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Jan Peeck was born sometime between 1615 and 1625 (probably closer to the later), but the exact date and origin of his birth remains a mystery. He was an early settler in New Amsterdam which in 1626 was heavily forested, with rocks, glens, lakes, and Indian trails. Jan was a trader and broker between the English and Dutch merchants, and inn and tavern keeper, an early burgher of the city of New Amsterdam, and a general speculator, however, he spent much of his time in the dangerous pursuit of trading with the Indians at his trading post on the Hudson, later known as Peekskill, New York.
On February 20, 1650, Jan married Maria du Trieux, in New Amsterdam. She was an equally colourful character. Maria was constantly in trouble with the authorities for infractions and violations of law associated with her and Jan's tavern business, and was finally banished from New Amsterdam in December 1664. Jan was her second husband. Her first was Cornelis Volckertsen Viele before 1642 and possibly 1640.
The descendants of Jan and Maria lived in and around the New York/New Jersey area until the American Revolution. Because some had fought on the losing side, they were forced to leave and ended up finally in Ameliasburg Township of Prince Edward County in Ontario.
Variations of the spelling of the surname for descendants includes: Peck, Peeck, Pake, Peek, Peak, and Peack,
Data has been gathered from many sources, especially family records handed down. Full credit must be given to Ross Pake of California for his valuable research on the clan. His book added a new dimension to the family history and filled in many of the details.
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