This wonderful biography of the Peacock Family, was kindly contributed by Sandy Sharp. Sandy has contributed several family histories, including the Snooks Family, the biography of Burr Bradley Scott, and Chauncey A. Smith, a civil war veteran of the 111th NY, which includes his letters written to wife, Fanny, during the civil war. These families are linked through marriage, so be sure to check them all out.
Descendants of Robert Peacock
Generation No. 1
1. ROBERT1 PEACOCK was born 1808 in Sheffield, England, and
died August 29, 1884 in Phoenix, NY.
Notes - Writings of Clair J. Chamberlain, originally written in 1982:
Clair Chamberlain, is the granddaughter of Eliza, a sister of Albert Peacock.
The family of Jack Peacock came from Sheffield, England to America
in or on 1850, name of wife not
The Jack Peacock family settled in town of Schroeppel, Oswego County
on the Oneida river near the
Memories of Peacock Home on Sand Ridge
Stayed there a couple of weekends when my father visited them, I was
about 8 and 10 yrs old, there was
A True Peacock -
Robert Peacock was a large man and was known to have dug an acre of
potatoes in a day, My father,
The Chamberlain family; Jonathan Palmer Chamberlain married Eliza
Mabel Peacock, he was born on
Florence Peacock married Fred Parker; he died in a buzz saw accident. (note: In actuality, it was William Peacock, Jr. who died in the buzz saw accident.) Children were, Stanley and another brother, I think by the name of Wayne (Lansing)????? The Parker family are still present around Sand Ridge and Pennellville.
More on Peacocks: Aunt Mary Fidler, lived back of Constantia NY,
Porter, lived at Caughdenoy near
The Peacock family grew lots of chestnuts, the sale of these usually
paid the farm taxes. The chestnut
Fred Parker was my grandfather but died in 1938 of pneumonia. I remember
his illness, death funeral etc.
The Peacock Family History
Written By Merrill Peacock
The following is an attempt to put in readable form the history of the
Peacock family as related by Aunt
Grandfather Robert Peacock, was born in Cambridge England in or near
the town of Welany on the
Grandfather's first wife died in England early in life. There were two children born of that union, a boy and a girl. The girl died in England. The boy, Jonathan (Uncle 'Jack', preceded the family to this country lived and died in Pennellville.)
Rose (?) Jane (?) Redhead - Three children were born to them in England before they took passage on a sailing ship sometime in April 1848. The children were Albert 7, Mary 6 and Eliza 3. On or about June 1st, after a rough six weeks passage, they landed in New York City.
Grandfather, had other brothers, one of whom went to Wisconsin, another
to Australia, and a third
The country was thinly settled at that time, land was cheap and he bought a tract, heavily wooded just above the Claud Hubbard farm on the Oneida River. Due to lack of railways much of inland transportation was handled on the rivers, small steam boats and tugs hauling canal boats. Ice then was not artificially made, but was cut and harvested from the lakes. Oneida lake was one great source at that time. The ice was cut in winter, stored in huge ice houses until spring and then boated to Syracuse and other cities. Most of the steamers burned wood. During the winter, Grandfather and others cut wood for these boats and piled it on the shore ready to sell them.
In England, grandfather was what was known as a 'yeoman'. The dictionary definition of a yeoman is "a small land owner" Aunt Hattie appeared to think it meant an overseer of an Estate, so we'll leave it at that.
There is nothing in the record to show where he left the river farm and bought small acreage near Woodard Station a few miles from Liverpool. I suspect as the boys grew older and left home he found the place too large and moved to something smaller. This is only a guess.
Grandfather, could neither read or write. Under the system then current in England, there were no free public schools. Only those who had money to send their children to private schools could hope for a good education. However he had a good mind, as so often happens in such cases, he had a remarkable memory.
I do not know anything about his religious experience or when he made
his stand and joined the church. Not being able to read was a serious hardship, but Aunt Jennie,
his youngest daughter who became a teacher, lived at home and did not marry young, used to read
the bible for morning worship. I can remember him as he knelt in front of that old Boston rocker and
lifted his rugged face to heaven.
He died August 29, 1884. At that time we were living on the Butts farm north of Phoenix. The funeral was held in the church to which he and grandmother belonged. It is a country church, just a short distance from where the home was at that time.
Anyone who lived during that period will never forget how hot it could get in August and how the dust from those unpaved roads kicked up by the horse's feet would roll up into the open wagon nearly smothering the occupants! Father and mother were up front somewhere in the procession which left me to drag along with the team at the tail end ... getting all the dust.
Hattie Fidler, was a plump girl about 2 years elder than I, at the time.
Her mother being up front among the other brothers and sisters, it was left for Hattie
to ride with
me. I was too bashful to have her sit in the front seat with me, so with her on the back seat and I'm front, brought
the rear end of the procession.
Both Robert and Jane are buried at Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay, Onondaga County, New York.
There were 10 children, father being the oldest.
Albert, Born March 7, 1841 Died Jan 14, 1911
Mary, July 21, 1842 Oct 5, 1921
Eliza, Oct 8, 1844 Aug 28, 1914
Emily, July 21, 1848 Sept 18, 1924
Rosetta, May 16, 1850 July 8, 1858
Harriett, June 7, 1853 Feb 6, 1940
John, Nov 13, 1854 Mar 7, 1860
Orville, Aug 18, 1856 July 4, 1944
Jane, Feb 28, 1861 June 13, 1917
*Merrill, was a son of Albert Peacock and Catherine Sitts.
He was brother
of Florence and Jesse
Town of Schroeppel 1850 Census Index
Sitts, Athema 549 3
Sitts, Catherine 549 4
Sitts, Charity 535 33
Sitts, Hannah 535 35
Sitts, Isaac 549 1
Sitts, Jacob A 549 6
Sitts, Lany A 549 2
Sitts, Lewis 535 32
Sitts, Mary E. 549 5
Sitts, Warren 535 34
309 344 Isaac Sitts 31 M Farmer 600 NY
Lany A. Sitts 36 F
Athema Sitts 9 F Attends school
Catherine Sitts 5 F
Mary E. Sitts 4 F
Jacob A. Sitts 2 M
Town of Schroeppel 1855 Census - First time Peacock's appear in Schroeppel.
MD Res - Town
Peacock, Robert 47 M England 1 2 Farmer Alien Owner of Land
Peacock, Jane 40 F England 1 2 Wife Alien
Peacock, Albert 14 M England 2 Child Alien
Peacock, Mary A. 12 F England 2 Child Alien
Peacock, Eliza 10 F England 2 Child Alien
Peacock, Emily 9 F Onondaga 2 Child
Peacock, Rose 5 F Onondaga 2 Child
Peacock, Matthew 5 M Onondaga 2 Child
Peacock, Harriet A. 2 F Oswego 2 Child
Peacock, John J 7/12 M Oswego 2 Child
Redhead, Wm. 26 M England 7/12 Laborer, Brother in law - Alien
Type House Born MD Yrs Occu. Res
130 25 140 Logged Sitts, I 41 M Montgomery 1 13 Farmer Land Owner
Sitts, LA 34? F Montgomery 1 13
Sitts, A 13 F Onondaga 13
Sitts, C 11 F Oswego 11
Sitts, M E 9 F Oswego 9
Sitts, J A 7 M Oswego 7
Sitts, M R 5 M Oswego 5
Sitts, M F 5 Oswego 1
Town of Schroeppel 1860 Census
Occu R/E Per Born
Val Val 349
349 Jacob Pickard 51 M Farmer 3750 1272, NY
Mary Pickard 49 F, NY
Catherine Sitts 15 F Domestic, NY
Peter A. Blowers 29 M Day Laborer, NY
Sarah Gibbs 20 F Day Laborer, Canada
Interesting enough, Peter Blowers is listed in the household of some
of my Warner's as a laborer at the
498 483 Isaac Sitts 45 M Farmer 1125 333 NY
Lany A. Sitts 40 F
Mary E. Sitts 13 F
Jacob A. Sitts 12 M
Roda L. Sitts 9 F
Melvin Sitts 6 M
Harriet Sitts 3 F
Emma S. Sitts 1 F
Catherine Sitts18 F Domestic
553 535 Robert Peacock 52 M Farmer 7350 1459 England
Jane Peacock 44 F England
Albert Peacock 19 M England
Mary A. Peacock 17 F England
Eliza Peacock 15 F England
Emily Peacock 11 F NY
Peacock 8 M NY
Peacock 5? F NY
John J. Peacock 5 M NY Orville Peacock 3 M NY
2. i. JONATHAN2 PEACOCK, b. 1830, England; d. 1903, Pennellville, Oswego County, NY.
ii. (?) PEACOCK.
Children of Robert Peacock and Jane Redhead are:
3. iii. ALBERT2 PEACOCK, b. March 07, 1841, England; d. January 14, 1911, Phoenix, NY.
iv. JOHN PEACOCK, b. November 13, 1854; d. March 07, 1860.
v. EMILY PEACOCK, b. July 21, 1848; d. September 18, 1924; m. (?) DUTCHER.
vi. ORVILLE C. PEACOCK, b. August 18, 1856; d. July 04, 1944, Phoenix, NY.
vii. MARY ANN PEACOCK, b. July 21, 1842; d. October 05, 1921; m. (?) RHINES.
viii. ELIZA PEACOCK, b. October 08, 1844, England; d. August 28, 1914,
Three Rivers Point, Oswego
ix. JENNY PEACOCK, b. February 28, 1861; d. June 13, 1917; m. (?) MERRIAM.
4. x. HATTIE PEACOCK, b. June 07, 1858; d. February 06, 1940.
xi. ROSETTA PEACOCK, b. May 16, 1850; d. July 08, 1858.
Generation No. 2
2. JONATHAN2 PEACOCK (ROBERT1) was born 1830 in England, and
died 1903 in
According to the 1865 Schroeppel Census, Jonathan was listed as a farmer
by trade. It is unclear as to
Jonathan was granted land by the trustees of the Methodist Church.
Jonathan is buried in the Pennellville Cemetery with his wives Harriet
& Malvina. He rests very near the
Children of Jonathan Peacock and Harriet Smith are:
5. i. WILLIAM R.3 PEACOCK, SR., b. March 1856, Schroeppel, Oswego County,
NY; d. June 30,
6. ii. CHARLES A. PEACOCK, b. 1861, Pennellville, Oswego County, NY; d.
iii. SARAH A. PEACOCK, b. 1858; m. (?) RHINES.
iv. EMMA PEACOCK, b. Aft 1861; m. (?) MARCELLES.
3. ALBERT2 PEACOCK (ROBERT1) was born March 07, 1841 in England, and
Children of Albert Peacock and Catherine Sitts are:
i. MERRYL3 PEACOCK.
ii. FLORENCE PEACOCK.
iii. JESSE PEACOCK.
4. HATTIE2 PEACOCK (ROBERT1) was born June 07, 1858, and died February
06, 1940. She
Child of Hattie Peacock and (?) Porter is:
i. ELMA MAY3 PORTER.
5. WILLIAM R.3 PEACOCK, SR. (JONATHAN2, ROBERT1) was born March
1856 in Schroeppel,
William R. Peacock died at his home on Sand Ridge, June 30, 1914
arterial sclerosis, aged 60 years
At the time of Jonathan's death, he was left the vacant lot in Pennellville,
which the Temperance Hall
They apparently originally lived in a log cabin on this property until
a frame house was erected in front
Children of William Peacock and Charlotte Snook are:
7. i. CHRISTINA MAY4 PEACOCK, b. 1876, Clay, Onondaga County, NY; d. November
8. ii. CHARLES W. PEACOCK, b. December 21, 1879, Pennellville, Oswego County,
NY; d. 1962,
9. iii. WILLIAM C. PEACOCK, b. 1881, Pennellville, Oswego County, NY; d.
April 02, 1942,
10. iv. FREDERICK W. PEACOCK, b. December 1887, Pennellville, Oswego County,
NY; d. 1959,
6. CHARLES A.3 PEACOCK (JONATHAN2, ROBERT1), was born 1861, in Pennellville, Oswego County, NY, and died in Pennellville, Oswego County, NY. He married MINNIE "MINNA" PERRY, daughter of John Perry.
Child of Charles Peacock and Minnie Perry is:
i. LULU4 PEACOCK, b. 1895; d. 1898, Pennellville, Oswego County, NY - Cemetery.
Generation No. 4
7. CHRISTINA MAY4 PEACOCK (WILLIAM R.3, JONATHAN2, ROBERT1) was
born 1876, in Clay,
Known by her family as "Tina." She was said to have been born in Clay,
Onondaga County, NY. I find
Christina first married Stephen Judson Sharp, and then
after Stephen's untimely
From all information found, and family stories passed on, Christina
lead a very hard life as an adult. She
Christina is buried in a single grave at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY
Children of Christina Peacock and Stephen Sharp are:
i. LUTHER L.5 SHARP, b. December 31, 1896.
ii. ARTHUR W. SHARP, b. September 03, 1894.
iii. DONALD J. SHARP, b. 1906.
8. CHARLES W.4 PEACOCK (WILLIAM R.3, JONATHAN2, ROBERT1) was born December
21, 1879 in
Notes: Please note that the birth dates of
Earl & Raymond are both 1902,
I am uncertain as to whether or not
The following was supplied by Mr. Peter Huntley of Schroeppel, NY:
Charles Peacock of RD#1 retired on January 1st, 1945, with pension under
the retirement plan of the
"Charley" is well known and liked by his fellow employees and the many
farmers in this vicinity with
Children of Charles Peacock and Clara Rawson are:
i. EARL5 PEACOCK, b. 1902; d. 1906, Phoenix, NY.
ii. EUGENE PEACOCK, b. 1906, Pennellville, Oswego County, NY; d. October
01, 1959, Pennellville,
iii. RAYMOND E. PEACOCK, b. 1902; d. November 24, 1954, Pennellville, Oswego
County, NY -
9. WILLIAM C.4 PEACOCK (WILLIAM R.3, JONATHAN2, ROBERT1) was born 1881
Notes - 1942
PHOENIX.- Struck by a fragment of shattered buzz saw flywheel,
William Peacock, 61 of Pennellville Rd.,
With neighbors, Henry Bishop and Wesley Benton, Peacock had been working all day on the woodlot on his farm in the Sand Ridge section, five miles northeast of Phoenix.
Misses Benton - Benton, who narrowly escaped Peacock's fate from the flying fragments, told Trooper William J. Lally of the Baldwinsville patrol he heard a report like a pistol shot and turned to see Peacock fall on the pile of sawed wood.
He ran to summon Dr. F. W. Manly, of Phoenix and the trooper, he said, Trooper Lally was taken to the scene by Elmer Phillips. A piece of flywheel shattered the upper half of the door of the car which was furnishing motive power for the saw. Another fragment was found one-eighth of a mile away from the scene, on a highway at the other side of the woodlot.
Arms torn off - Dr. Manly said that the velocity of the fragment was so great that it had gone entirely thru Peacock's chest, from left to right, taking off both arms and severing the heart and chest organs. District Attorney Floyd Spangle released the body to the Allanson funeral home, Phoenix.
Born in Pennellville, Peacock had lived for many years in Syracuse where he had been employed in the freight house of the DI&W railroad and later as a section hand for the NYO&W railroad. He returned to Pennellville, several years ago, and moved to his farm three years ago.
Survivors Listed - Surviving are his wife, two daughters living in Syracuse, and two brothers, Fred Peacock of Syracuse and Charles Peacock of Chase Road, Fulton RD.
It was the second such accident within a year, in which a flywheel on a buzz-saw powered by an automobile, has shattered.
Children of William Peacock and Georgia (?) are:
i. (?)5 PEACOCK.
ii. (?) PEACOCK.
10. FREDERICK W.4 PEACOCK (WILLIAM R.3, JONATHAN2, ROBERT1) was born
December 1887 in
Miss Pickard - Bride
Fulton, April 2, - Miss Mabel Charlotte Pickard and Fred W. Peacock,
both of Phoenix, were married in
The following, was the writings of Lesley E. Voorhees: August 5, 1959,
Fred Peacock, 72 of 530 James
Children of Frederick Peacock and Mabel Pickard are:
i. MABEL5 PEACOCK.
ii. HELEN PEACOCK.
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