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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 1160 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(VI) John (4), son of Samuel (q. v.) and Avis (Wood) Peckham, was born September 9, 1775, died February 20, 1832. He married, 1810, Hannah Wilbur, born 1784, died 1871. Among their children was Joseph Wilbur, see forward.

(VII) Joseph Wilbur, son of John (4) and Hannah (Wilbur) Peckham, was born in Easton, Washington county, New York, in 1818, died 1883. He followed farming throughout the active years of his life. During the civil war he was a strong sympathizer of the cause of freedom, and a strong Abolitionist in the days of the underground railroad. He was a Whig in politics until the formation of the Republican party, when he joined its ranks. His religious views were very decided, he having been an Orthodox Quaker, taking an active part in their society. He married, November 5, 1840, Elizabeth Gifford; born 1821, died 1897. Children: Chloe A., Emily T., Lydia, Mary, Allen Gifford, John and Garrison.

(VIII) Dr. Allen Gifford Peckham, son of Joseph Wilbur and Elizabeth (Gifford) Peckham, was born in Easton, New York, December 6, 1848. His primary education was obtained in the public schools of Easton, supplemented by academic courses at Marshalls Seminary, Easton, and Brattleboro Academy, Vermont, graduating at the latter institution in 1866. Deciding on the profession of medicine, he entered Albany Medical College, after which adopting homeopathy as his school of practice he attended Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated M. D. in 1871. He established his office in Waterford, New York, where he has since continued a successful practice and is one of its eminent citizens. He is a member of the Homeopathic Medical Society and ex-president of the Homeopathic Society of Northern New York. He supports the candidates of the Republican party, but takes no active part in politics. For two terms he served as health officer of the village. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. Dr. Peckham married, December 26, 1872, Mary Emily Eddy (see Eddy IX). Children:

  1. Harvey Newman, born October 15, 1873, died August 6, 1879;
  2. Harold P., see forward.

(IX) Harold P., second son of Dr. Allen Gifford and Mary Emily (Eddy) Peckham, was born in Waterford, New York, December 27, 1882. His primary education was obtained in the public schools of Waterford, his preparatory at Troy Academy, where he was graduated in 1900. He then entered Williams College, graduating A.B., class of 1904. Choosing the law as his profession he took the prescribed course at Albany Law School, where he received the degree of LL.B., 1908. He was admitted to the bar, November 20, 1908, and established law offices in Waterford, associated with ex-Surrogate C. A. Waldron. Mr. Peckham recently opened offices for the general practice of law at No. 57 State street, Albany. His college fraternities are the Delta Upsilon, the "Gargoyle Society" of Williams College, and Phi Delta Phi, legal fraternity. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, affiliated with Clinton Lodge No. 140, Free and Accepted Masons, Waterford Chapter, No. 169, Royal Arch Masons, and Bloss Council No. 14. His social clubs are the Waterford, Country and the Shenandoah Yacht. Politically he is a Republican, and in religion he is a Presbyterian. He married, October 9, 1906, Ida Grace, born in Troy, New York, daughter of William and Mary (Adams) Hamilton. William Hamilton was born near Glasgow, Scotland; came to the United States when twelve years of age; now living retired in Waterford, New York.

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