Estate, Land, and Military Records of Daniel and Sarah Pierce
Including evidence of their marriage date.
Submitted by Patty Jamerson Archer from her collection, July 28,2012.

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Attached are the Estate Papers of Daniel Pierce (1799-1845); a Federal Land Patent Daniel had in 1833; the Land Patent showing Sarah, his widow in 1852; the application for her Bounty Land Warrant Increase that she ended up receiving in 1852 (page 7 shows his discharge papers from his Black Hawk War service in 1833 which could be added to the Military Records page) (pages 8 and 9 of the pdf are the affidavits of Daniel and Sarah's marriage in Dec 1817 which could be added to the Marriage records page, I've been unable to locate the original marriage record anywhere so I think this is the closest record I will find).

Estate Papers of Daniel Pierce (1799-1845)

Federal Land Patent Daniel had in 1833

Land Patent showing Sarah, his widow in 1852

Sarah's application for her Bounty Land Warrant Increase

[submitter's notes on Daniel and Sarah Pierce:]

Daniel Pierce, b. 1799 Columbia Co., GA d. 14 Jun 1845 Lincoln Co., MO.  Daniel was married to Sarah Creech (b. 1800 NC) in late December 1817 in Rutherford Co., TN. Joshua Creech was a witness to their wedding.  I believe Joshua may be an older brother or an uncle to Sarah.  It is my belief that Daniel Pierce was the son of James Pierce (b.c. 1784 NC).  I believe that James' sons were Daniel, George, James Jr. and John Lindsey Pierce. Family lore says that they had either two more brothers or two cousins named Morgan Pierce and Van Pierce.  My gg grandfather was Morgan Pierce (b. 1823), who would be younger than the Morgan I just mentioned.  I believe that Daniel is either the father or uncle of my Morgan Pierce.  My Morgan is not mentioned in Daniel Pierce's estate papers at all. But Daniel died in 1845 and in 1885 Morgan Pierce was buried on "the Old Whitledge Place", which was once owned by Daniel Pierce.  This makes me believe that there had to have been a family burial plot on that land at some point for him to be buried there all those years later.  Morgan was living close to Daniel's widow, Sarah in the 1850 Lincoln Co., MO census.  Comparing pictures of Morgan Pierce to the descendants of James Pierce Jr, there is a strong family resemblance.  Daniel and Sarah (Creech) Pierce's known children were: Benjamin Pierce (b. 1824; m. Jane); Elizabeth Pierce (b. 1826; m. Davison Bowlin); George W. Pierce (b. 1828; m. Catherine Emerson); Joshua Pierce (b. 1832; m. Susannah Creech Collard, dau of John Creech and Nancy Cannon); Julia A. (b. 1834; m. Benjamin Shelton); Daniel Jr. (b. 1838; m. Sarah Bray); John J. (b. 1840).  There could be a remote possibility that my Morgan was Daniel Pierce's youngest brother too, but that would put a 24 year age gap between them.  I have a hard time believing that Daniel and Sarah married in 1817 and did not have any children for 7 years and then had Benjamin on down to John.  I wonder if it is possible that Morgan is their son and received his inheritance from his father while he was still living, and therefore is not mentioned in the estate papers.  I just don't know yet.  

I recently ordered a Bounty Land Warrant Increase Application that Sarah Pierce filed after Daniel's death when the act came into being in 1850.  This gave me a copy of his discharge paper from the Black Hawk War, which in turn said that Daniel Pierce was born in 1799 in Columbia Co., GA.  He served in Capt. Nathan Boone's Co. of US Mounted Rangers from August 7th 1932 to August 7th 1833 and was discharged near Ft. Gibson (now in OK). Sarah received a military warrant land patent in 1852 for his service.  This record also has Sarah's statement that she married Daniel in the latter part of December in 1817 in Rutherford Co., TN, and also an affidavit from Joshua Creech also stating that he was a witness at their wedding, which was on one of the last days of December 1817.

Submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of  LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Patty Jamerson Archer, 28 Jul 2012.

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