Is Elijah Peck (born 1769) the same person as Elijah Peck (allegedly born 1767)?

+5 votes

Many Ancestry trees and FamilySearch's Family Tree identify the Elijah Peck born on 3 May 1769 to Ebenezer Peck and Mercy Castle (the subject of the linked profile) with an Elijah Peck who was reportedly born on 3 May 1767. I'm working on one of the 1767-Elijah's descendants, William Peck. Since I haven't resolved the inconsistency in dates (and don't want to create a duplicate profile or to conflate two people), I've added research notes to both profiles. (See the research note for more details.)

First, is that the best way to deal with the situation?

Second, can anyone find evidence resolving the inconsistency? I suspect they are the same person, but I'm not (yet) confident.

Thank you!

WikiTree profile: Elijah Peck
in Genealogy Help by Harry Ide G2G6 Mach 1 (19.1k points)
retagged by Traci Thiessen
suggest you change the tags on this question, isn't really a policy item, but you should tag Connecticut at the least.  That way people who have an interest in the area are likelier to see this.
I added connecticut tag to the post
Thank you!

2 Answers

+6 votes
Research notes is a great idea because they won't be lost and would always exist in Changes Log. Have to contacted the PM of that profile to see if he has any other information or where he got the information that is currently in the profile? He seems to still be active on Wikitree.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (532k points)
Thank you. No, I haven't contacted the PM, and I will. I was assuming that he didn't have any information about the Elijah allegedly born in 1767, because there's nothing on the profile, but I should know better by now than to make assumptions ;).
+4 votes

I am not an expert on US genealogy, but I did a little digging around to try and clarify the problem to help you.

When looking into things, there were several things I noticed:

1. Your research notes on the profile of both the 1767 Elijah Peck and on William Peck are very clear. I think it's the right way to deal with the situation.

2. When looking at the sources for Elijah Peck, there is only 1 original source from the time period mentioned in your research notes. '"Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906", database, FamilySearch ( : 7 January 2020), Elijah Peck, 1769.", however, when following the link it shows an index. Definitely check out the original record there.

3. Some records, like the book History of the Abington Baptist Association, From 1807-1857, says Elijah Peck, born May 3d, 1767 in Warren, Litchfield county, Connecticut. While the index from the source in 2 says Elijah Peck, born May 3d, 1767 in Kent, Litchfield county, Connecticut. This is not just a case of two men with a different birth year, but also a different birth place. That sends up all sorts of flags for me, and makes it more uncertain they are the same Elijah Peck.

4. For William Peck, you do not have an original record for his birth. A good first step would be to try and find William in as many original records as you can, to see if you can glean more information about his parents that way.

5. Search both places (Warren and Kent) for original records pertaining to Elijah Peck, born in the 1790-1800 range. Track all candidates - try to see if you can eliminate them.

6. If that doesn't help, go with cluster research. Research William's siblings to hopefully find more information on the parents. Also, if the book mentions siblings of Elijah Peck, research them as well to see if you can link them with William or his siblings in a familial relationship.

This is not going to be an easy thing to resolve, unfortunately, It's not just going to be one birth record and done, because aside from finding and Elijah born in 1767 or 1769, you also need to prove it's the right Elijah. And maybe even that there is no Elijah in the other birth year/place, and that if there is another Elijah, that it's the wrong one.

I wish I could be of more help with actually pointing you to records, but I just don't know enough about US genealogy to help with that.

Good luck with this puzzle!

by J. Mulder G2G6 Mach 1 (11.7k points)
Thank you for your useful analysis. I have added the difference in birthplace to the research notes.

I will follow your suggestions. In reviewing the evidence, I realized that the 1863 book refers to 'an obituary notice prepared by his widow soon after his decease', which would at least provide useful hints. I'm also contacting the local historical society to see whether they have a copy.

Thank you again,


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