Seventh Generation


1670. William Henry Iron Face Bearce was born on 18 June 1828 in Dover, New York (Dutchess). He died on 16 June 1896 at the age of 67 in Otsego, Michigan (Allegan). He died on 16 June 1896 at the age of 67 in Allegan, Michigan (Allegan). William was a Carpenter and Millwright. "William Henery Bearce, learned his trade of carpenter and mill right, from his mothers brothers and uncles the Rau Boys at Dover Dutchess Co., N.Y." He was abt 3/4 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian from 49/128 from father and 3/8 from mother. 3/4 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

"William Henery's word to pay or do was more reliable than most men's bond; He was a big silent man of few words, with a violent temper, jet black hair and eyes, and a swarthy copper colored skin, and very much Indian, and one of this earths finest men. He sleeps at Allegan(See written M.S. for more detailed information)"

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

" William Henery Bearce, my grandfather, who's Indian name was (Man with the head hard like Iron Stone) as near as I can spell it in the Schagticoke Dialect, (Rin-khor-top-san-me-ce) in English Iron Face, was born on the Philip Rau farm Dover Dutchess Co., New York June 18th 1828. He was married at Litchfield Co., Connecticut, November 27th, 1851, to his wife Mary Ellen Tuttle. He was a ¾- blood Schagticoke Indian, and the son of Gideon Noble Bearce and Margaret Ann Rau. He lived with his mother and stepfather (Timothy) Oddee on the Schagticoke Reservation at Kent for some years when a boy; and spoke the Schagticoke dialect, as well as the Pottawatamie tongue, fluently, as did his sister Aunt Mary Caroline Bearce. "

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

"In the spring of his 19th year, Iron Face had a terrific physical encounter with another half drunken Schagticoke Indian at the reservation at Kent. William Henery took a terrific hammering from his opponent on the head and face, but was not knocked off his feet. He finally wore the other Indian down after taking his knife away, and knocked him insensible. As a result of the encounter, he received his Indian name of Rin-khor-top-san-me-ce, Man with head hard like Iron Stone. The following fall he was a fraternal delegate with two other Schagticoke Indians to the Grand Council of the Six Nations at the Tonawanda Reservation. He was a strong hater of slavery and an active member of the Garrison crowd of Abolitionists. Many a runaway chattel slave owed his life and freedom to the skill, courage, and woodcraft of Iron Face. He was baptized first in the Moravian Church, and then, as he told me one time, in the Congregational Church, the early Puritan Church, after he migrated the second time to Allegan Co., Michigan, with his father in-law, Sullivan Masters Atwater Tuttle, and family's because there was no Moravian Church at Allegan and no Moravian Brothers to preach. "

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

"William Henery Bearce was the treasurer of the Allegan Lodge of I.O.O.F. for many years, and a second-degree Free Mason; He was stopped from taking his third degree by a white, a Dr. Thomas, a horse doctor who hated Indians and said that he did not want any dam Indians in the Allegan Lodge. Iron Face, a proud man, out of chagrin at the affront, never went inside the Lodge room door again. The trouble started some time before when Iron Face badly manhandled Dr Thomas in a physical encounter over the refusal of this horse-doctor to help Iron Face doctor some 400 Pottawatamis of the old Swan Creek band, with some Chippewas, on their way West, who were camped on Williams Henery's Home Lot, many of them dying from a scourge of small pox. Some of these Indians, stragglers of the old Swan Creek band, were blood kin of my grandfather from the old Shekome Colony migration, and had come to Iron Face for help. Dr Thomas had refused to help Iron Face doctor them and said, "let them die, the quicker they die we will be rid of them that much sooner and will get their land for settlement". Dr Thomas was a badly beaten man. Some of the survivors of that epidemic still resided on the Dowagok Reservation when I was a boy near Dowajack Michigan. Dr Thomas was still so spiteful over the affair that he used to sic his big white bulldog on a big mongrel hound dog of my fathers, old Trip, when Noble Sullivan Bearce was driving by out the old Chesire road on his trips to buy stock from surrounding farmers. Dr. Thomas wrote a history of Allegan Co., and although William Henery was at Allegan on pine hill when the nearest white man was at Otsego 12 miles away, and built many of the substantial buildings around Allegan, the Bearce Family was not even mentioned in Thomas' History, except once William Bearce Treasurer, Allegan Lodge I.O.O.F. Over twenty members of my family lie sleeping in the cemetery on pine hill, on the two Bearce Lots, provided for the family by my grandfather Iron Face."

Quoted from "From out of the Past, Who Our Forefathers Really Were, Our White and Indian Ancestors back to 1628" by Franklyn Ele-wa-tum "Swimming Eel" BeArce.

William Henry Iron Face Bearce and Mary Ellen Tuttle were married on 27 November 1851 in Connecticut (Litchfield). Mary Ellen Tuttle, daughter of Sullivan Masters Atwater Tuttle and Eliza Cockfield Parmalee, was born on 26 June 1831 in Washington, Connecticut (Litchfield). She died on 20 May 1916 at the age of 84 in Toledo, Oregon (Lincoln). She was 1/8 blood Paugusset Indian from mother. 1/8 blood Paugussett Indian

"Mary Ellen Tuttle wife of Iron Face was a daughter of Sullivan Masters Atwater Tuttle, direct descendant of Titus and Kaleb Tuttle of Salem Mass, 1623 Experience Mitchell, 1620 Plymouth, and many other old Mayflower families; of Pilgrim and Puritan Stock. Mary Ellen Tuttle was born at Litchfield Co. Connecticut, June 26 1831. She was an 1/8th blood Weepaug or Paugusset Indian through her "Cockfield" strain; and had another slight Indian strain through Mary Mitchell, old age wife of Experience Mitchell, whose mother was a daughter of a younger brother of Massasoit. Mary Ellen Tuttle was very proud of her descent from Massasoit's family, and her Mayflower ancestors; She named one of her sons Daniel Taylor Mitchell Bearce after some of these early ancestors, of mixed white and Indian blood. She was a wonderfully good courageous pioneer woman, who visited the sick and laid out the dead who had passed out. She lies sleeping on the family plot at Allegan."

"Tuttle migrated with my Grandfather Iron Face to Allegan Co. Michigan from Connecticut, and settled first at Gun Marsh and then at Otsego Michigan in Allegan Co., where he and Eliza Cockfield Parmalee lie sleeping."

"I saw this copy ("A True Chronicle of The Bearce Family") when a boy, and my grandfather's facsimile copy written by the hand of my grandmother, Mary Ellen Tuttle Bearce, at Allegan, when I was a young man of 19 years of age and went through and discussed the contents with my grandmother Mary Ellen shortly before she migrated West to Puget Sound country. " - Swimming Eel

William Henry Iron Face Bearce-46245 and Mary Ellen Tuttle-46246 had the following children:

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Noble Sullivan Bearce-46247.

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Eleanor May Bearce was born on 15 June 1854 in Washington Twp, Connecticut (Litchfield). She was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother. 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

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William Edgelbert Bearce was born on 30 April 1857 in Michigan (Hope). He was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother. 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

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Daniel Taylor Mitchell Bearce was born on 30 May 1858 in Bethany Mission, Connecticut (Litchfield). He was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother. 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

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Alsace Margaret Bearce was born on 10 March 1861 in Semere, Connecticut (Litchfield). She was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother. 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

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Franklyn Tuttle Bearce was born on 30 June 1863 in Bethany Mission, Connecticut (Litchfield). Twin He was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother. 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

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Frances Tuttle Bearce was born on 30 June 1863 in Bethany Mission, Connecticut (Litchfield). Twin She was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother. 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

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Frederick Walter Bearce was born on 9 May 1868 in Michigan (Alleghan). He was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother. 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican Indian

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Infant Female Bearce died in 1871. She was born in 1970. She was 7/16 Wampanoag/Narragansett/Mohican/Paugusset Indian, 3/8 from father and 1/16 from mother.