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Paul Peck

Birthplace: Eltisley, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Gold Street , Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Peck and Grace Peck
Husband of Martha Sherman and Martha Peck
Father of Paul Peck; Jeriemiah Peck; Elizabeth Howe; John Peck; Martha Cornwall (Peck) and 6 others

Occupation: Deacon
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About Deacon Paul Peck

Biographical Summary:

Deacon Paul Peck, born about 1622 (depos. on will of Widow Barding). A proprietor "by courtesie of the town "in 1639; his home-lot was on "the road from George Steel's to the Great Swamp." He was surveyor of highways, 1658, 1665; townsman, 1661, 1668; chimney-viewer, 1667; deacon of the First Church, April, 1691. He died December 23, 1695, age 87; inventory £536. 5.; named wife Martha in his will.


i. Paul, born 1639; married Elizabeth, daughter of John Baysey; lived in the West Division; died 1725.

ii. Martha, born 1641; married June 8, 1665, John Corn well, of Middletown; died March 1, 1708-9.

iii. Elizabeth, born 1643; married ____ Howe, of Wallingford.

iv. John, born December 22, 1645; Hartford, West Division; married and had children,

v. Samuel, born 1647; lived in the West Division; married Elizabeth; ____ died Jan. 10, 1696.

vi. Joseph, baptized December 22, 1650; married Ruth ____; settled in Windsor, where he died June 26, 1698.

vii. Sarah, born 1653; married Thomas Clark, of Hartford.

viii. Hannah, born 1656; married May 12, 1680, John Shepherd, of Hartford,

ix. Mary, born 1662; married John Andrews, of Hartford; died 1752.

x. Another daughter, married Joseph Benton, of Hartford,

xi. Another daughter married ____ Beach, of Wallingford.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), pages 254-255. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Deacon Paul Peck is supposed to have been born in Essex Co, England in 1608, and to have come to this country in the ship "Defence", in 1635, and remained in Boston, MA, or its vicinity, until 1636, and then removed to Hartford with the Rev Thomas Hooker and his friends. His name is on the list of the proprietors of Hartford in 1639. From the records of the town, it appears that he became one of its leading men. His residence is said to have been upon what is now Washington Street, not far from Trinity College, the site of which being still known by aged persons as the "Peck Lot".

He was deacon of the Congregationalist Church from 1681 until his decease, December 23, 1695. His will is upon the Probate Records, B. 5, pp. 217-18-19, dated June 25, 1695, and proved January 15, 1695-6. It is of interest in its details and descriptions of his property. His inventory amounted to £536 and 5s. He makes bequests to his wife Martha, sons Paul and Joseph; his daughters Martha Cornwell, Mary Andrew, Sarah Clark and Elizabeth How; his grandsons Paul and Samuel; and his son-in-law John Shepherd. He also names his granddaughter Ruth Beach, and son-in-law Joseph Bonton, to whom Samuel was required to pay legacies.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT: It would appear from the will, that there were two other daughters, [deceased] whose names were not on record, one who married Joseph Bonton, and the other the mother of Ruth Beach. We have listed all known marriages of known daughters. There could be other marriages. It is possible that one of the daughters did have an additional marriage, but if so, we have no record of them. We have listed on the database two daughters names "_______" as unknown.


(1) Paul Peck, b. 1639, Hartford, CT, m. abt 1665, Hartford, Elizabeth Baisey. (2) Martha Peck, b. abt 1642, Harford, d. 1 Mar 1707/8 Middletown, CT, m. 8 Jun 1665, John Cornwall. (3) Elizabeth Peck, b. abt 1643, Harford, d. 4 Oct 1704, Wallingford, CT, m. 29 Oct 1674, Wallingford, Jermiah Howe. (4) John Pect, b. 22 Dec 1645, Hartford, [no further information] (5) Samuel Peck, b. abt 1647, Hartford, CT. (6) ______ Peck, d. bef 25 Jun 1695; m. Joseph Bonton (or possibly Burton). (7) ______ Peck, d. bef 25 Jun 1695; m. ______ Beach. Deacon Paul Peck, [son of Edward (or William) Peck and Grace Green] born: bet 1607 and 1617, in Co Essex, England. Died: 23 Dec 1695, Hartford, CT. Married Martha Hannah Hale, b. abt 1610. Their Children:

carol bruneradded this on 8 Mar 2010 skries1originally submitted this to Kries Aherin Donovan Carey Family History on 17 Mar 2009

Paul Peck arrive in 1633 on the Griffin with Rev. Hooker.

Deacon Paul PECK (11) (124)(11) (168)(169) (169)(169) (197)(198) (8)(172) (173) was born in 1608 in Essex, England. (11)(105) (174) Deacon Paul's birthdate is reported to be from 1608, the earliest to 1617/1618. The confusion is created by the fact that he was older than his wife Martha and listed his age as in the "60's" on a 1683 document, twelve years before his death. At death his age was recorded as 87, thereby establishing the 1608 birthdate. Ira Peck (1868) indicates that his place of birth is "Essex, England", but no direct proof is given. Taylor (5/26/1997) indicates that Deacon Paul's birth place is Eltisley, England in Cambridridgeshire, approximately 50 miles north of London. He immigrated in 1634 to Boston, MA. (11)(199) Said to have Immigrated on the "Defence" from London. Information from Hinman also indicates that a Richard Peck and his wife Margery and family came to New England at the same time in the Defence. Richard is perhaps a brother, but no specific documentation yet exists. He died on 23 Dec 1695 in Hartford, CT.(11) (176)(177) He was buried in Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, CT. Deacon Paul Peck is not listed as one of those buried at the Ancient Burying Ground. However, no other cemetery existed at the time, and it is most possible that Paul and Martha's headstones were destroyed. At the time of his death he was one of the Deacons of the First Church of Hartford and it would be logical that he and his wife Martha would be buried in that place of honor. However, Paul Peck's name is on the 1986 Memorial Obelisk honoring the original founders of the the town of Hartford which is located in the Ancient Burying Ground. Son of William or Edward Peck, was the Immigrant ancestor from Essex Co. England. According to some accounts he immigrated on ship "Defence" in 1635 to Boston, MA, with Captain Edward Hancock commanding the ship. Some researchers have contested this interpretation since the source of the information appears to be Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England" which indicates that it was unrelated Richard Peck, not Deacon Paul, who arrived on the 'Defence'. Barbour, however, in the Connecticut Historical Collections indicates that Richard Peck and his wife Margory sailed with Deacon Paul on the Defence. Richard Peck later moved to Litchfield where Paul Peck III moved.

Edward Peck and Grace Green have been identified as the parents of Deacon Paul. Larry A. Peck indicates that the "Centennial History of Missouri-St Louis" lists the parents of Deacon Paul Peck as Edward Peck and Grace Green, who are also listed as the parents of William Peck (1601-1694). No primary source has been inspected for this connection." My investigation at the Connecticut Historical Society revealed that Mr. Brainard Peck of Lakeside, Connecticut has made a fairly thorough study of the parish records in England to try and establish a connection to Deacon Paul Peck. He has concluded from that review that there is " evidence of connecting links with any of the early New England Settlers" and has concluded that there may never be definitive answers, only speculation, on Deacon Paul's English origins.

Deacon Paul remained in Boston and vicinity until June 1636 when he moved to Hartford, CT with Reverend Thomas Hooker and 110 friends to form the 1st Congregational Church. It is said that they drove 160 head of cattle and transported themselves by foot over the rugged 100 miles of terrain between Boston and Hartford. The land was secured by a deed issued by Sunckquasson, then chief of the Pequot Indians at the time. There he was made deacon of the Congregationalist Church from 1681 until his death in 1695. He was also the first preacher in Weathersfield, CT. Deacon Paul, his son Paul and his grandson Paul are listed in the Litchfield Genealogy Register, but it is believed that only Paul III. moved to Litchfield, CT sometime after 1686 since Paul Jr's son William is not listed as being born in that town.

Deacon Paul's birth date is reported to between 1608 and 1622, with the former source quoted herein. Other sources such as Barbour suggest the latter. A birth date of 1617/1618 is also reported by some based on his stated age at the time of a recorded document.

The Peck residence is said to be on Lot 48 of the original township what is now Washington Street, not far from Trinity College and the State Capitol. The Peck homelot is now the site of the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut State Library. Porter's Map of Hartford in 1640 shows his lot being the second lot southerly of the intersection of the Road from George Steel to the Great Swamp and the Road to Thomas Richmond's. He also purchased land from Seth Grant in 1651.

He was a Hartford "Proprietor" by "courtesie of the Town" in 1639; his home lot was on the Road from George Steele's to the Great Swamp"; Surveyor of Highways 1658, 1665; townsman 1661, 1668. He was also a Chimney Viewer in 1667, another Town-appointed post which inspected chimneys for structural soundness and fire safety. Land records in Hartford identify Paul Peck as one of the founders and is among "... such inhabitants as were granted lots to have only at the Town's courtesie with liberty to fetch wood and keep cows and swine by proportion to the common."

There is much published about the composition of Deacon Paul's family, with some authors attributing a son Samuel to him. Jacobus' 1932 article in The American Genealogist seems to definitively contradict the assertions of Savage and Ira Peck that Deacon Paul had a son Samuel, whose son Samuel is in the direct line of this researcher. Jacobus' analysis seems to corroborate the findings contained in the Hartford Town History. Jacobus' findings seem to be definitive; and, by Ira Peck's own admission in the introduction to Deacon Paul's genealogy, the 1868 genealogy by him was based on incomplete information, perhaps anecdotal information that has now proven to be inaccurate.

He died with an estate valued at 536 pounds, 5 schillings. His will was probated and recorded in Court Records, Page 94, January 15, 1695/96. He was married to Martha "Hannah" HALE in 1638.(176) (200)

2057. Martha "Hannah" HALE (176) was born on 16 Dec 1618 in Watton-At-Stone, England. She died on 7 Mar 1699 in Hartford, CT.(179) (134) Her family originated from Watton Parish, Stone, England. Her baptismal record was found in Watton, England. She emigrated to CT July 11, 1635. She migrated to the New World with her brothers Samuel and Thomas, arriving as early as 1634. Samuel and Thomas were Original Proprietors of Hartford.

Some researchers have her as the daughter of Thomase Hale.

Survived her husband Deacon Paul. In his will he bequeathed "...7-10-00 [pounds] to be paid her yearly by my sons." A suit is recorded in 1699 which she brought against Paul and Samuel Peck for refusing to make payments as stipulated in Deacon Paul's will. Children were:

child1024 i. Paul PECK Jr.. child ii. JOHN PECK was born on 22 Dec 1645 in Hartford, CT. (124) He died in 1660 in Hartford, CT. (179)(201) child iii. MARTHA PECK was born in 1648 in Hartford, CT. (124)(134) She was buried in 1708. She died on 4 Mar 1708 in Middletown, CT. child iv. JOSEPH PECK was born on 22 Dec 1650 in Hartford, CT. (124) He died on 26 Jan 1698 in Windsor, CT. (11)(202) His wife Ruth was appointed as administrator of his estate in April, 1698. Settled in Windsor, CT. Described in Deacon Paul Peck's will as receiving "...that parcell of land which was sometime Robert Bartletts land, situate or lying on the north of the land given to my son in law John Shepherd's and Samuel Peck's land south...." child v. MARY PECK(203) (204) was born in 1652 in Hartford, CT. She died in 1752 in Farmington, CT. child vi. HANNAH PECK(205) was born in 1655 in Hartford, CT.(124) She died before 1695 in Hartford, CT. child vii. ELIZABETH PECK was born in 1657 in Hartford, CT. (124)(134) She died on 4 Oct 1704 in Wallingford, CT.(206) child viii. SARAH PECK was born in 1659 in Hartford, CT. (207) She died on 20 May 1696 in Wallingford, CT. (208)(209) Multiple spouses listed in various references including Ebenezer Clark, Thomas Clark and Nathaniel Andrews. child ix. RUTH PECK was born in 1660 in Hartford, CT. She died on 5 Dec 1686 in Wallingford, CT.(210)


From WikiTree: Paul Peck came from England in the ship "Defense" to Boston Colony in 1635 & remained in Boston, MA or this vicinity until 1636 when he moved to what is now Hartford, CT. From records of the town, it appears that he became one of its leading men. His home lot, "on the road from George Steel's to the Great Swamp" is said to have been upon what is now Washington Street, not far from Trinity College, the site of which was still known in the late 1800s by many persons as the "Peck lot." In later years Paul PECK a proprietor "by Courtesies of the town" in 1639 was "the surveyor of highways in 1658 & again in 1665, a townsman in 1661 & again in 1668, a chimney viewer in 1667. In April of 1681 Paul Peck became a Deacon in the 1st Congregationalist Church of Hartford & was thereafter known by that title. He held the position of Deacon until his demise in 1695. Deacon Paul Peck died 22 Dec 1695 at Hartford, Hartford, CT & was buried 24 Dec 1695 in what was called the New Hartford Cemetery at that time & is now known as the Peck plot at Windsor, Hartford, CT.

Paul Peck arrive in 1633 on the Griffin with Rev. Hooker.

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Deacon Paul Peck's Timeline

Eltisley, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 24
London, England
December 22, 1639
Age 31
Probably England
Age 31
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
May 7, 1643
Age 35
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
December 22, 1645
Age 37
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Age 39
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Age 39
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
December 22, 1650
Age 42
Hartford, CT, USA
Age 44
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)