I am researching my daughter's paternal line which goes back to Robert William Peckham b: 1818 NYC, bapt 1825 in Taunton, MA, parents: Robert PECKHAM and Charlotte SHAW.The line is:
Robert William Peckham b: 31 Aug 1818 m: Charlotte Mendenhall Robert Peckham b: 07 Nov 1789 m: Charlotte Lavinnia SHAW Robert Peckham b: 16 Jan 1743 m: Mary Fales (wid Ingraham) John Peckham b: 11 Feb 1714 m2: Tabitha Howland (wid. Cary) Philip Peckham b: 8 Oct 1680 m: Jane Blackwell Thomas Peckham b: c 1655 m2: Hannah Weeden John Peckham b: 8 Apr 1595 m: Eleanor Weaver and Mary Clarke
my problem comes in as Robert William Peckham was orphaned young and was apprenticed to a John Morris, the surname he assumed before 1840.I can not find any proof of this name change but the baptism records in Taunton, MA, etc. show the connection but not enough for the Mayflower Society or NSDAR.I am hoping I can find a 'living Peckham male' who would consider taking a genealogy Y-chromsome DNA test (Q-tip rubbed on inside of the mouth)that I can match against a descendant of Robert William Peckham Morris.BTW, he was known as Dr. Rob Morris, founder of the Eastern Star Masonic Organization.