Frederick Leeds Pierce, 1829-
From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.
FREDERICK LEEDS PIERCE, of Boston, a retired builder resident in the Dorchester district, was born in Dorchester, Mass., March 20, 1829, a son of Captain Thomas and Martha (Leeds) Pierce.
Captain Thomas Pierce, who also was a native of Dorchester, born June 1, 1790, after receiving a common-school education, served an apprenticeship to the wheelwright's trade. Subsequently he abandoned this to engage in farming and also in butchering, which combined occupations he followed for nine years. Later he went into business in Quincy Market, Boston, and was thus engaged for the rest of his life. His death occurred April 3, 1875. He married Martha Leeds, who was born September 26, 1794, and was a daughter of Samuel Leeds. Her father, who was a representative of an old New England family and a pilot by occupation, furnished provisions to the American troops during the War of 1812. Captain and Mrs. Thomas Pierce had five children, as follows: Martha; Robert, who died in 1894, at the age of about seventy years, and who in early life was a seafaring man; Samuel H.L., now a resident of Dorchester; George, who died in 1896; Frederick Leeds, the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Pierce died July 27, 1865.
Frederick L. Pierce was educated in the common schools of Dorchester; and after completing his studies he began industrial life in the carpenter's trade, at which he worked one year, this being followed by three years' employment as a mason. Then for about a year and six months he worked as a joiner. In November, 1852, he went to Niagara, N.Y., in March of the following year taking the boat up the river to Buffalo, from which place he made the journey up the lakes to Milwaukee. During this trip the vessel was stuck fast for three days in the ice. In Milwaukee Mr. Pierce remained but six months, returning home on account of impaired health. In search of a milder climate he went to Savannah, Ga., where he entered into the building business, but was driven away from that city by the yellow fever, and, coming North again, stayed for a while in New York, soon, however, continuing his journey to Boston. Here he entered into business as a mason and builder, and was very successful, giving employment to as many as from twenty to seventy-five hands. This he continued till 1897, when he retired, having been engaged in business for more than forty years. Mr. Pierce owns a good estate, the product of his own perseverance and industry, and is known as a man of his word, a good neighbor, and a firm friend to those who merit his friendship. He belongs to the I.O.O.F.,* and also to the Masonic order, being a member of Union Lodge, F. & A.M.**
Mr. Pierce was married February 6, 1856, to Miss Ann Frances Tucker, a daughter of Elisha Tucker, of Milton, Mass. She was born April 30, 1837, and died November 13, 1879, leaving one child, George Frederick, born September 24, 1858, who is his father's successor in the business. George F. Pierce was married October 9, 1883, to Antoinette Louise, daughter of William Augustus and Antoinette (Read) Pierce. To them have been born seven sons, namely: one, the firstborn, who died at birth; Allen Tucker, born February 23, 1887; Roger Grenway, born July 20, 1888; Harold Winslow, born January 31, 1892; Frederick William, born October 14, 1895; Winthrop Leeds, born August 12, 1897; and Robert, born January 20, 1900. The father of these children has advanced in Free Masonry to the thirty-second degree.
*I.O.O.F. International Order of the Odd Fellows.
**F. & A.M. Free and Accepted Masons
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