfield was about 18 he says that he has moved out of his uncles, home in Toronto and that he goes to school regularly and he can read write and speak English. In 1865 he is listed in a Toronto city directory as a "salesman" living at 422 Queen West St, a five minute walk from his brother Benjamin, a grocer. Sometime in 1866 Samuel Bierfield moved 750 miles south to Franklin, TN. In a June 12, 1867 letter to his parents he says that he is working for a local merchant and earning about $1,000.00 a year. What drew Bierfield to this part of TN? The Jewish community had tripled in this area. He applied for his U.S. citizenship at the Williamson County Courthouse, renouncing his fealty to Tsar Alexander of Russia. In Oct. 1867 he wrote to his parents that he intended to return to Toronto by January the following year. A letter dated January 12, 1868 to his now married sister says he has been nominated for a Circuit Court Clerk's position. If elected the position paid $2,000.00 a year. He was trying to raise enough to open his own store. He was killed by a mob in Franklin, TN. Unlucky in Death: Samuel A. Bierfield's tombstone in the Temple Cemetery, Nashville, TN, gets his name and probably his date of death wrong.

From the book County Historical Society Journal No. 48 2016-2017 Rick Warwick Editor, submitted by Linda Moore Mora.


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  • Created by: Linda Moore Mora
  • Added: 23 Dec 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 174320017
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel A. Bierfield (1841–1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 174320017, citing Temple Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Linda Moore Mora (contributor 48168017) .