|My great grandfather with my cousins, Ken & Beth.|
Today is the day my great grandfather - Pierson George Still – passed away in 1977. I was just shy of eight when he died. I don’t recall how my parents told me of his passing. I don’t remember his funeral service but I do recall his burial. That winter was a frigid winter. I remember people talking about the possibility of postponing the burial until the ground thawed enough to dig.
The Farmer’s Almanac shows the temperature in nearby Coatesville the day of his funeral was just 21.9 degrees. There was a reported three inches of snow on the ground as well. The wind speed that day registered between eight and 11 MPH.
The cold wouldn’t have bothered him though. He and my Uncle Jim (his elder son and my maternal grandfather’s brother) took a farming / ranch job out in
for a few years. Uncle Jim had gone West first as an employee of King’s Ranch.
My great grandfather joined him sometime between 1935 and 1940. By 1940, he was
a farmer on rented land in Clark, Colorado . Routt
Prior to then, he lived in Unionville, East Marlboro,
, where he had raised my
grandfather, Lloyd Pierson Still, and my Uncle Jim (James Franklin Still)
essentially on his own. His wife, Mary
Kilpatrick, had died in 1916 from complications due to childbirth. That male
child was stillborn. They also lost two daughters early on. Chester County
Pierson and Mary met outside
. He was self employed as a
blacksmith and would go down to the Philadelphia Main Line
to tend to some customers. She was a domestic who had relatively recently
arrived from .
(The 1910 Census shows that she immigrated in 1907.) The two were married in
1908. The next year a daughter – Margaret Nora – was born. Sadly, she died in
1910. In September of 1910, Uncle Jim was born. He would survive his father by
two years. Ireland
All but my grandfather are buried here together
at Doe Run Presbyterian Cemetery
He did, as per the 1920 Census, have a housekeeper to help with the boys. My grandfather spoke of her every so often, remembering her fondly. Her name was Edith L Maltby. She was 33 in 1920. While she was born in
Pennsylvania, her parents had both been born in . At
that time, my grandfather would have been five and my uncle was nine. England
The 1930 Census shows Edith Maltby, 47 now, still the housekeeper. However it also shows she was born in
too, listing her
immigration year as 1913. Uncle Jim is not living there in 1930. It is just PG,
my grandfather, and Edith. The census also notes that PG is no longer a
blacksmith but rather a farmer on a poultry farm. England
He was the eldest child of Franklin Still and Sarah Jennie VanHorn. He had five siblings. Born 16 March 1886 in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Pierson lived almost a century. He was just shy of his 91st birthday when he died. He was buried at the
Old Doe Run Presbyterian Cemetery
in East Fallowfield with his wife.
May His Memory Be Eternal.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016