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April 28, 1746; was well educated, came to
Greenwich, Connecticut, with his father in
1678, where he was a man of wealth, and jus-
tice of the peace for fifty years, holding other
important offices until his death. He married,
November 27, 1686, Ruth, daughter of Peter,
granddaughter of Jeffrey Ferris, of Stamford,
Connecticut. She died September 17, 1745,
aged eighty-three years. Their gravestones
are in the old Greenwich cemetery. Children,
all born in Greenwich, Connecticut: i. Sam-
uel (2), see forward. 2. Jeremiah (3), farmer
of Greenwich. 3. Joseph, died unmarried. 4.
David, a farmer of Greenwich, Connecticut,
later of Xorth Castle. Westchester county.
New York. 5. Nathaniel, justice of the peace
in Greenwich for many years, and a prominent
man. 6. Eliphalet, a farmer of Old Green-
wich. 7. Theophilus, a large land owner of
Greenwich. 8. Peter, of Greenwich. 9. Rob-
ert, of Greenwich.

(IV") Samuel (2). eldest son of Samuel (i)
and Ruth (Ferris) Peck, was born in March.



1O8S, and died in Old Greenwich, December,
1733. He was a carpenter by trade and owned
a farm in that part of the town called "Old
Greenwich,'' where he lived. He married

Elizabeth in 1715. She survived him, and

married (second) John Clogston. Children, all
born in Greenwich, Connecticut: i. Mary,
died unmarried. 2. John, see forward. 3.
Samuel (3), of great energy and decision of
character; deacon of the First Congregational
Church in Greenwich. 4. Ruth, married Nehe-
miah Haight.

(V) John, eldest son of Samuel (2) and
Elizabeth Peck, was born in 1718, and died
in Greenwich, September, 1771. He lived in
Old Greenwich on a small farm near the
shore of Long Island sound. He married, in
1 74 1, Sarah, daughter of John Adams, who
died in Clifton Park, New Yorkj January 11,
1 8 14, aged ninety-five years. Children, all
born in Greenwich, Connecticut: i. John, see
forward. 2. Heath, married Rachel Roselle.
He was a soldier of the revolution, but re-
tired from the service in 1780. He led numer-
ous scouting parties against the Tories after
his return, and while out with one of them in
C)ctober, 1780, was shot from the outside
through a window and killed. 3. Nathan, un-
married ; drowned while attempting a rescue
of several others, two of whom he saved be-
fore giving up his own life. 4. Sarah, mar-
ried \\'ilson Northrup. 5. Ruth, married Will-
iam Kinch ; removed to Hampden, New York ;
died at Lodi, same state. 6. Abijah, born April
3, 1758; was a soldier of the revolutionary
war, entering the continental army in January,
1776; was under arms when the Declaration of
Independence was read to the American army,
and one of the sentinels on duty when it
evacuated the city of New York. He served
in several campaigns, and was in the battle at
White Plains. After the war he resided in
North Salem, New York, and there married,
November 18, 1784, Mindwell, daughter of
Solomon Close, Jr., and shortly afterwards
went to Galway, New York, where he resided
until 1794, and then removed to and resided
in Clifton Park, New York, until his decease
there, November 12, 1848. His wife was born
March 27, 1763, and died April 4, 1816. He
married (second) in November, 1821, Widow
Lydia Montgomery, who died January 22,
1846. After his removal to Clifton Park, he
became a Baptist minister, and was ordained



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as such March 12, 1801. He statedly preached
to the church at Clifton Park, with few inter-
vals, and as his age permitted, until his death.
He had a fluent diction, a strong, well-bal-
anced mind and was a man of great influ-
ence and extensive usefulness both as a citi-
zen and a Christian minister. His children :
Abigail. Ruth. Nathan, Solomon C, Sarah.
Abijah, Elizabeth, John. 7. Abigail, married
Alexander Baird. 8. Elizabeth, married Jos-
eph Youngs; removed to Ballston, New York,
from thence to Amsterdam, thence to Otego,
New York. She had sixteen children, seven
sons and nine daughters, all of whom mar-
ried and settled in Broome, Chenango and
Otsego counties. New York.

(VI) John (2), son of John (i) and Sa-
rah (Adams') Peck, was born November 12,
1742, died September ig, 1819. In 1775,
when but thirty-two years of age, he was a
veteran of a long war and accustomed to a
military life. He had served in the army for
four years during the then recent French
war, and subsequently became an active mem-
ber of the militia. He enlisted in the Eighth
Company. Captain Thomas Lee. Fifth Regi-
ment of the New York Line, Colonel Lewis
Dubois, December 26, 1776, for three years
or during the war and was mustered out,
January, 1782. He appears to have served
part of his enlistment, from February 10,
1777, to May, 1779, in the First Company.
Captain Rosekrans, of the same regiment.
Subsequent to the expiration of his first three
years of service he was in the winter of 1780
a member of the Light Company of the same
Fifth Regiment. He served in the battle at
White Plains. Colonel Dubois was in com-
mand of his regiment at the capture of Fort
Montgomery, October 6. 1777, and his lieuten-
ant-colonel and major were taken prisoners,
and in this battle John Peck was serving. He
was reported missing October 6, 1777, with
a large number of others of that company.
There is complete evidence, both direct and
circumstantial, that John Peck was not only
a revolutionary soldier for upwards of six
years, but was during all that time a conti-
nental soldier of the war. In 1772 John Peck
removed to Crcat Nine Partners, in that part
now Stanford, Dutchess county. New York.
In 1780 he moved to Little Nine Partners,
in that part now Milan, same countv, where
he remained until 1788, then returned to



Stanford, and in 1792 removed west of the
Hudson river to what is now Hunter, Greene
county, New York. In February, 1795, he
settled in Sherburne, Chenango county. New
York, where he resided until his death. He
was a man of superior natural talents, great
firmness and energy, one of the enterprising
valuable pioneers in the settlement of New
York state.

He married, in October. 1764. Sarah,
daughter of Nathan Northrup, of North Sa-
lem, New York. She w^as born there, October
28. 1746, and died in Smyrna, New York,
November 11, 1830. She was a granddaugh-
ter of Daniel and Sarah Northrup. of Milford,
Connecticut, and a great-granddaughter of
Joseph Northrup, of Yorkshire, England, and
his wife Mary, daughter of Francis Norton,
of Milford, Connecticut, who came there with
Rev. Peter Pruden, and died September 11,
1669. Children: i. Samuel, died in infancy.
2. Joel, an early settler of Norwich, Che-
nango county. New York. 3. Sarah, married
(first) Daniel Fisher; (second) William Yer-
rington : (third) Peter Cole. 4. Mary, mar-
ried David Wilbur. 5. Phebe, married Job
Loper. 6. .Stejihen. died in infancy. 7. Ste-
phen Northrup, one of the first settlers of
Solon, New York, where he died in his nine-
ty-seventh year. 8. John (3), see forward. 9.
Nathan, ordained a minister of the Baptist
church in July, 1814. 10. Betsey, married
John Nash.

(VII) John (3), eighth child of John (2),
and Sarah (Northrup) Peck, was born in
Stanford, New York, September 11, 1780.
died December 15, 1849, in New York City,
being there on a temporary visit. He moved
with his father to the Chenango Valley in
1795- He studied for the ministry and early
commenced preaching. In 1804 he settled at
Cazenovia, New York, as pastor of the Bap-
tist church, continuing until his death. He
was a distinguished minister of the Baptist
church, and eminent for his devotion to pas-
toral duty, his fervid eloquence and his con-
servative theological tendencies. He married,
August 20, 1801, Sarah Ferris, at Norwich,
New York, born May 7. 1784, died in Caze-
novia, New York, September 21, 1847. She
was a daughter of Israel Ferris, born at
Cireenwich. New York. October 25, 175 1. died
at Whitewater, A\'isconsin. January 2, 1844.
He ser\ed in the revolution in Captain Abra-



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ham Mead's company. Ninth Regular Com-
pany Militia, Colonel John Mead, of Green-
wich. He appears by the payroll to have
been discharged from service, January 11,
1777 (Connecticut Men in the Revolution).
He resided after the war in Dutchess, Che-
nango and Yates counties. New York. He
married, about 1775, Ruth Meade, born May
27, 1757. daughter of Jonathan and Sarah
Meade, of the town of North East, Dutchess
county. New York. Jonathan Meade was
first lieutenant in Captain Huested's company,
Sixth Regiment (Charlotte Precinct), Dutch-
ess county militia, Colonel David Suther-
land (Archives, page 282). He was an early
signer of the Association. Israel Ferris was
a son of Japhet and Hannah (Peck) Ferris,
granddaughter of Samuel Peck (see genera-
tion HI), who was thus the great-great-
grandfather of both Rev. John Peck and his
wife, Sarah Ferris. Israel and Ruth (Meade)
Ferris were the parents of thirteen children,
some of whom rose to eminence, namely :
Jonathan, Israel, Reuben, Sarah, Sarah (2),
Abraham, Stephen Gano, Thompson, Israel
Hubbard, Thompson (2), Ruth, Jesse and
Ambrose Lattin. Children of Rev. John and
Sarah (Ferris) Peck: i. Darius, see forward.
2. Mary, married John Fiske, of Cazenovia,
New York. 3. John, died in infancy. 4. Rev.
Philetus B., graduate of Hamilton Literary
and Theological Institute (now Colgate Uni-
versity ) ; ordained a minister of the Baptist
church in 1839; settled pastor of the Baptist
congregation at Owego, Tioga county, New
York, continuing until 1847, when he sud-
denly died October 6. He married Nancy
Morse. 5. Julia, married Rev. W^illiam M.
Pratt. 6. Rev. Linus M., entered Hamilton
College in 1838, graduated with highest hon-
ors in 1841 ; teacher, lawyer and preacher;
was settled over the church at Hamilton, New
York, until July, 1847, when he was suddenly
carried off at Cazenovia, New York, by the
same malignant disease that proved fatal to
his brother, Philetus B. Peck. They died
within a few hours, both had the same fu-
neral obsequies and were borne together to
their last resting place. He married Cordelia
C. Kendrick, of Hamilton, New York.

(\TII) Judge Darius Peck, eldest son of
Rev. John (3) and Sarah (Ferris) Peck, was
born in Norwich. Chenango county. New York,
June 5. 1802, died October 27, 1879. He pre-



pared for college under Rev. Daniel Hascall
and Zenas Morse, principal of Hamilton Aca-
demy, New York. In October, 1822, he en-
tered the sophomore class of Hamilton Col-
lege, New York, by which he was graduated
in August, 1825 ; studied law with Hon. Am-
brose L. Jordan and William Slosson, in the
cities of Hudson and New York; was admit-
ted to the bar of the supreme court of the
state of New York in August, 1828, and in
1 829 began the practice of law in Hudson,
New York, where he continued until his death.
In February, 1833, he was appointed by the
governor, and confirmed by the senate of the
state of New York, recorder of the city of
Hudson, then a judicial officer as well as a
member of the common council of that city,
which office he held until April, 1843. Fo''
several years he was superintendent of schools
and master in chancery. In April, 1843, ^^
was appointed by the governor and senate a
judge of the court of common pleas of Co-
lumbia county, New York, and in November,
1855, was elected county judge of that county,
and in 1863 and 1867 re-elected, presiding
over the courts of Columbia county for a term
of twelve years. He was a learned lawyer
and an able, impartial judge. His associates
of the bar respected him, and when called to
preside over them held their friendship and
highest esteem. Judge Peck was deeply inter-
ested in the collection and presen'ation of
family history. He compiled and published in
1887 "A Genealogical Account of the De-
scendants in the Male Line of William Peck."
He spent the leisure part of several years on
the work, and it is largely from this work
that this record is compiled. "Tho dead he
speaketh."

Judge Peck married, September 12, 1836,
Harriet M. Hudson, of Troy, New York, born
November 17, 1813, died April 18, 1863. Chil-
dren, all born in the city of Hudson, New-
York; I. John Hudson. 2. Horace Robin-
son, born December 9, 1839 ; graduated
from Hamilton College in 1859; admitted
to the New York bar in 1863, settled in
Hudson, New York, where he continued in
the practice of his profession until his death,
.вАҐ\pril 29, 1907. Married, November 17, 1867,
.Anna Van Deusen, of Greenport. New York.
Child : Bayard Livingston, born August 16,
1869. 3. Sarah Lucretia, born March 19, 1842,
died October 25, 1876; educated at Troy Fe-



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male Seminary; married October 19, 1859.
Martin Hoflfman Philip, of Claverack, New
York. Children: i. Katharine Maud, born
September 13, i860; ii. Harry Van Ness, born
August 9, 1862, an attorney of New York
City; iii. Laura Johnson, born December 10.
1863! 4. Willard, born March 2, 1844; grad-
uate of Hamilton College in 1864; admitted
to the New York state bar in 1867, settled
in Hudson, New York, where he continues
the practice of his profession. He married.
Tune 16. 1869. Mary Langford Curran. of
Utica. New York. Children : i. Harriet Hud
son, born April 2, 1870, died April 5, 1870; ii.
Philip Curran, February 7, 1874: an attorney
in New York City; iii. 'Darius, May 5, 1877;
an attorney of New York City; iv. Mary
Langford, November 29, 1881. 5. Nora, Sep-
tember 16, 1846; educated at Troy Female
Seminary, married, June 18, 1873, Frederick
Folger Thomas, of San Francisco, California,
where she resided ; children : i. William Shep-
ard, born March 23, 1874, now a mining en-
gineer of California ; ii. Maud Angeline. Feb-
ruary 10, 1876; iii. John Hudson. July 16.
1878, now a practicing architect of San Fran-
cisco; iv. Nora, September 22, 1880; v. Fred-
erick F.. October 26, 1885, a lawyer of Berke-
ley, California. 6. Theodosia, October 24,
1848, died August 23. 1849. 7. Emma Wil-
lard, May 9. 1852 ; educated at Troy Female
.Seminary; married. February i, 1897, Justice
Samuel Edwards, of the supreme court, born
April 24, 1839.



Elon Huntington Hooker, who
HOOKER recently laid aside active busi-
ness for a few months to be-
come chairman of the Finance Committee and
National Treasurer of the Progressive Party,
is a very successful young business man with
a rarely forceful personality which has im-
pressed itself upon all who have come to
know him in his business and social worlds.
A splendid persistence, backed up by a broad
intellectuality and magnificent phvsical pow-
ers have enabled him to win out in his busi-
ness career and to command the confidence
of a wide circle of the shrewdest business
men of the country. His associates and ac-
quaintances have learned that when he starts
out to do a thing that thing is very apt to be
done, no matter what the difficulties and op-
position.



Mr. Hooker is new in the political world,
but is already making himself felt in his work
for the Progressive party, because of his un-
remitting industry and enthusiasm, his power
of convincing, and the confidence which his
personality and record inspire in everyone he
deals with. He became a worker for Theo-
dore Roosevelt because he admires the man
and believes in his principles. Mr. Hooker
is a civil engineer as well as a business man.

The Hooker family has long been settled in
Hartford. Connecticut, and in Rochester. New-
York, and is one of the oldest in the United
States, dating back to the early history of
New England, where Thomas Hooker, of
whom Mr. Hooker is a lineal descendant,
founded the city of Hartford and the colony
of Connecticut. According to John Fiske, the
.American historian, Thomas Hooker, by origi-
nating and outlining the constitution of Con-
necticut, became the real designer of the
framework of our present federal constitu-
tion.

(I) John Hooker was of Devonshire, Eng-
land. He had a brother Roger, and a sister
Mary, who married John Russell, of Leices-
tershire. Children of John Hooker: John,
lived in Somersetshire ; Thomas, see forward ;
Rev. Zachary, rector of St. Michael's, Cath-
ays, Cornwall.

(H) Thomas, son of John Hooker, was of
Devonshire. He married and had children :
A daughter, who married Dr. George .Alcock.
of London; Rev. Thomas, see forward; Dor-
othy, married John Chester, of Leicestershire.

(HI) Rev. Thomas (2) Hooker, son of
Thomas ( i ) Hooker, was the immigrant an-
cestor of the Hooker family here dealt with,
and was born at Marfield, Leicestershire. Eng-
land, July 7, 1586. Cotton Mather in his
Magnalia says of him : "He was born of
parents that were neither unable nor unwill-
ing to bestow on him a liberal education ;
whereunto the early, lively sparkles of wit
observed in him did much to encourage them;
his natural temper was cheerful and courte-
ous ; but it was accomplished with such a sens-
ible grandeur of mind, as caused his friends,
without the help of astrology, to prognosticate
that he was born to the considerable." Re-
garding his education and conversion, Sprague
says : "He was educated at Emmanuel Col-
lege. Cambridge, of which in due time he
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this office with such ability and fidelity as to
secure universal respect and admiration. It
was while he was thus employed that he be-
came deeply impressed with the importance
of the eternal realities, and after a protracted
season of bitter anguish of spirit, he was en-
abled to submit without reserve to the terms
of the Gospel, and thus find peace and joy in
believing. His religious experience in the
very commencement seems to have been un-
commonly deep and thorough ; and no doubt it
was partly owing to this that he became so
much distinguished in after life as a counsel-
lor, comforter and guide to the awakened and
desponding." He frequently preached at
Cambridge and for some time in London and
its vicinity. In 1826 he became a lecturer and
assistant to the Rev. Mr. Mitchell at Chelms-
ford, and among his hearers were noblemen
and others of high standing in English society.
He was accustomed once a year to visit his
native county, and was once asked to preach
in the great church of Leicester. One cf the
chief burgesses of the town was greatly op-
posed to his preaching there, and not being
able to hinder him, he set persons fiddling in
the churchyard with a view to disturbing him.
But Mr. Hooker was able to retain command
of his audience, and at last even the fiddler
went to the door to listen, and the story goes
on to say that his conversion followed.

In 1630 a spiritual court which held its ses-
sions at Chelmsford silenced Mr. Hooker for
nonconformity. Although he was in accord
with the doctrines of the English church, there
were certain forms of worship which he could
not practice, and on this ground he was for-
bidden to minister to the people. He contin-
ued, however, to live near Chelmsford, and
was employed in teaching a school at a place
called Little Braddow, having John Eliot,
afterwards the famous Indian apostle, in his
family as an usher. A petition signed by
forty-seven ministers of the established church
was sent to the spiritual court asking to have
Mr. Hooker established, but it did no good.
After a short residence in retirement under
the patronage of his friend, the Earl of War-
wick, he determined to seek a home in Hol-
land, and his steps were watched by his per-
secutors, he being followed even to the shore,
but the ship fortunately got off to sea before
his pursuers arrived. Mr. Hooker remained
in Holland for three years and was at first



employed as an assistant to Mr. Paget, at
Amsterdam. On account of a misunderstand-
ing with him, Mr. Hooker removed to Delft,
and was associated with the Rev. Mr. Forbes,
a Scotch minister. Two years later he ac-
cepted a call to Rotterdam to assist the Rev.
Dr. William Ames. Dr. Ames is said to have
remarked that he never met a man the equal
of Mr. Hooker as a preacher or as a learned
disputant.

Mr. Hooker decided to go to New Eng-
land, but wished to return to England first,
as the times were supposed to be a little more
tolerant. Upon his arrival there, however, he
found that his enemies were still active, and
he was obliged to live in concealment until
the time of his departure from England to
America. He left England about the middle
of July, 1633, from the Downs, on the ship
"Griffin." Such was his peril that he and his
friend, Mr. Cotton, were obliged to remain
in concealment until the ship had put out to
sea. He arrived at Boston, Massachusetts,
September 4, 1633, and on October 11, was
chosen pastor of the church at Newtown
(Cambridge). He remained there to the great
satisfaction of the people for two and a half
years. In June, 1636, he joined the company
of those who went to make a settlement at
Hartford, Connecticut, and from this time was
identified with all the most important move-
ments of the colony. He was one of the
moderators of the first New England synod
held at Cambridge, in the case of the cele-
brated Ann Hutchinson. He published many
books and sermons between 1637 and his
death. He fell a victim to a violent epidemic
disease and died July 7, 1647, a great loss
to the community. The Rev. Thomas Hooker,
according to family tradition, married a sister
of John Pym, who was an intimate friend.
Children : Rev. John, about 1636 returned to
England and there married and settled in the
established church at Maseworth, Bucks;
Joanna, born about 1615, died April, 1616;
Mary, born about 1618, married the Rov.
Roger Newton, first pastor of Farmington,
later of Milford, Connecticut; Sarah, born
about 1630, married the Rev. John Wilson, of
Medfield ; a daughter, who married and be-
came a widow ; Samuel, see forward.

flV) Rev. .Samuel Hooker, son of the Rev.
Thomas (2) Hooker, was born in 1633. He
was educated at Harvard College, from which



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he was graduated in 1653. He succeeded the
Rev. Roger Newton, his brother-in-law, and
was the second pastor of the church at Farm-
ington, where he was ordained in July, 1661.
He was on a committee of four in 1662 to
treat with the New Haven colony in reference
to the proposed union with Connecticut un-
der one colonial government. .A.11 the de-
scendants of the Rev. Thomas Hooker, bear-
ing the name of Hooker, are also his de-
scendants. He was a fellow of Harvard, and
on account of his earnestness and piety was
called the "fervent Hooker." He had a habit
of committing his sermons to memory and
was a powerful and effective preacher. He
died at Farmington, November 6, 1697. He
married, September 22, 1658, Mary Willctt,
of Swansea. ^Massachusetts, afterwards of
.Seakonk, Rhode Island. Her mother was
Mary (Brown) Willett. Mary (Willett)
Hooker married (second) August 10, 1703,
tile Rev. Thomas Buckingham, of Saybrook,
Connecticut. Children of Mr. and Mrs.
Hooker: i. Dr. Thomas, born June to, 1659:
married, 1686, Mary (Smith) Lord, widow
of Richard Lord. 2. Samuel, born May 29.
1661 ; married, June 28, 1687, Alehitable Ham-
lin, of Middletown, Connecticut, born No-
vember 17, 1666. resided at Hartford. 3.
William, born May 11, 1663, merchant at
Fannington; married, 1689, Susannah Black-
leach, widow of John. 4. Hon. lohn, born
February 20. 1664-1665, died February i,
1746. 5. Hon. James, born October 27, 1666;
resided at Guilford, Connecticut, and served
as deputy to the general assembly. 6. Roger,
of Hartford, born September 14, 1668, died
unmarried. 7. Nathaniel, see forward. 8.
Mary, born July 3, 1673; was the third wife
of the Rev. James Pierpoint, of New Haven,
antl was the mother of Sarah, who married
the celebrated Rev. Jonathan Edwards. 9.
Hezekiah, born November 7, 1675, died in
1686. 10. Daniel, born March 25, "1679. died
in 1742. It. Sarah, born May 8, i68i ;'mar-
ried the Rev. Stephen Buckingham, of Nor-
walk, Connecticut.

(V) Nathaniel, son of the Rev. Samuel
and Mary (Willett) Hooker, was born in
Farmington, Scj)tcmber 28. 1671. He was a
notcfj merchant and a prominent man in Hart-
ford, his place of business being on the main
street, a piece of property which had been
the building lot of his father-in-law. who gave



lialf of his lot, extending from the second
l)urial ground to the Little River, to Mr
Hooker when he married. Mr. Hooker rep-
resented Hartford in the colonial assembly for
several years before his death, which occurred
November 11, 171 1. His widow married (sec-



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