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James E. Peacock m. Alice Clifton (1840) Eng. to Phillipstown, IL
Posted by: John E. Spencer (ID *****4479) Date: August 13, 2002 at 02:38:03
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James E. PEACOCK was born in Lincolnshire, England on January 15, 1815. He married Alice Clifton on May 14, 1840. Alice Peacock, nee Clifton, was from Midville, East Fen/n, Lincolnshire, England. I am assuming the marriage was in Midville at St. Peter's Episcopal or in nearby Spilsby at St. James Episcopal. They were married by a Reverend Dawson.

Alice Clifton was born on May 10, 1811 and died July 10, 1890 near Phillipstown, Phillips Township, White County. I do not have a date for the death of James E. Peacock. They are buried at the Phillipstown Cemetery (the large one) and their stone is generous in size, possibly granite. It's location is a little to the East of the Bacon family plot.

I do not know the date of their immigration, but I think it would have been between 1840 and 1856. They had two daughters that they named Alice...both dying at birth or in their infancy. My Spencer grandmother told me that they had a son in his youth that died in the crossing and was buried at sea.

Another son was John 'Jack' Peacock. He married Mary Ann Graves on November 20, 1872 in White thought to be the John that married a Malinda Cleveland on November 28, 1883?

Was there another son? Named James or Joseph Peacock?

Also, James and Alice had a third daughter that survived...once again given the name Alice Peacock. She would later marry John Wesley Spencer (born 1851) of Lancashire England, the son of Joseph Spencer and Nancy Stanley on January 19, 1876, in White County, Illinois. They would make their home in Phillips Township near Crossville. They had only one child, a son, Chancey Cook Spencer, that married Minna/ie Pearl Hart of Brownsville, the daughter of Milo Jerome Hart and Lucy Cassandra Graves. Alice Peacock Spencer was widowed ca 1893 and married a James C. Caplinger, a photographer, October 27, 1897. Alice's son predeceased her on February 11, 1920. James C. Caplinger passed ca 1923. Alice died at her rural Crossville home on December 28, 1937...survived by 5 granchildren; Milo Earl Spencer, John Chancey Spencer, Lucille Spencer Lamar, Alma Wave Spencer McKnight and Alfred Fremont Spencer.

James and Alice had other descendants, but I do not know their pedigree. A James Henry Peacock, Jr. married a Flora Bennett on December 6, 1899. There is an additional marriage for a James Peacock that married a Mrs. Ida May Aiken Brewer or Brewer Aiken on September 29, 1892. Could this be the elder James...possibly outliving his first wife, Alice Clifton, and marrying a second time. Or is it the James Henry Peacock and a second marriage for him...or maybe a third James Peacock.

One family notation has a James (K.) Peacock as being the father of James Henry Peacock and Alice 'EMMA' Emline / Emaline / Emma Peacock that married William J. Kern on December 12, 1894. William Kern and Emma Peacock had two children, Ona Kern (daughter, November 11, 1895 to June 1972) that never married and a son, Arthur Kern (December 2, 1900 to September, 1982), that married Flora Kuykendall. Arthur and Flora had one child, Clarence Emil Kern that married Elizabeth Pyle Martin.

Joseph Peacock was another descendant who married a Rammings first and then Grace Stanley. Joseph and Grace's descendants are Joe Peacock married to Allena Wilson, Wilma Peacock Brothers, Howard Wayne Peacock married to Yvonne Pretzsch and an unknown daughter that married a Sanders...thought to be Paul Sanders, a son of Clyde Sanders.

There is a Joseph Peacock that died December 24, 1931. Is this the Joseph that married Grace Stanley?

Who is John Peacock that died on October 17, 1917 in Phillips Township, White County. Is this John 'Jack' Peacock, the son of James and Alice.

A James Peacock is listed as dying March 23, 1919 in Hawthorne Township. What James is he?

Who is LUCY ANN Peacock that married William M. Proctor in White County on January 9, 1855? Could this be a misprint as to date? I know of no other Peacock's in White County, Illinois other than the ones in the Phillips and Hawthorne Townships. Lucy Ann would have been too old to be a daughter of James and Alice marrying by 1855; beside Alice was to have been their only daughter. Might this be a sister to James E. Peacock, Sr. that might have accompanied him and Alice is the trip to America?

When did this family first present themselves in Illinois census? Land transactions? I was told that we were related to Clifton Garner; also, that the Garners of Crossville had been close friends...may have been from the same area of Lincolnshire. Is there a familial relation between earlier Cliftons or Garners to White County?

Once again, I would appreciate any and all information regarding this family. The size of my extended family precludes calling and writing family members for information, but I am more than willing to share any information that I have. Would love to have copies of any photos of members of any of these families. Xeroxed copies would be fine, and I will reimburse for postage.

Much of the information that I am sharing here is from my research notes or gleaned from family papers left to Diane McKnight Brown, the daughter of Alma Wave Mcknight. I will appreciation any corrections or additional documentation

John Earl Spencer
508 Larkin Street, # 506
San Francisco, CA 94102

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