John J Peak

July 1822–after 1900 (Age 77)
Virginia, United States

The Life of John J

When John J Peak was born in July 1822, in Virginia, United States, his father, Burwell Peak, was 42 and his mother, Hannah Smallman, was 36. He married Martha Stowe on 24 October 1855, in Halifax, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Halifax, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Staunton Magisterial District, Halifax, Virginia, United States for about 20 years. He died after 1900, at the age of 79.

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John J Peak
Martha Stowe
Marriage: 24 October 1855
Mary Elizabeth Peak
William B Peak
Robert W. Peak
Robert Henry Peak
John J Peak
Laura D Peak
Samuel Lafayette Peak
Lula Holmes Peake
Nannie M. Peak
Hattie Peak
Thomas Lindsey Peak
Ora W. Peak

Spouse and Children


    Martha Stowe


24 October 1855
Halifax, Virginia, United States


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Burwell Peak


    Hannah Smallman




+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

Age 2

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 22

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone living by a pointed hill (or regional name from the Peak District (Old English Pēaclond) in Derbyshire), named with Old English pēac ‘peak’, ‘pointed hill’ (found only in place names). This word is not directly related to Old English pīc ‘point’, ‘pointed hill’, which yielded Pike ; there is, however, some evidence of confusion between the two surnames.2 Possibly also Irish: reduced form of McPeak .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John J Peake, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jno J Peak, "United States Census, 1870"
  • J J Peak, "United States Census, 1880"

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