CHAPTER 1

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The History of John Reidhead, Jr. and His Posterity


Josiah Banks, I do not know what became of him. James Banks was shot when running away from an English man of war. Aaron Banks died a natural death in Penobost. Lucy Banks married a man by the name of Milliken. I know no more. I have taken you back one hundred and twenty-two years. You can safely rely on this record.
Yours truly,

EZRA WARDWELL.

Those names are all copied in the Genealogical Notebook.

MRS. FLORENCE BRERETON     .

English Ancestry of the Peabody (Pabody, Paybody, Pabodia) family.

About 50 years ago, Mr. Horatio G. Somerby, the genealogist of Essex County, Mass., and a personal friend of Mrs. George Peabody of London, made considerable research to discover the origin of this family. What he found was noted and his manuscripts came to the Massachusetts Historical Society which loaned them to the N. E. Historical-Genealogical Society. The latter courteously permitted Dr. Selim Hobart Peabody to study these notes and still later the present writer was allowed to review them. He then went to England in the summer of 1909, and carried the search further; examined documents at Somerset House, in the Public Record Office and the British Museum, traced through printed indexes and lists published within the past few years and through the manuscript indexes of several counties and dioceses; and particularly reviewed the documents of the county of Leicester, which Mr. Somerby had concluded and Mr. Pope also believes was the ancient home of this family, going through the transcripts of ancient parish records, etc.

The result of this work is here given for the inspection of all concerned.

St. Albans, whose minister certified to the worthiness of his parishioners the Tuttells, has been supposed to have also been the home 01 the rest of the passengers named in the list of the Planter. (See the heading in the article on Francis of Ipswich a few pages later.) But it is now known that "Francis Peabody" and other passengers were not residents of that parish. So it is concluded that the heading was intendent only to cover the case of the Tuttells. Hertfordshire had none of this family, nor had Essex, Suffolk, Middlesex or either of the adjacent counties, save a very few persons in one London parish.

Passing northward along a frequented highway, we find some in Northamptonshire (none of whom, however, will connect with the American emigrants); and then, going further into the heart of old England, we find the family in a very ancient period domiciled in Liecestershire at Lutterworth, famous as the residence and burial place of the noble and infleuntial reformer, John Wycliffe. His influence was still strong there when these records begin; and the impulse to join in New England's Puritan-pilgrimage was undoubtedly fostered by that influence. From items in the wills of several persons we find

that the Peabody family of Liecestershire was all connected with the Lutherworth group, and very likely derived from it. Positive links are not found; the absolute evidence of the birth of the American founders of this family is not here; but a chain of most valuable records, which seem to the writer to amount to real settlement of the question.

The name itself was variously spelled even in the same parish and on the same document. The oldest and most prevalent form previous to the settlement of New England was Paybody. Two common words, these syllables are, and perhaps they point back to a man or a succession of men in the 14th century (when surnames were crystallizing) who paid the servants, creditors and employees of barons, manufacturers of public officials. Body mean person or individual, pay-body would carry the same idea as pay-master or paying-teller. The name, if such be its origin, would be a memorial of ability and trust-worthiness.

A letter received by Florence Emma Reidhead Brereton.

Provo City, February 4, 1913

(No heading)

I received your letter that you sent Albert leach the carpenter. He came to me with it as he saw my fathers name Stephen leach. He thought I could give him the information required. I thought I would answer it and inform you that you have relation here. My mother passed away 17 years ago and my father passed away several years before, and I am the only child living of my family Your mother's mother was my mother's sister, Elizabeth Gammon it was, and she married Stephen leach and your father and mother was married in my parlor which was my mother's at the time I lived at home with my mother. She was a cripple for years. She lived to be 84 years old and she always thought the world of your mother and I always loved your mother. Did you ever hear her speak of cousin Annia. I remember well when your father and mother was married In this house. Does your father remember me? He came to see mother a number of years ago. He made a short call. Your mother's mother has one sister living. She lives with her youngest daughter in Lynn, Mass., and her oldest daughter lives in Portsmouth and one son in Saugust, Mass. There is no other Leaches that are relation to you. Well I suppose I am writing to my second cousin, Florence, and I am very glad that my dear cousin has one child to look after her father in his old age. How I should love to see him, and you also. Give my love to him. I shall be pleased to hear from you again and if there is any information that I can give you I shall be pleased to do so, In regards to the Hendersons. I did not know anything about them. I only knew him and Aunt Lucretias husband. Hoping to hear from you again. I will say goodbye for this time.

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