Descendants of John Peacock (about 1710 - 1742)
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John Peacock (1813 - 1896) - son of John Peacock (1766 - 1829) - son of John Peacock (1738-?) - son of John Peacock (about 1710 - 1742)
John Peacock is a direct ancestor of Bill Burgar, author of this work.
He was born in 1813 in Matching, Essex.10 No baptism record has been found for John, so there is no positive proof as to his parents. However, we are sure that his parents were John Peacock (1766- ?) and Mary Little (1773-1850)
The first record we have of John Peacock is as a child attending a Sunday School run by the Abbess Roding Congregational Church. This was an independent church which held meetings at Rookwood Hall in Abbess Roding, Essex.
This shows that a John Peacock of Matching Green attended the school from October 1818 to at least 1823, and maybe up to 1825, i.e. for about 5 to 7 years. The only known John Peacock of this age at this time in Matching Green was John Peacock (1813-1896), although he had a cousin, John Peacock (1803 - 1843), who was thus 10 years older. It is unlikely that it was this John Peacock (1803 - 1843) who attended the school since he would have been 15 years old in 1818 and 22 years old in 1825. Further, John (1803 - 1843) had 9 siblings, none of whom seemed to have attended the school.
Normally, children started Sunday school at the age of between 5 and 8 years old. The start date for this John Peacock is in agreement with his birth in 1813. He appears to have left in about 1823 to 1825, when he would have been about 10 or 12 years old. This was not an unusual age for leaving Sunday School. Most children seemed to leave the Sunday School when they were 10 to 12 years old. Thus if John left between 1823 and 1825 he would have been in this age range and of a typical age to stop attending Sunday School..
Nothing further is recorded about John Peacock until his marriage to Eliza Radley in 1833 in Matching, Essex. The Marriage Register for St Mary the Virgin, Matching, Essex, 222 has the entry:
John Peacock married Eliza Radley on 1.3.1833. JP signed X, ER signed
The children of the marriage are shown below. The first 4 were baptised at the parish church, St Mary the Virgin, Matching, Essex. The remaining 4 children were baptised at the Abbess Roding Congregational Church, perhaps he was returning to his earlier religious upbringing. In the 1840s many of his neighbours were active members of the Abbess Roding Congregational Church. Later, many of his children were regular attendees of this church.
John and his wife Eliza (Radley) Peacock appear in all the Census returns from 1841 to 1891, and Eliza is in the 1901 Census after her husband's death.
For the whole of this time he is recorded as being an Agricultural Labourer.
His Death Certificate states:
John Peacock, 83 years, Farm labourer, died
31/1/1896 at The Green, Matching, Reg. District Epping, sub-district Harlow.
Eliza Radley was born in 1813 in High Laver, Essex.10 I
In the 1901 Census, she was living in Matching Green with her son John Peacock and
also next to Rachel Trundle, her
daughter. She died on 1 May 1905 in Matching Green, Essex.17
Her Death Certificate contains the following information:
John Peacock and Eliza Radley had the following children:
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