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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

12. Samuel Johnson Piercy . Son of Matthew Piercy & Agnes Moffitt. Born 23 Dec 1855 in Harvey, NB. Died 30 Dec 1914 in Los Angeles, California. Buried 7 Jan 1915 in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.


    Copied from newspaper obituary - 1914:

    Funeral of S. J. Piercy

    Mr S. J. Piercy was born in New Brunswick in the year 1855.   His parents came from the Old Country and settled in N.B. in the year 1837.   There was a large family of children, some which still live in the east.   In 1875, Mr Piercy came to Comox and settled on "Oak Hill" farm, where he lived to his death.


    He was a successful farmer and an obliging neighbour, and took a deep interest in the welfare of the community.   Failing health compelled him, in company with Mrs Piercy, to seek the warmer climate of California, but in vain, for on Dec 30th, he quietly passed away in Los Angeles.   His remains were brought to Comox for interment, which took place on Jan 7th.   In spite of the very inclement weather a very large company of people assembled at the home of the deceased, and the Courtenay L.O.L. of which Mr Piercy was a member, turned out in a body to pay their last respects to their deceased Bro.


    St. Andrew's Presbyterian church was filled to overflowing by a congregation which listened with wrapt attention to the solemn and impressive service, conducted by Rev. Thos. Menzies, after which the body was interred, with Mr Menzies officiating for the church, which was followed by the service of the Orange Association.


    He leaves to mourn his loss, his widow, Mrs Piercy, and five children, Mrs Annard, Mrs J. W. McKenzie Jr., Matt, Ethel, and Edna, besides two sisters living in N.B., a brother, Mr John Piercy, of Courtenay, two sisters, Mrs Jos. McPhee, of Courtenay, and Mrs W. H. Grieve, of Sandwick.


    Among those who attended the funeral were Mr Isaac Grieve, of Kamloops, Mr and Mrs Isaac Parkin, of Nanaimo, and Mrs Woodus of Oyster River.



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

    Sam and Isabella, his parents and a brother and family moved into the first frame house in the district.   He was an industrious pioneer and cleared land to build a large home and farm on the lower Sandwick Road, where they raised seven children; two sons and five daughters surviving the original eleven born.


    He had a dairy, stock animals, fine horses and farm produce which made a good living for the family.   Most of the early Sandwick teachers boarded there, enjoying the good farm fare and the happy, well organized home.   It was the gathering place of the community, full of hospitality and good times.


    He and his father deeded an acre of land on the hill which is part of the cemetery and helped the pioneers build the church which is now restored.   He was an elder there for many years.


    He married Isabella "Belle" Grieve, daughter of Henry "Harry" Grieve & Margaret Speedy, 28 Jan 1884 in Victoria, B.C. Born 26 Jan 1862 in Harvey. Died 15 Nov 1957 in St. Joseph's Hospital, Comox, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A.


   Isabella was born in New Brunswick and moved to Vancouver Island with her parents, siblings and other relatives, and the Piercy family in 1875.


    Isabella was one of the oldest old-timers in the Comox Valley at the time of her death at age 96.

    Belle and Sam had a large family.


    They had the following children:

  96   i.   Agnes Margaret "Maggie" Piercy

  97   ii.   Sarah "Fanny" Piercy

  98   iii.   Matthew Fraser Piercy

  99   iv.   Ellen Isabelle Piercy

  100   v.   Mary Jane "Maida" Piercy

  101   vi.   Alvin Henry Piercy

  102   vii.   Ethel Annie Piercy

  103   viii.   Archie Lister Piercy

  104   ix.   Edna Adeline Piercy

  105   x.   Jean Piercy


13. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Piercy . Daughter of Matthew Piercy & Agnes Moffitt. Born 23 Jan 1857 in Harvey. Died 10 Apr 1872 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.


    From Daily Telegraph, 17 Apr 1872:   "Died Harvey 10th inst., Elizabeth Piercy, daughter of Matthew Piercy and Agnes Piercy, age 14."


    Inscription on gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   "Elizabeth, Dau of Matthew & Agnes Piercy Died Apr 10, 1872 Aged 14 years & 2 mos.   Lizzy Will Bloom Again."


14. Walter Henderson Piercy . Son of Matthew Piercy & Agnes Moffitt. Born 12 Sep 1860 in Harvey, NB. Died 19 Jan 1892 in Victoria, BC.


    Walter was born in Harvey, NB, and moved to Vancouver Island in 1875 with his parents.   He worked with his brother Sam and after he married Annie, they settled on a small piece of land close by.   In the late 1800's he purchased the Elk Hotel in Comox, later selling it to McDonald.   For a short time Walter and his family were lighthouse keepers on Yellow Rock.   It was from there Walter was taken Victoria and at an early age of 32 years, he died of T.B.   His wife Annie and family carried on at Yellow Rock with the aid of an elderly uncle.   Walter and Annie had five children--four boys and one girl.   Two boys died at an early age and one boy died of the bad 'flu after the First World War.   Mary Ann and Wallace both married and settled in the Comox Valley.


    He married Anna Matilda "Annie" Lyttle, 18 Aug 1882 in Comox, BC. Born 23 Dec 1865. Died 24 Feb 1934 in BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A.


    East side of gravestone in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A:   Annie M. Cowie, Died Feb 24, 1934, Age 64"


    They had the following children:

  106   i.   Mary Ann Piercy

  107   ii.   Henry S. Piercy

  108   iii.   Alexander Piercy

  109   iv.   Joseph "Stanley" Piercy

  110   v.   Walter Wallace Piercy