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“John Peavey”, Esq., early settled in Barnstead Center, purchased Tasker’s Mills and lands adjoining. He enlarged the mills, sold land, and greatly facilitated business in his neighborhood. His native place was Barrington.

In height he was six feet 4 inches, was well proportioned; kept a public house, and a store of goods in connection with his mill business. He was ever active in town affairs, represented in General Court and served often as a selectman and moderator. In Jackson’s time he was the bearer of the Presidential vote of New Hampshire to Washington; was Captain in the Militia, and active in aid of the Government in 1812. He died at the age of eighty years, leaving one daughter to inherit the homestead. She was the wife of Mr. Daniel Beckford.

Among those who served in the war of 1812 was Captain John Peavey, who served on the frontier. John Peavey was Postmaster of Barnstead Center, and a justice of the Peace.

He was 79 years old in 1853, which makes the date of his birth 1774 and if he lived to the age of eighty the date of his decease was 1854, but the book states that he died in 1856, at eighty years.

There is also a James B. Peavey mentioned, who died in 1852, aged 86 years. These were relatives of his no doubt.


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“The life of George C. Peavey, several years of which were spent in Exeter, was a remarkable one. An injury to his spine caused by an accident, resulting in almost total disability to walk, and such sensitiveness of his eye to the light that he practically was almost blind. He was compelled to pass most of his time in a reclining position, with a bandage over his eyes. He has studied law, and not-withstanding his affliction, entered vigouraly into practice. He found someone to read and write for him as he lay upon his lounge in his office and in court, but he could talk, and command od all needed faculties.

After remaining ten years at Exeter, he went to Strafford, married a devoted wife, who was not only eyes but hands and feet to him ever afterwards. With her aid he carried on not only an extensive law practice, but four country stores and a large lumbering business. He died at Strafford, May 5, 1876, aged 61 years.

Mr. S. Shackford.