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Thomas A. Piper: An Old Settler Dead

March 5, 2010

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Thos. Piper Died at His Home, Having Lived in the County 38 Years.

Thos. A. Piper was born February 28, 1829, in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, and died at his home near Carrollton, Iowa, June 25, 1906.

He was born and reared in the old stone fort built by his grandfather in 1776, where he also lived for about nine years after marriage.

On May 20, 1852, he was united in marriage to Mary Funk of whom he was bereaved February 6, 1861. To this union were born five children, four of whom survive him.

On Jan. 1, 1863, he was again united in marriage to Rebecca Livingston. To this union were born eight children, seven of whom are living.

His wife, five sons and six daughters; C.R. Piper of Mayword, Nebraska, Harry, Edward and George Piper of Carrollton, Iowa; Mrs. Chas. Corbin of Coon Rapids, Mrs. Coppock and Mrs. Chas. Davis of Carrollton, Mrs. Solt of near Glidden, Miss Avilla who remains at home and Mrs. J.W. Boggess of Danville, Illinois, all of whom were present. He also has thirty-six grand children and nine great grand children.

Mr. Piper came of patriotic ancestry, his grandfather served in the revolutionary war, an uncle was general in 1812, and he served in the civil war in company K, 50 regiment of Pennsylvania veteran volunteer.

He moved with his family to Carrollton in 1868, residing here continually for thirty-eight years. He enjoyed to an unusual degree the love of his family.

He united with the church at the age of 24 and experienced a wonderful work of grace about 12 years ago, the joy of which never left him. He was a member of the U.B. church of Carrollton. His funeral was held the 27 in his home church and his remains were laid to rest in the Carrollton cemetery.

Mr. Piper was loved by all who knew him and will long be remembered for his kind acts and deeds.

The Carroll Herald – Jul 4, 1906

The above pages are from:

Report of the Commission to Locate the Site of the Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania
Publisher    C. M. Busch, state printer, 1896

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Notes for Thomas Piper:

My great grandfather was in the Revolutionary War and my grandpa Piper was in the civil war. Grandpa Piper married twice, his first wife died and he was left with four children, two girls and two boys. His first wife was an aunt of Merle Hay, then he married his wife’s seamstress(Rebecca). All the sewing was done by hand and they did their own weaving, carded and spun their wool, made their dies to color the yarn, and wove their own dress material. Grandma often died faded dresses; she showed me how to set the color in some of the material I’d buy to make a dress so it wouldn’t fade after it was made up.

Grandpa Piper was called in the draft, but they let him hire a young unmarried man to go in his place until after mother (Jennie) was born. He was a blacksmith, he was ten years older than grandma, but he was soon discharged on account of his eyes. Eye doctors wasn’t heard of I guess. They’d always use some eye drops they’d get at some store or quack traveling through the country and that’s the way they’d get their glasses.

Several famlies came to Iowa at the same time and settled at the little town of Carrollton as they had heard that the railroad was to go through there and they made Carrollton the county seat. Carrollton got to be quite a little town. They had a store, church(two story) school upstairs. Most of them came by train. One man traded a nice team and buggy for a farm and never saw it . It didn’t have a building in sight. He’d been a captian in the army. I don’t know if he was married at that time or not. I have heard him say he was really sick when he did see it. I believe he said he walked from Glidden out to look it over. It was all prairie, lots of hay and lots of prairie fires. All they could do to stop them was to plow several times ahead of the fire. Most farmers had teams of oxen to do the heavy work.

Mother was four years old when they came. Grandpa started a blacksmith shop. Then someone ran a hotel and the post office was in the store. They even built a courthouse. After they found out the railroad wasn’t to go through there, they voted to make Carroll the county seat.

Vera Coppock Hupp

Thomas A. Piper’s grandfather, Col. John Piper:

From: Frontier defense on the upper Ohio, 1777-1778: compiled from the Draper manuscripts

Publisher Wisconsin Historical Society, 1912

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