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Part IV of the Peacock series: The Charles E. Peacock House

December 31, 2015
By Marybelle Beigh - Westfield Historian , Westfield Republican

Before launching into the next generation of Peacock Homes, some corrections are in order regarding dates, thanks to the "eagle eyes" of John Paul Wolfe. The first date is that of the death of the first Thomas Peacock who was born in 1730 in Ireland, and lived to the ripe old age of 98 years old, dying in 1828 in Mayville. (Part II had a typo of 1838 which would have made him 108, while Part III is blamed on tiny print and tired eyes that read a 2 as a 7, creating a death year of 1878, which would have made him 148 at his death). The other date error is a function of faulty memory and not looking up the date for the opening of the McClurg Museum, which occurred in 1951, not the late 1940s as was written in Part III). We are still searching for further information about, and possible photos of, the mastodon bones that were found on the Thomas A. Peacock property in 1902. Apparently more mastodon bones have been found in the Westfield and Barcelona area since that time, and many of them were just given away to various local folks. Readers, if you find photos or other info about any of the local mastodon bones, please contact Marybelle Beigh, Westfield Historian via email: westfieldhistorian@fairpoint.net, or mobile phone number: 716-397-9254. Thanks!

The Charles E. Peacock House - 186 East Main

Some readers may remember Charles E. Peacock, who lived with his wife, Lillian, in the lovely Neo-Georgian brick home across from Westfield Memorial Hospital, not far from Westfield School. Charles Evans Peacock (1884-1973) was one of Thomas Alvin and Alice Stanford Peacock's sons. (The Thomas A Peacock House was discussed in Part III). Charles E. had two daughters, Marjorie and Virginia, who preceded him in death, and one son, Donald. Also surviving him were three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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This is a 1925 photo of the Charles E. Peacock House in Westfield.

It was a delightful surprise to discover a Peacock family tree on Ancestry.com, posted by one of my classmates who, in response to a query regarding Thomas A. Peacock, forwarded my request to her nephew, John. (John does not have the Peacock surname, and for privacy reasons the surname is not shared). In an email, John states, "Charles Peacock was Thomas's son and was my great-grandfather and I remember him quite clearly. I went to kindergarten across the street and used to walk down from my grandmother's house and waved to my great-grandmother in that house before I went to school and on the way home would stop in and visit her. Charles, at the time, was in a wheelchair and quietly remained in the room as we spoke I recall a story about another house in town being built as a small replica of Charles house on Main Street for one of his children although not for my grandmother Virginia Peacock.

According to the Westfield Architecture book, the Charles E. Peacock house at 186 E. Main St. was designed by B. P. Hogan, an architect from North East, Pa., and built about 1920.

 
 
 

 

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