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More about the Wright homes, and a sneak preview of the Peacock homes

November 19, 2015
By Marybelle Beigh - Westfield Historian , Westfield Republican

Reuben Gridley Wright Home, 233 E. Main:

Wouldn't you know While cleaning up and filing source documents after completing and sending the article to the editor, what should appear at the bottom of the pile but the brochure of the Eighteenth Holly Tour of Nov. 18, 2001. This tour included the R. G. Wright Home -233 E. Main St. - so another "history mystery" has been solved!

Reuben/Allen Wright Home,

309 E. Main:

It is always exciting and a pleasure to receive replies to BeeLines, whether published in the newspaper or posted on the Westfield Historian page online. This story was especially blessed with some very important information from Virginia Peterson, whose husband's ancestors include Annie Guild Mateer - a great-grandmother. Peterson writes, "what puzzles me is the spelling of "Guile" although it is a variant of Guild, all the family records spell it "Guild." Included with Peterson's comments were a photo of James Guild, Annie's father, and a link to a site with the Guild, Guile, Gile family history and genealogy book. In response to Virginia Peterson's posts, John Paul Wolfe writes, "CCHS has the Guild genealogy book at the McClurg, which we received when we acquired the large Guild children portrait." Thank you, Virginia Peterson, for the information, and thank you, John Paul Wolfe and CCHS for preserving so much of our wonderful Westfield history!

The Peacock homes of Westfield

While on a special tour of the grape vineyards and facilities at the Johnson Estate Winery a few years ago, a couple of historic pictures caught my eye, as at least one was from one of the old atlas books of Chautauqua County. They showed the Margaret Peacock house in Westfield, and I was wondering just where that house had been located, so I asked the Johnsons about the photos. Much to my surprise, they pointed to the house hidden back in the trees to the east of the Johnson Estate Winery buildings, and indicated that as the house in question. Again, excited about finding an answer to another "history mystery," I promised to interview them about the house for a future BeeLines; but a move to Colorado, and then a move back to Westfield, has intervened, as well as another move in Westfield. So now research is starting, triggered by online posts of the former Judge William Peacock mansion in Mayville that later became the Peacock Inn, and unfortunately is another historic building that as succumbed to the wrecking ball.

Having also spent time in another Peacock home at 186 E. Main St., research has started, and has discovered yet a third Peacock home in Westfield, said to have belonged to Thomas Peacock, who was a pioneer family with much land in the Barcelona area including that area known as Peacock Grove near the mouth of Big Chautauqua Creek.

So please stay tuned for what is planned as the next series of BeeLines about the Historic Peacock Homes of Westfield. And if you have information, photos, or other ephemera about these homes, please contact me at 716-397-9254, or send a private message on Facebook, and thank you!

 
 
 

 

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