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944 posts
Jan 30, 2014
12:22 AM
Hello Suz, Obviously "Pierce" is your gm maiden name. If she was married, what was her husband's name? Where did they live? Thanks,
945 posts
Jan 30, 2014
6:47 AM
Hi Suz, Until I know a little more information such as Hazel Pierce's married name (if she was married), I'm not sure what information is pertinent. The Sterling Gazette, published from 1854 to present has many articles on Pierce families. Here are some that may be of help to you:
STERLING PUBLIC LIBRARY (See their Directory & Reference page)

The Sterling Gazette has the following news articles:

Subject Description Date Location
Pierce, Trank (Beno Alexins Jenson) obituary 19 Nov 1962;6;2
Pierce, Trank (Beno Alexins Jenson) funeral rites 21 Nov 1962;2;4
Pierce, Trank closing out sale 2 Feb 1931;9;7-8

Pierce, Frank marriage license issued; Bene Jensen 30 Jan 1900;1;4 [I think they mis-transcribe his first name]

I'm not sure if this is really "Frank" or suppose to be "Trank":
Pierce, child Infant obituary/ Mr. & Mrs. Frank Pierce 6 Dec 1912;3;1
Pierce, Frank Mrs. obituary 11 Dec 1913;9;1

Pierce, Hazel weds Robert Mayberry 7 April 1925;2;5

Pierce Family reunion 29 Jun 1942;9;4
Pierce Family reunion 23 Jul 1945;2;3
Pierce family 4 generations 19 July 1952:2;4-5

Note: The last column gives the date of issue, page number & column number. If you are in the area, you can review them yourself and even print them out. If you are not in the area, you can either see if your library participates in the inter-library loans, or contact Marilyn Anderson, Genealogy Dept. in the Sterling Public Library. See their "Directory" page of web site. Replace the _at_ with the @ symbol. Marilyn can send you copies of the articles.

Marilyn can get very busy, so if she is not able to help in a suitable time-frame, contact me and I can transcribe it for you on my next trip to the library. Please do not ask us both to do it at the same time.

You have "Grenville" as place of death for Lars. Grenville is in Bond County, IL. However, the IL Death/Stillborn Index shows the following information on "a" Lars Jensen:
Name: Lars Jensen
Spouse: Andra Jensen
Father: Jens Jensen
Birth: 18 May 1851 in Luland, Denmark
Death: 2 May 1922 in Greenville Twp, Bureau, Illinois

Also (if that is your Lars):
Denmark Births and Christenings, 1631-1900s Record
Birth, Marriage & Death
Name: Lars Jensen
Father: Jens Hansen
Mother: Maren Kirstine Christoffersdr
Birth: 18 May 1851
Residence: Denmark
Baptism: 20 Jul 1851 in Fuglse, Maribo, Denmark

If this is your Lars, then I highly recommend you contact the Bureau County Genealogical Society. They have a very helpful staff and have indexed all of Bureau County's newspapers. I can't remember what year they have done that through. Bureau County Genealogical Society

If you still feel your Lars died in Bond County, here is information for Bond County.
Try contacting the Bond County Genealogical Society for an obit for Lars Jensen. They may have other information on him. Do you know when he came to the USA? There are 208 "lars Jensens" on Ellis Island manifest. That was open for passengers 1894-1924. Of course, it's not the only port of entry, but it's a start if he came over in that time frame.
Grenville, Bond Co., IL - Email: info@bondcogen.org
Bond County Genealogical Society, IL

[Child of Trank Pierce]
Funeral Log
Date of Funeral: Dec. 13, 1968
Funeral Services: Chapel, 10 a.m.
Clergyman: Rev. Warren Weeg
Place of Death: Rockford, IL
Date of Death: Dec. 11, 1968
Cause of Death: Drowning
Age: 55y
Birth Place: IL,
Date of Birth: Nov. 8, 1913
Father: Trank Pierce
Maiden Name of Mother: Bena Jensen
Informant: Mrs. Stella Hasselman

Sterling, Illinois
December 16, 1968 8;7

TAMPICO - Private services for Mrs. Bernadine K. Glassburn, who died at Rockfrord on Wednesday, Dec.11, were held at the Schmitt Chapel in Tampico Friday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Warren Weeg of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sterling, officiated.

Last Edited by Guest on Jan 30, 2014 11:43 AM
947 posts
Jan 30, 2014
10:58 AM
The given name of Trank is often mistranscribed as "Frank."

1910 United States Federal Census about Frank Pierce
Name: Frank Pierce
Age in 1910: 38
Birth Year: abt 1872
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1910: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital status: Married
Spouse's Name: Berma C Pierce
Father's Birthplace: United States
[United States of America]
Mother's Birthplace: United States
[United States of America]
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank [sic] Pierce 38
Berma [sic] C Pierce 26
Stella M Pierce 8
Hazel D Pierce 7
Sarah A Pierce 3
Lucile M Pierce 1
Grace A Renner 16

1920 United States Federal Census about Bene Pierce
Name: Bene [sic]Pierce
Age: 37
Birth Year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1920: Greenville, Bureau, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital status: Married
Spouse's Name: Frank Pierce
Father's Birthplace: Denmark
Mother's Birthplace: Denmark
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank [sic] Pierce 48
Bene [sic]Pierce 37
Stella Pierce 18
Hazel Pierce 16
Sarah Pierce 12
Lucile Pierce 11
Edward Pierce 9
Bernardine [sic] Pierce 7
Evelyn Pierce 4
[4 4/12]
Vera Pierce 2
[2 2/12]
Beberly [sic] Pierce 0

Last Edited by Guest on Jan 30, 2014 11:45 AM
948 posts
Jan 30, 2014
11:56 AM
I will continue searching other resources for Hazel. I don't think I'll find much in our Tampico Tornado newspaper (1876-1966), since she was between 7-16 yrs. old when they moved to Bureau County. But I will look anyway.

If you follow through with the Bureau County Genealogical Society & the articles from the Sterling Newspaper Index, touch base and let us know what you have found so we don't duplicate efforts. Thanks.

1940 United States Federal Census about Frank [Trank] Pierce
Name: Frank [sic]Pierce
Respondent: Yes
Age: 69
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Illinois
Marital status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Greenville, Bureau, Illinois
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Farm: Yes
Inferred Residence in 1935: Greenville, Bureau, Illinois
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: Yes
Sheet Number: 1A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 6
Occupation: Farmer
House Owned or Rented: Owned
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 350
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 3rd grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Working on own account
Weeks Worked in 1939: 20
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: Yes
Household Members: Name Age
Frank [sic] Pierce 69
Bina Pierce 56
Junior Pierce 12
[I will check the Sterling Gazette index for any of Trank's kids names]

Last Edited by Denise on Jan 30, 2014 2:52 PM
949 posts
Jan 30, 2014
12:15 PM
More Sterling Gazette articles:
Subject Description Date Location
Hasselman, Stella Pierce and Carl anniversary - 40 29 Dec 1964;10;4-5*
Hasselman, Stella Pierce and Carl anniversary - 50 23 Dec 1974;9;5*
Hasselman, Stella M. obituary 16 Oct 1981;A4;3
Hasselman, Stella M. Pierce (Carl E) obituary 17 Oct 1981;A4;1
Hasselman, Carl weds Stella Pierce 30 Dec 1924;3;1
Hasselman, Carl Mr. & Mrs. anniversary - 30 23 Dec 1954;11;2
950 posts
Jan 30, 2014
1:32 PM
More about HAZEL
Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 about Hazel Della Mayberry
Name: Hazel Della Mayberry
[Hazel Della Pierce]
Birth Date: 22 May 1903
Birth Place: Tampico, Illinois
Death Date: 10 Apr 1930
Death Place: Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois
Burial Date: 12 Apr 1930
Burial Place: Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois
Cemetery Name: Riverside
Death Age: 26
Occupation: Housewife
Race: White
Marital status: M
Gender: Female
Residence: Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois
Father Name: Frank Pierce
Father Birth Place: Champaign County, Illinois
Mother Name: Dena Jensen
Mother Birth Place: Bureau County, Illinois
Spouse Name: R. B. Mayberry
FHL Film Number: 1643663

Mayberry, Hazel Della (Robert) obituary 11 April 1930;16;2

HAZEL DELLA (PIERCE) MAYBERRY - was born at Tampico, Ill., May 22, 1903, and died at her home on Griswold Avenue, Sterling, Ill., Thursday afternoon, about 2 o'clock, April 10, 1930, aged 26 years, 10 months, and 18 days. She was the second daughter of the twelve children of Frank and Bena Jensen Pierce, and attended the public schools of Tampico, graduated from the eight grade at the age of fourteen years. She was a member of the Methodist S.S. during her girlhood years. On April 6, 1925, she was united in marriage to Robert B. Mayberry, the ceremony being performed at St. John's Lutheran parsonage, and one of her close friends, Miss Edna Coble, being an attending witness. To this couple two children were born, Robert R. Jr., aged three years, and John LeRoy, aged 18 months. Besides her parents, husband and children already mentioned, she leaves to mourn her loss the following brothers and sisters: Edward, Frank, Jr., and Donald R. of Tampico; Stella, wife of Carl Hasselman; Sarah, wife of Carl Scott, both living in Tampico; Lucille, wife of George Stellzer, Sterling; Bernadine K., Evelyn J., Vera M., Beverly J., and Marjorie O., at home. Mrs. Mayberry had not enjoyed good health for some time, but she became seriously ill only two days before her death which was due to heart failure. She was conscious up to the very last and seemed to realize that she was nearing her journey's end. To our limited wisdom the journey of her life seems comparatively short, and the burden of sorrow is all the heavier because she, in the relationship of daughter, wife, mother, had so much to live for. She was very industrious and kind and these characteristics not only bound her to loved ones in the family circle, but won for her many friends, who regret that her life has ended so soon. The truth of the life immortal in our Lord Jesus Christ, is that which we need at a time like this to sustain us under the burden of sorrow. There was no word the Master Teacher ever spoke which has in it more promise and hope than that which He declared to His disciples, "Because I live, ye shall live also."
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 15, 1930 - Tuesday, pg 6

Last Edited by Denise on Jan 30, 2014 1:46 PM
2 posts
Jan 30, 2014
9:24 PM
Thanks so much for the info...Yes this is my family. Denise, you are the best! the information presented here is precious.
951 posts
Feb 01, 2014
7:52 PM
Oops, sorry Suz - I missed the request for an obit for Robert Burton Mayberry. Search for Robert Burton Mayberry yields the follow articles:

Subject Description Date Location
Mayberry, Robert dies of injuries suffered at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. 25 Oct 1943;5;1

Mayberry, Robert announces engagement to Barbara Rowland 22 Mar 1945;2;6

Mayberry, Robert wife, Florence, granted divorce 14 Jun 1946;8;3

Mayberry, Robert daughter born 6 Aug 1946;5;7

Mayberry, Robert E. (Barbara Rowland) obituary 30 Sept 1971;2;2
Mayberry, Robert E. (Barbara Rowland) funeral rites 8 Oct 1971;2;3

I sent you complete list in an private email. Best of luck!
952 posts
Feb 01, 2014
8:26 PM
Hi Suz,
I found my research records from 2009 on this family! Someone else, who descends from Trank's line, was researching this family. The obit for your Robert would be the Oct. 25, 1943. Check with Marilyn and see if she has time to send this and the other info I sent earlier, to you. If not, get back with me and I can transcribe it on my next trip to Sterling. (Which might be a while if this nasty weather & snow keep it up!) Smile.

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