History of Clay County Indiana

Frederick Morse Peavey - Prominent among the energetic and pro- gressive men who have been actively identified with the development and advancement of the agricultural interests of Clay county is Frederick M. Peavey, a well-known and highly esteemed resident of Clay City. Coming from a long line of New England ancestry, he was born, August 2,1855, in Moultonboro, Carroll county, New Hampshire, a son of Alvin Peavey.
Joseph Peavey, the grandfather of Frederick M., was born, it is thought, in Maine. He was a man of ability, and for many years was successfully engaged in mercantile pursuits in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, where he spent his last days. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary L. Drew, was born in Maine, and after the death of her husband went to Boston to live with her chilciren, and died in that city at the very remarkable age of one hundred and seven years. Of her family of eleven sons and two daughters but one child is living, that being Mrs. Lizzie Tower, of South Boston, Massachusetts.
A native of Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Alvin Peavey was reared to habits of industry, and began his active career in Boston, being first a bell boy in the old United States hotel, in which he subsequently worked his way up until made clerk. He was afterwards employed as hotel manager in different places, having served in that capacity in many of the leading hotels of the East, including among others the old Willard's, the National, the Ebbet, and the Kirkwood, in Washington; the Dixon, at Westerly, Rhode Island; and the Fabyan, the famous White Mountain resort, in New Hampshire. Retiring from hotel life in 1892, he assumed charge of the estate of his father-in-law, in Meredith, New Hampshire, and there resided until his death, September 2, 1900.
He married first Abbie Augusta Morse, who was born in Moultonboro, a daughter of Calvin and Lydia (Moulton) Morse. She died October 15, 1869, leaving six children, namely: Daniel W., Frederick Morse, George, Elmer Alvin, Mortimer, and Abbie Frances. He married second Mrs. Laura (Ela) Bedee, daughter of Joseph Ela, and widow of Daniel G. Bedee.
Beginning life as his fatherís assistant, Frederick M. Peavey worked with him in various hotels, remaining in the East until 1873. In that year he came to Indiana to visit his uncle, Hazen Peavey, at Howesville, and being especially pleased with the country roundabout has since been.


The Old Hill levee, a guard-bank on the east side of the river, opposite the mouth of Splunge creek, extending a mile north and a half mile south of the bridge, was thrown up in the fall of 1903.
The Lewis Township Improvement Company was incorporated in the month of February, 1902. The articles of association were signed by William H. Guirl. John G. Bryson. John H. Horton, W. J. Easter, Lucy E. Carter, Adam Brothers, Abner Brothers, W. H. Mitchell, M. V. PEAVY, Evert Morris. S. F. Miller, Tandy Fulk, Hulet Fulk, Watson Neal, John Hoffa, Bert Sanders, Quillard Royer, Ed E. Bonham, Ashley Edmonson, John L. Kent, William H. Hout. Of this association William H. Guirl was elected president and Ed E. Bonham secretary.

Peavy, Hazen - died 1 Aug 1898, aged 74years

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