Elizabeth Friend

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Elizabeth Friend, daughter of John Friend, was born about 1630.1 She died at Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, before 1669.2,1

Elizabeth married James Pecker, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), say 1649.2,3

John Friend, of Salem in 1638, left a will dated 4 Nov 1665 and proved 27 Jan 1666, providing for his daughter Elizabeth Pecker: ". . . besides that tenn pownds I haue in my hands wch her grandfather gaue her, twente shillings."

Wood presents a case, based on onomastics, that Elizabeth may have married John Packer of Groton, Connecticut. However, he gives no evidence showing how the Groton man "got within kissing distance" of Elizabeth before their marriage. Stearns does not mention the Wood article. Torrey gives Elizabeth [Friend] as the wife of both men, though with different sources for each marriage. References for each man, and their evidence bearing on the problem.
For Packer
New London History: 324 no last name for Elizabeth
Blackman Anc. 137 no last name for Elizabeth
Snow-Estes 1:390 no last name for Elizabeth
The Wood article

For Pecker
EIHC 1:50 abstract of John Friend's will, dau Elizabeth Pecker
Morrill 17 no last name for Elizabeth
GDMNH 537 no mention of wife
Salem 1:448 note that John Friend's dau Elizabeth m. ____Pecker before 1655 [the date of his will]
Salisbury Fams (2:)585 Eliz. Friend, dau of John, per his will
Essex Ant. 6:157 A transcript of John Friend's will, daughter Elizabeth pecker

Torrey does not question the identification of either wife. Are there two Elizabeth Friends in New England at this time?2,1,4,5


James Pecker b. abt. 1622, d. 15 May 1669
  • James Pecker+2 b. say 1650, d. bef. Dec 1748
  • Mary Pecker2 b. 5 Sep 1652
  • Susanna Pecker2 b. 17 Dec 1654
  • (…) Pecker2 b. 25 Jan 1664, d. 10 Feb 1664
This person was last edited on6 Nov 2022


  1. [S2268] Peter Pindar Stearns, "John Friend of Salem and His Descendants," The Essex Genealogist 16 (Aug 1996): 138-145, at 140, further cited as Stearns, "John Friend."
  2. [S7] David W. Hoyt, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (, 1897; reprint, Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1981), 585-587, further cited as Hoyt, Families of Salisbury and Amesbury.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1160, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S2575] W. Herbert Wood, "John1 Packer of Groton, Conn.: His Wives and Children," The American Genealogist 28 (1952): 175-176, at 175, further cited as Wood, "John1 Packer of Groton, Conn."
  5. [S1872] Torrey, New England Marriages (2011), 1122, 1160.