Biography of John G. Peabody
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JOHN G. PEABODY
Was a native of Nashua, New Hampshire, where he was born December 26, 1791, and with but few advantages in his early life to acquire an education, yet by observation and push worked his way up from the humble apprentice of a village blacksmith to that of a prosperous manufacturer and farmer at the time of his death, which occurred in Erie township August 16, 1859. When in his nineteenth year his master moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and Mr. Peabody went with him, and a short time afterward bought his time of him and opened quite a large establishment for the manufacture of axes, which be supplied to the wholesale trade. Three years later, February 23, 1814, he was married by the Rev. James Monroe, to Harriet Sophia Irish, who died May 20, 1843, at the age of forty three. Of a large family of children but four are now living, viz.: Francis William, born Deeember 6. 1830; and Harriet Hill, born September 12, 1824, both living in Escondido, San Diego county, California; Caroline Sophia, born July 20, 1827, and living in Texas; and Adelaide, born October 6, 1835, and living in Pagetown, Morrow county, Ohio. In 1836 he left Nova Scotia. and moved to Buffalo, coming on his own vessel to Providence, Rhode Island. After living in Buffalo for about three years engaged in business, during which he lost the accumula tions of a lifetime to the amount of nearly forty thousand dollars. He moved to Toledo in 1839, and there opened a general store and began life anew, but everything looked dark and gloomy, the swamp fever attacking the entire family to such an extent that Adelaide, then but five years of age, was the only one able to be up and about the house. In 1841 he settled in Erie township, and going to his native place September 10, 1843, was married to Lucy Ann Cogswell, who was born in Concord, New Hampshire, January 23, 1810, and whose only child, Almira Elizabeth, was born June 8, 1846, and September 11, 1870, was married to John A. McDonald, a well to do farmer in Erie. His second wife died at Erie January 2, 1888, and with the reruaihts of Mr. Peabody and his first wife are, resting in Woodlawn Cemetery at Toledo. Ohio. All through his life Mr. Peabody endeavored to so live as to gain the esteem of his fellow citizens as an honest, up~ right man, a good husband and kind father. On his death, August 16, 1859, he was buried with Masonic honors by the members of Monroe Lodge, No. 27, F. and A. M., of which he was one of the oldest members.

From:
History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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