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Philander E. Pierce is a native of Hamilton, Madison county, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1825. His father, Martin Pierce, was born in the same town in April, 1798. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was stationed at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y. His wife, Mary Ann (Jackson) Pierce, was born in Herkimer county, N, Y., in the year 1800, and died at Jackson, in October, 1870. Martin Pierce moved to Michigan in 1844, and settled in Van Buren county, where he died in 1855. He was the father of 8 children, 4 of whom are living—George W., in Washington Territory; A. N. Pierce, a physician in Detroit; Leonard O. and Philander E., the latter married Rosina M. D. Laverty at Jackson November 11, 1846. Only 2 children are living—Mina M. E., born Nov. 28, 1847, and Corydon E., born Feb. 6, 1851. Mina married A. A. Sprague, a merchant of Hudson, Nov, 18, 1870; Corydon lives in El Dorado county, California, and is engaged in farming. Mr. Pierce is a Free Thinker in religious matters, and in politics coincides with the principles of the Greenback, or National party. He settled in Jackson, moving there April 15, 1845, where he engaged in the manufacture of harnesses in company with Albert Howe. They were the sole persons engaged in that line of business at that time in the county. In October, 1847, he moved to Lansing, where he remained 10 years, working at his trade. He made the first harness in Lansing. His daughter Mina was the first white female child born in Lansing. He returned to Jackson, where he engaged alternately in agriculture and harness-making. He was the first man to set up market gardening as a business in Jackson. He owns 82 acres of land under high cultivation which he values at $125 per acre.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, pp. 1108-1109.


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