Year of Emigration: 1847 or 1850
New information on Petworth emigrants:
Henry Peacock was born 21 April 1830, Petworth area, West Sussex, England.
1841 at Hampers Common, Petworth.
1847 or 1850 emigrated to Canada.
First child Susanna with Martha Yearks/Yerks on 5 September 1854 in Canada West (probably Ancaster Township, Wentworth County) mother’s name from Susanna’s marriage certificate.
Second child George with ??? Trainer, in April 1857, in Canada West probably Ancaster). Mother’s name from George’s death registration – suspect.
Married Phoebe Elizabeth Cole on 19 September 1858 in Ancaster, have marriage registration. Henry and Elizabeth had 10 children all born in Canada West/Ontario between 1860 and 1884.
First destination in North America:
1851 Ancaster Township, Wentworth County, Canada West
1861 Ancaster Township, Wentworth County, Canada West
1871 East Nissouri Township, Oxford County, Ontario
1881 Vespra Township, Simcoe County, Ontario
Emigrated to Michigan about 1888
1889 – 1920 Buena Vista Township, Saginaw County Michigan,
Letters, Documents & Photos Owned by the Submitter:
I have a photo of Phoebe Elizabeth (Cole) Peacock in her later years.
Sources of information:
As above: birth registrations; marriage registrations; death registrations; Englad, Canada and USA censuses.
Where sources were found:
Libraries, Archives, Ancestry Library edition.
Information being sought:
There was a Henry Peacock staying at the Albion Hotel in Quebec City on 14 July, 1847. This is on shipslist.com, and I have the newspaper clipping also, that I got from the Ontario Archives in Toronto. We assumed that this was our Henry Peacock from Petworth arriving in Canada, but your information is that he came over in 1850. Can you tell me where your information came from?
Our Henry was married 2 or 3 times (at least his first 2 children seem to be from 2 different women) and lived in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County (1851, 1861); East Nissouri Township, Oxford County (1871); Vespra Township, Simcoe County (1881); emigrated to Michigan about 1888; is in the 1889/1890 Saginaw City directory in Buena Vista Township, Saginaw County; Buena Vista Township, Saginaw County (1900, 1910, 1920).
He died in Buena Vista Township on 29 February, 1920. His wife, Phoebe Elizabeth (Cole) Peacock gave his birthdate as 21 April, 1830. and his parents' names as George Peacock and Elizabeth Forth. The problem is, we have Henry's father marrying an Eliza Holden in Fittleworth (near Petworth) on 24 June, 1822. Also, on Henry's marriage record to Phoebe, he gives his mother's name as Eliza, not Elizabeth.
In my years of researching I have found that Eliza and Elizabeth are NOT interchangeable (I even have one relative named Eliza Elizabeth Twinn), so we think Phoebe was incorrect on the death record. She (or whoever gave the information) was very inconsistent on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses, giving 3 different birthplaces for her father (all wrong) and 2 different birthplaces for her mother (both wrong). Henry and Phoebe had 10 children from 1860 to 1884, some of whom stayed in Ontario and some of whom went to Michigan with them. The COLEs and PEACOCKs intermarried 3 times between 1858 and 1917.
Henry’s children married: Cole, Mason, McDermott, Butts, Dean, Bailey/Leach, Reinke.
Submitter: John Cole
Date submitted: 29 January 2009
Editorial note: The source we have for Henry Peacock emigrating from Petworth in 1850 was the Public Record Office - now National Archives - MH12 13063 (Ministry of Health papers), where details of some parish assisted emigrants can be found.
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