Re: Balthazar DeWolf & Joseph Smith
Look, I am the one who started the furor about Alice Peck.
Based on my own reasoning, I decided that Alice was the dau. of William Peck. Not any Peck, only the William Peck who owned land in East Saybrook. As Virgil says, he is not connected to the Van Peeks. According to Savage he was a London merchant and I tried to find him in London.I didn't manage it, but now someone else is going to try. You have to be careful if you look him up in the genealogical records, for there were lots of William Pecks, but this one had a son Jeremiah who was perhaps born in London, Eng., and 3 children born in the colonies.Since there are more than 10 years between Jeremiah's birth and the ones born here, I had lots of room to add Alice.Jeremiah was born in 1623, so I placed the birth of Alice about 1625.There is no marriage record of Bal and Alice.There is no birth record of Alice.Alice could not be in her father's will for she had already died, and she already had received her dower.Bal sold part of her dower to her brother Jeremiah Peck, who was the minister in Saybrook for a short time, and her brother Joseph, who owned the property adjacent to the De Wolfs, witnessed the deed.Virgil keeps telling us the Huntleys lived on one side of Bal and Alice.Now make him tell you who lived on the other side.I decided that Alice was Bal's wife because her property showed that her father owned land in Saybrook, yet no Saybrook proprietor had a daughter Alice.The answer is simple.When most of Saybrook moved to Norwich, a lot of land was purchased by outsiders, including William Peck.The deeds show he owned land on the east side at Brides Plaine and the Cove.He gave some of his land outside the fort and a hundred and fifty pound right at Saybrook to Alice as her dower.When Jeremiah Peck resigned, the de Wolfs returned to Saybrook from Wethersfield.Jeremiah sold one lot to his neighbor, one of the Lord family.After he left, Joseph and the De Wolfs were in possession of a hundred and fifty pound right. This was about the time the Love Parting created Lyme, so there were no record keepers yet in Lyme.
The fact that Joseph owned a fifty pound right and a lot on Lyme Rd. shows up in his first deed giving him a new land, and Baltazar is recorded in the grant book with a hundred pound right.However at the first division of the commons, he was only given land for a fifty pound right "in his wife's right." It appears that Alice and Bal each controled a fifty pound right. This can be proven by the fact that he was given only a ten acre lot in each division.If he had a hundred pound right, he would have gotten twenty acres each time.He sold his land from the first three divisions of the commons to Henry Champion, but Alice seems to have taken her share at Duck River.The De Wolf lots were never surveyed until Alice gave her original lot to her son Edward, adjoining the lot of Joseph. Now that you understand my reasoning, you can either share my opinion or climb Virgil's mountain and yell down at me, "THERE IS NO PROOF."I just hope this will end all the discussion of Alice.If anyone wants to know how I made the mistake about Rebecca Tinker and moved Lancaster, Ma., to PA. just send me and Email. C.S.M.