Husband: Paul Ames Greeley (1 2 3 4 5)
Born: 01 Oct 1832 in Chilton, Maine (6)
Married: 04 Jul 1854 (24)
Died: 26 Oct 1924 in Beach, Golden Valley, ND (7)
Father: Daniel E Greeley
Mother: Rebecca Elizabeth Erskine
Spouses: Anna Merrill
Wife: Martha Moore Stinson (8 9)
Born: 25 Feb 1837 in Clinton, Maine (10)
Died: 02 Aug 1892 in Maine, WI
01 (F): Martha Elizabeth Greely (11 12 13 14 15 16)
Born: 09 Jun 1856 in Warren, Fond du Lac, WI (17 18)
Died: 01 Nov 1930 in St. Helens, Columbia County, Oregon (19)
Spouses: Frank Orlando Pierce; Leander Derick Wade
02 (F): Florence Delia Greeley (20 21)
Born: about 1867
Spouses: Thomas Freeman
03 (M): Sewell Flag Greeley (22)
Born: 18 Feb 1873 in Maine, Outagamie, Wisconsin
Spouses: Mable
04 (M): David LeForest Greely (23)
Born: 24 Jul 1858 in Bovina, Outagamie, Wisconsin
Died: 09 Apr 1913 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Spouses: Florance M. Shepherd
Additional Information

Paul Ames Greeley:

Cause of Death: paralysis


Paul's widow Anna, applied for a Civil War Pension after he died, from ND.

  1. Oregon State Board of Health, Certificate of Death for Martha E. Pierce, state # 100, local # 52.
  2. Civil War Pension Index.
    (17 Nov 1924)
  3. Census, Federal - 1880 - Outagamie Co., Wisconsin, Maine, Ancestry p. 1 of 9.

    Greeley, P.A. age 44 head b. Maine f.b. Maine M.B. Maine
    Martha M. 41 wife Maine same
    Martha E. 24 dau WI same
    D. La Forest 21 son same
    Winfield 18 son "
    Adelia F. 12 dau "
    Merritt 9 son "
    Sewell 7 son "
    Dora 5 dau "

  4. Margrit Hamilton Lees, Greely Manual, p. 17.

    "Paul Ames Greely: left the state of Maine in 1854, along with David Stinson (father-in-law), George Spears, and John Whitmore. They set up homesteads in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, an area that later was named Town of Maine, after the origin of its earliest pioneers. The post office for the township was named Stinson, after Mrs. Greely's people. Paul Ames Greely served as postmaster for twelve years, and drove the stagecoach carrying the mail from Shawano to Shiocton for fifteen years.

    Maine township was formed in November 1868, the first meeting was held April 1869, Paul Ames Greely was elected town chairman and assessor, offices he held for over thirty years.

    he served in the Civil War . . .

    Paul A. Greely joined the Methodist Church in Greenwood, Wisconsin, and remained in this faith.

    In 1909, Paul Ames Greely and his second wife, Anna, moved to Sentinel Butte, North Dakota, where they homesteaded, living there until 1921 at which time, because of failing health, moved near Beach, North Dakota, and in 1923 into the city."

  5. Ibid., p. 8.

    Quartet From East On Trip Into New Waters

    Established Village Of

    Excerpted from Post-Crescent, April 7, 1923,
    Appleton, Wisconsin

    LEEMAN-It was because four men were imbued with
    the love of discovery that the village of Leeman,
    likewise the town of Maine, was founded. The early
    history makes one picture an exploration trip like
    that of the Vikings of old who headed their ships
    into strange waters.

    Leaving their comfortable homes at Clinton,
    Maine, four men set out to find themselves a new
    homeland in the magnetic west. They were David
    Stinson, his son-in-law, George Speers and Paul
    Greely and John Whitmore.

    Arriving in Wisconsin in 1854, they started by
    boat through the Fox River and lakes, and turned
    into the Wolf river. After passing mile after mile
    of its densely wooded shores, where about the only
    persons they saw were Indians, they came to the
    present town of Maine. They decided that this
    should be their home and arranged a settlement


    The quartet landed just below the present
    residence of Andrew Allen, an old settler, who
    came here from Canada in 1862.

    From this beginning there sprang up one home
    after another as these sturdy pioneers hewed
    away the wilderness and made themselves prof-
    itable farms. The population grew a little each
    year as adventurers arrived in the new "west."

    One of the favorite stopping places in those
    days was the hotel which Mr. Allen conducted.
    Men driving logging teams were housed there on
    their way to and from the woods.

    Logging was the greatest industry, occupying
    the time of most of the settlers each winter as
    long as the snow lasted. The logs were hauled to
    the bank of the Wolf river and carried by the
    current to Lake Poygan. Here they were rafted and
    sent to Neenah, Menasha and Fond du Lac,
    where sawmills and sash and door factories were


    The group of settlers arriving up to 1867
    included Thomas Jacobs, Sylvester Boodry, Thomas
    W. Allen, Claude Hurlbert and Matt D. Leeman.
    Shortly after the Civil war another group arrived,
    including David H. Jerry, Jacob J. and G. D.
    Carpenter, Moses S. Curtis Marcellus and James
    Spaulding, Eben Pushor, D. W. Fuller and Charles
    Spaulding. H. S. and George Leeman arrived in

    The town of Maine was named thus by the settlers
    from the state of Maine, and the village of Leeman
    after the families of that name which owned much
    of the land there.

    A. H. Atwater was the first man to settle west
    of the Wolf river, establishing a home there in
    1870. His example was followed by Richard Strong
    and James and Cal Sawyer.

    At that time there were no bridges across the
    Wolf river. A flat boat was used as an accom-
    modation ferry. No tolls were charged, as it was a
    neighborhood boat provided for general usage.
    Every man was his own ferryman.


    A corduroy road was built through the swamp and
    a wooden bridge constructed across Wolf river in
    the winters of 1881 and 1882. The bridge was
    replaced in 1888 with the steel structure which is
    in use now.

    The first schoolhouse in the township was a log
    shanty put up for that purpose in 1870.
    The next building was built with boards nailed to
    posts driven in the ground. Both were on the the
    Shawano road, then the only thoroughfare. Now there
    is a substantial frame schoolhouse at Leeman
    corners. A cheese factory, a store and Union Con-
    gregational church also are located there. The
    land has been cleared off and a group of farms
    under cultivation replace the wooded areas of
    early days.

    The first town meeting was held at the
    schoolhouse in district No. 1 in 1868. At the
    first election 18 votes were cast, electing Paul
    A. Greely (pictured above) chairman; Andrew Allen
    and M. Spaulding, supervisors; James Spaulding,
    clerk; H. S. Leeman, treasurer; William Hurlbert
    and J. C. Spaulding, justices of the peace; T.
    Jacobs, constable; and Paul A. Greely and H. S.
    Leeman, assessors.

    Before rural free delivery was established P.A.
    Greely drove stage from Shiocton to Shawano
    carrying mail.

    Andrew Allen, 86, and Thomas Allen still live
    here. D. W. Fuller lives at Townsend and Paul A.
    Greely, 90, lives at Sentinel Butte, North Dakota.

    (Below photo of Paul w. team of horses)
    Paul A. Greely will always be mentioned in the
    early history of the Towne of Maine. He was one of
    the first settlers, helped clear land, and drove a
    stagecoach from Shiocton to Shawano for many years,
    providing the only means of receiving mail. He is
    hale hearty at 90 and lives at Sentinel Butte,
    North Dakota.

  6. Ibid.
  7. Paul A. Greely obituary (Loyal Tribune; Loyal, Clark County, WI; 13 Nov 1924).
  8. Oregon State Board of Health, Certificate of Death for Martha E. Pierce.
  9. Paul A. Greely obituary (Loyal Tribune; Loyal, Clark County, WI; 13 Nov 1924).
  10., Burkart Family Tree.
  11. Census, Federal - 1900 - Clark, WI, Eaton twsp.
    (15/16 Jun 1900)

    1900 United States Federal Census
    Name: Frank O Pierce Age: 45 Birth Date: Oct 1854 Birthplace: Wisconsin
    Race: White Gender: Male Relationship to head-of-house: Head
    Father's Birthplace: Vermont Mother's Birthplace: New York
    Spouse's name: Martha E Pierce Marriage Year: 1887 Years Married: 13
    Home in 1900: Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin [Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin]
    Frank O Pierce 45 WI-VT-NY Oct 1854 m. 13 yrs Farmer
    Martha E Pierce 43 WI-ME-ME Jun 1856 m. 13 yrs 3 of 4 children living
    Elzora M Pierce 20 WI-WI-WI May 1880 Servant
    Royal A Pierce 12 WI-WI-WI Mar 1888 at school
    Winnifred E Pierce 10 WI-WI-WI Apr 1890 at school
    Edna F Pierce 5 WI-WI-WI Jul 1894

  12. Census, Federal - 1910 - Clark Co, WI, Eaton, ED: 23, sheet 9.

    Name: Frank Pierce Age in 1910: 56 Estimated birth year: abt 1854
    Birthplace: Wisconsin Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: Vermont Mother's Birth Place: New York
    Spouse's name: Martha Pierce Race: White Gender: Male
    Home in 1910: Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin
    Frank Pierce 56 WI-VT-NY m2 23 yrs farmer - dairy
    Martha Pierce 52 WI-ME-ME m2 23 yrs 3 of 7 children living
    Roy Pierce 22 WI-WI-WI Son
    Winnie Pierce 19 WI-WI-WI Daughter
    Iner Bredeson 7 WI-Norway-Nor Boarder

  13. Census, Federal - 1920 - Billings Co., ND, unorganized twsp 144N -R100W; ED# 13, sheet 4 recorded 28 Jan 1920, ED: 13, sheet 4.

    Name: Frank B Pierce [Frank O Pierce] Age: 65 Estimated birth year: abt 1855
    Birthplace: Wisconsin Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    Father's Birth Place: Vermont Mother's Birth Place: New York
    Spouse's name: Martha E Pierce Marital Status: Married
    Race: White Sex: Male Home owned: Own Able to read/write: Yes/Yes
    Home in 1920: Township 144, Billings, North Dakota
    Frank O Pierce 65 WI-VT-NY Head Postmaster
    Martha E Pierce 63 WI-ME-ME Wife
    Iner L Pierce 17 WI-WI-ME Son

  14. Census, Federal - 1930 - Columbia Co, Oregon, St Helens City, ed 525, sheet 4B; Ancestry p. 8 of 17.

    Line 79 dwelling 75 household 89

    Pierce, Roy Head Owns worth $2000 age 42 M age 27 WI WI WI Fireman at Woods steam Boiler
    Carry wife 37 20 WI PA WI
    Amos son 14 ND Wi WI
    Arthur son 11 ND WI WI

    Line 83 dwelling 76 household 90

    Pierce, O. Frank Head Owns worth $1800 75 M age 23 WI VT ME OCC: none
    Martha E. wife 74 M 24 WI ME ME Trimmer at saw mill

  15. Oregon State Board of Health, Certificate of Death for Martha E. Pierce.
  16. Margrit Hamilton Lees, Greely Manual, p. 20.
  17. Census, Federal - 1920 - Billings Co., ND, unorganized twsp 144N -R100W; ED# 13, sheet 4 recorded 28 Jan 1920, ED # 13, sheet 4.
  18. Census, Federal - 1900 - Clark, WI, Eaton twsp.
  19. DeMouth Family Bible.
  20. Merritt Freeman obituary (Unknown newspaper).
  21. Census, Wisconsin - 1905.

    date: 1 Jun 1905

    place: Clark Co., WI, Eaton

    Thomas Freeman age 43
    Florance Freeman 38
    Pearl Freeman 16
    Cecil Freeman 14
    Thomas Freeman 12
    Merritt Freeman 12
    Rose Freeman 9
    Winfield Freeman 5
    Sewell Freeman 1

  22. Margrit Hamilton Lees, Greely Manual.
  23. Ibid., p. 38.
  24. Paul A. Greely obituary (Loyal Tribune; Loyal, Clark County, WI; 13 Nov 1924).

    [The Greeley Manual gives date as 9 Jul 1854]

Surnames | Index

Revised: February 19, 2018