Abt 1840 - 1923 (~ 83 years)
||Collins Denny Walker |
||Born Collins Denny Wa;ker
||Abt 1 Jan 1840
||Wilmington, New Castle Co. Delaware
||31 May 1861
||enlisted 1st PA. RESVS. INF. Chester, PA.
||9 Aug 1861
||discharged, ill, Expected to die
||Changed name: 1862 to William C. Walker
||enlisted CO A. 17th PA. CAV. as William C. Walker
||BET. 1865 - 1872
||changed name circa 1865-72 to Samuel Henry Pierce
||brickmason, Notary Public |
||Wilmington, DE. Smyth Co. VA., W VA, Dayton, Ohio
||19 Jun 1923
||National Military Home, Dayton, Montgomery Co. Ohio
||National Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio
||22 Mar 2003 |
||Lucinda McGhee, b. 22 Feb 1856, Smyth Co. Virginia , d. 13 Nov 1929, Dayton, Montgomery Co. Ohio (Age 73 years) |
||2 Jun 1872
||near Marion, Smyth Co. Virginia
| ||1. Mary J. Pierce, b. 29 Apr 1873|
| ||2. William Gleeves Pierce, b. 19 Jul 1875, Blacksburg, Montgomery Co. Va. , d. 4 Mar, Beckley, West Virginia |
| ||3. Laura Belle Pierce, b. 21 Mar 1877, d. Mar 1950, Resthaven Cem. Princeton, West Va. (Age 72 years)|
| ||4. Margaret V. Pierce, b. 14 Jan 1879|
| ||5. Lillie G. Pierce, b. 20 Oct 1881|
| ||6. Edwin Arthur Emerson Pierce, b. 29 Feb 1884, Lynchburg, Campbell Co. West Virginia , d. 12 Nov 1963, Dayton, Montgomery Co. Ohio (Age 79 years)|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- He served in the Civil War twice. He enlisted, 31 May 1861, in the 1st Pa Resvs. Inf at Chester, Pa. as Collins D. Walker. He became very ill riding in an open train car from Harrisburg, Pa. to Annapolis Junction, Md. in the rain. They discharged him expecting him to die. He went home and was nursed back to health by his step-father Elias Pierce.
In the following spring he went to Philadelphia, Pa. and joined the 17th PA Cav. using the name William C. Walker. He was discharged in 1865.
In 1872 he is living in Marion, Va. and using the name Samuel Henry Pierce. He married Lucinda Mcghee there and on the marriage license he said his age was 24 when it was actually 34. She was 17 years old. They moved from Va. to W Va. where they lived for about 25 years. All their children were born in W V a.
They then moved to Dayton Ohio. Eventually he lived at the National Soldiers Home. He was an educated man and became a Building Officer.
The only child that came with them to Ohio was Edwin "Arthur" Emerson Pierce. He was their youngest child.
This info obtained from the Nat'l Archives Pension Records. There is an affidavit from his step-father Elias Pierce stating that Samuel is who he says he is and that he is the only father that Samuel aka Collins ever knew and that he took the name of Pierce of his own free will. There is also an affidavit from Samuel stating his children's names, birth date and the girls married names. There is also quite extensive military medical records & pension records.