Mary Melissa French

10 December 1882–9 April 1973 (Age 90)
Beadle, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Mary Melissa

When Mary Melissa French was born on 10 December 1882, in Beadle, South Dakota, United States, her father, Samuel Adams French, was 39 and her mother, Mathilda Catherine Smith, was 37. She married George Wesley Pierce on 19 July 1899, in Monona, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Scott Township, Fremont, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 9 April 1973, in Lake, Montana, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Polson, Lake, Montana, United States.

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George Wesley Pierce
Mary Melissa French
Marriage: 19 July 1899
Edgar Wesley Pierce
Guy French Pierce
Pauline Gwendolyn Pierce

Spouse and Children

19 July 1899
Monona, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1883 · Anaconda Established

Age 1

In 1883, Marcus Daly established the town of Anaconda, Montana. It was at the same time that the smelting works in Anaconda was established.

Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 24

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish:1. ethnic name for someone from France, Middle English frensche, or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who adopted French airs. 2. variant of Anglo-Norman French Frain .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • M M Pierce in household of G W Pierce, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mellisa Pierce in household of George W Pierce, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Melissa Pierce in household of Samuel A French, "United States Census, 1900"

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