Rev Robert Peck

Rev Robert Peck

Beccles, Waveney District, Suffolk, England
Death 1656 (aged 75–76)
Hingham, South Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
Burial Hingham, South Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
Memorial ID 58734306 · View Source
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Robert Peck 25 became vicar of Hingham 7th Jan 1605. His separatist ideas influenced parishioners for 33 yrs - much against the more catholic views of the established church - caused friction. Residents left for America - 1633 several families left for America from Gt Yarmouth in the 'Elizabethan Bonaventure' - settled Bare Cove, renamed Hingham, MA - then joined by a second part from home town in Norfolk. Robt was in trouble with superiors 1636 - some of his flock objecting to RC influence broke into church and caused destruction - Robt held responsible- also his holding of prayer meetings in private houses was against church law so he was called before a consistory court in Norwich and charged with "contumacious disobedience to the orders and ceremonies of the church". He refused to subscribe to the 'new articles ' and was excommunicated- his living sequestered. 18 months later (1638) Robert and Family sailed for America in the 'Diligent' of Ipswich (master John Martin - left in June and arrived Boston 10th August with about 100 passengers) and joined settlement of Hingham - many important residents went with him (Buck, Chamberlain, Cooper, Cushing, Foulsham, Gates, James , J Peck , Ripley and Tufts) . Joseph Peck = (Robert's brother founded a huge family of Pecks in America) - with second wife and four children (Joseph, Nicholas, Samuel, and Rebecca) plus two men servants and three maid servants. Robt took his wife Anne (nee Lawrence) their children including -Joseph and Robert and/or Thomas and Ann) and two servants. Robt became teacher at the church and assisted its first minister , Peter Hobart. Back in Hingham Norfolk, parishioners (now puritan) petitioned for his return. He left America in 1641 and resumed as rector in Hingham in 1645 and died 1656. (Burial Register stops at 1652 and so no record of this??) This information is from "The Heyday of Their Strength" by M.E. Lonsdale and also Edmund Perry of the Norwich Historical Society.
The stone at right likely belongs to Robert Peck but is not absolutely certain. In his 1651 will, he requested to be buried in the Hingham churchyard near his first wife Ann.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Robert Peck (1580–1656), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58734306, citing St. Andrew's Churchyard, Hingham, South Norfolk District, Norfolk, England ; Maintained by Dave Peck (contributor 46966140) .