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John Mason-Pierce1

M, #126, Deceased, b. 24 July 1889, d. 12 December 1973

Person Exhibits

John Mason Pierce Rhyl 1907

Parents

Families

Family 1: Florence Margaret ("Madge") Morrison (b. 1889, d. 12 December 1916)

Family 2: Annie Helena ("Nell") Kent (b. 11 June 1900, d. October 1980)

Main Events

  • Biography: He became a vicar after retiring from being a teacher. He attended Chester Diocese Training College and gained a Techers Certificate in 1905. Crockford's gives the following " d and p 1953 Wor; Church of All Saints w St. Helen, Worc 1953-56; Vicar of Swinbrook w Widford, Dio Ox from 1956; Swinbrook Vicarage, Burford, Oxon. "


    Thank you for your letter together with the notes from Mr John Snelson concerning my predecessor at Swinbrook in the Diocese of Oxford, namely the Reverend Jack Mason Pierce, whom I succeeded in 1967.

    I recall very clearly both Mr Mason Pierce and his charming wife, Helen, for they made my wife and me most welcome when we called on them, by appointment, shortly before their retirement. He had served the Benefice for about eleven years following his Ordination for which he had prepared at, I think, the Worcester Training College for Older Men. (I have never heard of the Cheshire Training College, but have always known that Jack was a certificated teacher).

    During our conversations he gave me a good deal of advice and background information relating to the parish and to his parishioners. This was a considerable boon and enabled me to avoid a number of mistakes or misjudgements.

    In due course, Jack Mason-Pierce (the usual manner in which he described himself) removed, with his wife Helen and their two (I think) children to the very ancient Dorset town of Sherborne, where some generous benefactor unknown had undertaken to provide the family with housing, either in Sherborne itself or at any rate within the vicinity.

    Most unfortunately I never learned their precise address and correspondence between us was not continued. I have always felt a certain guilt in having never made a point of finding out their address in order to say how his former parish was going. I really do regret this - although I have never heard from the Mason-Pierces anyway. Such a breakdown in communication was most unfortunate - particularly since it ought to have been quite a simple operation by consulting the Sherborne Register. A Black mark to T.Hine.

    One particular feature of John's ministry at Swinbrook and Widford ( to which, in my time Asthall was very appropriately added) was that he was his own organist - an eccentricity which I, as an enthusiastic organist myself continued throughout my 27 years as vicar 1967 - 1994, when I retired to North Dorest, just 8 miles from Sherborne, whither the Mason-Pierces themselves had lived after Swinbrook. But I never did discover where they had lived exactly, nor where they had moved, if they had moved. So much the pity.

    Should any further reflections occur to me I will write again, in case Mr. Snelson finds them at all useful.

    Yours sincerely,

    J.T.M.Hine
    Hon. Canon of Christchurch.

    John Mason-Pierce died in 1973 and is buried in Swinbrook Churchyard.

    He was Vicar of Swinbrook with Widford 1956 - 67.
  • Occupation: John Mason-Pierce was a teacher and vicar.
  • Birth: He was born on 24 July 1889 in Chester I have another birth date as possibly 1880, but I think it was 1889.
  • Baptism: He was baptised on 29 August 1889 in St. Paul's, Chester.
  • Education: He was educated in Chester Diocese Training College, Chester, in 1909 Teacher's Certificate.
  • Milit-Beg: He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1914.
  • Residence: In 1915 he was a soldier and John Mason-Pierce lived in Wittington, Salop.
  • Marriage: John Mason-Pierce and Florence Margaret ("Madge") Morrison were married on 4 September 1915 in Llangwstennin, Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales.
  • Occupation: He was an army drill instructor in December 1916.
  • Associatn: He was initiated into the "White Horse Lodge" on 18 December 1917 Passing Jan 15 1918 and Raised Feb 19 1918 in Westbury, Wiltshire, and is shown in the Lodge Records as being a School Master.2
  • Associatn: He passed from Lodge 2227 into the Foresters Lodge (the entry says his name is "James Mason Pierce", clearly an error) and that his occupation is "schoolmaster" on 15 April 1920 in Uttoxeter.2
  • Marriage: John Mason-Pierce and Annie Helena ("Nell") Kent were married in 1922 in Utoxeter.
  • Milit-End: He was discharged from the armed forces in 1922. At the end of his military service he had reached the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
  • Residence: He resided in St. Helen, Worcestershire, about 1953 He was Deacon and Priest at Worcester College of All Saints, St Helens.
  • Residence: He resided in Swinbrook, Widford, Burford, Oxfordshire, about 1957 He was Vicar of Swinbrook with Widford 1956-1957.
  • Occupation: He was a man of the cloth, having taken the appropriate orders, and lived in The Middle House, Castleton, Sherborne, Dorset, in 1970.
  • Death: He died on 12 December 1973, at age 84, in Sturminster, Castleton, Sherborne, Dorset.
  • Burial: John's remains were buried on 18 December 1973 in St. Mary's, Swinbrook.

Census

Census 1891John Mason-Pierce Id #126 (Son) was at home on Census night 5 April 1891 at 31 Beaconsfield, Chester.

Also in the household that night were John Pierce (Head of Household), Elizabeth Mason (Wife), Anne Elizabeth Pierce (Daughter), Harry Pierce (Son), Margaret Sarah Pierce (Son), Miriam Pierce (Daughter), and Nessie Pierce (Daughter)

For search purposes, their Id numbers are respectively as follows :- Id #117, 118, 120, 124, 125, 127, and 24

Original Documents, Source and Citations here3
Census 1901John Mason-Pierce Id #126 (Son) was at home on Census night 1901 at 3 Trinity Street, Chester; in 1901, a few doors away at #11 Trinity Street, we find Samuel Snelson, joiner-carpenter, his second wife Elizabeth Snelson and my grandfather, Harold Snelson aged 18. So Harold and Nessie (a shop assistant aged 17 years) were neighbours!

Also in the household that night were John Pierce (Head of Household), Elizabeth Mason (Wife), Margaret Sarah Pierce (Daughter), Miriam Pierce (Daughter), Nessie Pierce (Daughter), and Miriam Catherine Pierce (Son)

For search purposes, their Id numbers are respectively as follows :- Id #117, 118, 125, 127, 24, and 121

Original Documents, Source and Citations here4
Census 1911John Mason-Pierce Id #126 (Principal) was at home on Census night 1911 at Rugby, Warwickshire; working as an Assistant Teacher for the Warwickshire County Council. His address in Vicarage Road may suggest that he was working with or at the church in some capacity.

Original Documents, Source and Citations here
Census 1939John Mason-Pierce Id #126 (Principal) was at home on Census night 1939 at "Cestria"; as a Head Teacher, with a note that reads "have offered services with A.R.P. for any duty when not in school". Below listed is Annie Pierce b. 11 June 1900 employed on unpaid domestic duties

Original Documents, Source and Citations here
  • Last Edited: 23 August 2022 20:12:11

Citations

  1. [S865] Victorian Society of Genealogists
  2. [S5982] United Grand Lodge of England Membership Registers
  3. [S5971] Head: John Pierce
    Age: 47
    County: Cheshire
  4. [S5508] Census 1901, Census Type: Census 1901
    Census Place: Chester, 3 Princes Street

Biography

Miriam Pierce

F, #127, Deceased, b. 10 January 1882, d. 26 September 1966

Person Exhibits

Miriam Pierce 1882-1966

Parents

Family

Family: Frederick Thomas Quinn (b. 1885, d. 14 May 1947)

Main Events

  • Name: Miriam Pierce was also known as Miriam Quinn.
  • Birth: She was born on 10 January 1882.
  • Occupation: She was in Chester in 1901.
  • Marriage: Miriam Pierce and Frederick Thomas Quinn were married about February 1907 in Chester.
  • Death: She died on 26 September 1966, at age 84, in Bold Street, Southport.1
  • Burial: Miriam's remains were buried on 29 September 1966.

Census

Census 1891Miriam Pierce Id #127 (Daughter) was at home on Census night 5 April 1891 at 31 Beaconsfield, Chester.

Also in the household that night were John Pierce (Head of Household), Elizabeth Mason (Wife), Anne Elizabeth Pierce (Daughter), Harry Pierce (Son), Margaret Sarah Pierce (Son), Nessie Pierce (Daughter), and John Mason-Pierce (Son)

For search purposes, their Id numbers are respectively as follows :- Id #117, 118, 120, 124, 125, 24, and 126

Original Documents, Source and Citations here2
Census 1901Miriam Pierce Id #127 (Daughter) was at home on Census night 1901 at 3 Trinity Street, Chester; in 1901, a few doors away at #11 Trinity Street, we find Samuel Snelson, joiner-carpenter, his second wife Elizabeth Snelson and my grandfather, Harold Snelson aged 18. So Harold and Nessie (a shop assistant aged 17 years) were neighbours!

Also in the household that night were John Pierce (Head of Household), Elizabeth Mason (Wife), Margaret Sarah Pierce (Daughter), Nessie Pierce (Daughter), Miriam Catherine Pierce (Son), and John Mason-Pierce (Son)

For search purposes, their Id numbers are respectively as follows :- Id #117, 118, 125, 24, 121, and 126

Original Documents, Source and Citations here3
Census 1911Miriam Pierce Id #127 (wife) was at home on Census night 1911 at Attleborough, Nuneaton, warwickshire.

Also in the household that night were Frederick Thomas Quinn (Principal) and Freda Margaret ("Topsy") Quinn (daughter)

For search purposes, their Id numbers are respectively as follows :- Id #599 and 611

Original Documents, Source and Citations here
  • Last Edited: 6 July 2021 12:41:21

Citations

  1. [S542] Letter from Gwen Webb ( nee Quinn )
  2. [S5971] Head: John Pierce
    Age: 47
    County: Cheshire
  3. [S5508] Census 1901, Census Type: Census 1901
    Census Place: Chester, 3 Princes Street

Biography