"Hi, another relative, here. My Father, Donald Peirce, son of Allan
Wyman Peirce, whose mother was Margaret Phillips, daughter of Alice
Elizabeth Trefren, who married John Phillips. Our family records
include the following:
Regarding James TREFREN1185 [click 2 geneations back]: Sent by the New Hampshire Conference of the Methodist Epicsopal Church to preach
in Ausin, Nevada as a missionary to the Indians in 1866.
Regarding Sarah (PENNIMAN) TREFREN, James wife: Grandmother Trefren (maiden name Penniman) was known to the children when she stayed with John's brother Wendall, in Lynn, Massachusetts. She bought a piano for the grandchildren. Celeste Trefren was considered an accomplished pianist.
Regarding Alice E.: Alice met Capt Phillips on the boat to join her father in Austin, Nevada, where he was a missionary to the Indians.
Captain Phillips was the Captain of Company C, 2nd Mass, - in actions at Ashby's Gap, Alden, Summit Point, Berryville Pike, Charlestown, Halltown, Virginia, Rucksville & Poolsville, Maryland vs Moseby's Rangers, wounded in right arm and side 22 August 1864 while in charge of an ammunition train in 21 days running engagement near Halltown Pennsylvania, with Moseby. Discharded 25 April 1865. Served under General Sheridan. Served as an engineer in Chile, silver mining superintendent in Austin Nevada (Northstar Mine) (met wife on boat out there, her father was a missionary to the Indians. Took ship from New York to Panama, crossed isthmas by train, second boat to San Francisco, then by mud wagon to Austin, Nevada.
Anna Dunn Phillips 12 January 1868 Austin, Nevada - 03 May 1947 Waltham Massachusetts; married Bertram W. Hastings (Uncle Bert to me, though he had died before I was born, next to Grandfather's was always "Uncle Bert's house". They ran the goat dairy next door to my (Donald Peirce's) father's house. We (Donald's children and their cousins), grandchildren of Allan W. Peirce used to play in the goat sheds in the 1950's and 1960's. Her son-in-law, Elmer Dow (married only child - daughter Alice), worked at our family greenhouses, lived to his late 80's in "Uncle Bert's house (was one of my favorites - favorite expression "Awe Jacob!").
Alice Elizabeth Phillips 08 November 1869 - 13 August 1950 married Herbert Wilmont Smith
Thomas Walley Phillips 12 October 1872 Fayville (now Southboro), Massachusetts - 13 January 1910 Hudson, Mass. He was overcome by fumes, fell into a car engine used to fill a large tank in the barn to supply barn and house (another tale has the pump used for pumping milk). Leg caught in engine, neck broken.
Margaret Wendall Phillips (my line) 08 August 1875 Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 23 December 1951 Waltham, Massachusetts. Newspaper reporter for the "Worcester Spy". 1st woman "elected" to the Waltham School Committee, leader in battle for woman's rights, led marches in Waltham, Boston for the vote.
Sarah Trefren Phillips 15 October 1876 Fitchburg, Massachusetts - 23 September 1946 married Earnest Crossman
Harriet Phillips 15 February 1881 Waltham, Massachusetts - 27 May 1890 Hudson, Massachusetts.
We do not have information on nor knew there was the Frank of your web site.
Should anyone be interested, I would be happy to share what we have. Most of it is from my Grandfather's sister Miriam, who died last year, leaving her papers to my dad. Grandfather Allan W. Peirce, Margaret Phillips oldest child, will be 100 in March ."
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