1850 CENSUS Delaware Co., Pa.
Marcus Hook Borough
Edward Pierce 45 occ: Waterman born PA
Mary 15 at school
Thomas is also enumerated on the 1860 census. At age 19, he was recorded in the household of Martha Kerlin. Occupation is Apprentice plasterer/ born PA.
August 30, 1861
Delaware County Republican
Death of a Returned Volunteer - Thomas F. Peirce, a member of the Union Blues, died in this borough on Tuesday morning last of typhoid fever. He was a young man of irreproachable character, and a good soldier, always prompt to obey the commands of his commanding officers. On hearing of his demise, his companions in arms assembled in public meeting at the town hall in this borough, at which a committe was appointed consisting of Lieut. J.G. Stacey, Sergeants William B. Stevenson and William Eves, Corporal Chas. Story and Private Reece L. Weaver, who offered the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted by the Company presnt. The funeral of the deceased took place on Thursday afternoon. The hearse was draped in mourning and over it and the coffin was placed the American flag. The Union Blues, accompanied by the Chester Brass Band, escorted the remains of their comrade to the grave, and interred them with the honors of war. It was the first military funeral in our midst for several years, and the slow measured tread of the soldiers, as they marched with reverse arms, the band playing a dirge for the dead, amde the occasion solemn and imposing.
Buried Chester Rural Cemetery, Section N, Lot 117, grave 4