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John Peckham (son of Henry Peckham and Elizabeth Badger) was born April 08, 1595 in Boxgrove, County Sussex, England, and died Abt. 1681 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island. He married Mary "Marie" Clarke on May 20, 1638 in Newport County, Rhode Island., daughter of Thomas Clarke and Rose (Kerridge) Kerrich.

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. Sir John PECKHAM was born 1595 in England and was christened 8 April 1595 in Boxgrove, West Sussex, England. He died after 6 Jan 1681 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island.

LITTLE COMPTON FAMILIES, pub. by Little Compton Historical Society from Records compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, 1967.

"John Peckham no doubt came to Boston with Sir Henry Van in 1634 and he probably met there Mary Clarke who accompanied her brother John Clarke to Boston about the time. The acquaintance resulted in marriage of which no record can be found. He probably was one of the party called the Ann Hutchinson party, who founded a settlement on the north end of Rhode Island, which became the town of Portsmouth. In 1640 the bounds of his land were established."
On 20 May 1638 his name appeared on the list as one of those admitted as an inhabitant of Portsmouth. He became a freeman in 1641. In 1648 his second wife Eleanor was baptized.
His residence was in that part of Newport which is now Middletown, and a stone marker J. P. is supposed to mark his grave.

Researching this line is Nancyann Norman at

: NEHGR, v75, p279; C. Merton Babcock. C. M. Babcock: John Peckham of Newport, RI. NEHGR: __ Peckham of Newport.

by S.C. Register
JOHN PECKHAM 88 SmartMatches
Birth: 24 April 1595 in Boxgrove, Sussex, England
Death: 1680/81 in Newport, Rhode Island
Sex: M

Burial: 19 Oct 1681 Middletown, RI

PUBLISHER: J. H. BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 15 - 17

I) John Peckham, the American ancestor of the family, was admitted an inhabitant of the island of Aquidneck (Rhode Island) March 20, 1638. He was made a freeman of Newport, March 16, 1641. He was one of the ten male members in full communion of the First Baptist Church in 1648, and one of its founders in 1644. He was a resident of that part of Newport which became Middletown, where he was made a freeman in 1655. Mr. Peckham was first married to Mary Clarke, who died in 1648; the given name of his second wife was Eleanor. He was the father of twelve children, namely: John, William, Stephen, Thomas, James, Clement, Sarah, Rebecca, Deborah, Phebe, Elizabeth and Susannah. From this John Peckham of Newport and Middletown, R.I., the lineage of the late Dr. Fenner Harris Peckham, of Putnam and Providence, is through Stephen, Stephen (2), Stephen (3), Seth and Dr. Hazael Peckham.

Author: Georgia Cooper Washburn Call Number: CS71.W828
This book contains the history and genealogy of the Witter family of Massachusetts.
Bibliographic Information: Washburn, Georgia Cooper.
WITTER GENEALOGY. The National Historical Company. New York 1929

iv Mary Clarke, probably born July 17, 1607, and baptized on July 26 of that year, came to America with her brother, Doctor John Clarke, and married Reverend John Peckham, who had been Chaplain to the Earl of Hertford, and who settled in Rhode Island by 1638.

+(I) John Peckham, immigrant ancestor and founder of the family, was a native of England and emigrated to America at a date unknown. He was admitted an inhabitant of the Island of Aquidneck, R. I., March 20, 1638,which is the first record of him in the New World. He later removed to Newport, R. I., where he became a leader of great prominence in the affairs of the Baptist church. He became a freeman at Newport, March 16, 1641. In 1648 John Peckham was one of the ten male members in full communionin the First Baptist Church of Newport, having been one of its founders in 1644. He resided in that part of Newport which later became Middletown,and was made a freeman there in 1655. A stone marked "I P" onthe land of William F. Peckham in Middletown is supposed to mark the grave of John Peckham. He married (first) Mary Clarke, the sister of Rev. John Clarke, of Bedfordshire, England, and Boston and Newport, an associate of Roger Williams. He married (second) Eleanor. John Peckham died after 1681, and prior to 1700. His will bears the date January 6, 1681.

Author: no author Call Number: R929.1 C72 v.1
This book is a compilation from the archives of chapter I, of the Colonial Dames of America.
Bibliographic Information: Ancestral Records and Portraits vol.1 The Grafton Press. New York. 1910.

Abstracts of wills and chancery suits in Suffolk County, Eng., led to the identification of John Peckham, the colonist, as belonging to the Sussex family. He was among the first settlers of the Island of Aquidneck, in 1638. There, on May 20, 1638, his name is on a list of those who were admitted as inhabitants of Newport. In 1640, the bounds of his land, thirty-six acres, were established. March 16, 1641, he was admitted a Freeman and he was one of the ten male members of the First Baptist Church of Newport, in full communion, 1648. Soon after the first settlement of Rhode Island the Peckhams bought a tract of land one mile square at Little Compton, on which they built a house in 1640, which stood two hundred years, and in which six generations of Peckhams were born. Their purchases also extended into Dartmouth, Mass., to the Acushnet River, where a part of the city of New Bedford now stands. John Peckham married Mary Clarke, born 1607.

More About John Peckham:
Burial: October 19, 1681, Middletown. Rhode Island.

More About John Peckham and Mary "Marie" Clarke:
Marriage: May 20, 1638, Newport County, Rhode Island..

Children of John Peckham and Mary "Marie" Clarke are:
  1. +Mary Clarke Peckham, b. 1640, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, d. 1694, Westerly (Kings Co.) Washington County, Rhode Island.
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