According to History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, Ohio, publ. 1882, p. 557-8
Joseph Pierce, a well known resident of Champion, was born in Armstrong, Clarion county, Pennsylvania, in 1808.His father, Peter Pierce, was a native of New Jersey, and came to Pennsylvania when very young in company with his parents, who settled in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, for a few years, then moved to Indiana county, Pennsylvania, where he cleared up a farm and reared a family of six children, all of whom lived to maturity.Mr. Peter Pierce died in Champion, December 7, 1866, while on a visit to his son Joseph.He was a cooper by trade, and was among the early settlers of Clarion county, Pennsylvania.There were eight children in his family, five of whom are living.Mr. Joseph Pierce left Clarion county April 14, 1835 with a four-horse team, and arrived in Champion on the 19th of April.He stopped with his cousin, Edward Pierce, a short time while a cabin was being erected, then moved upon his present farm which was then a dense forest.Mr. Pierce was married in 1832 to Sarah R. McKee, daughter of Samuel McKee, of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.They have had six children, only two of whom are living.Mrs. Pierce died in 1856.He was married the second time in 1857 to Miss Eliza Chambers, daughter of John Chambers of Champion.Mrs. Pierce died in August 1877.she was a member of the Presbyterian church.Mr. Pierce is also a member.In politics, Mr. Pierce is a sound Republican and has held several township offices -- has been magistrate six years and is still serving.