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

Second Immigrant Generation


5. George Grieve . Son of William Grieve & Eleanor Turnbull. Born 9 Apr 1827 in Selbyscove, England. Died 8 May 1909 in Courtenay Area, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A. Occupation Farmer.

    From St. Stephen Banner, 24 Mar 1854: "Married Harvey Settlement, 6th inst., by Rev. Millen, George Grieve and Jane, fourth daughter of John Nesbit."

    PANB #F15552, p. 141:   George Grieve to Jane Nesbit both of Kingsclear on 6 Mar 1854 by William Millan, Presbyterian minister.   Witnesses William Grieve and Matthew Chambers.

    George came to New Brunswick from England with his parents and six siblings in 1837 when he was 10 years old.   The 1861 Census for Manners Sutton gives the occupation of George and his wife Jane as farmers and weavers.

    George and his wife Jane and their children moved to Vancouver Island in 1875 and settled in the Comox Valley area, and they were successful farmers, and builders.   He disappeared one day in May 1909 while looking for something in the woods.   George's name is on a gravestone in cemetery in Courtenay, but his body was never found.

    He married Jane Nesbitt, daughter of John Nesbitt & Ann, 6 Mar 1854 in York Co., NB By William Millen . Born 9 Jun 1828 in Newcastle, England. Died 5 Feb 1918 in Sandwick, BC. Buried in Courtenay Civic Cemetery, Section A.

    From undated newspaper obituary (1918):

    Highly Respected Pioneer Passes

    In the passing of Jane, relict of the late George Grieve, of Sandwick, the community has lost one of its oldest and best residents.    She was born near Newcastle, England, the daughter of John and Annie Nesbitt, June 9th in the year 1828 and when nine years of age, with her parents, left the Old Land for Canada in a sailing vessel and after a long voyage landed at Fredericton, New Brunswick.   Shortly after their arrival the family settled in what is known as the Harvey Settlement, in York County, New Brunswick, where a home was hewn out of the virgin forest.   Many hardships were endured and for a time all provisions had to be carried on the people's backs a distance of twenty-five miles.   When twenty-six years of age she married George Grieve, the wedding taking place on March 6th, 1854, and together they started to make their home in the forest of their adopted Province.   The work was hard and often exacting but determination and enthusiasm won the day.   In the course of time three boys and four girls were born in this happy family, six of whom   survive, William, John, Berkley, Mrs Alex Grant of Vancouver, Mrs Garnett of Nanaimo and Mrs Harry Piercy, while Mrs David Jones passed away a few years ago.

    In the year 1875 Mr George Grieve came to British Columbia and was followed six months later by Mrs Grieve and family.   The only railroads connecting the West with the East were through the United States.   They came first to San Francisco, then by vessel to Victoria, from where the old steamer "Maude" was taken to Comox, the accommodation on the old boat being so poor that the passengers had to make themselves comfortable on the freight in the hold of the vessel.   The first farm the family settled on is the one now owned by Mr Harry Piercy.   It was then a dense forest, but the dogged persistence and energy of this family soon made a great change.   Eventually, land was purchased on the Upper Road and this became their permanent home.

    Some eight years ago Mr Grieve was taken away, which was the first great sorrow in the family.   Mrs Grieve bore the affliction with great Christina fortitude, ever maintaining that fine spirit that has had such a good influence in the community.   For years she has been an invalid but has been most cheerful, and uncomplaining--a veritable "Mother in Isreal."   On Tuesday morning she passed away surrounded by her family.

    The funeral service was held at the family residence by Rev. Thomas Menzies and interment took place today in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Sandwick.   The following gentlemen, all pioneers of the District acted as pallbearers:   Messrs Alex Salmond Sr., Alex Urquhart, L. R. Cliffe, Wm Duncan, Hugh Clarke and Eric Duncan.

    They had the following children:

  23   i.   William Henry Grieve

  24   ii.   Ann Nesbitt "Annie" Grieve

  25   iii.   John Grieve

  26   iv.   Ellenor Alice "Ellen" Grieve

  27   v.   Margaret "Maggie" Grieve

  28   vi.   Joseph Patrick Grieve

  29   vii.   George Thomas "Berkeley" Grieve

  30   viii.   Elizabeth Jane "Lizzie" Grieve