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Sunday's Obituary - John Pierse (c.1833-1921)

This weeks obituary is for my 3rd Great Grandfather John Pierse.  From Kerry, Ireland his immigration details have not yet been discovered.  He was a member of the New South Wales Police Force from about 1862. He was a widower on the 25th May 1863 when he married Mary Quirk at the Tumut Catholic Church and they had fourteen known children together.  John died in 1921 and Mary in 1924.


Source: OBITUARY. (1921, July 1). Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925), p. 4. Retrieved August 11, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115931201

Transcript:

OBITUARY.
MR. JOHN PIERSE.

After a good and useful life of 87 years, Mr. John Pierse, the squire of "Shadybrook," Darbalara, died quietly at his home early on Sunday morning.  A week ago Dr. Wilkin was called in, and found Mr. Pierse in a bad way suffering from bronchial pneumonia.  He held out very little hope of recovery, but the hardy old pioneer rallied, only to find that nature could not respond.  Mr. Pierse was a native of Kerry, Ireland, and came to Australia when a young man.  He joined up with the N.S.W. police force, and his first appointment was to Jugiong over 60 years ago.  Leaving the force, he selected at Darbalara, and married Miss Quirk (sister of Mr. Thos. Quirk, of Gundagai, and Mr. Jas. Quirk, Wagra).  A fine Australian family was reared, and those left behind are :- Mesdames D. Morice (Illabo), Eugene Carberry (Stockingbingal), E. Battye (Gundagai), G. Last (Tumblong), Jno. Reardon (Gundagai), and W. Sullivan (Darbalara).  The sons are : Messrs Jno. Pierse (Queensland), Michael and David (Darbalara), Edward (Harden) and Robert (Gundagai).  A number of grandchildren are also left behind.  Deceased's only sister, Mrs. W. Carrigg (mother of Mr. Wm. Carrigg; Gundagai) died many years ago.  John Pierse was like so many of the early Irishmen that came to Australia- a good citizen, straight, religious and clean living - an example, to the younger generation, of what constitutes one of Nature's gentlemen.

Grave of John Pierse and his wife Mary née Quirk at Wagragobilly Cemetery


New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930 about Constable John Pierse

Name: Constable John Pierse
Event Place: New South Wales, Australia
Event Type: Police Business
Publication Date: 1862
Page #: 6

Source: Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. 


John Pierse and his wife Mary (nee Quirk) had the following children:

  • Winifred Last nee Pierse (1864-1926)
  • Ellen Mary Battye nee Pierse (1865-1944)
  • John Pierse (1866-1943)
  • Mary Ann Morris nee Pierse (1867-1945)
  • David Joseph Pierse (1868-1930)
  • Jane M Carberry nee Pierse (1869-1928)
  • Michael Patrick Pierse (c.1870-1953)
  • Edward Pierse (1873-1924)
  • Thomas Pierse (1874-1875)
  • Frances Reardon nee Pierse (1876-?)
  • Robert Bede Pierse (1877-1959)
  • Catherine Mary 'Kate' Sullivan nee Pierse (1879-1963)
  • Ann Pierse (1882-1882)
  • Ambrose Pierse (1883-1883)

NSW BDM Birth Indexes

9032/1864 PIERSE WINIFRED JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
9384/1865 PIERSE ELLEN JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI 
9165/1866 PIERSE JOHN JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
0064/1867 PIERSE MARY A JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI
10072/1868 PIERSE DAVID JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI 
11661/1869 PIERSE JANE JOHN MARY A GUNDAGAI  
11575/1873 PIERSE EDWARD JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI 
11981/1874 PIERSE THOMAS JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
12533/1876 PIERSE FRANCES JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
12889/1877 PIERSE ROBERT JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
14730/1879 PIERSE KATE JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI
17130/1882 PIERSE ANN JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI 
18631/1883 PIERSE AMBROSE JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI

NSW BDM Marriage Indexes

2982/1863 PIERSE JOHN QUIRK MARY TUMUT
5079/1885 BATTEY EDWARD PIERSE ELLEN GUNDAGAI
4290/1891 MORRIS DENIS PIERSE MARY A E GUNDAGAI
9271/1901 CARBERRY EUGENE J PIERSE JANE M GUNDAGAI
6807/1902 LAST GEORGE W PIERSE WINIFRED GUNDAGAI
1239/1904 REARDON JOHN PIERCE FRANCES GUNDAGAI
7241/1906 PIERSE DAVID LUFF JANE GUNDAGAI
399/1908 PIERSE ROBERT B KENNY MARY A SYDNEY
1447/1909 PIERSE EDWARD J FLYNN ELLEN J GUNDAGAI
4810/1909 SULLIVAN WILLIAM PIERSE CATHERINE M F GUNDAGAI

NSW BDM Death Indexes

6525/1875 PIERSE THOMAS JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
8497/1882 PIERSE ANN JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI 
8046/1883 PIERSE AMBROSE JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI
7603/1921 PIERSE JOHN   WINIFRED GUNDAGAI 
2739/1924 PIERSE EDWARD J JOHN   MURRUMBURRAH 
18274/1924 PIERSE MARY MICHAEL MARY GUNDAGAI
 6770/1926 LAST WINIFRED JOHN MARY PETERSHAM 
14103/1928 CARBERRY JANE M JOHN MARY COOLAMON 
16589/1930 PIERSE DAVID J JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
18820/1943 PIERSE JOHN JOHN MARY GRANVILLE
5921/1945 MORRIS MARY ANN JOHN MARY WAGGA WAGGA  
2494/1944 BATTYE ELLEN JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI 
30153/1953 PIERSE MICHAEL PATRICK JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
13858/1959 PIERSE ROBERT BEDE JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  
11255/1963 SULLIVAN CATHERINE MARY JOHN MARY GUNDAGAI  

Source: NSW BDM Indexes. NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  Retrieved from http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au


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