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Descendents of Thomas Piercy (ca 1760 - unknown)
and Elizabeth Unknown (unknown)

Generation 4
29. Agnes Piercy. Daughter of Matthew Piercy & Agnes Moffitt. Born 21 Jul 1863 in Harvey, NB. Christen 6 Sep 1863 in Harvey Presbyterian Church. Died 9 Jan 1936 in Courtenay, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery.

Agnes was first married to John Reverly Berkeley, who died in 1903, leaving Agnes with eight children, the youngest only six months old.

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.

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

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:
200 i. Minnie Rose Berkeley
201 ii. Annetta "Nettie" Berkeley
202 iii. William Matthew Berkeley
203 iv. Lance Isaac Berkeley
204 v. Reverly Berkeley
205 vi. Belle Berkeley
206 vii. Walter Drew Berkeley
207 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.

William was a farmer, he farmed part of his father's land. He was the first president of Comox Creamery Co-operative Association which held its first meeting on the 12th of March 1901.

Entry last updated: 10 Oct 2008
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