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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1158-1159 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(II) Clement, sixth son of John (q. v.) and Eleanor Peckham, died before 1712. He resided in Newport. He bought land in Tiverton in 1706-08. He married Lydia, surname unknown. They had one child, Job.

(III) Job, only child of Clement and Lydia Peckham, was born in 1692, died in Providence, Rhode Island, August 13, 1779. His will was made at Providence, his home at Middletown, Rhode Island, being then in possession of the British. He calls himself of "advanced age." He owned a large farm in Tiverton and another at Middletown. His wife was Mary, daughter of Lawrence Turner of Newport. Children in the order mentioned in his will:

  1. Silas, born 1731, died February 28, 1820;
  2. Giles, see forward;
  3. Enos, married Ann Hovey, he was a soldier of the revolution, private of Colonel Robert Elliott's regiment, 1776;
  4. George, born in Rhode Island (Middletown most likely) about 1736, he resided in Tiverton, Rhode Island, until 1794, when he joined with a colony of Tiverton and Little Compton families that settled in Madison and Saratoga counties, New York;
  5. Sarah, married Henry Tew;
  6. Mary, married Joseph Bennett;
  7. Lydia, married Elisha Gibbs;
  8. Hannah, married George Brightman;
  9. Nancy, married ———— Freeborn.

(IV) Giles, son of Job and Mary (Turner) Peckham, spent most of his life in Providence, Rhode Island. He married, in 1753, Mary, daughter of Hon. Aaron Kingsley, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. The Kingsleys were, by marriage, cousins to the Pecks and Peckhams. During the revolutionary war Captain Peleg Peck, whose mother was Aaron Kingsley's sister, commanded a company in which his younger cousin Jonathan was a private. They were at the battle of Saratoga.

(V) Jonathan, eldest son of Giles and Mary (Kingsley) Peckham, was born in 1754. He married (first) Susannah West, who died about 1785, leaving three children. About 1790 he married (second) Innocent Wood and went to Ballston Spa, Saratoga county, New York, where he bought a large tract of land which remained in the family for many years.

(VI) Giles Henry, son of Jonathan and Innocent (Wood) Peckham, married Abigail Gregory and the Saratoga county records show them to have conveyed the land in which the Ballston springs are located. He died at Schenectady, New York, September 11, 1876. Children:

  1. Eliza,
  2. Alva Gregory, see forward;
  3. Rinaldo S. F.,
  4. Harriet and
  5. Ann.

(VII) Alva Gregory, eldest son of Giles Henry and Abigail (Gregory) Peckham, was born January 1, 1815, died in Schenectady, New York, August 14, 1876. He was educated in Saratoga county. He pursued a variety of employments; was a farmer, merchant and railroad engineer. In early life he was a Baptist, but after settling in Schenectady joined the First Dutch Reformed Church. He married Mary Ann Stevens, born in Glenville, Schenectady county, New York, daughter of Nicholas and Eleanor Stevens, early settlers of Schenectady county, where they died, well known and respected. Children:

  1. William Davis,
  2. William Henry, see forward;
  3. Robert Barker,
  4. Isaac Judson and
  5. Mary Eleanor.

Four of these children died in childhood.

(VIII) William Henry, second son of Alva Gregory and Mary Ann (Stevens) Peckham, was born in Milton, Saratoga county, New York, April 25, 1846. When he was less than a year old his parents removed to Schenectady, where his entire life has been passed. He received a good education in the city schools, and began life as bookkeeper. In 1877 he was appointed teller of the Mohawk National Bank, continuing with that institution for about fifteen years. In 1891 he engaged in the lumber business as junior member of the firm of Van Vorst & Peckham. Two years later, 1893, he began trading as Peckham, Wolf & Company, whole sale and retail lumber dealers, of Schenectady with extensive yards, offices, etc., on Dock street. The firm conduct a very large business, and having a perfect equipment are enabled to handle the work with dispatch. Mr. Peckham has retired from active participation in the business, and is enjoying to the utmost the fruits of earlier endeavor. He has built a beautiful home in the city where he can usually be found. He is a director of the Mohawk National Bank. He is Republican in politics, but has declined all public office except membership on the school board, where he served several years.

William H. Peckham married, in Albany, New York, Emma Lawson, born in that city, October 12, 1848, daughter of Henry and Eunice (Hogan) Lawson, and granddaughter of Peter Hogan, a native of Ireland. Henry Lawson was born in September, 1812, in Albany, New York, died in Texas, November 7, 1894. His wife, Eunice (Hogan) Lawson, was born June 25, 1805, in Albany county, New York, died May 21, 1872, in Buckley, Missouri. Henry Lawson was a farmer, a Methodist (as was his wife), and a Democrat. He was son of Isaac Lawson, born in Coeymans, Albany county, New York; later in life he removed to Trout Creek, Delaware county, New York, where he died at an extreme old age. Child of William H. and Emma (Lawson) Peckham: Dr. Alva Lawrence, born November 25, 1874. His preparatory education was obtained in the Schenectady common and high schools; he entered Union University, where he was graduated with degree of B.S., in 1896. Choosing medicine as his profession, he entered Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, where he was graduated M.D., 1899. He is now established in a successful practice in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he located in 1899. He is a member of the Medical Society of the County of Dutchess, the Poughkeepsie Academy of Medicine, the American Medical and New York State Medical associations, and stands high in his profession. He was prominent in college life, member of the Chi Psi Fraternity of Union, and affiliated with other college institutions. He is a member of the Masonic Order and is past master of Triune Lodge, No. 782, Free and Accepted Masons. He married, June 15, 1899, in Schenectady, New York, Mary Woolworth Halsey, daughter of Professor Charles S. Halsey, who for twenty-two years was the head of the Union Classical Institute, now of Brooklyn, New York. Mary W. Halsey was born in Schenectady, September 13, 1877, died December 19, 1909; she was a graduate of the Classical Institute, was a skilled pianist and a most lovable woman. Children:

  1. Elizabeth, born August 14, 1903;
  2. William Halsey, April 24, 1907.

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