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Descendents of William Grieve (5 Feb 1799 - ca 1875)
and Eleanor Turnbull (18 Sep 1794 - 18 Oct 1860)

Third Immigrant Generation


27. Margaret "Maggie" Grieve . Daughter of George Grieve & Jane Nesbitt. Born 16 Aug 1863 in Harvey. Died 13 Mar 1930 in Sandwick, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A.

    Maggie and Harry had seven children.

    From newspaper obituary (1930):

    Another Pioneer Passes Beyond

    Many   Will Miss Mrs Piercy From Amongst Them

    Keen regret will be felt by many at news of the death of Mrs Margaret Piercy, aged 66, one of the pioneers of the Comox Valley, who passed away suddenly last Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs H. Watkinson.

    Mrs Piercy, who was born at Harvey, New Brunswick, on August 16, 1863, came here as a child fifty-four years ago with her parents, the late Mr and Mrs George Grieve from New Brunswick.   They stayed for some time on the old Rees farm, afterwards settling on the Piercy farm on the Condensery road, where Mrs Piercy continued to live after her marriage to H. Piercy.   Lately she had not enjoyed the best of health and had been living with her daughter for the winter but nothing of a serious nature was anticipated.   She had arisen quite cheerful and bright on the morning of her fatal seizure and at the time of being stricken was dressing one of Mrs Watkinson's small children.   Mr Piercy had left a short while previously to do some necessary work around the old home in preparation to taking his wife home for the summer.

    Mrs Piercy was much esteemed in the district and will be missed by a large circle of friends.   She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, H. Piercy, two brothers, Berkeley and William Grieve; two sisters, Mrs E. Garnett of Nanaimo and Mrs Grant of Vancouver; three daughters, Mrs H. Watkinson of Sandwick, Mrs W. J. Furnell of Alberni and Mrs Carey of Ketchikan, Alaska; ;two sons, George Piercy of Colwood and Ward Piercy at home, and eleven grandchildren.

    The funeral took place on Saturday at Sandwick United church, Rev. W. A. Alexander conducted the service.   The following favorite hymns were sung:   "Lead Kindly Light", "Rock of Ages" and "O Love that will not let me go".   The pall bearers, all old friends, were L. R. Cliffe, J. W. McKenzie Sr., W. Duncan, Frank Childs, T. Beckensell and W. Swan.   Mrs Annand presided at the organ.

    Floral tributaes were many and beautiful.

    She married Henry "Harry" Piercy, son of Walter Piercy & Sarah Swan, 8 Dec 1885 in By Rev. James Christie, Comox, BC. Born 10 Jan 1857 in Harvey. Died 4 Apr 1950 in Courtenay, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A. Occupation Farmer, Blacksmith.

    Harry went to Comox Valley of British Columbia in 1878.   He and Bob Cessford worked with a CPR survey crew in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.   When winter snows stopped the work, they hiked to Vancouver and carried on to Comox by steamer to visit Harry's cousin Sam Piercy.

    Harry worked at Dove Creek in a logging show and while there broke his leg and had to be taken to Nanaimo by canoe, which took three days.   They arrived just in time to save amputation of the leg.

    He married Maggie on 8 Dec 1885, and lived on the Piercy homestead on Condensory Road until they moved to Texada Island with their family of five.   Harry worked there as a blacksmith for a mining company.   They returned to the farm after ten years, where they spent the rest of their days.

    From newspaper obituary - 1950:

    Henry (Harry) Piercy died in St. Joseph's Hospital, Comox, B.C. on April 4, 1950.   Mr Piercy was born at Manners Sutton Jan 10, 1857, one of twelve children of Walter and Sarah (Swan) Piercy.   He was one of the members of the survey party that mapped out the route for the Transcontinental railway in the 1870's and when winter halted their work he and his fellow workers went back to Calgary and then crossed the mountains through the United States to British Columbia on foot.   He stayed in British Columbia for a time, later returned to New Brunswick but could not settle down.   He went back to the Comox Valley and a few years later, in 1885, married Miss Margaret Grieve, also a native of Harvey.

    For a time he worked as a logger and later went to Texada Island at the height of the logging boom, where he worked as a blacksmith, having learned the trade in New Brunswick as an employee of the late Patrick (Paddy) McGinn of Fredericton.

    From Texada he returned to Comox Valley and took up farming on the Condensory Road, Courtenay.   He retired from active farming work 25 years ago.   For the past few years he made his home with his son George at Victoria, and with his daughters in Courtenay.   Mrs Piercy passed away 20 years ago.

    Mr Piercy made several visits to New Brunswick in recent years, his last trip having been in 1936.

     They had the following children:

  123   i.   Walter Wallace Piercy

  124   ii.   George Martin "Dodd" Piercy

  125   iii.   Lillian Jane Piercy

  126   iv.   Edith Sarah Piercy

  127   v.   Bessie Lavina Piercy

  128   vi.   Alfred Warden "Ward" Piercy

  129   vii.   Minnie Irene Piercy