Pierce Family Photos... see captions below or mouse over to see as the appear.
As mentioned recently to our Facebook friends and relatives, I will be posting some family history for sharing, so it gets to you while I'm still around to explain or correct items that need it. As it turns out - Facebook doesn't make it easy - so I'm posting on my website and will link to it on Facebook.
Below is a link to a pdf file of a family "Pedigree Chart" (UPDATED 10/30/12 to chg BURIAL location for Richard Higgins) for all who descend from the Rutherford family group headed by Randolph Spicer & Daisy Pierce Rutherford. The siblings, Edward, Hilda, Richard (Dick), Clarence and Donald, would be the parents of first cousins, George E, Frances, Gloria, Brenda, Jack, Roger, Linda, Kenny, Randy, Donna, Francis, Joyce and Don, and grandparents to many grandchildren and many more great grandchildren, some of whom are on Facebook - and may want to download this file for their family to pass on.
The point of posting this group's family tree, is to point to one "Root" relative, Richard Higgins. I'm including a link to an 842 page book you can read online or download as a pdf, that tells much more about the family and some of the unknowns and known mysteries we may never solve. To look back, begin on the pedigree pdf file with Daisy and her parents the Pierces. Then go to page 5 and Daisy's mother, Rachel Bartels, then her mother Lydia Bushnell's family - back via page 12 and then 14 and 16 to Thankful Higgins, the great, great granddaughter of Richard Higgins and Lydia Chandler. [book: http://archive.org/details/richardhigginsre00higg ]
But the best of this story is that Richard Higgins was in North America as early as 1623 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. If you know history, you should know that 1620 was when the "Pilgrims" arrived on the Mayflower in North America, seeking religious freedom. http://www.history.com/topics/plymouth Although not arriving on the Mayflower, but presumed to have come on the ship Anne, the fact that the family has been here since the early 1600s, in what eventually became the United States, is something you as descendants should know and pass on to your children.
As a disclaimer, especially for those of you unfamiliar with doing genealogy and all of the pitfalls and "rules" of proving anything found in doing family histories, nothing is ever absolutely proven right or wrong and variations can all be correct. Also, errors repeated in many documents doesn't make it not an error, and what may look obvious or like a fact, repeated many times - especially online - doesn't make it a fact. Therefore, this pdf and the hundreds of hours I may have spent in doing the research and compiling the data may still not be accurate, but it's a point in time and a small piece of my research, subject to more work, more research and therefore updates &/or corrections on nearly a daily basis.
Great Grandma Rachel Bartels Pierce with George E Rutherford, 1949