Pierce Family Historical Documents

This section contains various documents relating to Young and Roxie Family of San Saba, Texas


Death Certificate for Julia Anne (Miller) Williams

Miller, Julia Anne - Death Certificate.
Miller, Julia Anne – Death Certificate.

Julia Anne (Miller) Williams was called Annie all her life and that is the name the family provided for this death certificate when she died on 22 November 1941. The story handed down orally is that Julia Anne’s mother died in childbirth when Julia Anne was born 27 February 1850 somewhere in East Texas. And further that Julia Anne’s mother was a Pierce married to a Miller and that sometime after her mother’s death she was taken to Sugar Loaf by her Grandmother Sabina Pierce accompanied by her two uncles, presumably Young and Bird. Julia Anne told her family that she was raised by her grandmother Sabina Pierce. She said she remembered when Young Pierce was murdered by the Comanches when she was about 8 years old. Sources other than these oral family stories are sketchy at best. Julia Anne passed down a Funeral Card that gives 3 October 1888 as the date for Sabina’s death. The first census record we have of Julia Anne is the 1870 census that shows her living with George Williams and their one year old son Columbus Williams born in 1869. The record is clear from this point on and there is a rich history of descendants many of which still live in the Gatesville, Texas area. The search continues for the identify of Julia Anne’s mother. We have dubbed her mother “Sister Pierce” as there is sufficient evidence that Young and Bird were her younger brothers. It is interesting to note that on this death certificate there is a question mark in front of the mother’s name (Pierce) and the father’s name (Miller). I believe this is to indicate that Julia Anne did not know what their given names were. The place of birth is listed as “Unknown”.


Extract from Harvey O’Neal Bible

Extract from Harvey O'Neal Bible
Extract from Harvey O’Neal Bible

Prior to 1900 most county and state governments were not required to record births or deaths, a task that was left to family bibles and church records. This page shown here is from Harvey O’Oneal’s family bible and is at least interesting for it’s math error. Moses, a baby that died in infancy, is shown here as born 16 February 1854. This is only 5 months 18 days since these bible pages recorded Sarah Jane’s birth as 29 August 1853. From other records we believe the birth of Sarah Jane was 8 September 1853 and Moses was likely born in 1855. So how does this connect to the Pierce Family? The six children shown here are the children of Harvey O’Neal who died in 1855. Terrissa’s younger sister, Nancy Elms wife of David Gray, died in 1854. So David Gray, father of Armelia, married Terrissa and with Terrisa’s six children that made 10 children in the new David and Terrissa household plus Armelia Gray now age 13 and David’s daughter by the first of his three marriages making a total of 12 children. Armelia once told our grandmother Roxie Pierce that she married Young Pierce Sr. in 1858 at age 15 to escape from the David/Terrissa household of which she was the oldest. One can only imagine the problems of David Gray, especially after Armelia’s husband was killed by Comanches in 1859 and she was forced to move back with David and Terrissa bringing with her baby Young Pierce Jr. Put this in the context of many of the men in the community were beginning to leave for duty in the Civil War. David Gray was too old for military duty and besides he now had a household of 14 people to feed.


John Tomlinson and Ethel Pierce Marriage License

Gray was too old for military duty and besides he now had a household of 14 people to feed. John Tomlinson and Ethel Pierce Marriage License
Gray was too old for military duty and besides he now had a household of 14 people to feed.
John Tomlinson and Ethel Pierce Marriage License


Copy of Letter to Gladys from Abia Pierce 1927

Copy of Letter to Gladys from Abia Pierce 1927
Copy of Letter to Gladys from Abia Pierce 1927

This letter was written to Gladys by Abia from her hospital bed in Brownwood. The occasion was Gladys’ graduation from San Saba High School. Gladys was 17 and Abia was 41. Gladys and Abia not only were siblings but close lifetime friends. Often teaching at the same schools and very often living together.


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