NameChristopher Peake
Birthabt 1605, Thorpe-Achurch, Northamptonshire, England296
Death22 May 1666, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts318,296 Age: 61
FatherBoniface Peake (~1565-1620)
BirthJul 1614, Assington, Suffolk, England
Christening13 Jul 1614, Assington, Suffolk, England318,319 Age: <1
Immigrationbef 10 Aug 1634296 Age: 20
Death30 Dec 1697, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts320,296 Age: 83
FatherThomas French (1584-<1639)
MotherSusan Riddlesdale (1584-1658)
Marriage3 January 1636/1637, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts296
ChildrenJonathan (1637-1700)
 Dorcas (1640-)
 Hannah (1643-1660)
 Joseph (1645-1688)
 infant (Stillborn) (1647-1647)
 infant (1649-1649)
 Ephraim (1652-)
 Sarah (1656-)
Notes for Christopher Peake
His will is dated 2 April 1666 and it was proved 2 August 1666. The inventory of his estate was completed 8 June 1666 and amounted to 531.17.02. He was admitted to the church as a single many in 1634, and qualified as a freeman on 4 March 1635. He was a donr to the free school.

Will of Christopher Peake - April 2, 1666
(as printed in the NEHGR 15:126)
2. 2. mo. 1666 I, Christopher Peake, of Rocksbury, doe make this my Last will.
My wife, Dorcas, sole Executric. Mr Edfward Denison & Mr Thomas Weld, both of
Roxsburys, Overseers--to Order all my Estate & guid my wife in all such [ways]
as may be for Gods Honour & my wifes & Childrens [best] good. Debts paid out
of mine Estate. I giue use & Rents of my House Lands & mooueables to my wife,
she maintaining the reparation of yt the whole time of her Life, excepting a
Litle pasture where I intend to make a tan yard, if God please to Lett me Liue.
My will is, that Little pasture, being about two acres of ground, and what
soeuver buildings I shall set upon that ground, shall be my three sonnes,
Jonathan, Joseph, & Ephraim, & it shall be diuided equally between them, for
them, their heires or assignes. And further, that my two daughters, at the day
of Marriag, if God so dispose of them, both Dorcas and Sarah, shall haue ten
pounds, each, out of the mooueable goods. My will is, that the pasture or tan
yard, that I giue my sonnes, shall not be alienated or sold by them, or any of
them, but each to the other, Prouided my other Estate will pay my debts. After
my wife's decease, I bequeathe my Goods unto my Children, Jonathan, Dorcas,
Joseph, Ephraim, and Sarah, to them & to their heires foreuer, to be diuided
between them as Followeth, my Eldest sonne, to haue a double portion, the Rest
of my Children to haue a part alike. My sonne, Jonathan, hath already receiued
four acres of Land, by the great pond, wch shall be accounted as a part of his
double portion, with a Cow, which shall be Counted to Him also, and further,
that if my Children shall reciue what is abouemintioned (that is to say) My
sonnes the pasture, or my daughters ten pound apiece, that shall be accounted
to them as part of their portion also. It shall be Lawfull for my wife, if need,
to Make sale of Chattell or Lands for the payment of my debts, with the aduice
of the ouerseers, and my Children to Enjoy the Remainder, and no more,
accordingly as I haue formerly mentioned.
Christopher Peake
Edward Bridge (His Marke)
Edward Morris, both of whom deposed Aug. 2, 1666.296


ORIGIN: Unknown
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Christopher Peake a single man" was admitted to Roxbury church among those who arrived in 1634 [RChR 80].
FREEMAN: 4 March 1634/5 [MBCR 1:370].
EDUCATION: He signed his will. His inventory noted that "the best of his clothes & books [had been] disposed of to his children."
ESTATE: In an early listing of Roxbury estates, Christopher Peake owned an undetermined amount of land and was valued at £6 8s. personal estate [RBOP 4]. He received ten acres in the 20 January 1657[/8] division of the thousand acres at Dedham [RBOP 6]. In the Roxbury list of possessions, compiled in 1652 or 1653, Christopher Peake held nine parcels, the first five of which had been granted to him: "his house and lot thereto, eleven acres"; "two acres of salt marsh in Gravelly Point"; "seven acres and a half"; "in the last division the second part of the three allotments being the eighth lot ... [being] twenty acres and one quarter"; "in the thousand acres near Deddam ten acres"; "ten acres bought of Jeames Morgan"; "three acres of salt marsh "; "an acre of meadow"; and "two acres in bare-marsh" [RBOP 38].
   In his will, dated 2 April 1666 and proved 2 August 1666, "Christopher Peake of Rocksbury" appointed "my wife Dorcas, sole executrix," and "Mr Edward Denison & Mr. Thomas Weld, both of Roxsburye," overseers; "rents of my house, lands & moveables to my wife, she maintaining the reparation of that the whole time of her life, excepting a little pasture where I intend to make a tan yard, if God please to let me live"; "that little pasture, being about two acres ... [to] my three sons, Jonathan, Joseph, & Ephraim" equally; "my two daughters, at the day of marriage, if God so dispose of them, both Dorcas and Sarah," £10 each in moveable goods; "after my wife's decease, I bequeath my goods unto my children, Jonathan, Dorcas, Joseph, Ephraim, and Sarah ... my eldest son to have a double portion, the rest of my children to have a part alike"; "my son Jonathan hath already received four acres of land by the Great Pond, which shall be accounted as a part of his double portion, with a cow" [SPR 1:473-74].
   The inventory of the estate of Christopher Peake was taken 8 June 1666 and totalled £531 17s. 2d., including £340 1s. in real estate: "a dwelling house and barn with other outhousing and orchard," £80; "5 acres of plowland & meadow upon the foreside of the dwelling house," £50; "3 acres of plowland & meadow behind the house," £27; "1 acre of fresh meadow near the house," £10; "Jonathan Peake's 4 acres, part of 12 acres of the pond lot," £12; "7 or 8 acres more of the same lot with the crop upon the land," £32; "7 acres & ½ about Gambling End with a crop of land [sic] upon some of the land," £31 15s.; "6 acres of meadow near Gravely Point," £30; "10 acres in the 1000 acres near Dedham," £4; "2 acres more or less at Bare Marsh," £6; "21 acres in the middle division," £25 6s.; "12 acres near Rockey Swamp," £12; and "2 acres of pasture more or less where he intended to set up tanvats," £20 [SPR 4:271-73].
BIRTH: By about 1612 based on date of marriage.
DEATH: Roxbury 23 May 1666 [RChR 178].
MARRIAGE: Roxbury 3 January 1636[/7] DORCAS FRENCH, daughter of Thomas French [Parker-Ruggles 425-56]. "Sister Peake" was admitted to the Roxbury church 6 June 1652 [RChR 87]. She married (2) after 1679 as his third wife GRIFFIN CRAFTS. She died Roxbury 30 December 1697.

   i   JONATHAN, b. Roxbury 17 December 1637; m. Roxbury 15 August 1660 Sarah French.

   ii   DORCAS, b. Roxbury 1 March 1639; m. after 1675 and before 1682 John Curtis, son of WILLIAM CURTIS [Parker-Ruggles 426, 465-66, citing SLR 16:342; NEHGR 51:166].

   iii   HANNAH, bp. Roxbury 12 February 1642[/3] [RChR 114]; bur. Roxbury 5 October 1660 [RChR 177].

   iv   JOSEPH, bp. Roxbury 23 March 1644[/5] [RChR 116]; living 1666; no further record.

   v   Child, d. Roxbury 13 April 1647 ("a newborn child of Christopher Peake" [RChR 173]).

   vi   Child, bur. Roxbury 10 May 1649 ("buried unbaptized [an infant of] Bro. Peake" [RChR 174]).

   vii   EPHRAIM, bp. Roxbury 11 April 1652 [RChR 119]; living 1666; no further record.

   viii   SARAH, bp. Roxbury 9 March 1655[/6] [RChR 121]; living 1666; no further record.

ASSOCIATIONS: Among the debts owed by the estate of Christopher Peake was £97 2s. 4d. to "Sir W[illiam] Peak his brother" [SPR 4:273].
COMMENTS: Although Christopher Peake apparently did not arrive in New England until 1634, he is included here because his wife, DORCAS FRENCH, did arrive in 1633.”321

The association with Sir W. Peak, his brother, provides the link to his parents.
Notes for Dorcas (Spouse 1)
A letter from Thomas Gostlin to John Winthrop, Jr., written from Groton on Jun. 11, 1633, indicates "she is one of the goodman French's daughters of Assington. I have sent two of them, one for your father and the other for you. Your father must take his choice. The eldest must serve for 3 years, and the youngest 4...pray let them be delt as well with all as any of the same quality." She was admitted to the First Church at Boston on 10 August 1634.296
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