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John Sullivan Pierce

Birthplace: Hillsborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
Death: Died in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gov. Benjamin Pierce and Anna B. Kendrick
Husband of Marietta O. Puthuff
Father of Mary O. Warbaugh McCartney and Anne Kendrick Parker
Brother of Col. Benjamin Kendrick Pierce; Nancy M. Pierce; Harriet Byron Pierce; Charles Grandison Pierce; Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the USA and 2 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Andrews Pierce

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About John Sullivan Pierce

John Sullivan Pierce, son of Benjamin Pierce and Anna Kendrick, was b. Nov. 5,1796 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire; he married MARIETTA PUTHUFF, dau. of William Henry Puthuff. She was b. Apr. 12,1802. He d. in Detroit, Michigan on Sept. 28,1824. After his death and that of her father, she moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, with the children. She d. Dec. 2,1829.

Children were: Mary O. (12/5/1820), and Anne K. (12/19/1824).

John Sullivan Pierce was named after his father's contempory Ex-Governor John Sullivan (who served 1786-1788 and again 1789-1790).

  • Info from Pierce Pedigree/NH Historical marraige and children; as well as pertinent dates. Pg 166.

John Sullivan Pierce, assigned to serve at Mackinac as was his brother Benjamin K Pierce, met and married Marietta O. Puthuff, dau of the Indian Agent at the Fort...not being of a military bent,or sorely affected by the brutality that he had witnessed, J S Pierce resigned from service and moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he died.

  • Info from 1820 Federal Census Michilimackinack County,Michigan filed in the office of the clerk of the Supreme Court 7/25/1821..shows John S Pierce with wife (1 white male 26-44, 1 white female 26-44).
  • A dictionary of All Officers who have been Commissioned or Have Been Appointed and Served in the Army of the US by Charles Kitchell Gardner, pg 359
  • Ft Dearborn: An Address Delivered at the Unveiling of the Memorial Tablet to Mark the Site of the Block-House. (5/21/1881: Chicago Historical Society.Pg. 24

Mackinac County MIGenWeb Project listing of Priests attendant at the Fort shows a period from 1801-1816/17 when NO priests were assigned to that area..and from 1816/17- 1825 there were also NO known assignments of Priests.What clergy of any kind there was had a vast area within their charge and would travel from town to town and settlement to settlement; a duty that was trecherous and sporadic.

IT IS NOTED: Fort Mackinac (the American name) was under British/Canadian Rule until the Treaty of Ghent was signed 1814 and made effective 1815.

This was a FRONTIER Fort where the benefit of clergy was sorely lacking. MARRIAGES and BIRTHS were mostly witnessed by friends,Fort personnel etc and LATER legalized (or sanctioned) when a missionary priest or other person authorized would be available.

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John Sullivan Pierce's Timeline

November 5, 1796
Hillsborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
December 5, 1820
Age 24
Detroit, Wayne Co, MI, USA
September 28, 1824
Age 27
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
December 19, 1824
Age 27
Detroit, Wayne Co, MI, USA