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John Peacock (bef. 1618 - bef. 1670)

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John Peacock aka Pocock Peacocke
Born before in Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in ,,Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut colony, New Englandmap
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, New Haven Colony | Milford, New Haven Colony | Puritan Great Migration | Stratford, Connecticut.




An estimate of before 1618 has been given as a birth for John Peacock. He would have been at least 21 in 1639, when he signed New Haven's fundamental agreement, and was probably married around the same time, since his first known child was baptized Jan 1641/2. He was probably born in England.

There is one item that indicates a much earlier date of birth. In the Medical Journal of John Winthrop. A 1663 entry lists John Peacock of Stratford, senex.[1] Stating that he's elderly, inclines to a date more in the early 1600's or before.

New Haven

John Peacock was in New Haven 1639,[2] where he signed the New Haven fundamental agreement;[3] John Pocock's town lot was located in the upper right square on the town map. It was reassigned to David Atwater and is marked as such on the 1641 map[4]


The Rev. Peter Prudden was also in New Haven. He had a large following who formed his congregation. Some had come with him from England, some had been in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Others had come with him from Massachusetts. John Peacock was probably part of the third group, and had perhaps been in Dorchester or Roxbury, Massachusetts, but had not created any records there. The Rev. Prudden and his group, formed their church in Aug 1639 and shortly moved west to Wepawaug (Milford).[5] As one of the original free planters of Milford John was given lot #5, about 1 acre and 3 rods. This lot is now at the corner of Maple St. and West River Street. Maple Street at one time was called Peacock Lane.[6]


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John took his family to Stratford, part of the Connectiut Colony, by 1651,[2][6] where his name is on a list of owners of fence about the common field.[7][8] John had a homelot on Main Street in the southern part of town (lot #14 on the attached map),[8]

He purchased his houselot from John Gregory, in 1653, and after his death the lot went to his daughters, Mrs. Phebe Burgess, and Mrs. Deborah Clark (wife of James)[9]

In 1658, the town's residents were taxed £10 to maintain the school for a year. Goodman Peacock, only, was exempted.


John died at Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1670[8] between the date of his will and the date of his inventory. His Will was dated 4 Mar 1670, naming his wife Joyce, son-in-law James Clark and daus. Phebe and Mary.[2][6] The inventory was taken 30 Oct 1670.[2]

A Stratford deed of 1678 establishes relationships: Phebe wife of Richard Burgess and daughter of John Peacock deceased, conveys to brother-in-law Benjamin Beach and to James Clark, and his children by his wife Deborah (dau. of deceased).[2]

John Peacock and his wife Joyce are memorialized on a plaque on the Founder's Bridge in Milford.

Marriage & children

John was married to Joyce, but her maiden name is unknown.[10][2] She was admitted to the Milford Church 26 Dec 1641 and dismissed to the church in Stratford 10 years later 7 Dec 1651[11][6] Abbot says the 19th

  1. John Peacock bapt. at the First Church of Milford 16 Jan 1641/2[11][2][6] died young[2][6]
  2. John Peacock, bapt 19 Nov 1643, Milford, died young[2][6]
  3. Deborah Peacock bapt Feb 164[ ] at the Milford First Congregational Church[11], Feb 1644/5;[2][6] wife of James Clark;[9] died 14 Dec 1705 Stratford[2][6]
  4. Phebe Peacock, born about 1647[6]; wife of Richard Burgess[10][6] in 1677[2] A marriage agreement was dated 22 Oct 1677.[6] She died July 1678.[8]
  5. Mary Peacock born about 1650;[6]m. Benjamin Beach 1673[10] or about 1670[2][6]; died 1677.[8]


  1. "Genealogical Items From the Medical Journal of John Winthrop." The American Genealogist. 24:44. 1948.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Jacobus, Donald Lines, MA (compiler, editor.) History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. Fairfield, Conn.: The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, 1930.
  3. Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857. p. 18
  4. Atwater, Edward Elias, and Lucy M. Hewitt, and Bessie E. Beach. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut . Meriden, Connecticut: 1902 pp 144, 145; Peacocke pp 650, 660. Also mentioned as Pocock on pp 145, 155, 639, 650, 703, 731
  5. Federal Writer's Project for the State of Connecticut; Milford (Conn.). History of Milford, Connecticut, 1639-1939. Bridgeport, Conn.: Press of Braunworth, 1939. pp1-7
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 Abbott, Susan Emma Woodruff (compiler). Families of Early Milford, Connecticut. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1979.
  7. A William Burritt is also on the list and he died in 1651, so that has been used to date the list.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Orcutt, Samuel. A History of the Old Town of Stratford and The City of Bridgeport Connecticut. Part 1 & II, 1886. Vol II p. 1262, Vol I p. 93; p. 101/2; death p. 188; see also 104, 113, 179, 242.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Wilcoxson, William Howard. History of Stratford, Connecticut, 1639-1939. Stratford, Conn.: Stratford Tercentenary Commission, 1939. houselot pp 73, 77, 110, 128; sketch p 82; James Clark p. 219; school tax p. 578
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Connecticut Church Record Abstracts. Milford First Congregational Church, 1639-1926. Connecticut State Library, 1950.

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No Entry in Families of Ancient New Haven.
No probate entry in Manwaring's Digest.
No listing in early probate of New Haven.
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Founders of Milford - 1646 - Lots and acreage
Founders of Milford - 1646 - Lots and acreage

New Haven Colony in 1641
New Haven Colony in 1641

Stratford, Connecticut Colony, 1660
Stratford, Connecticut Colony, 1660


On 8 Aug 2016 at 15:58 GMT Anne B wrote:

Merilee, do you have a source for Richard Peacock other than Internet trees. I've looked, and don't find records for this relationship. He should be disconnected. Thoughts, objections?

John is 18 degrees from Walter Morrison, 24 degrees from Alison Wilkins and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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