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Joseph Peck

Also Known As: "Arrivedi n 1838 aboard the 'Diligent'"
Birthplace: Beccles, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony
Place of Burial: Likely, Newman Cemetery, New Providence, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Peck, Jr. and Helen Peck
Husband of Sarah Hunt; Rebecca Peck and Unknown second wife of Joseph Peck
Father of Nathaniel Jathniall Peck; Anna Anne Ann Peck; Judith Peck; Noah Peck; Jaiel Peck and 10 others
Brother of Richard Peck; Nicholas Peck; Rev. Robert Peck "the Diligent"; Margaret Peck; Martha Peck and 1 other
Half brother of Thomas Pecke

Occupation: Arrived in America 1637, Married in Hingham, England
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DILIGENT, of Ipswich, John Martin, Master. She sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk, in June and arrived August 10 at Boston, with about one hundred passengers, principally from Hingham, Norfolk, destined for Hingham, Massachusetts (other sources have that the Diligent sailed from Gravesend on 26 Apr 1638). Included were:

  • Rev. ROBERT PECK of Hingham, county Norfolk * 
  •    Mrs. Peck
  •    Anne Peck
  •    Joseph Peck
  • JOSEPH PECK of Hingham, county Norfolk * 
  •    Mrs. Peck


Joseph was the brother of Rev. Robert Peck (above). He was the son of Robert and Helen (Babbs) Peck and was born 22 Apr 1587 at Beccles, Suffolk ENG. The Mrs. Peck listed in Banks' passenger list is his 2nd wife Deliverance ___(not proven). Although no children are included on this list, he emigrated with three sons, one daughter and five servants (The Pioneers of MA by Charles Henry Pope, 1981, p. 351' also Peck Genealogy pg. 13). The children were probably all by his first wife Rebecca Clark who died 21 Oct 1637 in Hingham ENG. She was the sister of Edward Gilman's (below) wife Mary Clark. Joseph was the Town Clerk of Hingham (MA) until 1645 when he removed to Rehoboth MA where he died 22 Dec 1663.

As the family left Hingham in 1645 there is not a lot of detail about them in the History of Hingham. These children are listed in that book for Joseph Peck (though not which child was by which wife, and the author, George Lincoln, notes that a genealogy of the Peck family lists some different and/or additional sons):( There were a lot of Peck's in Hingham, WFT appears to lump them all together, even if they were not of the same families.)

  • 1.Simon - b. in England. He married first to Hannah Farnsworth, dau of Joseph and Elizabeth Farnsworth of Dorchester MA. She was born 14 Dec 1638 in Dorchester; d. 16 Apr 1659 in Hingham. Simon married second to Prudence Clapp, dau. of Edward and Purdence Clapp of Dorchester, on 13 Feb 1659/60. She was born 28 Dec 1637 in Dorchester. The family moved to Dorchester after 1671. Simon and Hannah had one son (who died young), and Simon and Prudence had eight children.( disputed and disproven as son of Joseph, the Immigrant; marriages etc appear correct for Simon at pg 266)
  • 2.Samuel - bt. in Hingham 3 Feb 1638/39; d. soon.( not so, is included in father's will. Was born in Hingham, New England)
  • 3.Nathaniel - bt. in Hingham 31 Oct 1641. Resided at Rehoboth. The chris. name of his wife was Deliverance. She died in 1675, and Nathaniel in 1676.( not so, there is no wife Deliverence noted at pg 133 for son of Joseph Peck)
  • 4.Israel - bt. in Hingham 31 Mar 1643/44; died soon. (not so, he is listed in fathers will.Born in Hingham, New England )
  • 5.Samuel - bt. in Hingham 19 Jul 1646 this is a different Samuel. The son of Joseph Peck, Immigrant, was born in Hingham Mass in 1638.
  • 6.Israel - bt. in Hingham 19 Jul 1646 (not so, Israel, son of Joseph Peck the Immigrant, was born 1644 in Hingham, Mass.)
  • 7.Hannah - bt. in Hingham 19 Jul 1646 (disputed, but appears to have died young. Not disconnected at this time (12/15/2013).)

Sources: WFT CD Vol.1, File #1142 - which has some conflicting info with History of Hingham, and for which clarification is sought. Did Joseph Peck have a daughter Rebecca (probably by his first wife)? Did Rebecca marry the Rev. Peter Hobart, and if so, as his first or second wife? Was the name of Peter Hobart's other wife Elizabeth or Rebecca Ibrook? History of Hingham doesn't give the name of Peter's first wife but lists his second wife as Rebecca Ibrook, daughter of Richard Ibrook. Other sources (unnamed) give her name as Elizabeth Ibrook and that she was Peter Hobart's first wife - the name of Peter's first daughter was also Elizabeth.

We should be reminded that families, and branches of families, very frequently used the same sets of names for their children. It is most probable that Joseph and his brother Rev. Robert did this; as well as any later related emigrants who were to come to the same area.




Joseph Peck the emigrant ancestor of the Pecks in this country known as the Massachusetts Pecks now a numerous and extensive race scattered throughout the United States its Territories the British Provinces and the Canadas was baptized in Beccles Suffolk County England April 30 1587.

(Upon early records, birth and deaths are not often given. They were generally kept by Parish clerks, who only gave baptisms and burials.)

He was the son of Robert Peck as will be seen by a reference to the chart being a descendant in the 21st generation from John Peck of Belton Yorkshire. He settled at Hingham Norfolk County England. In 1638 he and other puritans with his brother Robert Peck their pastor fled from the persecutions of the church to this country. They came over in the ship Diligent of Ipswich John Martin master.

Daniel Cushing then town clerk here at Hingham Norfolk County New England in speaking of his arrival in this country says: "Mr Joseph Peck and his wife with three sons and daughter and two men servants and three maid servants came from Old Hingham and settled at New Hingham." His children were as follows:

  • 1. Anna baptized in Hingham England March 12 1617/18, and buried there July 27 1636
  • 2. Rebecca baptized in Hingham England May 25 1620 and as appears by her father's will married a Hubbert
  • 3. Joseph baptized in Hingham England August 23 1623. For the history of him and his descendants see Part I (page 30)
  • 4. John baptized about 1626 in Hingham, England. For a history of him and his descendants see Part II (page 121)
  • 5. Nicholas baptized in Hingham England April 9 1630 For his history see Part III (page 131)
  • 6. Samuel baptized here at Hingham in New England February 3 1638/9 see Part IV (page 197)
  • 7. Nathaniel baptized here at Hingham New England October 31 1641 Part V (page 203)
  • 8. Israel baptized here at Hingham, New England March 4 1644 Part VI (page 247)

Children 1-5 by Rebecca Clark; children 6-8 by 2nd wife.

He was twice married. His first wife was Rebecca Clark. They were married at Hingham England May 21 1617. She died and was buried there October 24 1637. He married 2nd, in England, to --?--- and sailed with her and his children by Rebecca to America.

The name of his second wife and the baptism of his son John (in England) was not found. It was not upon the records at Hingham where his first marriage and the baptisms of his other children were recorded. It probably took place in another parish where the records were not preserved

He seems to have belonged to that class in England known as gentlemen or the gentry entitled to coat armor etc who ranked next to Baronets.

(In relation to his political, public, or private life in England, or that of his father, I did not attempt to learn anything. To have done so at this late day, now more than 200 years since they lived, would have been attended with great expense and much uncertainty as to finding anything reliable in relation to them. My resources have been heavily drawn upon in tracing him back to England, connecting him with his ancestors there, and learning what I had in relation to them; and as none of my friends, although many of them were abundantly able, offered to contribute towards the expense, I was obliged to content myself with what I had already learned there, that I might devote my means to tracing out his descendants here.)

Soon after his arrival here he settled in Hingham Mass. The records there in 1638 say:

Mr Joseph Peck received a grant of seven acres of land for a house lot next to Robert Peck his brother he also received other grants of land.

(This prefix or title of Mr., which is found with his name wherever it appears on record, indicates the position he occupied in society. It was of much more import and significance then than now. There were but a few of those who came over to whose name it was attached: they generally occupied a lower position in society.)

He remained at Hingham about seven years when he removed to Seekonk

While he remained at Hingham he was one of its leading men. He was Representative or deputy to the General Court in 1639 1640 1641 and 1642. He took an active interest in the business of the town. He was one of the selectmen, justice of the peace, assessor etc

He was appointed by the court to grant summons and attachments, to see people joined in marriage, to keep the records etc

In 1641 he became one of the principal purchasers of the Indians of that tract of land called by them Seacunk or Soeckonk afterwards incorporated into a town since known as Rehoboth Mass at first called eight miles square but afterwards found to be about ten

(See confirmation deed from the colony to the town of Rehoboth, in 1685 [Plymouth Colony Records, B5 P341], also quitclaim deed from William Bradford, in 1689.)

It comprised what is now Rehoboth, Seekonk and Pawtucket. He did not however remove there until 1645.

(The proprietors of Rehoboth also purchased other lands of the Indians. Their second purchase was a tract known as Wanamoiset, being what was afterwards a part of Swansey and Barrington. Their third purchase was in 1661, from Wamsitta, brother of King Philip, called the north purchase, including what was afterwards Attleborough, Mass., and Cumberland, RI. It was incorporated into a town, taking the name Attleborough, in 1694. It remained Attleborough until the settlement of the line between Plymouth and Rhode Island conlony, when the part since Cumberland was set off to Rhode Island. It was incorporated into a town in 1746, taking its present name. It has since been divided, a portion of it taking the name of Woonsocket, the Indian name for the locality.)

Upon the Rehoboth records is the following notice of an accident which befel him on his removal thither:

"Another strange accident happened by fire about this time. Mr. Joseph Peck and three others of Hingham, being about to remove to Seaconk, (which was concluded by the commissioners of the United colonies to belong to Plymouth), riding thither they sheltered themselves and their horses in an Indian wigwam, which by some occasion, took fire, and (although there were four in it, and labored to their utmost), burnt three of their horses to death, and all their goods, to the value of 50 pounds."

After his removal to Seekonk his name continually appears upon the records of the town in the management of its affairs until his age precluded him from such duties

His name also appears upon the Plymouth Colonial records as it did upon those of Massachusetts

He was appointed to assist in matters of controversy at court. In 1650 the court appointed him to administer marriage. In 1651 he was appointed to determine all controversies not exceeding a certain amount. He was also appointed to administer oaths, issue warrants etc.

He seems to have been one of the principal men here as he had been at Hingham as well as one of the wealthiest.

In the purchase of the town as in the appraisal of the purchaser's rights for the apportionment of a tax there was but one who paid more or whose rights were prized more than his.

In addition to his interest in the first purchase of the town he afterwards bought other rights which made him a large owner.

His rights in the common undivided lands at his decease were given to his sons as well as those which had then been divided. In some instances these lands still remain in the name and are owned and occupied by his descendants The Pecks of Barrington (Ellis, Asa, and others) now occupy lands given to his youngest sons Nathaniel and Israel.

The proprietors of Rehoboth first settled upon what has since been known as Seekonk Plain, a tract of cleared land which had been the planting grounds of the indians. The settlers appropriated it to the same purpose until its fertility became exhausted when they were obliged to leave the plain and seek the smaller openings which were more productive thus gradually penetrating the wilderness and extending the settlements of their town.

(Bliss, in his history of Rehoboth, supposes this word to be composed of the Indian words "seaki," meaning black, and "honk," goose - black goose being the Indian name for the wild goose, and thinks the place received its name from the fact of great numbers of wild geese in their semi-annual migrations, alighting here in the river and cove adjacent).

The house of Joseph which seems to have been of the better class stood upon the plain in the northerly part of the "Ring of the Town." Its location was near the junction of the present Pawtucket with the old Boston and Bristol road so-called westerly and not far from the present depot of the Boston and Providence Railroad as it crosses the plain.

(The proprietors first selected their lots and erected their dwellings in a semicircle, the circle opening towards the Pawtucket or Seekonk River, with their parsonage and meeting house in the center. The circle was called the ring of the town. It can still be seen in the present location of the houses there, in an eastern view from the church.)

It was here that he lived and died December 23 1663 in the 77th year of his age far from the tombs of his fathers the associations of his youth and the scenes of his early life but doubtless happy in the thought of having been able to worship God after the dictates of his own conscience and of being surrounded by his children in whose care his remains would be left to be buried where they would be surrounded by those of his descendants

No stones now more than two hundred years since mark the spot of their interment but the subsequent graves of his descendants indicate the place.

(The gravestones of his son Israel were still standing in a good state of preservation when I last visited the place, although he had then been deceased over 140 years. For the inscriptions, see Israel, Part VI.) Note: Israel is buried at Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Rhode Island; which was, at one time, a portion of Seekonk, Massachusetts.


His will is recorded upon the old Plymouth Colony Records, Book of Wills, 2d part, Vol. 2d, Folio 12. His will makes bequeaths to dau. Hubbert (Rebecca), and sons Joseph, John, Nicholas, Samuel, Nathaniel, and Israel. There is no mention of son Simon nor daughter Hannah.(pages 17-20 of Peck Genealogy


The following is a copy of his will:

Know all men by these presents that I Joseph Peck Senr. of Rehoboth do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

  • Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph all my lands and meadows lying and being near unto the river called Palmers River to him and his heirs forever.
  • Item - I give unto him my old black mare and my great chist (chest?) in the parlor.
  • Item - I give unto my son John my house and lands which I purchased of Joseph Torry and the half of the meadow betwixt Mr. Newman and mee on the other side of the meddow river to him and his heirs forever. Also, I give unto him my great chist in the hall.
  • Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Nicholas my meadow at the hundred acres and the meadow called Bushey Meddow and all my meadows on the north side of the town to him and his heirs forever.
  • Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Samuell my house where I now dwell with all the houses standing there. The outyards and all my house lott and all my land in the second division and my plaine lotts excepting half my furthest which I give unto my son Nicholas; and also I give unto him my meadow called Cheesbrooks Meddow and also my salt marsh att Broad Cove to him and his heirs forever.
  • Item - I give unto my sonns Nathaniel and Israel all my lands which I purchased of John Adams and Mr. Bradford with the meadow called the Long Beach which is betwixt Mr. Newman and mee, and all my meadow at Squamquammett which is betwixt John and Allin and mee; and also my meadow at Papasquash betwixt John Allen and mee to them and their heirs forever.
  • Item - I give my use of meadow att Kekemuett unto John Pecke my son and also all my lands att Wackemauquate I give unto my sonnes Joseph and Nicholas to be equally divided betwixt them.
  • Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hubbert 30 pounds in such pay as can be raised out of the goods I shall leave to be paid by my executors within one year after my decease and also I give unto her my wife's best cloak and one fine Pillowbeer and my Damask Napkin.
  • Item - I give unto my son Samuell my silver beaker and two silver spoons and one gould ringe which was his mothers and also one paire of fine Holland sheets and one diaper tablecloth and six diaper napkins, 2 fine pillow beares and the feather bed and bolster and pillow and two blanketts whereon I now lye, my second rugg with some other small linnene in my trunk in the parlor which I also give unto him and the other chist under the window in the parlor and my best curtains and curtain rodds.
  • Item - I give unto my son Nathaniel my biggest silver cupp and gould ringe, two silver spoons, my best feather bed, one bolster, two blanketts, the rugg that now lyeth upon mee, my trunk in the parlour chamber, my round table, three diapir napkins, one long table cloth betwixt Israel and him.
  • Item - I give unto Israell my son my silver salt, 2 silver spoons, my two bed teekes with the bolesters, the old flocke bed, two blanketts, my best coverlid, one bolster, one pillow, two pillowbears; also unto Nathaniel one pillow, 2 pillowbears.
  • Item - I give unto Israell ten of my best ewes and my sorrelled mare, two of my best cowes and my bull and my segg and three diaper napkins.
  • Item - I give unto my son Joseph five ewes and to my son Samuel my two oxen called Bucke and Duke and two cowes, my cart, and one of my little plowes, one chain with the copses for the cart and I give unto Nathaniel two steeres and two cowes.
  • Item - I give unto my son Nicholas the feather bed which he hath alreaddy and my best rugg and unto my son John I give the feather bed and bloster which he alreaddy hath and 40 s to buy him a rugg and to Israell I give the two little chists in the chamber and his mothers little trunke and unto my son Samuel I give my bedstead in the parlour chamber.
  • Item - I give unto my son Joseph my gould ringe and unto John and Nicholas my two silver wine cupps - my mind is that my three younger sonnes should have each three platters and all the rest my pewter should be equally between my six sonnes and all my apparrel I give unto my three elder sonnes and all my wife's apparrell I give unto my three youngest sonnes to bee equally divided betwixt them.
  • Item - I give and bequeath all the rest of my goods, cattles, and chattles, my debts and legacies being paid and my body brought to the grave unto my six sonnes equally to be divided amongst them, the youngest and weatkest to have as good a share as the eldest and strongest, desiring Mr. Newman and my brother Thomas Cooper to be the supervisors of this my testament and last will and I do ordaine my son Nicholas and my son Samuell the executors of my last will desiring the Lord to guide their hearts to do all according unto my intent heer sett down.

The last will and testament of mee, Joseph Pecke, written with my own hand.


A further amplyfication of our father's will upon his death bed, which was not expressed in his written will.

  • Item - he gave to his son Joseph half his meadow that he purchased of Mr. Bradford lying on the further side of the new Meddow River; to his son John 35 pounds of common; to his son Samuel 250 pounds of common, to his son Nathaniel 200 pounds of common. These gifts were given to them and their heirs forever, moreover our father added to his daughter Hubbert ten pounds more than was sett downe in his written will.
  • Item - that Nathaniel and Israell shall have equal shares of the corne that shall be raised upon that ground which he hath given to his son Samuel for this year ensuing, they bestowing an equal share of labor with them upon the land. It was further expressed by him that seeing those oxen expressed in his will that was given to his three younger sons disposed of before his death, that those young oxen and steers that are coming on in their romes should bee made choice of by them in manor as followeth: his son Samuel first choosing, his son Israell next, and Nathaniel last. It was his will also that those two mares which were given to his sonnes Joseph and Israel being not extant that Joseph should have his old mare and Israel his young mare instead of the other - further, whereas our father gave to his sonnes Joseph five sheep and Israell ten, they also being sold before our father's death, wee have agreed that they shall have in valuation as they were sold which was nine shillings a piece.

This we own to be our father's will, expressed by him unto us when he was in his perfect memory, which we own as his proper will and desire.

In witness whereof we have sett to our hands: Stephen Paine, Thomas Cooper, John Reed, Joseph Pecke, John Pecke, Nicholas Pecke, Samuell Pecke, Nathaniell Pecke, Israell Pecke.

This will is recorded upon the old Plymouth Colony Records, Book of Wills, 2d part, Vol. 2d, Folio 12. -----------------------

JOSEPH PECK ... Birth: Apr. 30, 1587 Death: Dec. 23, 1663

Known as the emigrant ancestor of a major portion of the Pecks in the USA, he was baptised in Beccles, Suffolk County, England 4/30/1587. He was the son of Robert Peck a descendant in the 21st generation from John Peck, of Belton, Yorkshire, England. In 1638, he and other Puritans, with his brother Robert Peck, their pastor, fled from persecutions of the church to this country. They left Hingham, Norfolk co., England and arrived in Hingham, Norfolk Co., New England in 1638, on the ship Diligent of Ipswich, John Martin, master. In about 1645 he moved to Seekonk where he and others developed the Rehoboth "Ring of the Green" plantation community. From there his descendants have spread through out America. He is likely buried in the Newman Cemetery, New Providence, RI near his son Israel but no stone is present. See Ira B Peck's 1868 book on the "Descendants of Joseph Peck" for a full account. The main section of the book is in 6 parts, one for each of his 6 sons. Part I Joseph Peck Jr..start pg 30 Part II John Peck....start pg 121 Part III Nicholas Peck...start pg. 131 Part IV Samuel Peck....start pg. 197 Part V Nathaniel Peck....start pg. 203 Part VI Israel Peck....start pg 247

Family links:

 Robert Peck (1546 - 1593)
 Helen Babbs Peck (1546 - 1614)

 Rebecca Clark Peck (1585 - 1637)

 Joseph Peck (1623 - 1701)*
 John Peck (1626 - 1713)*
 Nicholas Peck (1630 - 1710)*
 Samuel Peck (1639 - 1708)*
 Nathaniel Peck (1641 - 1676)*
 Israel Peck (1644 - 1723)*
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