Julia Francis Pierce
1823 – 1900
How about the lady who appeared at Abraham [Manchester]’s store with a very disappointed expression. She wanted to buy some britches for her husband. She said, “I never thought Wright Pierce would get over his sickness, and I tore his britches up and put them in a rag carpet. It does beat all…Wright gittin’ better.” They didn’t have any pants large enough, so Mrs. Pierce took two pairs of different materials and colors and said she could piece ’em.
Based on an oral history interview with Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Manchester.
First published in “Heads ‘n’ Tales” by Evelyn Evans Waite.