Another death certificate, another mystery solved.

I posted about Hedger C. Pierce back in October in a “Madness Monday” post.  I had thought that his father was probably a William Pierce, son of Ward Pierce.  William had a son that seemed to fit Hedger’s age (it was the 1830 census) and I had seen from some other family trees that William was listed as a son of a Ward Pierce.  Hedger named his son Ward, so I thought that there might be a connection there.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I heard back from the New Jersey State Archives this time around. I remember ordering a few things from them about 10 years ago and waiting for a VERY long time before I heard back. (I ordered his death certificate along with those things but they weren’t able to find it, since I didn’t have an exact date).

Anyway, the death certificate arrived and my mystery is solved.

Hedger’s father is Ward Pierce. Unfortunately, his mother is not listed.  More research to do…

So, it looks like it is a possibility that the man I thought was Hedger’s father may actually have been his brother!

I’m so happy that I now have some answers and I can continue my research!! 🙂


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Last week, I posted the obituary of Dr. Elam Stafford. This week, I’m posting an death notice of his brother, Henry Stafford. Both of them were brothers to my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, Eli Stafford.  All three were sons of Thomas Stafford and Elizabeth Boswell.

{The copy of this clipping was hand-dated 1906}


Henry Stafford died at his home, 115 Second avenue west, on Dec. 13, of old age, aged 86 years, 2 months, and 3 days.  Deceased was born in Indiana but had lived in Iowa 62 years.  Deceased leaves a wife, and many friends, in whose memory of the departed will ever linger the recollections of an exempliary life.  Thus passes away one of Mahaska’s oldest pioneers.  Obituary next week.

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When I first started doing genealogy almost 12 years ago, I didn’t have a lot of information beyond my great-grandparents’ names.  (Which I realize is more than some people have to start with!).

I dove into it with a lot of enthusiasm, but looking back, I realize that in my effort to get back to the next generation (and the next and the next), I skipped a lot of good stuff along the way.

I realized this last night, as I did a few quick searches and soon had a wealth of information about my great-grandmother’s siblings – whom I had known very little about.

I had their birth dates and places, but not much beyond that.

And now I have found out that my great-grandmother was not the only one of her siblings who immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden.  It looks like the majority of them did.  She was just isolated in Seattle, while most of her family was living in Boston!!

So, expect to see quite a few posts about the Klarstrom family in the near future!! 🙂

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The following biography was printed in a local history of Mahaska County, Iowa.
STAFFORD, DR. ELAM, physician and surgeon, Oskaloosa; born in Wayne county, Indiana, February 1, 1826; he lived there and in Tippecanoe county for seventeen years, and came with his father’s family to Iowa by wagon, and arrived here in this county in June, 1843; the principal thing here then was a pole stuck up to designate the spot supposed to be the center of the county; he was one of the earliest settlers here; he sat on a log and wrote tickets on election day; the election was held one mile north of town, in the edge of the timber; he studied medicine, and graduated in Cincinnati in 1852, and began the practice of his profession, and is one of the oldest physicians here; he was connected with the drug trade here for eleven years; married Miss Sarah Stanley, from Illinois, in June 1852;  they have one daughter, Emma F., and have lost one son, Charles W.,  and one daughter, Katie.

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I can’t believe that March is almost over!  The days are starting to fly by so quickly.  It feels like summer here in Savannah. The temps have been in the 80’s and my kids have pulled the squirt guns out.

I have to admit that I’m getting really excited about the upcoming NGS Conference in May!!  Are you going to be there? I’d love to meet some other geneabloggers there!!

Despite another birthday party (my son turned 5 this week) and a full week of homeschooling (we’re trying to finish 3 months of schoolwork in the 5 weeks before the movers show up…), I managed to find some great reads this week!  Enjoy. 🙂

  1. Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun was an entertaining one this week.  I enjoyed Caro’s Family Chronicles’ contribution to the Genealogisms.
  2. I am so jealous of my cousin Wendy at Shaking Leaves.  She got a new toy that I’ve been drooling over for months now – a Flip Pal.  I will gift myself with one sometime in the near future!! Check out her review
  3. Please head over to my friend Amy’s blog, Hunting Dead People and give her a big blog hug.  She was living in Japan when the earthquakes hit and chose to come back to the States this past week with her baby.  While she’s glad to be out of a scary situation, she left her husband and her dog in Japan. 🙁
  4. I enjoyed Heather’s post (at Leaves for Trees) about a Cure for genealogy ADD. I think that a lot of us can understand! (I grew up watching Seasame Street too by the way!)
  5. You have to go to My Ancestors and Me and read Nancy’s post about Beautiful Emma and Her Lovely Waist.  She posted a beautiful picture and some great research into the fashion of the time period.
  6. Earlier this week, I made my blogs mobile friendly after reading this blog post at Find My Ancestors Blog.  It works!  I can open my blogs on my iPhone and a mobile version appears instead of the graphics heavy version which takes forever to open on my phone.
  7. Bill West over at West in New England sent out a reminder for his Civil War Genealogy Blog Challenge.  I think I might jump in on this one, since I had family who fought on both sides.
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