|Birth: ||unknown, England|
New Hampshire, USA
Lt. Francis Peabody married (1) by 1640, Lydia ____. They lived in Hamption MA & had four children there: Lydia Howlett Perley (bp. 1640), John (b.abt.1642), Joseph (b. abt 1645), & William (b. say 1647).
Francis Peabody moved from Hampton to Topsfield in 1650, probably consequest to his 2nd marriage to the widow, Mary (Foster) Wood, whose 1st husband died at Ipswich by 27 Mar 1649. Since there are no records for the death of his 1st wife & his marriage to his 2nd wife, some uncertainty remains as to the allocation of his 14 children between the 2 wives.
In his will, he made bequests to his sons in the following sequence: John, Joseph, William, son-in-law [i.e. stepson] Daniel Wood, Isaac, Jacob, & Nathaniel. From depositions, we know that John was born about 1642 & Joseph about 1645, making them the oldest. From Topsfield vital records, we know that Jacob was born in 1664 & Nathaniel in 1689, making them the youngest. We conclude that in his will Francis Peabody named his sons in birth order. The insertion of the stepson between the wst 3 sons & the last 3 sons suggests that John, Joseph & William were with his 1st wife, Lydia, & that Isaac, Jacob & Nathaniel were with his 2nd wife, Mary.
Francis Peabody then named his daughters in the following order: Lydia Perley, Mary Death, Sarah How, & Hepzibah Ray. Lydia was baptised at Hampton in 1640 & was clearly the oldest. We assume again that the testator named his daughters in birth order. This does not tell us, however, which of these daughters were with the 1st wife 7 which with the 2nd. The difficulty lies with the daughter Mary, whose 1st child was born in 1670 (assuming that she was the only wife of John Death), which would suggest a year of birth about 1650, vert close to the date of death of the 1st husband of the 2nd wife of Francis, & also very close to the date of the family's move from Hampton to Topsfield, which, as noted above, may have been consequent to his remarriage. Since this daughter was given the same name as the 2nd wife, we propose that she was the 1st child of the 2nd wife, recognizing that his conclusion could benefit from further evidence.
Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project
Francis Peabody (1614 - 1697)
Thomas Perley (1641 - 1709)*
Joseph Peabody (1644 - 1721)*
William Peabody (1646 - 1699)*
Isaac Peabody (1648 - 1726)*
Sarah Peabody Howe (1650 - 1732)*
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: May 20, 2009
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