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Descendents of Henry Swan (1773 - before 1851)
and Elizabeth Russell (ca. 1783 - 22 Jan 1870)

Third Immigrant Generation Continued...

56. Matthew Piercy . Son of Walter Piercy & Sarah Swan. Born 10 Apr 1859 in Harvey. Died 4 Nov 1949 in Loma, Montana. Buried in Riverside Cemetery.

    Matthew and Ellen moved to Fort Benton, Montana in 1899.   They had three children, born in Harvey.

    Copied from newspaper obituary - 1949:

    Chouteau County Resident For 50 Years Passes Away

    Matthew Piercy, of Loma, Passed Away At His Home Friday Night; Was 90 Years Of Age.

    Matthew Piercy, a resident of Chouteau County for more than a half century, passed away at his home a mile south of Loma on last Friday evening about 7:30.   Mr Piercy had been in his usual good health, being a visitor in Fort Benton on Thursday with friends, Friday morning he did not feel too well and remained around the house and in the afternoon he became rather listless and drowsy and late in the afternoon slept quite a little and appeared to go into a semi-coma although he would rouse up and talk a little with his daughter and son.   He slipped peacefully away at about 7:30 pm.

    Mr Piercy had lived a full and peaceful life, being a little past 90 years of age.   He was loved and respected by all who knew him and his passing will be mourned by a large circle of friends throughout the country.

    He was born in Harvey Station, in New Brunswick, Canada, on April 10, 1859, where he grew to young manhood and was united in marriage to Ellen Embleton there on May 9, 1883.   He moved with his family to Fort Benton in 1899, arriving here May 5th.   He lived in Fort Benton and was employed for about eight years by the T. C. Power & Bro. Ltd., company and cared for the horses used by the company and operated the depot freight line for them.   Leaving there he was employed for about two years by Wallace Chase as manager of their lumber yard.

    In 1911 he took up the present Piercy ranch as a homestead and has resided there continuously since.   He retired from active work about ten years ago.

    He leaves to mourn his passing two children, Alvan Piercy, of Loma, and Mrs Elizabeth Ross, of Seattle, who has been with him since 1943.   He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away in 1916 and by a son, Artell, who passed away in 1947.   Also surviving are two granddaughters, Mrs Mark (Elizabeth Ross) Gabrielson of Seattle, and Mrs Richard (June Piercy) Ballinger, of Lancaster, California, and one great granddaughter, Christine Ballinger, of Lancaster, and by an older brother, Harry, of British Columbia, and a sister, Mrs Sarah Coburn of New Brunswick, Canada, and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

    Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Benton Funeral Home with Rev. Hugh S. Herbert, pastor of the Methodist Church conducting the services.   Burial was made in the family plot at Riverside cemetery.   The relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in the passing of this old time county resident.

    He married Eleanor Camilla "Ellen" Embleton, daughter of Robert Embleton & Elizabeth "Betsy" Wilson, 9 May 1883 in York Co., NB By Robert Nevin, Presbyterian . Born 23 Jan 1863 in Harvey. Died 1916.

    Witnesses to marriage were Walter Piercy and Mary Embleton.

    They had the following children:

  221   i.   Robert "Alvin" Piercy

  222   ii.   Elizabeth Camilla Piercy

  223   iii.   James "Artall" Piercy

57. Isabella Piercy . Daughter of Walter Piercy & Sarah Swan. Born 21 Jan 1861 in Harvey. Died 21 Feb 1861 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

58. Margaret Jane "Maggie" Piercy . Daughter of Walter Piercy & Sarah Swan. Born 25 Dec 1861 in Harvey. Died 12 Feb 1912 in Cambridge, Mass. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    Maggie and her husband Wallace Fanjoy had four children, all born in Harvey.   They moved to Massachusetts, USA.   Maggie died in Cambridge, Mass., and is buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

She married Wallace DeForest Fanjoy, 23 Dec 1886 in Harvey, York Co., NB By Rev. A. J. Mowatt, Presbyterian . Born 21 Sep 1857. Died 10 Oct 1926 in Quincy, Mass. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    Witnesses to marriage were Christina Piercy and John McLean.

    They had the following children:

  224   i.   Sarah "Ellen" Fanjoy

  225   ii.   Gladys Wilhelmina Fanjoy

  226   iii.   Edith Christina Fanjoy

  227   iv.   William Alexander Fanjoy

59. Walter Piercy . Son of Walter Piercy & Sarah Swan. Born 17 Jan 1864 in Harvey. Died 6 Feb 1939 in McAdam. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

    From newspaper obituary - 10 Feb 1939:

    Friends in Harvey were shocked to learn of the passing of Walter Piercy, a life long resident of this place, which occurred at McAdam Junction on the evening of Feb 6th following a brief illness.   He was a son of the late Walter and Sarah (Swan) Piercy and was born on Jan 17, 1864, one of a family of twelve children.

    He was engaged in farming at Manners Sutton and had been a member of the board of assessors and secretary to the board of school trustees in his home parish for more than 25 years.   He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church.

    He married Tressa Bertina Coburn, daughter of Thomas Cockburn (Coburn) & Nancy Johnston, 13 Feb 1889 in Harvey, York Co., NB . Born 15 Jul 1865 in Harvey. Died May 1965 in McAdam. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    Tressa Bertina Coburn was the daughter of Nancy Johnston Coburn and her second husband, John Dorcas, but she always used the "Coburn" name.

    From newspaper obituary - 1965:

    The largely attended funeral service for Mrs Tressa Bertina Piercy of Harvey Sta., wife of the late Walter Piercy, was held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Harvey Sta., with Rev. S. R. Jackson officiating, assisted by Rev. J. Murdock Fraser of St. Paul's United Church, McAdam.

    Pallbearers were five grandchildren, Walter, Cecil and LeRoy Piercy, Guy Swan and Roland Coburn, and a great grandchild, Donnie Phillips.   Interment was in Harvey Station Cemetery.

    Mrs Piercy's death occurred at MacLean Memorial Hospital, McAdam at age of 99.   A native of Harvey Sta., she was the last of the six member family of John and Nancy (Johnston) Coburn.

    They had the following children:

  228   i.   Guy Irvine Walter Piercy

  229   ii.   James Oscar Piercy

  230   iii.   Dora Bertina Piercy


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