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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

15. Agnes Piercy . Daughter of Matthew Piercy & Agnes Moffitt. Born 21 Jul 1863 in Harvey, NB. Died 9 Jan 1936 in Courtenay, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery.

    BC Archives has death date 13 Jan 1934, age 70.


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

    Agnes and John Berkeley had four sons and four daughters.   They had a farm on the Lake Trail, bounded on the railway track and what is known as Johnston Street now.   He also owned the property on the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue where the old Bank of Commerce was built.


    After John's death, Agnes married William Grieve in 1909.


    She first married John Reverley Berkeley, son of Mr Berkeley & Elizabeth Nesbitt, 7 Nov 1879 in Comox, BC. Born 16 Apr 1854. Died 18 Nov 1903 in Nanaimo, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A. (No Marker). Occupation District Road Superintendent.


    Copied from newspaper obituary - 1903:

    A Sudden Call.   Mr John Berkley of Courtenay Dies Suddenly in Nanaimo Hotel.

    A very sudden and unexpected death took place last evening in the Nanaimo hotel, when Mr John Berkley of Courtenay died of apoplexy.   He had been in Nanaimo since Sunday last and had spent the intervening time visiting friends in this city.   During yesterday afternoon he was around as usual and around five o'clock went up to his room and as Mrs Evans was passing the door a minute or two later she heard a gasping sound and on going in found Mr Berkley lying on the bed gasping for breath.   He was dead in a few moments.


    Deceased was a native of New Brunswick and came out to Nanaimo in 1875 where he worked for a few days under the late Mr John Pawson who at that time had in charge the construction of Bastion street bridge.   Mr Berkley took the first boat for Comox where he resided every since.   About a dozen years ago he had a severe fall on the wharf at Comox by which his head was seriously injured.   Within the last year or two this has been troubling him and resulted in a spasmodic contraction of the larynx, which at times it made it very hard for him to get his breath.   Last week he went to Victoria to consult with doctors there regarding it and they advised an operation.   He was on his way back to Courtenay to make arrangements to return to Victoria for the operation when the dread reaper overtook him.   It was his intention to have gone home on the boat on Tuesday last but as his brother-in-law, Mr S. Piercy, and nephew, Mr F. Swan, were in town, he decided to wait till Thursday and return with them.


    The late Mr Berkley was one of the best known residents of Comox district.   He was road superintendent for the district for the past ten or twelve years and was a prominent member of Hiram Lodge, A.F. & A.M., being Worshipful Master of the lodge at the time of his death.   The Nanaimo Masons took charge of the body last evening and will escort the hearse to the boat this morning and place the remains on board.   At Comox the members of his own lodge will meet the remains and attend to the interment in the Presbyterian cemetery at Comox.   Deceased was 49 years of age and leaves a wife and eight children, four boys and four girls to mourn his loss.


    They had the following children:

  111   i.   Minnie Rose Berkeley

  112   ii.   Annetta "Nettie" Berkeley

  113   iii.   William Matthew Berkeley

  114   iv.   Lance Isaac Berkeley

  115   v.   Reverly Berkeley

  116   vi.   Belle Berkeley

  117   vii.   Walter Drew Berkeley

  118   viii.   Estella Agnes Berkeley


    She second married William Henry Grieve, son of George Grieve & Jane Nesbitt, 20 Feb 1909 in Sandwick, BC. Born 4 Dec 1854 in Harvey. Died 2 May 1933 in Sandwick, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A. Occupation Farmer.

    From BC Vital Stats:   Died 2 May 1933, age 78, Sandwick, BC.


16. Mary Ann Moffitt . Daughter of Andrew Moffitt & Margaret "Jane" Piercy. Born 18 Aug 1846 in Little Settlement, York Co, NB. Christen 27 Sep 1846 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy. Died 15 Nov 1918 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.


   Ref: Emerson Moffitt, "The Moffitts of Harvey Settlement New Brunswick 1791-1991", 1992, p. 43.


   From Obituary:   MRS MARY A. SPEEDY

   Harvey Station, Nov. 19 -- Mrs Mary A. Speedy, wife of William Speedy, of Manners Sutton, died at her home there on Monday morning from the effects of a stroke of paralysis sustained a few days ago.   She was in the seventy-third year of her age and was a daughter of Andrew Moffatt, one of the pioneers of Harvey.   She is survived by her husband, five sons and five daughters, also several brothers and sisters, among whom are John Moffatt, of St. Stephen, George Moffatt, Thomas Moffatt and Robert Moffatt, of Manners Sutton; Mrs George Cleghorn and Mrs John Messer, of Tweedside.   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. McGuire, of McAdam.


    She married William A. Speedy, son of Thomas Speedy & Isabella Patterson, 22 Jul 1864 in Harvey Presbyterian Church By Rev. Samuel Johnson. Born 10 Jun 1842 in Harvey. Christen 10 Jul 1842 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died 20 Jan 1921 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.


    PANB, marriages #F15552, p. 566:   William Speedy to Mary Ann Moffitt on Jul 22, 1864 by Samuel Johnson, witnesses James Patterson and Mary Swan.


    From Obituary -- WILLIAM SPEEDY

   Harvey Station, York Co., Jan 24--William Speedy, an old resident of Manners Sutton, died at his home there on Thursday evening.   He was in he seventy-ninth year of his age and has been in poor health for some time.   He was a son of Thomas Speedy, one of the first settlers of the place, and is survived by a large family, among whom are George and Thomas Speedy, of Manners Sutton, Andrew and Nelson Speedy, of McAdam, and Allan, residing at Rumford, Me.   His wife died about two years ago.   He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs James Rutherford and Mrs Isabel Messer, of Manners Sutton, and two brothers, Thomas R. Speedy, of St. Stephen, and John Speedy, residing in Minnesota.   The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon and was largely attended, the services being conducted by Rev. J. F. McKay.


    They had the following children:

  119   i.   Thomas Alexander Speedy

  120   ii.   Andrew Tait "Dan" Speedy

  121   iii.   Jane Eleanor "Janie" Speedy

  122   iv.   John Alexander Speedy

  123   v.   Margaret Isabella "Maggie" Speedy

  124   vi.   William "Allen" Speedy

  125   vii.   George Albert Speedy

  126   viii.   Robert "Nelson" Speedy

  127   ix.   Eva May Speedy

  128   x.   Mary Agnes McLean Speedy

  129   xi.   Archibald Noble Speedy

  130   xii.   Myrtle Olive Speedy


Image of grown children of William Speedy and Mary Ann Moffitt. Only two labeled children identified. Any assistance appreciated.

Image courtesy of Kevin Locke, grandson of Myrtle Speedy Locke <dkl78594@hotmail.com>