Retracing Our Family Legacy

Peter Hallock - Holyoke, "The Pilgram"
(bORN: 1584)

pg. 9-10

In the United States
By Rev. William A. Hallock D.D.
Published 1866

PETER HALLOCK, ancestor of those of the name in this country, was one of the thirteen pilgram fathers, including Rev. John Youngs, who in 1640 fled from civil and religious oppression in England, and landed at New Haven. In 1634, at Yarmouth England, Rev. John Youngs and his wife Joan, of St Margarets, Suffolk, were forbidden passage to New England. (History Puritans, Mass. Hist. Coll. Vol. 4, p. 101) Mr. Youngs soon settled at Hingham, in Norfolk Co. adjoining Suffolk, 100 miles northeast of London, and six years later on Oct. 21, 1640, he gathered his church anew under auspices of Rev. John Davenport minister, and Theophilus Eaton governor of the New Haven Colony, which had just been planted April 18, 1638, under a branching oak--- a virtual theocracy, the Bible their code of laws, ecclesiastical and civil.

In the autumn Rev. Mr. Youngs and his church took up their abode in Southold then comprising the whole North-eastern branch of Long Island, landing at the harbor of what now Southold Village, on the Peconic bay, where, as a church or town, they retained their connection with the New Haven colony till 1662, and with Connecticut till 1674.

Rev. Mr. Youngs continued his ministry Thirty-two years, and died Feb. 14, 1672 aged 74, as by his tombstone. The twelve men who with members of their families constituted his church were William Wells Esq. , Barnabas Horton, and John Conklin, (whose graves are near that of their pastor), Peter Hallock, John Tuthill, Richard Terry, Thomas Mapes, Matthias Corwin, Robert Ackerly, Jacob Corey, Isaac Arnold, and John Budd, the first white settlers in that part of the island.

Peter Hallock's great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Hallock-Corwin, born 1732 who died at Old Aquebogue Feb. 12, 1831 aged 98, wife of Silas Corwin, gave to her granddaughters, Mrs. James Hallock, now of Quogue and Mrs. Rev. James T. Hamlin of Mattituck, Mr. Jonathan G. Horton, and others now living, the following facts, which are confirmed by multiplied records and memorials: that Peter Hallock was the first of thirteen who ventured to step on shore among the Indians at Southold, that part of the village being still called "Hallocks Neck", and the beach extending from it "Hallocks Beach", of which beach Mr. Horton (who lives in the first frame house erected at Southold by hi ancestor Barnabas Horton), is one of the joint owners; that Peter Hallock purchased from the Indians the tract since called Oyster Ponds, now Orient, the eastern end of this branch of the Island, that he then returned to England for his wife, who when he married her was a widow and had a son by her former husband Mr. Howell; that he promised her that, if she now accompanied him, her son should share with him in his property; that on coming back he found the Indians had resold what is now Orient; that he then purchased about ten miles from Southold village, a farm extending from Long Island Sound on the North, to Peconic Bay on the south, (three miles,) on which he settled in Aquebogue, about two miles west of Mattituck village and creek, all these places being then in Southold Town.

His original homestead on Long Island and that of his wife's son Howell were on adjacent lots, and are still occupied (1866) by their respective descendants, Benjamin Laurens Hallock and Sylvester Howell. On the south part of the purchase are the farms of Col. Micah W. and Dea. Ezra Hallock, great grandsons of Zerubabel Hallock, who was great-grandson of Peter.

Numerous other families of Hallocks, most of them prosperous farmers reside on or near this purchase by Peter Hallock, but of the burial place of either himself or his son William, or his grandsons Thomas and Peter, who inherited the same premises, they have no knowledge...

pg. 15


There is little doubt that the name of Peter Hallock, in England was HOLYOKE. He may have changed his name to facilitate his departure at a time when many were prevented from leaving by order of the King, and that upon arrival he continued this change of name which was variously spelled as found in documents and records of there early days.

Quoting from the "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut," by the Lewis Historical Publishing Co. of New York, the spelling of the name is given as: Holyeake, Holliok, Halliock, Halleck, Hollioak,, Hallick, Hallack, Hollyoake, and Hallock, all diatonics of Holyoke.

If there is any doubt as to the authenticity of PETER, the father of us all, the continual recurrence of this name in the early generations is an abiding evidence of the existence of and ancestor of that name who walked about in the flesh, and was known to them...

*Source: A Hallock Genealogy by L.H. Hallock, 1926, pages 9, 10, and 15

PETER HALLOCK - The Original

Was born about 1600. Was probably an English Puritan, but his antecedents were unknown.

According to a well authenticated legend, he landed at Southold, L. I., about 1640, with 12 others, all members of a Presbyterian Church in Hingham, Norfolk Co., England, about 100 mailes N.E. of London. They were accompanied by Rev. John Youngs, their pastor, and immediately set up a church, naming the place Southold, apparently after a Southwold in their native land.

Peter Hallock wwas accompanied later by a second wife, known as the Widow Howell. She had a son and a doughter by a former husband and he also had a son by a former wife. He promised her that if she would accompany him to this new world, her son should share equally with his in his estate.

After landing in Southold he proceeded west and purchased a strip of land from the Indians in the western part of what is now Mattituck, reaching from the Sound to the Bay, about three and one-half miles, and about one-half mile wide. His wife's son, Richard Howell, was settled on the west part ofthis strip, and his descendant, Elizabeth Howell, still occupies it.

The old homestead wsa on the east part, and the farm is still held by his descendant, George Omar Hallock, the 9th generation from the original PETER.

Peter Hallock had one son, William, who married Margaret Howell, daughter of the widow Howell, before she became the wife of Peter. As his mother was a former wife of Peter, they were not related.

The widow's son, Richard, also married a daughter of William, thus effectually uniting the Hallocks and the Howells...

...The burial place of Peter, and of his son, William, and grandsons; Thomas and Peter, is unknown.

*Source: A Hallock Genealogy by L.H. Hallock, 1926, pages 532 & 533.

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