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Descendents of Henry Swan (1773 - before 1851)
and Elizabeth Russell (ca. 1783 - 22 Jan 1870)
Second Immigrant Generation Continued...
8. John "Jack" Swan . Son of Henry Swan & Elizabeth Russell. Born 1822 in Northumberland, England. Died 10 Mar 1910 in Tweedside, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.
From "The Swan Family (early 1800's-1980)" by Jocelean Swan Hall and Margaret Swan Crozier, Chapter 6, page 176:
"John came to New Brunswick in 1850 from the River Tweed area, with his parents, brother Alexander, and possibly sisters Sarah and Elizabeth. It is believed that he was a "drains digger" in the old country, and when he came to Canada he brought the special shoes he used for his work. One shoe had a 12 pound steel sole which helped push the shovel into the earth, but the shoe was not very useful here as the soil was so different.
Jack settled in Tweedside on the farm where Carroll Patterson presently lives, and he built the house presently in use, in 1860. The 1861 Census Agriculture Report lists Jack as owning 100 acres of land valued at 200 pounds, and having two horses, two milch cows, three other neat cattle, twelve sheep and two swine.
Jack and Margaret Moffitt were married October 27, 1851 in Fredericton. Jack was ordained as an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Harvey on November 1, 1862. Jack and Margaret had eight children."
He married Margaret M. Moffitt, daughter of John Moffat & Janet Gladstone, 27 Oct 1851 in Fredericton. Born 1821 in Roxburgh, Scotland. Died 4 Sep 1909 in Tweedside. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.
Undated photograph of John Swan (b. 1822, Northumberland; d.10 Mar 1910, Tweedside), his wife Margaret Moffitt (with book; b. 1821, Roxburgh, Scotland, d. 4 Sep 1909; and her sister Mary Moffitt (b. 27 Jul 1829, Stichel, Roxburgh, Scotland, d. 19 May, 1904, Harvey Station.
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Margaret was the sister of Mary who married Peter Wood, and believed to be a sister of Elizabeth, who married Thomas Mowatt who came with the first settlers of Harvey.
They had the following children:
44 i. Henry Robert Swan
45 ii. John Moffitt Swan
46 iii. Henry Robert "Harry" Swan
47 iv. James Moffit "Jim" Swan
48 v. Alexander Swan
49 vi. Jannette Gladstone "Jennie" Swan
50 vii. Alexander Thomas Swan
51 viii. Elizabeth Jane "Lizzie" Swan
9. Sarah Swan . Daughter of Henry Swan & Elizabeth Russell. Born 14 Jun 1829 in Old Heaton, Northumberland, Eng. Died 13 Aug 1902 in Harvey, N.B. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.
Sarah emigrated to New Brunswick with her parents in March 1850.
From York Co. NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB): Witnesses to marriage were John Shaw and Isabella M. Brooke.
She married Walter Piercy, son of Thomas Piercy & Mary Henderson, 22 Jan 1851 in St. Pauls Church, Fredericton By Rev. Dr. John M. Brooke . Born 19 May 1827 in Thornington, Northumberland, Eng. Died 24 Jan 1914 in Harvey, N.B. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.
Walter emigrated to New Brunswick with his parents, who were among the pioneer settlers of Harvey, in 1837. Walter was ten years old when he came to Canada, and he walked from Fredericton with his mother on a lumber road. His father and his brother Matt, 23 years old, being out first had a comfortable house built with a fire place.
Walter was a farmer, and he and his wife Sarah lived on the homestead farm on Tweedside Road. They had twelve children. For details on this family refer to the book, "The Swan Family (early 1800's - 1980)" by Jocelean Swan Hall and Margaret Swan Crozier.
From newspaper obituary - 1914:
Walter Piercy, the oldest resident of this parish, died at his home at Tweedside on Saturday evening. He was in the 87th year of his age.
He was a native of Northumberland County, England, and came to Harvey with his parents among the first settlers in the year 1838. He grew up on a farm which he helped to make out of the virgin forest, and resided upon the farm until a short time ago, when he disposed of the farm to his son, and went to reside with his daughter at Tweedside.
He was well known in this section of the province as a man of sterling character and amiable disposition, and had many friends.
They had the following children:
52 i. Elizabeth "Bess" Piercy
53 ii. Thomas Piercy
54 iii. Mary Piercy
55 iv. Henry "Harry" Piercy
56 v. Matthew Piercy
57 vi. Isabella Piercy
58 vii. Margaret Jane "Maggie" Piercy
59 viii. Walter Piercy
60 ix. Isabella Christina "Tina" Piercy
61 x. James Piercy (Twin)
62 xi. Sarah "Sadie" Piercy (Twin)
63 xii. George Alexander Piercy