- Born: Abt 1601, /or near London, England
- Marriage: Elizabeth
- Died: 4 Oct 1694, Lyme, New London, Conneticut, British American Colonies about age 93 640
Merchant, Church Deacon
Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol. VI, p. 1383, Died at the age of 93 on 14 Oct 1694
Noted events in his life were:
Dates & Events. 640,642
In 1685, William Peck was listed as a proprietor of New Haven, Connecticut along with Joseph and Benjamin Peck.
~NEHGR, Vol. 1, April, 1847, pp. 157-158
Baptisms in New Haven, Connecticut, : 5 Sep 1647, Joseph; 5 Sep 1647, Bejamin.
~NEHGR, Vol. 9, October 1855, pg. 362
Deacon William Peck of New Haven deceased 4 Oct 1694, being 93 years old. Elizabeth, his wife, deceased 5 Dec 1683.
~NEHGR, Vol. 33, October, 1879, pg. 438
William Peck of London, England emigrated to Boston in 1637, and the following year was one of the settlers of New Haven Colony, where he was admitted a freeman, 4 Jan 1639, and died in 1694.
~NEHGR, Vol. 35, April 1931, p. 277
Background Information. 644
Deacon William Peck was one of the company that made the first settlement in New Haven in 1638, and was one of those who signed the fundamental articles in 1639. Deacon Peck was chosen deacon in 1659, and was on the the trustees of the Grammor School for many years, and died leaving a small property, in Lyme, 4 Oct 1694, aged 93. In his will dated 9 Mar 1688/89, he names the following children:
Jeremiah, b. in or near London
Joseph, bap. 17 Jan 1641, New Haven, settled in Saybrook and afterwards Lyme
John, m. 3 Nov 1664, Mary Moss, and had four children born in New Haven before he moved to Wallingford
Elizabeth, m. Samuel Andrews, and appears to have had five children born in New Haven.
~The History of Waterbury, Connecticut, p. 169
Background Information. 641
William Peck was on of the founders of the New Haven colony in the spring of 1638. With his wife, Elizabeth, and his son, Jeremiah, he emigrated from England to this country, probably in the company of Governor Eaton, Rev. John Davenport, and others in the ship Hector, arriving at Boston on 26 Jun 1637. This group was mainly from London, where Mr. Davenport had been a celebrated minister, and consisted of many wealthy merchants, and others of great respectability from London, as well as farmers from Yorkshire, Hertforshire and Kent. They surrered from the intolerance and persecution of Archibishop Land during the reign of Charles I, and they hoped to emigrate to where they could enjoy both civil and religious freedom.
We know from the date of his death that he most likely was born in 1601, probably in or near London. He married about 1622, and his son, Jeremiah was his only child at the time of his emigration.
William Parker was on of the original proprietors of New Haven, and his signature is on the fundamental Agreement or Constitution of Connecticut, dated 4 Jun 1639. He was admitted freeman of the colony, 20 Oct 1640. He was a merchant by occupation and a trustee, treasure and general business agent of the Colony Collegiate School. His name is generally prefixed with "Mr.," which at the time was a sign of respect and distinction. From 1659 until his death, he was deacon of the church in New Haven.
His wife, Elizabeth, died 5 Dec 1683, and he later married Sarah, the widown of William Holt. He died at the age of 93 on 4 Oct 1694. His grave is in the part of the old burial ground which was covered by the Center Church in New Haven. His gravestone is in the newer cemetery in the northern part of the town, having, with the monuments and tombstones of the others whose gaves are covered by the church.
~A genealogical account of the descendants in the male line of William Peck, pp. 7-9
William married Elizabeth. (Elizabeth was born about 1601 in London, England and died on 5 Dec 1683 in Lyme, New London, Conneticut, British American Colonies 640.)