Peek of Hazelwood

John Peek

Male 1753 - 1847  (94 years)


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  • Name John Peek 
    Born 25 Feb 1753  Devon, Modbury Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 9 Mar 1753  Devon, Modbury Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1841  Hazelwood, Loddiswell parish Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 29 Aug 1847 
    Buried Hazelwood, Peek Catacombs Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1  Peek Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2015 

    Father John Peek,   b. 1724, Devon, Modbury Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1756  (Age 32 years) 
    Mother Mary Coyte,   b. 1727,   d. 26 Sep 1813, Devon, Modbury Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1747/48  Devon, Modbury Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F600  Group Sheet

    Family Susannah Ann Foxworthy,   d. 1 Aug 1802, Devon, Kingsbridge, Dodbrook Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 May 1779  Devon, Loddiswell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Peek,   b. 13 Oct 1779, Loddiswell Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1833, Exeter, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     2. Richard Peek,   b. 3 Oct 1782, Devon, Hazelwood Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1867, Devon, Kingsbridge Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Samuel Peek,   b. 9 Mar 1785, Devon, Loddiswell Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1860, Kingsbridge District, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Ann Peek,   b. 12 Apr 1787, Devon, Loddiswell, Hound Farm Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1864  (Age 77 years)
     5. William Peek,   b. 20 Nov 1791, Devon, Kingsbridge Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1870, Isle of Wight, Ryde Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. Mary Peek,   b. 21 Jul 1794, Kingsbridge, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1879  (Age 84 years)
     7. Thomas Peek,   b. 28 Mar 1797, Devon, Kingsbridge, Dodbrook Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871  (Age 73 years)
     8. James Peek,   b. 8 Jun 1800, Dodbrook, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1879, Watcombe, Torquay Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    John Peek
    John Peek
    Peek Crest
    Peek Crest
    Peek Crest
    Peek Crest
    John Peek was granted Arms and a crest by the College of Arms on 28 June 1832.

    Gu. on a chev. ar. between three chaplets of hazel in chief or, and a plough in base ppr, three shakeforks sa.

    On a wreath of the colours, two hazel-nuts slipped proper.

    Two facsimiles of these Arms are to be found at Weekemoor, Hazelwood, the residence of Lucy, Lady Peek, widow of Sir William Peek, the 5th Baronet. One facsimile, worked in petit point and with the inscription "The Arms and Crest of the Peek Family" on the back, bears the motto "Use means and hope in the Lord", which was that of the original grantee, John Peek of Hazelwood. The other facsimile is painted on canvas and bears the motto "Si fuerit Deus mecum", the words "James Peek of London" being written on the frame. These Arms are borne by various descendants of John Peek, the motto "Si fuerit Deus mecum" being also used by William Peek, his fourth son, and the latter's descendants. The Arms are displayed on the tower screen in Drewsteignton Church, Devon, where the Rev'd Richard Peek was rector from 1895 to 1904 and his son, the Rev'd Alfred Richard Welldon Peek, from 1912 to 1955.

    A description of the Peek Arms is to be found in Burke's "The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales". According to R.P. Chope the three shakeforks are a punning allusion to the Devonshire name for a two-pronged pitchfork, a peek.
    Memorial window to Susannah Ann Foxworthy wife of John Peek
    Memorial window to Susannah Ann Foxworthy wife of John Peek

  • Notes 
    • Elder son of John and Mary Peek of Modbury. In the pedigree attested before Lancaster Herald when he was granted Arms in 1832, however, John Peek gave the year of his birth and baptism as 1752. The confusion must surely have arisen as a result of the change from the Julian (Old Style) Calendar to the Gregorian (New Style) Calendar in September 1752. Before that date each year began on 25 March (Lady Day), the period between the previous 1 January and 25 March being reckoned as a compromise between the old and the new years and recorded as such (e.g. 25 January 1624/25, 7 February 1746/47). As John Peek was born after September 1752 his baptism is quite properly recorded in the Modbury parish register as 9 March 1753 (New Style), and his date of birth was equally 25 February 1753. If the Julian Calendar had still been in use his year of birth and baptism would have been recorded as 1752/53, as 1753 would not have begun until 25 March. As this was the first year which began on 1 January no doubt John Peek's parents continued to reckon under the Old Style and informed their son accordingly.

      John Peek was married to Susannah Ann Foxworthy at Loddiswell, Devon, 11/5/1779, when he was living at West Alvington, near Kingsbridge. Soon afterwards, however, he moved to Loddiswell, his wife's native parish, and their first four children were all born there. When John Peek first took up residence at Halsenwood Villa, Loddiswell, is not certain, but his second son Richard is stated to have been born at the Villa on 3/10/1782. John Peek's four youngest children were all born at Dodbrook, Kingsbridge, and his wife died there in August 1802.

      John Peek, Esq., of Halsenwood Villa, Loddiswell, was granted Arms and a crest by the College of Arms on 28 June 1832. His portrait is hung in the dining room at Castle Drogo, Devon, the seat of the Drewe family, which was built by one of his great-grandsons, Julius Charles Drewe. There is a similar portrait at Hazelwood. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S284] IGI, Parish of Modbury, (Familysearch) (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S113] 1841 Census, Registrar Kingsbridge, (Ancestry.co.uk), ED2 F4 p3 (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S6] The Blue Book, Francis Henry Heneage Finch, (Privately 1964, second edition 1985), none..