Family of James & Elizabeth (Wiedhofft) Peck

Elizabeth Agnes Wiedhoft (Auntie Peck). was born on the 17th May of 1855 at 50 Baldwins Gardens. Holborn, London. She was the oldest daughter of William Daniel and Elizabeth (Bridgman) Wiedhof(f)t.

1861 census 11 Baldwins Gardens, Holborn
Wm Wiedhoft Head Marrd 31 Pressmaker Mddx, London
Elizth --------- Wife do 28   Same
------- Agnes ----- Daur   5   Same
Wm Edward ------- Son   4   Same
Edwin Edgar ------- Son   10mth   Same

Christening of Elizabeth Agnes
Grandfather (Daniel Chrystal) died on the 31st May 1864 and Elizabeth is baptized at the age of 9 on 31st August at St Peters Church, Saffron Hill along with her 3 younger siblings (on the following page).
St Peter's opened amid great celebration on 16th April 1863, at that time the only church in Britain in the Roman Basilican style.The Irish architect John Miller Bryson worked from plans drawn by Francesco Gualandi of Bologna, which in turn were modelled on the Basilica of San Crisogono in Trastevere, Rome. St Peter's was originally the 'Church Of All Nations' and throughout the 1860s attracted congregations of many nationalities. The excellence of the music attracted people of many faiths.

The 1871 census lists her at home with parents and siblings at 31 Baldwins Gardens, Holborn as a 15 year old boxmaker.

1871 Census 31, Baldwins Gardens, St Andrews, Holborn
  Name Relation Condition Age Occupation Born
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  William Fleming Son 11 Scholar City of London
  Mary Do Daur 8 Do Do
  Ellen Do Daur 6 Do Do
\ William Bridgman Head Widow 64 Carpenter Hants Basingstoke
  Amelia Do Grandaur 15 Bookfolder Middlesex,St Andrew
\ William Wiedhoft Head Mar 42 Mechanic Do Do
  Elizabeth Do Wife Mar 38 Do Do
  Elizabeth Do Daur Unm 15 Boxmaker Do Do
  William Do Son Unm 14 Scholar Do Clerkenwell
  Edwin Do Son 11 Do Do St Andrews
  Emily Do Daur 8 Do Do Do
  Arthur Do Son 6 Do Do Do
  Alice Do Daur   4 Do Do Do
  Alfred Do Son   7m Do Do

20 year old Elizabeth Agnes married James Samuel Peck at St James, Clerkenwell on Monday the 12th of July 1875 The wedding certificate records that they were batchelor and spinster both of full age and living at 7 Corporation Lane, Clerkenwell. James Samuel Peck was a carver and gilder, son of John Peck, a carpenter. Elizabeth's father is entered as William Wiedhoft, machinist. The witnesses were William Wiedhoft and Hannah Flemings (CHECK: could this be from the Fleming family next door in 71 census? Witnesses may be best man and bridesmaid if William is Elizabeth's brother.)

1881 Census 66 Kings Cross Rd. Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex, PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0349 Folio 82 Page 7
  Rel: Marr Age Sex Occ: Birthplace
J. PECK Head M 26 M Carver & Gilder Shoreditch, Middlesex,
E. PECK Wife M 25 F Box Maker Holborn, Middlesex

Elizabeth Agnes Peck and daughter

Elizabeth Agnes (Wiedhoft) Peck and daughter Elizabeth Agnes Peck It would appear that they had to wait until the 9th January 1896 for the birth of their first (and only) child Elizabeth Agnes Peck. She was born at the family home 55 Allen Road, South Hornsey. The birth was registered by E A Peck (mother) and James is now described as a picture frame gilder (journeyman)

Tragically our next historical fact is the burial at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington of Elizabeth Agnes age 23 months on the 10th January 1898. The death certificate shows that young Elizabeth Agnes (daughter of James Peck - gilder) died on the 3rd January 1898 of Influenza congestion of the lungs. She was registered as 23 months old (she died just 6 days before her second birthday). The death was at the family home 85 Palatine Road, Stoke Newington, E. Peck mother present at the death, made the registration on the 4th January, the cause of death was certified by M McGann LRCP

1891 Census not found          


1901 Census 85 Palatine Road, Stoke Newington
  James Peck Head M 46 Glass Gilder Worker Hoxton
  Elizabeth Do Wife M 45     Holborn
\ Edward Hewett Head M 41 Pianoforte Maker Worker Lambeth
  Emily Do Wife M 39     London WC
  Edward Do Son S 16 Pianoforte Maker Do Sth Hornsey
  William Son   15   Do Do
  John Son   12     Do
  Emily R Do Daur   5     Do
  William Wiedhofft Visitor 23   Brass Founder Do Do


1911 Census 85 Palatine Road, Stoke Newington            
James Peck Head 57 Married 35 years 1 0 1 Gilder & Carver Worker Hoxton
Elizabeth Agnes Peck Wife 56 Married 35 years           Holborn

The central columns 1-0-1 are children born alive-children still living-children that have died

Pecks, Hewitts and dog

the picture to the left shows James (with a very nice hat and pipe) with Elizabeth in their garden at 51 Palatine Road, Stoke Newington in the early 1900's. Also in shot is their dog, and nephews Bill (William Daniel) and John Arthur Hewitt. The Hewitt family shared this same house (different flat). I am told that in the 40 or so years that sisters, Elizabeth and Emily shared this house they never had an argument or a cross word. When John Arthur's daughters Iris & Emily visited their home James would hide pennies in magazines or newspapers (Sporting Life) for them to find.

James died on the 25th November 1930 at 230 High St, Homerton, London and was buried in Abney Park Cemetery,Stoke Newington.

The Electoral register of 1932 shows Elizabeth Peck at 51 Palatine Road with Edward and (sister) Emily Hewitt and their grown up children William Daniel and Emily Phyllis.

Elizabeth died at home, 51 Palatine Road, Stoke Newington, North London on the 3rd May 1933 and was interred in the same plot as her husband (0349 82 7) Note: Flowers were laid on this grave in 1999 by grand nieces Iris Hewitt, Joyce Burgess, great grand nephew & niece Mark & Madelaine and great, great grand niece Tamara Burgess. Abney Park Cemetery is a classic Victorian cemetery (now closed for burials) but maintains the "Gothic" atmosphere. the staff were extremely helpful, not only looking up the records but producing maps of the cemetery and taking us to the graves, with a very interesting tour on the way round. Our thanks to all involved.

Elizabeth Agnes Wiedhofft
b. Holborn 1855,
m. James Samuel Peck Clerkenwell 1875,
d. London 1933

Elizabeth Agnes Wiedhoft (Aunt Peck)

They were affectionately known as Uncle Bubba and Auntie Peck.


Daniel Chrystal Wiedhofft 1798 & Martha Baker,


William Daniel 1828 & Elizabeth Bridgman


William Edward F 1857
Edwin Edgar 1860
Emily Mary Ann 1862
Arthur Henry 1864
Alice Amelia 1869
Alfred Albert 1870
Albert Ernest 1873


Elizabeth Agnes Peck

St Peters, Saffron Hill

A view inside St Peters, Saffron Hill (Italian Church)

St James, Clerkenwell

Old drawing of St James, Clerkenwell


Abney Park Cemetery Chapel

Abney Park Cemetery Chapel