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William Peake (abt. 1625 - aft. 1685)

William Peake aka Peck, Pecke, Pike
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1651 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 60 in New London, Connecticutmap
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William's birth date, place, and parents are unknown. Based on having a daughter old enough to marry in 1671, his birth could be somewhere between 1625 and 1630. He apparently disappeared from rolls of living men at New London about 1685, but no record of his death has been found.[1]

Similarly, little is known about his wife Elizabeth other than her given name. Their known children include:[1]

  1. Sarah (b. 1651; d. 1699; m1. Abraham DAINS; m2. Micah ROOD)[2]
  2. William Jr (b. 1664; m. Abigail COMSTOCK)
  3. John (b. c1654; d. 2 Oct 1699; m. Elizabeth —)

We glean but a few tidbits about this William Peake or Pike from the Caulkins book:[1]

  • He emigrated to New England, settling in New London, Connecticut.
  • In 1660 William and Hugh Caulkins claimed a bounty for killing 4 wolves.
  • In 1667 William was associated with William Chapell in the purchase of several uncleared lots on the wist side of New London and settled on Rockdale farm.

Research Notes

Given his presence in New London from at least 1660 to 1685, this William cannot be either of the following two men:

  • William Peck, a founder of New Haven, who arrived at Boston from London on 26 Jun 1737 aboard the Hector. That William m1. c1722 Elizabeth who died 5 Dec 1683 and m2. Sarah wid/o William Holt. He was b. c1601 based on being 93 at his death on 4 or 14 Oct 1794. His will dated 9 Mar 1688/9 named children Jeremiah, John, Joseph, and Elizabeth (but no Sarah).[3][4]
  • William Peaks of Scituate was married to Judith. In 1657 (quote): "Judith the wife of Wm Peaks testifieth that her former [daughter's] husband, Lawrence Litchfield ... " and in 1662 "Judith, the wife of Wm. P., petitions that her [grand] son, Josiah L., the adopted son of John Allen ..."[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of New London, Connecticut, (New London CT: the author, 1852),, p 142, 145, 314-6, 325.
  2. Connecticut: Vital Records (The Barbour Collection), 1630-1870, (, NEHGS, 2011), New London, p 93; giving Daynes, Abraham, of N. Yarmouth, m. Sarah, d. William Pecke, of New London, Dec. 27, [1671] .
  3. Darius Peck, A genealogical account of the descendants in the male line of William Peck, one of the founders in 1638 of the colony of New Haven, Conn., (Hudson NY: Bryan & Goeltz, printers, 1877), p 7-8.[1]
  4. Vital Records (The Barbour Collection), 1630-1870, ( NEHGS, 2011), Lyme, p 153; giving "PECK-PEECK, William, Deac., d. Oct. 4, 1694, ae 93 y."
  5. Abner Morse, "Genealogy of the Descendants of Lawrence Litchfield," NEHGR, (Apr 1855) 9:182.


  • WikiTree profile Peake-123 created through the import of RALPHP~1.GED on Sep 10, 2012 by Ralph Polen
  • Thanks to Ralph Polen for creating this profile on Sep 10, 2012. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ralph and others.

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