POCOMOKE INDIAN NATION
The Pocomoke Indian People are an Algonquian-speaking tribe.
They were the first watermen, hunters, farmers, and trappers on the
Chesapeake Bay waters and wetlands. They harvested food from the
Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries.
In the Maryland Archives there is Chief Jeremey Peake as one of the chiefs
that signed the 1742 treaty with the state of Maryland. If you research Jeremey you will
find that the Indians left in the middle of the night so that they would
not be killed and fled to Rhode Isand and Pennsylvania. The history teaches us
that these Indian's married blacks and whites. See The Winnesoccum Disaster. Our George would
have been 20 years of age at that time living in Maryland and went to PA where
his sons say they were born. Peak in Maryland back in those days meant Wampum.
Because of the way Indian people were treated, most "Indians" called themselves
"white" and hid their true roots so that their children could go to "white" schools.
Our George Peake must have choose to be colored or mixed blood because of the
stories told about him in Cuyahoga County Ohio.
George Peake Sr. was born in 1722 Maryland
He died in 1827 at the age of 105 in Rockport, Cuyahoga Co. Ohio
George left Maryland and went to Mercer Co. PA by the 1810 census
I can not find any Peake's in the 1790 or 1800 census
The first permanent African descendant settlers were George Peake and his family who migrated from
Pennsylvania, to the western shores of the Cuyahoga River, in 1809. Peake purchased 101 acres of
land in Rockport in 1811 and settled with his family, into a life of farming. George Peake was a
veteran of the French and Indian War of 1759, serving under General James Wolfe in the Battle of
Abraham Plains at Quebec. Following Peake, the African American population was a slow growth
The Western Reserve is considered that portion of land in northeast Ohio extending from the
Pennsylvania border in the east 120 miles westward and 80 miles southward. Its northern border is
Lake Erie and the southern border is the parallel of the 41st degree North Latitude. The Western
Reserve comprises 12 counties (Ashtabula, Lake, Medina, Geauga, Trumbull, Lorain, Erie,
Huron, Portage, parts of Summit, and Mahoning) including Cuyahoga County and the city of
Cleveland. The state of Connecticut obtained the "Western Reserve" of the Northwest Territory and
sold it to a group of investors called the Connecticut Land Company in 1795. In 1796, The
Connecticut Land Company sent a survey expedition to the Reserve, headed by Moses Cleaveland,
an American Revolutionary War veteran.
George Peake Sr. married a mulatto
1. George Jr. married Hannah
2. Joseph married Eleanor
3. James married Nancy Agness
4. Henry married Ruth
1820 and 1830 census Rockport Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
all the son's were on this census.
1840 census same place Joseph and George were there
but Henry and James were not listed.
By 1850 Henry and Ruth were in Barry, Barry Co., Michigan
George and Hannah were located in Hope, Barry Co., Michigan
Joseph and Eleanor in 1850 and 1860 were Olmstead, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
James is gone but Agness N Peak age 67 is located in Middlebrugh,
Cuyahoga Co, Ohio
living with Joseph and Elizabeth Peak
born abt 1810, Cuyahoga Co., Oh.
married 28 Oct. 1826 (Jerual Phillips),
Cuyahoga Co., Oh.moved to Allegan and
Barry County, Michigan
Second set of Peake's
born abt 1722 Md.
died 1827 Cuyahoga Co., Oh. at 105 years
James (see below)
George and Hannah Peak
Children of George and Hannah
Lewis (see below)
Sarah (Phillips) see above
Henry married Hannah M.
born abt. 1815 Oh.
married Martha/Margaret Watts
1 Dec. 1839 Cuyahoga Co., Oh.
died In Michigan date unknown
Children of Lewis and Martha
Lydia b. abt 1838, Oh.
Emma (Sherman) b. abt 1840, Oh.
Harriet (Mahoney) see below
Julia b. abt 1845
Richard b. abt 1848, Oh.
Robert b. abt. 1851, Oh.
James b. abt 1853, Oh.
Jay b. abt. 1855, Mi.
Charlotte b. abt 1857, Mi.
Olive (Sisco) b. abt 1859, Mi.
born April 1843, Ny or Oh.
married Daniel Mahoney
died prob Mi.
Henry Peak Pvt. Co. E 102nd USCT (US Colored Troops)
Lorenzo Peak Pvt. Co. K 102nd USCT (US Colored Troops)
Betsy Anna Peak Mahoney
Gilbert Peak on left
William Clinton on far right
Peak home in Irving, Hastings, Barry County, Michigan
I believe this is the home of Gilbert Peak and his third wife Kathereen La Franza
Photo was donated from Avis Perry Sandstel to the Historic Charlton Park in Hastings
Gilbert Peak and second wife Kathie Louise Lafranza
William Clinton Peak son of Gilbert
Sarah Peak, far left
Parena Thomas then Carrie Thompson right
Eleanor E. Peak
Lafayette M. Peak
Oscar W. Peak
Polly Ann Peak
Walter Lafayette Peak
Willie H. Peak
Henry T. Peak Harvard Grove Cemetery
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Plot: Sec 13 tier 12 grave 34
African American Civil War Memorial
Lorenzo G Peak Harvard Grove Cemetery
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
African American Civil War memorial
Cuyahoga County Ohio Marriages
SHAVING CREAM METHOD TO BE ABLE TO READ YOUR CEMETERY STONESClick here for SHAVING CREAM METHOD
I would be interested in hearing from anyone
that has more information on the Peake line.
BACK to Genealogy Fun Facts
© 1997 Click here for Genealogy Fun Facts
© 1997 firstname.lastname@example.org