HAROLD ALBERT PEABODY As an insurance worker, Harold Albert Peabody has taken an important part in the affairs of the Province of Quebec. He is now (1931) manager of the Eastern Townships branch of the Canada Assurance Company and maintains his residence in the City of Sherbrooke. Member of old and honored family, the best known in New England, he descended from John Peabody, a native of England, who came to New England about 1635, probably with William, as their names are together mentioned in the 1ist of original proprietors of Plymouth. Massachusetts. He owned ten acres of land at Bluefish, in the Plymouth Colony; in 1637: and on November 2, 1640, received thirty acres at North River. His name was on the of freemen, March 7, 1636-37 and was admitted and sworn with the others on the list January 2, 1637-38. He was one of the origin: proprietors of Bidgewater in 1645, with his son William. He lived at Duxbury, and his will is dated July 16. 1649, at “Duxbrock”, and proved at Boston April 27. 1667, but recorded at Plymouth. He died at Bridgewater in 1667, aged seventy seven years. He married, in England. Isabel, who survived him. His children were: Thomas, Francis of mention). William and Annis, the last-named of whom married John Rouse, or Rowe and died December 16, 1684.
Of these, Francis Peabody, born at St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, in 1614, came to
New England in the Ipswich “Planter” in the spring of 1635, Settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts, in Essex County. And died there February 19, 1697-98: he was Lieutenant of militia. He was twice married: first to, Lydia (Second) . about 1649, to Mary Foster, daughter of Reginald Foster. He had fourteen children:
1. Lydia. born August 30, 1640.
2. John.born 1642. died September 29, 1644.
3. Joseph, Born in 1644, died about 1675.
4. William, born in 1646.
5. Isaac, born in 1648. By the second marriage:
6. Sarah, born in 1650; married March 2. 1678.
7. Abraham Hepsibah, born in 1652; married, April 10,1678.
8. Mary, born 1656.
9. Ruth, born May 22. 1558.
10. Damaris, born June 21, 1660. died December 19, 1660.
11. Samuel, born June 4, 1662, died September 13, 1667
12. Jacob, born July 28, 1664.
13. Hannah, born May 8, 1668; married Daniel Andrews.
14. Nathaniel, born July 20. 1669, died In 1715; married Frances M. Shackford, widow.
William Peabody, son of Lieutenant Francis Peabody was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1646, and was a soldier in Captain Joseph Gardiner’s company from Salem; he fought in King Philip’s War of 1678 and died March 6, 1699.1700. He married (first) in 1668, Mary Brown, daughter of Richard Brown; and Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Brown;(second) August 14, 1684, Hannah Hale. His second wife born November 19, 1663, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Hutchinson) Hale. The children by the second
I. Stephen, of further mention.
2. Mary, born April 14, 1687.
3. Ephraim, born 23. 1689.
4. Richard, born February 17, 1691.
5. Hannah, born in August 1693, died June I. 1763.
6. John, August I, 1695, married Jonathan Foster.
7. Oliver, born May 7, 1698.
8. Abigail, born In 1700, died May 23. 1791; married, on July 19, 1724, John Kimball.
First, of these, Stephen Peabody was born August 5, 1685, in Boxford, Massachusetts, and died June 7, 1759; he married Hannah Swan, who died April 17, 1764. Their children were:
I. Hannah, born February l, 1709; married, October 25, 1733, John Smith.
2. Richard, born May 29, 1711, died October 11, 1711,
3. Mary, born December 29, 1713, Died June 12, 1714.
4. William, born June 29, 1715.
5. Hepsibah, born February 14, 1718, died September 11, 1728.
6. Priscilla, born November 22, 1719; Married Ephraim Dorman.
7. Francis, born February 12, 1721.
8. Stephen, born October I. 1724, died before 1750.
9. Richard, born April 13, 1731, of further mention.
Captain Richard Peabody lived until June 7. 1820, A soldier in the War of the American Revolution. In which he commanded a company at Ticonderoga and Lake St. George; he also sent his sons to war as soon as they were old enough to fight. He married Jemima Spafford, daughter of Jonathan and Jemima (Freith) Spafford, of Rowley, Massachusettes and they had twelve children:
I. Hannah, – 18, 1758, died December 17, 1832.
2. Hepsibah, born April l3, 1759, died July 12, 1785.
3. Stephen born August 27, 1760.
4. John, born July 24, 1762
5. Richard, born April 16, 1764. 6. Oliver, born March 6, 1766.
7. William, born January 10. 1768.
8. Priscilla, born February I, 1770: married (first) Thomas Townsend. and (second), James Robinson of Exeter.
9. Francis, of whom further mention,
10. Samuel, born September 15. 1772, died in infancy.
11. Samuel, 2nd, born July 30, 1775.
12. Joseph, born July 30, 1779.
Of these Francis Peabody, born at Boxford, Massachusetts, On June 7. 1771. was the pioneer of the name in the Province or Quebec. He settled at
Potton. where he died in 1859 or 1860: and he married, on May 28. 1801. Fanny Stickney, born December 27. 1774. died July 1. They had twelve children;
1. Fanny, born June 5, 1802, died December 17, 1887; she married William Manson, who died November l, 1866.
2. Betsey, born August 16, 1804. died January 22, 1806.
3. Francis Stickney, born August 19, 1806.
4. Betsey, born December 2, 1808, died April S, 1820.
5. Rachel Stickney, born June 6, 1811, died April 24, David Nelson Brill, who was killed in the Civil War.
6. Nathan Stickney, born February 27, 1813. died infancy.
7. Nathan Stickney born September 22, 1814, died September 19. 1819.
8. Sophronia Stickney, born August 26, 1818, died November 25, 1893; married Jesse Bailey, who died November 18, 1889.
9. William, born December 25. 1820: married Esther Hildreth, who died August 25, 1872.
10. Oliver, born April 11, 1823; married Emily Buswell.
11. Albert Stickney, of whom further mention.
12. John Ide. born November 6. 1828, died April 5, 1853, in Columbia. California.
or these, the grandfather of the man whose name heads this review Was Albert Stickney Peabody, born at Potton, Quebec, May 2, 1825. He grew up on farm, and was for several years engaged as a general merchant in Mansonville. He was a successful business but later turned his attention to farming, in which he continued active for the rest of his life. He died at Mansonville, Quebec, on January 3, 1911, aged eighty-six years, and was buried in Mansonville Cemetery, where a beautiful monument marks his last resting-place. He married, on September 20, 1849, Mary Neil Hamilton. born January 3. 1824. at Nashua, New Hampshire, died at Potton March 9, 1857. Their children were:
I. Mary Neil, born October 9, 1850; married, November 12, 1879, Thomas Harris.
2. Charles Hamilton, born January 4, 1854, died July 1, 1908; married Jennie Hall.
3. Alma Etta, born October 24, 1855. died October 22, 1900, at Martinsville, Indiana. James Albert. born March 31, 1857; married, July 13. 1889, Frances Rebecca Wheeler. Albert Stickney Peabody married (second), on October 9. 1859, Maria Jane Boright, born October 26, 1824, died at Mansonville, Quebec. in March. 1919. aged twenty-five years. and buried in the family plot in Mansonville Cemetery. The children by this second marriage were:
I. An infant died August 17, 1860.
2. Harriet, born December 1862. died Murch 12, 1863.
3. Sherman Boright. of whom further.
Of these, the line of descent with which were directly concerned passed Sherman Boright Peabody. born in Mansonville, July 28, 1865. educated there, who became a traveling salesman, and so continued for many years, living in Mansonville. He died December 2, 1910, aged forty-five years, and was buried in the family plot. He was twice married; (first). to Cora E. Geer, who died May 17.
1900, and was buried in the same cemetery; and (second) in 1904, to Clara Brown, who died 1906 at Mansonville and was buried there. There was no issue of the second marriage. The children of the first were:
I. A son who died In infancy.
2. Harry Sherman, born June I, 1888, who is at the time of this writing a medical doctor at Newport. Vermont, The United States of America.
3. Harold Albert, of whom further.
4. Mary Maria Molly, born May 5, 1891; married D. W. Crowell, and lives at St. John, Quebec.
5. Earle Boright, also of further mention.
6. Alice Maude. born September 13, 1895, married D, R.
MacKay, D.D.S., and lives at Rock Island. Quebec. Of these, Harold Albert Peabody of whom this is primarily a record, now manager for Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships of the Canada Life Assurance Company. was born October 3, 1889. He early attended Mansonville Academy and Bugbee Business College, at Stanstead, Quebec and later was a student at Mount Royal Business College,
Montreal. Upon finishing his commercial course, he became a salesman, and so continued from 1910 until January I. 1921, when he became connected with the Canada Life Assurance Company, In Montreal.
There he learned the details of insurance Work, remaining in Montreal until April I, 1926, when he was appointed to his present post as manager of the Sherbrooke and Eastern Township branch of his A company, with offices in Sherbrooke. In this position, he succeeded J. G. Watson, and since that time he has given the whole of his attention and time to the insurance work in which he is engaged, directing
the affairs or his company in this district from his headquarters Wellington and King streets.
Through his genial and pleasant manner, combined with his native ability and integrity, Mr. Peabody has built up a successful business for his company here; and, making his home in this city, he has come to take a lively interest in his adopted community and its institutions. He is a life member of Sherbrooke Hospital in which he is a governor, as well as a member of several local social organizations, including the Sherbrooke Country Club and the St. George’s Club, both or Sherbrooke. He also belongs to the Young Men’s Christian Association, of this city. and the Kanawaki Golf Club, of Montreal. He is a member Of the Quarter Million Dollar Club.
of this district, as well as of the One Hundred Thousand Dollar Club, both of which are groups of the accomplished insurance men. Independent in his political views and point of religion is affiliated with the United Church of Canada. He has always proved himself a thoroughly public-spirited citizen, a man of Sterling character and worthy qualities, and has taken part most helpfully in the affairs of his
Province and his fellow men. Harold Albert Peabody married, October 4, 1919.
Helen Elizabeth Wray. of Boston. Massachusetts. and they have two children. The children are:
I. Harold Sherman Peabody, born November 28, 1920.
2. Lillian Beatrice Peabody, born October 8. 1922.
Kench, Lillian B. Peacefully in her sleep, at Hampton Terrace Care Centre in Burlington, on Monday, March 12, 2007 at the age of 84 years. Beloved wife of the late Charlie Kench. Loving mother of Susie Dodge, Dottie Atkinson and Charlotte Berryman. Sadly missed by grandchildren Cindy, Sharon, Tracy, Frank, Wendy and Kerryan, and her nine great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by all her family and friends. At Lillian’s request, cremation will take place. Family will receive visitors in the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville, on Sunday, March 18, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. until Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 3:00 p.m. If you wish, donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. The Globe and Mail,
Another member of the Peabody family who has made a place for himself in Canadian life through his affiliation with the Canada Life Assurance Company is Earle Boright Peabody younger brother of Harold Albert Peabody. He was born at Mansonville Quebec, September 25. 1893. and received his early education at Academy and Bugbee Business College, Stanstead, Quebec. He was then appointed immigration official by the Federal Government and was stationed at High Water, Quebec.
For thirteen years he successfully that position; but at the end of that period, he resigned to accept a post with the Canada Life Assurance Company, with which he acted as a representative under brother. He first came to this organization in June 1926, and still continues with it, working at Sherbrooke, where he makes his home. He is a
member of St. John’s Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons and in the Masonic order holds the Thirty-second degree of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He. like his brother and the other members of the Peabody house in this and generations has participated most usefully in public affairs with the result that he, too, is recognised as a leader Sherbrooke life.
Robert G. Richardson
The Storied Province of Quebec – Past and Present Editor in Chief
COL. William Wood, D.C.L., F.R.S.C.
Ex-President The Literacy and Historical Society of Quebec;
Ex-President Sec. II., Royal Society of Canada.
William Henry Atherton PH.D., LITT.D., LL.D.
Edwin P. Conklin
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