December 30, 2013 by elhseven
The Honorable John Pierce (1824-1892)
- State Representative from Bossier Parish during the Era of Reconstruction(1867-1870)
- Constitutional Convention of 1867-1868, Member: Federal Relations, Registration, and Commerce & Manufacturing Committees
- Native of Virginia, landowner and resident of Camp Parapet, La., one mile above the old city of Carrolton
- Married at GoldPoint Plantation, Bossier Parish-1849 to wife, Mrs. Hettie S. Pierce, (1829-1944), native of North Carolina.
- Ada Pierce Roy
- Benedict Pierce
- Beauregard Pierce
- Ida Pierce Thompson
- Laura Pierce Bass
- Leathe Mary Pierce Brown
- Marlborough Pierce
- Mary Pierce
- Milford Pierce
- Nellie Pierce
- Samuel Pierce
THE PIERCE FAMILY cont.
Hettie Pierce, born a slave in North Carolina in 1829, died in Madison in 1944 at the age of 115. After the Emancipation Proclamation, she and her husband – who’d also been a slave owned by her master – moved to Louisiana, where he became a legislator and judge. The Pierces were kept on the move constantly in Louisiana because of Reconstruction-era lynchings. After her husband’s death, Hettie Pierce came to Madison with her youngest son, Samuel, and his wife. They became one of the first, if not the first, black families the Williamson Street neighborhood. Samuel, a former Pullman porter, became one of Madison’s best-known and popular citizens during his years as messenger for Wisconsin governors. Accounts of the time described his “matinee-idol looks,” and his reliable and soothing presence in the governor’s office. He had a knack for calming irate constituents who came to the governor’s office, and kept track of the governors’ correspondence. The flag at the Capitol flew at half staff when Samuel died, and he was described as “one of the best diplomats in the state Capitol” in a newspaper article about his passing. Theodore Pierce, the nephew that Samuel and Mollie Pierce raised as a son, took over the job as executive messenger and became an outspoken and well-liked figure in Madison’s gay community and the Willy Street neighborhood. Hettie Pierce outlived all her children, one of whom became a high ranking Army official who advised the military on integration. When Hettie was 95, she traveled through the South by herself looking for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She found 50 of them. Hettie Pierce may have been the oldest woman to have died in Wisconsin. The state started keeping records in 1983, and since that time the oldest person to die was a 113-year-old Milwaukee County Woman. Descendants of Hettie Pierce still live in Madison.
Madison, Wisconsin, last stop on the Underground Railroad…
“A place in black history”
Chris Martell, email@example.com
For many blacks in the 19th century, Wisconsin seemed like a haven. It was a last stop on the Underground Railroad, a place to catch boats on the Great Lakes or the Mississippi that would take them to safety in Canada. It was a state full of abolitionists that openly defied a court order to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. Some decided to stay and make Madison their home. Others stayed for a while and then moved on. Most of their stories never made it into the history books in school, and are still waiting to be told.
Other source: Jari Honora, a proud descendent of the Pierce family, provide some of this information.
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