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"I glanced over toward the boys and saw Daniel look my way with a big grin. He attends to his schoolwork now, and after school he goes directly to the barn. I see him sometimes in the field, bringing the cattle up for their hay, and he walks with a different walk no longer the stiff the stride I remember."
—Daniel changes after returning to the Shakers[3]

Daniel Pierce (born February 27, 1904) is the elder brother of Lydia. His parents Caroline and Walter, and youngest sister, Lucy died during the 1918 flu pandemic. He and Lydia moved in with his uncle Henry's family, before being taken to live with the Shakers in Sabbathday Lake.


Early life[]

Daniel Walter Pierce was born on February 27, 1904. He was named after his father and grandfather.[1][2] At the age of three, his sister Lydia was born. Unable to pronounce her name, he referred to her as "the lyddie baby" when he was young.

As he grew into his teens, Daniel became sullen and discontented. His sister Lucy was born in July 1918. Three months later, Daniel's parents and sister Lucy passed away during the Spanish flu crisis. Daniel and Lydia survived and went to live with their uncle Henry and aunt Sarah.

Life with the Shakers[]

Uncle Henry, unable to take care of his niece and nephew, brought them to the Shaker village 'Chosen Land' in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Daniel was immediately separated from his sister, because of the Shakers rule prohibiting boys and girls interacting. He learned how to take care of animals and other skills from the brethren. Still discontented, Daniel devised a plan to leave the village and head out west, which he confided in his school friend, Eli, who was from the world.

Daniel settled in a nearby town, Oxford Hills. Mr. Melby, a general store owner, took pity on Daniel and hired him as a helper. On April 16, 1919, Daniel returned to 'Chosen Land' during the night in the middle of strange spring blizzard. Needless to say, Lydia was overjoyed. The two, though still unable to interact directly, exchanged glances and smiles often.

Later life[]

Daniel graduated high school from the Shaker school. He transitioned into Shaker life and signed the covenant at age twenty-one. Daniel was in charge of the farm animals and equipment for several years and comfortably lived the rest of his life with Shakers.

Personality and traits[]

In his early teen years, Daniel was often sullen and disrespectful to his elders, which often resulted in a thrashing from his father. After his parents death, Daniel refused to speak and began to "[hate] the entire world". Daniel returned from Oxford Hills a changed person, walking with a different and smiling more often. In later years, Daniel became a hard worker and took on many responsibilities.

Lydia described Daniel as "very clever", and that he was especially skilled in math and geography. He disliked some subjects like French, which he had Lydia help him with. Before moving to the Shaker village, Daniel often teased his sister and hid her things.

Family tree[]

The Pierce Family Tree
Walter Pierce
(d. 1918)
Caroline Pierce
Daniel Pierce
(b. 1904)
Lydia Pierce
Ben Chamberlin
Lucy Pierce
(d. 1918)
Margaret and Mabel
Caroline Chamberlin
Lucy Chamberlin

Behind the scenes[]



See also[]

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Main characters

Remember "Mem" Whipple | Deliverance Trembley | Lozette Moreau | Catharine Logan | Prudence Emerson
Abigail Stewart | Lucinda Lawrence | María Rosalia de Milagros | Hattie Campbell | Mary Driscoll
Florence "Florrie" Mack Ryder | Susanna Fairchild | Clotee Henley | Amelia Martin | Emma Simpson
Sarah Nita | Phillis "Patsy" Frederick | Libby West | Priscilla "Pringle" Rose | Mary "Polly" Rodgers
Nannie Little Rose | Angeline Reddy | Sarah Jane Price | Teresa Viscardi | Anetka Kaminska
Zipporah Feldman | Minette "Minnie" Bonner | Angela Denoto | Margaret Ann Brady | Kathleen Bowen
Simone Spencer | Lydia Pierce | Nell "Nellie Lee" Love | Bess Brennan | Minerva "Minnie" Swift | Grace Edwards
Julie Weiss | Madeline Beck | Amber Billows | Piper Davis | Dawn "Dawnie Rae" Johnson | Molly Flaherty

Supporting characters

Antoinetta Viscardi | Leon Nasevich | Daniel Pierce | Erma Jean Love | Patrick Flaherty

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A Journey to the New World | I Walk in Dread | Look to the Hills | Standing in the Light
Love Thy Neighbor | The Winter of Red Snow | Cannons at Dawn | A Line in the Sand
Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
My Face to the Wind | West to a Land of Plenty | A Coal Miner's Bride | Dreams in the Golden Country
A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?