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are these PELKEY families related?
Posted by: B.J. Shoja (ID *****8880) Date: December 31, 2002 at 06:50:42
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Hello - I am trying to discover the link between certain PELLETIER & PELKEY individuals who lived either at the same address or next door to each other in Concord, NH, in the 1880s and 1890s - they may have known each other in Nicolet, PQ, before making the move to New England.

These are abstracts from the Concord City Directory; notes between brackets [] are mine; an asterix inticates that I do not know the individual.

1881:
* Pelkey, Joseph, employee, JR Hill & Co [harness makers], boards 16 Montgomery St.
Pelkey, Oscar G. [son of Philip C.], harness maker @ JR Hill & Co, house 47 N. State St.
* Pelkey, Charles P., harness maker @ Crocker & Pelkey harness shop, house 45 N. State St.

1883:
Pelkey, Charles E. [son of Philip C.], harness maker, boards 5 Call's Block, N. State Street.
* Pelkey, Charles P., harness maker, boards w/ Philip C. Pelkey, 45 N. State Street.
* Pelkey, Eli, harness maker, boards 45 N. State St.
* Pelkey, Joseph, collar maker, boards 45 N. State St.
Pelkey, Napoleon [son of Philip C.], harness maker, boards 5 Call's Block, N. State Street.
Pelkey, Oscar G. [son of Philip C.], harness maker, house 6 Call's Block, North State St.
Pelkey, Philip A. [son of Philip C.], machinist, boards 45 N. State St.
Pelkey, Philip C., harness maker, house 5 Call's block, North State St.

1885:
Pelkey, Charles E. [son of Philip C.], harness maker, rooms 77 N. main Street
* Pelkey, Charles P., harness maker, boards 21 Thompson St.
* Pelkey, Eli, harness maker, boards 6 Winter St.
* Pelkey, Joseph, collar maker, boards 6 Winter St.
Pelkey, Napoleon [son of Philip C.], harness maker, house 23 Thompson St.
Pelkey, Oscar G. [son of Philip C.] harness maker, house 21 Thompson St.
Pelkey, Philip A. [son of Philip C.], machinist, boards 21 Thompson St.
Pelkey, Philip C., harness maker, house 21 Thomspson St.

1887:
Pelkey, Charles E. [son of Philip C.] harness maker, house 19 Thompson St.
* Pelkey, Eli, clerk, boards 10 White's Block, Capitol St.
Pelkey, Napoleon [son of Philip C.], harness maker, boards 23 Thompson St.
Pelkey, Oscar G. [son of Philip C.], harness maker, house 21 Thompson St.
Pelkey, Philip A. [son of Philip C.], machinist, boards 23 Thompson St.
Pelkey, Philip C., harness maker, house 23 Thompson St.

1889:
* Pelkey, Charles, stonecutter, house 250 N. Main St.
Pelkey, Eliza A. [daughter of Philip C.], rooms 30 South State St.
* Pelkey, Joseph, C&M Railroad employee, boards Frank E. Tenney's, East Concord
* Pelkey, Joseph, collar maker, JR Hill & Co., rooms 9 Capitol St.
Pelkey, Oscar G. [son of Philip C.], harness maker, house 23 Thompson St.
Pelkey, Philip C., harness maker, house 23 Thompson St.

[Feb. 24, 1892, Philip C. Pelkey dies]

1895:
Pelkey, Charles E. [son of Philip C.], harness maker, house 5 Centre St.
Pelkey, Eliza A. [daughter of Philip C.], boards 32 S. State St.
Pelkey, Julia, widow of Charles P., died June 8
Pelkey, Napoleon, [son of Philip C.], harnessmaker, house 32 S. State St.
Pelkey, Oliver E. [son of Oscar G.], harness maker, boards 12 Lyndon St.
* Pelletier, Charles E., harness maker, house 35 Turnpike Rd.
* Pelletier, Eli, clerk, boards 15 Essex St. [same as Eli Pelkey above?]
* Pelletier, Hilaire, clerk, boards 15 Essex St.
* Pelletier, Joseph, harnessmaker, house 15 Essex.

1897:
Pelkey, Charles E. [son of Philip C.], harness maker, house 9 1/2 Centre St.
Pelkey, Charles Wm. [son of Oscar G.], boards 12 Lyndon St.
Pelkey, Eliza A. [daughter of Philip C.], boards 17 S. Main St.
Pelkey, Napoleon [son of Philip C.] harness maker, house 17 South Main St.
Pelkey, Oliver E. [son of Oscar G.], boards 12 Lyndon St.
Pelkey, Oscar G. [son of Philip C.] harness maker, house 12 Lyndon St.
* Pelletier, Charles E., clerk, house 38 Turnpike Rd.
* Pelletier, Eli, clerk, boards 8 Fremont St.
* Pelletier, Joseph, harnessmaker, house 8 Fremont St.


As we can see, several PELKEY and PELLETIER individuals live with or very near to one another, and most of them work for the James R. Hill & Company, a leather-goods manufacturer.

Philip C. PELKEY was born in Nicolet, PQ, Jun. 30, 1827, to Antoine ANTAYA-PELLETIER & Seraphine TOUPIN. He and his family came to NH about 1858, and first appear in the Concord Directory in 1864. He is a life-long harness maker, as are is sons Charles E. PELKEY, Oscar G. PELKEY, and Napoleon PELKEY. The fact that so many PELKEYs and PELLETIERs live so close to each other, and that they are almost all harnessmakers, makes me think that these people are all somehow related. I am just trying to establish *how*.

There is a Hilaire PELLETIER who dies in Littleton, NH, in 1938. According to his death certifcate, he was born in Nicolet, PQ, to Charles PELLETIER and Julie FONTAINE; he is the great-great-grandson of Hyacinthe PELLETIER. Philip C. PELKEY was also born in Nicolet, and is also a great-great-grandson of Hyacinthe. I do not yet know if this Hilaire PELLETIER and the one listed above are the same individuals, but the fact that this Hilaire PELLETIER of Littleton is the cousin of Philip C. PELKEY makes me think that he is the same Hilaire PELLETIER who lived in Concord in the 1870s. Hilaire PELLETIER of Littleton also had a brother, Joseph PELLETIER, and there is a Joseph PELLETIER living with Hilaire PELLETIER in Concord in 1897 - but that is hardly definitive proof - every other Canadian at this time is a Joseph!

Thank-you for your help!

B.J. Shoja
Nashua, N.H.


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