John Peckham, I (1595 - c.1680) MP

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Birthplace: Boxgrove, Sussex, England
Death: Died in Middletown, Rhode Island, United States
Managed by: Scott Emery Wells
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About John Peckham, I

MARY4 CLARKE (Thomas3, John2, John1). She was baptized 26 July 1607 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, England. She died about 1647 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Residence: Newport, Rhode Island.

Mary Clarke probably came to the Colonies at the same time as her brothers, Thomas, John and Joseph, and probably married John Peckham after arriving in Rhode Island as she was apparently granted land by the town of Newport, possibly before her marriage. Mary Clark of Nuport had her land in Newport recorded immediately after that of John Peckham, sometime between March 1641 and 16 March 1642. Her lands consisted of 40 acres "lying upon the millbrook alias hambrook." Peckham's land also lay near the Hambrook mill. It seems unlikely that the town would grant both individuals land if they were already married. Two deeds, one from Joshua Coggeshall to Walter Cunigrave dated 30 May 1651, and one from Walter Cunigrave to John Green dated 6 June 1651, describe lands in Newport adjoining "land granted by the Town of Newport unto Mary Clarke now deceased some time the wife of John Peckham," the first of which deeds was witnessed by John and Elizabeth Clarke, probably the brother of Mary Clarke and his wife.

Sources: J. O. Austin, "The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island." New York, 1887 [1982], pp. 147-148. G. A. Moriarty, "Clarke-Cooke (alias Carewe)-Kerrich," NEHGR, Vol. 75 (1921), pp. 273-301. G. A. Morrison, "The 'Clarke' Families of Rhode Island." Evening Post Printing House, New York, 1902, p. 14. S. F. Peckham, "John Peckham of Newport, R.I., and some of his descendants," NEHGR, Vol. 57 (1903), pp. 31-39. "Records of the Island of Rhode Island, 1638-1644." Rhode Island Archives, Providence (FHL Film #0954960), p. 52. "Rhode Island Land Evidences, 1648-1696." Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, pp. 185-186. B. F. Wilbour, "Little Compton Families." Little Compton Hist. Soc., 1967.

She married JOHN PECKHAM, probably in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. He died after 1681 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Residence: Newport, Rhode Island. He married second Eleanor ------ (possibly Eleanor Weaver, sister of Clement Weaver of Newport), before 1648.

According to C. E. Banks, John Peckham came from the parish of Woodnesborough, co. Kent, England. John Peckham was admitted an inhabitant of Newport after 1 May 1639. John Peckham of Nuport had his land in Newport recorded sometime between March 1641 and 16 March 1642. At that time he held 40 acres of land, 32 acres in a parcel near Hambrook Mill on Stony River, bordering land of Thomas Clarke, and the rest in meadow and his home lot. He appeared at a General Court of Election as a freeman on 16 March 1641. On 27 January 1642/3, John Peckum of Newport purchased land on the southeast corner of the town, next to his own land, from James Barker of Newport. In 1648, he was a full member of the First Baptist Church, and Eleanor Peckham (his second wife) was baptized that same year. He appears as a freeman of Newport in a list of freemen of the Colony made in 1655. John Peckham was taxed at Newport in 1680. He left a will, dated 6 January 1681, witnessed by John Clarke and Henry Tew, according to a list of seventeen wills presented to the Court in 1700 which lacked a third witness as required by law. However, the contents of the will are unknown.

Sources: J. O. Austin, "The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island." New York, 1887 [1982], pp. 147-148. C. E. Banks, "Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650." Southern Book Company, Baltimore, 1957, p. 85. S. F. Peckham, "John Peckham of Newport, R.I., and some of his descendants," NEHGR, Vol. 57 (1903), pp. 31-39. "Records of the Island of Rhode Island, 1638-1644." Rhode Island Archives, Providence (FHL Film #0954960), p. 52. "Rhode Island Colonial Records, Proceedings of the General Assembly." FHL Film #0947963, vol. 1, part 1, p. 11. "Rhode Island Land Evidences, 1648-1696." Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, pp. 185-186. B. F. Wilbour, "Little Compton Families." Little Compton Hist. Soc., 1967.

They had the following children: + 27 i. MARY5 PECKHAM. Born about 1640 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Married Tobias Saunders. + 28 ii. JOHN5 PECKHAM. Born about 1642 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Married Sarah Newport. + 29 iii. WILLIAM5 PECKHAM. Born about 1644 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Married(1) Mary Clarke. + 30 iv. THOMAS5 PECKHAM. Born about 1646 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Married(1) ------.

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Little Compton Families by Little Compton Historical Society from Records compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, 1967 John Peckham no doubt came to Boston w/Sir Henry Van in 1634 & prob met there Mary Clarke who accompanied her bro John Clarke to Boston abt same time. Acquaintance resulted in marriage of which no record can be found. He prob was 1 of party called Ann Hutchinson party, who founded settlement on north end of RI, which became town of Portsmouth. In 1640 bounds of his land were established. 20May1638 his name appeared on list of those admitted as inhabitant of Portsmouth. He became freeman in 1641. In 1648 2nd wife Eleanor was baptised. His residence was in part of Newport now Middletown & stone marker JP is supposed to mark his grave.

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John Peckham, I's Timeline

1595
April 8, 1595
Boxgrove, Sussex, England
April 8, 1595
Boxgrove, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
1629
1629
Age 33
<Newport, Newport, Ri>
1638
May 20, 1638
Age 43
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1639
1639
Age 43
Newport, Newport Colony, (Present Rhode Island), (Present USA)
1640
1640
Age 44
Newport, Newport Colony, (Present Rhode Island), (Present USA)
1645
1645
Age 49
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
1647
1647
Age 51
Probably Newport, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
1648
1648
Age 52
1650
1650
Age 54
Newport, RI, USA