early church
In Colesville
In Kirtland
Temples In Far West
In Nauvoo

A Pioneer
In Salt Lake
His Death


Joseph White Pierce

Born June 5 1805, Middletown, Middlesex Connecticut, USA.

b_parents.gif (1766 bytes) Father: John Pierce. Mother; Abigail Stow.

b_mymarriage.gif (1984 bytes) Married: Amanda Mary Heath, December 16, 1828 in Windsor, Broome County New York.  He was 23 years old.

The lived at Janesseo, Broome County, New York where two children were born.   Elizabeth, January 1829.  She died that same year.  Edwin was born November 27, 1830 and died, August 28, 1832 at 21 month.

b_earlychurch.gif (1999 bytes) Joseph and his wife, Amanda joined the Church in New York, only a short distance from the birth place of Mormonism.  b_incolesville.gif (1976 bytes) In April 1830 Joseph Smith made his first visit to   Colesville, Broome County New York where several public meetings were held.   Later other visits were made.  My Baptism No doubt, this is where they heard the Gospel from the lips of the prophet and joined the church sometime between then and 1832.

b_inkirtland.gif (1910 bytes) They followed the Church to Kirtland, Ohio in 1832, where he helped build the Kirtland Temple. b_temples.gif (1958 bytes)

Mary Adeline, who married William Ballard, born 22 November 1833 at Niagra, New York.   Catherine Amanda, born 18 February 1836, died 1 March 1837, at  13 months of age, KIRTLAND, OHIO.  

b_infarwest.gif (1931 bytes) They lived in Far West, Caldwell County, Misourri.   Their fifth child, Joseph Henry was born here on 17 January 1838 and died 18 of February one month later.  Four of their first five children died before reaching the age of two.

January 29, 1839 in Far West, Missouri, Joseph White Pierce subscribed his name, along with many others, to pledge their available property to be disposed of by a committee, for the purpose of assisting the worthy poor and destitute to remove from the state in compliance with the order expelling them from the state of Missouri. (History of the Church Volume III page 250 to 254.)

b_innauvoo.gif (1876 bytes) In Nauvoo, they lived in the same house as Hyrum Smith and knew and associated with the prophet Joseph Smith.  Amanda Mary Heath Pierce, stated that, the death of the prophet gave her a very deep grief.

While in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, there were three children born.  Roxey Abigail, May 24, 1840.  She married John McRae, a brother to my grandmother, Mary Jane McRae.  George, born October 17, 1842 died November 11, 1842 at less than a month. Isaac Riley was born July 13, 1844, about two weeks after the prophet Joseph Smith was killed in Carthage Jail.  He was my grandfather.

They crossed the Mississippi on the ice as they were driven from Nauvoo.

Adelia Delialah, their ninth child was born January 13, 1847, somewhere in Iowa.   She married Al Workman.  She later married William Edger French and they moved to Canada and have a large posterity in that area.  Lucy Jane, their tenth child, was born March 22, 1850 at Silver Creek, Iowa.  She died February 18, 1851, she was only ten months old. 


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b_inkanesville.gif (1991 bytes) Julia Ann Menetta, their 11th child was born at Kanesville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, August 3, 1852.  She married John Morgan Hughes.

The name of Kanesville was later changed to Council Bluffs.  They spent several years in this area, mostly at Kanesville.  Joseph White Pierce and his family followed the Church on all of its moves westward.  They were driven from five different homes.

b_apioneer.gif (1866 bytes) They crossed the plains in 1853. 

b_insaltlake.gif (2081 bytes) They settled in Salt Lake City, at 5th South and 9th East.  (922 E. 500 S.)  They owned about 2 1/2 acres.  They hauled timber and wood from the canyons and farmed and cleared land.  They homesteaded a ranch at the foot of Little Mountain, on the old Emigrant Trail in Emigration Canyon.  They also raised stock and farmed in the summer and spent winters in Salt Lake City.

b_death.gif (1733 bytes) Joseph White Pierce died April 2, 1888 at Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 83.