Martha Grey Dyer

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Martha Grey Dyer (Pier)

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: circa 1966 (83-91)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Morse Pier and Anne Elizabeth Pier
Ex-wife of John Dyer, II
Mother of Carolyn Dyer Stephenson; John Dyer, III; Frank E. Dyer and Martha "Andre" Dyer
Sister of Florida Scott-Maxwell

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About Martha Grey Dyer

From Times Union (Albany): 10/10/1910 :

A well-known contractor, John Dyer, Jr., received a grant of divorce against his wife, Martha Pier Dyer. Apparently the marriage had gone so sour, that Mr. Dyer was granted custody of their four children, with Mrs. Dyer receiving visitation on the third Saturday of every month, at her attorney’s office between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Mrs. Dyer is also forbidden to remarry during Mr. Dyer’s lifetime.


There is only one known photo of and it's attached. Her life was surrounded in scandal. She married John Dyer, Jr. After parenting four children, apparently she was accused/found out to have had an affair and she was banished from the family forever. They were divorced, around 1904. I must obtain a transcript of the divorce proceedings, which I understand are public info. John Dyer, Jr. was a well established builder/architect in Albany (he built many important bldgs thereabouts). He was also a very eccentric man. He was a great Shakespearean and a fervid convert from the Swedenborgian Church (in which he had been raised) to Catholicism. In his will, he bypassed his children and gave about half of his estate to the Church and the other half to his grandchildren. The name Martha Pier was never allowed to be uttered in his house for a long as he lived. In fact, one of his daughters, who was named Martha, adopted the name Andre, to further distance the memory. So, you see that it was quite a sad situation. Very little is known of Martha Pier's subsequent life except this: she appears to have re-married. This I know from an application my grand aunt had filed with the DAR that identified the lineage through Martha Pier. In it, she was named Martha Pier Dyer Tagg. Who Mr.. Tagg was is unknown. It is also known that Martha lived out her last years in a nursing home in Florida. Actually, my uncle, John Dyer IV, went to see her once. He was her grandson. I asked my uncle, who's still alive, whether the discussion ever got to family matters and it most certainly did not. Only pleasantries exchanged. Then there's the question of Martha Pier's relationship with her world famous sister, Florida Pier Scott-Maxwell. I've not turned up anything there except a very shrouded reference in a letter from Florida to my cousin John Dyer V in the 1970s. At some point I may do more research here. Well, that's about as much as I have on Martha now.

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Martha Grey Dyer's Timeline

February 16, 1878
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
October 14, 1898
Age 20
Albany, New York, United States
October 24, 1900
Age 22
Albany, NY, USA
January 10, 1904
Age 25
Pennsylvania, United States
Age 28
Age 87