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William Peck (abt. 1600 - 1694)

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Deacon William Peck
Born about in London, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married after [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Sep 2010
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | Estimated Birth Date.

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William Peck migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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William Pecke or Peck, Deacon

Uncertain Origin

William was born about 1600 at or near London, England, according to Peck,[1] or Whittemore reports 1601.[2] His parents are unknown. Darius Peck states that "A persistent effort to trace the line of his progenitors involving much time and a large expense has proved unsuccessful."[1] He is not known to be a son of William Peck and as previously given.


William may have sailed aboard the Hector with his wife Elizabeth and son Jeremiah.[2] This voyage, which arrived at Boston 26 June, 1637, also included Governors Eaton and Hopkins, Rev. John Davenport, and the son of the Earl of Marlborough.[2]



William married twice.


Children of William and Elizabeth:[2]

  1. Jeremiah Peck, b before 1637
  2. John Peck
  3. Joseph Peck, bpt Jan 17, 1640/1
  4. Elizabeth Peck, bpt 6 May 1643; m 1661 to Samuel Andrews
  5. Eleazar Peck, bpt 12 March 1643/4*
  6. Elizabeth, bpt March 24, 1650/1*

*The Record of Baptisms in New Haven reports in addition, the two youngest children, not reported by Whittemore.[5]

Positions and Property

William was one of the first planters and settlers of New Haven Colony in about 1638.[4] He is among the proprietors of New Haven in 1685 along with Joseph Peck and Benjamin Peck.[6] According to the Record of Baptisms in New Haven, Joseph Peck had sons named Joseph and Benjamin, both baptized on 5 Sept 1647.[5]

In June, 1639, William was one of the signers of the first compact for New Haven.[2] He was an original proprietor and was made freeman in 1640.[2] In 1659, he was chosen Deacon and served in this capacity until his death.[2]

Death and Legacy

William wrote his will in 1689 at New Haven in which he mentioned his second wife and four children.

William died on 14 October 1694 at New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, aged 90 years.[2] His grave stone can still be seen at the cemetery.[2]

Research Notes

Whittemore mentions New Hampshire - that William was one of the founders of "New Hampshire" and was one of the signers of the first compact of "New Hampshire," also that he wrote his will at "New Hampshire." This is an obvious mistake, probably misinterpreting the abbreviation N.H., which of course, stood for New Haven.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Peck, Darius, (1877) A Genealogical Account of the Descendants in the Male Line of William Peck ... Hudson: Bryan & Goeltz, printers, 14 August 2016 (Pages 7-).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Whittemore, Henry, (1898) Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, Vol 3. New York: [ accessed 14 August 2016 (Vol 3, Page 409).
  3. Hotten, John Camden, 1874 The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; ...] London: Hotten, accessed 28 May 2016, Pages 215, 268.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mead, Daniel M., (1857) A History of the Town of Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn. ... New York: Baker & Godwin, accessed 14 August 2016 (Page 295).
  5. 5.0 5.1 (1847) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston: Samuel G. Drake, accessed 14 August 2016 {Vol 9, Page 362).
  6. (1847) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston: Samuel G. Drake, accessed 14 August 2016 {Vol 1, Page 158).
  • Cutter, William Richard, New England Families, CD-Local and Family Histories: CT, 1600's - 1800's, (Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000), vol 4, p 2029. "... one of the founders of the New Haven colony. In the spring of 1638, with his wife and son Jeremiah, he immigrated from England, probably in the company of Governor Eaton in the ship 'Hector,' arriving at Boston from England, June 26, 1637."
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines Families of Ancient New Haven ([CD]Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981[originally]Rome, N.Y. and New Haven, Conn., 1922-1932), Vol 1, p 40,
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol 6, Page 1384.

For informational purposes:

Peck-217 relationship to Plantagenet-70 (King Edward III of England)

Edward III is the 12th great grandfather of William

1. William is the son of William Peck [unknown confidence]

2. William is the son of Stephen Peck [unknown confidence]

3. Stephen is the son of John Peck [unknown confidence]

4. John is the son of John Peck [unknown confidence]

5. John is the son of John Peck Esquire [unknown confidence]

6. John is the son of Richard Peck [unknown confidence]

7. Richard is the son of Joan (Harrington) Peck [unknown confidence]

8. Joan is the daughter of Matilda (Clifford) Sutton [unknown confidence]

9. Maud is the daughter of Thomas Clifford [confident]

10. Thomas is the son of Elizabeth (Percy) Neville [confident]

11. Elizabeth is the daughter of Elizabeth (Mortimer) Camoys [unknown confidence]

12. Elizabeth is the daughter of Philippa (Plantagenet) Mortimer [unknown confidence]

13. Philippa is the daughter of Lionel (Plantagenet) of Antwerp KG [confident]

14. Lionel is the son of Edward (Plantagenet) of England [confident] This makes Edward III the 12th great grandfather of William.

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On 15 Sep 2018 at 17:40 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

Removing unproven parents. His origins remain unknown.

On 13 Dec 2017 at 11:09 GMT James Carr wrote:

Please look into the 305 suggestion Mother too young. William is attached to parents that are too young William Peck born 1588 and Mary Pocke born 1592.


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