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His name was also spelt Pearce ..Valerie Lawson calls herself a journalist yet it took 15 minutes on google to establish a few things. But JFC why am I doing her work??
Pat Cape was caught by tho candid camera in Sydney on Saturday pinning a rose on Otis Pierce - Boston Millionaires Son. The photo appeared in the city morning newspaper. Miss Cape is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Cape of Melrose Leadville
And here is the picture http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article247604931 (further note is its difficult to spot but the ears dont look split to me)
So Boston. December 27 1912 (from shipping records) translates to ''estimated 1913''
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Name: Otis N Peirce
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
District: ED 135
Marital Status: Single
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Year (Estimated): 1913
Father's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Sheet Letter: B
Sheet Number: 3
Sheet Number and Letter: 3B
Household ID: 55
Line Number: 99
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T626
Affiliate Film Number: 892
GS Film Number: 2340627
Digital Folder Number: 004951073
Image Number: 00190
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Andrew Peirce Head M 66 Massachusetts
Helen H Peirce Wife F 59 Massachusetts
Andrew G Peirce Son M 22 Massachusetts
Otis N Peirce Son M 17 Massachusetts
Alexander S Peirce Son M 13 Massachusetts
Bessie O Donnell Servant F 51 England
Carl G Johnanston Butler M 43 Sweden
Oh but wait. 20 more minutes and we find this.
106-18-4876 December 27, 1912 - July 1, 1985 72 years CA92262 (Palm Springs, Riverside County)
Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQLW-P94 : accessed 29 March 2019), Otis N Peirce in household of Andrew Peirce, New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 135, sheet 3B, line 99, family 55, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 892; FHL microfilm 2,340,627.
Please no more of this Otis Pierce being Somerton Man ffs
GreyCrow, thanks for your work with Pierce ... you obviously know your way around the ancestry sites ... but what are we to do with the other problem .. the absence of Australian records for Jessica Harkness? Perhaps you could point me somewhere ...Look up Dartmouth College and this award. Check the names
Yes, that's the lady.Jessica ELLEN Thomson (known as Jo) died 2007
Advertiser THOMSON Jessica Ellen (Jo)2007
May 13 2007 Buried Centennial Pk
Born 1921 and identified as Jewish
Jessica Ellen Thomson
BIRTH 1921 DEATH 13 May 2007 (aged 85–86)BURIAL
Centennial Park Cemetery
Pasadena, Mitcham City, South Australia, Australia PLOT Jewish 608
The name of her husband was Prosper McTaggart Thomson died 1995
Advertiser THOMSON Prosper McTaggart (George)1995
Prosper was not born in SA but born in Queensland in 1912. He married in Victoria in 1936. Propser served in the Australian Army in WW2 and his next of Kin was Queenie Thomson. (assumed wife as Vic BDM ******* down again its shit) discharged 1943
Is this a picture of Jessie Thomson? http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71766412
Prosper was a Hire Car operator http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43775803 living in Mosely Street Glenelg 1948
Incorporation of Century Trading with PM Thomson and JE Thomson as directors 1951 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130910226
This leads to a picture of Prosper Thomson http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131241787
It is suggested Jessica Harkness is the maiden name of Jessica Ellen Thomson. NSW BDM records only show births until 1919 so that avenue is out.
Unfortunately most records have time limits and these are difficult to search (for free)
The ears have been given wide discussion yet Prosper Thomson also has a bigger cymba , similar to Somerton Man. BUT ALSO similar to his reputed son Robin Thomson
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I believe you can see a larger than normal cymba. The smaller pic is reported to be SM on the left
Harkness trained as a nurse at the Royal North Shore Hospital at about the same time she was meeting Alf Boxall at the Clifton Gardens in 1945 - it seems she never qualified before becoming pregnant in 1946 and leaving for Melbourne where her parents lived. Don't have their address. Her son, Robin, was born in Adelaide.Any searches done on these names?
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43794573 Leonard Berry 35 British visitor
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129897967 Jack Thomas McLean Prospect : though police searched for this name nothing could be established
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43793796 This report states its possibly EC Johnson possibly 45
SA BDM gives
Edward Charles 1895 married? 1923 Vera Ward died 1984
Edgar Clarence 1895 married 1929 Evelyn Olney died 1956
(Frederick) Ernest Claude 1904 known as Ernest Claude http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212932783 no known death BUT could also be itinerant around Australia - but he is the only 1 not yet accounted though this Obit for his mother suggests he is alive in 1952 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47427319
Edward Carroll 1906 married 1924 Hannah Neander died 1989
Can I please have more background on Jessica Harkness and her connection
Unfortunately I cant access the free records and her story ( or at least the known story) is at odds. I doubt she was born in Marrickville NSW and if her parents are in Mentone then I may be able to chase that but that suggests she may have been born in Melbourne.Harkness trained as a nurse at the Royal North Shore Hospital at about the same time she was meeting Alf Boxall at the Clifton Gardens in 1945 - it seems she never qualified before becoming pregnant in 1946 and leaving for Melbourne where her parents lived. Don't have their address. Her son, Robin, was born in Adelaide.
Are there any photos of to show Otis Norton Pierce was the same Otis Pierce that travelled to England to visit his friend Anton Dolin in the mid 30s and travelled around Australia and NZ with him and the Ballet Russe in 1938/39?Otis is now officially out of the picture ... information supplied by a trusted source follows. And thanks GreyCrow for your contributions.
Otis Pierce, born on 27-12-1912 in New Bedford, Mass. Had a middle name of Norton. His father was Andrew Granville Pierce Jnr and his mother was Helen Parker Haskell. The family owned Pierce Manufacturing, a textile business.
> In 1932, OP travelled as a passenger from England to NYC; In 1937, he travelled from France to NYC; In 1939, he travelled from Australia to Hawaii, his address was given as: 99 Madison St, New Bedford, Mass.
In Sept 1942 he enlisted, living in NY at this time.
In 1946, he travelled from Toronto (by air) to NYC
In 1947, he travelled from France to NYC, again his address was noted as: 99 Madison St, New Bedford, Mass.In 1979, he was involved organising an opera event in Palm Springs, Calif.
Otis Norton Pierce died on 15 Jul 1985 in Palm Springs, Calif.
He was cleaned up and carried there, cigarette placed there by someone else? Oh for DNA analysis then!My next question .... how did the Somerton Man light his cigarette without matches or a lighter?
There is a Jessica M Harkness born 1921 in EssexYou're not the only one, craigos, word is she may have been born in the U.K. ...
1909 C11363 William Jestyn Moulds : John William : Naomi Ophelia Hopkins born in QueenslandThanks GreyCrow, appreciated. Can you find if there is a relationship between your Ernest Moulds and (wait for it) Major William Jestyn Moulds NAA file QX 6233?
This is too good to be a coincidence.
Sounds like quite a few co-incidences there. Not only good to have a picture of Ernest, but also Otis Norton Pierce... back again to Cornwall which we loved and now have the house for six months.*
Back again to Cornwall.
Which we loved.
And now have the house for six months.
Who’s house in Cornwall?
The Essex Jessica Harkness married Ernest Moulds in Yorkshire in 1943.
The Glenelg Jessica appeared in Australia 1945.
Then reappeared in Glenelg in 1947. With Child. Robin.
I would be wise I suppose to be a withered virgin in some hospital or another emptying pans and taking temperatures.*
* taken from the Glenelg Jessica's letters home.
It would be handy to have a pic of Ernest Moulds of Yorkshire.
Just for comparison’s sake.
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