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  1. Mary Peaslee: Birth: 14 JUL 1672 in Amesbury, Essex County, MA. Death: 25 DEC 1739 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA

  2. Joseph Peaslee: Birth: 19 JUL 1674 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA.

  3. Robert Peaslee: Birth: (3 FEB 1676/77) in Haverhill, Essex County, MA. Death: (23 FEB 1741/42) in Haverhill, Essex County, MA

  4. John Peaslee: Birth: (25 FEB 1678/79) in Haverhill, Essex County, MA. Death: 1752 in Newton, Rockingham County, NH

  5. Nathaniel Peaslee: Birth: 23 JUN 1682 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA. Death: 1775 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA

  6. Ruth Peaslee: Birth: (25 FEB 1683/84) in Haverhill, Essex County, MA. Death: AFT 1759

  7. Ebenezer Peaslee: Birth: 29 MAR 1688 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA. Death: 11 APR 1689 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA

  8. Sarah Peaslee: Birth: 15 AUG 1690 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA.

  9. Lydia Peaslee: Birth: 1697. Death: 29 SEP 1750 in Haverhill, Essex County, MA


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a. Note:   associate and disciple of George Fox From "Whittier-Land" by Samuel Pickard:
 (sent by Sheryl Dailey [email protected]@yahoo.com)
 "On the Country Bridge road, leading from the birthplace (of John Greenleaf Whittier) to Rocks Village, is an ancient edifice, known as the "Old Garrison House," which is of interest to Whittier-Land pilgrims because it was the home of Whittier's great-grandmother, Mary Peaslee, who brought Quakerism into the Whittier family. Thomas Whittier, the pioneer, did not belong to the Society of Friends, though favorably disposed toward the sect. His youngest son, Joseph, brought the young Quakeress into the family, and their descendants for several generations, down to the time of the poet, belonged to the sect founded by her father's friend, George Fox. Joseph Peaslee built this house with bricks brought from England before 1675. As it was one of the largest and strongest houses in the town, in the time of King Phillip's war it was set apart by the town authorities as a house of refuge for the families of the neighborhood, and as a rallying point for the troops kept on the scout. There are many port-holes through its thick walls."
  Per the research of John Lyle Bascom-Gordon, Compiler of this line:
 "Joseph Peaslee, called 'Junior', was but twelve years old when his father died. He married Ruth Barnard of Salisbury. The house he erected prior to 1675 on the County Bridge road is now widely known as the 'Old Garrison', it having been used as a sort of armory at one time.
  In 1662, he was granted the privilege of erecting a sawmill. This sawmill was built the following year, and for a hundred and fifty years was owned wholly or in part by persons of the Peaslee name, descendants of the elder Joseph. 'Junior' was said to have been a physician and was called 'Doctor'. The amount of property enumerated in his will would constitute a well-to-do man, even of today. He also had a second wife, a Mary Tucker, the widow of Stephen Davis. His daughter, Mary, became the grandmother of John Greenleaf Whittier, a famous American poet. His house burned down in 1700, and the town gave him his 'rates'.
  His son, Joseph (III), married Elizabeth Hastings, daughter of Robert Hastings, who was one of the founders of Amesbury and Newton, with the Elder Joseph Peaslee. His daughter, Sarah, married Ebenezer Eastman, one of the first settlers of Concord, NH, and one of famous personages of the town. For descendants of them, see 'Eastman Genealogies'; altho, Rix in the 'Eastman Family in America', states that Sarah was the daughter of Col. Nathaniel Peaslee, but who was actually Sarah's brother.
  It may be mentioned here that Joseph Peaslee (Junior) was a Quaker of whatever faith his father was. He acted as the Quaker preacher and held the meetings of the faith in his home, altho forbidden to do so.
  In 'Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury', it is stated that a Nicholas Peaslee was slain by the Indians at the cave in which he lived, summer and winter, on 10 April 1706. This cave was a few miles above 'Oyster Bay'. Now, it is not known who this Nicholas Peaslee was, or what relation he was to this family. He may have been another child of the Elder Joseph, and for some reason, a recluse and for that matter omitted from the various records from which our information was taken. Or, perhaps, he was another immigrant who left no descendants. This is the only mention of him that the writer has been able to find.
  In the town of Newton, NH, near the Junction, in the heart of the woods, is the old Quaker burial grounds. Here, are rows of graves, unmarked except by rude, unlettered stones at the head and foot of each. Here may repose the dust of Joseph and Mary, and of Joseph (Junior) and Ruth.
  In the 'History of Sutton, NH', it is stated that David Peaslee was a descendant of John Peaslee. This is partly an error. David Peaslee was son of John Peaslee, a grandson of the original settler, Joseph Peaslee. In the 'History of Sanstead County, Lower Canada', the author stated that there was a Paul Peaslee, who came from England and settled in New Hampshire and whose descendants settled in Canada. This is believed to be an error, also. For more on this, see the descendants of John and Lydia Peaslee, given later herein."


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