Peach Genealogy - Newsletter, Issue 7
THE PEACH/PEACHEY PROJECT The Electronic Peach Tree Issue 7 Editor: John Harding Peach Peachroot@aol.com
MORE BURIED TREASURE IN ENGLAND
In my last report, I was introducing the folks on board by categorizing them. The way I am doing this is to identify their family's place of origin, as far as they can recollect.
Many of these can trace their family back to their home country in England. As I continue to introduce these folk and show their relationships to their home land, if you were not mentioned, please let me know if you can trace your roots to a location in England.
In the last issue, I introduced those from the ISLE OF WIGHT, YORKSHIRE, DORSET, SOMERSETSHIRE, SUSSEX and SUFFOLK.
I wish I could transfer a map of England (Webmaster Note: I added the link to a 310 Kbyte .gif map file that is stored elsewhere) onto this email with having to download it. This way it would be much easier and more effective to pinpoint where these counties in England are located. Having this handicap, allow me to do it by sections.
Somerset and Dorset are in the southwest. Continuing eastward along the southern coast is the Isle of Wight and then Sussex. These counties are all south of London.
As we go north of London, going now from west to east, we begin with ESSEX. Thus far, the only one on board identifying with Essex is Dr. BARRY PEACHEY. I believe I gave his genealogical information in a prior issue.
Next, northwest of London comes OXFORDSHIRE. We have two on board who can trace their roots to that county. One is EILEEN WHITE of Australia. She says that her great grandmother, ELIZABETH PEACHEY, was born about 1854. Her father was JOHN PEACHEY. His parents were ELIJAH PEACHEY and ELIZABETH KNIGHT. They lived around the Churchill area of Oxfordshire, England. In 1874 Elizabeth married George Southam, and they migrated to So.Australia in 1877.
CHRIS O'LOUGHLIN of Australia is from the same family, both he and Eileen descending from Elizabeth Peachey who married George Southam and migrated to So.Australia. Chris adds to Eileen's info. by saying, Elizabeth and George had 12 children, the youngest being Elizabeth Lucy Southam, my grandmother. Chris then digresses back to England.
"Elizabeth's sister, EMILY JANE PEACHEY, married a George Ladbrook and moved to Blockley in GLOUCESTERSHIRE. Before their marriage she had a son, WILLIAM PEACHEY. One of she and George's children, Walter William Ladbrook, also migrated to South Australia in 1912. I have recently made contact with his descendants.
"Her other sister, ANN PEACHEY," Chris continues, "married Charles Wallin and settled in Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire. She also had a daughter before marriage, ANN PEACHEY. The girls also had two brothers, JOHN PEACHEY and FRANCES WILLIAM PEACHEY who I have not been able to trace beyond the 1871 census.
"The mother, THIRZA PEACHEY, died in childbirth at the age of 28. JOHN PEACHEY married again to Mary Ann Wakefield of Little Wolford, WARWICKSHIRE. They settled in Blockley, GLOUCESTERSHIRE and had several children of their own."
Going due north of Oxfordshire, we come to the county of WARWICK. ALAN PEACH of W.Wales traces his roots back to Warwick and Stafford, further to the north.
Adjoining Warwick to the east in the county of NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. This is the area from which MARTIN PEACH of Manitoba, Canada descends. Martin says he has a copy of the Peach Tree Family of Northampton. It is from 1669 up to J.S.PEACH's family (from whom Martin comes). Martin writes,
"J.S. PEACH was baptised on June 14, 1811, and his parents were JOHN PEACH, and his mother was Jane Sawford, and the sheet I have shows that his father had three brothers and two sisters."
Adjoining Northamptonshire to the north is LEICESTERSHIRE. This is the origin of one of the NEW JERSEY (USA) branches. Six of those on board are from this branch. They are Sis. ANNE THERESE PEACH (a Catholic nun in western Pennsylvania), WALTER and ARLINE PEACH of Maine, and their adult children: GARY PEACH of New Jersey, LARRY PEACH of New Hampshire and JANET PEACH FISKE.
These folks trace their ancestry back to Ashby de la Zouch in LEICESTERSHIRE. Their branch history is documented thoroughly in THE PEACH/PEACHEY MIGRATIONS book.
RUTLAND was a small extinct county adjacent to the southeast of Leicestershire that has since become a part of Leicestershire. The NORTHERN MARYLAND branch comes from Rutland. WILLIAM J. PEACH of Florida is the lone representative of this branch on board. However, I just found by someone off board that we have another Peach from Rutland on the boat who is NOT from the Northern Maryland Branch.
FRED PEACH of Nova Scotia (CANADA) is the father of MARTIN R. PEACH of Montreal (CANADA). Martin is on board, but his dad is not on the internet. So I will refer to his letter sent to me by snail mail. He writes,
"My line of Peach starts in RUTLAND, our first hard evidence being the marriage fo a RICHARD PEACH to and Elizabeth Cestlin as Ketton in Aug.1656, Elizabeth coming from the neighboring parish of Empingham." He further writes, "I have no idea whether any members of our lot of Peaches migrated to North America before I did." It is my pleasure to let both Fred and his son, Martin, that there is a whole branch of Peaches here who preceded them.
Going further east, we come to CAMBRIDGESHIRE. Both HELEN McKNIGHT of Australia and KEITH SMITH of East Yorkshire (ENGLAND) trace their lineage to Soham of Cambridgeshire.
Adjoining Cambridgeshire on the east is SUFFOLK. In the northwest part of England is YORKSHIRE. We have identified those who came from these counties in prior issues.
However, I just got a nice long email from AYLA PEACHY of Saudi Arabia. She shows how the Saudi Arabian branch came also from Suffolk, namely from Mildenhall. Many Peachys and Peacheys from Virginia (USA) trace their ancestry back to this locality. I plan to spend much time on these folks in later issues.
If there is anyone on board who can trace your lineage back to England and was not mentioned, please let me know. If you have shared it with me before, and I have overlooked it, I humbly apologize. (This project at times just becomes overwhelming to me. I work both a full time and part time job and just do this project when I should be sleeping or just relaxing).
I hope these past two issues didn't tax your brains too much. But I found it necessary to identify which niche you are in.
We are due to be docking in Normandy this Saturday, August 29. I hope you have enjoyed the smooth sailing in the North Sea and will be ready to get your feet on the ground for awhile.
I am Sincerely Yours, Captain John H.Peach
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