Our PIERCE line goes back to Joel PIERCE and Hannah IRISH. According to the 1850 census, Joel was born c1808 in Rhode Island and Hannah was born c1815 in Vermont. Every census after that their places of birth was always listed as New York. They lived in the following locations:
1830: Joel is found in Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut. At the same time period Silas PIERCE and Willard PIERCE are living in Colden, Erie County, NY which is where Joel moved to.
1840: Colden, Erie County, NY
1850: Colden, Erie County, NY
1860: Flowerfield twp, St. Joseph County, MI
1870: Hannah is found in Bloomington, Grant County, WI with "George PEARCE" born in 1814. I don't know if this is a 2nd husband for Hannah, if Joel goes by a middle name of George, or if it's simply poor census data.
Joel PIERCE and Hannah IRISH had the following children:
Adelia Maria 1844
Theodore George 1847
Anna Louisa 16 May 1849
Jennetta Apr 1861
Juliette Apr 1861
Marriage records for Levi PIERCE to Grace SMITH indicate Joel PIERCE and Hannah IRISH as his parents.
Death record for Anna Louisa SPRINGSTROH nee PIERCE & CROUCH indicates her father as Joel Pierce and mother's maiden name as IRISH.
Marriage record for Jennetta SCOTT nee PIERCE to Henry E. PATET indicates her parents as Joel PIERCE and Hannah IRISH.
There are very few records filed in Grant county, WI during the 1870's so I am at a brick wall with what happened to our Joel and Hannah :-(
I should also like to point out that in the 1850 census, Pardon and Deborah IRISH are found also living in Colden Twp. c1775 and c1781 respectively both from Vermont. Information about them is available on the IGI. Although they did have a daughter named Hannah Ann, I can't connect her as *my* Hannah Irish.
When I contacted the Colden, NY historian, he stated that most of the early Colden records were destroyed by fire.