Biographical Sketch of William Pecke

William Pecke. the founder of this branch of the family, was born in or near London, England, in 1601 and died in New Haven, Connecticut, October 4, 1694. He emigrated with his wife and eldest child, probably with Edward Davenport in the ship “Hester,” which arrived at Boston, June 26, 1637, and was one of the original proprietors of New Haven, signing the Fundamental Agreement, June 4, 1739. He was admitted freeman of the New Haven colony, October 20, 1640, was one of the leading merchants of the town and was trustee, treasurer and general business agent of the colony Collegiate School. From 1659 until his death, he was a deacon of the New Haven church and is generally referred to in the records simply as “Mr. Peck.” He married (first) about 1622, Elizabeth , who died December 5, 1683 and (second) Sarah, widow of William Holt, who survived him. Children, all by first marriage: Jeremiah, born in 1623, died June 7, 1699, married, November 12, 1656, Joanna Kitchell; John, born probably in 1638, died in 1724, married, November 3, 1664, Mary Moss; Joseph, referred to below; Elizabeth, born in April, 1643, died about 1684, married, in 1661, Samuel Andrews.

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