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Biographical Sketch of Royal W. Peake

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Peake, Royal W., Bristol, one of the most venerable citizens of Bristol, Vt., has always during his life been prominently identified with the business interests of this section of Addison county, Vt. He was born in the town of Monkton Vt., on December 17, 1806. He was a son of Seth Peake, who was the youngest son of William and Jane (Oliver) Peake, who were of English descent. William was a seafaring man, and during his earliest residence in America resided on Nantucket Island. Seth Peake was a harness-maker by trade, and was also engaged in the mercantile business. Royal W. Peake was married on October 10, 1831, to Jane A. G. Volley, a daughter of Samuel H. Holley. They had a family of three children born to them — Peveril S., Rollin S., and Willis R. Mrs. Peake died on January 17, 1850. Rollin S. died on July 9, 1841, and Peveril S. died on March 13, 1875. The only child now living is Willis R., who is now a resident of Bristol, V t. He has been married twice. His first wife was Susan H. Wright, a daughter of John H. Wright, by whom he had one daughter — Agnes. His second wife was Catherine Riley, by whom he has had one son — -Royal W. Royal W. Peake, sr., came to Bristol, Vt., with his father, Seth Peake, when very young. He has dealt largely in real estate, and has represented his town in the Legislature.


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