Birth: Aug. 21, 1813
Death: May 13, 1886
Peacock, Joseph (Aug. 21, 1813–May 13, 1886) born in Cambridgshire, England; brother of [see] Elijah; first worked in Cleveland, then Albion, NY; arrived in the spring of 1836, and within months opened a gunsmith shop; 1839 City Directory: Peacock & Thatcher [David C.], gunsmiths, 153 Lake St.; in the 1844 City Directory the partnership was listed at 155 1/2 Lake St.; in 1842 married [see] Margaret Sobraro or Sobrano (Michigan, b.1824); the couple had six children: Maggie, Russel D., Alfred, George C., Alice M., and Florence; in 1850 he sold his business and soon after acquired Michigan timber land, transporting the lumber to his yard at the Twelfth Street bridge until 1864; a member of the Old Settler`s Association, he attended the May 1879 reunion in Chicago, living then at 196 Peoria St.; in the 1880 U.S. Census he was listed as a lumber dealer; living at home, Alfred was a bookkeeper and George was a cigar dealer.
Note:Joseph & Margaret also had additional children: Joseph b.1844 d.1846:Louisa b.1847 d.1848; Anna Jane b.1854 d.1857
The Chicago Daily News, Thursday Evening, May 13, 1886, page 1
An Old Settler Gone.
Joseph Peacock, one of Chicago's earliest
settlers and oldest merchants, died at an early
hour this morning at his residence 287, Michigan
avenue. Mr. Peacock was an Englishman, came
to Chicago in 1836, and opened the first
gun store ever started in Chicago. About 1851 he
went into the lumber business and continued in
it up to a few years ago, his yard being at 12th
street and the river. Mr. Peacock was 73 years
old when he died and general debility was the
cause of death.
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum
1913-08-23 ELIJAH P. PEACOCK, dealer in metal goods, with offices at 115 South Clinton street, died yesterday at his residence, 1839 Troy street. He was 77 years old. He is survived by his widow, one son, and two daughters. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at Graceland chapel. The body will be cremated later.
1913-08-23, 24 Elijah P. Peacock, beloved husband of Esther Peacock fond father of Fred E., Ada F., and Mrs. Ella P. Tucker, in his 77th year. Services Graceland chapel Sunday, Aug. 24, 2:30 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. Cremation later.
Esther Sobraro Peacock
From Chicago Tribune (IL)Oct 17 1928
Mrs. Esther Peacock 82 years old, a Chicago resident for 76 years, died yesterday at her home 1839 South Troy street. Her husband, Elijah Peacock, who died 15 years ago, established the metal manufacturing concern at 115 South Clinton street and was a cousin of C. D. Peacock, founder of Chicago's oldest jewelry firm.
For five years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Peacock resided above the first Peacock jewelry store at Randdolph and Franklin streets.
Following the Chicago fire, Mrs. Peacock for three days and nights worked without rest dispensing food and water in a north side Congregational chuch which was one of the few buildings left standing in that neighborhood.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p. m. in the home. Burial will be at Graceland cemetery. Mrs. Peacock is survived by a son, Fred E. Peacock, and two daughters, Miss Ada F. Peacock, and Mrs. Ella J. Tucker.
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