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Re: History Question
Posted by: D. Kurt Pelkey Date: April 05, 2000 at 10:36:58
In Reply to: History Question by John Pelkey of 427

My Pelkey lineage comes from Arootook County, Maine. My great grandfather was Henry Pelkey, born in 1862, and died in 1951. He is buried in Island Falls, Maine. The one thing that I have found that our name was changed to Pelkey from Pelletier by U.S. Customs as it sounds much like "Pelchey" when spoken in the French dialect commonly referred to as "Canuck". The name Pelletier means "Purveyor of Pelts(animal skins)" My family was involved in the fur trade as well as Timbering.
I'm in the process of trying to find the US Census records for 1880,1900,1910. The US Census records for 1890 (Maine) were destroyed in a fire many years ago. Hope to find out more. Thanks,
D.K. Pelkey


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