I'm reasonably certain this Miriam Pierce is the one for whom I am looking in Mishawaka, Indiana. She appears as the wife of David P. Pierce, who in this 1908 City Directory of South Bend (actually Mishawaka) appears with a wife Miriam. Keep in mind that I have little to go on for Miriam other than the fact that she's mentioned in a 1912 letter written by A. C. Ormond of the First Presbyterian Church of Mishawaka as being a great-granddaughter of Elam Blain. Blain is a Revolutionary War veteran who I am researching.
David P. and Miriam appear in the 1910 Census and if there was any doubt I had the correct person, it has been eliminated. A. C. Ormond appears as a neighbor of the Pierces. That was almost too easy.
|Penn, Saint Joseph, Indiana; Roll: T624_377; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0148--David P. Pierce and Anna M. Pierce|
David P. Pierce appears in the 1920 census a widow living on Main Street in Davidson, North Carolina. The connection to the Ormonds appears to be more than just neighbors based upon this census entry as David P. is listed as Alfred C. Ormond's father-in-law.
|1920 Census Entry for Alfred C. Ormond, Davidson, North Carolina.|
Work will continue on Miriam while our goal is kept in mind--determining her descent from Elam Blain in hopes of locating more on his family. Tracking Miriam is done just to the point where it helps complete the picture of Elam's immediate family. I'm not interested in tracking down all of Elam's descendants. And I'm tracking all my sources even though our citations here are incomplete.