Thursday, December 18, 2014

JOHN WENTWORTH PEIRCE - 1921


My grandfather, John Wentworth Peirce
1921

LUCY WOODWORTH PEIRCE SCANLON AND DAVE SCANLON - 1960


Lucy Woodworth Peirce Scanlon and Dave Scanlon
1960

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GRACE WOODWORTH MINOT PEIRCE - BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA 1940





In 1940, my grandparents John W. Peirce and Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce took a trip to Lady's Island, Beaufort, South Carolina, and took these photos.  

My grandmother is seated in the first photo sketching the scenery.

GRACE WOODWORTH MINOT - 1921


My grandmother Grace Woodworth Minot (Peirce) in the middle of the three persons on the right.

She writes on the photo: "Eating cherries at Bunty's house party, me rolling a wicked eye, Lyle Stecker is reaching, Dot Bridges is to the right, Kay and Pat Page is to the left of me."  1921

HERBERT G. WOODWORTH 1916


My great, great grandfather, Herbert Grafton Woodworth, pulling my grandmother, Grace Woodworth Minot and her brother Billy Minot, 1916

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GRACE WOODWORTH MINOT PEIRCE - 1940s


Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce and Tom and Lucy 
probably early 1940s

GRACE MINOT PEIRCE & CHILDREN - 1938


Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce & Children, Tom & Lucy - 1938

Monday, December 15, 2014

JOHN WENTWORTH PEIRCE - DUTCH GIRL COSTUME


This was labeled:
"John W Peirce Dutch Girl Costume"

GRACE WOODWORTH MINOT PEIRCE & JOHN WENTWORTH PEIRCE - 1934


Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce and John Wentworth Peirce - 1934
My paternal grandmother and grandfather, as newlyweds...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GABRIELLE MANIGUALT DEXTER PEIRCE


My great grandmother Gabrielle Manigualt Dexter Peirce and her sons John ("Jack"), Bob, Jim and Stanley.

Jack is my grandfather.  I believe I heard that his brothers were considered rather odd.  All three of them were apparently irresponsible with money and pursued for debts.  Stanley married five times and had numerous mistresses, Jim wasn't far behind.  They seemed to share an emotional stuntedness.  

While one can't conclude too much from one photograph, my perception is that their body language indicates a certain emotional detachment, perhaps foreshadowing what was to come.

GABRIELLE DEXTER MANIGAULT PEIRCE


GABRIELLE DEXTER MANIGAULT PEIRCE
My paternal great grandmother

THOMAS DEXTER - 1630





Thomas Dexter - 
ancestor of my great grandmother Gabrielle Dexter.




GABRIELLE MANIGAULT DEXTER PEIRCE


The photo is labeled Gabrielle Manigault Dexter in Motor.


PEIRCE CHRISTMAS - 1940s


Christmas, probably late 1940s
Topsfield, MA
From left to right:
Tom Peirce, Grace Peirce, Lucy Peirce, John Peirce Sr., 
John Peirce Jr.

THE ART BOOKS OF GABRIELLE MANIGAULT DEXTER PEIRCE






The art books of my paternal great grandmother, Gabrielle Manigualt Dexter Peirce.

After my grandfather died I found them hidden way in a back closet.

He never discussed his mother or mentioned that she was interested in art.

Given that on that side of the family both my great grandmothers (Gabrielle Dexter Peirce and Lucy Woodworth Minot) and my grandmother (Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce) studied art history in refined girls schools, it is possible that art was considered in that period something for girls to study in order to make a cultured home but otherwise frivolous and feminine and not a subject to be considered in terms of creativity and curiosity.



GRACE WOODWORTH MINOT PEIRCE



Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce

Advertising for my grandmother's business during World War II

JOHN WENTWORTH PEIRCE


My grandfather, father and either aunt or cousin
about 1939

GRACE WOODWORTH MINOT PEIRCE


My grandmother Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce at her grandparents home in Brewster, Mass.
Probably around 1940.

LUCY PEIRCE

Lucy Peirce-
probably around 1938

JOHN WENTWORTH PEIRCE 1933


My grandfather, John Wentworth Peirce, San Francisco 1933.

It is interesting to speculate whether he would have become a different person had he decided to break with the past and move out there...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

THOMAS WENTWORTH PEIRCE - 1937


Thomas Wentworth Peirce probably around 1937; he is in one of the children's chairs crafted by my grandmother, Grace Minot Peirce.

COLONEL THOMAS WENTWORTH PEIRCE


COLONEL THOMAS WENTWORTH PEIRCE

My great, great, grandfather
1818 - 1885

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpe17

THOMAS WENTWORTH PEIRCE III - 1950


THOMAS WENTWORTH PEIRCE III - 1950

LUCY PEIRCE SCANLON


Aunt Lucy

LUCY GREENLEAF WOODWORTH MINOT


Lucy Greenleaf Woodworth Minot

My great, great grandmother as a school girl.

She died tragically young; I am not sure the cause.


Lucy Greenleaf Woodworth [Parents] 1 was born 23 Mar 1888 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA. She died 19 Feb 1919 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. Lucy married William Minot on 23 Jun 1908 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA.
They had the following children:
 FiLucy Woodworth Minot 1 was born 12 Dec 1909 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. She died 28 Apr 1910.
 FiiGrace Woodworth Minot was born 7 Nov 1911 and died 6 Aug 1989.
 MiiiWilliam Minot 1, 2, 3 was born 4, 5 23 Sep 1914 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA. He died 6 9 Jul 1980 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. William resided 7 1920 in Boston Ward 8, Suffolk, Massachusetts.


JOHN WENTWORTH PEIRCE



My grandfather, John Wentworth Peirce

GRACE MINOT WOODWORTH PEIRCE


My grandmother, Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce.

A photo of her drawing!

I believe this was likely taken on her honeymoon.

PAINTING BY GRACE WOODWORTH MINOT PEIRCE


A very nice painting by my grandmother Grace Minot Peirce.

Oddly, no one, including her, ever thought to mention to me that she studied art in highschool and college and was an accomplished amateur painter.

I only found out after she and my grandfather died and I came across her art books hidden away as I helped my aunt and uncle clean out their house.

I recall telling my grandfather that I liked to draw and him responding that "obviously you didn't get that talent from our side of the family," never thinking to mention my grandmother.

I learned while cleaning out the house with my aunt and uncle that while my grandfather was in the Navy during World War II, my grandmother started her own business painting cribs and other children's furniture with fun children's designs.  

We even discovered some panels stuck away in a barn (too large for me to take but I wish now I had taken photos of them).

After my grandfather came back from the war it seems all my grandmother's artistic interests were packed away and forgotten.

EARLY MINOT ANCESTORS




Early Minot ancestors



JOHN PEIRCE & GRACE MINOT


My grandparents John Peirce and Grace Minot.
Probably about 1941

GABRIELLE MANIGAULT (DEXTER) PEIRCE



GABRIELLE MANIGAULT (DEXTER) PEIRCE

1886 - 1941.

My great grandmother (my father's paternal grandmother).

She doesn't look too happy; maybe she's wistful.

Her highschool diary is so full of energy and humor but that certainly isn't reflected here.  

Tom Peirce, who she married in 1909, died of a heart attack at age 46 in front of her in 1923.

When my aunt Lucy and I were cleaning out my grandfather's attack we found her idealistic diaries and the letters Tom wrote to her.

H. G. WOODWORTH



Seated to the far right, my great, great grandfather Herbert Grafton Woodworth.  

No indication as to what the occasion was.  

RICHARD MORRIS


Richard Morris, son of Lewis Morris II, brother of Lewis Morris III.  Father of Robert Morris.
Born 1730 
Died 1810

A direct relative but I'm not yet sure where he fits in.

H.G. WOODWORTH

In the center, my great, great grandfather H. G. Woodworth with his two best friends from Harvard, class of 1882, Taffy to the left and "The Professor" to the right, on a visit in 1902 to Misery Island.  H. G. Woodworth was a scholar in the classics, a published author of fiction, the president of the largest tea importer in America and head of the national tea board.

THE LETTERS OF THOMAS PEIRCE 1908


From Thomas Peirce to Gabrielle Dexter
undated but probably about 1908

The appalling passive aggressive reference to "Marion" is to his sister whom he was trying to kick out of their shared home.


THE LETTERS OF THOMAS PEIRCE 1908





Letter from Thomas Peirce to Gabrielle Dexter
undated but probably about 1908

The reference to Marion is to his sister who he was trying to kick out of the house they shared in Topsfield Massachusetts so he could live their alone with his wife, Gay, after they got married.