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? GARNER, PEACOCK & CLIFTON ? Lincolnshire, England connection
Posted by: John Spencer (ID *****2807) Date: August 14, 2002 at 21:51:29
In Reply to: James E. Peacock m. Alice Clifton (1840) Eng. to Phillipstown, IL by John E. Spencer of 829

Though no connection is proven or can be drawn, the 1851 Cenus in England reinforces the idea that the Garners and Peacocks were neighbors in the old country. I remember my father telling me as a child that the Garners had been the best of friends to the Peacocks...and that they were from the same area of England...had possibly been neighbors there as well as in White County.

My father had a stroke when I was very young, so all I have are faint recollections of our conversations and imprints left on a young boy travelling the country roads in a pick up with his dad and dog while checking our crops and those of our neighbors.

My father had lived with his Grandmother Spencer, Alice Peacock, d/o the immigrant James and Alice Clifton I am confident she shared many personal stories with him. Not knowing the date of the Peacock emigration from Lincolnshire, I did locate an 1851 census for Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England...Spilsby is a village and a district that includes Midville (where Alice Clifton had resided before her marriage to James) and the nearby area of Thorpe St. Peter.

The 1851 Census shows:

HO107 2109 455 West Fen

HO107 2109 250 Thorpe St. Peter

HO107 2109 248 Thorpe St. Peter

The 1861 Census does not lists the Garners or Peacocks for the burrough of Thorpe St. Peter. Also, the Clifton address in the village of Midville had changed.

Could it be that Alice Clifton's parents migrated to America with her and James? Are there any elderly Cliftons in the late 1800's census in White County for Phillips or Hawthorne Townships?

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