1850 census with Gurdon Pierce, next to Austin and Betsy Lawrence, Allegany Co., NY. Went to live with daughter, Betsey Lawrence, and family in Waverly, Iowa in 1869. From her obituary in the Waverly paper "The Republican", 12 March 1874: "Death of an Old Lady - On the 7th of March, 1874, in this city, at the residence of A.S.Lawrence, Paulina Pierce. Had she lived until the 10th of April she would have been ninety years of age. This aged patriach was born in 1784, in the county of Bennington, Vermont. She left the home of her nativity in 1820, went to the state of New York, where she resided 34 years. She then turned her eyes westward, and made her home in Boone County, Ill, where she passed most of her time for fifteen years. She then came to Waverly, Iowa, where she has lived since, making her home with Mr.Lawrence. Her father, Elisha Coy, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Her grandchildren have listened to her stories of early life with an interest and delight which only grandfathers and grandmothers are capable of inspiring the young hearts of this day and age to listen to with wonder and admiration. Among the early incidents of her life was the meeting of George Washington at the time he visited the battlefield of Bennington (a battlefield spoken of so beautifully by Wittier) at which time he was making a tour through the northern and eastern states. At this time she was twelve years old, and was one of the little girls of the neighborhood that were dressed in white and strewed flowers in the path of the "Father of his Country." She here received an introduction and shook hands with the Revolutionary hero, whose memory we have all delighted to honor. Mrs Pierce was twice married. Her first husband's name was Henry Hamilton, her second husband's name was Pierce. Both were soldiers in the War of 1812. Her second husband passed over the river thirteen years before her. In the late struggle between slavery and freedom, thirteen of her grandsons enrolled their names in the ranks of the blue......Five of these patriot boys perished - three upon the battlefield and two in the hospital.......She has always been self-reliant and determined to do for herself, and we are glad to know that those with whom she passed the last five or six years of her life gave her to understand she was welcome, and smoothed declining years of the good old lady's life down to her last resting place, with the spirit of love and kindness, crowning her last hours with peace and love...." Poor photo - copy of copy of copy.......1
Father: Elisha Coy b: 5 JUN 1763 in Stonington, Connecticut
Mother: Mary Gray b: 25 DEC 1763 in Kent, Litchfield Co.,Connecticut
Marriage 1 Henry Hamilton b: 1781 in Hamps, Pelham, Massachusetts
Marriage 2 Gurdon Pierce b: 31 AUG 1773 in Brimfield, Connecticutt
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