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KIERCE FAMILY
Submitted by Vanessa Burzynski

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KIERCE, Daniel  (Pvt. 42nd Alabama Co. E, Pvt. 37th Alabama Infantry Co. I)  Enlisted March 31, 1862 in Capt. Brady's Company Alabama Volunteers at age 20 in Greenville, Alabama. Appears on a Company Muster-in Roll dated April 4, 1862. Residence Andalusia, Alabama by Capt. James T. Brady for a period of 3 years during the war. Traveled 73 miles. Appears present on a company muster roll for August to October 31, 1862. Last paid July 31, 1862. Appears on a receipt for clothing on June 30, 1864.  Captured as a POW during the Seige at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. Appears on a Muster Roll of Officers and Men paroled in accordance with the terms of a Military Convention entered into on the 26th day of April, 1865, between General Joseph E. Johnston, Commanding Confederate Army and Major General W. T. Sherman, Commanding United States Army in North Carolina. Roll dated April 27, 1865 Greensboro, North Carolina. Paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1, 1865.

Daniel Kierce was born in Baker County, Georgia on December 24, 1843 to Rev. Wilson J. Kierce and Bedy Jane Curl. He married Rebecca Kierce in August 1869. They had one son Charles Edward Kierce born June 26, 1870. His wife Rebecca died June 26, 1894 and is buried in Pelham Cemetery in Mitchell County, Georgia. Daniel married Martha "Mattie" Jane Ott October 10, 1895. They had one son George Dewey Kierce born March 24, 1899. Daniel Kierce died on October 23, 1929 in Pelham, Georgia. He is buried in Pelham Cemetery in Mitchell County, Georgia.  His wife Martha Kierce died on February 13, 1955 and is buried next to her husband.

Obituary of Daniel Kierce as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Nov 1929:

Mr. Daniel Kierce, one of Mitchell county's very best citizens, died at his home near Pelham on Wednesday afternoon, 23 October 1929, at the age of 85. He was a pioneer citizen of this county and a  Christian gentleman who commanded the love and esteem of all who knew him. He was a successful farmer, a leader in the community, civic and religious affairs and left an impression upon those with whom  he spent his life that will live after him. Mr. Kierce was a Confederate veteran with a record of four years of faithful service in the Army of the South and during late years had been a familiar figure in the county  gatherings of these old heroes of the sixties. Mr. Kierce is survived by his wife, Mattie (Ott) Kierce and  one son, Mr. Dewey Kierce of Pelham. He also is survived by one brother, Mr. Joseph Kierce of Baker,  Florida. Funeral services were held Thursday, 24 October 1929, from the Pelham Baptist church, of which  the deceased had been a devoted member. Services were conducted by a former pastor of the church,  Rev J. P. Lee of Pompano, Fla. assisted by the pastor, Rev. C. C. Kiser, and Rev S. O. Thomas.  

Sources: Vanessa Burzynski; ADAH Civil War Data Base; National Archives, Family Records, Bible Records, Oral Family History, Cemetery Records.

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KIERCE, George Washington  (Private, Company E, 42nd Alabama Infantry)  He enlisted April 1, 1862 in Captain Brady's Company of Alabama Volunteers, 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company E, Baker's Brigade, Liddell's Division. Mustered in on April 5,1862 in Greenville, Alabama at age 28. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and was eventually Captain of his own company called Kierce's Company. He was captured at the Siege of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 but was granted a leave of absence and resigned on October 28, 1863 due to health reasons (severe varicose veins in his legs). Rev. George W. Kierce was born in Emanuel County, Georgia August 30, 1836, the son of Rev. Wilson J. Kierce and Bedy Jane Curl. Later the family moved to Elba, Alabama.  His first preaching was in a school house where the town of Opp now stands.  He also held a meeting at Piney Grove.  His first pastorate was at Chapel Hill.  That church called for his ordination.  He was pastor at Clear Creek church in 1865 when the name was changed to New Hope.  Rev. Kierce left New Hope in June 1866 and went with Rev. Edward P. Rogers on preaching tours into Florida.  He became the Bethlehem Association Missionary in Southwest Alabama and continued to go into northwest Florida. Rev. Kierce married Mary E. Savell of Andalusia in 1860 while serving the County as Circuit Clerk.  They had a son and a daughter.  His wife died in 1887.  In 1888 Rev. Kierce married Miss Theodosia Terry of Red. Level.  For a while they lived in Milton, Florida where he was pastor of Milton Baptist Church. He moved back to Red Level in 1900 and lived there for the rest of his life.  He was also pastor of Florala Baptist Church and Fairmount Baptist Church. He died on May 24, 1918 and is buried in Fairmount Baptist Church Cemetery. Before he died he had written a book about his life called "The Strange History of a Backwards Country Boy" and published several copies.  Sources: Vanessa Burzynski; Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System database; ADAH Civil War Data Base; gwkierce1.jpg (156030 bytes)
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KIERCE, Henry (Private, Company C, E, 63rd Alabama Infantry Regiment (2nd Alabama Reserves))  Enlisted May 19, 1864 at Covington County, Alabama by Lt. Kearney for the war. Age 17, eyes black, hair dark, complexion dark, 5 foot 9 inches, residence Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama. Appears on a company muster-in roll for June 24, 1864 at Camp Watts near Notasulga, Alabama. Appears present on a company muster roll for September and October 1864. Here he is shown as having enlisted at Camp Watts on May 16, 1864, by Captain Ready.  Drew clothing on August 6, 1864. Appears on a roll of POW's of Cos. E and G, 63rd Alabama Infantry commanded by Captain A. V. Lee that were surrendered by Lt. General Richard Taylor at Citronelle, Alabama on May 4, 1865 and paroled at Meridian, Mississippi on May 13, 1865. Residence Covington, County, Alabama. Born in Baker County, Georgia on January 8, 1846. Married to Honor Elizabeth Hinote on November 24, 1867. Had 3 children, Moses J. Kierce, Sara Jane Kierce and Daniel Henry Kierce. Died on April 14, 1928 in Pensacola, Florida. Buried in Jordan Cemetery in Gonzales, Florida. Sources: Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, National Archives, "Too Little Too Late" by Arthur E. Green (Compiled Military Service Records of the 63rd Alabama Infantry CSA, Oral Family History; submitted by Vanessa Burzynski; Also found in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System database

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Tombstone of Honor Kierce,
Henry's wife
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