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Esther Peck Mead
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Birth: Jul. 12, 1756
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: 1819
Butler County
Ohio, USA

Esther Peck Mead Biography

Esther Peck was born on July 12, 1756 in Greenwich, the daughter of Captain Nathaniel Peck, Jr. (b. June 2, 1725; d. 1775, both in Greenwich) and Jerusha Curtis (b. 1727 in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut).

She married Jeremiah Mead, Jr. ca 1775 in Greenwich.

He was born in 1755 in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, the son of Jeremiah Mead, Sr. (born on February 13, 1726/27; died on February 5, 1815 in Greenwich) and Amy Lockwood Mead (born on March 11, 1733/34; died in 1814 in Greenwich).

Greenwich was the scene of much action during the Revolution. From the fall of New York to the British in September 1776, when Private Jeremiah Mead's battalion stationed there under General Putnam narrowly escaped capture, until the British evacuated New York in 1783 at the end of the war, Greenwich was the borderline between the British and the colonies, and was the object of raids by land and sea. General Tryon raided Greenwich on February 26, 1779, destroying continental stores and setting fire to everything, sparing only houses known to belong to Tories.

Jeremiah served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Captain Matthew Mead's company. He participated in an expedition to Long Island under Colonel David Waterbury. He had a loss in a British raid and was reimbursed through an Ohio land grant in Huron County, Ohio.

He was appointed by the Connecticut Assembly as a surveyor of lands in and for the county of Fairfield in January 1799.

The children of Jeremiah Mead and Esther Peck were:

Walter P. Mead, b. ca. 1784 in Greenwich; d. after June 1833 in Butler County, Ohio.
Harriet Mead, b. December 21, 1786 in Greenwich; d. Feb 20, 1864 in Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana. She married Captain Isaac Peck in 1814 in Connecticut; b. July 09, 1787, probably in Greenwich; d. April 30, 1862, Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana.
Hugh Mead, b. between 1787-1788, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut; d. Feb 13, 1856, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania; m. Amelia Russell, before 1819, Butler County, Ohio; b. 1789, New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York; d. June 23, 1841, Harford, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
Mariah C. Mead, b. 1791, Greenwich; d. ca. 1827, probably Butler County, Ohio. She married Joseph Hamilton McMaken July 25, 1824 in Butler County, Ohio; b. April 21, 1789, Monmouth, Boone County, Kentucky; d. September 21, 1857, Middleton, Des Moines County, Iowa.
Hugh Mead, b. 1793, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut; d. Feb 13, 1856, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania; m. Amelia Russell, before 1819, Butler County, Ohio; b. 1789, New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York; d. Jun 23, 1841, Harford, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
Luke Mead, b. ca. 1790 in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut; d. 1837 in Parke County, Indiana. He married (1) Unknown before 1820, probably in Harrisontown, Niagara County, New York; b. ca. 1790; d. in 1837 in Parke County, Indiana. He married (2) Mary Timbermen in 1821, probably in Franklin County, Indiana; she was born ca 1800; died after 1837, probably in Indiana.
Elizabeth "Eliza" Peck Mead, b. June 10, 1793 in Greenwich; d. Feb 10, 1874 in West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio. She married Dr. Jonathan Drake on June 3, 1819 in Butler County, Ohio; he was born on January 13, 1783; d. August 21, 1830 in Ohio. After Jonathan's death, Eliza lived with her son Lewis Drake in Liberty, Ohio for the rest of her life.
Frances Mead, b. March 30, 1797 in Greenwich; d. April 15, 1868 in Springfield, Hamilton County, Ohio. She married Dr. Erastus S. Close on May 10, 1823 in Ohio; he was born June 06, 1797 in New Jersey; d. March 25, 1866 in Springfield, Hamilton County, Ohio.
Benjamin Church Mead, b. November 04, 1804 in Greenwich; d. on August 12, 1850 in Springdale, Hamilton County, Ohio. He married (1) Ann Cunningham before 1832; she was born in 1811 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; d. 1834 in Butler or Hamilton County, Ohio. He married (2) Mary Livingston Brown on April 21, 1840 in Hamilton County, Ohio; she was born on December 31, 1810 in New York City; d. June 3, 1897 in Walnut Hills, Stark County, Ohio.
Charlotte Mead, b. ca. 1806 in Greenwich; d. December 27, 1855 in Ohio. She married David Gaston ca 1830 in Ohio; b. ca 1803 in Ohio; d. after 1870 in Logan County, Ohio.

Jeremiah, Esther and their entire family relocated from Greenwich to Union Township, Butler County, Ohio in 1817.

Her second great granddaughter Mary Beeler Sawers (1903-2001) described their trip in her family history manuscript, Lineage of Jeremiah Mead of Greenwich, Connecticut, Soldier of the American Revolution, p. 36: The family of Jeremiah and Esther Mead and their nine children made a sizable caravan. Luke and Hugh, then in their middle or late twenties, may have had wives and perhaps children along. Harriet may have been married by then too, in which case her husband, Isaac Peck, no doubt traveled with them. Eliza's marriage is recorded later in Ohio. Walter, Benjamin, who was 13, and three younger sisters, Frances, Charlotte, and Maria, made up the family. Jeremiah's brother Levi and members of his family may have also been in the party.

Union Township, in the southeastern corner of Butler County, includes the town of West Chester. Emma Walker Mead Beeler (1842-1928) - their granddaughter - wrote the following about the arrival of Jeremiah and Esther Mead in Ohio: "Unfortunately, they settled on swampy ground near the big pond not far from West Chester. Here the family contracted malaria, which legacy has descended on nearly all of their hapless posterity." Whatever the cause, Esther Peck Mead died sometime during the year 1819. She was 63 years old. Her husband outlived her by 12 years and died on October 20, 1831, age 76.

The graves of Esther and Jeremiah Mead in Butler County, Ohio, have not been located although a receipt for gravestones was found among Jeremiah's papers:

"Estate of Jeremiah Mead to D. Bolles Dr
To 2 Sets of Grave Stones for Jeremiah and Esther Mead $24.00
Rec'd payment of Walter P. Mead, Admr of Sd Estate
David Bolles"

Hopefully, their graves will be located in the not-too-distant future.

Submitted on January 8, 2013 by Sandra Johnson Witt, her third great granddaughter

Family links: 
  Nathaniel Peck (1725 - 1775)
  Jerusha Curtis/Curtiss Peck (1727 - ____)
  Jeremiah Mead (1755 - 1831)*
  Hugh Mead (1793 - 1856)*
  Elizabeth Peck Mead Drake (1793 - 1874)*
  Benjamin Church Mead (1804 - 1850)*
  Esther Peck Mead (1756 - 1819)
  Jerusha Peck Ferris (1770 - 1815)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Sandra Johnson Witt
Record added: Aug 02, 2011
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Esther <i>Peck</i> Mead
Added by: Sandra Johnson Witt
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