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Descendents of John Moffitt (28 Jun 1791 - 8 Aug 1859)
and Ellen "Nellie" Davidson (1792 - 12 Nov 1879)

Third Immigrant Generation

4. Thomas H. Piercy . Son of Matthew Piercy & Agnes Moffitt. Born 29 Aug 1838 in Harvey, NB. Died 11 Dec 1904 in Denman Island, B.C.


    From New Brunswick Reporter, Fredericton,   15 Mar 1867:   "Married Waverley House, 11th inst., by Rev. Dr. Brooke, Thos H. Piercy and Miss Jane Speedy, both of Manners Sutton, York Co."


    Witnesses to marriage were Will McMillan and Margaret Piercy.

    Thomas and Jane with their oldest four children, moved to Gartley Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in 1875 with other members of the Piercy family.   They spent the first winter with the Gartley family and then moved to a little place called Beechams on the east of the Back Road.   >From   there they moved to the Muster's place and shared a large frame house with the families of Sam, Matt, and John Piercy.   The Tom Piercy family moved to Denman Island after several years pre-empting a tract of land on the west side of the island.   John Piercy pre-empted the adjoining section.   The Piercy children walked four miles through dense forest to attend school.   In 1883 they moved back to Comox to be nearer relatives and school.   In 1888 they returned to Denman.   Tom was a true pioneer of Denman being the first Justice of the Peace and first road foreman.   He was involved in planning improvements for roads, school, church and logging.   He also tended the lighthouse at Yellow Rock.   In 1902 he was appointed Postmaster and the post office was in their home.


    He married Jane Speedy, daughter of Thomas Speedy & Isabella Patterson, 11 Mar 1867 in Waverley House, Fredericton By Rev. Dr. John M. Brooke . Born 7 Sep 1846 in Harvey. Christen 25 Oct 1846 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy. Died 29 Mar 1939 in Denman Island, B.C.


    Jane and her husband Thomas H. Piercy moved to British Columbia in 1875.   The oldest four of their eleven children were born in N.B.   Further information on this family in "A Family Tree - Piercy - 1814-1979" Printed by Copy Cat Graphics Inc., Courtenay, B.C.


    They had the following children:

  27   i.   Matthew Alexander Piercy

  28   ii.   Isabella Piercy

  29   iii.   Elizabeth Selena "Lena" Piercy

  30   iv.   Thomas "Wesley" Piercy

  31   v.   John Frederick Piercy

  32   vi.   Margaret Agnes Piercy

  33   vii.   Harvey Wilson Piercy

  34   viii.   James Walter B. Piercy

  35   ix.   Mary Ellen Jane Piercy

  36   x.   Edward Irvine Piercy

  37   xi.   Rose Lavina Piercy



5. John Piercy . Son of Matthew Piercy & Agnes Moffitt. Born 19 Oct 1840 in Harvey, NB. Died 19 Sep 1917 in Courtenay, B.C. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A.


     From BC Vital Statistics: died 19 Sep 1917, age 76, at Courtenay, BC.


   From Headquarters, 3 Jan 1866:   "Married 29th ult., by Rev. Dr. Brooke, John Piercy and Miss Mary Anne Atchison, both of Manners Sutton, York Co."


    When living in the Manners Sutton area of   Harvey, John Piercy was the founder of a store which did business in groceries, dry goods and general supplies.   When John and family moved to British Columbia around 1875, the store was sold, and later became known as G. Wesley Coburn and Sons


    Copied from newspaper obituary - 1917:

    Death Claims One of District's Pioneers

    Another of the pioneers of Comox Valley passed away last night in the person of Mr John Piercy.   The late Mr Piercy was born in New Brunswick on October 14th, 1840, and was therefore 76 years and 11 months of age.   He came to Comox with his family in 1875.   He leaves to mourn his loss a widow and family as follows:   Mrs N. McFadyen of Cumberland, Matthew H. Piercy, Mrs A. T. Graham, Andrew Piercy, Bert Piercy, all of whom reside in Comox; Mrs N. .........(illegible); Mrs E. Cary, Vancouver; two sisters living in New Brunswick and one sister living in Comox, Mrs W. Grieve.   He was brother of the late Thomas Piercy of Denman Island, Matthew Piercy, S. J. Piercy and Walter Piercy.   There are twenty grandchildren and one great grandchild.   The funeral arrangements are in hand and will be found on cards to be posted up today.


    Notes from, "Piercy - A Family Tree, 1814-1979":

    "They lived in and around the Comox area before moving to Millards Beach where the family built a log house close to the top side of the lower side of the present Island Highway.   After a few years this home burned down and another house was built on the top side of the highway.   Many years later this house burned down and a third house was built where they lived until they passed away.   Later the Tyee Pole Co. bought the house and had it moved to the pole yard on Fraser Road where it now stands."


    He married Mary Ann Atcheson, daughter of Andrew Atcheson & Margery Robison, 29 Dec 1865 in Harvey, York Co., NB. Born 1844 in Harvey. Christen 27 Oct 1844 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died 23 Dec 1926 in Vancouver. Buried in Sandwick Cemetery, BC.


    Copied from newspaper obituary, c.1926:

    Mrs John Piercy Has Passed Away.   Fifty-One Years In District.

    The news of Mrs John Piercy's death in Vancouver on Christmas Eve will be regretted by the wide circle of her friends here and in the district.   Coming here from New Brunswick 51 years ago via San Francisco, Mr and Mrs John Piercy occupied several farms in the Comox valley before finally settling down on their homestead near Millard's Creek.    Here they lived for about forty years until Mr John Piercy's death nine years ago.   Mrs Piercy continued to reside on the old homestead until four months ago when she went to live with relatives in Vancouver.   She was in her 83rd year at the time of her death.


    She leaves to mourn her loss, four daughters, three sons, twenty-five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.   The daughters are Mrs M. McFadyen of Cumberland, Mrs T. A. Graham of Courtenay and Mrs T. A. Henderson and Mrs Cary of Vancouver; the sons, Messrs. M. H. and A. Piercy of Courtenay, and Mr B. Piercy of Alberta.   The late Mrs Piercy had one surviving sister in the person of Mrs McCullough at the old home in New Brunswick.


    The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. George's United Church, Courtenay, the Rev. W. A. Alexander officiating.   The pallbearers were Messrs. Harry Piercy, E. Embleton, John Grieve, B. Grieve, W. Swan and L. R. Cliffe.   The procession took its way from the church to the Sandwick cemetery, where interment was made.


    They had the following children:

  38   i.   Margery Piercy

  39   ii.   Matthew Henderson Piercy

  40   iii.   Agnes Ella Piercy

  41   iv.   Andrew Piercy

  42   v.   Jane "Victoria" Piercy

  43   vi.   William Thomas Piercy

  44   vii.   Joseph Berkley "Bert" Piercy

  45   viii.   Elizabeth Dorothy Piercy

  46   ix.   Ida Catherine Piercy